U18 BC Elite Youth Sevens team goes undefeated in Hong Kong

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Andrew Smith

March 21, 2013, Hong Kong, China (ISN) – British Columbia’s Elite Youth Sevens Under-18 provincial team went undefeated on Thursday afternoon to successfully defend their title at the Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong International Youth Sevens.

The program lifted their first international title of the 2013 season and their fourth major trophy in two years.

The U18 BC team went 4-0 in a U19 competition featuring players from Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and USA. BC conceded just a single try and downed Hong Kong University 21-0 in the Cup Final.

“The guys did a great job today and they really improved each game during the tournament,” said BC head coach Shane Thompson, who has the BCEY7s on tour outside of North America for just the second time in the program’s history. “It was a positive experience for all the players and great to win the Cup.”

The team started the tournament with a 14-0 win over Hong Kong club side DEA Tigers before blanking DPB 35-0. In their third and final pool match, BC defeated LA’s Inner Cities rep side 21-7 to earn a berth into the Cup Final.

Victoria, BC’s Evan Cambridge crossed over for two tries in the tournament final with North Vancouver’s 17-year-old Cole Keffer also dotting down for a score. BC Captain Harjun Gill (Richmond, BC) kicked three conversions to seal the 21-0 win over Hong Kong University.

This was BC’s second straight 2013 Cup Final appearance after finishing as runners-up in February to the USA High School All-Americans at the Las Vegas High School International Sevens.

The aspiring national team players will now have the opportunity to take in the famed Hong Kong Sevens as Canada looks to claim pivotal points on the International Rugby Board Sevens World Series circuit. A graduate of the BC Elite Youth Sevens program – 19 year old Justin Douglas of Abbotsford, BC – will be playing for Canada this weekend. BC reps on the national team roster also include Sean Duke (Vancouver), Mike Fuailefau (Victoria), Nathan Hirayama (Richmond), Harry Jones (West Vancouver) and Conor Trainor (Vancouver).

Tournament Results:

BC 14, Dea Tigers (Hong Kong) 0

BC 35, DPB 0

BC 21, LA Inner Cities 7

CUP FINAL: BC 21, Hong Kong University 0

MATCH 1: BC 14, Dea Tigers (Hong Kong) 0

Starting 7: Cambridge, Oswald, Leitner, Miller, Gill, Sauder, Dagg

BC Tries: Karsten Leitner, Theo Sauder

BC Converts: Harjun Gill x2

MATCH 2: BC 35, DPB 0

Starting 7: Cambridge, Campbell, Leitner, Keffer, Gill, Vataiki, Dagg

BC Tries: Karsten Leitner, Spencer Miller, Theo Sauder, Tomasi Vataiki x2

BC Converts: Theo Sauder, Harjun Gill x4

MATCH 3: BC 21, LA Inner Cities 7

Starting 7: Cambridge, Keffer, Leitner, Miller, Gill, Vataiki, Suader

BC Tries: Cole Keffer, Theo Sauder x2

BC Converts: Harjun Gill x3

CUP FINAL: BC 21, Hong Kong University 0

Starting 7: Cambridge, Keffer, Leitner, Miller, Gill, Vataiki, Sauder

BC Tries: Evan Cambridge x2, Cole Keffer

BC Converts: Harjun Gill x3

BC U18 Sevens Hong Kong Roster:

1. Evan Cambridge (Castaway Wanderers / Oak Bay High School)

2. Joey Campbell (Abbotsford RFC / Sardis Secondary)

3. Shane Dagg (Bayside AA / South Delta Secondary)

4. Harjun Gill (Richmond RFC / St. George’s School)

5. Cole Keffer (Capilano RFC / Sutherland Secondary)

6. Karsten Leitner (UBCOB Ravens / St. George’s School)

7. Spencer Miller (Abbotsford RFC / Yale Secondary)

8. James Oswald (Capilano RFC / West Van High)

9. Theo Sauder (Vancouver Rowing Club / St. George’s School)

10. Oliver Smith (Capilano RFC / Seycove Secondary School)

11. Peter Stockton (Kats RFC / St. George’s School)

12. Tomasi Vataiki (Bayside AA / Earl Marriot Secondary)

Team Staff

Head Coach: Shane Thompson

Manager: Doug Tate

Physio: Gareth Adams

About the BCEY7s program

As a result of rugby sevens being included into the Olympic games for 2016 and 2020, the British Columbia Rugby Union created the Elite Youth Sevens program. The sevens academy is designed to help develop young athletes into the rugby players who will be best qualified to represent Canada with distinction at future Olympic Games and Rugby World Cups. The program is geared towards identifying, training and developing athletes who can go on to represent their Regions, their Province and Canada at Age Grade Level and beyond.