BC U18 & U16 Boys Crowned Champions in Las Vegas

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Brendan Munro

 

Ben Scher with Serevi BC U18 boys 

(ISN) – The BC Rugby U18 boys stayed focused in the face of the challenge. First there was the stage; a crowd of 10,000 rugby fans at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. Secondly there were the opponents; the High School All Americans, who previously defeated BC in the Cup Final in 2014. This year BC had experience on their side and they would not be denied again.

BC raced out to a 17-0 half time lead and continued to pressure the Americans throughout the second half. BC was clinical in defence and tackling throughout the tournament and they seemed to always find the momentum changing score whenever their opponents threatened to climb back into the match. This was especially true in the Cup Final. The All Americans scored one try early in the second half, bringing the tally to 24-5, but Mitch Cameron dotted down moments later for BC. The 5th BC try of the game answered any question about the outcome. BC played a disciplined and spirited closing two minutes and then the celebrations began.

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“Last year we were in the same position, and we didn’t capitalize, so it feels so good to win,” said George Barton. “Thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to be here.”
“The boys took what we’ve been working on and put it into a perfect game here in the stadium,” said Coach Shane Thompson. “They put the effort in with practicing, and it paid off.”
After the game, Ben Scher was selected by Sevens legend Waisale Serevi as the Powered by Serevi Tournament MVP
Try Scorers: Mitchell Cameron (2) Niko Clironomous, Elias Ergas, Cal McMaster
Conversions: Ben Scher (3)
Earlier on Saturday afternoon, the BC U16 boys set the bar for success on the rugby pitch with a championship win of their own.

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U18 BC Boys Champs 

While opponents Atlantis proved to be a well drilled and athletic side, BC’s Jack Scher found a small gap in the defense and exploited it with a brilliant run for the game’s first try. His teammate Jake Scott added an insurance try in the second half – one that proved to be much needed in the end – as he collected the ball on the wing, high stepped over an ankle tap and raced in for the try.

Atlantis narrowed to gap to 12-7 in the closing moments, but scenes of jubilation followed as the referee blew the final whistle and BC became 2015 Las Vegas Invitational Champions in the U16 Division.
Try Scorers: Jack Scher, Jake Scott
Conversions: Jack Scher
Earlier Results
On Friday, 3 BC teams reached the Cup Finals, but fell short of the ultimate goal; the BC U18 Elite Girls (3W, 3L), the U18 Open division Girls (5W, 1L) and the U17 Boys (5W, 1L) all had great tournaments and left everything on the field. The BC U23 Women (4W, 1L) also enjoyed a memorable run at the LVI, getting all the way to the Cup semi-final, but were derailed by a tough Kiwi team. The BC U23 Men (2W, 3L) had mixed results playing in the Men’s Open division. They bowed out in the Bowl after receiving four yellow cards and surrendering a try on the last play of their semi-final game.

There were many positives to take away from the tournament and all the BC teams represented the province very well. Congratulations to all the players and coaches on a fantastic weekend of rugby.

 

Rosters and full results for all seven BC Rugby teams:
 
 

 

 

BC Elite Youth Sevens – Boys U18, U17, U16 


BCEY7’s U18 Boys are Competing in U19 High School Elite division.

U18 Boys Roster

Barton, George Shawnigan Lake School  
Cameron, Mitchell Rockridge Capilano RFC
Clironomos, Niko Lord Bying UBCOB
Ergas, Elias Collingwood Capilano RFC
Gamracy, Nic South Kamloops Secondary  Kamloops rugby club
Hersant, Aaron  Brentwood College  
Hurst, Fraser St. Georges Rowing Club
Mahon, Liam West Vancouver Capilano RFC
McMaster, Callahan Shawnigan Lake School  
Ngongo, Anton Claremont Castaway Wanderers
Scher, Ben St. Georges Rowing Club
Liam, Morrison Earl Marriot Bayside
Gray, Ryan Collingwood Capilano RFC
Hansen-Boucher, Luc Lord Bying UBCOB

Schedule  

     
Friday Teams Score
  BCRU v PV Rugby W – 50-0
  BCRU v Utah Lions T 19-19
  BCRU v Toronto Rugby W 59-0
Saturday    
  Cup QF
BCRU v Atlantis
W 26-0
  Cup SF
BCRU v Ontario
W 36-0
  Cup Final
BCRU v HS All Americans
Result: Champions
W 31-5

