PanAm Games 2019

July 29 2019


PanAm Games 2019 - Canada women win Gold
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Canada Women Win Gold, Men Silver at PanAm Games



The women were sublime, going through the competition without a defeat and doing it with a young squad minus many of the veteran players. They defeated the USA in the final and were in control from the beginning.

CBC did an excellent write up on the tournament which can be viewed here. At the time of writing Canada had two Gold medals, one in Rugby 7s and the other in Canoe Sprint.

The Gold medal match is below.



The men almost made it but fell at the last hurdle to a strong Argentina side, they claim a Silver medal, one of 8 won by Canada so far at the games. Argentina won the physical one on one battles and were in control for most of the match.

The men's final match is below.



Canada’s Schedule:

July 26

W: Canada 54-0 Mexico
M:Canada 31-0 Uruguay

July 27

W: Canada 54-0 Peru
M: Canada 31-0 Jamaica
W: Canada 26-0 Brazil
M: Canada 7-12 Argentina

July 28

Semifinals

W: Canada 41-0 Colombia
M:Canada 35-5 Brazil

Finals:

W:Canada 24-10 USA
M:Canada 10-33 Argentina

Women:

1. Delaney Aikens (Briercrest, Sask.) - University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
2. Pam Buisa (Gatineau, Que.) - Ottawa Irish
3. Emma Chown (Barrie, Ont.) - Aurora Barbarians
4. Caroline Crossley (Victoria, B.C.) - Castaway Wanderers
5. Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, Ont.) - Ottawa Irish
6. Asia Hogan-Rochester (Toronto, Ont.) - York Lions
7. Sara Kaljuvee (Ajax, Ont.) - Toronto Scottish
8. Tausani Levale (Abbotsford, B.C.) - Abbotsford RFC
9. Kaili Lukan (Barrie, Ont.) - Unattached
10. Kayla Moleschi (Williams Lake, B.C.) - Williams Lake Rustlers
11. Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim, Ont.) - London St. Georges RFC
12. Temitiope Ogunjimi (Calgary, Alta.) - Calgary Hornets

Morgan Williams (Victoria, B.C.) - Head Coach

Men:

1. Phil Berna (Vancouver, B.C.) – University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
2. Cooper Coats (Halifax, N.S.) – Halifax Tars
3. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby, B.C.) – Burnaby Lake RFC
4. Sean Duke (Vancouver, B.C.) – Unattached
5. Nathan Hirayama (Richmond, B.C.) – Unattached
6. Harry Jones (West Vancouver, B.C.) – Capilano RFC
7. Patrick Kay (Duncan, B.C.) – Castaway Wanderers
8. Luke McCloskey (Cranbrook, B.C.) – Castaway Wanderers
9. Josiah Morra (Toronto, Ont.) – Toronto Saracens
10. Brennig Prevost (Victoria, B.C.) – Castaway Wanderers
11. Josh Thiel (Abbotsford, RFC) - Abbotsford, BC
12. Adam Zaruba (North Vancouver, B.C.) – Capilano RFC

Henry Paul (Victoria, B.C.) - Head Coach

(Thiel replaced Isaac Kaay on the original Pan-Am roster due to injury)



Canada Cruise Through on Day 1 with 54-0 and 31-0 Wins



Canada's Day 1 went easily as the women defeated Mexico 54-0 and the men defeated Uruguay 31-0.

The women likely won't be tested on Saturday morning as they face Peru but may find more competition in the afternoon match versus Brazil The men should find their first match against Jamaica easy going but will be tested against Argentina in their afternoon match.

The top four teams go through to the semis on Sunday. Currently the top four in women's play look to be USA, Colombia in Pool A and Canada, Brazil in Pool B. In men's play USA, Chile (Brazil) in Pool A and Canada, Argentina in Pool B.





Canada Name Teams for PanAm Games Rugby 7s in Peru



The men are throwing everything into the competition sending basically a Series level squad. The women on the other hand are sending a team somewhere between Maple Leaf development and Series level. The difference may be understandable in terms of funding, the women are solid with Own the Podium funding having won Bronze last Olympics and finishing top 4 in the series. The men had their funding cut when they failed to qualify last Olympics and even though they qualified this year for the 2020 Olympics it was in part due to the Americans being absent from the North America qualifiers due to a top 4 Series finish. The men's team have a little more to prove to Own the Podium and getting some funding back.

The men's team feature 10 players with Series experience, missing are Mike Fuailefau, Andrew Coe, Jake Thiel, Matt Mullins from the Olympic qualifying squad. The big names are there however, Nate Hirayama, Harry Jones, Adam Zaruba, Phil Berna, Isaac Kaay, Pat Kay. Retaining their spots are Cooper Coats and Josiah Morra while Luke McCloskey and Admir Cejvanovic make their way back onto the squad. The big surprise is Sean Duke, a blast from the past, how much gas does the 31 year old Duke have left in the tank? He was the speed merchant before Justin Douglas came on the scene, it will be interesting to see him back playing at this level. A new player being given a shot is Brennig Prevost, the UVic player certainly has the skills to do well in the 7s game. It's assumed Justin Douglas, Connor Braid and Cole Davis are still carrying injuries and need more time to recuperate.

