Andrew Smith

Vancouver, BC: The reigning Senior Women’s provincial rugby champions Burnaby Lake Rugby Club will look to add another trophy to their 2011 haul when they host SFU in the semifinals of the Lower Mainland Tier One playoffs. A win this Saturday could see top-seeded Burnaby Lake clinch home field advantage for the championship final slated for November 26th.


Burnaby lifted the provincial championship Harris Memorial Cup last May and this summer cruised through the BC Sevens Series en route to their second straight Series championship. Carrying their form into the Fall 2011 Lower Mainland season, Burnaby went undefeated (7-0) to clinch the top seed.

Led by Canadian international Julia Sugawara (64 pts), Burnaby finished second in overall scoring averaging 34.7 points per game and led the division defensively, allowing just 7.86 ppg against. Burnaby’s semifinal opponent is SFU, a team they defeated 41-0 back on October 1st during the regular season. SFU finished fourth overall with a 3-4 record, led by the team’s top scorer Erin Grant. Notching five tries and kicking eight conversions this Fall, Grant finishing sixth overall in the league scoring race with 41 points.

Across town at Hume Park (New Westminster), the Bayside Sharks and United RFC will also be battling for a berth to the Tier One championship game. The Lower Mainland Senior Women’s finals will are slated for November 26th, at a location determined by this weekend’s results.

2011 Tier One Scoring Race (TOP TEN)

1. Candace Barry (United RFC) – 70 pts (7 tries, 16 conversions, 1 penalty)

2. Julia Sugawara (Burnaby Lake) – 64 pts (7 tries, 13 conversions, 1 penalty)

3. Andrea Burk (Capilano RFC) – 58 pts (7 tries, 10 conversions, 1 penalty)

4. Tanya Leigh (Bayside Sharks) – 11 tries (55 pts)

5. Emily Young (Kamloops) – 47 pts (9 tries, 1 conversion)

6. Erin Grant (SFU) – 41 pts (5 tries, 8 conversions)

7. Jess Neilson (Meraloma) – 33 pts (1 try, 5 conversions, 6 penalties)

8. Hilary Leith (Capilano RFC) – 31 pts (5 tries, 3 conversions)

T9. Christina Burnham (SFU) – 30 pts (6 tries)

T9. Katie Larson (Burnaby Lake) – 30 pts (6 tries)

All match locations and kickoffs are subject to change due to weather conditions. Please check back to for updated schedules

Lower Mainland Women’s Tier One- Sat., November 19th

CUP SEMIFINAL: SFU at Burnaby Lake (Burnaby Lake Sports Complex) 11:30am

CUP SEMIFINAL: Bayside at United (Hume Park) 11:30am


SHIELD SEMIFINAL: Kamlooops at Meraloma (Connaught Park) 11:30am

Sat. November 26th:

Tier One Cup Championship (date and location TBD)

Tier One Bowl Championship (date and location TBD)

Tier One Shield Championship (date and location TBD)

Lower Mainland Women’s Tier Two- Sat., November 19th

CUP SEMIFINAL: UBC at Kelowna (Yale Secondary) 1:00pm

CUP SEMIFINAL: Abbotsford at United (Hume Park) 10:00am


SHIELD SEMIFINAL: Ridge Meadows at Burnaby Lake (Burnaby Sports Complex) 10:00am

Sat. November 26th:

Tier Two Cup Championship (date and location TBD)

Tier Two Bowl Championship (date and location TBD)

Tier Two Shield Championship (date and location TBD)