by Katelyn McCreary
February 27, 2014, LANGFORD, BC (ISN) – The fourth annual University Sevens tournament is set to kick off Friday March 7, 2014 at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC. This tournament will feature some of the best men and women sevens players from across the country, in an event designed for development and talent identification.
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Although this tournament is only in its fourth year, it has made ground in the sevens community. Coaches and athletes know this is an opportunity to showcase their talent and skills on the pitch. This is a rare occasion that enables players to be recognized by Rugby Canada’s High Performance staff, who will all be in attendance throughout the tournament.
“Rugby Canada created this tournament in hopes of promoting sevens in Canada. We don’t host any other sevens events, so it is a good opportunity for teams to be able to compete,” said event manager Alana Gattinger.
“Members of Rugby Canada’s High Performance Staff, including Geraint John and John Tait, will be in attendance at this tournament. It is a perfect opportunity for university student athletes to showcase their talent and potentially be recognized for national team participation,” added Gattinger.
Rugby Canada has been hosting the tournament out of the Center of Excellence (COE) for the past two years. With help from the City of Langford, this has always proven to be a successful event.
Last year the tournament highlighted 50 games between 15 men’s and 10 women’s teams. A successful tournament in years past, Rugby Canada hopes to host another promising rugby filled weekend.
Last year the University of Victoria’s (Uvic) men’s were given the chance for a well-deserved rematch against the University of Western Ontario. Western had defeated the reining champs in the semi-finals the year before in a tough battle that left the Vikes feeling robbed. Uvic went on to win 35-5, regaining their title as tournament champions.
This will be the third year the women’s game has been part of the tournament and everyone is anxious to see if the University of Guelph women will be able to defend their two-year title. Last year the Gryphons went undefeated winning the tournament for the second year in a row, beating Calgary in the final with 41 points to zero. The Gryphons scored a total of 166 points throughout the tournament including a drop goal from the team’s flyhalf and kicker Stef Tibelius.
This tournament is a fun, exciting and competitive weekend filled with a community of people who love the game, along with a fun fan contest.
This year fans are being asked to dress up on Saturday March 8, as their favorite superhero for a chance to win some great prizes.