Calgary, Alta: All four BC Rugby age grade teams were in action on Wednesday in day one of the 2011 National Festival Championships.
The BC U18 Men, BC U18 Women and BC-1 (Gold) U16 Men's sides went undefeated, posting 2-0 records.
The BC-2 (Blue) U16 Men's squad went 1-1, bouncing back from a tough opening loss to Ontario-1, with a 54-0 win over New Brunswick.
for full tournament updates, scores and schedules.More to follow (check back to www.bcrugby.com for more coach's comments)...
---B.C. Men's U18 Team Results
Wed. August 17: BC [ 41 - 0 ] Quebec
Wed. August 17: BC [56 - 0 ] Manitoba
Thurs. August 18: BC vs Alberta
Thurs. August 18: BC vs Ontario
Coach's quotes - Jeff Williams
"Today was just an all around complete team effort," said BC Men's U18 head coach Jeff Williams. "One of the things that we worked on at our camp was making sure that our defence around the rucks and mauls was really tight. I think that really showed today when we scored 97 points without conceding a single try. At one point during the Manitoba game, we were defending on our own try line for the final two minutes and our defence eventually forced a turnover which we capitalized on to score. Pat Kay, our captain, has had some phenomenal kicking and has been hitting all of his conversions. All around, it has been a great team effort."
---B.C. Women's U18 Team Results
Wed. August 17: BC [ 20 - 0 ] Quebec
Wed. August 17: BC [ 19 - 8] Nova Scotia
Thurs. August 18: BC vs Ontario-2
Thurs. August 18: BC vs Newfoundland
Coach's quotes - Brad Baker
"The staff of the BC U18 women's team are satisfied with our 2-0 start. The team played the first game of the tournament with high spirits and were unlucky to score a fourth try against Quebec. In the second game the team scored early but then had difficulties finding their legs. The staff is working on preparing the team for an important match versus Ontario-2 on Thursday morning. This game will be an important factor for the team to progress in the tournament."
---Men's U16 BC-1(Gold) Team Results
Wed. August 17: BC-1 [31 - 0] Alberta
Wed. August 17: BC-1 [29 - 0] Saskatchewan
Thurs. August 18: BC-1 vs Ontario-1
Thurs. August 18: BC-1 vs Ontario-2
---Men's U16 BC-2(Blue) Team Results
Wed. August 17: BC-2 [7 - 31] Ontario-1
Wed. August 17: BC-2 [54 - 0] New Brunswick
Thurs. August 18: BC-2 vs Alberta
Thurs. August 18: BC-2 vs Newfoundland
Coach's quotes - Dave Brown
"Playing Ontario-1 to open the tournament was a tough way to start, but the team did well to have the game tied 7-7 at the half. We lost some key turnovers in the second half and Ontario capitalized immediately to pull away. On a positive note, we got every player on the field and this certainly seemed to help in our second game against New Brunswick. We hope the experience gained will now help our performances on day two against Alberta and Newfoundland."