On the women's side no sign of Ghislaine Landry and many of the top players. Only 5 players who could be considered regulars on the Series Caroline Crossley, Sara Kaljuvee, Kaili Lukan, Kayla Moleschi and Breanne Nicholas. Two players who have solid Series experience Pam Buisa and Emma Chown but 5 players who are stepping up a level.

On the men's side the 8 teams are Argentina, USA, Canada, Chile, Uruguay, Guyana, Jamaica, Brazil. Argentina will likely be one of the favourites if they send a strong squad as USA have opted to send a development squad missing all their big names. Chile are also a contender and Uruguay will be a tough opponent. Canada should be able to medal in the competition considering the strength of the squad.

On the women's side besides Canada there is USA, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Argentina, Colombia. The competition should be between Canada and USA with Brazil being competitive.

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, B.C. (July 16, 2019) – Rugby Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have selected the men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams that will represent Canada at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru this summer.

The men’s team is coming fresh off the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens tournament where they secured Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification in a 40-5 win over Jamaica in the cup final. The back-to-back Pan Am Games gold medallists will look to add to their record as they face Argentina, Uruguay and Jamaica in Pool B.

“We’re incredibly excited to compete at the Pan-Ams, especially off the back of our Olympic qualifier,” said men’s head coach Henry Paul. “We’re coming in defending champions and the boys are hungry. This is a great opportunity to keep building on our systems and go up against some great competition.”

On the women’s side, this will be their first competition since clinching Olympic qualification in mid-June when they finished the 2018-19 World Series in third place in the overall standings.

Competing in Pool B, they’ll take on Brazil, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.

With both teams hoping to repeat their gold medal performances from TORONTO 2015, the Pan Am Games will be a pivotal test for young talent ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next year.

“We’ve got a great mix of talent on this Pan American Games team,” said women’s team head coach Morgan Williams. “We have some exciting up-and-coming talent as well as World Series experienced veterans. This will be a great opportunity for exposure and experience on a big stage, especially as we look to build to Tokyo 2020.”.

Matches will take place July 26 to 28 at the Complejo Deportivo Villa Maria del Triunfo.

The men and women selected to compete at Lima 2019 are:

Women:

1. Delaney Aikens (Briercrest, Sask.) - University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
2. Pam Buisa (Gatineau, Que.) - Ottawa Irish
3. Emma Chown (Barrie, Ont.) - Aurora Barbarians
4. Caroline Crossley (Victoria, B.C.) - Castaway Wanderers
5. Olivia De Couvreur (Ottawa, Ont.) - Ottawa Irish
6. Asia Hogan-Rochester (Toronto, Ont.) - York Lions
7. Sara Kaljuvee (Ajax, Ont.) - Toronto Scottish
8. Tausani Levale (Abbotsford, B.C.) - Abbotsford RFC
9. Kaili Lukan (Barrie, Ont.) - Unattached
10. Kayla Moleschi (Williams Lake, B.C.) - Williams Lake Rustlers
11. Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim, Ont.) - London St. Georges RFC
12. Temitiope Ogunjimi (Calgary, Alta.) - Calgary Hornets

Coach Morgan Williams (Victoria, B.C.) - Head Coach

Men:

1. Phil Berna (Vancouver, B.C.) – University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
2. Cooper Coats (Halifax, N.S.) – Halifax Tars
3. Admir Cejvanovic (Burnaby, B.C.) – Burnaby Lake RFC
4. Sean Duke (Vancouver, B.C.) – Unattached
5. Nathan Hirayama (Richmond, B.C.) – Unattached
6. Harry Jones (West Vancouver, B.C.) – Capilano RFC
7. Isaac Kaay (Kamloops, B.C.) – UVIC Vikes
8. Patrick Kay (Duncan, B.C.) – Castaway Wanderers
9. Luke McCloskey (Cranbrook, B.C.) – Castaway Wanderers
10. Josiah Morra (Toronto, Ont.) – Toronto Saracens
11. Brennig Prevost (Victoria, B.C.) – Castaway Wanderers
12. Adam Zaruba (North Vancouver, B.C.) – Capilano RFC

Coach Henry Paul (Victoria, B.C.) - Head Coach

Canada’s Schedule (Broadcast TBC):

July 26

W: Canada vs. Mexico- 12:05pm ET/ 9:05am PT
M:Canada vs. Uruguay- 1:20pm ET/ 10:20am PT

July 27

W: Canada vs. Peru- 12:05pm ET/ 9:05am PT
M: Canada vs. Jamaica- 1:20pm ET/ 10:20am PT
W: Canada vs. Brazil- 4:15pm ET/ 1:15pm PT
M: Canada vs. Argentina- 5:55pm ET/ 2:55pm PT

July 28

Finals- TBD

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