National Invitational University Sevens wrap up at Bear Mountain Stadium

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens

The National Invitational University Sevens Rugby Championship wrapped up yesterday at Langford’s Bear Mountain Stadium. The Western Ontario Mustangs took home the Cup in the Men’s division while the Guelph Gryphons were Cup winners on the Women’s side.

 

The day started with the final two games of the women’s round robin with both teams from UVic taking losses, UVic 1 28-0 to powerhouse Guelph and UVic 2 22-0 to UBC.

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Stefani Hanson helped the UVic Vikes to a Plate Championship at the National Invitational University Sevens Championships over the weekend. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The standings after the round robin in the Women’s division had Guelph on top followed by UBC, then UVic 2 with a 2-2 record. UVic1 (0-4) were in 5th place.

The Men’s division standings after the round robin had the reigning champion UVic Vikes in top spot followed by UBC and Western.

Cup Semi final action saw Guelph continue to dominate knocking off UBC Okanagan 44-0, while UBC downed the UVic2 squad 20 to set up a Guelph – UBC Women’s Cup final.

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Guelph’s Caitlin Beaton slides in for a try against UBC Okanagan during semi final action at the National Invitational University Sevens Championships. Guelph went on to win the Cup Championship and now hold both the 7’s and 15’s National titles. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The Cup Semi final for the Men’s division pitted UVic against Western, last year’s runners up. The Vikes were without the services of National team member Sean Duke due to schooling commitments and the Mustangs took full advantage, jumping out to an early 12-0 lead.

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Beau Parker and the UVic Vikes were unable to repeat as National 7’s Champions falling to Western 26-19 in the semi finals. Western would go on to win the Cup Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

UVic managed to tie it up in the 2nd half but some costly penalties allowed Western to jump back on top and they weren’t to be denied as they took the game 26-19, securing a return to the Cup final. UBC won their Cup Semi final match doubling McMaster 24-12 to move through to the final.

Guelph proved to be too much for anyone to handle as they destroyed UBC 55-0 to take the Cup title. They finished the tournament 6-0 amassing a whopping 210 points for and none against. They now hold both the 15’s and 7’s titles.

A strong Western side, featuring National team member Conner Trainor, were in the Cup final for the 2nd straight year and would not be denied the title battling the UBC Thunderbirds to a 19-14 victory.

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The University of Calgary downed Humber College 26-7 in semi final action at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The University of Alberta Golden Bears won the Shield Championship downing Humber College Hawks 28-19 while Mount Royal University Cougars defeated the University of Calgary Dinos 21-7 to earn the Bowl Championship.

UVic 2, coached by National 7’s team member Barbara Mervin, took home the Women’s Plate Championship besting UBC Okanagan 10-0 while UVic beat McMaster 24-19 to take the Men’s Plate Championship.

Rugby Canada along with the CIS did a wonderful job of hosting a National tournament. If you have never watched Sevens Rugby I encourage you to get out to the next event as it is a day full of non-stop action.

For full tournament results visit Rugby Canada’s website.

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

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