Pandas advance to Rugby 7s semifinal

    Pandas go 2-1on Day 1 at Foote Field, face UBC in semifinal on Sunday morning

    By Connor Hood on January 18, 2020

    EDMONTON – The UBC Thunderbirds and Victoria Vikes opened the 2020 Canada West Rugby 7s seasons with perfect 3-0 records on the opening day at the University of Alberta tournament on Saturday.

    Both teams captured top spot in their respective pools in the Dome at Foote Field, as UBC outscored their opponents by 90 in three matches, while Victoria outscored their pool opponents by 43. Both B.C. schools will advance to tomorrow’s semifinals.

    Thanks to wins over Calgary and Trinity Western, the host Alberta Pandas finished with a 2-1 record and will take on UBC, while Lethbridge earned wins over Fraser Valley and UBC Okanagan to also book their spot in the semifinal.

    “We had two good games to start us off today, which started things off well. Then we had a tough battle with Lethbridge at the end. I thought we played well at times, and moved the ball pretty well.” said UBC head coach Dean Murten.

    “I think we can be a bit better at keeping the ball, and respecting it. And when we don’t have it, have the urgency to get it back quickly. If we can do that, I think we will be OK, and I like our chances tomorrow.”

    Kally King and Alayna Scramstad led UBC with four tries in three matches, with Scramstad also added three converts. Jordan McLeod added three tries. The Thunderbirds went a perfect 5-0 in Edmonton last January, capturing the season-opening tournament title.

    “I think our whole team was solid today. King had a great day; her work rate has been phenomenal. She plays with a lot of speed on the outside,” continued Murten. “Considering we haven’t been training for that long, I thought our whole squad played well.”

    Victoria, who has captured the last two Canada West Rugby 7s banners, had much closer games, as they knocked off TWU (21-0), Alberta (22-10), and Calgary (24-14).

    New to the Rugby 7s circuit, both Trinity Western and UBC Okanagan failed to earn wins on Saturday.

    Calgary and UBCO will open Day 2 tomorrow with the first consolation semifinal at 9:50 a.m., followed by TWU and UFV at 10:12.

    Victoria and Lethbridge will meet in the first semifinal at 10:34, followed by Alberta and UBC at 10:56.

    ROUND 1

    Game 3: Calgary Dinos (22) vs Alberta Pandas (24)

    Scoring summary:

    1

    2

    T

    CGY:

    7

    15

    22

    ALB:

    17

    7

    24

                         

    ALB Try - #4 Heidi Farley (Convert Missed) 5-0 ALB
    CGY Try - #1 Kasselle Menin (#10 Patricia Lively Convert) 7-5 CGY
    ALB Penalty Try - #14 Heidi Peake (Automatic Convert) 12-7 ALB
    ALB Try - #10 Lora Lee (Convert Missed) 17-7 ALB

    HALF

    ALB Try - #13 Emily Brown (#10 Lora Lee Convert) 24-7
    CGY Try - #9 Angie Olukunmi (Convert Missed) 24-12
    CGY Try - #12 Catrina Thompson (Convert Missed) 24-17
    CGY Try - #8 Julia Omokhuale (Convert Missed) 24-22

    Game 8: Alberta Pandas (10) vs. Victoria Vikes (22)

    Scoring summary:

    1

    2

    T

    ALB:

    5

    5

    10

    VIC:

    10

    12

    22

     

    ALB try - #13 Emily Brown - (convert missed) 5-0 ALB
    VIC try - #6 Ashah Payson - (convert missed) 5-5 
    VIC try - #11 Nicola Smith - (convert missed) 10-5 VIC
    HALF
    VIC try - #13 Paige Farries - (convert missed) 15-5 VIC
    ALB try - #12 Cassie Jorgenson - (convert missed) 15-10 VIC
    VIC try - #2 Renee Gonzalez - (#8 Brooke Bazian) 22-10 VIC

    ROUND 3

    Game 11: Alberta Pandas (31) vs Trinity Western Spartans (0)

    Scoring summary:

    1

    2

    T

    TWU:

    0

    0

    0

    ALB:

    17

    14

    31

                           

    ALB Try - #8 Courtney Holtkamp (Convert Missed) 5-0 ALB
    ALB Try - #8 Courtney Holtkamp (#10 Lora Lee Convert) 12-0 ALB
    ALB Try - #4 Heidi Farley (Convert Missed) 17-0 ALB

    HALF

    ALB Try - #11 Zoe Melnychuk (#15 Kate Manning Convert) 24-0 ALB

    ALB Try - #12 Cassie Jorgenson (#15 Kate Manning Convert) 31-0 ALB

    Tournament standings – Day 1

    POOL A

    TEAM

    WINS

    LOSSES

    TIES

    POINTS

    VIC

    3

    0

    0

    12

    ALB

    2

    1

    0

    8

    CGY

    1

    2

    0

    4

    TWU

    0

    3

    0

    0


    POOL B

    TEAM

    WINS

    LOSSES

    TIES

    POINTS

    UBC

    3

    0

    0

    12

    LET

    2

    1

    0

    8

    UFV

    1

    2

    0

    4

    UBCO

    0

    3

    0

    0


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