Victoria Vikes women’s rugby team win a bronze medal at Canada West Alberta 7s tournament

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EDMONTON – The University of Victoria Vikes claimed a bronze medal on day 2 on the Canada West Alberta 7s tournament in Edmonton held at Foote Field. Victoria defeated Calgary 19-14 in the bronze medal match, scoring two tries in the final five minutes.

“We are happy to come away with a strong performance and a win in our bronze medal game,” said Vikes head coach Brittany Waters. “The team learned a lot this weekend and we have two weeks to put in hard work and come prepared to compete in Fraser Valley.”

The UBC Thunderbirds erased a seven-point deficit, beating the Lethbridge Pronghorns 19-12 in gold medal match. Lethbridge led 12-5 after the first half, before UBC scored two converted tries in the second, including a score from Delaney Aikens in the final minute.

UBC cruised past Calgary 35-5 early on Sunday in their semifinal, while Lethbridge needed a heroic last-second convert to advance past Victoria 14-12 in the second semi.

“Our semi final loss came down to inconsistency and unforced errors, and Lethbridge were able to capitalize on our mistakes,” added Waters.

The host Alberta Pandas won both of their games on Sunday, including a 29-7 win over UFV to finish fifth for a second-consecutive season. The Regina Cougars earned their first win of the tournament in the seventh-place match, knocking off Thompson Rivers 51-0.

The Canada West Rugby 7s Series will now head to Abbotsford, B.C. February 2ndand 3rd, as the Fraser Valley Cascades host the second of three tournaments this season.

Semifinal #1: Lethbridge Pronghorns (14) vs Victoria Vikes (12)

Scoring summary:

LET: 7-7: 14
VIC: 5-7: 12

LET try – #7 Hailey Driscoll (#5 Caitlin Sears Convert) – 7-0
VIC try – #10 Paige Farries (Convert missed) – 7-5

Half

VIC try – #6 Emily Belchos (#6 Emily Belchos Convert) – 12-7
LET try – #7 Hailey Driscoll (#5 Caitlin Sears Convert) – 14-12

Semifinal #2: UBC Thunderbirds (35) vs Calgary Dinos (5)

Scoring summary:

UBC: 21-14: 35
CGY: 0-5: 5

UBC try – #5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 7-0
UBC try – #7 Kally King (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 14-0
UBC penalty try – #6 Kaitlyn Cumming (Automatic Covert) – 21-0

Half

UBC try – #4 Delaney Aikens (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 28-0
CGY try – #11 Charity Corcilles-Herring (Convert missed) – 28-5
UBC try – #8 Emma Feldinger (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 35-5

Third Place Match: Calgary Dinos (14) vs Victoria Vikes (19)

Scoring summary:

CGY: 14-0: 14
VIC: 5-14: 19

CGY try – #22 Berlyn Seselja (#15 Elysa Sandron Convert) – 7-0
VIC try – #3 Chanelle Edwards-Challenger (Convert missed) – 7-5
CGY try – #7 Caralyn Cafaro (#15 Elysa Sandron Convert Convert) – 14-5

Half

VIC try – #3 Chanelle Edwards-Challenger (# 4 Brooke Bazian Convert) – 14-12
VIC try – #2 Renee Gonzalez (# 4 Brooke Bazian Convert) – 19-14

First Place Match: Lethbridge Pronghorns (12) vs UBC Thunderbirds (19)

Scoring summary:

LET: 12-0: 12
UBC: 5-14: 19

UBC try – #7 Kally King (Convert missed) – 5-0
LET try – #2 Carolyn Mckee (Convert missed) – 5-5
LET try – #6 Genna Driscoll (#5 Caitlin Sears Convert) – 12-5

Half

UBC try – #2 Nicole Mallow (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 12-12
UBC try – #4 Delaney Aikens (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa Convert) – 19-12

Final Tournament standings

POS TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES
1st UBC 5 0 0
2nd LET 4 1 0
3rd VIC 3 2 0
4th CGY 2 3 0
5th ALB 3 2 0
6th UFV 2 3 0
7th REG 1 4 0
8th TRU 0 5 0

Overall series standings

TEAM PTS
UBC 15
LET 12
VIC 10
CGY 8
ALB 6
UFV 4
REG 2
TRU 1

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