Rugby sevens: Calgary captures inaugural Canada West banner with victory in Victoria

Rugby sevens: Calgary captures inaugural Canada West banner with victory in Victoria

Cameron Doherty, Vikes Communications 

VICTORIA – The University of Calgary Dinos defeated the Alberta Pandas 26-5 in the final game of the series, giving them both the tournament victory in Victoria as well as the overall Canada West women's rugby sevens series.

"We've had a fair bit of adversity over the last couple weeks so it is a pretty resilient bunch here," said Dinos head coach Simon Chi. "The tournament is set up for consistency so we're always in contention there.

"It was a scenario where we can control our destiny and that's what we asked the girls to do and they did it. So credit to them."

The tournament win, combined with their second place finish at the first tournament in Alberta, gives the Dinos 18 points in the overall series standings, two clear of the second-place UVic Vikes.

The day wasn't without adversity for the Dinos though, as a loss in the final round robin game of the day to the Pandas (19-0) set up a rematch in the final that the team from Calgary dominated.

Kelcey Leavitt and Isla Shill were both electric in the first place game, scoring two tries apiece to put the game out of reach well before the final whistle.

"Kelcey is a fifth-year who has battled some injuries over the last couple of years and all of a sudden we're back to 2012 where she's playing amazing," said Chi. "Isla is now in her third year, just learning the position, and we've asked her to take a leadership position and she did that and stepped up—very proud of that."

With two losses on opening day it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Vikes to capture the banner, but the team from Victoria did everything they could, outscoring their opponents 90-0 and going 3-0 on the day. 

"I think we were disappointed with our Day 1—we didn't play like we can and we knew that," said Vikes head coach Brittany Waters. "We just adjusted a few things and kind of came together as a team in our first game today and just went from there." 

The host Vikes defeated the 3-3 UBC T-Birds 19-0 for third place in the tournament, while the Lethbridge Pronghorns secured a 41-0 victory over the UFV Cascades for fifth place. 

Even though the series was only two tournaments long, the impact of a competitive sevens series in the Canada West conference be felt for a long time. 

"This series is excellent for the growth of sevens—it's great to have the backing from Rugby Canada and B2Ten," said Waters. "We only had two tournaments but just out of that, the level of play this tournament was much better than the last one so it's great to have that and to see everyone improve."

 

Rugby Sevens Scoring Summaries Day Two

 

Game 10: Lethbridge Pronghorns (5) vs. Calgary Dinos (10)

Scoring summary:

LET: 5-0: 5

CGY: 0-10: 10

 

LET try – #6 Carolyn McKee (convert missed) – 5-0

 

Half-time

 

CGY try - #10 Isla Shill (convert missed) 5-5

CGY try - #24 Emily Tuttosi (convert missed) 5-10

 

Game 11: UBC T-Birds (0) vs. UVic Vikes (10)

Scoring summary:

UBC: 0-0: 0

VIC: 5-5: 10

 

VIC try – #4 Julia Folk (convert missed) – 5-0

 

Half-time

 

VIC try - #10 Jess Neilson (convert missed) 10-0

 

Game 12: UFV Cascades (5) vs. Alberta Pandas (29)

Scoring summary:

UFV: 5-0: 5

ALB: 15-14: 29

 

ALB try – #11 Jamie Braybrook (convert missed) – 5-0

ALB try – #9 Amanda Smith (convert missed) – 10-0

ALB try – #14 Emily Bielech (convert missed) – 15-0

UFV try – #4 Meaghan Wellis (convert missed) – 15-5

 

Half-time

 

ALB try – #14 Emily Bielech (#15 Ali Wicklum convert) – 22-5

ALB try – #4 Kylie Zazula (#15 Ali Wicklum convert) – 29-5

 

Game 13: Lethbridge Pronghorns (0) vs. UBC T-Birds (34)

Scoring summary:

LET: 0-0: 0

UBC: 17-17: 34

 

