WEB-Abby-Secondary-Provincial-7s-Girls-ChampsCourtesty of BC Rugby

VANCOUVER - Abbotsford Senior Secondary lifted their second BC Rugby High School Girls Provincial Sevens title in three years on Saturday, running in five tries to defeat Shawnigan Lake School 33-5 in the Cup Final at UBC. Two other Abbotsford Schools finished in the top 5 with Bateman at 4 and Yale at 5. Robert Bateman was the lone Abbotsford boys' school in the tournament and finished 3rd. Congratulations to our local teams!

Paced by two tries from speedster Amara Lowrie, Abbotsford defeated Shawnigan, a team they had lost 34-7 to in the pool rounds on Friday. Abbotsford downed Elgin Park 20-7 in the quarterfinals before defeating number one overall seed Robert Bateman 19-5 in the semis. 

“Psychologically we had overcome a major hurdle in beating Bateman earlier and that really lifted the team,” said Abbotsford head coach Steph Doan. “The players came out in the final and seized their opportunities. There was some stellar tackling and our defensive alignment was great.” 

Shawnigan scored the opening try through speedster Kira Wimbert to take an early 5-0 lead but were unable to produce any more offence. 

Lowrie ran in Abbotsford’s first try and Tausani Levale converted and then ran in her own try minutes later for a 12-5 lead. Abbotsford were relentless on their defence and scored their next try through an intercept with Gurpreet Dhaliwal going over for the score. Tausani’s sister Nakisa was next to score a try before Lowrie ran in the fifth and final try. Tausani Levale notched four conversions to round out the 33-7 scoreline. 

Abbotsford’s Cup Final performance was nearly a repeat of the 2012 final when they shocked Carson Graham 37-0 at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium. 

The consolation final featured top-seeded Bateman who were unable to recover from a slow start, eventually going down 20-7 to GP Vanier. Fraser Valley teams took home several pieces of hardware as Yale were crowned Plate champions after a 26-15 win over Elgin Park for 5th place. Williams Lake outfit Lake City took home the Bowl (9th) with a 22-7 final over Stelly’s. The Shield (13th) went to McMath who downed Elgin Park-2 25-5. 

FINALS
3:00 Shield Final McMath 25 - 5 Elgin-2 
3:20 Bowl Final Lake City 22 - 7 Stelly’s 
3:40 Plate Final Yale 26 - 15 Elgin-1
4:00 3rd/4th Playoff GP Vanier 20 - 7 Bateman 
4:20 Cup Final Abbotsford 33 - 5 Shawnigan 

SEMIFINALS
12:10 Shield SF Elgin-2 12 - 10 Semiahmoo 
12:30 Shield SF McMath BYE GAME 
12:50 Bowl SF Lake City 20 - 0 McRoberts
1:10 Bowl SF Stelly’s 17 - 0 Belmont
1:30 Plate SF Houston 0 - 15 Elgin-1
1:50 Plate SF Yale 27 - 5 Cowichan
2:10 Cup SF Bateman 5 - 19 Abbotsford
2:30 Cup SF Vanier 5 - Shawnigan 15

QUARTERFINALS
9:20 Bowl QF: Lake City 22 - 0 Elgin-2
9:40 Bowl QF: McRoberts 22 - 0 Semiahmoo
10:00 Bowl QF: Stelly’s 17 - 5 McMath
10:20 Bowl QF: Belmont 5 - 0 McMath-2 MCMATH WITHDRAWS
10:40 Cup QF: Robert Bateman 26 - 0 Houston 
11:00 Cup QF: Elgin-1 7 - 20 Abbotsford 
11:20 Cup QF: Yale 5 - 17 GP Vanier
11:40 Cup QF: Shawnigan Lake 22 - 0 Cowichan

Fri. April 25 Results: 

POOL A
12:00pm Pool A: Bateman 45 - 0 McMath 
12:20pm Pool A: Vanier 12 - 10 Lake City
1:50pm Pool A: Bateman 17 - 10 Lake City
2:10pm Pool A: Vanier 35 - 0 McMath
3:40pm Pool A: Bateman 17 - 5 Vanier
4:00pm Pool A: McMath 0 - 36 Lake City

POOL B
12:40pm Pool B: Shawnigan 31 - 12 Belomnt
1:00pm Pool B: Abbotsford 55 - 5 Semiahmoo
2:30pm Pool B: Shawnigan 48 - 0 Semiahmoo
2:50pm Pool B: Abbotsford 22 - 0 Belmont
4:20pm Pool B: Shawnigan 34 - 7 Abbotsford
4:40pm Pool B: Belmont 19 - 5 Semiahmoo

POOL C
12:30pm Pool C: Elgin Park 32 - 0 McMath-2
12:50pm Pool C: Cowichan 24 - 0 McRoberts
4:10pm Pool C: Elgin Park 25 - 5 Cowichan
4:30pm Pool C: McRoberts 20 -5 McMath-2
2:20pm Pool C: Elgin Park 27 - 5 McRoberts 
2:40pm Pool C: Cowichan 25 - 0 McMath-2

POOL D
1:10pm Pool D: Houston 36 - 0 Elgin Park-2
1:30pm Pool D: Yale 17 - 5 Stelly’s 
3:00pm Pool D: Houston 19 - 5 Stelly’s 
3:20pm Pool D: Yale 39 - 0 Elgin Park-2
4:50pm Pool D: Houston 0 - 41 Yale
5:10pm Pool D: Elgin Park-2 0 - 36 Stelly’s


