Westhills Stadium filled with red and white as Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens take the pitch

Canada’s Caroline Crossley is tackled by a member of Brazil’s Women’s Rugby Sevens team at the tournament on Saturday. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens team captain Ghislaine Landry before the team’s first game against Brazil. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Canada beat Brazil 38 - 7 at Saturday’s Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament at Westhills Stadium. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The crowd was filled with red at white for the 2019 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament in Langford on Saturday. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff).
Canada’s Caroline Crossley is tackled by a member of Brazil’s Women’s Rugby Sevens team at the tournament on Saturday. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Canada beat Brazil 38 - 7 at Saturday’s Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament at Westhills Stadium. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The crowd was filled with red at white for the 2019 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament in Langford on Saturday. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff).
Canada’s Charity Williams goes in for the try. Canada beat Brazil 38 - 7 at Saturday’s Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament at Westhills Stadium. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Charity Williams pats Breanne Nicholas on the back as she walks over for a conversion after Williams lands a try. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Canada’s Karen Paquin is tackled as she goes for a try. Canada beat Brazil 38 - 7 at Saturday’s Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament at Westhills Stadium. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Canada beat Brazil 38 - 7 at Saturday’s Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament at Westhills Stadium. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The crowd was filled with red at white for the 2019 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament in Langford on Saturday. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff).
Family members of Canadian Women’s Sevens rugby player Emma Shown are decked out in Canada gear as they cheer her and the team on. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Rod MacDonald and his daughter, Claire, came to Langford from Langley, B.C. to watch the Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament. (Shalu Menta/News Staff)

The stands at Westhills Stadium were filled with red and white on Saturday as fans cheered on the Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens team.

It was the penultimate round of the 2019 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens series and Canada had two great games in the afternoon against Brazil and Ireland.

Canada won its first game of the day against Brazil 38 – 7 with Ghislaine Landry, Emma Chown and Karen Pako making a try each and Charity Williams making two.

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The Canadian women beat Ireland in their second game of the day 22 – 5 as the team came out strong in the second half.

Both teams were tied 5 – 5 at halftime with Canada’s Britt Benn scoring the first try. The next was made by Ghislaine Landry and the last two were scored by Karen Pako.

Canada finished the day second in their pool after a loss to Olympic champions Australia 14 – 29.

Fans came from all over to cheer on the Canadian team, including Rod MacDonald and his 10-year-old daughter Claire, from Langley, B.C.

They decided to watch the tournament because this is Claire’s first year playing rugby.

“We’re here not only to support rugby but women’s rugby and grassroots rugby, girl’s rugby,” MacDonald said. “It’s really cool to see that rugby is diversifying.”

Claire said she loves everything about rugby and was having a great time watching the game and her favourite player, Charity Williams.

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“The girls are all such humble and nice top-athletes,” MacDonald said. “They’re like role models, that’s what you want your kid to be.”

The top four teams at the end of the series will secure their place at the Olympic Games. Canada went into the Langford tournament in second place after a gold medal win against England in Kitakyushu, Japan.

The tournament continues on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Tickets can be bought at canadasevens.com.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


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