Vikes place first, Pandas fifth at UFV Rugby 7s tournament

    Pandas finish second tournament with 2-4 record

    By UFV Sports Information on February 3, 2019

    ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – After an uncharacteristic stumble at the opening event of the 2019 Canada West Women’s Sevens Series, the Victoria Vikes got back on track, going undefeated en route to the title at Tournament No. 2 hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley.

    The Vikes went a perfect 6-0, wrapping up their victorious run with wins over Lethbridge (22-10), Calgary (28-0) and UBC Okanagan (24-7) on Sunday at Exhibition Park.

    The performance marked a return to form for the defending CW Sevens Series champs, who had finished third at the 2019 curtain-raising tourney in Edmonton two weeks ago.

    Along with Victoria’s dominance, the weather was a significant storyline on Sunday. After relatively mild temperatures and periodic sun on Saturday, Day 2 featured a rare snowfall in Abbotsford with gusting wind. Temperatures were in the neighbourhood of -5 C, with wind chill to -15 C.

    The UBC Thunderbirds, coming off a tourney win in Edmonton, locked up second place in Abbotsford in dramatic fashion, edging the Lethbridge Pronghorns 15-10 on Delaney Aikens’s try just before the final whistle. The result enabled the T-Birds to hold onto first place in the overall standings with 27 points, just ahead of UVic (25).

    The Pronghorns and Calgary Dinos finished with matching 3-2-1 records, but Lethbridge finished third based on point differential. The Alberta Pandas (2-4-0), host UFV Cascades (1-5-0) and UBC Okanagan Heat (0-6-0) finished fourth through sixth, respectively.

    The Canada West Women’s Rugby Sevens Series concludes with Tournament No. 3, March 2-3 at UBC.

    Sunday results

    ROUND 5 

    Game 14: Alberta Pandas 27, UBC Okanagan Heat 12

    Scoring summary:

    ALB: 17-10: 27

    UBCO: 0-12: 12

    • ALB try – #10 Heidi Farley (#11 Cara Park convert) – 7-0

    • ALB try – #6 Alexandra Martin (convert missed) – 12-0

    • ALB try – #24 Emily Brown (convert missed) – 17-0

    Half

    • UBCO try – #4 Emma Johnson (#9 Jordanne Sulz convert) – 17-7

    • ALB try – #21 Zoe Melnychuk (convert missed) – 22-7

    • ALB try – #14 Lora Lee (convert missed) – 27-7

    • UBCO try – #14 Maria Ritchie (convert missed) – 27-12 

    ROUND 6

    Game 16: Lethbridge Pronghorns 19, Alberta Pandas 0

    Scoring summary:

    LET: 12-7: 19

    ALB: 0-0: 0

    • LET try – #3 Abigail Duguid (convert missed) – 5-0

    • LET try – #2 Carolyn McKee (#5 Caitlyn Sears convert) – 12-0

    Half

    • LET try – #6 Genna Wright (#5 Caitlin Sears convert) – 19-0

    Tournament standings

    TEAM    WINS    LOSSES TIES        POINTS

    VIC         6              0              0              24

    UBC       5              1              0              21

    LET         3              2              1              16

    CGY        3              2              1              16

    ALB        2              4              0              12

    UFV       1              5              0              9

    UBCO    0              6              0              6

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

    Overall series standings

    Team / Tourney 1 pts / Tourney 2 pts / Total pts

    UBC – 15 / 12 / 27 pts

    VIC – 10 / 15 / 25 pts

    LET – 12 / 10 / 22 pts

    CGY – 8 / 8 / 16 pts

    ALB – 6 / 6 / 12 pts

    UFV – 4 / 4 / 8 pts

    UBCO – NA / 2 / 2 pts

    REG – 2 / NA / 2 pts

    TRU – 1 / NA / 1 pt

    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).

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