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BC Elites place second at 2013 Las Vegas Invitational
 
Published Saturday, February 9, 2013
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

LAS VEGAS - British Columbia's Elite Youth Sevens program wrapped up the 2013 Las Vegas Invitational Sevens with two of their four teams advancing to their respective divisional finals. BC's Thirds (BC-3s) went through to the Boys High School Open final on Friday and were eventually beaten by the Southern California Selects. BC's top U18 side (BC-1s) went 2-1 in Elite Division pool play and advanced to Saturday's Cup final against national side High School All Americans. In a rematch of the 2012 Cup final, defending champions BC scrummed down against the All Americans on the main pitch at Sam Boyd Stadium in front of thousands of spectators. The pace and physicality of the American national team eventually won out as they handed BC a 17-5 loss.

During pool play the BC-1s had defeated High School All Americans 2 and Washington State Loggers but came up two points shy in a 21-19 loss to rivals Ontario. In the playoff rounds the BC-1s upended Utah 49-5 in the quarterfinals and won their rubber match against Ontario with a 19-12 win in the semifinals. Having gone undefeated in their previous five games, the All-Americans carried their form into the Cup final where they ran in two early tries and held off a BC comeback to take the Elite title. BC's lone score came courtesy of a Chris Myles try (Shawnigan).

For BC head coach Shane Thompson, the experience for his players to compete for the Cup in Sam Boyd Stadium was a major highlight for the BC Elite Youth Sevens program, which was created to identify and develop young players for future national team representation at international competitions.

"To have the opportunity to play in front of a crowd like that was amazing for these guys. They had thousands of people watching them at a major venue and experienced first hand the atmosphere of an international sevens tournament," Thompson said.

The All Americans proved to be much stronger than in recent years as did Ontario and a number of state and provincial rep sides competing this weekend in Las Vegas. 

"It was pretty evident that all the teams we were playing last year are continuing to get better. The competition was really high this year in both the Open and Elite divisions and the overall quality of sevens was much stronger," Thompson added. "Now we need to go home and see what needs to be adjusted with our program to ensure that we stay ahead and are better prepared for our next tournament."

The BC Elite Youth Sevens program will now begin preparations for the 2013 Hong Kong Youth International Sevens which is set to run March 21-24. Thompson will be basing his selections on the performances of his 41 players at the Las Vegas Invitational tournament and plans to announce the roster in the coming weeks.

BC U18 Women take third place in Vegas Invitational
The 2013 Vegas Invitational was the first tournament for a BC women's provincial sevens team and the squad made of players from Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Interior did not dissapoint. The squad went 3-1 in pool play recording 118 points for and allowed just 20 points against. After falling 10-5 to invitational side BC Banshees in the semifinals, the BC provincial team were convincing winners in the third-fourth consolation final against Bishop's College, blanking the Montreal-based team 26-0.

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LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL RESULTS

Boys High School Elite Division

BC-1s 19-21 Ontario
BC-1s 29-10 High School All Americans-2
BC-1s 10-5 Washington
Cup Quarterfinals: BC-1 49-5 Utah
Cup Semifinals: BC-1 19-12 Ontario
Cup Final: BC-1 5-17 High School All Americans

BC-2s 17-10 Dog River Howlers
BC-2s 7-50 High School All Americans-1
BC-2s 15-10 Utah Cannibals
Cup Quarterinals: BC-2 5-10 Washington State Loggers
Consolation Round: BC-2 10-12 All Americans-2

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Boys High School Open Division

BC-3s 35-5 Rochambeau Rugby
BC-3s 21-15 SoCal Selects
BC-3s 10-19 Littleton Eagles
Cup Quarterfinals: BC-3s 24-10 Herriman Mustangs
Cup Semifinals: BC-3s 33-10 Fullerton Lions
Cup Final: BC-3s 7 - 29 Southern California Selects

BC-4s 46-0 Harlequins RFC
BC-4s 27-5 Cherry Creek
BC-4s 39-12 Tennessee Tri-Star Rugby Red
Cup Quarterinals: BC-4s 12-24 ICEF
Consolation Semifinals: BC-4s 12-30 Utah

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Girls High School Division
BC 44-0 Snow Canyon Warriors
BC 27 - 5 Bishop's College School
BC 37-0 B5
BC 10-15 ICEF
Cup Semifinals: BC 5-10 BC Banshees
Cup Consolation: BC 26-0 Bishop's College

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BC ROSTERS

BC U18 Men's Selections
Ben Bethune (Capilano RFC)
Evan Cambridge (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Joey Campbell (Abbbotsford RFC)
Shane Dagg (Bayside AA)
Toby Digney (Brentwood College)
Giuseppe Du Toit (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Marhsall Fuller (Capilano RFC)
Harjun Gill (Richmond RFC)
Cameron Hall (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Karsten Leitner (UBCOB Ravens)
Spencer Loughlin (Abbotsford RFC)
Connor McRae (Capilano RFC)
Chris Miles (Velox RFC)
Spencer Miller (Abbotsford RFC)
Mike Needham (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Ollie Nott (Shawnigan Lake School)*
James Oswald (Capilano RFC)
Oliver Smith (Capilano RFC)
Spencer Soltan (Capilano RFC)
Peter Stockton (Kats RFC)
Morgan Tate (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Jenner Teufel (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Tomasi Vataiki (Bayside AA)
Luke Zandbergen (Surrey Beavers AA)

BC U17 Men's Selections
Nicky Allen (Capilano RFC)
George Barton (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Nick Collett (Bayside AA)
Nico Docolas (Bayside AA)
Michael Henderson (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Jason Hignell (Abbotsford RFC)
Carter Illing (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Cole Keffer (Capilano RFC)
Jake Knapton (Capilano RFC)
Marc Levin (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Jonathan Manderson (Capilano RFC)
Mitchell Mehlenbacher (Capilano RFC)
Cali Martinez (Bayside AA)
John Mitchell (Shawnigan Lake School)*
Jack Nyren (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Theo Sauder (Vancouver Rowing Club)
Ben Scher (Vancouver Rowing Club)
*Denotes unattached to club

BC U18 Women's Roster
Ciel Arbour-Boehme (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Jamie Beck (Houston Secondary)
Nicole Crowley (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Sophia DeGianni (Abbotsford RFC)
Sophie De Goede (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
Gurpreet Dhaliwal (Abbotsford RFC)
Autumn Garrett (Robert Bateman Secondary)
Darien Hobday (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Brittany Reid (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Samantha Rumney (GP Vanier)
Adrienne Saari (Cowichan Rugby Club)
Leah Theobald (Cowichan Secondary)
Allie White (Cowichan Rugby Club)

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