Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
April 14, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Shawnigan Lake School ‘A’ took top spot at the Vancouver Island High School 7’s Rugby Championship on Sunday at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium.
The teams took to the field under uncertain skies but the rain held off and the tournament went off without a hitch thanks to the many volunteers who did an amazing job.
Constable Roy Radu, a former Canadian National team member, presents the Radu Shield to Shawnigan Lake School’s Captain after they won the Vancouver Island High School 7’s Rugby Championship on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The event was sponsored by the Saanich Police Department with additional funding provided by the Saanich Police Association and the Saanich Police Athletic Association.
Shawnigan Lake stuck it to everyone on Sunday at the 2013 Vancouver Island High School 7’s Rugby Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The ten teams were competing for the Radu Shield, named for Saanich Police Constable Roy Radu, a former National team player and teacher. The top 4 teams also earned berths into the British Columbia Secondary School Rugby Union’s Provincial 7’s tournament April 27th and 28th at the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Park.
Hard hits were the order of the day as the teams vied for the Radu Shield to honor the top 7’s rugby team on Vancouver Island. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Shawnigan Lake School’s ‘A’ team came into the tournament as the favorite and they showed why amassing 161 points for and only 7 against in 4 games. St. Michaels University School, the only team to score against SLS ‘A’, placed 2nd with Oak Bay and G.P.Vanier of Courtenay taking 3rd and 4th spots respectively. 5th place team Brentwood College School may earn a wild card spot into the Provincials once all the qualifying is complete.
Cowichan’s Noah Dobson climbs on the back of Oak Bay’s Graeme Battigelli during action at the Vancouver Island High School 7’s Rugby Championship on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Brentwood College School’s Loet Huis in ‘t Veld plays the ball from the ground, keeping it out of the hands of the Vanier defenders. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
VANCOUVER ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL 7’S RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES (winning team in bold):
#1 Shawnigan Lake School ‘A’ vs. Shawnigan Lake School ‘B’ 40-0
#2 Oak Bay Bye
#3 Cowichan vs. Glenlyon Norfolk School 12-5
#4 St. Michaels University School vs. Ladysmith 22-0
#5 G.P. Vanier vs. Pacific Christian School 31-5
#6 Brentwood College School – Bye
#7 Shawnigan Lake School ‘B’ 17 vs. Glenlyon Norfolk School 17-0
#8 Shawnigan Lake School ‘A’ vs. Cowichan 54-0
#9 St. Michaels University School vs. Brentwood College School 33-7
#10 Oak Bay vs. Cowichan 27-12
#11 Vanier vs. Brentwood College School 17-14
#12 Ladysmith vs. Pacific Christian School 22-12
#13 Shawnigan Lake School ‘A’ vs. Oak Bay 36-0
#14 St. Michaels University School vs. G.P. Vanier 24-21
#15 Glenlyon Norfolk School vs. Pacific Christian School 21-12
#16 Shawnigan Lake School ‘B’ vs. Ladysmith 15-7
#17 Cowichan vs. Brentwood College School 29-0
#18 Oak Bay vs. G.P. Vanier 15 19-15
#19 Shawnigan Lake School ‘A’ vs. St. Michaels University School 31-7
Shawnigan Lake School’s ‘A’ team pose with the Radu Shield and members of the Saanich Police Department after Sunday’s win. Saanich Police along with the Saanich Police Association and the Saanich Police Athletic Association sponsored Sunday event and look forward to adding a Girls division next year. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
1st Shawnigan Lake School ‘A’
2nd St. Michaels University School
3rd Oak Bay
4th G.P. Vanier
5th Brentwood College School
7th Shawnigan Lake School ‘B’
9th Glenlyon Norfolk School
10th Pacific Christian School