Cowichan Win Girls High School Title: St. George's Claim Boys Title
updated April 28 2013
[scores and summaries from BCRU]
UPDATE: St. George's defeat Shawnigan in boys final 21-0.
VANCOUVER - St. George’s Saints dominated the 2013 BC Rugby High School Boys Provincial Sevens from start to finish, romping through pool and knock-out round play before defeating arch rivals Shawnigan Lake in the cup final 21-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Led by captain Harjun Gill, the Saints’ physical style proved to be unstoppable. Two-time defending champions Shawnigan had plenty of possession but never managed to break through.
“That’s been our goal of the year - to play hard defence,” Gill said.
It’s been quite the year for Gill, who led the BC under-18 provincial sevens team to a first place finish at the Hong Kong International Youth Sevens and a runners-up showing in Las Vegas.
The powerfully-built grade 12 capped the game with a try, collecting a cross field chip kick by fellow BC rep Karsten Leitner and then sprinting 50 metres for the score.
Grade 11 winger Theo Sauder – also a member of BC’s provincial sevens program - used his blazing speed to score the other two tries for the winners.
3rd place – Kelowna 12 Yale 29
Kelowna were one of the surprise packages in the tournament, having defeated traditional powerhouse Oak Bay in the quarterfinals. They pushed Yale for much of the match, but led by provincial under-18 sevens star Spencer Miller, the Fraser Valley side had too much quality and found late energy to power away.
Plate – West Vancouver 40 Elgin Park 10
West Vancouver were another impressive side, having pushed Shawnigan hard in the quarterfinals. The bigger Highlanders overwhelmed the Orcas in a dominant first half, adding a hefty dash of speed to the bargain. Elgin Park found their groove late in the game, but it was well and truly settled by that point.
Bowl – SMUS 43 Robert Bateman 5
St. Michael’s made no mistakes in their bowl victory over Abbotsford outfit Robert Bateman. The Timberwolves couldn’t find any rhythm in the early going, while SMUS kept the engine running at a steady pace.
Shield – Brentwood 19 Vanier 0
Brentwood defended ferociously and then used what ball they could grab to out-last a plucky GP Vanier side.
The Girls tournament wrapped up on Saturday with Cowichan taking top honours over Lord Tweedsmuir in overtime. The Boys tournament which wraps up on Sunday is into the playoff round with Shawnigan taking on Kelowna in one cup semi-final and St. George's taking on Yale in the other semi-final.
CUP FINAL: Cowichan 17 Lord Tweedsmuir 12 OT
3rd place: Shawnigan Lake 22 Abbotsford 12
An encounter that spoke to how close the top four teams were, SLS showed a touch more finish in defeating Abbotsford. Led by Madison Brattan’s pair of tries, SLS also had scores from Nicole Crowley and Georgia Logan. Abbotsford got tries from Gurpreet Dhaliwal and Minnie Inthapanya.
PLATE FINAL: Carson Graham 15 Houston 10 OT
Yet another outstanding matchup saw North Shore powerhouse pushed to the limit by underdogs Houston. The little school-that-could travelled down to the coast from the northern interior and surprised many with their plucky, skillful performance. It took overtime and a hat trick of tries from Jessica Nielsen for the Eagles to seal their title. Houston’s tries were dotted down by Delaney Larocque and Jamie Beck.
BOWL FINAL: GP Vanier 26 Heritage Park 5
GP Vanier never took a backwards step in their final, led by Sienna Moir’s pair of tries (three conversions too). Georgia Bellamy and Lauren Sargent also scored. Emily Skillings had Heritage Park’s lone try.
SHIELD FINAL: Elgin Park 15 Kelowna 0
Elgin Park overcame teammate Grace Harper’s shoulder injury to out-pace Kelowna. Olivia Peers, Emma Dunfield and Christy Bogart all scored for the South Surrey speedsters. Also, Elgin’s Helen Terry clocked the fastest time on the sprint test being run as a bonus sideline feature by Rugby Canada’s Barb Mervin and Andrea Burk.
GP Vanier 29 Rick Hansen 0
Walnut Grove 42 Kelowna 0
Heritage Park 12 Elgin Park 5
Brentwood 32 Seaquam 0
Abbotsford 19 Carson Graham 0
Cowichan 12 Robert Bateman 0
Shawnigan Lake 22 Houston 10
Lord Tweedsmuir 20 Lord Byng 5
SHIELD SEMI FINALS
Kelowna 10 Rick Hansen 0
Elgin Park 15 Seaquam 0
BOWL SEMI FINALS
GP Vanier 24 Walnut Grove 5
Heritage Park 10 Brentwood 5 OT
PLATE SEMI FINALS
Carson Graham 17 Robert Bateman 12
Houston 17 Lord Byng 0
CUP SEMI FINALS
Cowichan 17 Abbotsford 12 OT
Lord Tweedsmuir 34 Shawnigan Lake 12
RESULTS - SUNDAY
Argyle 20 Brentwood 14
SMUS 38 Clarence Fulton 0
Vanier 12 Lord Byng 19
Clayton Heights 5 Robert Bateman 27
Shawnigan Lake 24 West Vancouver 7
Kelowna 20 Oak Bay 17
Yale 31 Elgin Park 12
St. George’s 33 Magee 14
Brentwood 28 Clarence Fulton 10
GP Vanier 29 Clayton Heights 12
Argyle 7 SMUS 19
Lord Byng 12 Robert Bateman 19
West Vancouver 17 Oak Bay 8
Elgin Park 31 Magee 17
Shawnigan Lake 36 Kelowna 5
Yale 0 St. George’s 19
RESULTS - SATURDAY
Shawnigan Lake 63 Elgin Park 0
Shawnigan Lake 43 Argyle 7
Shawnigan Lake 36 Lord Byng 5
Elgin Park 15 Argyle 10
Elgin Park 12 Lord Byng 0
Argyle 17 Lord Byng 14
St. George’s 43 Clarence Fulton 0
St. George’s 31 Oak Bay 0
St. George’s 24 Clayton Heights 0
Clarence Fulton 0 Oak Bay 45
Clarence Fulton 5 Clayton Heights 20
Oak Bay 41 Clayton Heights 0
Kelowna 14 SMUS 7
Kelowna 7 Robert Bateman 5
Kelowna 17 Magee 7
SMUS 19 Robert Bateman 12
SMUS 17 Magee 7
Robert Bateman 12 Magee 17
Yale 29 West Vancouver 10
Yale 32 GP Vanier 0
Yale 45 Brentwood 0
West Vancouver 22 GP Vanier 0
West Vancouver 20 Brentwood 0
GP Vanier 19 Brentwood 10
Provincial High School 7s Tournament: Live Updates Through Twitter Feed
updated April 23 2013
VANCOUVER, BC - The 2013 BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens Championships will kick off this Friday at UBC's Wolfson Fields. For the first time ever, BC Rugby has partnered with the BC Secondary School's Rugby Union (BCSSRU) and BC High School Girls Rugby Association (BCHSGRA) to stage the three-day event. WIth each division featuring 16 teams from across the province, the Girls Sevens will run Friday through Saturday (April 26-27) and the Boy's competition will run Saturday through Sunday (April 27-28).
