National University Sevens Championships gets underway in Langford

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN) (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

 Day 1 of the National Invitational University Sevens Rugby Championships is in the books and despite a constant drizzle and some chilly temperatures it went off without a hitch.

 

This is the second year of the Championships and while it is being put on by Rugby Canada and not officially sanctioned by the CIS they do fully support and endorse the event. This year’s tournament has grown to 12 men’s teams from 8 last year and now includes a women’s division with 5 teams.

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Remi Anctil and the UVic Vikes shut down their opponents on day 1 of the National University Sevens Championships going 3-0 on the day and amassing a whopping 116 points for while allowing none against. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

This year’s tournament features the reigning Cup champion University of Victoria Vikes, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Mt. Royal University, Royal Military College, University of Western Ontario, University of Calgary, University of Regina, Humber College, University of British Columbia, McMaster University, University of Alberta and University of Saskatchewan in the Men’s division while the women’s division features two teams from the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia Okanagan, University of Guelph and University of British Columbia.

The tournament enables Rugby Canada to get to know some of the up and coming rugby talent from across the country and help build its sevens program for international competition which now includes the Olympic Games.

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Cameron Stones of McMaster attempts to break the grip of Saskatchewan tackler. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The University of Victoria Men’s team got off to a great start downing UBC Okanagan 36-0 then rolled over Mt. Royal 40-0 and finished the day with another 40-0 decision over Royal Military College to sit atop the standings.

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Randi Hunter of the UVic senior women’s team breaks for the goal line during day 1 action of the National University Sevens Championships at Bear Mountain Stadium. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

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UVic’s Stefani Hanson lays out Guelph player at the National University Championships on Friday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The University of Victoria Women’s teams saw the senior team go 2-1 with a 22-10 win over the junior team and 12-0 over UBC Okanagan and a 27-0 loss to powerhouse Guelph. The UVic junior team lost all three of their games 10-5 to UBC Okanagan, 15-0 to Guelph and 15-5 to UBC.

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UVic’s Sean Duke eludes Royal Miltary College tackler. UVic went on to down the RMC 40-0. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Action continues on Saturday at 9:00 am and concludes with the men’s Shield final taking place at 4:00pm, men’s Bowl final at 4:30pm, women’s Plate final at 5:00pm, men’s Plate final at 5:30pm, women’s Cup final at 6:00pm and men’s Cup final at 6:30pm. All games at Bear Mountain Stadium @ City Center Park in Langford.

For full tournament details visit Rugby Canada’s website.

To view more images from Friday’s action please visit my ISN Gallery

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