|Girls High School Rugby 7s - 2012
Abbotsford Collegiate Win 2012 BC Rugby High School Girls Provincial 7s
BCRU Media Release
posted April 15 2012
Vancouver, BC: Abbotsford Collegiate went undefeated to win the 2012 BC Rugby High School Girls Provincial Sevens championship on Saturday afternoon at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium.
Abbotsford Collegiate played six games during the two-day tournament conceding just one try and racked up a total of 218 points in offence. The tournament champs went 3-0 in pool play defeating Lord Byng 45-5, Kwantlen Park 44-0 and Semiahmoo 30-0. Carrying their form into day two, Abbotsford downed Lord Tweedsmuir 32-0 in the Cup quarterfinal and defeated GP Vanier 30-0 in the Cup semifinals.
The Abbotsford Collegiate Panthers blanked Carson Graham 37-0 in the Cup final, with an impressive seven-try effort. Cup final MVP Lauren Arthur recorded a trio of tries with single tallies also recorded by Shelby Pihl, Natalie Teteris, Junnaya Murphy and Tiffany Picketts. Picketts tacked on the conversion to round out the scoring.
"I am so proud of the team as they played well and supported each other throughout the whole tournament," said Abbotsford Collegiate head coach Peter Cannon. "Part of our pre-game talk heading into the final were three major concepts; support, communicate and believe. Our girls really bought into it and played some great rugby."
Cannon was pleased to see his squad come out on top of the 16-team tournament but was equally as excited to see how sevens rugby was creating such a buzz a the high school level.
Similar to a 16-team tournament in the International Rugby Board World Sevens Series, trophies were also awarded for 13th, ninth and fifth place. The Shield (13th overall) went to Mt Boucherie of the Okanagan Valley. The Bowl (ninth overall) was lifted by Elgin Park of Surrey and the Plate (fifth overall) went to Abbotsford's Robert Bateman. In the consolation playoff for third place, 2011 provincial sevens champions Cowichan Thunderbirds defeated Vancouver Island rivals GP Vanier 15-0.
"This [tournament] was awesome. It was such a great opportunity for these girls," Cannon added. "It's not just about winning the cup. There is a team over there who have never lifted a trophy and today they came away with the Shield. Two hours later those players are still here talking about how much they enjoyed playing in the tournament and how great of an experience this was."
The 2012 edition of the BC Rugby High School Girls Provincial Sevens saw 16 teams from across the province competing at UBC, up from the five-team field that battled for a provincial title in 2011. The tournament was officiated by certified members of the BC Rugby Referee's Society, including one of Canada's most accomplished international referees Sherry Trumbull.
"Especially with sevens now being apart of the Olympics [in 2016], tournaments like these are only going to grow as there is more emphasis put on this version of the game," Cannon added. "I hope to see this tournament keep going and look forward to next year."
The BC High School Girls Rugby Association will now turn its attention to the 15-a-side code where teams will battle for berths into the 2012 BC Finals, scheduled for May 24-26 at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver.
DAY ONE RESULTS - April 13, 2012:
1 Carson Graham "A" 14 - 10 Robert Bateman "B"
2 Elgin Park 37 - 0 Mt. Boucherie
3 Semiahmoo 20 - 0 Kwantlen Park
4 Abbotsford "A" 45 - 5 Lord Byng
5 Cowichan "A" 30 - 0 Walnut Grove "B"
6 Lord Tweedsmuir 32 - 5 Stelly's
7 GP Vanier 32 - 0 Cowichan "B"
8 Robert Bateman "A" 5 - 22 Walnut Grove
9 Carson Graham "A" 22 - 12 Mt. Boucherie
10 Elgin Park 10 - 24 Robert Bateman "B"
11 Semiahmoo 24 - 0 Lord Byng
12 Abbotsford "A" 44 - 0 Kwantlen Park
13 Cowichan "A" 37 - 0 Stelly's
14 Lord Tweedsmuir 12 - 0 Walnut Grove "B"
15 GP Vanier 20 - 5 Walnut Grove
16 Robert Bateman "A" 22 - 0 Cowichan "B"
17 Carson Graham "A" 33 - 5 Elgin Park
18 Mt. Boucherie 0 - 26 Robert Bateman "B"
19 Semiahmoo 0 - 30 Abbotsford "A"
20 Lord Byng 38 - 0 Kwantlen Park
21 Cowichan "A" 22 - 5 Lord Tweedsmuir
22 Stelly's 7 - 29 Walnut Grove "B"
23 GP Vanier 29 - 0 Robert Bateman "A"
24 Walnut Grove 35 - 0 Cowichan "B"
1. Carson Graham 3-0 (9 pts)
2. Robert Bateman 2-1 (7 pts)
3. Elgin Park 1-2 (5 pts)
4. Mt Boucherie 0-3 (3 pts)
1. Abbotsford-A 3-0 (9 pts)
2. Semiahmoo 2-1 (7 pts)
3. Lord Byng 1-2 (5 pts)
4. Kwantlen Park 0-3 (3 pts)
1. Cowichan-A 3-0 (9 pts)
2. Lord Tweedsmuir 2-1 (7 pts)
3. Walnut Grove-B 1-2 (5 pts)
4. Stelly's 0-3 (3 pts)
1. GP Vanier 3-0 (9 pts)
2. Walnut Grove 2-1 (7pts)
3. Robert Bateman-A 1-2 (5 pts)
4. Cowichan-B (3 pts)
DAY TWO RESULTS - April 14, 2012:
Match# Qualifying Round
25 Bowl QF Elgin Park 38 - 0 Cowichan-B
26 Bowl QF Walnut Grove "B" 41 - 0 Kwantlen Park 9:20am
27 Bowl QF Robert Bateman "A" 17 - 10 Mt Boucherie 9:40am
