British Columbia defeats Ontario in Victoria Sevens U18 Cup Final thriller
Published Saturday, July 13, 2013
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications
VICTORIA, BC - British Columbia's Elite Youth Sevens program capped off the 2012-13 season with their second major trophy on Saturday evening when they edged Ontario 22-17 in an all-Canadian Victoria International Youth Sevens Cup Final.
BC Gold went undefeated in the tournament, surviving a day two scare when they had to defeat fellow provincial reps BC Blue in overtime with a pulsating 31-26 win to advance to their third straight Cup Final appearance. The championship was a repeat of the 2012 Cup Final, but Ontario played the hosts much closer this year and were level 17-17 in the final minute of play. Vancouver rep Marshall Fuller, a three year veteran of the BCEY7s program scored the Cup-clinching try in the dying seconds to see BC defend their U18 title.
"We threw everything we had at them and knew that we had to just keep hustling and the break would come," said BC Gold Captain and graduating player Harjun Gill of Richmond, BC. "It's a bittersweet moment as it's so great to end on a high note. [BCEY7's] have been more than just a rugby program - this has been a place where we've made some great friends and were able to relish the opportunity of pulling on the BC provincial jersey in some great tournaments."
Gill's side found themselves on the back foot early on in the Cup Final, trailing 5-0 after Ontario's Emil Borggren took a pop up pass to touch down for the opening score in the fourth minute. BC clawed their way back with two quick scores as Spencer Miller (Abbotsford) and Karsten Leitner (Vancouver) each produced half field runs to put the hosts up 10-5 at the break.
The second half opened with tournament All Star Theo Sauder (Vancouver) breaking several tackles to dot down under the posts. Gill's conversion put BC up 17-5.
Ontario were extremely physical and showed their pace with a pair of tallies from Tyler Hergott and a conversion had them level at 17-17. Ontario's kicker missed the go-ahead conversion to make it 19-17, but BC then scored off the ensuing kick off.
A series of phases saw Chris Myles (Shawnigan) run 30 metres and draw a pair of tacklers and his off load eventually put Fuller over in the corner to secure the win.
"That's classic sevens and we told our players that they would have to face adversity. The bigger picture is that it gives these guys experience," said Ontario head coach Dan Kunanec. "It's heartbreaking to lose that game, but this experience will pay dividends down the road and it's something they can learn from as they look towards the future and pulling that red jersey on."
Ontario were also undefeated in pool play and went into the final on the back of a 36-0 dismantling of Utah in the semifinal round. The program had a successful year after advancing to the semfinals in Las Vegas and won the New York Youth Sevens in November.
"For us, this tournament (Victoria) is what we work all year towards," added Kunanec. "Our goal is to develop these players and nothing else exists that we have access to in terms of the quality of competition here. For us to be able to come together after just four sessions and compete with a squad like BC shows that our potential is endless. I'm very proud of these guys."
The tournament also featured a U16 men's division where Fraser Valley East were crowned champs and the U14 boy's title went to Victoria's South Island reps. Full results provided below for all divisions.
2013 Victoria 7s Champs - (L to R) Ollie Nott, Marshall Fuller, Spencer Miller, Evan Cambridge, Connor McRae, Chris Myles, Harjun Gill, Theo Sauder, Cole Keffer, Peter Stockton, Karsten Leitner, Tomasi Vataiki, Coach Shane Thompson
U18 Men's Division
