Canada West Women's Sevens Series Wraps up This Weekend in Victoria
from Rugby Canada
posted Feb 15 2017
EDMONTON – The inaugural season of Canada West women's rugby sevens wraps up this weekend on Vancouver Island, as the conference's six teams head to the University of Victoria.
Initially scheduled to be the third and final stop on the 2017 CW Women's Rugby Sevens Series, this weekend's two-day event will mark the second tournament of the season, after UBC's chance to host was dashed by heavy snowfall two weeks ago.
The conference's inaugural rugby 7s champion will be crowned Sunday, based on the final tournament standings.
This weekend's tournament will give rugby fans on the west coast their first glimpse of the series, which is a three-year pilot project that has been made possible thanks to a partnership with B2ten and Rugby Canada.
Looking to rekindle some momentum this weekend are the host Victoria Vikes, who went a perfect 6-0-0 at the series' first tournament in Edmonton back in January. With the tournament victory, the Vikes earned 10 series points and are two up on the Calgary Dinos atop the table.
Victoria's win in Edmonton came courtesy a 12-5 victory over Calgary in the first-place game, which was a rematch of the Canada West 15s championship game in the gall when the Dinos earned the program's first conference title.
Slotting in behind the Vikes and Dinos in the series standings heading into the final event are the Alberta Pandas (six series points), who went 4-2 on home turf.
Rounding out the standings after the first tournament were the Lethbridge Pronghorns (four series points), UBC Thunderbirds (two series points), and UFV Cascades (one series point) – who are newcomers to the Canada West rugby scene.
Another 10 points will be handed out to this weekend's tournament winner, as the six teams look to cap off their abbreviated rugby 7s season on a winning note.
COMPLETE SERIES/TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
COMPLETE SERIES SCHEDULE
Victoria - 10
Calgary - 8
Alberta - 6
Lethbridge - 4
UBC - 2
Fraser Valley - 1
Vikes Win the First of Three Tournaments in Canada West Series
from UVic media
posted Jan 22 2017
EDMONTON – The University of Victoria Vikes defeated the Calgary Dinos 12-5 in the first place game, winning the inaugural Canada West Rugby Sevens Series, Sunday afternoon in the Dome at Foote Field.
The Vikes went a perfect 5-0 during the round robin portion of the first-ever event, including a 17-5 win over the Dinos in the final round robin game on Sunday afternoon.
Similar to Victoria, Calgary entered the final round robin game undefeated, before losing consecutive games to the Vikes to finish second overall. With the tournament win, the Vikes earn ten points in the overall standings, which will determine a series winner after the third and final tournament in Vancouver. With their second place standing, the Dinos earned eight points.
"Both the tournament and facility were awesome. It was run really well and I think this whole Canada West series is going to be great." said Vikes head coach Brittany Waters following her team's tournament win. "Our team played consistently all weekend, which is a strength of ours. We have a lot of great athletes, and we played like a team, which made the difference for us."
The host Alberta Pandas went 3-2, before beating the Lethbridge Pronghorns 24-17 in the third place match to earn six points. The 1-4 UBC Thunderbirds and 0-5 UFV Cascades met in the fifth place match on Sunday, as UBC was able to secure its second 40-0 win of the day over their provincial rival to finish fifth overall.
The first place game seemed destined for overtime, with the two teams playing a hard-fought and defensive minded final.
Jess Neilson started the scoring for Victoria in the opening minute, with her second try of the weekend. The Vikes held the 5-0 lead until midway through the second half, as Vanessa Graham evened the match with a 15 yard dash. However the Vikes were able to score on the final play of regulation, as Stephanie Black burst through the Dino back-line for the tournament winning score.
"We improved with every game. We know how to swing the ball wide and work together; it was really nice to come out with the win." said third-year Vike Madeleine Graham, who finished the weekend with four tries and one convert. "Our team had some nagging injuries all weekend, so it was nice to overcome those.
"The Olympics brought a lot more exposure to the sevens game, which is great. Having this kind of tournament were we can showcase our skill across Western Canada is a big asset for us."
The three-part Canada West Rugby Sevens series will shift to Vancouver for the February 4/5 weekend, before the Victoria Vikes host the final tournament on February 18 and 19
Game 11: Victoria Vikes (22) vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns (5)
VIC: 12-10: 22
LET: 0-5: 5
VIC try – #10 Jess Neilson (convert missed) – 5-0
VIC try – #7 Madeleine Graham (#10 Jess Neilson Convert) – 12-0
LET try - #8 Nicole Ronsky (convert missed) – 12-5
VIC try – #7 Madeleine Graham (convert missed) – 22-5
Game 15: Victoria Vikes (17) vs. Calgary Dinos (5)
VIC: 5-12: 17
CGY: 5-0: 5
CGY try – #14 Maddy Loader (convert missed) – 5-0
VIC try – #16 Stephanie Black (convert missed) – 5-5
VIC try - #11 Ashah Payson (#9 Angela Thompson Convert) – 12-5
VIC try - #5 Chanelle Edwards-Challenger (#9 Angela Thompson Convert) – 17-5
Round 6 – Playoff Round
First Place Match: Calgary Dinos (5) vs. Victoria Vikes (12)
CGY: 0-5: 5
VIC: 5-7: 12
VIC try – #10 Jess Neilson (convert missed) – 5-0
CGY try – #23 Vanessa Graham (convert missed) – 5-5
VIC try – #6 Stephanie Black (#9 Angela Thompson convert) – 12-5
W L T Pts.
VIC 6 0 0 24
CGY 4 2 0 18
ALB 4 2 0 18
LET 2 4 0 12
UBC 1 5 0 9
UFV 0 6 0 6
NOTE: Teams are awarded 4 pts. for a win, 2 pts. for a draw, and 1 pt. for a loss.