While they surrendered the first score, the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club’s premier women would emerge with a 17-12 win over visiting Bayside.
Led by the two-try performance of flyhalf Jessica Harvey, the squad persevered against a feisty South Surrey crew in a tight contest.
Harvey’s first drive came off a scrum possession, where she took the ball and evaded a couple of tacklers before planting it down in the end zone to make it 7-5.
Undeterred, Bayside’s Miriama Naiobasali scored her second of the game, this time a 75-metre run, to make it 12-5.
But the Burnaby trio of Faith Fitzpatrick, Sally Hillier and Harvey combined to shut down Naiobasali the rest of the way, while spearheading the comeback. Harvey’s second try, followed by a convert, deadlocked it at 12-12 before the half. Midway through the second half, winger Laura Londono dove in for the game-winning score.
Providing some gritty tackling throughout were Tiana Coutts and Katie Grudzinski, while Tara Brandl, Victoria Bui, Madison MacLeod, Liz Wright, Fitzpatrick and Londono all excelled in their senior debut.