Pandas struggle on Day 1 of UFV Rugby 7s tournament

    Pandas sit fifth with 1-3 record

    By UFV Sports Information on February 2, 2019

    ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Victoria Vikes sailed to the front of the pack at the second stop of the Canada West Women’s Rugby Sevens Series on Saturday, but much is yet to be decided heading into Sunday’s final day.

    The Vikes went a perfect 3-0 on Day 1 of the tournament, hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley, allowing just a single try over their three games. The highlight was a 26-5 victory over the series-leading UBC Thunderbirds, who won the first leg of the Canada West Sevens Series in Edmonton two weeks ago. The Vikes also chalked up wins over the Alberta Pandas (25-0) and the host Cascades (61-0). They rode a balanced attack over the course of the day, with Linnea Dalvi setting the pace with four tries, and Paige Farries, Renee Gonzalez, Maddy Aberg and Tayler Bailey scoring two apiece.

    But with three more round-robin games yet to play on Sunday, Victoria still has work to do to nail down the tourney title. The Calgary Dinos and Lethbridge Pronghorns are lurking in second place with matching 2-0-1 records, and both have head-to-head match-ups with the Vikes on Sunday. UBC, meanwhile, is still in contention at 2-1-0.

    Alberta (1-3-0), UFV (1-3-0) and UBC Okanagan (0-4-0) are out of contention for the title, but will be looking to climb the standings in their final matches.

    The balance of the event will be played at Exhibition Park, with action kicking off at 9 a.m. Sunday. A full schedule is below.

    Saturday results

    ROUND 1

    Game 1: UBC Thunderbirds 27, Alberta Pandas 14

    Scoring summary:

    UBC: 5-22: 27

    ALB: 14-0: 14

    • UBC try – #4 Delaney Aikens (convert missed) – 5-0

    • ALB try – #15 Savannah Dubien (#7 Isabella Adatia convert) – 7-5

    • ALB try – #8  Courtney Holtkamp (#7 Isabella Adatia convert) – 14-5

    Half

    • UBC try - #1 Rori Wood (convert missed) – 14-10

    • UBC try – #7 Kally King (#8 Emma Feldinger convert) – 17-14

    • UBC try – #4 Delaney Aikens (convert missed) – 22-14

    • UBC try – #4 Delaney Aikens (convert missed) – 27-14

    ROUND 2

    Game 4: Victoria Vikes 25, Alberta Pandas 0

    Scoring summary:

    VIC: 10-15: 25

    ALB: 0-0: 0

    • VIC  try – #3 Chanelle Edwards-Challenger (convert missed) – 5-0

    • VIC try – #2 Renee Gonzalez (convert missed) – 10-0

    Half

    • VIC try – #10 Paige Farries (convert missed) – 15-0

    • VIC try – #11 Nicola Smith (convert missed) – 20-0

    • VIC try – #9 Linnea Dalvi (convert missed) – 25-0

    ROUND 3

    Game 7: Alberta Pandas 39, UFV Cascades 19

    Scoring summary:

    ALB: 15-24: 39

    UFV: 12-7: 19

    • UFV try – #14 Sophia Belsher (convert missed) – 5-0

    • ALB try – #8 Courtney Holtkamp (convert missed) – 5-5

    • ALB try – #8 Courtney Holtkamp (convert missed) – 10-5

    • ALB try – #14 Lora Lee (convert missed) – 15-5

    • UFV try – #5 Shalaya Valenzuela (#14 Sophia Belsher convert) – 15-12

    Half

    • UFV try – #5 Shalaya Valenzuela (#14 Sophia Belsher convert) – 19-15

    • ALB try – #21 Zoe Melnychuk (convert missed) – 20-19

    • ALB try – #14 Lora Lee (convert missed) – 25-19

    • ALB try – #12 Amara Allarie (#1 Aline Wicklum convert) – 32-19

    • ALB try – #10 Heidi Farley (#1 Aline Wicklum convert) – 39-19

    Game 12: Calgary Dinos 24, Alberta Pandas 7

    Scoring summary:

    CGY: 17-7: 24

    ALB: 0-7: 7

    • CGY try – #12 Emma Newton (#15 Elysa Sandron convert) – 7-0

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

    • CGY try – #9 Taejah Thompson (missed convert) – 17-0

    Half

    • CGY try – #23 Samantha May (#22 Berlyn Seselja convert) – 24-0

    • ALB try – #14 Lora Lee (#1 Aline Wicklum convert) – 24-7

    Tournament standings – Day 1

    TEAM   WINS    LOSSES TIES      POINTS

    VIC       3          0          0          12

    LET       2          0          1          10

    CGY      2          0          1          10

    UBC      2          1          0          9

    ALB      1          3          0          7

    UFV      1          3          0          7

    UBCO   0          4          0          4

    NOTE: Teams are awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw, and one point for a loss.

    Sunday schedule

    9 a.m. – Lethbridge vs. Victoria
    9:22 a.m. – Alberta vs. UBC Okanagan
    9:44 a.m. – UBC vs. Calgary
    10:50 a.m. – Lethbridge vs. Alberta
    11:12 a.m. – Calgary vs. Victoria
    11:34 a.m. – UBC vs. UFV
    12:40 p.m. – UBCO vs. Victoria
    1:02 p.m. – Calgary vs. UFV
    1:24 p.m. – UBC vs. Lethbridge

    About the Canada West Women's Rugby Sevens Series

    2019 marks the third 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, 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 Canada West Women's Rugby Sevens Series champion will be crowned February 25 at the University of Victoria, as determined by cumulative series points. 

    2019 Canada West Women's Rugby Sevens Series tournament dates: University of Alberta (Jan. 19/20), University of the Fraser Valley (Feb. 2/3) and the University of British Columbia (March 2/3).