BC Finals Results: Ravens Claim Championship Titles in Men's Premier and Reserve; Capilano Win Women's Premier: Bayside, Langley, Squamish, Scribes, Abbotsford Claim Championship Titles in Div 1, 2 and 3: FULL MATCH VIDEOS
BURNABY LAKE 22 V 30 UBCOB RAVENS
It only took a minute for Aaron McLelland to make his mark and score the first try of the match, our prediction of Ravens +6 and "look for him [McLelland] to have more of a say this week" were not far off. Burnaby answered back at 10 minutes off a strong scrum and pass to the blindside, 7-5. At 16 minutes Ravens went ahead after a prolonged attack found a man out wide, 12-5. A penalty pushed that to 15-5 Ravens after 25 minutes and that's the way the half ended. Ravens added another penalty 10 minutes into the second half and it was 18-5. McLelland again provided some magic dishing off to #12 Kol Henrikson for a 23-5 scoreline at 55 minutes. McLelland was at it again at 60 minutes, breaking the Burnaby defence wide open and dishing off the last pass to #14 Jef Vyres for a commanding 30-5 lead. Burnaby came back in the last 20 but it ended 30-22 for the Ravens and a successful defence of last year's championship title.
CAPILANO 20 - WESTSHORE 19
Caps went up 3-0 about 10 minutes in. Caps extended that off a simple tap and go from a penalty 15 minutes into the match, 10-0. Macy Munson set up the next try after the Westshore prop was stripped of the ball, 17-0 after 22 minutes. Westshore battled back and were leading 19-17 with 10 minutes remaining. Macy Munson again was the hero for Capilano as she stroked a penalty with 5 minutes remaining for a 20-19 lead that would be the final result.
Mens Premier Reserve
UBCOB RAVENS 44 V 25 UVIC NORSEMEN
Men's Div 1
BAYSIDE 34 v 29 ABBOTSFORD
Men's Division 2
LANGLEY 26 V 24 KAMLOOPS
Men's Division 3
SQUAMISH AXEMEN 33 V 3 RICHMOND
Women's Division 1
ABBOTSFORD 52 V 17 NANAIMO
Women's Division 2
SCRIBES 19 V 12 CAPILANO
BC Club Finals Weekend: Ravens v Burnaby in Men's Premier; Westshore v Capilano in Women's Premier - Eight Championship Titles Contested in Total
[ed. all matches are at Burnaby Lake rugby club. Live streaming from SportsCanada.tv. It isn't specified if all games will be streamed or just Field 2. ]
BURNABY LAKE V UBCOB RAVENS @ 16:30 Ref David Smortchevsky
Can Burnaby win their first Premier title at home, they've been the bridesmaid often but never the bride as the saying goes. They reversed their 40 minute rugby trend last week when they played a hard first 40 against CW before pulling away in the second half. The second half comeback has been their trademark in the latter part of the season. The Ravens got by a feisty UBC side that battled back from halftime deficit. Aaron McLelland their dangerous fullback was kept in check last week, look for him to have more of a say this week. Based on previous meetings between these sides 43-10 and 46-3 you would have to say the matchup favours the Ravens. Home field advantage and a new self belief may have an effect in Burnaby's favour however. Prediction: Ravens by 6.
Expect some packed sidelines on Saturday as Burnaby Lake try to win the Rounsefell Cup for the first time in the club’s history, with the advantage of being on home soil. The league leaders at the end of the 2018/19 regular season, they have dropped just two games all year. A hard fought victory in the Semi-Finals over a spirited Castaway Wanderers gives them one of their best chances at getting their name on the much coveted Rounsefell Cup. Standing in their way are UBOCB Ravens, defending Men’s Premier League Champions and a side looking for their first back-to-back titles in nearly 30 years. Ravens finished fourth in the regular season, just two points behind Burnaby, and have looked in strong form during the playoffs. They are also the only side to have beaten Burnaby Lake this season, both times inflicting heavy defeats in excess of 30 points. Will a third win over Burnaby Lake be the sweetest one of the season for Ravens or will the home side come out victorious and claim the Men’s Premier League title for the first time?
Burnaby 1. Nik Hildebrand 2. Preston Petrovitch 3. Bryce Worden 4. Callum Toi 5. Craig McLaughlin 6. Tom Dear 7. Mike O'Toole 8. Taitusi Vikilani 9. Reid Watkins 10. Haydn Munck 11. Gino Paolella 12. Neil Maclaine 13. Sean McKeown 14. Darren McCrory 15. Cole Maqueen 16. Adrian Longbone 17. Andrew Lackner 18. Anthony Luca 19. Siaki Vikilani 20. Tom Cvijanovic 21. Geoffrey Ryan 22. Cian Keegan 23. Andrew Porter
Ravens 1 Dim Gotsopoulos 2 Nathan Kendrick (i) 3 Chris Taylor 4 Brian Moylett (i) 5 Cameron McWilliam 6 Patrick Richardson 7 David O'Donaghue (i) (c) 8 Conor Hamilton 9 Jorden Sandover-Best (RC) 10 Robbie Jones 11 Graham Turner 12 Kol Henrikson 13 Colby Mason (i) 14 Jef Vyres 15 Aaron McLelland 16 Curtis Delmonico 17 Matiaz Suez 18 Grant Crowell 19 Andrew Hamilton 20 Sean Hase 21 Kelepi Cucake 22 Jake Wolfman 23 Sean Ferguson
WESTSHORE V CAPILANO @ 14:45 Ref Latoya Blackwood
Despite some windy weather causing a reshuffle in the Semi-Final fixtures at the weekend, we have our final confirmed. Westshore defeated Castaway Wanderers in a revised fixture while Capilano came out victorious against Seattle over on the mainland. Westshore will be competing in their third straight Women’s Premier League final. If they are successful on Saturday, they will be the first women’s team to win the Gordon Harris Memorial Cup three years running since Vancouver Rowing Club between 1991-1993. Standing in the way of that record is Capilano, second seed at the end of the regular season. Despite losing to Westshore twice this year, they were two of the three narrowest margins that any team has posted against the reigning champions. Expect the team from Vancouver’s North Shore to fight to the bitter end as they seek to secure the title that they last won back in 2010.
