Shawinigan Lake School

Story and images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

April 21st, 2013 Shawnigan Lake, BC (ISN) – Shawnigan Lake School, playing host over the weekend to rugby squads from across Canada in the 2013 CAIS Invitational Rugby Tournament, would continue their winning ways, with both the boys and girls teams dominating their guests on the pitch in convincing fashion.

Shawnigan Lake, sporting an impressive rugby program would field a girls team and two boys teams for the tournament. A second boy’s team was apparently added after a team was suddenly unable to attend.

Two island squads, Brentwood College and Shawnigan Lake #2 would play for the Plate final. Shawnigan would gut out a close 7-5 win – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Every tackle counted for Shawnigan Lake #2 against a strong Brentwood College side in the Plate final SundayErich Eichhorn image ( )

On the heals of their boys sevens teams first place win over SMU last weekend at the BC Rugby Sevens Island BC qualifier in Victoria, the home squads appeared to be in fine form coming out of the gates on opening day putting up a 193-23 point differential in a welcoming display of rugby prowess, followed by a Saturday show that saw Shawnigan Lake outpace their opponents 180-17.

A brentwood College player hangs of the neck of a Shawnigan Lake player during Sunday finals action at Shawnigan Lake School – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Shawnigan Lake’s girls rugby team would battle team and weather, falling just short to Bishops College School in the Plate finalErich Eichhorn image ( )

The girls team would advance to the Sunday Cup Final with a tough 17-5 win over Country Day School from King City, Ontario, while Shawnigan Lake’s second team would be relegated to the Plate final when St. Andrew’s College of Aurora, Ontario would narrowly defeat them 10-5 and prevent an all-Shawnigan Lake boys Cup Final. Shawnigan’s first team would advance to the championship Cup Final Sunday against St. Andrew’ College after shutting out both Upper Canada College (41-0) and Ashbury College (38-0), both from Ontario.

Pre–game stretching has it’s value most days as this Bishops College tackler can appreciate – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Shawnigan Lake #1 would dominate the opposition over the course of the tournament amassing a 207-8 point differential – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

On Sunday, Brentwood College’s girls team would defeat Country Day School 37-7 to win their plate final in the early game, while their boys team would escape the sporadic, torrential downpours of the later Cup games, but could not escape with a Plate finish against Shawingan Lake’s second team. What was otherwise an up and down running game, would become a defensive field battle when each team would threaten with points.

DR6F1042Shawnigan Lake #1 would run away with Cup honors, winning the 2013 CAIS Invitational Rugby Tournament at home, in Shawnigan Lake over the weekendErich Eichhorn image ( )

Brentwood Colleges girls team would fly over Country Day School of King City, ON in their plate final bid, winning 37-7 – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Shawnigan Lake would hold fast in their own end one last time as Brentwood College would press one last time with one minute remaining, but would run out of times and bid and give Shawingan Lake’s secondary squad a 7-5 Plate win. Shawingan Lake’s girls team, playing for the Girls Cup final against Bishop’s College School of Lennoxville, PQ, would suffer not only weather’s wrath with slick fields and driving rain, but also a narrow 12-10 loss in what was otherwise a strong tournament for the local side.

Bishop’s College School, from Lennoxville, QC, would defeat Shawnigan Lake’s women squad to take the girls Cup final in a narrow 12-10 win – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Shawnigan Lake’s boys first squad would take the CAIS Rugby tournament championship with an impressive 47-5 win – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

In what appeared to be the main attraction for parents, players, and spectators, Shawnigan Lake Boys first team took to field #2 against St. Andrew’s College for the boys championship Cup Final. After a convincing 33-0 win over Bishop’s College School, St. Andrew’s looked poised to meet Shawnigan’s top team head on and ready to make a game of it. Unfortunately for the visiting team, looks would turn out to be deceiving as they would find themselves unprepared to match the speed and physical play that Shawnigan Lake brings to the field each game. The Shawnigan side would “run” away with the Cup putting up a final 47-5 score. Shawingan Lake’s first team was clearly tops in its field, putting 207 points on the board over the course of the tournament, compared to just 8 points for their competitors.

When asked to comment on his teams overall performance, coach and headmaster of Shawnigan Lake School, David Robertson would comment, ” I think we performed admirably well. We’ve worked hard… had a few injuries going into it, and missing a few players. It was so good to see the guys that stepped in stepping up their game.

Shawnigan Lake’s next test will be at the BC Rugby Union’s High school Sevens Championships UBC in Vancouver on April 27-28th. Shawnigan Lake is the two-time defending BC sevens champion at this event.

Well done and good luck!

More images of the tournament will be available for viewing at April 25th, 2013