Vancouver, BC – March 9, 2019: BC NextGen retained their senior men’s title from the previous year with a win over Okanagan RC, but Missouri’s Lindenwood College managed to dethrone hosts and reigning champions UBC in the senior women’s final of the 2020 Vancouver Sevens Invitational.
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.
Despite the rainy opening day weather, hundreds of spectators packed the stands and sidelines at Gerald McGavin Rugby Centre for nearly eight hours of rugby sevens action. BC teams were of course well-supported, but supporters of teams as far afield as Ontario were on hand to cheer on their sides. Championship Friday saw a much-appreciated change in the weather, with the day’s festivities soaked in sun.
The U16 Boys’ division saw a battle of BC regional sides, with BC Island defeating BC Mainland 28-19 for gold as Washington Loggers won the bronze over BC Valley. In the U18 Girls’ division, a highly skilled Rugby Canada Development Academy took the tournament by storm, but BC Gold were able to stifle their high-octane offence and pulled out a 17-12 win in the final. Edmonton Gold and Ontario Jr Blues faced off in the bronze medal match, with the Ontario side coming out on top. BC were unable to complete the sweep of the junior divisions, as Ontario Jr Blues defeated BC Mainland in the U18 boys’ final. The U18 boys’ bronze match was a hotly contested BC battle between Island and Interior, with the Island side winning by three points. Bronze medals in the senior women’s and men’s division went to Stars Rugby and the Pacific Warriors respectively.
The Vancouver Sevens Invitational has become a fantastic showcase for the sport of rugby sevens and this year’s competition was no exception. It was an exciting two days jam-packed with exciting rugby both at the junior and senior levels, and a great lead-in to the 2020 HSBC Canada Sevens that took place at the weekend.
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. As well, BC Rugby would like to express gratitude 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.
Photos are available on BC Rugby’s Pixieset page to download and share.
Results from all divisions are available on the VSI page.
For full match replays, visit bcrugby.com/live.