Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
JT Rowbotham scored a pair of tries for James Bay Athletic Association Bays as they repeat as Barnard Cup Champions for the third consecutive time with a 22-13 victory over the UVic Vikes on Saturday.
James Bay was without the services of John Moonlight, Connor Braid, Conor McCann and Sean White while UVic was missing Dustin Dobravsky, Phil Mack, Beau Parker and Sean Duke who were all travelling to Dubai to represent Canada at the HSBC Sevens Series.
James Bay controlled the play early and in the 7th minute captain Hugo Belanger crossed the line to open the scoring with an unconverted try. James Bay added to their lead 8 minutes later when Rowbotham stretched out to cross the goal line, Jeff Williams made the convert and JBAA was in control 12-0.
JT Rowbotham stretches out to cross the line for the JBAA Bays during Barnard Cup final at Centennial Stadium at UVic.
UVic was able to cut into the lead when Patrick Kay kicked for a penalty in the 20th minute but JBAA took control again and Dan Harlow broke through for a try with 10 minutes left in the half to put them up 17-3.
Dan Harlow slides across the line for JBAA’s third try of the game and a commanding 17-3 lead over the UVic Vikes.
JBAA got into some penalty trouble late in the half, and with Adam Drury in the sin bin UVic’s Brett Beukeboom scored in the dying seconds to go into the break with JBAA leading 17-10.
Fans were treated to some 7’s action between UVic and Oak Bay at the half.
The second half saw possession change numerous times with neither team able to establish themselves. UVic did apply the pressure a few times but James Bay’s stingy defence dominated and UVic had to settle for a drop goal from Kay in the 65th minute to put the score at 17-13 for the Bays.
The 2011 Barnard Cup final featured some hard hitting action between the JBAA Bays and UVic Vikes.
JBAA’s stingy defence held the Vikes at bay for most of the game.
With just a minute to play and JBAA sensing a victory, Rowbotham punched in his second try of game to secure the Bays 53rd Vancouver Island Championship.
The JBAA Bays celebrate their 125th year with a Barnard Cup Championship.
“The experience won today” commented Harlow, “there were a lot of penalties called and we knew possession would change lots against UVic but we dug deep and our defence was strong.”
The teams will take the next two months off before resuming play in the 2012 Canada Direct Insurance B.C. Premier League Spring season.
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