|University 7s Championship - 2012
Sean Duke - Canada 7s
Western Claim Men's Title: Guelph Claim Women's Title
posted March 3rd 2012
Even though Western struggled in some of the earlier games when it counted they came up big, taking out favourites UVic 26-19 in the semi-finals and then 3rd seed UBC 19-14 in the final.
The Day 1 games are archived at http://sportscanada.tv/index.php/rugby and likely Day 2 games will be available shortly.
What to make of the results?
I think it cements Conor Trainor's place as top University 7s player in the country, perhaps the best 7s player in the country period. Every aspect of his game was head and shoulders above other players, his counter-rucking was superb, his anticipation deadly and his running confident. There were a few players on UBC and UVic who were on the cusp of national selection that may have fallen a bit in the pecking order, and a few players on Western who have raised their status in the eyes of the national selectors.
On the Women's side Guelph were dominant and can claim the national XVs and 7s title in the same year.
The tournament has grown from last year and the venue has potential. 7s tournaments usually have a festival feel to them and there's some work to be done in that area. I've heard some talk of a fall date as a better choice but we'll see what transpires. The fan turnout wasn't huge and the tournament could have been promoted a lot better. The online video coverage was good and deserves commendation. I would suggest next year they maintain the same online video coverage but turn promotion over to local organizers. Perhaps consider getting some major TV coverage of the tournament as they have for a similar event south of the border.
Game Score Team vs. Team Score
27 0 UVIC 2 W UBC W 22
28 0 UVIC 1 W Guelph W 28
29 24 RMC (10) Regina (11) 5
30 27 UBC OKA (9) SASK (12) 7
31 40 UVIC (1) Alberta (8) 7
32 49 UBC (2) Humber (7) 0
33 14 Western (3) MT. Royal (6) 0
34 19 Calgary (4) McMaster (5) 27
35 12 Regina (L29) SASK (L30) 17
36 17 RMC (W29) UBCO (W30) 12
37 44 Guelph W (1) UBCO W (4) 0
38 20 UBC W (2) UVIC 2 W (3) 0
39 0 Alberta (L31) Mt.Royal (L33) 24
40 7 Humber (L32) Calgary (L34) 26
41 19 UVIC (W31) Western (W33) 26
42 24 UBC (W32) McMaster (W34) 12
43 28 Alberta (L39) Humber (L40) 19
44 21 MT.Royal (W39) Calgary (W40) 7
45 0 UBCO W (L37) UVIC2 W (L38) 10
46 24 UVIC (L41) McMaster (W42) 19
47 55 Guelph W (W37) UBC W (W38) 0
48 19 Western (W41) UBC (W42) 14
Day 2 Updates: UVic, UBC, Western, McMaster Through to Semis
posted March 3 2012
As expected the 3 pool winners have advanced to the semi-finals. UVic will face Western and UBC will matchup with McMaster.
0 UVIC 2 W - UBC W 22
0 UVIC 1 W - Guelph W 28
24 RMC (10) - Regina (11) 5
27 UBC OKA (9) - SASK (12) 7
40 UVIC (1) - Alberta (8) 7
49 UBC (2) - Humber (7) 0
14 Western (3) MT. Royal (6) 0
19 Calgary (4) McMaster (5) 27
Day 1 Recap: UVic, UBC, Western, Calgary Undefeated in Men's Division: Guelph Undefeated in Women's Division: PHOTOS ADDED
UVic and UBC won all three games in their pool as expected. The big surprise was Calgary and Western drawing their match 10-10 giving each a 2-0-1 record going into Day 2. In Women's play Guelph has dominated and remain the only undefeated team.
Best guess for tomorrow's final is UVic v UBC and in Women's play Guelph v UBC. UVic and Western will likely meet in one semi while UBC will meet either Calgary or McMaster in the other semi.
