May 10, 2014, VANCOUVER, BC (ISN) – The 2014 BC Rugby club season wrapped up on Saturday afternoon with nine Cup Finals played out at West Vancouver’s Klahanie Park and Vancouver’s Brockton Oval.
James Bay successfully defended their Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League Rounsefell Cup, as did Burnaby Lake in the Women’s Adidas Premiership Gordon Harris Memorial Cup Final. Burnaby also took home the men’s Ceili’s Cup First Division title after putting on a dominant 48-10 display over the 2013 champs UVic Norsemen. Third Division titles went to Capilano in Tier A and Abbotsford in Tier B.
At Brockton, the Women’s Division One and Two titles went home with Island clubs. Cowichan lifted the Div 1 Karen Moore Cup after defeating Kamloops 34-12 and Nanaimo defeated Meraloma 67-7 for the Div 2 Ged Griffiths Cup. UBC took home two titles in the Okanagan Spring Brewery Leagues One and Two, defeating Seattle OPSB in each division final. The League One title also saw UBC earn promotion to the 2014-15 Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League.
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – James Bay 23, Burnaby Lake 22
In a rematch of the 2013 Rounsefell Cup Final, James Bay Athletic Association again pipped top-seeded Burnaby Lake Rugby Club for the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League title. A single point separated the two teams at the final whistle in a tightly-contested clash that left both the players and supporters in attendance completely exhausted.
With just over a minute left on the clock and Burnaby finding themselves down 19-20, James Bay conceded a penalty inside their own 22. Burnaby’s fly half Geoff Ryan stepped up and slotted the points for a 22-20 lead. After a second straight year of topping the table and sweeping James Bay in a pair of regular season matches, the league’s leading team in both offence and defence appeared to be on track for the club’s first ever Rounsefell Cup.
But the 23-time champs James Bay showed their experience and kept calm, marching their way back into Burnaby’s half with less than a minute to play. The Bays regained possession and hammered Burnaby’s defence, baiting them into conceding a penalty. After multiple phases of absorbing James Bay’s heavy hitters, they were penalized at the breakdown right in front of the sticks. JBAA full back Dan Mathie would kick the crucial points as the Bays stole the win at the death.
“We’ve been here before and we have guys on the team who know what it takes to win championships,” said James Bay captain Spencer Dalziel. “It was an unbelievable come back. With a minute to go we showed the character that we have on this team, going the length of the field to get the win.”
James Bay had led 15-7 at the half through a pair of Jordan Wilson-Ross tries combined with a convert and penalty from Mathie. Burnaby no.8 Admir Cejvanovic went over for a try and with Ryan’s conversion closed the gap to eight points.
Ryan struggled from the tee for much of the game, however, missing four penalties (12 points) and leaving valuable points off the board. Burnaby’s previously dominant offence was unable to build any momentum and their lethal back line – which had 2013 player of the year Joe Dolesau at centre – was deprived of the ball.
“Finals are about doing things well and James Bay stuck to their basic game plan,” said Burnaby’s head coach Kris de Scossa. “James Bay have a real knack for putting you off your game and we weren’t able to execute what had made us so successful all season.”
The second half saw Burnaby fly out of the gates as substitute James Reekie would go over for a try and with Ryan’s convert, they closed the gap to 14-15. Up next was a great run from full back Cole Macqueen who went over for the score to put Burnaby up 19-15. James Bay answered back from USA Eagle Graham Harriman shortly after as he dotted down to make it 19-20 with the clock wearing out.
Ryan would give Burnaby a brief lead before the stage was set for Mathie’s heroics, as James Bay secured their record 24th Rounsefell Cup.
Women’s Adidas Premiership – Burnaby 20, Velox 7
Burnaby Lake Rugby Club lifted their third Women’s Adidas Premiership title in four years on Saturday, defeating Velox Valkyries 20-7. The fourth straight final between these two sides lived up to its billing, with the scoreline 8-7 at the half.
The first half featured a try from Burnaby no.9 Julia Sugwara and a penalty from no.10 Catherine Ohler. Velox stayed in the match through a converted try but were unable to generate any offence in the second half.
The second frame saw Burnaby pull way as Sugawara snuck through a gap on the side of a ruck to tally her second score. Prop Carolyn McEwen followed suit minutes later and with another convert from Ohler, Burnaby pulled away 20-7.
“Velox used their big runners up the middle and tried to beat us with their speed out wide,” said Sugawara. “But we played our best game of the season with a high tempo, and they couldn’t keep up.”
Okanagan Spring Brewery League One – UBC Thunderbirds 30, Seattle OPSB 28
The UBC Thunderbirds defeated top-seeded Seattle OPSB at Brockton Oval by a score of 30-28 in the Okanagan Spring Brewery League One Final. The win capped off an impressive year for UBC who had already won the Wightman Boot Series against UVic, the World Cup Series against Cal Bears and the 2014 USA Sevens College Invitational.
Along with The Province Cup, UBC also earned promotion to the 2014-15 Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League on Saturday.
The match featured two red cards as well as injury delays, but in the end, the students were able to pull out a win against a team dotted with USA national team representatives.
UBC speedster Sean Ferguson bagged a pair of tries and single tallies were also recorded by Rob Fenton and Jorden Sandover-Best. Fly half Bryan Tyrer tacked on a pair of conversions and a penalty, with Brock Staller also adding a penalty.
UBC were convincing winners in the Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two Final, easing past Seattle 29-8.
BC Rugby Finals Scoreboard
Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – ROUNSEFELL CUP FINAL
James Bay AA 23 – 22 Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
Premier League First Division – CEILI’S CUP FINAL
UVic Norsemen 10 – 48 Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
Women’s Adidas Premiership – GORDON HARRIS MEMORIAL CUP FINAL
Burnaby Lake Rugby Club 20 – 7 Velox Valkyries
Province Wide Third Division Tier A
Kats RFC 10 – 29 Capilano(A) RFC
Province Wide Third Division Tier B
Abbotsford RFC 29 – 19 Capilano(B) RFC
BC RUGBY FINALS AT BROCKTON OVAL
Okanagan Spring Brewery League One – THE PROVINCE CUP
UBC Thunderbirds 30 – 28 Seattle RFC
Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two
UBC Braves 29 – 7 Seattle RFC
Women’s First Division: KAREN MOORE CUP
Cowichan Rugby Club 34 – 12 Kamloops Rugby Club
Women’s Second Division: GED GRIFFITH’S CUP
Meraloma Rugby Club 7 – 67 Nanaimo Hornets