The Lake City Falcons junior and senior boys rugby teams got a chance to put their game to the test against some of the top teams in the province last weekend at Kamloops Rugbyfest.
The senior boys, after falling 14-0 to NorKam in their tournament opener, lost a close game to Clearwater, 10-7. Brendan Nguyen scored the Falcons’ lone try of the match.
Next, Lake City took on Bishop Carol, losing 17-12. Seth Mullet and Trake Kulyk ran in tries, while Nguyen added a conversion.
To round out the tournament the Falcons played two seven-a-side matches against Smithers. First, the Falcons lost 14-0, then answered back with a decisive 12-0 win. Kulyk and Nguyen — who also nailed a conversion — both scored in the winning effort.
On the junior boys side head coach Todd Pritchard said it was good to see some of the other teams in action.
“The lakecity boys competed fiercely but the teams we played have all been playing since the beginning of April,” he said. “The game experience showed.”
The junior boys fell to DW Poppy of Langley, 32-14, to open their tournament. Orin Watkinson and Jaye Richards scored tries, with Watkinson kicking both conversions.
Next, the Falcons met Nelson, falling 27-14. Richards and Watkinson both scored, with Watkinson adding the conversions.
Finally, the Falcons met a tough South Kamloops secondary side, losing 25-0.
Man of the match honours were awarded to Jordan Murphy, Watkinson, Noah Ryll and Aiden Myhre.
“Spencer Holland played well defensively and Jaye was a force running and turning over balls at the breakdown,” Pritchard said.
Coming up the Falcons will meet 100 Mile House in an exhibition on Wednesday, April 30, after school at the WLSS campus.