Action from the 2018 Kamloops Sevens Tournament at McArthur Island Park

This weekend the 2018 Kamloops Sevens Tournament showcased some of the best young rugby talents from across the Province.  Taking place at McArthur Island Park, 150 games were contested by over 600 male and female athletes in the U14, U16 and U19 divisions.

The event has exploded in popularity, with almost six times the number of players taking part compared with the first tournament in 2016.  What is even more impressive is the scope of this event, with teams coming from remote areas as far as Smithers, Dawson Creek to Cranbrook and everywhere in between joining clubs from Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Thompson/Okanagan regions.  In total, a staggering 29 clubs/regions/schools were represented at the 2018 Kamloops Sevens Tournament, making it the most diverse Rugby Sevens competition in BC.

Frosty Fall mornings gave way to beautiful blue skies and sunshine each day, the lush green fields of McArthur Island Park providing an ideal venue for the bustling tournament.  Despite many teams having travelled many hundreds of kilometres to be there, the teams and parents were all full of cheer as they filled the areas surrounding the fields.  As soon as the action kicked off across the five fields, the air was alive with yells of encouragement from the sidelines.

There was some fantastic rugby on display for those the gathered crowds, the Rugby Sevens format providing an ideal mix of skill, speed and strength.  With matches lasting just 14 minutes each, the action was fast and furious, possession changing hands at the drop of a hat and players frequently making heart pounding sprints over the length of the field.  Rugby Sevens is known for delivering high scoring matches and that was certainly the case at the Kamloops Sevens, with an average of X tries per match over the whole of the tournament.

The level of competition at this year’s tournament was impressive, with a total of 14 different clubs/regions claiming a spot on the podium when the dust had settled.  The smaller teams also showed that they have what it takes to play in the big leagues, with Houston (who a had a mere 1600km round trip journey to be involved) claiming the top spot in the U19 Girls’ Open Division and teams from the Kootenays medaling in both the U19 and U16 Boys’ Divisions.

Tournament organizer Darcy Patterson was full of praise for everyone who was involved at the event.  “It has been really incredible to see how this tournament has grown in just three short years.  The support from the City of Kamloops and the Rugby community in the area has been amazing, we really owe so much to the dozens of people who helped make this such a success.  The commitment from the players is fantastic too, given the distance that so many of them travel, and it’s great to see just how much they are all enjoying themselves. This would never be possible without the commitment of their coaches and support networks who did a lot of work to get them to the tournament.”


U14 Girls

1st – Calgary Canucks

2nd – North West & Abbotsford

3rd – Castaway Wanderers

U16 Girls

1st – Castaway Wanderers

2nd – Lake City

3rd – Langley

U16 Girls Elite

1st – Abbotsford

2nd – James Bay AA

3rd – Celtic Barbarians

U16 Boys

1st – TORA

2nd – Kootenays

3rd – Williams Lake

U19 Girls

1st – Houston

2nd – United

3rd – Capilano

U19 Girls Elite

1st – Abbotsford

2nd – Castaway Wanderers

3rd – Bayside Sharks

U19 Boys

1st – TORA

2nd – Celtic Barbarians

3rd – Kootenays