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Capilano RFC defeats Abbotsford, takes third straight Under-17 title
 
Published Monday, December 2, 2013 11:30 am
by Andrew Smith, with files from Curry Hitchborn

VANCOUVER, BC - Capilano's under-17 men's rugby team won their third straight provincial championship on Sunday afternoon, defeating Lower Mainland rivals Abbotsford RFC 49-7 at Klahanie Park.

Capilano winger Liam Mahon led all scorers with 14 points through four conversions and two penalties. Malcolm Klaver crossed over for a pair of tries with scores also recorded by Jake Tapp, Jackson Claridge, Elias Ergas, Hugo Coaton and James Calvard.

The North Shore club had gone 7-0 in regular season play and led the league defensively, allowing just nine points per game against.

"We had a solid season with everybody playing throughout," said Capilano head coach Curry Hitchborn. "We set the standard of play today against a very tough team in Abbotsford. We applied pressure and followed through with organization and go forward rugby."

No.2 Abbotsford were the second seed in tier one u17 competition, having gone 4-3. Abbotsford had narrowly defeated no.3 Bayside(2-4) 24-22 in the semifinal round.  The fourth-seeded UBCOB Ravens wrapped up the season with a 1-6 record.

Hitchborn will be returning as head coach of the TrueBlue under-17 men's provincial program during the 2014 rep season and was impressed with the level of competition on display this past Fall.

"These guys were great to coach and I look forward to having all the athletes that competed in the U17 league out for the provincial trials this year," Hitchborn added.

Capilano Roster:
1-Jackson Washington, 2-Jake Tapp, 3-Nick Frost, 4-Dominic Schigas, 5-Daniel Merenyi, 6-Samuel Engstrom, 7-Ryan Gray, 8-Niko Blomberg, 9-Tamar Tucker-Harrison, 10-Chase Taylor-Robins, 11-Malcolm Klaver, 12-Jackson Claridge, 13-Elias Ergas, 14-Liam Mahon, 15-Jake Musgrave
Reserves:
16-Tom Peiffer, 17-Daniel Wightman, 18-Hugo Coaton, 19-James Calvard, 20-Sean Cameron, 21-Angus Allen, 22-Andrew Sasaki

Capilano Team Staff:
Head Coach - Curry Hitchborn, Assistant Coach - Pete Ruffalls, Manager-Marnie Schigas



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