Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

April 2, 2016    Victoria, BC (ISN) – James Bay’s Aaron Evison scored two trys in a losing effort as the James Bay Bays Prems couldn’t overcome a five-try Burnaby second half and fell 44-22 at MacDonald Park Saturday in CDI Premier League rugby action.

JBBA Conor Braid proved strong on his feet, shrugging off the Burnaby tackle for extra yards – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca

On a day commemorated by as Norman Hadley Day, in memory of the recent passing of former JBBA player and Canadian Rugby Team member Norman Hadley,  James Bay looked to lock up second place in their final regular season game and an all-important first round bye in the playoffs, but an aspiring Burnaby Lake side , playing JBBA for the first this season weren’t swayed by the 250 plus James Bay supporters that came out to cheer on their home side.


Cole Racine breaks though the defensive front line to advance the ball for James Bay – Erich Eichhorn image (ww.allsportmedia.ca)

With the win Burnaby Lake, with one game remaining,  jumped over JBBA into second place and securing the bye in quarterfinal playoffs. James Bay will sit idle next weekend, as Seattle Saracens and UBCOB Ravens will play their final season match to decide who will travel to play the Bays for the chance to move on.


Burnaby Lake was unstoppable in the second half, scoring five trys to run away with the win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

James Bay game out of the gates strong in the opening half, scoring wide early on a Mike Longname try to go up 5-0 after Conor Braid, with good pace, would help set his teammate close to the box. After keeping James Bay in their own end most of the first half, Burnaby Lake would take a run with the lead on back-to-back trys by Tutsi Vikilani and Anthony Luca to go up 14-5.  Aaron Evison would bring the home side within a four point 14-10 margin at the half with his first of two trys in the game after burning the Burnaby defense with a run down the wing from mid field.


Aaron Evison runs away from Burnaby Lake defender on a wide open wing in a rare deensive lapse for the visiting side – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

James Bay, having troubles in the second finishing tackles and unable to keep possession of the ball against a tenacious Burnaby defense, would watch their margin slip away in the second half as Burnaby Lake would score three unanswered trys before Evison would touch down again behind the posts for James Bay, behind 29-17. Burnaby would add two trys more to run up the score, before JBBA Jordan Wilson-Ross would take a diving stab into the corner with two minutes remaining in a conciliatory, yet determined effort in the 44-22 loss.


Jordan Wilson-Ross dives across the try line late in the game with a statement – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

In the warm up match, third place James Bay would press late but fall 17-13 to the undefeated Burnaby Lake in the firsts match up. Preston Petrovich would score two trys in the winning effort for Burnaby.