VANCOUVER - The road to the 2013 BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens championships gets underway this week with qualifying tournaments being staged in Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Cowichan and Abbotsford.
For the BC High School Boys (BC Secondary Schools Rugby Union), both the Vancouver and Kelowna events will kick off the sevens season on Friday, April 12th, hosting their qualifiers at St. George's School and Kelowna Secondary, respectively. Sunday, April 14th will feature the Vancouver Island Sevens at UVic's Centennial Stadium. The fourth and final qualifier will be held at Abbotsford's Yale Secondary on Friday, April 19th, featuring teams from across the Fraser Valley.
For the BC High School Girls competition, seedings have already been confirmed for Vancouver (Carson Graham and Lord Byng), the Cariboo (William's Lake) and the NorthWest Regions (Houston Secondary). Fraser Valley's seeds will be awarded through invitation while qualifiers are still being confirmed for the Okanagan region. A Vancouver Island qualifier will be held at Cowichan Secondary School this Saturday, April 13th.
The 2012 BC High School Girls Sevens featured 16 teams with Abbotsford Collegiate eventually taking the Cup title after an undefeated run through the tournament. Plate winners Robert Bateman and Bowl winners Elgin Park were also from the Fraser Valley region with Kelowna's Mt. Boucherie taking the Shield at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium.
Two-time defending Boy's provincial sevens champions Shawnigan Lake School will be competing at this weekend's Vancouver Island qualifier as they look to punch their tickets to provincials.
For the first time ever, both the Boys and Girls provincial sevens tournaments will be hosted at UBC together over the April 26-28 weekend. The competition will feature 16 boys and 16 girls teams competing in pools of four. Similar to last year's girls' event, a Cup (first place), Plate (fifth), Bowl (ninth) and Shield (13th) will be awarded ensuring teams will be play a minimum of five games over the two-day festival.
The Girls High School Sevens will be hosted Friday, April 26th through Saturday, April 27th. The tournament kicks off on the Friday at 12:00pm and wraps the following day with the Cup Final at 4:20pm.
The Boys opening day of competition kicks off at 11:00am and will overlap with the girls finals day on Saturday, April 27th. Day two action will wrap on Sunday, April 28th with the Cup Final at 4:30pm.
Please see below for the qualifying tournament details provided by the BCSSRU and BCHSGRA.
Boys Vancouver Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATE: Friday, April 12
LOCATION: St George’s School, 4175 W29 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6S 1V1
Pool A - St. George's, Sentinel, Magee
Pool B - Lord Byng, Seycove, South Ridge
Pool C - Carson Graham, Point Grey, Clayton Heights
Pool D - West Vancouver, Argyle, St. George's B
BC Interior Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATE: Friday, April 12
LOCATION: Kelowna Secondary School, 1079 Raymer Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4Z7
Girls Vancouver Island Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATE: Saturday, April 13
LOCATION: Cowichan Secondary School, 2652 James Street, Duncan, BC V9L 2X2
Boys Vancouver Island Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATE: Sunday, April 14
LOCATION: University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Saanich, BC V8N 1M5
TEAMS: Shawnigan-A, Shawnigan-B, Oak Bay, Port Alberni, Cowichan, Glenlyon Norfolk, SMUS, Ladysmith, PCS, GP Vanier, Brentwood, Stelly's
Boys and Girls Fraser Valley Sevens Regional Qualifier
DATE: Friday, April 19
LOCATION: Yale Secondary School, 34620 Old Yale Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7S6
Sr Boys Pool A - Yale, Semiahmoo, Mouat, Clayton Heights
Sr Boys Pool B - Robert Bateman, Elgin Park, Rick Hansen, Abbotsford
Sr Girls - Abbotsford, Robert Bateman, Yale, Rick Hansen