July 11,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA, BC – The 2014 Victoria International Youth Sevens will kick off this Friday at the University of Victoria with over 30 junior rugby sevens teams competing for titles. The two-day competition is set to run July 11-12 and will once again feature a highlight U18 Men’s Elite Division along with U14 Boys and U16 Men’s divisions. This year’s event will also have a U18 Women’s division along with a new U18 Men’s Open, featuring regional teams from across the province.
The tournament is the host event for the BC Elite Youth Sevens, a youth program specializing in Olympic-bound sport Rugby Sevens. Under head coach Shane Thompson, the BCEY7’s program has already lifted the Hong Kong International Youth Sevens title this past March and finished as runner-ups at the Las Vegas High School Invitational Sevens in January. The Victoria event is the third and final stop for the U18 program which will be looking to lift its third straight title at UVic.
“This is a great event for our young players who are able to play at home in front of their friends and family,” said BCEY7’s head coach and Victoria Sevens Tournament Director Shane Thompson. “The competition is played in top level facilities and because we’re at home, we are able to field three teams in the competition, exposing more players to high level rugby sevens.”
This year’s U18 Men’s Elite division will feature three BC provincial rep teams, as well as 2013 runner-ups and 2011 tournament champions Ontario. The U18 Men’s Elite division welcomes back Utah this year along with newcomers Alberta.
“We are excited to welcome another Canadian province into what is quickly becoming the top youth sevens event in the country,” said Thompson. “Outside of the Las Vegas event (played in January), you won’t see this many top level youth players competing in one tournament.”
The 2013 Cup Final saw BC-Gold and Ontario battle into over-time with Marshall Fuller (Vancouver, BC) eventually going over in the far corner for the hosts for a 22-17 win.
The competition gets underway on Friday, July 11 at 10:00am. Games will be played on three main locations at UVic: Wallace Field, Wallace Field Turf and Centennial Stadium.
U18 Men’s Elite Division:
BC-Gold, Alberta, BC-White, Ontario, Utah, BC-Blue
U18 Men’s Open:
Fraser Valley West, Vancouver East, Vancouver North, South Vancouver Island, Cardinal Vaughan-1, Cardinal Vaughan-2
U16 Men’s Division:
Pool A: Vancouver North-2, Fraser Valley West, South Vancouver Island, Vancouver Island Thunder
Pool B: Vancouver North-1, Vancouver East, North Island, Fraser Valley East
U14 Boys Division:
Pool A: Fraser Valley 1, Vancouver North-2, Vancouver Island-1, South Island Mongrels
Pool B: Fraser Valley-2, Vancouver North-1, Vancouver Island-2, Delta
Vancouver Island, Vancouver Island-2, Vancouver Island Thunder
The BC Elite Youth Sevens program is proudly sponsored by Adera Development Corp. The BCEY7’s program was implemented to identify, train and develop athletes who can go on to represent their regions, their province and Canada at future World Cups and Olympic Games.