The Men's Rankings after Day 1
1 UVIC (QF v Alberta) 10:28am
2 UBC (QF v Humber) 10:50am
3 Western (QF v Mount Royal) 11:12am
4 Calgary (QF v McMaster) 11:34am
6 Mt. Royal
9 UBC OKA
Scores (Women in blue)
UBC OKA 10 - UVic A 5
Guelph 41 - UBC 0
UVic 36 - UBC OKA 0
Western 36 - Humber 0
UBC 42 - Alberta 0
Mt. Royal 17 - RMC 15
Calgary 17 - Regina 0
McMaster 26 - Sask 0
UVic B 22 - UVic A 10
Guelph 15 - UBC OKA 0
UVic 40 - Mt. Royal 0
Western 10 - Calgary 10
UBC 48 - Sask 0
UBC OKA 29 - RMC 14
Humber 17 - Regina 12
McMaster 17 - Alberta 5
UBC 26 - UBC OKA 0
Guelph 27 - UVic B 0
UVic 40 - RMC 0
Regina 0 - Western 45
UBC 14 - McMaster 5
UBC OKA 5 - MT. Royal 33
Calgary 12 - Humber 0
Alberta 17 - SASK 5
UBC OKA 0 - UVIC B 12
UVIC A 5 - UBC 15
Mount Royal 2-1-0
UBC Okanagan 1-2-0
Royal Military College 0-3-0
Pool W - Women
UVic B 2-1-0
UBC OKA 1-3-0
UVic A 0-3-0
There were a couple of critical moments in one of the best games on Day 1 when Western and Calgary tied 10-10. The first was Conor Trainor anticipating a long pass and picking it off for the try. The other was a try/no try decision that could have won the game for Calgary. Without the video ref the official made the right call "no try" as the photo shows, the Western player touched the ball first.
University 7s Championships Start Friday with 12 Men's Teams and 5 Women's Teams: WATCH LIVE ONLINE
updated Feb 29 2012
[ed. the event webcast link is http://sportscanada.tv/index.php/rugby]
The University 7s tournament starts at 10am on Friday, March 2nd at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford, the new home of Rugby Canada.
There are 3 pools in the Men's division:
Royal Military College
UVic won the tournament last year with a 34-17 victory over Western. It likely will come down to the same scenario again this year. UVic will be missing Phil Mack due to injury but still have Nathan Hirayama and Sean Duke, along with the likes of Beau Parker, Patrick Kay and Tony La Carte. Western's top star is Conor Trainor and depending on the supporting cast they should be in the final again. UBC are top ranked in Pool C and will try to make a case for a spot in the final.
The tournament runs from 10am to 7:40pm on Friday and 9am to 7pm on Saturday. The tournament takes a break from 2:30pm to 4pm on Saturday to allow for a Youth Flag 7s demonstration, a smart move considering the BC Premier games (Caps at Bays, CW at Vikes) will be taking place at the same time. The UVic Vikes in particular will be stretched thin taking on CW in the BC Premier while also defending their University 7s title.
In the Women's Division there is one pool of five teams:
Guelph are likely favourites as they won the 2011 CIS University XVs championship in November.
The following .pdf file is the current schedule we have available.
University 7s Schedule
On the refereeing front there will be a number of well known names including: Pat Allard (BC), Bryan Arciero (Alberta), Chris Assmus (BC), Andrew Hosie (Ontario), Karen Lozada (Ontario), Andrew McMaster (Ontario), Dave Smortchevsky (BC) and Sherry Trumbull (BC).
Two of the visiting referees will be chosen to officiate at the BC Premier games in Victoria on Saturday.
University 7s Championship in Langford for 2012
posted Nov 11 2011
[ed. comments below]
Last year UVic won the inaugural Men's University 7s championship held at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium. In 2012 the championship moves to Langford, the new home of Rugby Canada operations. It also indicates a growing acceptance of artificial turf especially for 7s rugby. The dates for 2012 are March 2nd and 3rd.
The dates work well with the national team 7s schedule indicating that teams will have access to their national 7s players. That would work well for teams like UVic who with Sean Duke and Phil Mack will again be one of the favourites.
This year will also include a Women's division.
National Team 7s schedule
Dubai and South Africa
November 26th to December 12th
New Zealand and USA
January 27th to February 13th
March 16th to March 26th
Rugby Canada report