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Home soil helps Burnaby women's rugby team win club championship

Burnaby Lake RFC shut out their league rivals Meraloma (Vancouver) to claim the BC Rugby senior women's division 1 title.
The Burnaby Lake Rugby Football Club (RFC) defeated Meraloma RFC in the BC Rugby Women's Division 1 provincial club finals on May 4, 2024.

One of Burnaby's top rugby teams won a provincial championship this past weekend — with authority.

Burnaby Lake RFC took advantage of playing on their home pitch to win BC Rugby's senior women's division 1 club title on Saturday, May 4.

The women defeated their Vancouver rivals, and defending champions, Meraloma RFC by a commanding score of 41-0 before a capacity crowd of 2,500 people.

Burnaby's offense dominated on both sides of the field, collecting points as fast as they did against what appeared to be a struggling Meraloma defence

According to BC Rugby — the provincial governing body for the sport with more than 7,000 players — "further gloss" was shown in the second half amongst a cheering crowd which led to the shut out-championship victory. 

"The atmosphere was electric at Burnaby Lake as teams battled it out in windy but warm conditions," reads a BC Rugby statement. 

"Fans, meanwhile, enjoyed the festival-like setup, with many picking up new and exclusive BC Rugby merchandise courtesy of O'Neills."

The match was one of eight senior club finals that took place at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West.

The seven other winners and results were as follows:

Men's Premier League

  • UBCOB Ravens
    • 25-17 win over Meraloma RFC

Women's Premier League

  • Vancouver Thunderbirds
    • 38-22 win over Westshore RFC

Men's Premier Reserve League

  • UBCOB Ravens
    • 18-11 win over UBC Thunderbirds

Men's Division 1

  • Abbotsford RFC
    • 29-28 win over Vancouver Rowing Club

Men's Division 2

  • Axemen RFC
    • 42-12 win over Kamloops RFC

Women's Division 2

  • Comox Valley Kickers
    • 19-12 win over United RFC

Men's Division 3

  • Comox Valley Kickers
    • 24-21 win over Chilliwack Crusaders RFC