28 Bowl QF Lord Byng 10 - 15 Stelly's 10:00am
29 Cup QF Carson Graham 24 - 0 Walnut Grove 10:20am
30 Cup QF Cowichan-A 20 - 0 Semiahmoo 10:40am
31 Cup QF GP Vanier 7 - 5 Robert Bateman "B" 11:00am
32 Cup QF Abbotsford Collegiate "A" 32 - 0 Lord Tweedsmuir 11:20am
Match# Semi-Final Round
33 Shield SF Cowichan 'B' 20 - 0 Kwantlen Park 11:40am
34 Shield SF Mt Boucherie 15 - 10 Lord Byng 12:00pm
35 Bowl SF Elgin Park 31 - 0 Walnut Grove 'B' 12:20pm
36 Bowl SF Robert Bateman 'A' 25 - 0 Stelly's 12:40pm
37 Plate SF Walnut Grove 'A' 17 - 15 Semiahmoo 1:00pm
38 Plate SF Rober Bateman 'B' 34 - 0 Lord Tweedsmuir 1:20pm
39 Cup SF Carson Graham 15 - 12 Cowichan 'A' 1:40pm
40 Cup SF GP Vanier 0 - 30 Abbotsford Collegiate 'A' 32 2:00pm
Match# Finals Round
41 Shield Final Cowichan 'B' 0 - 34 Mt Boucherie 34 2:40pm
42 Bowl Final Elgin Park 22 - 5 Rober Bateman 'A' 3:05pm
43 Plate Final Walnut Grove 'A' 0 - 24 Robert Bateman 'B' 38 3:30pm
44 3/4 Play Off Cowichan 'A' 15 - 0 GP Vanier 3:55pm
45 Cup Final Carson Graham 0 - 37 Abbotsford Collegiate 'A' 4:30pm
BC Rugby High School Girls Provincial Sevens Starts Friday at UBC
BCRU Media Release
posted April 11 2012
VANCOUVER - The 2012 BC Rugby High School Girls Provincial Sevens championship gets underway on Friday as 16 teams prepare to scrum down at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium.
2012 BC Rugby High School Girls Provincial 7s
Dates: Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th
Location: Thunderbird Stadium, University of British Columbia
Schedule: See attached
The second annual provincial seven-a-side rugby tournament will be a full scale event, building on the five-team inaugural championship in Delta which saw Cowichan High School crowned provincial champs after a 15-7 Cup Final victory over Island rivals Shawnigan Lake School in 2011.
The 2012 edition will have teams from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Okanagan regions and will feature 45 games of heart-thumping, fast-paced rugby. The tournament gets underway with Carson Graham 'A' battling Robert Bateman 'B' at 11:00am on Friday morning and the placement games are set for Saturday, April 14th with the provincial Cup Final slated for 4:30pm.
Seven-a-side rugby is on the rise in BC as the province's next generation of athletes have seen Canada's senior women's sevens team excel on the world stage. Canada lifted four straight international titles and were semifinalists at the recent IRB Women's Sevens Challenge Cup in Hong Kong this past March. The abbreviated, high-tempo version of rugby is set to debut at the 2016 Olympics and the sport is generating plenty of hype at the age grade level across the country.
"The women's national team is leading by example showing what it means to be the best in the world," said BC High School Girls Rugby Association President Brad Baker. "There is a lot of high level interest in BC as the exposure is there and girls high school teams here are extremely excited. The players are really looking forward to the opportunity to play more sevens and to compete for a provincial championship."
The more traditional 15-a-side version of rugby is already established at the girls high school level in BC and features a provincial championship in May of each year. According to Baker, sevens rugby has the potential to see the game grow even more at the girls high school level and offers a platform for teams with smaller programs to be competitive.
"Sevens rugby allows for teams that may not have the numbers for 15s to be competitive, particularly schools that are only able to field about 20 players," added Baker. "There are also some great coaches with sevens experience like [Cowichan's] Brad Skene on the Island and I know out in the [Fraser] Valley they play more sevens than teams do in Vancouver. I anticipate that the winner could very easily be any of the 16 teams competing this weekend."
This weekend's tournament will be a crucial step in developing the game and Baker is looking forward to seeing more players trying their hand at sevens rugby.
"This weekend's tournament is vital to our development of the game due to the fact that it's now an Olympic sport," Baker added. "With Canada being one of the top nations in the World, the girls playing from grades 8 through 12 need to learn the game of sevens on top of 15s. It's important that for future national teams that our younger generations experience the learning curve and have the heart and desire to play sevens."
Pools - 2012 BC Rugby High School Girls Provincial 7s
Carson Graham 'A' (North Vancouver)
Elgin Park (Surrey)
Mt. Boucherie (Kelowna)
Robert Bateman 'B' (Abbotsford)
GP Vanier (Comox)
Robert Bateman 'A' (Abbotsford)
Walnut Grove (Langley)
Cowichan 'B' (Duncan)
Cowichan 'A' (Duncan)
Lord Tweedsmuir (Surrey)
Carson Graham 'B' (North Vancouver)
Semiahmoo (White Rock)
Lord Byng (Vancouver)
Kwantlen Park (Surrey)