Sevens heaven for Ravens

The Eugene Reimer Ravens won the Fraser Valley Grade 8 boys rugby sevens title on Friday, riding a balanced attack and a stout defence past R.E. Mountain Secondary of Langley in the title game.

Hamza Shah of the Reimer Ravens escapes the clutches of a diving R.E. Mountain opponent during Friday’s Fraser Valley Grade 8 boys rugby sevens final.

Hamza Shah of the Reimer Ravens escapes the clutches of a diving R.E. Mountain opponent during Friday’s Fraser Valley Grade 8 boys rugby sevens final.

The Eugene Reimer Ravens won the Fraser Valley Grade 8 boys rugby sevens title on Friday, riding a balanced attack and a stout defence past R.E. Mountain Secondary of Langley in the title game.

The Ravens blanked Mountain 17-0 to clinch the crown, and head coach Mark Grillandini lauded his squad’s teamwork.

“The guys spread the ball around quite well,” he said. “We don’t have a bona fide superstar, so we’re really pushing the team game and getting everybody to work as a unit.”

Reimer’s Daniel Cercel was named tournament MVP, while Kirat Badesha and Hamza Shah also had standout performances.

The W.A. Fraser Falcons edged Earl Marriott of Surrey in the bronze medal game.

Grillandini said the seven-player variation of rugby is growing in popularity at the grassroots level.

“The kids really enjoy it, because it’s quite different,” he said. “It’s more open, with more scoring.

“With it becoming an Olympic sport for the London Games, I think it’ll probably grow past the 15s over time.”