HD Stafford's Eh Tha Taw tries to break free from a Fraser Falcons tackler. Fraser won the Fraser Valley Grade 8 Fraser Valley tier 1 champioship game 22-18 at South Surrey Athletic Park.

HD Stafford's Eh Tha Taw tries to break free from a Fraser Falcons tackler. Fraser won the Fraser Valley Grade 8 Fraser Valley tier 1 champioship game 22-18 at South Surrey Athletic Park.

Falcons rally, top Skyhawks in Fraser Valley final

Abbotsford's Fraser Falcons tops H.D. Stafford 22-18 in Grade 8 tier 1 Fraser Valley championship game

  • May. 23, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Up for most of the game, the H.D. Stafford Skyhawks had no chance to respond when the W.A. Fraser Falcons scored the go-ahead try on the game’s final play.

The score put the Falcons up 22-18 and helped them capture the Fraser Valley Grade 8 tier 1 rugby championship for a second straight year at the expense of Stafford.

The game was played at South Surrey Athletic Park on May 22.

“We didn’t get a chance to respond,” said Stafford coach Kyle Anderson.

Stafford was up 8-0 at the half and then extended the lead to 13-0 before the Falcons finally got on the board to make it 13-7. But the Skyhawks responded with a try of their own to make it 18-7.

Unfortunately that would be it for Stafford’s scoring while the Falcons registered the game’s final 15 points.

“They gained some momentum and we ran out of steam,” Anderson said.

“They kept the pressure on us.”

Eh Tha Taw was player of the game for Stafford.

He had one of the team’s tries as well as a penalty kick, with Nathan King and Meeka Gay also scoring tries.

The loss was the only defeat this season for the Skyhawks, who finished an impressive 9-1.

“A great season,” the coach said.

“We just couldn’t win the big game. That was the only blemish on the record.”