BC Gold goes 4-0 on day one of Victoria International Sevens
Full results for Men's U18 and Boy's U14 divisions
Published Friday, July 13, 2012
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications
VICTORIA - British Columbia's U18 men's provincial sevens team went 4-0 on the opening day of the Victoria International Sevens and are through to Saturday's Cup Final. Competing as the BC 'Gold', the U18s who have come through the BC Elite Youth Sevens program remain undefeated in 2012 competition having previously lifted titles at the Las Vegas Youth Invitational Sevens and Hong Kong Youth International Sevens. BC's second squad competing as the BC 'Blue' went 2-2 on Friday and the Under-17's competing as the BC 'White' went 1-3.
Also competing on Friday were a number of U14 regional boys teams who were fine tuning ahead of next week's BC Summer Games. South Island-1 topped Pool A with a 3-0 record and Valley West-1 topped Pool B at 3-0. Those two squads will join South Island-2 and Valley West-2 in the cup semifinals on Saturday.
U18 Men Victoria International Sevens The BC Gold blanked Utah 34-0 in their opening match and went on to defeat fellow provincial reps BC Blue 22-5. In their third match they downed reigning tournament champions Ontario by a convincing 31-5 scoreline and then wrapped up the day with a 22-7 win over BC White.
Ontario pipped BC at last year's Victoria International Sevens and went on to win the tournament. Beating their national rivals in the opening round was especially sweet for Haydn Evans, a member of last year's runners-up BC squad.
"We were pretty stoked on that [game]. That was the game we came in really wanting to win - other than the final of course. So the boys are pretty pumped up," Evans said.
For BC Elite Youth Sevens head coach Shane Thompson, Friday's games were more about seeing his players in action against top caliber competition.
"Getting over 36 athletes to play sevens with four games in a day doesn't happen very much. Just getting the opportunity to play against teams like Ontario, Utah, Washington or ourselves just raises their level of play over the day," said Thompson. "I try to get them to get better every game so by the time they reach the final they are peaking. Right now I think all three teams are on that path. They have been improving in each game and hopefully the teams will [continue to] go that way."
The U18 competition shifts to Centennial Stadium on Saturday and will resume at 12:45pm when BC Gold face off against Washington. Ontario plays Utah at 1:05pm and BC Blue versus BC White is set for 1:25pm. The Bowl, Plate and Cup finals kick off at 3:10pm.
Friday, July 13, 2012 9:30 AM: BC Gold 34 - 0 Utah 9:50 AM: Ontario 17 - 5 BC Blue 10:10 AM: Washington 19 - 24 BC White 12:00 PM: BC Gold 22 - 5 BC Blue 12:20 PM: Ontario 22 - 14 BC White 12:40 PM: Utah 20 - 26 Washington 2:30 PM: BC Gold 31 - 5 Ontario 2:50 PM: BC Blue 24 - 5 Washington 3:10 PM: Utah 22 - 19 BC White 5:00 PM: BC Gold 22-7 BC White 5:20 PM: Ontario 46-5 Washington 5:40 PM: BC Blue 31-0 Utah
U18 Men Standings BC Gold (4-0) Ontario (3-1) BC Blue (2-2) BC White (1-3) Washington (1-3) Utah (1-3)
Saturday at Centennial Stadium 12:45 PM: BC Gold vs Washington 1:05 PM: Ontario vs Utah 1:25 PM: BC Blue vs BC White 3:10 PM: 5th Place vs 6th Place (Final Bowl) 5:20 PM: 3rd Place vs 4th Place (Final Plate) 5:40 PM: 1st Place vs 2nd Place (Final Cup)
U14 Boys Victoria International Sevens
10:35 AM: South Island-1 22-7 Valley West-3 10:55 AM: Valley West-2 19-7 Burnaby 11:15 AM: Valley West-1 31-0 North Shore 11:35 AM: South Island-2 52-7 Delta 1:05 PM: South Island-1 24-5 Burnaby 1:25 PM: Valley West-2 24-24 Valley West-3 1:45 PM: Valley West-1 54-0 Delta 2:05 PM: South Island-2 36-0 North Shore 3:35 PM: South Island-1 29-0 Valley West-2 3:55 PM: Burnaby 24-22 Valley West-3 4:15 PM: Valley West 1 20-0 South Island-2 4:45 PM: Delta 15-22 North Shore
Day 1 Standings: Pool A 1. South Island-1 (3-0) 2. Valley West-2 (1-1-1) 3. Burnaby (1-2) 4. Valley West (0-2-1) Pool B 1. Valley West-1 (3-0) 2. South Island-2 (2-1) 3. North Shore (1-2) 4. Delta (0-3)
Saturday at Wallace Field 8:30 AM: Burnaby vs Delta (Bowl Semi) (Game 1) 8:50 AM: North Shore vs Valley West-3 (Bowl Semi) (Game 2) 9:10 AM: South Island-1 vs South Island-2 (Cup Semi) (Game 3) 9:30 AM: Valley West-1 vs Valley West-2 (Cup Semi) (Game 4)
Saturday at Centennial Stadium 9:55 AM: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2 (Final Shield) 10:15 AM: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 2 (Final Bowl) 10:35 AM: Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4 (Final Plate) 10:55 AM: Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4 (Final Cup)