James Bay edge Burnaby Lake, hold down Premier League top spot

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(ISN) – 
James Bay Athletic Association posted their sixth straight win on Saturday afternoon, downing Burnaby Lake Rugby Club to hold down top spot in the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League standings.

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. March 24th:

  • James Bay AA 21 – 15(+1) Burnaby Lake
  • Meraloma Rugby Club 20(+1) – 25 Castaway Wanderers RFC
  • Abbotsford RFC 19 – 67(+1) UBCOB Ravens
  • UVic Vikes 15 – 31(+1) Capilano RFC

James Bay AA 21 – 15(+1) Burnaby Lake

The Bays (9-1) were in tough against a resilient Burnaby Lake (6-3) side and their kicking proved to be the difference in posting yet another road win. Bays flyer Sands Falk recorded his third try of the season and Canadian international Thyssen De Goede also crossed over. Connor Braid lifted the Bays to victory, contributing a crucial second half drop goal, along with a conversion and two penalties. Burnaby have now dropped two straight matches and slide to fourth in the standings but still have a game-in-hand. Burnaby’s tries on Saturday came courtesy of Joe Dolesau and Evan Thomas. Geoff Ryan added a penalty and a convert to see Burnaby keep the scoreline within seven points and secure a bonus point.

Meraloma Rugby Club 20(+1) – 25 Castaway Wanderers RFC

In a rematch of the 2011 Rounsefell Cup final, the Oak Bay Castaway Wanderers (7-2-1) again came out on top against Meraloma Rugby Club (4-5-1). Rugby World Cup standout Ander Monro kicked 10 points for the Castaway Wanderers through two converts and two penalties. Pita Savea crossed over twice for CW and Matt Weingart punched in CW’s third try. Meraloma kicker Bryan Tyrer kicked two penalties and two converts and Shawn Mercier recorded two tries for the visitors. The Lomas are now six points back of fourth place Burnaby Lake and will look to close the gap when they travel back to the Island on March 31st to scrum down against UVic.

Around the league…

North Shore club Capilano RFC (7-3) downed the struggling UVic Vikes (1-9) by a score of 31-15. Capilano are now in third place and five points shy of Castaway Wanderers in the standings… Across town at Jericho Park, the UBCOB Ravens (3-7) recorded a much needed win, defeating Abbotsford RFC (1-8) by a score of 67-19. Abbotsford are currently in eighth place in the standings and will look to bounce back when they host the Ravens next Saturday at CFV Exhibition Park.

Ceili’s Cup League (Tier 1 First Division) – Sat. March 24th:

  • Meraloma Rugby Club 10 – 43(+1) Castaway Wanderers RFC
  • Abbotsford RFC 29(+1) – 22(+1) UBCOB Ravens
  • UVic Norsemen 0 – 26 Capilano RFC
  • James Bay AA 5 – 43(+1) Burnaby Lake

Women’s Adidas Premiership

Vancouver Island’s Velox Valkyries (6-0) handed reigning provincial champions Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (6-1) their first loss of the season on Saturday, posting a convincing 26-8 result. Velox’s trio of tries were recorded by Brittany Sims, Jesse Olynyk and Natalie Tam. Amanda Campbell contributed three penalties and Jane Cruttenden added a convert for the Valkyries win. Burnaby’s try was scored by Kim Donaldson and the league’s leading scorer Julia Sugawara added a penalty.

Women’s Adidas Premiership – Sat. March 24th:

  • UVic Vikes 17 – 34(+1) Capilano RFC
  • Burnaby Lake 8 – 26 Velox Valkyries
  • Bayside RFC 22(+1) – 17(+1) Meraloma Rugby Club
  • SFU Rugby 10 – 45(+1) United Rugby Club
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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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