BC Rugby Club championships did not end in the Bayside Sharks’ favour last weekend, as both of the club’s representatives lost their respective matches.
Held Saturday at Abbotsford’s Exhibition Stadium alongside a slew of other title games – ranging from premier to third division – Bayside’s top women’s team lost its premier tilt 29-12 to Kamloops, while the Sharks’ men’s first division side saw its championship hopes dashed after a 42-6 loss to the Vancouver Rowers.
For the women’s side, the defeat was just the team’s second of the entire season – their first loss also came at the hands of Kamloops – and the team finished the year with a 17-2 win-loss record.
“It was really an awesome season,” head coach Liam Beaulieu told Peace Arch News.
Saturday’s tilt got off to a rough start for the Sharks, who gave up an early try, which Beaulieu said “took the wind out of our sails a little bit.”
“It was a tough one,” he said. “Both teams played hard.”
In the men’s game, Bayside also stumbled in the game’s early stages, while the Rowers came out flying and took a 21-3 lead into halftime. In the second half, the team missed a few opportunities to narrow the lead but could not push the ball across the line, and the Rowers capitalized on their chances to extend the lead, even scoring a try at the final whistle.