British Columbia U18 women lift Las Vegas High School Invitational Sevens title

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by Andrew Smith

January 24, 2014, LAS VEGAS, NV (ISN) – British Columbia’s under-18 women’s provincial sevens program won their first major tournament on Friday afternoon, defeating American invitational side Atlantis 32-10 in the Las Vegas High School Invitational Sevens.

BC lost just one match during the 2014 tournament, falling 24-12 to Atlantis in the pool rounds. BC went 2-1 in the round robin with a 48-0 win over Swarm and a 29-0 victory over Canadian rivals Ontario. 

On day two BC blanked Minnesota Tundra 53-0 in the quarterfinals and then downed Seattle-based Serevi Selects 24-12 in the semifinals. 

The Cup final featured a rematch of BC versus the previously-undefeated Atlantis. 

Atlantis drew first blood with a try in the opening minute but BC found their rhythm and responded with six straight scores 

Houston, BC’s Jamie Beck led all scorers with three tries for 15 points and Lauren Kerr (Abbotsford) recorded a brace and added a convert for 12 points. Madi Gold (Merville) also tallied a try to round out the scoring. Atlantis fought until the final whistle, running in a try for the 32-10 score. 

“The caliber of athletes that are now coming into our sport are really making an impact and [as a result] our programs are of a higher quality,” said BC assistant coach Jodie Cornell. “We played against some very stiff competition and saw some very skilled and well drilled American teams.” 

“I thought our performance was outstanding today,” said BC head coach Brad Skene. “We were able to use a few games to see who fit in what positions and field our best lineups. The players were unselfish and stepped into roles that we asked them to so the team could succeed.” 

The Bowl went to BC invitational side Banshees after they defeated LA-based ICEF. For full tournament results visit: http://www.usasevens.com/las-vegas/las-vegas-invitational/

BC U18 Women’s Sevens Roster

  • *Ciel Arbour-Boehme (Cowichan Rugby Club / Brentwood College / Duncan)
  • *Jamie Beck (Houston Secondary / Houston)
  • Sophia Belsher (Robert Bateman / Abbotsford)
  • *Caroline Crossley (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay / Victoria)
  • Nicole Crowley (UVic Vikes / Cobble Hill)
  • Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers / Victoria) 
  • Madi Gold (GP Vanier / Merville)
  • Lauren Kerr (Abbotsford RFC / Robert Bateman / Abbotsford)
  • Nakisa Levale  (Abbotsford RFC / Abbotsford Sr Secondary / Abbotsford)
  • Chantal MacLean (Clayton Heights / Surrey)
  • Hannah Morten (Cowichan Rugby Club / Cowichan Secondary / Duncan)
  • *Adrienne Saari (Cowichan Rugby Club / Cowichan Secondary / Duncan)

*Denotes returning player from 2013 provincial sevens team

Team Staff

  • Head Coach – Brad Skene
  • Assistant Coach – Jodie Cornell

BC RUGBY SCOREBOARD

BC U18 women’s provincial team results: 

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 

  • BC 48 – 0 Swarm
  • BC 29 – 0 Ontario Jr Storm
  • BC 14 – 24 Atlantis 

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 – games at Heritage Park (350 S Racetrack Rd, Henderson) 

  • Quarterfinals: BC 53 – 0 Minnesota Tundra
  • Semifinals: BC 24 – 12 Serevi Selects
  • Cup Final: BC 32 – 10 Atlantis

BCEY7s (Boys) High School Open Results:

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014

  • BC-Red 43 – 0 Tennessee White Tri-Star
  • BC-Red 28 – 19 PV Rugby
  • BC-Red 33 – 24 United

Friday, Jan 24, 2014  – games at Heritage Park (350 S Racetrack Rd, Henderson)

  • Quarterfinals: 9:40am BC-Red 21 – 17 Herriman
  • Semifinals: BC-Red 12 – 17 Utah

BCEY7s (Boys) High School Elite Results:

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 – games at Heritage Park (350 S Racetrack Rd, Henderson)

  • BC-Gold 24 – 12 Ontario Jr Blues
  • BC-Gold 22 – 5 Upright Rugby Rogues
  • BC-Gold 22 – 21 High School All Americans-2
  • BC-Blue 12 – 24 Atlantis
  • BC-Blue 0 – 43 High School All Americans-1
  • BC-Blue 20 – 12 NorCal All Stars

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 – games at Star Nursery Fields (7000 E Russell Rd at Sam Boyd Stadium)

  • 8:20am: BC-Gold vs Washington Loggers
  • 8:40am: BC-Blue vs Toronto Rugby
  • 10:20am-3:20pm Playoff / Placement Games

Full BCEY7s day two report to follow on www.bcrugby.com

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