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Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – It took extra time, but the U18 BC Boys Gold Elite team repeated as tournament tops, defeating the Eagles Impact Academy of the USA 31-26 to take the Victoria International Youth 7’s Tournament’s U18 Elite Cup.

U18 BC Gold player takes on Eagles Impact player during finals action of the Victoria Youth International Rugby Sevens Tournament – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Last year it was a strong BC squad that walked away with the championship cup, handily defeating a USA side. A stronger showing by teams from south of the boarder this year would give the U18 BC Gold all they could handle against a deserving Eagles Impact Academy from the USA.

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A BC Gold player looks over his shoulder for a teammate to hand the ball off to before being taken down – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The Eagles, remaining undefeated through day two action, would push their way to the way to the Cup final with a deserving, hard fought win over the Upright Rugby team with a 19-12 win. BC Gold would have to playoff against their own in the BC Blue side, relegating the Blue to play for third with a 34-5 Gold win and a finals berth.

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Eagles Impact player takes possesion of the ball climbing the ladder to bring it down – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

 In the final, what started as a sure win for BC, turned table as quick as sevens action is known for.  The Eagles, with two consecutive trys, would force sudden death overtime, deadlocked at 26-26 at full time. A stalwart push by BC to knock the Eagles back to about fifteen metres of the USA try line, would ultimately, after a BC restart, would find room down the sideline.  After beating one defender,  BC would make a diving stab with the ball to cross the line for the winning try with an Eagle player in tow.  BC Gold would come away tournament U18 Elite champions with the 31-26 Cup win.

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U18 Elite BC Gold sevens team hoist the Cup after an exciting OT finals win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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Both sides competed for this ball and the win, extending play int OT. Bc would win 31-26 to take the Cup – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

BC Blue would take third in the Elite U18 with a convincing 22-7 win over Upright Ruby of Ontario.

BC Red would defeat Celtic Barbarians 20-15 for the Cup in the Open U18 division. Utah’s Cannibals would eat their own, defeating the Utah Lions 24-7 to take third spot in the division.

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BC Red would the Utah Cannibals to win their semi-final match and ultimately the Cup final – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

In U16 action, Utah would once again impress with a 22-7 win over the Vancouver Island Thunder to take Cup honors.

In Women’s U18 play, the BC Elite Girls side was surprised by a strong showing by the Vancouver Island Tsunami. The Tsunami would defeat the BC girls side for the finals girls championship.