The Stafford Skyhawks found themselves in an unfamiliar position: playing from behind.
The Skyhawks opened the scoring with a try in the Grade 8 boys Fraser Valley rugby championship final, but missed the ensuing convert. And their opponent, the Fraser Falcons, were able to not only score a try, but add the convert for an early 7-5 lead.
“That was the first time all year we had been behind,” said Stafford coach Colleen Dzogan.
“(But) once we started playing with speed, we got the ball out to our backs and we started scoring.”
Stafford rattled off 29 of the final 34 points to win 34-12.
Eh Sa and Weston Weightman each scored a pair of tries while Htoo Htoo Eh and Robert Mills both scored once. Say Say Eh added a pair of converts.
The game was played at Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park on Wednesday (May 24) and the victory capped off a dominant season for Stafford as the team went an impressive 11-0.
Dzogan also coached last year’s Stafford team which finished fourth at the Fraser Valleys.
A dozen of the 26 players were on the team last year so the coach knew what she had when the season began.
“I knew we had some really good returning players and I knew what I wanted to work on from that,” she said.
“The realistic goal was we really wanted to win it all.”