Langford Rugby 7’s a success!

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Story by Mark Bryant/BC Rugby News (www.bcrugbynews.com)
Photographs by Glenn Ivens(www.javalon.smugmug.com)  

It was a great venue, a great day and some great 7s rugby on display. Tournament organizers were happy with their first effort and next year will be even better.

 

 

 

The Warriors won the Cup in a close 28-26 victory over the South Seas. Sean Ferguson of the Warriors was the tournament MVP with an outstanding performance over 5 games.

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The Women got things started at the inaugural Langford Long Weekend 7’s rugby tournament on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The Warriors cruised through pool play dispatching Western Washington 26-7, North Island 36-5 and Langford Barbarians 42-0. In the semi-finals they dispatched Abbotsford 31-5.

South Seas were equally dominant going through pool play 31-0 over the Untouchables, 46-0 over the Bulldogs, and 38-7 over Abbotsford. They had a tougher game in the semi-finals narrowly getting by Western Washington 17-12.

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The Warriors (scoring try) came out on top during the Cup final at the Langford Long Weekend 7’s Rugby tournament. (photo by Glenn Ivens) 

The final was a see-saw battle between the two teams that saw some top-level rugby. The Warriors prevailed 28-26. Geraint John, the national team coach, came by to observe and congratulate the winners.

Western Washington won the Plate and coach Adam Roberts will be happy about the team’s performance, pushing South Seas to the limit in the semi-final. The Langford Barbarians won the Bowl and coach Winston Stanley laced up the boots to score two tries in the Bowl final in a last minute victory (31-28) over the Untouchables. The Bulldogs won the Shield.

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The Langford Long Weekend 7’s provided some high flying action for local rugby fans on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The U14 exhibition which also served as the Tide trials was an entertaining 40 minutes of rugby enjoyed by all in the stands. It was good to see people wandering through the venue with no gate charge and even though the stands weren’t full it was bustling throughout the day.

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The U-14 players showcased their skills for the fans in a 40 minute exhibition. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The women played 3 games with the two teams using a total score formula to determine the winner. Even though Velox won 2 of 3 games they lost the total score tally to the Vikings. The Vikings team was made up of a couple of national team players not touring to Amsterdam, a few UVic players and a few Velox players.

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The Vikings lost 2 games but won the Women’s flight by cumulative score. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The tournament exemplified the values of rugby, fierce competition on the field, camaraderie off the field, and respect for all those willing to participate and put in the work.

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A great day was had by all at the Langford Long Weekend 7’s rugby tournament on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Next year will be even better, so circle the May long weekend on your calendar for 2013.

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