VANCOUVER - A thrilling cup final capped a sensational Saturday of rugby sevens in the playoff rounds of the girls competition at the 2013 BC Rugby High School Provincial Sevens Championships at UBC.
Adrienne Saari’s try, deep into extra time, grabbed the title for Cowichan in thrilling fashion; her score coming after an extended series of attacks by the Thunderbirds in the Lord Tweedsmuir half.
Cowichan had led 5-0 at halftime, scoring a try midway through the half from a great support run by Leah Theobold.
Aggressive attacking play had been the name of the game for Tweedsmuir in their run to the final; they showed that in the early stages of the second half, scoring a pair of tries – by Alex Mueller and Nicole Frkerich - to seize the lead. At 12-5, Tweedsmuir looked firmly in control.
But you don’t get to a final without showing patience. Cowichan showed just that, never quitting on the game; eventually they worked the ball down to the line, Allie White barged over for the tying score.
The tense game carried on, with both teams tackling with a ferocity that belied the final’s added length.
The tradition of cup finals being ten-minute halves instead of the usual seven didn’t seem to faze either team, even as they contemplated the extra time period.
“We were still full of energy,” said Saari. “We said at the break ‘the game is for us, but it’s also for the girls who graduated before us.’”
They also wanted to keep their undefeated record intact.
CUP FINAL: Cowichan 17 Lord Tweedsmuir 12 OT
3rd place: Shawnigan Lake 22 Abbotsford 12
An encounter that spoke to how close the top four teams were, SLS showed a touch more finish in defeating Abbotsford. Led by Madison Brattan’s pair of tries, SLS also had scores from Nicole Crowley and Georgia Logan. Abbotsford got tries from Gurpreet Dhaliwal and Minnie Inthapanya.
PLATE FINAL: Carson Graham 15 Houston 10 OT
Yet another outstanding matchup saw North Shore powerhouse pushed to the limit by underdogs Houston. The little school-that-could travelled down to the coast from the northern interior and surprised many with their plucky, skillful performance. It took overtime and a hat trick of tries from Jessica Nielsen for the Eagles to seal their title. Houston’s tries were dotted down by Delaney Larocque and Jamie Beck.
BOWL FINAL: GP Vanier 26 Heritage Park 5
GP Vanier never took a backwards step in their final, led by Sienna Moir’s pair of tries (three conversions too). Georgia Bellamy and Lauren Sargent also scored. Emily Skillings had Heritage Park’s lone try.
SHIELD FINAL: Elgin Park 15 Kelowna 0
Elgin Park overcame teammate Grace Harper’s shoulder injury to out-pace Kelowna. Olivia Peers, Emma Dunfield and Christy Bogart all scored for the South Surrey speedsters. Also, Elgin’s Helen Terry clocked the fastest time on the sprint test being run as a bonus sideline feature by Rugby Canada’s Barb Mervin and Andrea Burk.
RESULTS FROM SATURDAY
GP Vanier 29 Rick Hansen 0
Walnut Grove 42 Kelowna 0
Heritage Park 12 Elgin Park 5
Brentwood 32 Seaquam 0
Abbotsford 19 Carson Graham 0
Cowichan 12 Robert Bateman 0
Shawnigan Lake 22 Houston 10
Lord Tweedsmuir 20 Lord Byng 5
SHIELD SEMI FINALS
Kelowna 10 Rick Hansen 0
Elgin Park 15 Seaquam 0
BOWL SEMI FINALS
GP Vanier 24 Walnut Grove 5
Heritage Park 10 Brentwood 5 OT
PLATE SEMI FINALS
Carson Graham 17 Robert Bateman 12
Houston 17 Lord Byng 0
CUP SEMI FINALS
Cowichan 17 Abbotsford 12 OT
Lord Tweedsmuir 34 Shawnigan Lake 12
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL 7s DAY ONE RESULTS
Shawnigan Lake 63 Elgin Park 0
Shawnigan Lake 43 Argyle 7
Shawnigan Lake 36 Lord Byng 5
Elgin Park 15 Argyle 10
Elgin Park 12 Lord Byng 0
Argyle 17 Lord Byng 14
St. George’s 43 Clarence Fulton 0
St. George’s 31 Oak Bay 0
St. George’s 24 Clayton Heights 0
Clarence Fulton 0 Oak Bay 45
Clarence Fulton 5 Clayton Heights 20
Oak Bay 41 Clayton Heights 0
Kelowna 14 SMUS 7
Kelowna 7 Robert Bateman 5
Kelowna 17 Magee 7
SMUS 19 Robert Bateman 12
SMUS 17 Magee 7
Robert Bateman 12 Magee 17
Yale 29 West Vancouver 10
Yale 32 GP Vanier 0
Yale 45 Brentwood 0
West Vancouver 22 GP Vanier 0
West Vancouver 20 Brentwood 0
GP Vanier 19 Brentwood 10