Rugby sevens: Dinos dominate first day of Victoria tourney

Rugby sevens: Dinos dominate first day of Victoria tourney

Cameron Dohety, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA – The final tournament of the inaugural Canada West women's rugby sevens series got off to a roaring start today in Victoria, with nine games being contested on Wallace Field. 

The Calgary Dinos travelled to Victoria with the goal of Canada West rugby supremacy; after day one that goal is well within their reach.

The reigning Canada West 15's champions and national bronze-medallist Dinos had to settle for second place at the opening tournament just under one month ago, when they were bested twice by the Victoria Vikes.

It is the Dinos that have put themselves into the drivers seat to capture the Canada West banner though, surrendering just ten points combined in victories over the Fraser Valley Cascades (24-0), the UBC Thunderbirds (20-5) and the host Vikes (12-5). 

The Alberta Pandas and UBC both positioned themselves well ahead of the second day of competition, as they hold identical records of 2-1.

The Pandas pulled off the upset of the day when Ali Wicklum crossed the try line right before the final whistle to give them the victory over UVic (10-7). Alberta also knocked off the Lethbridge Pronghorns (29-5).

The Thunderbirds meanwhile, used a high-powered offence to beat both the Pandas (31-5) and the Cascades (33-0).

The Vikes and Pronghorns both sit at 1-2 and hold an outside shot of playing in the Cup Final game, where the maximum of ten tournament points will be on the line. The Vikes started their day with a commanding with over Lethbridge (21-0), while the Pronghorns picked up their lone victory over the Cascades (19-7). 

While the Cascades, the newest addition to the world of Canada West women's rugby, failed to pick up a victory on the day, there is cause for optimism for Fraser Valley. They allowed 33 fewer points than they did on the first day of the series-opening tournament in Alberta.

The deciding day of the series will get underway at 10 a.m. PT when the Dinos (3-0) look to stay undefeated against the Pronghorns (1-2), followed by UBC (2-1) vs. UVic (1-2) and Fraser Valley (0-3) vs. Alberta (2-1) at 10:50 a.m.

 

Rugby Sevens Scoring Summaries

 

Game 1: Fraser Valley Cascades (0) vs. Calgary Dinos (24)

Scoring summary:

UFV: 0-0: 0

CGY: 12-12: 24

 

CGY try – #12 Laura Petrillo (#15 Elysa Sandron convert) – 7-0

CGY try – #15 Elysa Sandron (convert missed) – 12-0

 

Half-time

 

CGY try - #10 Isla Shill (convert missed) 17-0

CGY try - #22 Kelcey Leavitt (#10 Isla Shill convert) 24-0

 

Game 2: UBC T-Birds (31) vs. Alberta Pandas (5)

Scoring summary:

UBC: 12-19: 31

ALB: 5-0: 5

 

UBC try – #4 Brooke Bazian (#4 Brooke Bazian convert) – 7-0

UBC try – #7 Ciara Malone (convert missed) – 12-0

ALB TRY – #13 Aly Anderson (convert missed) – 12-5

 

Half-time

 

UBC try - #6 Madison Gold (#4 Brooke Bazian convert) 19-5

UBC try - #7 Ciara Malone (#6 Madison Gold convert) 26-5

UBC try - #13 Elizabeth Theemes-Golding (convert missed) 31-5

 

Game 3: UVic Vikes (21) vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns (0)

Scoring summary:

VIC: 0-21: 21

LET: 0-0: 0

 

Half-time

 

VIC try - #3 Chanelle Challenger (#10 Jess Neilson convert) 7-0

VIC try - #6 Steph Black (#10 Jess Neilson convert) 14-0

VIC try - #7 Madeleine Graham (#10 Jess Neilson convert) 21-0

 

Game 4: Calgary Dinos (20) vs. UBC T-Birds (5)

Scoring summary:

CGY: 10-10: 20

UBC: 5-0: 5

 

UBC try - #4 Brooke Bazian (convert missed) 5-0

CGY try - #2 Emily Tuttosi (convert missed) 5-5

CGY try - #3 DaLeaka Menin (#3 convert missed) 5-10

 

Half-time

 

CGY try - #3 DaLeaka Menin (convert missed) 5-15

CGY try - #11 Taejah Thompson (convert missed) 5-20

 

Game 5: UFV Cascades (7) vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns (19)

Scoring summary:

UFV: 0-7: 7

LET: 12-7: 19

 

LET try - #9 Caitlin Sears (convert missed) 5-0

LET try - #1 Savanna Collison (#9 Caitlin Sears convert) 12-0

 

Half-time

 

LET try - #1 Omabolaji Olayioye (#9 Caitlin Sears convert) 19-0

UFV try - #2 Mackenzie Fowler (#2 Mackenzie Fowler convert) 19-7

 

Game 6: UVic Vikes (7) vs. Alberta Pandas (10)

Scoring summary:

VIC: 7-0: 7

AlB: 0-10: 10

 

VIC try - #6 Steph Black (#10 Jess Neilson convert) 7-0

 

Half-time

 

ALB try - #5 Sara Haring (convert missed) 7-5

ALB try - #15 Ali Wicklum (convert missed) 7-10

 

Game 7: UFV Cascades (0) vs. UBC T-Birds (33)

Scoring summary:

UFV: 0-0: 0

UBC: 19-14: 33

 

UBC try - #6 Madison Gold (#6 Madison Gold convert) 7-0

UBC try - #1 Mackenzie Lee (convert missed) 12-0

UBC try - #8 Shayna Slobin (#4 Brooke Bazian convert) 19-0

 

Half-time

 

UBC try - #7 Ciara Malone (#7 Ciara Malone convert) 26-0

UBC try - #7 Ciara Malone (#7 Ciara Malone convert) 33-0

 

Game 8: Alberta Pandas (29) vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns (5)

Scoring summary:

ALB: 19-10: 29

LET: 5-0: 5

 

ALB try - #15 Ali Wicklum (#15 Ali Wicklum convert) 7-0

ALB try - #15 Ali Wicklum (#15 Ali Wicklum convert) 14-0

LET try - #11 Omabolaji Olayioye (convert missed) 14-5

ALB try - #14 Emily Bielech (convert missed) 19-5

 

Half-time

 

ALB try - #7 Heidi Farley (convert missed) 24-5

ALB try - #15 Ali Wicklum (convert missed) 29-5

 

 

Game 9: Calgary Dinos (12) vs. UVic Vikes (5)

Scoring summary:

CGY: 12-0: 12

VIC: 0-5: 5

 

CGY try - #22 Kelcey Leavitt (#10 Isla Shill convert) 7-0

CGY try - #10 Isla Shill (convert missed) 12-0

 

Half-time

 

VIC try - #7 Madeleine Graham (convert missed) 12-5

 
 

Tournament standings

            W        L          T         Pts.

CGY     3          0          0          12

ALB     2          1          0          9

UBC     2          1          0          9

VIC      1          2          0          6

LET     1          2          0          6

UFV     0          3          0          3