The Abbotsford Kukri Sevens tournament is happening this year on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford.
Abby 2013 Sevens Team at Langford 7's
The Abbotsford Kukri Sevens tournament is one of four official stops on the BCRU Seven's Circuit in the summer of 2015 (also Meralomas, Burnaby, and SFU). It will feature teams in 4 divisions: Elite Men's, Social Men's, Women's, and U-14 Boys. The 2015 Abbotsford Seven's is sponsored again by Kukri this year and we thank them for their support.
The entry fee is $250 per team. There is a discount rate if more than one team is entered from one club. There will be a drop kick contest, apparel prizes, as well as a beverage garden full of summer tunes and water activities.
The Abbotsford International Sevens tournament was started in the summer of 2009. The idea started with Abbotsford resident and Kenyan born Douglas Okero. Douglas has ties to rugby in Kenya and hoped for many years to find a way to share our West Coast hospitality with his Kenyan brethren. Douglas teamed up with Donna Bernard of Flair marketing and Summer Dhillon of tourism Abbotsford, and many months of planning began.
This group of dedicated professionals sought the assistance of the Abbotsford Rugby Club and approached our executive about coming on board to help advise on the rugby logistics. It was rare to have an outside group interested in planning a major rugby event and the rugby club was excited to be involved with a local international tournament that had the potential to expand the sport locally. Doug Primrose and Ryan McWhinney stepped into advisory roles on behalf of the rugby club, and the event started to come to fruition, eventually becoming a reality on July 25, 2009.
The tournament continued in 2010 and 2011 with Valley High winning in 2010 and Ratu Filise from Fiji winning in 2011. The tournament has since been moved to Burnaby and the name has been changed to the Vancouver 7's in hopes of expansion. The Abbotsford tournament will continue as an official stop on the BC Rugby Union 7's Circuit.
The Inaugural Abbotsford International Sevens Tournament 2009
The first Abbotsford International Sevens Tournament on July 25, 2009 was a great success. With close to 2000 people in attendance and 16 teams from four countries playing, it was a great day of rugby in Abbotsford and an exciting day for rugby in the Pacific Northwest. The organizers are keen to make it an annual event with even more international teams next year.
The day wrapped up with Kenya edging out Canada by two points to take the Elite title and the $5000 prize. Canada Alumni beat Lionheart Se7en 19-12 in the Domestic Final to win the $1000 prize. Tournament MVP's were Collins Injera of Kenya in the Elite Division with his exciting play and 6 tournament tries and Dan Harlow of Canada Alumni in the Domestic Division who scored an amazing 12 tries in 5 games.
Thank you to all those who attended and supported the event! Please read on for all scores and more details about the tournament. Click here for Abbotsford Pictures from the tournament.
ABBOTSFORD'S 2009 SEVENS TEAM
From Back Left: Lawrence Davies, Nick Thiessen, Dan Helm, Konrad Rybkowski, Scott Giebelhaus, Kurtis Appeldoorn, Doug Primrose (Coach), Graeme MacRury, Chris Chalmers; Front Left: Thomas Agafonow, Some Heather, Chris Gilding, Lucas de Beer
Canada Alumni 56 Pacific Islanders 0
Brits 24 Scribes 5
Lionheart 47 Del Rey 7
Surrey 32 Wizards 0
Brits 33 Pacific Islanders 0
Canada Alumni 47 Scribes 7
Del Rey 22 Wizards 7
Lionheart 39 Surrey 7
Scribes 17 Pacific Islanders 0
Canada Alumni 35 Brits 14
Surrey 26 Del Rey 24
Lionheart 36 Wizards 12
Semi Final - Canada Alumni 58 Surrey 0
Semi Final - Lionheart 39 Brits 19
Final - Canada Alumni 19 Lionheart 12
Domestic Division MVP ($500) - Dan Harlow of Canada Alumni
West Indies 24 Young Bucks 15
OPS 14 Burnaby 12
Canada Selects 43 Abbotsford 0
Kenya 19 Bayside 7
OPS 14 Young Bucks 12
West Indies 17 Burnaby 14
Kenya 33 Abbotsford 0
Canada 41 Bayside 0
Burnaby 36 Young Bucks 7
OPS 26 West Indies 22
Bayside 33 Abbotsford 19
Canada 21 Kenya 19
Semi Final - Kenya 19 OPS 0
Semi Final - Canada 14 West Indies 12
Final - Kenya 12 Canada 10
Elite Division MVP ($1000) - Collins Injera of Kenya
Abbotsford's own Bryn Keys playing for Canada.
Abbotsford's Chris Chalmers looks to fend Kenya's Collins Injera.
There was a capping ceremony at 5pm during which past Canada players were honoured for their rugby contributions to their country. The 5 players honoured on this occasion were Joe Haley, Nick Milau, Brian Mosychuk (missing from picture), Jon Thiel, and Shane Thompson.
Canada players and capped players Joe Haley, Jon Thiel, Nick Milau, and Shane Thompson (from left)
The Abbotsford Rugby Club and the tournament organizing committee thank all teams for attending the inaugural event. We want to thank Douglas Okero, Donna Bernard and Summer Dhillon who were the organizers that made the event happen. Thanks to Doug Primrose and other Abbotsford Rugby Club members who were behind the rugby organization of the event. We want to thank Dave Pue for organizing the referees, and Bruce Kuklinski and the panel of referees who were fantastic on the day.
Thank you to the international teams who came a long way to add to the competitiveness of the tournament and demonstrate their rugby skills. It was evident that the level of talent among the various teams was outstanding, particularly between the top teams who played some extremely entertaining matches. We appreciate the standard of play set in the first year of the tournament and again thank teams for their efforts on the day.
We also want to thank Surrey for getting a team together with less than a week's notice after a late withdrawal, and thanks to the Young Bucks and Abbotsford for agreeing to move up into the elite division against their original desires when the withdrawal required some team shuffling.
With close to 2000 people in attendance and 16 teams from four countries playing, it was a great day of rugby in Abbotsford and an exciting day for rugby in BC and Canada.
FROM JULY 24
The Abbotsford Rugby 7's are upon us and schedules have been finalized. Rosters have also been announced for most teams. The West Indies team has been in town since Tuesday and have been attracting quite a crowd wherever they go. They had a training session with the Abbotsford 7's team on Tuesday evening and did a training session and youth camp at Heritage Park in Mission on Wednesday. Kenya arrived early Friday morning with the Canada squads coming in Friday afternoon. The Canada coaches, players and alumni ran a clinic for youth players on Friday afternoon.
The pools have been set with 8 teams in the Elite division and 8 teams in the Domestic division. A late withdraw from the Meraloma club and a shift in divisions by the Lionheart team has moved the Young Bucks and the Abbotsford team into the Elite Division to test the waters. We thank these teams for agreeing to move into the more competitive division on short notice.
The 7's event will showcase a variety of entertainment options to compliment the fast paced rugby. There is a family zone with facepainting, a bouncy castle, a "misting station" and much more. The far end of the pitch will feature a beer garden with a live DJ spinning tracks the whole day. The BC Lions Felines will be in attendance, and local dance and gymnastics students will be performing in the opening ceremonies. Also, there will be a capping ceremony in which players who have represented Canada will receive and actual cap for the first time they played for Canada, an honour called a 'cap'.
See www.abbotsfordsevens.com for the official event site.
Mark Bryant has put together a great compilation of rosters and the schedule at www.bcrugbynews.com so please visit here to download this document. Programs will be available at the event with schedules and rosters as well.
We look forward to an outstanding tournament and hope to see many spectators enjoying a fantastic day of rugby in the summer sun!