Members of the LA Crude left the sunny spring in Edmonton and traded it in for the notorious rain in Vancouver to partake in the first ever world series of rugby event in Canada. But before all the international 7’s games their were some other amateur tournaments going on in and around the Vancouver area. From the mens elite tournament the Crude would supply two players who would play on different teams in a great environment at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park. Siti Coko the flying Fijian would play with Fiji Blonde (Fiji Barbarians). Siti played well with Fiji Blonde finishing the round robin section atop the standings with a 2-0 (topping USA Stars 7’s 22-5, U-23 BC 17-14). Setting them up with a quarterfinal bye and a spot in the semi-finals where they would eventually play Prairie Wolfpack (Alberta rep team) They fought hard in a losing battle 22-5. Setting them up to play for 3rd/4th. On the other side of the draw Canadian classic old boy and Crude president Trevor Macaulay found himself suiting up for the only club team to enter in the Elite division the UBCOB Ravens. The Ravens ended the pool play with a disappointing 0-2. (Battling hard against Prairie Wolfpack going down 22-10, Rugby Canada Maple Leafs 26-7) The Ravens would finish bottom of the standings and find themselves up against USA Stars 7’s for the quarter final. In a thrilling match that ended in overtime Ravens squeak one out winning 22-17. Day two would see the Ravens vs the Maple Leafs once again with the stakes much higher. Maple Leafs the tournament favorites showed why they are the up and comers for the Canadian sevens program and beat the Ravens handily 33-0. Sending the two members of the Crude up against each other playing for 3rd and 4th. Siti helped power the Fijian Blondes over Macaulay and the Ravens in a spirited affair 20-5. Well done Siti and piggy. From the Elite division to the University sevens where Sarah Farley and the University of Alberta pandas finished the tournament in 4th place in their best showing. Games were played at Burnaby RFC and it appears U of A cruised through the pool stages (22-12 win over UVIC, 44-0 win over U of T, 34-0 win over USASK) From there the stats are a little confusing but Sarah has confirmed they finished 4th. I am sure Sarah was her firecracker self when playing. Running rampant and playing stiff defense all weekend long. Congrats on the good showing Sarah we wish you the best with the rest of your university rugby career Go Pandas. The last two participants to represent the Crude were Ian Norman and his daughter Paige Norman. Paige represented Edmonton gold U-18 girls at UBC and the girls had a great tournament finishing in 5th place. (5-5 Draw with BC rugby development team, 22-0 win over Salmon arm gold, 48-0 Loss to high school all-americans, 24-12 Loss to Washington Loggers, 20-5 Loss to BC rugby development team, 52-0 win over Salmon arm.) Great job Paige. Her dad Ian at the same time was suiting up for his old club London Ontario in a over 38 tourney. I am not to sure on the results but I am sure the beer was cold and subs were aplenty just like any old boys games. The Crude is looking forward to having Ian in the black and yellow this year as he will hopefully make his “rookie” season debut on opening day May 7, 2016. Congrats to all the players for representing LA Crude so well this past weekend.