2017 HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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After a wonderful weekend of women’s rugby with the HSBC Women’s Canada Sevens and BC High School Girls’ Provincial Championships taking centre stage last weekend, it is now time for the boys to step up and take the spotlight.  The BC High School Boys’ Provincial XVs are currently underway in Abbotsford and their Sevens tournament taking place next weekend at Brentwood, there’s plenty of youth rugby action to keep us entertained as we kick off the month of June.

After three days of exciting matchups, the BC High School Girls’ Provincial Championships reached its conclusion on Saturday.  With Tier 2, AA and AAA titles being contested, there was plenty for the 24 teams to play for.

Thursday’s action saw some seriously high scoring match ups, with 8 teams scoring over 40 points in their opening games.  Carson Graham, Shawnigan Lake, Robert Bateman and Abbotsford Senior all recorded significant victories to kick off the event, hoping to intimidate the competition.  The intensity didn’t let up on Friday either, with teams battling to secure the best spots going in to Saturday’s final.

The final day of competition brought some electrifying matches.  In the Tier 2 final, Elgin Park seized the day to overcome McRoberts.  There was an element of ping pong in this game, with each team scoring back and forth. McRoberts led into the final minutes of the game with Elgin making a comeback and scoring in the dying seconds of the game to win 24-17.  In the AA final, despite a spirited defence from Lake City, it was Abbotsford Senior who claimed a comprehensive victory 41-10.  Abbotsford started the game strong with a try in the first few minutes of the game, a great kick off reception and run.  Though Lake City showed glimpses of brilliance, Abbotsford continued to hold the momentum for the rest of the game with great leadership and play making skills from Tausani Levale and Kashish Arya.

The final match of the day was a real showdown, defending champions Carson Graham up against the championship hosts Yale.  A hotly contested battle on the field, including a scintillating 75-meter run by Savannah Bauder, finally went the way of Carson Graham 19-17.  A spirited resistance from hosts Yale was noted all round and Carson Graham had to hang on to the very last kick of the ball before claiming their 10th AAA title in 13 years.

Overall this was a brilliant three-day event, showcasing increasing strength and depth across all schools taking part.  Coupled with such a successful 7s championship earlier in the year, BC High School Girls Rugby clearly has a bright future ahead.

Final Results:

Tier 2

Winner – Elgin Park Secondary School

Runner-Up – Hugh McRoberts Secondary School

3rd – Gleneagle Secondary School

4th – Burnaby North Secondary School

AA

Winner – Abbotsford Senior Secondary School

Runner-Up – Lake City Secondary

3rd – Robert Bateman Secondary School

4th – Valleyview Secondary School

AAA

Winner – Carson Graham Secondary School

Runner-Up – Yale Secondary School

3rd – Shawnigan Lake School

4th – Cowichan Secondary School

This year the teams participating were:

Abbotsford Senior Secondary School

Lake City Secondary School

Brentwood College School

Westsyde Secondary School

Robert Bateman Secondary School

Valleyview Secondary School

Merritt Secondary School

Houston Secondary School

Carson Graham Secondary School

Yale Secondary School

Shawnigan Lake School

École Mission Secondary School

Cowichan Secondary School

Semiahmoo Secondary School

Georges P. Vanier Secondary School

South Kamloops Secondary School

Gleneagle Secondary School

Alberni District Secondary School

Hugh McRoberts Secondary School

Elgin Park Secondary School

Handsworth Secondary School

Smithers Secondary School

Burnaby North Secondary School

Mt. Boucherie Secondary School

 

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