UBC try – #10 Nikki Mallow (#4 Brooke Bazian convert) – 7-0

UBC try – #8 Shayna Slobin (convert missed) – 12-0

UBC try – #15 Elizabeth Theemes-Golding (convert missed) – 17-0

 

Half-time

 

UBC try – #15 Elizabeth Theemes-Golding (convert missed) – 22-0

UBC try – #6 Madison Gold (convert missed) – 27-0

UBC try - #7 Ciara Malone (#7 Ciara Malone convert) – 34-0

 

Game 14: UVic Vikes (61) vs. UFV Cascaades (0)

Scoring summary:

VIC: 28-33: 61

UFV: 0-0: 0

 

VIC try – #8 Gabrielle Senft (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 7-0

VIC try – #8 Julia Folk (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 14-0

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

VIC try – #12 Gurpreet Dhaliwal (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 28-0

 

Half-time

 

VIC try – #3 Chanelle Challenger-Edwards (convert missed) – 33-0

VIC try – #6 Steph Black (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 40-0

VIC try - #7 Madeleine Graham (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 47-0

VIC try - #10 Jess Neilson (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 54-0

VIC try - #2 Jamie Beck (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 61-0

 

Game 15: Alberta Pandas (19) vs. Calgary Dinos (0)

Scoring summary:

ALB: 12-7: 19

CGY: 0-0: 0

 

ALB try – #5 Sara Haring (#15 Ali Wicklum convert) – 7-0

ALB try – #7 Heidi Farley (convert missed) – 12-0

 

Half-time

 

ALB try – #6 Alexa Martin (#15 Ali Wicklum convert) – 19-0

 

Fifth Place Game: UFV Cascades (0) vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns (41)

Scoring summary:

UFV: 0-0: 0

LET: 19-22: 41

 

LET try – #11 Omabolaji Olayioye (#10 Hannah Lopez convert) – 7-0

LET try – #11 Omabolaji Olayioye (convert missed) – 12-0

LET try – #5 Jill Tataryn (#10 Hannah Lopez convert) – 19-0

 

Half-time

 

LET try – #7 Hailey Driscoll (convert missed) – 24-0

LET try – #11 Omabolaji Olayioye (convert missed) – 29-0

LET try – #8 Sydney De La Mare (#5 Jill Tataryn convert) – 36-0

LET try – #5 Jill Tataryn (convert missed) – 41-0

 

Third Place Game: UBC T-Birds (0) vs. UVic Vikes (19)

Scoring summary:

UBC: 0-0: 0

VIC: 0-19: 19

 

Half-time

 

VIC try – #12 Gurpreet Dhaliwal (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 7-0

VIC try – #3 Chanelle Challenger-Edwards (convert missed) – 12-0

VIC try – #4 Julia Folk (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 19-0

 

First Place Game: Calgary Dinos (26) vs. Alberta Pandas (5)

Scoring summary:

ALB: 0-5: 5

CGY: 12-14: 26

 

CGY try – #22 Kelcey Leavitt (convert missed) – 5-0

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

 

Half-time

 

CGY try – #22 Kelcey Leavitt (#10 Isla Shill convert) – 19-0

CGY try – #10 Isla Shill (#10 Isla Shill convert) – 26-0

ALB try – #14 Emily Bielech (convert missed) – 26-5

 
 
 

Tournament Standings 

Team / GP / W / L / T / PF / PA / Points

Calgary 6 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 92 / 39 / 21

Alberta 6 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 97 / 74 / 18

Victoria 6 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 123 / 22 / 18

UBC 6 / 3 / 3 / 0 / 103 / 54 / 15

Lethbridge 6 / 2 / 4 / 0 / 70 / 101 / 12

UFV 6 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 12 / 207 / 6

 

NOTE: Teams are awarded 4 pts. for a win, 2 pts. for a draw, and 1 pt. for a loss.

Overall series standings

CGY - 18

VIC - 16

ALB - 14

UBC - 6

LET - 6

UFV - 2

 

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. 

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