Victoria Vikes women’s rugby team finish second in pool

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    EDMONTON – The elite teams separated themselves from the pack on Saturday, as the first day of the Canada West Rugby 7s series got underway under the dome at Foote Field.

    The Lethbridge Pronghorns and UBC Thunderbirds finished pool play with identical 3-0 records, advancing to tomorrow’s semifinals. Victoria (2-1) and Calgary (2-1) each finished second in their respective pools, and will also advance.

    “We knew heading into this tournament that teams would come out firing against us based on last years results,” said Vikes head coach Brittany Waters. ” Teams focused on taking away our wide game and took advantage of us at times around the break down.”

    Lethbridge needed a tight 14-7 win over Calgary, while UBC topped Victoria 21-19 in the final pool match thanks to a last second convert for each team to clinch first.

    “I felt we were inconsistent today,” added Waters. “However, we showed some great potential and we have a lot to build on heading into tomorrow’s semi final match against Lethbridge.”

    With the addition of two new teams in Canada West, the format was switched to have two pools of four, with the top two from each qualifying for the semifinals. Alberta (1-2), UFV (1-2), Regina (0-3) and TRU (0-3) will play on the consolation side on Sunday.

    The Pronghorns will get the Victoria Vikes in the first semifinal at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, while UBC will get Calgary at 11:22 a.m.

    The host Pandas will face Thompson Rivers, while UFV and Regina clash on the consolation side tomorrow morning. The tournament final is slated for 3:06 p.m. on Sunday, with third, fifth, and seventh place matches preceding.

    Game 1: Victoria (63) vs. Regina Cougars (5)

    Scoring summary:

    VIC: 21-42: 63
    REG: 5-0: 5

    VIC try – #13 Jordyn Myers (#4 Brooke Bazion Convert) – 7-0
    VIC try – #14 McKenzie Pusch (#4 Brooke Bazion Convert) – 14-0
    REG try – #5 Olivia Mogentale (Convert missed) – 14-5
    VIC try – #5 Ashah Payson (#4 Brooke Bazion Convert) – 21-5

    Half

    VIC try – #14 McKenzie Pusch (#4 Brooke Bazion Convert) – 28-5
    VIC try – #5 Ashah Payson (#4 Brooke Bazion Convert) – 35-5
    VIC try – #12 Maddy Aberg (#11 Nicola Smith Convert) – 42-5
    VIC try – #6 Emily Belchos (#6 Emily Belchos Convert) – 49-5
    VIC try – #3 Chanelle Edwards-Challenger (#6 Emily Belchos Convert) – 56-5
    VIC try – #10 Paige Farries (#6 Emily Belchos Convert) – 63-5

    Game 2: Victoria Vikes (24) vs Alberta Pandas (0)  

    Scoring summary:

    ALB: 0-0: 0
    VIC: 17-7: 24

    VIC try – #6 Emily Belchos (Convert missed) – 5-0
    VIC try – #1 Gurp Dhaliwal (Convert missed) – 10-0
    VIC try – #2 Renee Gonzalez (#4 Brooke Bazion Convert) – 17-0

    Half

    VIC try – #2 Renee Gonzalez (#2 Renee Gonzalez Convert) – 24-0

    Game 3: Victoria Vikes (19) vs UBC Thunderbirds (21)

    Scoring summary:

    VIC: 0-19: 19
    UBC: 14-5: 21

    UBC try – #2 Nicole Mallow (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 7-0
    UBC try – #2 Nicole Mallow (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 14-0

    Half

    VIC try – #6 Emily Belchos (Convert missed) – 14-5
    VIC try – #13 Jordyn Myers (#4 Brooke Bazion Convert) – 14-12
    VIC try – #4 Brooke Bazion (#6 Emily Belchos Convert) – 19-14
    UBC try – #6 Kaitlyn Cummings (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 21-19

    Tournament standings – Day 1

    Pool A

    TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS
    LET 3 0 0 12
    CGY 2 1 0 8
    UFV 1 2 0 4
    TRU 0 3 0 0

    Pool B

    TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS
    UBC 3 0 0 12
    VIC 2 1 0 8
    ALB 1 2 0 4
    REG 0 3 0 0

    * NOTE: Teams are awarded 4 pts. for a win, 2 pts. for a draw, and 1 pt. for a loss.

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