Overtime victory sees BC Elite Youth Sevens take third straight title in Hong Kong
Published Thursday, March 27, 2014


HONG KONG - The BC Elite Youth Sevens program won their third straight Standard Chartered Bank International Youth Sevens championship in dramatic fashion on Thursday afternoon, defeating the DB Pirates in double overtime. BC won all three pool games without conceding a single try before defeating the Pirates 12-7 in the Cup Final.

The day opened with a 49-0 win over Singapore-based DHL Lions where seven BC players crossed over for tries. Up next was a 35-0 win over DEA Tigers followed by a 47-0 victory over the Flying Kukris.

The Cup Final was an exhausting double overtime match that saw Joe Carter (Cloverdale, BC) and Matt Gallagher (South Surrey, BC) each cross over for tries. Gallagher provided a convert to round out the scoring.

"The team came from behind in double overtime," said BCEY7's Team Manager Doug Tate. "The tournament chairman said it was the most exciting game he's seen here in the past three years."

Game 1: BC 49, DHL LIons 0
BC Tries: Cali Martinez, George Barton, Cole Keffer, Wes Wong, Elias Ergas, Liam Mahon, Joe Carter
Conversions: Aaron Hersant x7

Game 2: BC 35, DEA Tigers 0
BC Tries: Cole Keffer x2, Jason Hignell, Wes Wong, Matt Gallagher
Conversions: Aaron Hersant x5

Game 3: BC 47, Flying Kukris 0
BC Tries: George Barton x2, Joe Carter, Cole Keffer, Tyler Beselt, Cali Martinez, Elias Ergas
Conversions: Aaron Hersant x4, Liam Mahon x2

Cup Final: BC 12, DB Pirates 7 (Double Overtime)
BC Tries: Joe Carter, Matt Gallagher
Conversions: Matt Gallagher

BC Elite Youth Sevens Roster - Hong Kong 2014 Tour
1. George Barton (Shawnigan Lake School / Cowichan Rugby Club / Duncan, BC)
2. Tyler Beselt (Shawnigan Lake School / Cowican Rugby Club / Shawnigan, BC)
3. Joseph Carter (Lord Tweedsmuir / Bayside AA / Cloverdale, BC)
4. Elias Ergas (Collingwood School / Capilano RFC / Vancouver, BC)
5. Matt Gallagher (Semiahmoo / Bayside AA / South Surrey, BC)
6. Ryan Gray (Mulgrave / Capilano RFC / Sydney, Australia)
7. Aaron Hersant (Brentwood College / Victoria, BC)
8. Jason Hignell (Yale Secondary / Abbotsford RFC / Abbotsford, BC)
9. Cole Keffer  (Sutherland Secondary / Capilano RFC / North Vancouver, BC)
10. Liam Mahon (West Van Secondary / Capilano RFC / West Vancouver, BC)
11. Cali Martinez (Earl Marriott / Bayside AA / White Rock, BC)
12. Wesley Wong (Shawnigan Lake School / Hong Kong)

Team Staff
Head Coach: Shane Thompson
Manager: Doug Tate
Physio: Gareth Adams


The BC Elite Youth Sevens program is proudly sponsored by Adera Development Corp. The BCEY7's program was implemented to identify, train and develop athletes who can go on to represent their regions, their province and Canada at future World Cups and Olympic Games.

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