Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
Victoria (ISN) – James Bay Athletic Association hosted their annual Buccaneer 7’s Rugby tournament on Saturday. This year’s tournament featured 6 Men’s teams – JBAA, Untouchables, BC U18, Global Fijian Lighthouse, Western Washington University and South Seas Connection along with 4 U16 Boys teams.
Global Fijian Lighthouse took top honors with a hard fought victory over the South Seas Connection that went down to the wire. The score was tied a 7-7 at the half, Global Fijian Lighthouse opened up a 21-7 lead early in the 2nd half only to have South Seas Connection close to within a try and continue to press for the equalizer, but it was Global Fijian Lighthouse that broke through for a try in the final minutes to secure a 28-14 victory.
Rugby fans in Victoria were treated to some outstanding action during Saturday’s Buccaneer 7’s tournament at Esquimalt’s Bullen Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The U16 boys featured some of the top up and coming players from across the Province. The British Columbia Rugby Union’s decision to run an elite youth sevens program seems to have paid off as these boys showed some real talent, and with Sevens rugby becoming an Olympic event in 2016 and 2020, Canada future looks bright.
Some of the top U16 rugby players in the province were in Esquimalt on Saturday to take part in the Buccaneer 7’s rugby tournament. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The U16 flight showcased some of the up and coming talent that is being produced by the BCRU Elite Youth Program. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The day concluded with an 15 a side exhibition match between the Canada U20 and St. Andrews University of Scotland. Early predictions had Canada winning with relative ease but no one expected a 118 – 0 shellacking by Canada.
The Global Fijian Lighthouse doubled the South Sea Connection 28-14 in the final of the Buccaneer 7’s rugby tournament hosted by JBAA on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Canada U20’s are now headed to the International Rugby Board Junior Rugby World Trophy in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 18 to 30.
JBAA 19 – Untouchables 19
BC U18 40 – Untouchables 5
BC U18 24 – JBAA 12
Global Fijian Lighthouse 24 – Wester Washington University 0
South Sea Connection 30 – Western Washington University 7
Global Fijian Lighthouse 24 – South Sea Connection 7
Untouchables 21 – Western Washington University 19
South Seas Connection 22 – BC U18 7
Global Fijian Lighthouse 40 – JBAA 0
Global Fijian Lighthouse 28 – South Seas Connection 14
BC Under 16
Red 32 – Gold 0 Red 31 – Blue 7
Blue 17 – White 17 Gold 12 – Blue 10
Gold 17 – White 10 Red 33 – White 7
U16 Consolation Final
White 26 – Blue 7
Red 22 – Gold 0
Canada U20 118 – St. Andrews University (Scotland) 0