Hey rugby fans, the B.C. high school season may have ended Saturday in Abbotsford, but there is still plenty of coverage to come and we’ll keep you in the know throughout the off-season.
But before we put an official close on the 2017 campaign, it’s time for our final edition of Varsity Letter’s Top 5 Players, this time from the fourth-and-final day of the championships.
Thanks as always to the BCSSRU’s Adam Roberts for making our daily selections.
Scrum half, Carson Graham Eagles (North Vancouver)
The skinny — In his team’s 31-13 Triple A Tier 1 B.C. title win Saturday over the Yale Lions, Saxer was his usual commanding self from the scrum half position, and he was especially effective in leading his team on a determined second-half run.
A three-sport athlete over his youth who also played soccer and football, Killick is hoping to continue his rugby career next season with the UBC Thunderbirds.
No. 8, Shawnigan Lake Stags
The skinny — Two first half tries and another in the second made him the offensive pace-setter from his No. 8 spot in Saturday’s 47-15 B.C. Quad A finals win over the St. George’s Saints.
The Grade 11 Mason, a Regina native, is looking at studying business after high school at the University of Victoria.
Prop, St. George’s Saints (Vancouver)
The skinny — Noted for his work ethic and love of team. Fatt has embraced his week at provincials and all of the traditions that are part of this special week of rugby brotherhood.
A former hockey player, Fatt has another year of high school to plot his collegiate path, which could be either Queen’s or Western.
Prop, South Delta Sun Devils
The skinny — Has helped lead the Tsawwassen school to new heights provincially, as evidenced by South Delta’s near-upset of AAA Tier 1 eventual runner-up Yale in the opening round of play Wednesday.
A student-athlete who embrace the multi-sport life as a member of the school’s Triple A powerhouse football program, Chountalos will study HVAC at BCIT in the fall when he hopes to begin playing club rugby at Bayside.
Flanker, Oak Bay Barbarians
The skinny — Helped lead his Victoria school into the Quad A Final Four this week, capping it with a third-place finish in the sport’s highest tier with a win Saturday over Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners.
The senior is looking to continue his rugby career in the fall with the UBC Thunderbirds, and he is hoping to study commerce as well on the Point Grey campus.