BC Boys High School Schedule

Sat. April 26, 2014

11:30am: St. George’s 44 - 0 Handsworth 
11:50am: Robert Bateman 26 -10 GP Vanier
12:10pm: Cowichan 33 - 12 Mountain
12:30pm: Glenlyon Norfolk 19 - 22 Argyle
1:20pm St. George’s 50 - 5 Mountain
1:40pm Handsworth 5 - 17 Cowichan
2:00pm Robert Bateman 12 - 12 Argyle
2:20pm Glenlyon Norfolk 5 - 20 GP Vanier

11:30am Oak Bay 38 - 12 Lord Tweedsmuir
11:50am Lord Byng 40 - 12 Carson Graham
12:10pm Earl Marriott 12 - 5 Elgin Park
12:30pm Kelowna 12 - 17 West Vancouver
1:20pm Oak Bay 10 - 19 Carson Graham
1:40pm Lord Byng 21 - 10 Lord Tweedsmuir
2:00pm Kelowna 26 - 7 Elgin Park
2:20pm Earl Marriott 17 - 19 West Vancouver

Boys TournamentVANCOUVER, BC - St. George’s School repeated as BC Rugby Boys High School Provincial Sevens champions on Sunday afternoon, defeating Lord Byng by a score of 38-7 in the Cup Final. The Provincial Championships, presented by Avison Young and Thorsteinssons LLP Tax Lawyers, featured seven tries in an all-Vancouver final. 

Saints speedster Theo Sauder stole the show, recording a hat trick of tries in a dominant performance. St. George’s led 12-0 at the half through a try from Phil Berna and a converted score from Sauder.

Byng would run in their only try just after the break through speedster Luke Boucher, who converted his own score. But Sauder took away Byng’s momentum as he responded off the ensuing kick off by running half the field for a try and then adding on the conversion. 

Jayden Bloom was next for Saints to go over before Sauder sliced through the defence for his third tally. Sauder added a pair of conversions for the 33-7 lead. The final play of the game saw Saints’ big man Cathal Long barrel over for a score down the wing to wrap up the final 38-7. 

Each scorer on Saint George’s lineup had featured for the BC Elite Youth Sevens program this year and Sauder had already been selected for a previous tour with the Maple Leafs, Rugby Canada’s development Sevens program. 

“The difference, from what I saw, was our defence,” said Saint George’s head coach Mike Stiles. “Our goal was to defend our title and through our commitment to our offensive and defensive structures that sevens coach Pat Palmer has been using, we were able to do that.” 

“I thought Theo was a great Captain throughout the tournament and said the right things as a leader,” said Stiles when asked about his star player. “But his supporting players really stepped up and rose to the occasion.” 

Saints went 3-0 in pool play before downing West Van 50-0 in the Cup semifinals. Byng had an impressive tournament and had defeated Robert Bateman 35-7 in the semifinals.

Robert Bateman went on win third place with a 33-12 win over West Van. The Plate (5th) went to Cowichan as they downed North Shore school Argyle in the placement rounds. Lord Tweedsmuir produced a four-try performance to defeat Handsworth 20-5 in the Bowl Final (9th). 

“The field was very competitive this year,” said Stiles, who also served as tournament director. “The purpose of this tournament is geared towards development and to see a team like Lord Tweedsmuir come in ranked 15th and take home some hardware - that’s what this is all about.” 

The Shield (13th) was lifted by Carson Graham who defeated Elgin Park 24-0. 

PLACEMENT FINALS 
Shield Final Carson Graham 24 - 0 Elgin Park
Bowl Final Lord Tweedsmuir 20 - 5 Handsworth
Plate Final Cowichan 22 - 5 Argyle 
Cup Consolation 3/4 playoff Robert Bateman 33 - 12 West Vancouver
Cup Final St. George’s 38- 7 Lord Byng

PLAYOFF ROUNDS
Shield SF Mountain 7 - 31 Elgin Park
Shield SF Carson Graham 17 - 14 Glenlyon Norfolk
Bowl SF Handsworth 14 - 10 Kelowna
Bowl SF Lord Tweedsmuir 38 - 12 GP Vanier 
Plate SF Cowichan 24 - 12 Earl Marriott
Plate SF Oak Bay 10 - 24 Argyle 
Cup SF St. George’s 50 - 0 West Van
Cup SF Lord Byng 35 - 7 Robert Bateman

POOL RESULTS
St. George’s 59 - 0 Cowichan
Robert Bateman 15 - 14 Glenlyon Norfolk
Mountain 5 - 12 Handsworth
Argyle 5 - 0 GP Vanier 
Oak Bay 5 - 32 Lord Byng
Kelowna 7 - 21 Earl Marriott
Carson Graham 5 - 29 Lord Tweedsmuir
Elgin Park 0 - 32 West Vancouver
St. George’s 44 - 0 Handsworth 
Robert Bateman 26 -10 GP Vanier
Cowichan 33 - 12 Mountain
Glenlyon Norfolk 19 - 22 Argyle
St. George’s 50 - 5 Mountain
Handsworth 5 - 17 Cowichan
Robert Bateman 12 - 12 Argyle
Glenlyon Norfolk 5 - 20 GP Vanier
Oak Bay 38 - 12 Lord Tweedsmuir
Lord Byng 40 - 12 Carson Graham
Earl Marriott 12 - 5 Elgin Park
Kelowna 12 - 17 West Vancouver
Oak Bay 10 - 19 Carson Graham
Lord Byng 21 - 10 Lord Tweedsmuir
Kelowna 26 - 7 Elgin Park
Earl Marriott 17 - 19 West Vancouver 

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