Bayside Fiji Blond Win 2018 Langford 7s, BC Next Gen 2nd, Kelowna Coos 3rd: 7+ Hours of Video
It was another successful Langford 7s with Bayside Fiji Blond winning the men's title, CW won the girls U19 title and James Bay the boys U19 title.
The full day's events can be viewed in the videos below, over 7 hours of video.
The Bayside Fiji Blond team avenged their loss to BC Next Gen at the Vancouver Invitational tournament. The Kelowna Coos were the surprise team of the tournament with some impressive talent bolstered by the addition of a couple of island based players. from Bayside Fiji Blond Sharks
This season we entered a total of nine tournaments of which we were winners of six, an amazing result considering Bayside is a club side. Of those nine tournaments, the full Bayside Fiji Blond Sharks team were together as a club side for six events, the Vancouver 7s, Cloverdale Rodeo 7s, CAN/AM 7s, SFU 7s, Bayside 7s and the Langford 7s.
Defcon Fiji Blond played together in a further 3 tournaments, the Calgary Stampede 7s, Brit Lion 7s and the Centre of Gravity 7s in Kelowna and were victorious in all three events. Defcon Fiji Blond carries 5 or 6 Bayside Fijians and have been complimented by players from other clubs.
A total of 22 players from Bayside RFC have represented the club in one or more tournaments and include the following:
Sam Clayton, David Dinbandhu, Andrew O' Connor, Marika Delai, Peni Rokodiva, Reid Davis, Logan Smith, Livai Navaigo, Sam Knights, Liam Morrison, Conner Dickie, Luke Torroca, Tonner Jackson, Baleigh Grim, Jay Franklin, Gavin Morrison, Josh Arei, Doug Fairbank, Kristian Osing, Darryn Matsee, Jack Knights and Joseph Duikete.
There have been 8 or 9 other players from outside clubs that have played a valuable part with Defcon Fiji Blond and include Asareli Rokotuiwakaya, Jarred Douglas, Joshiah Morra, Issac Vonnani, Darwin Guevara, Tsui Vikilani and Siaki Vikilani.
As the manager of the Bayside Fiji Blond Sharks, I would like to pay special thanks to our coach Sam Knights, Lee Sullivan for assisting both Sam and myself, Director Petaia Usakilakeba and most importantly our sponsors, Bobby Naicker, Randy Horn, Richie Eacret and the Semiahmoo Old Boys RFC. We would not have been able to compete in these events without your valuable support. from Canadian Coos FB page
2018 Canadian Coos Wrap Up:
In our inaugural season we had 26 Players from 8 different clubs; the vast majority being members of the Kelowna Crows & UBCO Heat. 5 Sponsors, 5 coaches, 4 Tournaments, and 1 epic summer of rugby... to be continued in 2019.
- 2nd of 4 teams in Men’s Club division at Calgary Stampede Sevens, 22-21 Loss to Leprechaun Tigers of Edmonton. Fiji Blond wins Elite division.
- 3rd of 9 teams in Men’s Open/Elite division at Kelowna Center of Gravity 7’s. Fiji Blond wins Elite division.
Tropicoos win 1st in their division
- Combined Coos & Thunder lose in sudden death OT to Fiji Blond at Bayside 7’s.
Despite having a very young squad, Tropicoos miss out on Men’s Open Semi Finals by 2 points.
- 3rd of 6 teams in Mens Elite at Langford 7s. Heartbreaker 19-15 (last play) Loss in Semis to Fiji Blond. Fiji Blond beats BC 19-7 in Final.
Played in all 4 tournaments:
Steve Tostenson, Captain, Kelowna 7’s MVP.
Trevor Yip, Langford All Star team, Bayside 7’s MVP and Coo leading try scorer (8 tries).
Jeff Lohse Captain.
Rhys Evans Captain.
Rick Schouten, Langford 7’s MVP and Langford All Star team.
Isaac Olson, Calgary 7’s MVP.
Joey Morneau. Sammy Stringer. James Scott. Kyle Tremblay (Canada U19).
Max Staples. Leps Nacola. Sebastian Miranda.
Chris Hill. Jacob O’Riain. Tanner Arnason. Travis Bello. David-James Pauls. Jamie Jensen. Simon Paul (BC U18). Reid Davis (Canada U20). Kainoa Lloyd (Canada 7’s). James Pitblado (BC Bears). Shea Wakefield (BC Bears).
Coaches: Cameron Pierce. Barry Ebl. Judah Campbell. Adam Zaruba. Nanyak Dala.
Behind the scenes: Christian Hill and Paris Pierce went above and beyond to help things run smoothly.
