Canadian women's sevens team has slammed its way through the Hong Kong
Women's Rugby Sevens with an impressive undefeated championship
in the tournament championship in Hong Kong Stadium on Friday night,
having already played four pool games, Canada defeated France 28-14 to
win the final.
Mandy Marchak (Capilano RFC) said the team was understandably exhausted by the end of
the day but had time to catch their breath to celebrate the exciting
don't think it's hit a lot of us, but we're all excited,” she said.
“The atmosphere was amazing. It definitely helped us play with more
impressive of all was not the performances of the team, which wracked
up a massive 189 points while only allowing 28 over the course of the
tournament, but the belief there was always room to improve.
“We're all really pleased with how we did, but we all know we can play better,” Marchak said.
Coach John Tait felt the same about the championship and said he was impressed with his team's stamina toward the end.
we won in the final, at that point of the day it was a bit of a war of
attrition, so we couldn't show that big crowd how good we really were,”
Tait said. “They really won through mental toughness. We didn't play
that well in the final and we still dominated France.”
The championship game against France saw Canada lead for the entire game, through doubles to Ashley Patzer and Ghislaine Landry.
Landry kicked two conversions and France bounced back to score two late tries, but the championship win for Canada was secured.
pool play at the Hong Kong Football Club on Friday, Canada defeated
Japan 31-0, Chinese Taipei 64-0, Russia 40-7 and U.S.A. 26-7.
Tait said the team's diligent fitness work between Las Vegas and Hong Kong was key to their performance.
girls pretty much ran a marathon and a half today and they played
exceptionally well,” he said. “The biggest thing that won us the
tournament was the work they did between tournaments. There were massive
improvements in their aerobic fitness.”
addition to their impressive points for and against record, Canada's
Landry was the top try scorer, with nine, and Patzer was the leading
points scorer, with 58.
Tait said the team would take a week off to rest before returning to training for their next tournament in Amsterdam in May.
“If winning the world cup or a gold medal is the team's goal, we still need to be better,” he said.
Results: Canada 31 – Japan 0 Tries: Mandy Marchak, Ashley Patzer, Ghislaine Landry (3). Conversions: Marchak (2) and Patzer.
Cup final Canada 28 – France 14 Tries: Patzer (2), Landry (2). Converts: Patzer (4).
The team: Name Club/University Arielle Dubissette-Borrice, Toronto Nomads, ON/ Western University Magali Harvey, Club de Rugby de Quebec/St. Francis-Xavier University Jen Kish, Edmonton Lep Tigers, AB Ghislaine Landry, Toronto Scottish RFC, ON & Bath Rugby, UK Mandy Marchak, Capilano RFC & Saracens, UK Barbra Mervin, Velox Valkyries, BC Ashley Patzer, Lethbridge RC, AB Kelly Russell, Toronto Nomads, ON Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club, BC Kelsey Willoughby, Lethbridge RC, AB/ University of Lethbridge
Staff: John Tait, Head Coach Sandro Fiorino, Assistant Coach Kristy Martin Hale, Manager Laura Libby, Therapist