St. George’s Boys, Cowichan Girls lift 2013 High School Rugby Sevens titles

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Andrew Smith

April 28, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – The 2013 BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens championships wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with the St. George’s Saints blanking defending boys Cup champions Shawnigan Lake by a score of 21-0 at UBC’s Wolfson Fields.

In the Girls High School competition, the Cowichan Thunderbirds recorded a dramatic over-time victory to defeat Lord Tweedsmuir 17-12.

St. George’s defeats Shawnigan 21-0 in Boys Cup Final

St. George’s Saints dominated the 2013 BC Rugby High School Boys Provincial Sevens from start to finish, romping through pool and knock-out round play before defeating arch rivals Shawnigan Lake in the cup final 21-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Led by captain Harjun Gill, the Saints’ physical style proved to be unstoppable. Two-time defending champions Shawnigan had plenty of possession but never managed to break through.

“That’s been our goal of the year – to play hard defence,” Gill said.

It’s been quite the year for Gill, who led the BC under-18 provincial sevens team to a first place finish at the Hong Kong International Youth Sevens and a runners-up showing in Las Vegas.

The powerfully-built grade 12 capped the game with a try, collecting a cross field chip kick by fellow BC rep Karsten Leitner and then sprinting 50 metres for the score.

Grade 11 winger Theo Sauder – also a member of BC’s provincial sevens program – used his blazing speed to score the other two tries for the winners.

Finals

3rd place – Kelowna 12 Yale 29

Kelowna were one of the surprise packages in the tournament, having defeated traditional powerhouse Oak Bay in the quarterfinals. They pushed Yale for much of the match, but led by provincial under-18 sevens star Spencer Miller, the Fraser Valley side had too much quality and found late energy to power away.

Plate – West Vancouver 40 Elgin Park 10

West Vancouver were another impressive side, having pushed Shawnigan hard in the quarterfinals. The bigger Highlanders overwhelmed the Orcas in a dominant first half, adding a hefty dash of speed to the bargain. Elgin Park found their groove late in the game, but it was well and truly settled by that point.

Bowl – SMUS 43 Robert Bateman 5

St. Michael’s made no mistakes in their bowl victory over Abbotsford outfit Robert Bateman. The Timberwolves couldn’t find any rhythm in the early going, while SMUS kept the engine running at a steady pace.

Shield – Brentwood 19 Vanier 0

Brentwood defended ferociously and then used what ball they could grab to out-last a plucky GP Vanier side.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS – SUNDAY

BOWL QUARTERFINALS

Argyle 20 Brentwood 14

SMUS 38 Clarence Fulton 0

Vanier 12 Lord Byng 19

Clayton Heights 5 Robert Bateman 27

CUP QUARTERFINALS

Shawnigan Lake 24 West Vancouver 7

Kelowna 20 Oak Bay 17

Yale 31 Elgin Park 12

St. George’s 33 Magee 14

SHIELD SEMIFINALS

Brentwood 28 Clarence Fulton 10

GP Vanier 29 Clayton Heights 12

BOWL SEMIFINALS

Argyle 7 SMUS 19

Lord Byng 12 Robert Bateman 19

PLATE SEMIFINALS

West Vancouver 17 Oak Bay 8

Elgin Park 31 Magee 17

CUP SEMIFINALS

Shawnigan Lake 36 Kelowna 5

Yale 0 St. George’s 19

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SEVENS DAY ONE RESULTS

Pool A

Shawnigan Lake 63 Elgin Park 0

Shawnigan Lake 43 Argyle 7

Shawnigan Lake 36 Lord Byng 5

Elgin Park 15 Argyle 10

Elgin Park 12 Lord Byng 0

Argyle 17 Lord Byng 14

Pool B

St. George’s 43 Clarence Fulton 0

St. George’s 31 Oak Bay 0

St. George’s 24 Clayton Heights 0

Clarence Fulton 0 Oak Bay 45

Clarence Fulton 5 Clayton Heights 20

Oak Bay 41 Clayton Heights 0

Pool C

Kelowna 14 SMUS 7

Kelowna 7 Robert Bateman 5

Kelowna 17 Magee 7

SMUS 19 Robert Bateman 12

SMUS 17 Magee 7

Robert Bateman 12 Magee 17

Pool D

Yale 29 West Vancouver 10

Yale 32 GP Vanier 0

Yale 45 Brentwood 0

West Vancouver 22 GP Vanier 0

West Vancouver 20 Brentwood 0

GP Vanier 19 Brentwood 10

Saari’s over-time heroics lift Cowichan Girls to Provincial Sevens title

A thrilling cup final capped a sensational Saturday of rugby sevens in the playoff rounds of the girls competition at the 2013 BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens Championships at UBC.

Adrienne Saari’s try, deep into extra time, grabbed the title for Cowichan; her score coming after an extended series of attacks by the Thunderbirds in the Lord Tweedsmuir half.

