Vancouver, B.C. – It was a successful but tough second rugby 7s tournament as a member of the Canada West, the Heat women's squad were upended in their six matches over the weekend in Vancouver as the conference's series of tournaments wrapped up.
UBCO was the one of only two 7s squad at the last two Canada West tournaments that don't compete in the CW sanctioned sport of Rugby 15s in the fall, with UFV being the other.
Saturday the Heat would play their matches on the natural turf at the Gerald McGavin UBC Rugby Centre, falling four times in under six hours.
The opening match against UFV was the Heat's best showing of the weekend, trailing by just a try at the half before dropping the 24-17 result. Losses to UBC (60-0), Calgary (40-0), and Victoria (41-7) would follow on Saturday.
Playing in the historic UBC Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday the Heat would fare no better on the artificial turf dropping matches against Alberta, (29-7) and then Lethbridge (32-0).
Emma Johnson would pace the Heat in scoring for the second straight tournament, she scored four tries on the weekend for 20 points, her total of 45 points was top-20 in Canada West, and she played in one less tournament then all of the other players.
Jordanne Sulz converted on three of the team's five tries over the weekend while Tate Wickham-Foxwell scored a try for UBCO on Saturday.
The Victoria Vikes came from behind on Sunday at Thunderbird Stadium, going 3-0 on the closing day of the UBC leg of the 2019 Canada West Women's Rugby Sevens Series, and claiming both the tournament and series titles in the process.
It is the second consecutive title for Victoria.
Calgary, the only team to beat Victoria in Vancouver this weekend, placed third in the final tournament of the season with a record of 4-1-1, and fourth in the overall standings with 26 points.
The Lethbridge Pronghorns went 3-2-1 in Vancouver, and placed third overall with 30 points.
Alberta placed fifth for the third tournament in a row – and was fifth in the overall standings with 18 points.
Fraser Valley earned sixth spot in both the Vancouver leg and in the overall series (12 points).
UBC Okanagan rounded out the field this weekend in sixth. The Heat also placed sixth for the season with four points.
Tournament standings – FINAL
TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES POINTS
VIC 5 1 0 21
UBC 5 1 0 21
CGY 4 1 1 19
LET 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 / Tourney 3 pts / Total pts
VIC – 10 / 15 / 15 / 40 pts
UBC – 15 / 12 / 12 / 39 pts
LET – 12 / 10 / 8 / 30 pts
CGY – 8 / 8 / 10 / 26 pts
ALB – 6 / 6 / 6 / 18 pts
UFV – 4 / 4 / 4 / 12 pts
UBCO – NA / 2 / 2 / 4 pts
REG – 2 / NA / NA / 2 pts
TRU – 1 / NA / 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 was crowned March 3 at the University of British Columbia, 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).
~ with files from Braedan Willis (Victoria Vikes Communications) and Aaron Martin / UBC Thunderbirds