Thank you to all our sponsors: Illichmann Meats Sausages & Gourmet Foods LTD. Rugby Safety Network. The Rugby Shop. First choice home inspections.
A special thanks to our main Sponsor Mountain Planning Group Inc. We truly wouldn’t have pulled this off without your generous funding and willingness to improve the quality of Okanagan Rugby players.
We hope that we’ve done you all proud and we look forward to making this an annual team that will become as strong or stronger than Defcon Fiji Blond. We are on the right path. Match Videos
Afternoon matches 3 hours
Langford 7s on Saturday: Defending Champions from Bayside 7s & Stampede 7s Plus Defending Champions from Vancouver 7s All Attending: Teams Still Looking for Players
The two best 7s teams this year have been the Fiji Blond team out of Bayside and the BC Next Gen team. Fiji Blond won the Stampede 7s in Calgary and the Bayside 7s (also Cloverdale Rodeo 7s, Center of Gravity 7s) while BC Next Gen won the Vancouver Invitational 7s in March. They're co-favourites going into the tournament.
Other teams entered include James Bay, Westshore, Thunder, Tropicoo Barbs, Canadian Coos. The latter two teams coming out of Kelowna and organized by former pro player Cam Pierce who is now back in Canada.
There's also a U19 men's and women's division.
The games in the main stadium are planned to be live streamed on FB, details to follow. Follow Langford 7s on FB for updates https://www.facebook.com/Langford7s/
If you're interested in playing, contact John Lyall and he'll find a spot for you on one of the rosters, email is firstname.lastname@example.org BC Next Gen
1. Kimi Vunituraga (c) - Burnaby Lake
2. Justin Logan - Castaway Wanderers
3. Nathan Tough - James Bay
4. Darwin Guevara - Abbotsford
5. Kieran McAuley - James Bay
6. Shane Dagg - Unattached
7. Taylor McGuire - Westshore
8. Darren McCrory - Burnaby
9. Tua Vaa - Westshore
10. Conrad Newell - Westshore
11. Malcolm Claver - Capilano
12. Sam Fowler - Nanaimo
Coach: Aaron Frisby
Manager: Melissa Ngawati Bayside Fiji Blond Sharks
Vancouver 7s - Finalists
Cloverdale Rodeo 7s - Winners
CanAm 7s - Semi-Finalists
Calgary Stampede 7s - Winners
SFU 7s - Finalists
Brit Lions 7s - Winners
Center of Gravity 7s - Winners
Bayside 7s - Winners from BCRU
Vancouver, BC - August 29, 2018: BC Rugby's NextGen Sevens Men's Team has been confirmed for the Langford Sevens tournament this weekend, taking place at Westhills Stadium on September 1st. Having already secured a win at the Vancouver Rugby Festival (VRF) in March, the team are keen to add a second title to their haul in 2018. However, they will face stiff competition from clubs from both sides of the border when the tournament gets underway this weekend.
The BC NextGen Sevens Men's Team that will compete in Langford has plenty of the DNA that helped them secure the inaugural NextGen Men's Division title at this year's VRF. Burnaby Lake's Kimi Vunituraga will captain the side, joined by returning teammates Justin Logan (Castaway Wanderers), Nathan Tough (James Bay), Darwin Guevara (Abbotsford), Kieran McAuley (James Bay), Darren McCrory (Burnaby Lake) and Malcolm Claver (Capilano). They will be joined by some new recruits to the side including Shane Dagg (Unattached), Taylor McGuire, Tua Vaa, Conrad Newell (all Westshore) and Sam Fowler (Nanaimo), all of whom will be hoping to make an impact under the watchful eye of Head Coach Aaron Frisby. Frisby, who is in charge of the Men's and Women's NextGen Sevens programs for BC Rugby, will doubtless have one eye on the 2019 season already and may well use this tournament as an opportunity to keep tabs on talented young Sevens players for future teams. The BC NextGen Men's Sevens team were in imperious form when they played in the VRF in March 2018, going undefeated in the tournament. The final of the Nextgen Men's Division was a scintillating affair, with BC securing victory by a narrow two-point margin over Bayside Fiji Blond, 19-17. With both teams entered in the Langford Sevens tournament this year, any potential meeting between the two sides would doubtless be a hotly contested grudge match.
The Langford Sevens is a well established and much-respected tournament, drawing teams from the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the USA while never failing to deliver the speed, excitement and skill that defines Rugby Sevens as a sport. With over 20 teams already confirmed for the event across four divisions (Senior Male, Senior Female, U19 Male, U19 Female), this year's competition is once again set to be a thoroughly enjoyable affair for fans and players alike. The action gets underway at 10:00am (PT) this Saturday at Westhills Stadium. For more information, visit the event Facebook Page. Schedule