Tournament All Stars: BC Gold: Harjun Gill, Theo Sauder, Ollie Nott Ontario: Brandon McLeod, Andrew Coe, Lucas Rumball BC Blue: Spencer Loughlin, Bubba Kucher Utah: Tyler Johannson, Connor Perry BC White: Cameron Hall Washington: Wilson Vasukilakeba Southern California: Christian Rodriguez
Playoff Round Results: Plate Semifinal: BC White 17 - 38 Southern Cal-2 Plate Semifinal: Sherborne-1 37 - 7 Sherborne-2 Cup Semifinal: BC Gold 31 - 26 BC Blue Cup Semifinal: Ontario 36 - 0 Utah 9/10 Playoff: Southern Cal-1 0-37 Washington 7/8 Playoff: BC White 36 - 7 Sherborne-2 Plate Final: Sherborne 17 - 7 SoCal-1 3/4 Playoff: BC Blue 26 - 14 Utah Cup Final: BC Gold 22 - 17
Pool Round Results:
Pool A: BC Gold (4-0) Utah Cannibals (3-1) BC White (2-2) Sherborne-2 (1-3) Southern California-1 (0-4)
Southern Cal-1 5 - 26 Sherborne-2 BC White 7 - 25 BC Gold BC Gold 66 - 0 Southern Cal-1 Sherborne-2 5 - 24 Utah BC-Gold 26 - 19 Utah Southern Cal-1 0 - 54 BC White Utah 36 - 17 BC White BC Gold 47 - 0 Sherborne-2 Sherborne-2 10 - 24 BC White Utah 29 - 7 Southern Cal-1
Pool B: Ontario (4-0) BC Blue (3-1) Sherborne-1 (2-2) Southern California-2 (1-3) Washington (0-4)
Southern Cal-2 14 - 43 Sherborne-1 BC Blue 5 - 28 Ontario Ontario 31 - 5 Southern Cal-2 Sherborne-1 54 - 0 Washington Ontario 59 - 5 Washington Southern Cal-2 5 - 33 BC Blue Ontario 26 - 12 Sherborne-1 Washington 7 - 24 BC Blue Sherborne-1 19 - 24 BC Blue Washington 12 - 19 Southern Cal-2
U16 Boy's Results
Playoff Rounds - July 13, 2013
Cup Round (2-0) Valley East (1-1) North Van-1 (0-2) Mt Tolmie Barbarians
Cup Round: Valley East 36 - 7 Mt Tolmie Barbarians Cup Round: North Van-1 26 - 19 Mt Tolmie Barbarians Cup Round: Valley East 17 - 7 North Van-1
Plate Round: (2-0) South Island (1-1) North Van (0-2) North Island
Plate Round: South Island 35 - 21 North Island Plate Round: North Van-2 29 - 14 North Island Plate Round: South Island 17 - 10 North Van-2
Bowl Round: (1-0-1) Van East (1-1) Delta (0-1-1) Valley West
Bowl Round: Valley West 14 - 17 Delta Bowl Round: Van East 34 - 12 Delta Bowl Round: Valley West 12 - 12 Van East
U14 Boys Day Two Results - July 13, 2013
Cup Standings: (2-0) South Island - Victoria 7s Champions (1-1) Valley East-1 (0-2) North Island
Cup Round: South Island 55-0 North Island Cup Round: Valley East-1 41 - 5 North Island Cup Round: South Island 24 - 19 Valley East-1
Plate Standings: (1-1) Delta (1-1) Valley West-1 (1-1) Valley East-2
Plate Round: Valley East-2 0-29 Valley West-1 Plate Round: Delta 31 - 10 Valley West-1 Plate Round: Valley East-2 24 - 15 Delta
Bowl Standings: (2-0) North Van (1-1) Valley West-2 (0-2) Vancouver
Bowl Round: Valley West-2 43-0 Vancouver Bowl Round: North Van 47-0 Vancouver Bowl Round: Valley West-2 7 - 24 North Van
Pool Rounds - July 12, 2013
Pool A: South Island (4-0) Valley East-2 (2-2) Delta (2-2) Valley West-1 (2-2) Vancouver (0-4)
12:05pm South Island 31 - 14 Delta 12:25pm Valley East-2 14-17 Valley West-1 1:30pm South Island 27 - 5 Valley West-1 1:50pm Delta 37 - 0 Vancouver 3:00pm Valley West-1 33 - 14 Vancouver 3:20pm South Island 36 - 0 Valley East-2 4:25pm Valley East-2 24 - 0 Vancouver 4:45pm Valley West-1 21 - 24 Delta 5:30pm Delta 5 - 24 Valley East-2 5:30pm Vancouver 0 - 50 South Island
Pool B: Valley East-1 (4-0) North Island (3-1) Valley West-2 (2-2) North Vancouver (1-3) Barbarians (0-4) Note: Barbarians will not advance to Saturday playoff rounds
12:50pm North Island 26-0 Valley West 2 1:10pm Valley East-1 29-5 North Van 2:20pm North Island 31- 15 North Vancouver 2:40pm Valley West-2 14 - 5 Barbarians 3:45pm North Vancouver 19 - 12 Barbarians 4:05pm North Island 12 - 25 Valley East-1 5:10pm Valley East-1 29 - 5 Barbarians 5:10pm North Vancouver 14 - 17 Valley West-2 5:50pm Valley West-2 7 - 34 Valley East-1 5:50pm Barbarians 12 - 26 North Island