John Moonlight 7s Career

April 24 2018


John Moonlight - Canada 7s
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John Moonlight Retires - A Review of His 7s Career


by BCRN 7s Correspondent

Today it was confirmed that John Moonlight has retired from the National Sevens Team effective immediately.

The Ontario native returned home from the Commonwealth Games in Australia knowing it would be his last tournament for Canada.

Like his older cousin David Moonlight before him - Moonlight has left a profound marker on his time with the national team and he has earned an amazing 71 Caps since his sevens debut at Hong Kong in 2009.

He has set records all along the way but most importantly was the manner in which he conducted himself both on and off the field – and he was the consummate team player.

Several years ago Moonlight moved from his home base in Ontario to Victoria and began a brief internship at the University of Victoria.

“We knew we had a rough diamond back then,” noted Vikes Head Coach Doug Tate. “But it didn’t take much polishing for him to become a major force in the game. Everyone knew that was the case and it wasn’t long until John was off on his first sevens trip to Hong Kong.”

Records show that Moonlight’s first tournament included some of the country’s top players with the likes of Kleeberger, DTH, Mack and Meechan – as well as head coach Shane Thompson. Quite a team for the young man from Pickering, Ontario!

HONG KONG TEAM
Nanyak Dala Castaway Wanderers Saskatoon
Ciaran Hearn Castaway Wanderers Conception Bay
Bryn Keys Velox Vallhallians Abbotsford
Adam Kleeberger University of Victoria Victoria
Jordan Kozina University of Victoria Branford
Tony La Carte Bayside Sharks White Rock
Phil Mack JBAA Victoria
Neil Meechan University of Victoria Victoria
John Moonlight University of Victoria Pickering
Gordie Sawers University of Victoria West Vancouver
DTH van der Merwe JBAA Regina
Sean White JBAA Victoria

Staff
Shane Thompson – Coach
Kieran Crowley – Manager
Physiotherapist – Kimberley George

Much will be written about John Moonlight in the days ahead and many well deserved accolades will be noted – certainly he has earned them – every one!

Now John Moonlight has traded in his rugby jersey for a firefighter’s uniform in his home town and they will be lucky to have him!

No more five and six star hotels across the globe with elaborate buffets – now as a new firefighter Moonlight will have to put his own culinary skills to work as he starts up his new career.

Good luck John – you have left your mark on all of us and we have enjoyed our time watching you!

"No one starts at the top! You have to work your way up" - Muhammad Ali

Sevens – John Moonlight (71 Caps)

Debut: Hong Kong 2009

2008-2009 WS
Hong Kong

2009-2010 WS
Wellington, NZ
Las Vegas, USA

2010-2011 CWG
Delhi, India

2010-2011 WS
Wellington, NZ
Las Vegas, USA

2010-2011 WS
Hong Kong

2011-2012 Pan American Games
Guadalajara, Mexico

2011-2012 WS
Dubai, UAE
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2011-2012 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Las Vegas, USA

2011-2012 WS
Hong Kong

2012-2013 RWC Qualifier
Ottawa

2012-2013 WS
Gold Coast, Australia

2012-2013 WS
Dubai, UAE
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2012-2013 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Las Vegas, USA

2012-2013 WS
Hong Kong, China
Tokyo, Japan

2012-2013 WS
Glasgow, Scotland

2013 - RWC
Moscow, Russia

2013-2014 WS
Gold Coast, Australia

2013-2014 WS
Dubai, UAE
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2013-1014 WS
Las Vegas, USA

2013-2014 WS
Wellington, New Zealand

2013-2014 WS
Tokyo, Japan
Hong Kong, China

2013-2014 WS
Glasgow, Scotland
London, England

2014 – CWG
Glasgow, Scotland

2014-2015 WS
Gold Coast, Australia

2014-2015 WS
Dubai, UAE
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2014-2015 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Las Vegas, USA

2014-2015 WS
Hong Kong, China
Tokyo, Japan

2014-2015 WS
Glasgow, Scotland
London, England

2015-2016 WS
Dubai, UAE
Cape Town, South Africa

2015-2016 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia

2015-2016 WS
Las Vegas, USA
Vancouver, Canada

2015-2016 WS
Hong Kong, China
Singapore

2015-2016 WS
Paris, France
London, England

2016 – Olympic Qualifier
Monaco

2016-2017 WS
Dubai, UAE
Cape Town, South Africa

2016-2017 WS
Wellington, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia

2016-2017 WS
Las Vegas, USA
Vancouver, BC

2016-2017 WS
Hong Kong, China
Singapore

2016-2017 WS
Paris, France
London, England

2017-2016
Dubai, UAE
Cape Town, South Africa

2017-2018
Sydney, Australia
Hamilton, New Zealand

2017-2018 WS
Las Vegas, USA
Vancouver, Canada

2017-2018 WS
Hong Kong, China

2017-2018 CWG
Gold Coast, Australia

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