They've Done it! Lemons 3-Peat At SFU Sevens!

July 16th, 2016 - The illustrious and mystery Lemons R.F.C. added another trophy to the sporting club's ever-expanding awards case this weekend at the annual Highland Sevens put on by the Simon Fraser University rugby club. Despite travelling lighter than usual with only 14 active players, the boys in the black, yellow and white jerseys were able to defeat all comers in their quest for a club record third straight social-side tournament victory.

The Lemons started the day off with a comprehensive 7 tries to 1 victory over Chilliwack RFC, followed by a 6 tries to 2 victory over Brit-Lions. A 36-0 blanking of SFU's young Highlanders squad rounded out the pool games for the Lemons.

In the semis, the team beat Langara-Bayside, putting them in their fifth consecutive final, this time against the Meralomas of Vancouver. The Lomas proved to be the Lemon squad's toughest opponents on the day as the game came down to the very end to decide a winner.

To start the final, an Arnold Lam try in the opening seconds was matched immediately by their orange-and-black opponents. A Geoff Girling tally was again immediately matched by the Lomas, who then countered with a go ahead unconverted try of their own to lead the Lemons 17-12 with not much left on the clock. A final push by the Lemons resulted in Lucas Paczek going over for a tally, but the convert was just wide, tying the score at 17 with only stoppage time remaining. After some fantastic ball movement, and ferocious tackling, the Lemons spotted a mismatch outside hitting captain Mike Marquardt in space. Marquardt was able to shake free from a-would-be tackler, and lose his shoe in the process, scoring the final points of the day.

The referee looked at his watch, signaled for the end of the final match, and the Lemons side-line (including coach James Tracey, assistant coach Ming Zhu, videographer Lindsey Kerr, conditioning coach Blair Knowles, recruitment officer Brian Plenert, team dietician Matt Carmen, hydration expert Joe Dimayuga and manager/CEO Graham Haigh) erupted in euphoria.

The team retired to the beer-gardens to enjoy beverages and banter. Special shoutout to first-time Lemons Sam Hagong and Nick Dobie, as well as the out-of-retirement Les Paukov. Long-time Lemons Marquardt, Girling, Paczek, Haigh, Cam Knowles, Spencer Baines, Lachlan Kerr and Ryan Steele awarded Arnold Lam as the player of the tournament.

A post tournament game of "BOUNCE" lasted well into the night, the boys are looking forward to the Chilliwack 10s tournament in August where they can spread their special brand of good cheer and merriment amongst the local rugby playing populace.

Senior Mens Rugby

Days: Tuesday & Thursday (Rain Or Shine)

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: King George Park (Field 2) at 12360 Cambie Rd, Richmond

Contact: Kevin Nielsen (Head Coach - 604.240.6877)

Junior Boys Rugby

Days: Wednesday & Friday

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: South Arm Park (Field 3) at 8880 Williams Rd, Richmond

Contact: Al Smith (Head Coach - 604.928.4037)