James Bay Advances, Wanderers not so Lucky in BC Rugby Premier League Semi-Finals

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With Photos By Erich Eichorn (ISN)

Victoria (ISN) – James Bay Athletic Association used a late penalty kick to defeat Burnaby Lakes 23-21, while the Castaway Wanderers were upset 34-22 by Capilanos in BC Rugby Premier League semi-final action Saturday.

For James Bay, Connor Braid hit a 35-metre penalty kick with six minutes remaining to James Bay up 23-21. That kick nullified a second-half Burnaby Lake comeback, as they trailed James Bay 15-3 at the half.

Burnaby Lake had a chance to re-take the lead with two minutes remaining, but Geoff Ryan’s penalty attempt bounced off the uprights.

James Bay will now meet Capilano RFC in the finals next Saturday May 11th.  The Capilanos provided the upset of the weekend as they defeated the Castaway Wanderers 34-22 in the second semi-final at Windsor Park in Victoria.

ISN Photographer Erich Eichhorn was at the James Bay game and a few of his images are found below:
 

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JBAA’s Morgan Williams tries to thread a pass through Lakers players outstretched hand – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
 
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JBBA just about lost their shirts against a resilient Burnaby Lakers team. JBAA scored with 3 just minutes left to gut out the win and remain undefeated at home.- Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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Lakers Joe Dolesau pulls down the ball surrounded by JBAA tacklers – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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Sean White of JBAA would hand off this ball with one free hand as he sprints down field – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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JBAA Morgan Williams would be run over by Lakers Aaron Goddard. Lakers would press late to take the lead from JBAA. – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allportmedia.ca )
 
 
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Burnaby Lakers pressed hard in the second half to take the lead away from JBAA – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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Sean White running down field, would carry his tackler until a few more Laker players could slow him down – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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Burnaby Lakers had a hard time containing JBAA Sean White in the open field – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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JBAA Connor Braid, shown here on the tackle, would play an important kicking role keeping the Lakers in their half of the field early in the game – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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Lakers Geoff Ryan looks down the line taking the ball out of the scrum – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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Burnaby Lakers look on as their hopes of being the first team to give JBAA a home field loss slip away in the last few minutes of the game – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
 
 
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JBAA Nolan Miles contributes a try to lift JBBA over the Burnaby Lakers in a last minute come from behind victory Saturday at MacDonald Field – Erich Eichhorn Image).

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