VANCOUVER, BC - The Vancouver 7’s presented by Lionheart Sports was a tremendous success, fielding 21 teams including clubs from Seattle, Kelowna and Vancouver Island. With favorable weather, great spirits and strong competition all around, it was a fantastic day of rugby for the first of four officially sanctioned BCRU 7’s tournaments this summer.
The day began with a flurry of action from the Men’s Social Division, where Burnaby Lake picked up three victories in pool play. They squared off with the travelling Seattle Beach in a competitive Social Men’s Finals. In the end, it was the Seattle Beach who emerged victorious, claiming the $500 prize pool and a night of celebration.
In the Women’s Elite Division, the ladies of Burnaby Lake fought hard to overcome the hosting Meralomas in the semi-finals, while the Seattle Breakers picked up their second win over their hometown rivals, the Emerald City Mudhens, to advance to the finals. In what was a fast and furious championship match, Burnaby Lake would not be denied besting the Breakers in a high scoring affair. For their troubles, Burnaby Lake picked up the $625 prize pool and a voucher for custom hoodies provided by our sponsor, Lionheart Sports.
The Elite Division came down to Abbotsford taking on the BCEY7’s, while the Rowers faced the Young Bucks in two thrilling semi-final matches. Led by head coach Shane Thompson, the BCEY7’s burst through to the finals with speed and youth collecting a division best 60 points through the pool rounds. In an impressive stand against a hungry and determined Rowers team, the star studded Young Bucks won their semi-finals as well. This set up a fitting conclusion to the tournament – the up-and-coming talent of the BCEY7’s facing off against the Young Bucks, who had some of the province’s best players.
Playing three, tough matches in just over an hour didn’t seem to faze the Young Bucks who were given a stiff test against the younger BCEY7’s team. The Young Bucks prevailed, claiming the Vancouver 7’s Elite Men’s Championship, a prize pool of $1000 and a set of customized hoodies from Lionheart for their hard work. In a perfect conclusion to a day of great sportsmanship, the two finals teams gathered under the posts for photos.
The Meralomas Rugby Club and Lionheart Sports would like to thank all of the volunteers, referees and clubs for contributing to a successful event. Congratulations again to the Seattle Beach, Burnaby Lake Women and the Young Bucks for their well-deserved victories in each of their divisions. We look forward to hosting you all again at the 2014 Vancouver 7’s.