Vancouver, BC – March 8, 2019: The 2019 Vancouver Sevens Invitational wrapped up in electrifying style at UBC on Friday. BC Rugby NextGen Sevens defeated Defcon Fiji Blond in extra time to retain the NextGen Men’s Division title while UBC harnessed home-field advantage to clinch the NextGen Women’s Division. All in all, 46 teams travelled from across Canada and the US to participate in the biggest ever iteration of the tournament.
Frosty conditions each morning did little to cool the action on the field, with U16, U18 and NextGen teams delivering fast-paced Rugby Sevens action from dawn to dusk. Hundreds of spectators lined the pitches at the Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre to watch the talented young men, women, boys and girls battle it in a bid to claim the top spot.
The popularity of the competition, entries up by almost 50% on 2018, resulted in a packed schedule on both days with little pause for breath. With 70 matches crammed into day one and a further 60 on day two, an almost non-stop tide of rugby sevens swept over the pitches, ensuring family, friends and fans had plenty to cheer throughout the tournament. The players were more than happy to play their part to a tee. With incredible displays of skill, determination, passion and teamwork, the demonstrated exactly why Rugby Sevens is such an exciting and entertaining sport. On a week when Vancouver was already gripped with Rugby fever ahead of the 2019 Canada Sevens a BC Place, the Vancouver Sevens Invitational was the perfect build up.
In total, over 30 hours of rugby were played during the two days of competition with teams racking up a spectacular accumulation of 4666 points across 130 matches. That meant there was an average of 36 points scored per game during the tournament, approximately one try every minute and 20 seconds.
Initial feedback from the sidelines was thoroughly positive, with many players, coaches and parents expressing their satisfaction with how smoothly the event ran. “This has been fantastic, the best event yet” said Dean Murten, head coach of the UBC Women’s team, “to have such a strong level of competition across all the divisions is great to see.”
BC Rugby would like to thank all of the teams, coaches, managers and medical staff for making such a great competition, particularly those who travelled from out of town to be part of the event. A special mention should also go to all of the many volunteers who dedicated their time and skills to bring the festival together. To all of the families, friends and general rugby fans who came along to provide support and atmosphere, your presence is always greatly appreciated. Finally, a thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued support of rugby in the Province.
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