Canada's women's sevens squad won the Las Vegas Invitational with a 17-12 victory over the Netherlands. Quebec's Megali Harvey scored a crucial try to break a 12-12 tie and give Canada the title. Ghislaine Landry of Montreal and Vancouver's Mandy Marchak also scored tires for Canada in the victory, that saw the women play in front of 25,000 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
As Canada and The Netherlands took the field in front of tens of thousands
of fans at Sam Boyd Stadium, the passion that both teams were going to
bring to this battle was obvious. As a display of the talent present in women's world rugby, this contest did not disappoint.
sevens is a game that most associate with open and fluid play; and
while this match would have its share of impressive running, it became
clear early on that the result was going to be decided by the team that
could dominate possession. The players seemed to
sense how crucial each possession would be, and both teams began
committing two, three or even four players to rucks, leaving huge amount
of potentially open space, for the victor of the gruelling battles.
first break came mid-way through the first-half as Ghislaine Landry
sliced through the Dutch defence, and touched down under the posts. She was able to convert her own try, and Canada led 7 - 0, in what would be a see-saw battle to the very end.
Netherlands would soon add their own score, off of a Canadian missed
tackle, but it was not long after that Canada's Captain Mandy Marchak
would respond. After a series of fiercely fought
rucks, which brought Canada to within ten meters of the enemy line,
Marchak was able to touch down to make the score 12 - 7 heading into
The Netherlands scored first in the second-half, which
is when the forward battles around the breakdown began to become
unusually viscous. The two teams traded turnovers, and bodies began to litter the pitch at Sam Boyd Stadium. Then,
with only seconds remaining in the match, a Canadian backline move
found Quebec's Magali Harvey, who had played a sensational match. The young winger touched down in the corner, to make the score 17 - 12. Canada were tournament champions.
is surely a statement of the power and ability possessed by Canada's
women rugby players, and the systems that produce them.
We spoke to Canada's Captain Mandy Marchak after she had collected the championship trophy for her team.
was an incredible week for Canada's women's program. It wasn't just us
(the team that won the title), people need to know that there were
close 50 girls behind, who worked just as hard this week and improved
just as much.
I'm so proud of everyone here!"
Canada Tries: Landry, Marchak, Harvey
Canada Cons: Landry
Final Score: Canada (17) - The Netherlands (12)
1. Mandy Marchak (c)
2. Brittany Waters
3. Kelly Russell
4. Ashley Patzer
5. Cheryl Phillips
6. Ghislaine Landry
7. Magali Harvey
8. Andrea Burk
9. Barbara Mervin
10. Jen Kish
11. Laura Stoughton
12. Shannon Kane
Head Coach: John Tait
Manager: Kristy Martin Hale
Strength Coach: Maria Gallo
Therapist: Laura Libby
Therapist: Nicole Ainsworth