B.C. youth take Victoria 7s and Canadian Rugby Championship

Oak Bay’s Fergus Hall continued his rise as a rugby sevens specialist over the weekend.

Fergus Hall carries the ball for Team B.C.

Oak Bay’s Fergus Hall continued his rise as a rugby sevens specialist over the weekend.

Hall, a Glenlyon Norfolk School grad and Castaway Wanderers junior, played for Team B.C., which won the U18 division of the Victoria International 7s tournament.

Hall scored a try and kicked four converts in the final, as B.C. defeated Ontario 38-10, one of seveal trophy matches held at UVic’s Centennial Stadium on Saturday.

It’s the third-straight sevens tournament win for the U18 provincial team, which Hall is a part of, also winning the Las Vegas Youth Invitational in February and Hong Kong Youth International in March.

The Canadian Maple Leafs, a development squad for the national  team, won the elite division of the tourney, beating team B.C. 43-7 in the Cup Final. To get there, the Maple Leafs, edged U.S.A.’s development side, Altantis, 19-17 in the semifinals.

Home boy Michael Fuailefau of the UVic Vikes led the local contingent of the Maple Leafs, along with Castaway Wanderers imports Mozac Samson (Calgary) and Mike Mizerski (Toronto), and James Bay import Zac Coughlan (St. John’s, NL).

The women’s division saw Vancouver Island’s U17 Tide smash the North Island side 42-0 in the final.

While B.C.’s youth men’s team won the sevens tourney, the provincial men’s 15s team completed a sensational run at the U19 Canadian Rugby Championship in Edmonton.

B.C. went undefeated through four games, defeating the Prairie Wolfpack 30-0 in the fourth game on Sunday.

Victoria-based players with Team B.C. are Patrick Kay and Callum Busfield of the UVic Vikes, Mike Dalsin and Stephen Grdic of the Castaway Wanderers, Kieran Mcauley from the James Bay Athletic Association and Tua Va’a of the Velox Valhallians.

B.C. opened the campaign with a 41-17 win over the Eastern Ontario and Quebec, and a 55-0 shutout over the Atlantic. But it took a late surge to defeat Ontario on Saturday, as B.C. overcame a 24-12 deficit to win 31-24.

At the recent National Women’s League championship, Ontario won 26-12 over B.C. in the final.  B.C. carried seven players from the Velox Valkyries; Amanda Campbell, Marlene Donaldson, Jessica Dovanne, Shannon Kane, Jesse Olynyk, Samantha Robb and Natalie Tam.

 

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