Regina, SK – August 5, 2019: A week after BC topped both girls’ and boys’ standings at the U16 Western Canadian Championships and the U19 and senior men’s sides won their Best of the West series, BC’s U18 boys side earned a first-place finish of their own at the U18 tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan this past weekend, while the U18 Girls took the bronze medal.
After the first day of play, it seemed set in stone that Alberta Black and the BC U18s would face off in the boy’s final. BC U18 won both their pool matches, including a tight 7-0 victory over Alberta White, while Alberta Black beat the BC U17s, putting a dent in the U17’s hopes of contention. However, a huge win from the U17s over Saskatchewan on the second day of play was enough to propel them into a semi-final matchup with their U18 counterparts.
The more experienced U18 side triumphed in the tournament semifinal, winning 41-0 over the U17s. In the battle of Alberta on the other side of the bracket, Alberta Black and Alberta White fought tooth and nail to reach the final, with Alberta Black barely winning by a single try, setting up a battle of undefeated teams between the BC U18s and Alberta Black for the gold medal. The U17s were narrowly defeated in the bronze-medal match against Alberta White, with 7 points the difference between the two teams at the final whistle.
In the final, Alberta Black got off to a rocking start, scoring a try just minutes after kickoff, but that was the only try Alberta Black would score on the day as BC U18 unleashed their onslaught, putting up 19 straight points en route to a 19-5 victory and a U18 Western Canadian Championship gold medal.
The women’s tournament started with a bang for BC as their U18s put up an impressive victory over Manitoba, with six different players scoring tries including Nico Vinnedge and Ella O’Regan, who scored twice each. Vinnedge kicked three conversions en route to a 48-0 victory for the BC U18s.
Unfortunately, the two Alberta sides got the better of the BC teams to end the first day of play, as Alberta White narrowly beat the U18s and Alberta Black defeated the U17s, setting up an all-Alberta final and sending the BC U18s to the bronze medal match.
The U17s had a much better day on the Saturday, winning 38-0 over Saskatchewan. Kira Peary was the consensus player of the match, putting up a hat trick and four conversions as the BC U17s booked their spot in the bronze medal game.
In the all-BC bronze medal match, the U18 side triumphed over the U17s with a 22-0 victory, as Vinnedge, Kira Katan, Kate Fedoruk, and Maelle Reed scored tries.
With the results, BC takes home three of the available four Western Canadian Championship titles, medalling in all four of U16 boys, U16 girls, U18 boys and U18 girls. BC also won their Best of the West series with the Prairie Wolf Pack in the senior women’s, senior men’s and U19 men’s divisions.
Standings and results are available at saskrugby.com/westernchampionship, and full match replays can be seen at youtube.com/SaskRugby.