Rugby sevens: Series heads to UBC for weekend tournament

Rugby sevens: Series heads to UBC for weekend tournament

Evan Daum, Canada West Communications

EDMONTON – For the second time in three weeks, the Canada West Women’s Rugby Sevens Series hits the turf, as the conference’s newest sport heads to the University of British Columbia this weekend.

UBC’s Point Grey campus will serve as the scene for the two-day tournament, which will be played on Lord and Buck Fields at Thunderbird Park Saturday and Sunday. 

The action kicks off Saturday at 9 a.m. PT, before wrapping up Sunday afternoon with the gold medal game at 3:20 p.m. PT.

COMPLETE SCHEDULE

The tournament is the second of three in the 2017 series, with the finale slated for February 18 and 19th in Victoria, where the inaugural Canada West women’s rugby sevens champion will be crowned.

This weekend's tournament will give rugby fans on the west coast their first glimpse of the series, which is a three-year pilot project that has been made possible thanks to a partnership with B2ten and Rugby Canada.

Looking to keep up the momentum this weekend are the Victoria Vikes, who went a perfect 6-0-0 at the series’ first tournament in Edmonton back in January. With the tournament victory, the Vikes earned 10 series points and are two up on the Calgary Dinos atop the table.

The Vikes’ inaugural tournament win came courtesy a 12-5 victory over the Calgary Dinos in the first-place game, in a rematch of the conference’s 15s championship from the fall, when the Dinos earned the program’s first Canada West title with a 29-14 victory.

Slotting in behind the Vikes and Dinos in the series standings heading into the middle event are the Alberta Pandas (six series points), who went 4-2 on home turf to get off to a solid sevens start.

Rounding out the standings after the first tournament were the Lethbridge Pronghorns (four series points), UBC Thunderbirds (two series points), and UFV Cascades (one series point) – who are newcomers to the Canada West rugby scene. 

COMPLETE SERIES/TOURNAMENT STANDINGS

Another 10 points will be handed out to this weekend’s tournament winner, as the six teams look to position themselves for a run at the series title heading into the final tournament in a few short weeks.

 

About the Canada West Women's Rugby Sevens Series:

2017 marks the first season of the Canada West Women's Rugby Sevens Series, which has been made possible thanks to Canada West's partnership with B2ten and Rugby Canada. Through their joint support, which will include scholarship opportunities for players at all six competing institutions, B2ten and Rugby Canada are committed to helping Canadian female athletes pursue their athletic careers, including an opportunity to progress to the national team.

The inaugural Canada West Women's Rugby Sevens Series champion will be crowned February 19 at the University of Victoria, as determined by cumulative series points.

2017 Canada West Women's Rugby Sevens Series tournament dates: University of Alberta (Jan. 20-21), University of Victoria (Feb. 4 and 5) and University of British Columbia (Feb. 18 and 19).