The BC Elite Youth 7s U18 Boys would like to thank the following sponsors: Adera

 


BCEY7’s U17 are competing in High School Open Division

U17 Boys Roster:

De Souza,  Taylor  LadySmith Cowichan rfc
Gillette, Wylie  Earl Marriot Bayside
Hall, Jonah  Oak Bay High Castaway Wanderers
Joe, kyle  LadySmith Cowichan rfc
Kratz, Gavin  Oak Bay High Castaway Wanderers
Mann, Michael South Delta Secondary n/a
Martin-Feek, Logan  Claremont  
Prevost, Brennig  Glenlyon Norfolk School Castaway Wanderers
Schellenberger, Brandon  Oak Bay High Castaway Wanderers
Smith, Michael  Earl Marriot n/a
Thind, Jared  Southridge School Bayside
Jubenvill, John  Earl Marriot Bayside
Tate, Brayden  Oak Bay High Castaway Wanderers
Thompson, David  Lord Bying UBCOB

Schedule

Thursday    
Time Teams Score
  BCRU v Tennessee W 38-0
  BCRU v Utah Lions W 22-0
  BCRU v Toronto Rugby W 17-0
Friday    
  Cup QF
BCRU v Capilano Black
W 17-12
 

SF

BCRU v Utah Lions

W 24-0
  Cup Final
BCRU v Atlantis 
result: 2nd place
 L 28-7

The BC Elite Youth 7s U17 Boys would like to thank the following sponsors: Adera

 

 


BCEY7’s U16 are competing in the Boys U16 Division

U16 Boys Roster:

Corben Bowen – (Sardis Secondary/Abbotsford Rugby Club)
Connor Byron – (Yale Secondary/Abbotsford Rugby Club)
Henry Davitt – (Sutherland/Capilano RFC)
Lachlan Kratz – (Oak Bay High School/Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Koro Korobasage – (Queen Elizabeth School/Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
William McDougall-Percillier – (Brentwood College/Cowichan Rugby Club)
Jack Scher – (St. Georges/Vancouver Rowing Club)
Jake Scott – (Sentinel Secondary/Capilano RFC)
Conor Sinclair – (Mt.Baker Secondary)
Sam Sirlin – (St. Georges/Vancouver Rowing Club)
Jai Pereira – (Claremont Secondary)
Diego Zuniga – (Yale Secondary/Abbotsford Rugby Club)The following is the U16 non-travelling reserve list Teo De Gianni – Yale Secondary/Abbotsford Rugby Club
Quinn Litherland – St. Georges/Capilano RFC
Carter Miller – Abbotsford Rugby Club   

Schedule

Friday    
Time Teams Score
  BCRU v Ontario W 26-10
  BCRU v Mavericks W 31-0
  BCRU v Orem Stallions W 19-17
Saturday    
8:20am BCRU v Capilano Gold W 57-0
11:00am

Cup SF

BCRU v Capilano Black

W 26-14
1:20pm

Cup Final

BCRU v Atlantis

 W 12-7 
  result: Champions  

 The BC Elite Youth 7s U16 Boys would like to thank the following sponsors: Adera

 

 

BC Rugby U23 Women  – Competing in the Women’s Open 7s

Roster:

Jessica Harvey – SFU – Brampton, ON
Chelsea Fowler- Abbotsford- Mission BC
Mackenzie Fowler- Abbotsford – Mission, BC
Allie White – Velox – Victoria, BC
Courtney Sims – Velox – Vancouver, BC
Cherisse Du Preez – Velox – Durban, South Africa
Demi Stamatakis – SFU – Vancouver, BC
Madelaine Thomsen – UBCO – Calgary, AB
Nenegh McCulloch – Cowichan – Duncan, BC
Karly Reum – SFU – Surrey, BC
Gurpreet Dhaliwal – UVIC – Abbotsford, BC
Kate Parkinson – Velox – Vancouver, BC

     
Thursday Teams Score
  BCRU v Pterrordactyls  W 51-0
  BCRU v Atlantis  W 17-5
  BCRU v Tundra  W 31-5
Friday    
  Cup QF
BCRU v Angels
 W 24-5
  Cup SF
BCRU v Arongatahi
 L 34-0
  result: 3rd place  

The BC Rugby U23 Women showed a ton of heart playing against a bigger, stronger Arongatahi team from New Zealand. Unable to match them in size, the BC women made a valiant effort to outpace them and showed great toughness and persistence in the contact. In the end, they were simply overmatched. The resulting 4-1 record and third place finish is one that the women should be proud of, and it speaks very well about this group who came together quickly and did an outstanding job of representing BC for the first time at this age and skill category.

