BC Girls Win Western U18 7s Defeating Rugby Canada Academy; Saskatchewan U18 Boys Win Gold - BC Regions Finish 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th
The BC U18 Girls hit gold upsetting the Rugby Canada Academy team 22-0 in the final. In the Boys' division it was Saskatchewan as surprise winners upsetting Ontario in the final 29-0.
The BC Boys were entered in four regions and they finished Mainland 3rd, Valley 4th, Island 5th, Interior 7th. Alberta finished 6th and 8th, Manitoba were 9th.
Next up for the BC U16 and U18 teams will be the Vancouver 7s in March.
Day 1 Results: BC U18 Girls 3-0; BC Island 2-1, BC Mainland 1-1-1, BC Valley 1-1, BC Interior 0-2
Day 1 wrapped up in Edmonton with the BC Girls team going a perfect 3-0, they look on course for a showdown with the Rugby Canada Academy side who go into the tournament as favourites.
On the Boys side, BC sent four teams representing the four BC regions. The Island had the best record on Day 1 going 2-1, losing only to Saskatchewan but beating both Alberta sides. BC Mainland also lost to Saskatchewan, drew with Alberta Black and defeated Manitoba. BC Valley only played two games on Day 1 losing to Ontario and defeating BC Interior. BC Interior had two losses on Day 1.
The surprise team is Saskatchewan who are 3-0 beating two BC regions and Alberta White. Robin MacDowell is a key cog in the Saskatchewan machine, he was heavily involved in the Saskatchewan 7s program and started his MacDowell Rugby Academy there. He's coaching the Rugby Canada Academy girls team this weekend but is no doubt very proud of the results Saskatchewan are putting in. Ontario, no surprise, are likely the team to beat as they put in one tournament team. BC's strategy on the U18 Boys' side is to play four regional teams throughout the domestic 7s season and then select an all star team to travel to an international tournament.
You can view up to date scores and standings through the TeamSnap Tournaments app from the Google Play store. It's free, but not to be confused with the TeamSnap app without the Tournaments designation. Once installed just search for rugby and the Western Sevens Championship will come up.
Top Try Scorers Day 1
Owain Cormack (BCML) 7
Matt Klimchuk (Sask) 4
Liam Poulton (BCIS) 3
Ryker Frank (Sask) 3
Lynden Duggan (BCML) 3
Fancy Bermudez-Chavez (RCA) 7
Makayla Josef (RCA) 5
Lucie Romeo (BC) 4
Bronwyn Dormaar (WPW) 3
Krissy Scurfield (WPB) 3
Paige DeNeve (ONT) 3
Summer Blackmore (BC) 3
Western U18 7s On This Weekend in Edmonton: Rosters for BC Boys' and Girls' Teams
Boys' Teams (from BCRU)
BC Rugby is excited to announce the four boys' BC Elite Youth Sevens teams set to compete at the Western Canadian Sevens Championships. The tournament is scheduled for February 16 and 17 at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta. The teams have been selected from BC Rugby's Elite Youth Sevens Program and will face teams from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario as well as a Rugby Canada Development Academy side over the two-day tournament.
The four teams competing for BC in the tournament represent different regions in the province: BC Island, BC Mainland, BC Valley & BC Interior. Each of these four regions has been involved in a process of identification, training and selection since late 2019 and the Western Canadian Sevens Championships will be the first opportunity for the players to play full matches. The Boys' Elite Youth Sevens program, headed up by Adam Roberts, is a yearlong program designed to give meaningful and periodic competition for top Rugby Sevens players in the province.
"The Elite Youth Sevens program is all about providing young players in BC with meaningful and competitive rugby sevens experience, and the U18 Western Canadian Sevens Championships are a great opportunity for that," said Rugby Development Manager (Men/Boys') Aaron Takel.
Mainland head coach Aaron McLelland praised the talent of his squad as well as the other three regional teams, adding that that "the boys are looking forward to playing an exciting brand of high tempo rugby."
Additional details about the U18 Western Canadian Sevens Championships, including schedules and live streaming information, will be available later in the week from Rugby Alberta.