Cowichan had led 5-0 at halftime, scoring a try midway through the half from a great support run by Leah Theobold.

Aggressive attacking play had been the name of the game for Tweedsmuir in their run to the final; they showed that in the early stages of the second half, scoring a pair of tries – by Alex Mueller and Nicole Frkerich – to seize the lead. At 12-5, Tweedsmuir looked firmly in control.

But you don’t get to a final without showing patience. Cowichan showed just that, never quitting on the game; eventually they worked the ball down to the line, Allie White barged over for the tying score.

The tense game carried on, with both teams tackling with a ferocity that belied the final’s added length.

The tradition of cup finals being ten-minute halves instead of the usual seven didn’t seem to faze either team, even as they contemplated the extra time period.

“We were still full of energy,” said Saari. “We said at the break ‘the game is for us, but it’s also for the girls who graduated before us.'”

They also wanted to keep their undefeated record intact.

CUP FINAL: Cowichan 17 Lord Tweedsmuir 12 OT

3rd place: Shawnigan Lake 22 Abbotsford 12

An encounter that spoke to how close the top four teams were, SLS showed a touch more finish in defeating Abbotsford. Led by Madison Brattan’s pair of tries, SLS also had scores from Nicole Crowley and Georgia Logan. Abbotsford got tries from Gurpreet Dhaliwal and Minnie Inthapanya.

PLATE FINAL: Carson Graham 15 Houston 10 OT

Yet another outstanding matchup saw North Shore powerhouse pushed to the limit by underdogs Houston. The little school-that-could travelled down to the coast from the northern interior and surprised many with their plucky, skillful performance. It took overtime and a hat trick of tries from Jessica Nielsen for the Eagles to seal their title. Houston’s tries were dotted down by Delaney Larocque and Jamie Beck.

BOWL FINAL: GP Vanier 26 Heritage Park 5

GP Vanier never took a backwards step in their final, led by Sienna Moir’s pair of tries (three conversions too). Georgia Bellamy and Lauren Sargent also scored. Emily Skillings had Heritage Park’s lone try.

SHIELD FINAL: Elgin Park 15 Kelowna 0

Elgin Park overcame teammate Grace Harper’s shoulder injury to out-pace Kelowna. Olivia Peers, Emma Dunfield and Christy Bogart all scored for the South Surrey speedsters. Also, Elgin’s Helen Terry clocked the fastest time on the sprint test being run as a bonus sideline feature by Rugby Canada’s Barb Mervin and Andrea Burk.

GIRLS DAY TWO RESULTS

BOWL QUARTERFINALS

GP Vanier 29 Rick Hansen 0

Walnut Grove 42 Kelowna 0

Heritage Park 12 Elgin Park 5

Brentwood 32 Seaquam 0

CUP QUARTERFINALS

Abbotsford 19 Carson Graham 0

Cowichan 12 Robert Bateman 0

Shawnigan Lake 22 Houston 10

Lord Tweedsmuir 20 Lord Byng 5

SHIELD SEMI FINALS

Kelowna 10 Rick Hansen 0

Elgin Park 15 Seaquam 0

BOWL SEMI FINALS

GP Vanier 24 Walnut Grove 5

Heritage Park 10 Brentwood 5 OT

PLATE SEMI FINALS

Carson Graham 17 Robert Bateman 12

Houston 17 Lord Byng 0

CUP SEMI FINALS

Cowichan 17 Abbotsford 12 OT

Lord Tweedsmuir 34 Shawnigan Lake 12

GIRLS DAY ONE RESULTS

Pool A

Abbotsford 12 – 5 Heritage Park

GP Vanier 19 – 22 Houston

Abbotsford 17 – 10 GP Vanier

Heritage Park 17 – 22 Houston

GP Vanier 20 – 0 Heritage Park

Abbotsford 33 – 5 Houston

Pool B

Lord Tweedsmuir 20 – 0 Robert Bateman

Brentwood 22 – 0 Kelowna

Kelowna 0 – 36 Robert Bateman

Brentwood 5 – 19 Lord Tweedsmuir

Lord Tweedsmuir 25 – 5 Kelowna

Brentwood 0 – 14 Robert Bateman

Pool C

Walnut Grove 5 – 22 Lord Byng

Cowichan 27 – 5 Seaquam

Seaquam 5 – 25 Lord Byng

Walnut Grove 0 – 44 Cowichan

Walnut Grove 10 – 5 Seaquam

Cowichan 22 – 5 Lord Byng

Pool D

Carson Graham 20 – 12 Elgin Park

Shawnigan Lake 24 – 5 Rick Hansen

Carson Graham 24 – 5 Rick Hansen

Shawnigan Lake 31 – 0 Elgin Park

Carson Graham 10 – 17 Shawnigan Lake

Elgin Park 17 – 10 Rick Hansen

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