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BURNABY - The fourth annual Burnaby Lake Rugby Club Lighthouse Sevens tournament hosted on the shores of Burnaby Lake on Saturday saw three visiting teams walk away with the top prizes.
In the Elite Men's division final, Rugby Canada development squad - the Maple Leafs - edged defending provincial champs Burnaby Lake 12-7. The Burnaby Lighthouse men led 7-5 at the half but a 70-metre run by Connor Braid sealed it for the Maple Leafs who came away with the win before departing for Cali, Colombia to compete in the 2013 World Games.
Burnaby's men's side didn't come away empty-handed from the tournament as they captured their first BC Sevens Series points of the 2013 circuit. Burnaby advanced to the final for 12 points, while semi-finalists Bayside were awarded eight points for their finish on Saturday (lost to Burnaby 21-0 in semis).
Burnaby Lake's Women's Elite side lost out in the Cup Final to the San Diego Surfers - a team loaded with US national team representatives. The Surfers are currently one of the top teams in the US and are the current regional champs in California. Burnaby's women's side came away from the tournament with 12 BC Sevens Series points, while Abbotsford came away with eight (35-10 semifinals loss to San Diego).
Though only down by 7 points at the half, Burnaby Lake couldn't keep up with the speed, experience and the physicality of the San Diego side who put up another 19 points in the second half to win the game 33 - 7. San Diego has promised to come back and defend their Lighthouse next year!
In the Social Division, Youngbucks and the Untouchables have now exchanged the top prize back and forth for the third year in a row - Untouchables won it in 2011, Youngbucks last year and now the Untouchables, led by veteran Cameron Neish, took it away again beating the Youngbucks 19 - 17 in the Final.
Cup Final - Maple Leafs 12 - 7 Burnaby Lake
Semifinals: Maple Leafs 52 - 0 South Seas
Semifinals: Burnaby Lake 21 - Bayside
Bayside 0 - 45 Maple Leafs
Meralomas 10 - 12 Bayside
Burnaby Lake 26 - 21 South Seas
Bayside 26 - 21 South Seas
Maple Leafs 45 - 5 Abbotsford
Maple Leafs 52 - 0 Meralomas
Abbotsford 19 - 31 Burnaby Lake
Burnaby Lake 40-21 Meralomas
Cup Final: San Diego 31 - 7 Burnaby Lake
Semifinals: San Diego 35 - 10 Abbotsford
Semifinals: Velox 5 - 34 Burnaby Lake
Bayside 0 - 50 Burnaby Lake
Velox 12 - 7 Seattle
Meralomas 0 - 34 Velox
San Diego 19 - 10 Seattle
Burnaby Lake 43 - 5 Abbotsford
Meralomas 0 - 56 San Diego
SFU 0 - 21 Abbotsford
Bayside 5 - 26 Abbotsford
Meralomas 5 - 12 Seattle
Bayside 21 - 0 Abbotsford
San Diego 56 - 0 Velox
Burnaby Lake 21 - 0 SFU
Cup Final: Untouchables 19 - 17 Youngbucks
Semifinals: Youngbucks 24 - 19 Blazers
Semifinals: Meralomas 10 - 20 Untouchables
Burnaby Lake 21 - 0 SFU
Untouchables 10 - 17 Youngbucks
Burnaby Lake 17 - 17 Blazers
Burnaby Lake 40 - 21 Meralomas
SFU 0 - 21 Blazers
Bayside 0 - 21 United
Blazers 17 - 21 Meralomas
United 10 - 17 Youngbucks
SFU 0 - 21 Meralomas
Bayside 0 - 21 Youngbucks
United 17 - 24 Untouchables