Major milestone reached by U16 women’s program with win over Ontario

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Andrew Smith

August 9, 2013, Vancouver (ISN) – A major milestone was reached by the inaugural BC Under-16 women’s provincial rugby program as they defeated Ontario 23-15 in day two action of the National Championships Festival. The BC-1 side is now 2-0 heading into their final round-robin clash on Friday against Alberta (1-1).

BC’s U16-2 women’s side dropped their second match of the tournament, falling 32-0 to Alberta. In men’s U16 action the BC-1 side blanked Newfoundland 75-0 to move to 3-0 in pool play while the BC-2 squad dropped a narrow 14-7 decision to Ontario-1 to go 2-1. The two BC sides will now meet in the Cup playoff rounds on Friday afternoon.

BC’s U18 men’s side were edged in a 13-15 battle by Ontario. BC’s U18 women’s side recorded another convincing victory with a 29-7 win over Nova Scotia and BC’s U17 men’s side are now 2-0 in the Tier Two U18 competition after a 40-7 victory over New Brunswick.

Full BC scoreboard copied below.

BC U16-1 Women 23 – 15 Ontario

The two sides were level for much of the opening half until some strong running by BC’s back line finally opened things up. A series of high-octane phases were capped off by Nakisa Levale who dotted down for the opening try to put BC up 5-0. Another quick score by Mckenzie Saysell had the hosts up 10-0.

The second half opened in similar fashion as BC centre Ciel Arbour-Boehme dashed over in the far corner to put BC up 15-0. Ontario found their footing and were able to close the gap to 15-10 shortly after. BC substitute Chantal Maclean kicked a penalty to make it 18-10, before Ontario shot back with a try to make it 18-15.

In the closing minutes, BC full back Caroline Crossley crashed over for the insurance marker as the hosts recorded a pivotal 23-15 result.

“It’s always good to see where we stand at a national level,” said BC head coach Jen Ross after the win. “With it being a new competition the U16 national title really is up for grabs this year. It’s great for us to go up against a program like Ontario who have a surge in numbers and so much talent to draw from.”

“We set out with a specific game plan after seeing Ontario play Alberta and I think we were strong when we went wide,” Ross added.

The BC-1 team will now face Alberta on Friday in the final pool round match before the playoff rounds begin on Saturday.

BC U18 Men 13 – 15 Ontario

Defending national champs BC suffered their first defeat of the season when they were downed 15-13 by the Ontario Junior Blues. Ontario led from start to finish and used their hefty forward pack to control possession and starve BC’s speedy back line of the ball.

The match kicked off with Ontario mounting the pressure early on forcing two penalties inside BC’s 22. The visitors struck the posts twice before they were able to open the scoring when hooker John Shaw powered his way over the goal line. Their kicker struck the post again in the conversion attempt but then found his rhythm to kick a penalty for a 8-0 lead.

BC would pull back a penalty through fly half Guiseppe du Toit to make it 8-3, but Ontario would continue to build momentum to go up 15-3 at the half.

The hosts recorded another penalty through the boot of du Toit but were unable to cross the whitewash until the final minute. A long throw from a lineout saw the ball spun out wide to winger Karsten Leitner who dashed in for the score. Du Toit converted but the final whistle went and Ontario held on for the 15-13 win. The loss was the first for the BC U18 program in three years.

The two could potentially meet again in Sunday’s final, but BC will first have to regroup for their Friday afternoon clash against Newfoundland at 3:00pm.

BC U17 Men 40 – 7 New Brunswick

The TrueBlue U17 men’s provincial team continued their march through the pool rounds on Thursday afternoon posting their second straight win of 40 plus points. New Brunswick kept pace early on and were level at 7-7 with 10 minutes played. BC were able to produce one more try and go up 14-7 at the break.

BC came out firing in the second frame to record four more tries. Two were recorded by flanker Reegan O’Gorman – one was a stolen ball off a line out that he ran in himself – with another added in dramatic fashion as Nakai Penny charged down and then pounced on the loose ball under the posts.

“We are a second half team right now and you could see that game came down to fitness and our players willing to commit,” said BC head coach Curry Hitchborn. “We had a strong finish and overcame adversity and going forward we’ll be looking for more consistency.”

The U17s will now look to to top their pool with a 9:00am fixture against Saskatchewan on Friday.

BC Rugby Scoreboard – 2013 National Festival

Day Two Results – Thurs. Aug 8th

U18 Men’s Nationals Results (BC)

BC1 13 – 15 Ontario1

BC1 54 – 10 Alberta

Fri. Aug 9th, 3:00pm – BC1 vs Newfoundland FIELD 1

BC-2 40 – 7 New Brunswick

BC-2 45 – 3 Nova Scotia

Next Game: Fri. Aug 9th, 9:00am BC-2 vs Saskatchewan FIELD 3

U18 Women’s Nationals Results (BC)

BC 29 – 7 Nova Scotia

BC 53 – 5 Manitoba

Next Game: Fri. Aug 9th, 1:30pm: BC vs Ontario FIELD 2

U16 Men’s Nationals Results (BC)

BC-1 75 – 0 Newfoundland

BC-1 12 – 0 Alberta

BC-1 60 – 3 Ontario-2

Next Game: Cup Round- Fri. Aug 9th, 1:30pm BC-1 vs BC-2 FIELD 3

BC-2 7 – 14 Ontario-1

BC-2 22 – 5 New Brunswick

BC-2 32 – 10 Quebec

Next Game: Cup Round- Fri. Aug 9th, 1:30pm BC-1 vs BC-2 FIELD 3

U16 Women’s Nationals Results (BC)

BC-1 23 – 15 Ontario

BC-1 60 – 0 BC-2

Next Game: Fri. Aug 9th, 10:30am: Alberta vs BC-1 FIELD 4

BC-Blue 0 – 32 Alberta

BC-1 60 – 0 BC-2

Next Game: Fri. Aug 9th, 1:30pm: Ontario vs BC-2 FIELD 4

U14 Boys Nationals Relults (BC)

BC-1 50 – 0 Barbarians/Nfld

BC-1 5 – 5 Barbarians

Next Game: Fri. Aug 9th, 3:00pm: BC-1 vs Ontario-2 FIELD 4

BC-2 50 – 0 Washington

BC-2 10 – 5 Ontario-1

Next Game: Fri. Aug 9th, 9:00am: BC-2 vs Washington FIELD 4