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(NATLFEST) BC U18 and U16 men's provincial teams advance to national finals
U18 women and U16-2s to play for bronze
 
Published Saturday, August 11, 2012
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications




SHERBROOKE - British Columbia's U18 and U16 men's provincial teams will battle for national titles on Sunday morning in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The U18 men defeated their archival Ontario in Saturday's semifinal round, erasing a two-try deficit in the second half to come away with a 25-19 victory. In the U16 semifinals, British Columbia's 'Gold' team were 24-5 winners over fellow provincial representatives BC 'Blue'. In the U18 women's division, BC were narrowly defeated 13-8 by Alberta and are now set to play Quebec for this year's bronze medal.

BC Rugby - Sunday, August 12th Schedule:
Sunday August 12th: U16 Men FINAL BC-1 Gold vs Ontario-1 (8:45am KO vs Grant Field)
Sunday August 12th: U18 Men FINAL BC vs Alberta (10:00am KO at Grant Field)
Sunday August 12th: U16 Men BRONZE MEDAL FINAL BC-2 Blue vs Ontario-2 (10:00am Senior Field)
Sunday August 12th: U18 Women BRONZE MEDAL FINAL: BC vs Quebec (11:15am at Intramural Field 3)

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BC U18 Men - National Championships
Wed. August 8th: BC 36-5 vs Ontario-2
Wed. August 8th: BC 55-0 Newfoundland
Thurs. August 9th: BC 68-0 Manitoba
Thurs. August 9th: BC 27-0 Nova Scotia
Saturday August 11th: SEMIFINALS BC 25-19 Ontario
Sunday August 12th: FINAL BC vs Alberta (10:00am KO at Grant Field)

SEMIFINALS RECAP: BC def. Ontario-1 25-19
In a rematch of last year's championship final, BC and Ontario clashed in a heated 25-19 semifinal thriller on Saturday at Bishop's University's Grant Field.

BC's Fergus Hall opened the scoring with a penalty six minutes in, but it was Ontario who recorded the first try in the 15th minute to take a 5-3 lead. Hall would fire back with a try of his own to see the reigning U18 champions BC take a narrow 8-5 lead into half time.

Ontario had the momentum early in the second half and would record two quick converted tries to go up 8-19.  BC responded with a try of their own in the 45th minute when North Vancouver's Nathan Yanagiya crashed over and with Hall's convert BC were trailing 19-15.

With the momentum swung back in their favour, BC were launching wave after wave of attack at Ontario and were finally rewarded when scrum half substitute James Pitblado took a quick tap penalty, backing himself to go over for the go-ahead score. Hall converted and then seven minutes later added a penalty to see BC record an emphatic 25-19 victory.

Hall had previously lost to Ontario in the 2010 U16 final and was apart of last year's championship U18 team who downed Ontario in a nail-biting 38-33 national final in Calgary.

"Ontario is our biggest rival for sure. It was a shock meeting in the semis but we definitely wanted redemption after losing in the U16 final," Hall said on Saturday. "We were behind for a lot of that game and to come back like that was huge. We are looking forward to tomorrow where hopefully we can get that gold medal."



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BC U18 Women - National Championships
Wed. August 8th: BC 13 - 0 Saskatchewan
Wed. August 8th: BC 10-15 Alberta
Thurs. August 9th: BC 48-0 Manitoba
Thurs. August 9th: BC 92-0 New Brunswick
Saturday August 11th: SEMIFINALS BC 8-13 Alberta (3:00pm KO at Field 2)
Sunday August 12th: BRONZE MEDAL FINAL: BC vs Quebec (11:15am at Intramural Field 3)

SEMIFINALS RECAP: Alberta def. BC 13-8
Alberta and BC went toe-to-toe in Saturday's semifinal and were gridlocked 0-0 at the half. BC would open the scoring in the second frame when Jess Neilson kicked a penalty to take a 3-0 lead. Alberta fired right back and on the ensuing kickoff poured on the pressure, eventually causing a charge down which allowed for Alberta's Melissa Bass  to go over for the score. With the convert from Grace Qualle and a successful penalty kick by Sarah Holowaychuck, Alberta were leading 10-3.

BC fought back but were denied for multiple phases and when they did breakout through, the play was determined held up. BC's no. 8 Tiffany Picketts eventually found her way through off a five-metre scrum and narrowed the lead to 10-8. BC continued to concede penalties, however, and an infraction directly in front of the posts allowed for Alberta's kicker Nicole Tkachanko to kick the final points in a 13-8 win.

"I think we shot ourselves in the foot too many times during that game. We didn't protect the ball enough and ran out of bounds too often," said BC's head coach Rick Pimlott. "Our defence was great and apart from a blocked kick which turned into seven points, I thought we played really well."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's bronze medal game against hosts Quebec, Pimlott said the players will be up to the task despite today's disappointment.

"There is no doubt the talent is there but sometimes you make mistakes and it just doesn't go your way," said Pimlott. "But tomorrow the players will be ready to go out there and prove they can be successful and that they are here to take home a medal."  

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SEMIFINALS RECAP: BC-1 Gold def. BC-2 Blue 24-5
The U16 men's semifinal saw BC-1 Gold record four tries to defeat fellow provincial rivals BC-2 Blue. Reegan O'Gorman and Alexi Bonnis recorded a pair of tries for BC-1 Gold in the first half with the additional scores recorded by Brandon Ho and Joseph Carter. Nick Collett kicked two converts to round out the scoring. BC-2 Blue's Alex Ho recorded the team's lone try.

"It was really fun - everyone played well and both teams I think had our best games of the tournament against each other. It was a great game of rugby to play," said BC-1 Gold captain Cole Keffer. "Our whole team is excited and we're looking forward to whatever tomorrow brings."
 
BC-1 U16 Gold - National Championships
Wed. August 8th: BC-1 Gold 45-0 New Brunswick
Wed. August 8th: BC-1 Gold 42-0 Alberta
Thurs. August 9th: BC-1 Gold 12-0 BC-2 Blue
Thurs. August 9th: BC-1 Gold 41-5 Ontario-2
Saturday August 11th: SEMIFINALS BC-1 U16 Gold 24-5 BC-2 U16 Blue
Sunday August 12th: FINAL BC-1 Gold vs Ontario-1 (8:45am KO vs Grant Field)

BC-2 U16 Blue - National Championships
Wed. August 8th: BC-2 Blue 8-7 Ontario-1
Wed. August 8th: BC-2 Blue 42-0 New Brunswick
Thurs. August 9th:  BC-2 Blue 0-12 BC-1 Gold
Thurs. August 9th: BC-2 Blue 15-0 Quebec (Quebec Defaulted)
Saturday August 11th: SEMIFINALS BC-1 U16 Gold 24-5 BC-2 U16 Blue
Sunday August 12th: BRONZE MEDAL FINAL BC-2 Blue vs Ontario-2 (10:00am Senior Field BCS)


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