This past weekend, BC Rugby hosted the Inaugural BC Girls’ 7s Rugby Tournament in Kamloops. A total of 19 teams from all across the province participated in this exciting event.
Day one of the tournament brought the first ever U14 age bracket tournament for girls’ rugby.
Abbotsford took on the NorthWest in the first of these historic games. And with many exciting moments in the games the highlight was witnessing the future of rugby as 36 eighth-graders (across 3 teams) played in their first ever tournament.
The participation from youth extended past playing in the tournament. Liam Fullard, a 13-year-old boy from Penticton travelled to Kamloops with his father Vikus Fullard to referee all of the U14 games.
Later in the afternoon, Williams Lake arrived with 13 girls. Inspired by Rio 2016 Bronze Medalist Kayla Moleschi, these girls were excited to continue the legacy of strong rugby in Williams Lake.
Darcy Patterson, Rugby Development Officer, travelled to Smithers 6 weeks ago to work on growing rugby in the NorthWest, “To see all the grade eights still playing the game and doing so well after only 6 weeks of practices and 3 games is amazing and the start of something great.”
Overall the event was a huge success and it could not have happened without the support of all the coaches, Alan Slater and Sean Levenson from Smithers, Rob Hayes from Houston, Morley Wilson from Williams Lake, Deanna Makara from Abbotsford, Sue Kabatoff from Kamloops and last but not least, Bob Zyrd who organized all the referees. BC Rugby would also like to thank Darcy Patterson for organizing the entire event and working endlessly to make sure that it was a fun and empowering experience for all the young participants.
In the U18A category, Abbotsford took first place. Capilano were the runners up and third place went to the Castaway Wanderers.
In the U18B category, first place went to Salmon Arm, followed by Capilano and third place went to Prince George.
In the U16 age category, Abby took home the gold with Burnaby/United as second and NorthWest as third. Having started playing 6 weeks ago, NorthWest performed spectacularly.
Lastly in the U14 category, Abby were the champions with Smithers and Williams Lake as runners up.