The BC Rugby U23 Women’s team would like to thank the following sponsors:  North Star Rugby, Thorsteinssons and Avison Youn

 

BC Rugby U23 Men – Competing in the Men’s Open 7s

U23 Men’s Roster:

Tyson Appeldoorn – Abbotsford
Patrick Davis – Rowers
David Alexander Dinbandhu – Brit Lions
Jason Gagnier – Velox
Darwin Guevara – Abbotsford
Sean Hickson  – Rowers
Connor Hunter – Abbotsford
Jonathan Manderson – Capilano/UBC
Dave Matthews – Rowers
Spencer Miller – Abbotsford/UBC
Joshua Mark Oden – Velox
Josh Tranquilli Doherty – Rowers

Schedule 

Thursday    
  Teams Score
  BCRU v Open Selects 2  L 12-19
  BCRU v Beverly Hills RC Brothers  L 12-17
  Rexburg Yeti  W 28-0
Friday    
  Bowl QF – BCRU v Idaho  W 14-0
  Bowl SF – BCRU v Black Dragons  L 21-17
     

The team advanced to the Bowl Semi Final against Black Dragon, but four yellow cards hampered BC’s efforts to maintain its 17-0 half-time lead. Black Dragon scored on the final play of the game to edge BC and end their tournament.

The BC Rugby U23 Men’s team would like to thank the following sponsors:  North Star Rugby, Thorsteinssons and Avison Young.


BC Rugby U18 Girls –  competing in the Serevi High School Girls Elite and Open 7s divisions

We are sending a group of very talented athletes that have the potential to repeat as tournament winners,” said Coach Darcy Patterson. “They believe they can win and that is the ultimate goal for us this tournament. They all have a very high work ethic and work hard to be the best rugby players they can. It is going to be exciting to see how their hard work over the last few weeks transfers into the tournament.“

U18 Girls combined rosters

Name   School Club
Ciel Arbour-Boehme Brentwood Cowichan
Tanika Bonneville Elgin Park Bayside
Zoe DeFaveri Windsor Capilano
Kristine Osachuk Carihi Sec Comox Kickers
Autumn Garrett Robert Bateman Abbotsford
Hannah Morten Cowichan Cowichan
Mackenzie  Carson Yale Abbotsford
Lauren  Sargent G.P. Vanier Comox Kickers
Madi Gold G.P. Vanier Comox Kickers
Katrina  Moorthy Langley Fine Arts Abbotsford
McKenzie  Saysell Ladysmith  No Club
Sophia  Belsher Bateman Abbotsford
Danika  Elias Sardis Abbotsford
Nakisa  Levale Abbotford Abbotsford
Morgan  Walker Robert Bateman Abbotsford
Cassie  Baldo Earl Marriott Abbotsford
Lia  Colasacco Earl Marriott Bayside
Sofie  Kennedy Stelly’s Castaway
Sophie  DeGoede Oak Bay Castaway
McKenna Haz Brentwood Cowichan
Denise Roy Brentwood Cowichan
Shaye  Tudor Claremont Sec Castaway
Avishag  Sharabi Brentwood No Club
Mariah Fontana Cowichan No Club
 
Girls High School Open (U18)  
Thursday    
  Teams Score
  BCRU v Lady Dragons W 29-12
  BCRU v ICEF W 30-0
  BCRU v Tundra W 24-23
Friday    
  Cup QF 
BCRU v Notre Dame
W 42-0
  Cup SF
BCRU v Lady Dragons
W 36-5
  Cup Final
BCRU v HS All Americans
result: 2nd place
 L 29-5
 
Girls High School Elite (U18)  
Thursday Team Score
  BCRU v Girls HS All American 2  L 15-24 
  BCRU v Edmonton Gold  L 26-24
  BCRU v Lady Stallions  W 40-0
Friday    
  Cup QF 
BCRU v Edmonton Gold 
 W 27-0
  Cup SF
BCRU v Oregon
 W 10-5
  Cup Final 
BCRU v Ontario 1
result: 2nd place
 L 24-0

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