Clayton Miller - Capilano RFC, Rockridge Sec (Bowen Island)
Benjamin Shoesmith - Capilano RFC, Sutherland Sec (North vancouver)
Reid Brookes - Capilano RFC, Sutherland Sec (North Vancouver)
Takeru Yasuda - Burnaby Lake (Burnaby)
Owain Cormack - Capilano RFC (North Vancouver)
Demetri Patterson - Rockridge High School (West Vancouver)
Filippo Valle - Vancouver Barbarians (Kitsilano, Vancouver)
Logan Weidner - Carson Graham (North Vancouver)
Lynden Duggan - Burnaby Lake (Burnaby)
Tawera Ohia - Unattached (Tauranga, NZ)
Andrew Cooper - Vancouver Barbarians (Kitsilano, Vancouver)
Cole French - UBCOB Ravens (Vancouver Fraser Academy)
Head Coach - Aaron McLelland (Gisborne, NZ)
Max Abercrombie - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC)
Aiden Osmond - Oak Bay High School (Victoria, BC)
Taine Clague - James Bay Athletic Association (Victoria, BC)
Marcus Lott - James Bay Athletic Association (Victoria, BC)
Liam Poulton - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC )
Hanno Fourie - Brentwood College (Campbell River, BC)
Keaton Williams - James Bay Athletic Association (Victoria, BC)
Owen Smith - Castaway Wanderers RFC (Victoria, BC )
Ryan Boothroyd - James Bay Athletic Association (Victoria, BC)
Dylan Cleaver - Nanaimo Hornets (Nanaimo, BC)
Caleb Sam - James Bay Athletic Association (Victoria, BC)
Markus Walt - James Bay Athletic Association (Victoria, BC)
Head Coach - Dustin Dobravsky (Hanover, Germany)
Assistant Coach - Kaprieli Vataiki (Victoria, BC)
Zach Aldus - Bayside / Earl Marriott (Surrey, BC)
Alec Kemp - Bayside / Earl Marriott (Surrey, BC)
Brendan Kim - Bayside / Elgin park secondary (Surrey, BC)
Kieran Martin - Bayside / Southridge (Surrey, BC)
Takoda McMullin - Earl Marriott Secondary (Surrey, BC)
Talon McMullin - Earl Marriott Secondary (Surrey, BC)
Phoenix Moller - Robert Bateman (Surrey, BC)
Tanner Mueller - Langley / DW Poppy (Langley, BC)
Ethan Sheather - Coquitlam United / Dr. Charles Best (Coquitlam, BC)
Max Stone - Bayside / Earl Marriott (Surrey, BC)
Jaden Thind - Bayside / Southridge (Surrey, BC)
Fred Knowles - Bayside / Earl Marriott (Surrey, BC)
Head Coach - Phil Llewellyn (Vancouver, BC)
Storm Buck - Kelowna Crows (Kelowna, BC)
Carlin Bordin-Slavens - Kelowna Crows (Naramata, BC)
Hayden Burton - Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)
Finn Hussey - Kelowna Crows (Kelowna, BC)
Sol Jacques - Penticton (Penticton, BC)
Jacob Jobst - Lake Country (Oyama, BC)
Daniel Kilian - Penticton (Penticton, BC)
Colby Miletto - Kelowna (Kelowna, BC)
John (Tanner) Milligan - Kelowna Crows (Kelowna, BC)
Declan Monaghan - Kelowna Crows (Kelowna, BC)
Adam Strautman - Nelson (Nelson, BC)
Relmu Wilson-Valdez - Nelson (Nelson, BC)
Head Coach - Leana Marton
Assistant Coach - Scott Stewart
Girls' Team (from BCRU)
BC Rugby is pleased to announce the Girls’ Elite Youth Sevens team set to compete at the Western Canadian Sevens Championships. The tournament is scheduled for February 16 and 17 at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta. The team has been selected from BC Rugby's Elite Youth Sevens Program and will face teams from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario as well as a Rugby Canada Development Academy side over the two-day tournament.
Head coach Darcy Patterson expressed excitement at the mix of fresh and familiar faces selected to the team for the 2020 edition of the tournament.
"We have a lot of new players getting the opportunity to attend Westerns this year, and leadership from returning players Caleigh Silversides, Chloe Hill-Huse and Gracie McAllister," said Patterson. "We are looking forward to the challenge of competing against the other Western Provinces as well as testing ourselves against Ontario this year."
The Girls' Elite Youth Sevens program has been a key part of the women's rugby development pathway in British Columbia as of late. Alumni of the program have made waves in USports, Premier 15s in England, and the Canadian national XVs and sevens teams. Five players from last year's BC team that travelled to Edmonton—Rachel Smith, Emily Meier, Kira Katan, Sammi Thiessen, and Nicolette Duchesne—are currently playing university rugby in the Canada West Women's 7s Series.
Additional details about the Western Canadian Sevens Championships, including schedules and streaming information, will be available later in the week from Rugby Alberta.
Girls' Elite Youth Sevens Roster
Lucie Romeo - Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Summer Blackmore - Mt. Baker Secondary (Cranbrook, BC )
Madison Makara - Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Cassie Hull - Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Halle Smith - Kamloops RFC (Barriere, BC)
Caleigh Silversides - Kamloops RFC (Kamloops, BC)
Chloe Hill Huse - Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Mikayla Brennan-McCann - Shawnigan Lake School (Duncan, BC)
Gracie McAllister - Shawnigan Lake School (Duncan, BC)
Esita Qiodravu - Kamloops RFC (Salmon Arm, BC)
Sadie Gluvic - Bayside RFC (South Surrey, BC)
Mia Eager - Cowichan RFC (Duncan, BC)
NON TRAVELLING RESERVES
Renee Cook - Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Mia Bullock - Bayside RFC (South Surrey, BC)
Makenna Gayger - Abbotsford RFC (Abbotsford, BC)
Robyn Alexander - Bayside RFC (South Surrey, BC)
Head Coach - Darcy Patterson
Medical - Randi Hunter