A total of 380 athletes will be competing for the provincial titles as BC's next generation of aspiring Olympians will try their hand at the abbreviated, high-octane version of the game. Canadian national team selectors have also taken notice and will be scouting for talent at the Rugby Canada Speed Zone - recording sprint trials and broad jump stats to take back to sevens coaches Geraint John and John Tait. The stations will be set up next to the rugby pitches at Wolfson Fields and will be run on Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm for the Girls, with the 12-2:00pm time slots open to all contestants.
Tournament Details - Girls Division (April 26-27)
Abbotsford Collegiate were the undisputed champions in 2012, with the Double-A school going undefeated in round-robin play and eventually defeating powerhouse program Carson Graham 37-0 in the Cup Final. The tournament champs racked up 218 points in offence and conceded just one try during the two days of competition.
Abbotsford open the 2013 event at 12:00pm on Friday against Heritage Park in pool play. Also set to face the defending champs in the round robin are Pool A opponents GP Vanier of Comox and NorthWest Zone representatives Houston Secondary. The opening day of competition will run from approximately noon until 5:30 on Friday. Day two will feature qualifying and finals rounds with the Shield Final (3:00pm), Bowl Final (3:20pm), Plate Final (3:40pm) and Cup Final (4:45pm) to be held on the Showcase Field in front of the new Gerald McGavin Pavilion stands.
Pool A: Abbotsford Collegiate, GP Vanier, Houston, Heritage
Pool B: Brentwood, Lord Tweedsmuir, Robert Bateman, Kelowna
Pool C: Walnut Grove, Cowichan, Seaquam, Lord Byng
Pool D: Carson Graham, Shawnigan Lake, Rick Hansen, Elgin Park
SCHEDULE DOWNLOAD (pdf)
Tournament Details - Boys Division (April 27-28)
Two-time defending provincial sevens champions Shawnigan Lake School open the boys event on Saturday at 1:00pm against Vancouver's Lord Byng. Pool A opponents also include North Vancouver's Argyle Secondary and Surrey's Elgin Park. Lionheart Vancouver Sevens champions St. George's will be looking to knock Shawnigan off their perch, as will Okanagan reps Kelowna and Fraser Valley champs Yale Secondary of Abbotsford. The boys competition will run from 1:00pm Saturday to 6:30pm. Sunday's qualifying schedule is underway at 10:00am with the finals set for Sunday afternoon; Shield Final (2:40pm), Bowl Final (3:05pm); Plate Final (3:30pm) and the Cup Final at 4:30pm.
Pool A: Shawnigan Lake, Elgin Park, Argyle, Lord Byng
Pool B: St. George's, Clarence Fulton, Oak Bay, Clayton Heights
Pool C: Kelowna, SMUS, Robert Bateman, Magee
Pool D: Yale, West Van, GP Vanier, Brentwood
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BCSSRU Announce 7s Regional Qualifying Tournaments: Final April 27-28 at UBC
[ed. comments below]
posted Feb 20 2013
There seems to be more excitement around the high school 7s every year, I'm guessing the Olympics getting closer in 2016 may have something to do with it. There may be a player or two in this competition who goes on to represent Canada and hopefully stand on the podium to accept a medal. That's the dream.
The qualifying events in each region are listed below, the final is April 27-28 at UBC. We'll provide more updates as the season gets closer.
EVENT: Vancouver Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATES: Friday, April 12
LOCATION: St George’s School, 4175 W29 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6S 1V1
CONTACT: Mike Stiles [firstname.lastname@example.org]
EVENT: BC Interior Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATES: Friday, April 12
LOCATION: Kelowna Secondary School, 1079 Raymer Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4Z7
CONTACT: Ian Busfield [email@example.com]
EVENT: Vancouver Island Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATES: Sunday, April 14
LOCATION: University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Saanich, BC V8N 1M5
CONTACT: Murray Allen [firstname.lastname@example.org]
EVENT: Fraser Valley Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATES: Friday, April 19
LOCATION: Yale Secondary School, 34620 Old Yale Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7S6
CONTACT: Doug Primrose [email@example.com]