submitted by Ian Mackenzie
U-15s had a busy weekend, taking part in the inaugural Elite Sevens Tournament at UBC on Saturday, followed by a league game against Bayside on Sunday. The boys played 4 pool games in the 7's tournament, winning 3/4 convincingly. On Sunday the team beat Bayside 36-24.
In the 7's tournament, first, we beat Fraser Valley West (2) 17 - 12 on a try from Parm Sidhu (converted by Surge Francis) and two tries from Chris Mackenzie. The second game was against a strong South Island team but we improved our play on the first game and were rewarded with tries from Clayton Russell, Josh Thiel and Jackson Boyle. The third game we met a tough Vancouver North (Capilano) side and lost 17-10 despite two excellent tries from Surge Francis. The fourth game was our best, played against Fraser Valley West (1). Ayden
Kirkpatrick scored first and Josh Thiel converted. Then, Noah Jensen, Talus Swanberg and Jason Hignell finished off the scoring in a 22-17 game.
We met the Vancouver North side in the final and a quick early try put us behind. We did not give up, however, with Noah Jensen and Surge Francis scoring - but it was not enough as the final score was 24-10 for
the Vancouver North. We did manage a second place finish in a tough first tournament. The boys will be tough to beat in future as they all learned more about the exciting game of 7s and showed remarkable progress.
On Sunday we traveled to Bayside and started strong with a nice try from Clayton Russell. Parm Sidhu followed shortly after that with another try, followed by a score from Surge Francis. Josh Thiel converted one of
the tries. We then let them back into the game with two tries and finished the first half up 17 - 12. After the break, we came back hard and scored nice tries from Jason Hignell, Ayden Kirkpatrick and Talus Swan burg. Josh Thiel added two converts and we finished with a win over Bayside by a score of 36-24. Well done guys!
U-17 BOYS LOSE IN CLOSE GAMES
On Saturday, Oct.16th., both the Valley East U15 and U17 teams, primarily Abbotsford RFC players attended the last Youth 7's tournament of the year.
The U15's made it to the Championship game, losing a closely fought game to Vancouver North.
The U17's had a perfect record of zero wins and four losses, awarding us the coveted wooden spoon. All games were very close, each within 4 points or less.
Game 1 - Valley East 17 Van West 21
Game 2 - Valley East 17 Island South 19
Game 3 - Valley East 16 Island North 20
Game 4(Bowl Final) - Valley East 17 Van West 19
Despite the losses, it was a great day had by all.