UBCOB RAVENS V U OF VICTORIA NORSEMEN @ 13:45 Ref Bradley Schwalger
UBCOB Ravens are back in the Men’s Premier Reserve Final once again, having lost out to Meraloma for the title in 2017/18. Their opponents this year, UVic Norsemen, edged past the defending champions by just two points in their Semi-Final, setting up a mouthwatering fixture for Saturday. The Norsemen had the stronger run during Regular Season, finishing second in the standings and getting a pass straight to the Semi-Finals. Ravens, on the other hand, have done things the hard way, qualifying as 5th seeds and having to fight passed UBC in a nip and tuck Quarter Final (19-17) before facing top seeds Burnaby Lake in the Semi-Final. Having battled through that fixture and come out on top, the Ravens will likely have a strong feeling of self-belief and hope to secure the title that they lost out on 12 months ago. The Norsemen will be more than happy to remind their opponents of their last encounter, a 38-24 win for the island side. Who has what it takes to take the win on the day?
WOMEN’S DIVISION 1
ABBOTSFORD V NANAIMO @ 11:45 Ref Julianne Zussman
It’s the top two seeds from Regular Season facing off in this year’s Women’s Division 1 Final. Abbotsford, unbeaten since January, will go into the match as favourites but the fixture is far from a done deal. Nanaimo Hornets have had an excellent season, losing only two matches since January and demonstrating a real tenacity on the field. Most exciting of all is that these two teams have yet to face each other in 2019, so there is an air of the unknown and uncertain around this matchup. This could be a real treat for those gathered on the sidelines early on Saturday morning.
MEN’S DIVISION 1
BAYSIDE V ABBOTSFORD @ 12:45 Ref Saro Turner
Bayside Sharks have been in strong form all season long in Men’s Division 1, losing just a single game all season. More significantly, they have been resilient in defence, conceding the fewest number of points of any team in the division this year. Coupled with a comprehensive 53-0 win over United in their Semi-Final, the Sharks are unquestionably in strong form coming into this year’s final. Abbotsford will still fancy their chances though, they have beaten Bayside already this season and will be riding high after coming through a tightly contested Seim-Final against Surrey Beavers. There are likely to be plenty of big hits and fierce battles at the breakdown when these two sides meet on Saturday.
WOMEN’S DIVISION 2
SCRIBES V CAPILANO @ 11:15 Ref Heather Lilburn
This could be one of the most exciting matches of the competition. The top two seeds from Regular Season, both shown a huge capacity for big scores and an ability to hold strong defensive lines. Not only that, but the only time the two sides have faced each other since January was a riveting affair settled by just a single point, Scribes coming out top 20-19. Scribes are also the defending champions and, given the scenes from last year when the final whistle blew, they will fight tirelessly to retain their crown. But Capilano have gone over 10 years since they last laid claim to the Women’s Division 2 title and they have a real appetite. All we can say is this should be a game well worth watching this weekend.
MEN’S DIVISION 2
LANGLEY V KAMLOOPS @ 13:30 Ref Derek Horton
Langley have been in imperious form this year. They finished Regular Season in the Men’s Division 2 as the top seed and then dispatched Surrey Beavers in their Semi-Final. They have plenty of stats to back their confidence up, with the highest scoring average of any team in the division and one of the strongest defensive lines, conceding less than 12 points per game on average. However, they are coming up against the reigning champions from 2017/18 and Kamloops will feel they have just as much right to be full of confidence heading into this weekend. The team from the interior have scored an average of 36 points per game this season and comfortably same through their Semi-Final at Bayside 38-5 last weekend. Langley may have the upper hand in the head-to-head stats this season (2-0) but it is all going to come down to who wants it more this weekend. Expect plenty of fireworks when this game kicks off.
MEN’S DIVISION 3
AXEMEN RUGBY CLUB V RICHMOND @ 11:30 Ref Tyler Dawson
Top seeds Axemen have been an exciting side to follow this year, demonstrating a ruthless scoring record but an even more impressive run in defence. Conceding an average of fewer than 6 points per game this year, the side from up the Sea-to-Sky are well used to controlling games and dictating the pace, regardless of the competition. This was most recently demonstrated in their 57-0 dismantling of Chilliwack in the Semi-Finals last weekend. Richmond have worked tirelessly all season and their hard work has paid off, edging out 2017/18 champions Weshore in their Semi-Final weekend and booking a place in the Men’s Division 3 Final. They have been one of the form sides of the division this year, finishing Regular Season as 2nd seed and demonstrating their own prolific scoring record. Will they topple Axemen for the first time this year or will the Men’s Division 3 trophy be taking the scenic drive back up the Howe Sound come Saturday evening?