Sports

Rugby alums hit pitch at sevens tourney

Bayside Shark’s Liam Beaulieu charges upfield – leaving a fallen tackler in his wake – during a Bayside Sevens tournament match earlier this month at South Surrey Athletic Park.  - Don Wright photo
Bayside Shark’s Liam Beaulieu charges upfield – leaving a fallen tackler in his wake – during a Bayside Sevens tournament match earlier this month at South Surrey Athletic Park.
— image credit: Don Wright photo

It was something of a who’s-who of the Peninsula rugby scene earlier this month at South Surrey Athletic Park, as the Bayside Sharks Rugby Club held it’s annual sevens tournament.

The popular event – which was held under sunny skies Aug. 9 – drew players of all ages, including Bayside players past and present, and alumni from South Surrey high school programs.

The 12-team seven-a-side event was split into three divisions – over-35, men’s social and high-school alumni.

In the over-35 showdown, the hosts from Bayside emerged victorious, led by club captain Dave Wareing and past Canadian international players Joe Haley and Adam Van Stavern, the latter of whom was, in the past, a longtime captain of the Sharks’ 15-a-side men’s premier squad.

Also competing in the over-35 division were the Semiahmoo Old Boys and the Rugby Guardians – a team of men and women from across the globe – as well as Docomo, a team from New Westminster made up of ‘old boys’ from Douglas and Pocomo clubs.

In the social grouping, the Fiji Blonde team captured the title, defeating Bayside in the finals, while the high-school alum division, which was a new addition to the annual summer event, saw Elgin Park claim top spot.

The Elgin alumni were led by Rupert Peers, Jeremy Bergan and recent grad Andrew O’Connor.

In the crossover final, between social winners Fiji and the Elgin crew, Elgin replacement player Jesse Train (who is actually a graduate of Semiahmoo) booted a conversion from the sideline to tie the game late, but Fiji Blonde scored four minutes into the overtime session to take the overall championship.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

WRCA Warriors prep for top U.S. squad
 
Eagles advance to conference finals with Game 6 win
 
Hyacks battle back against Rebels
CFL legend Calvillo guest speaker at Spartans fundraiser
 
Titans take the title as Langley places three in top five
 
Newsome accepts offer from Michigan Tech
Bandits slap down Kodiaks
 
Local body builder takes home second place trophy
 
Neighbour bound for curling nationals

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event




Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 20 edition online now. Browse the archives.