By Matt Tidcombe
The men’s Maple Leafs left the Central Coast Sevens as Ball champions after a 26-10 win over Sunnybank.
MAPLE LEAFS 12–7 REDROCK (AET)
Despite dominating the territory in the opening six minutes, the Maple Leafs couldn’t find a way through the Redrock defence after spending the majority of the half inside the opposition 22 and were punished for failing to find a breakthrough as Redrock found a gap and used their pace to score under the posts for a 7-0 lead at the interval.
Canada continued their assault in the second half and were finally awarded with a try sending the game into extra time where Lucas Hammond scored the game winner sending the Maple Leafs into the ‘Ball’ final.
MAPLE LEAFS 26-10 SUNNYBANK
Canada won the ‘Ball’ final after beating Sunnybank 26-10 in their final game of the Central Coast Sevens.
Canada got off to a flying start as Adam Zaruba bulldozed through the Sunnybank line before an offload to Justin Douglas, who dodged one tackler before scoring 30 seconds in.
After Sunnybank grabbed their first try, Canada replied immediately with a blistering attack from the kickoff with Zaruba strolling in after Sean White had wiggled free down the sideline.
10 seconds into the second half, Canada had a third try. Captain Sean Duke collected a loose ball from the kickoff and made a pass inside to White who dived in for his first try of the tournament for a 21-5 lead. The Central Coast Sevens declared it the second fastest try in tournament history.
Sunnybank grabbed a second try but the result was never in question as Canada closed the tournament as Ball champions after Luke McCloskey added a fourth try after the hooter had sounded.
Canada’s Maple Leafs Roster for the Central Coast Sevens (Name, club, hometown):
Phil Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
Luke Bradley – (UVIC Vikes/Port Alberni Black Sheep) Port Alberni, BC
Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Trenton Cooper – (Oshawa Vikings/Ontario Blues) Uxbridge, ON
Justin Douglas – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
Sean Duke – (Unattached/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Lucas Hammond – (Toronto Nomads/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Pat Kay – (Unattached/BC Bears) Duncan, BC
Luke McCloskey – (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
Mike Scholz – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Sean White – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Adam Zaruba – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Head Coach – Liam Middleton
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Gareth Lynch
Physiotherapist – Helen Holubec
Manager – Brian Hunter
Canada’s Maple Leafs Day 1 Schedule:
Maple Leafs 14-29 Wellington
Maple Leafs 7-43 Tabadamu
Maple Leafs 34-10 ManlyCanada’s Maple Leafs Day 2 Schedule:Maple Leafs 12-7 Redrock (AET)
Maple Leafs 26-10 Sunnybank