EDMONTON – The UBC Thunderbirds started day two of the opening tournament Canada West Rugby 7s, hosted by the University of Alberta, with a dominant 54-0 win against the Trinity Western Spartans. Continuing their stellar game at the Foote Field Dome, the ‘Birds defeated tournament host Alberta Pandas 33-12 to secure first place against undefeated Victoria Vikes. Sarah Kaljuvee led the way for her best placed unit scoring both tries in the 12-5 win over the T-Birds.
The win against the ‘Birds capped off a perfect tournament for the Vikes, who set a 6-0 record en route to capture their fourth University of Alberta tournament title since 2017.
“I’m just so happy to get this tournament started. It’s great to see all the teams here and competing so well after basically a two-year hiatus. Our team has built up fair game by game and we have a lot of talent on this squad,” said Vikes head coach Brittany Waters. “It was a great team performance, everyone stepped up. We had some important injuries, but the healthy players performed really well.”
Victoria led 7-0 until the T-Birds invaded Vikes’ lead early in the second half. Kaljuvee took Victoria’s win with a try in the closing seconds and remained perfect for the weekend.
The Vikes were led by Krissy Scurfield who finished with a team-high seven tries, two of which came on Sunday. T-birds Savannah Bauder finished with a tournament-high eight ties, also adding four successful converts on Sunday.
“Clearly Krissy had an excellent weekend. She scored a lot of tries, her speed in defense and attack was amazing,” continued Waters. “Also a huge effort from Summer Blackmore who worked in the middle of the field. Larah Wright was also excellent and did a lot of that grunt work for us.”
Host Alberta Pandas took third after a thrilling 17-12 overtime win against the Calgary Dinos when Shelby Pierce scored OT six minutes after his sudden death. The Pandas scored the tying run in the closing seconds of the second half thanks to a try by Maria Sawiak from 5 yards.
Lethbridge took fifth place after Trinity Western had to retire their last game due to injuries. The Pronghorns beat the Spartans 26-12 in their first meeting earlier in the day.
The Canada West Rugby 7s Series now heads to Victoria as the Vikes host Tournament #2 on February 12e and 13e at Wallace Field. UBC organizes the final tournament on February 25e and 26e in Vancouver.
Game 10: Trinity Western Spartans (0) vs UBC Thunderbirds (54)
Try UBC – #6 Savannah Bauder (#6 Savannah Bauder convert) 7-0 UBC
Try UBC – #6 Savannah Bauder (#6 Savannah Bauder convert) 14-0 UBC
Try UBC – #11 Grace McAllister (Missed Convert) 19-0 UBC
Try UBC – #14 Piper Logan (#6 Savannah Bauder convert) 26-0 UBC
Try UBC – #6 Savannah Bauder (#6 Savannah Bauder convert) 33-0 UBC
Try UBC – #14 Piper Logan (#11 Grace McAllister convert) 40-0 UBC
Try UBC – #13 Delaney Woods (#11 Grace McAllister convert) 47-0 UBC
Try UBC – #14 Piper Logan (#11 Grace McAllister convert) 54-0 UBC
Game 14: UBC Thunderbirds (33) vs Alberta Pandas (12)
Trying ALB – #3 Isabella Cuciz (Missed Conversions) 5-0 ALB
Try UBC – #2 Jordan McLeod (conversions missed) 5-5
Try UBC – #14 Piper Logan (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert) 12-5 UBC
Try UBC – #6 Savannah Bauder (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert) 19-5 UBC
Try UBC – #2 Jordan McLeod (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert) 26-5 UBC
Try UBC – #2 Jordan McLeod (#5 Shoshanah Seumanutafa convert) 33-5 UBC
ALB Try – #12 Maria Sawiak (#25 Kate Manning convert) 33-12 UBC
1st Place game: UBC Thunderbirds (5) vs. Victoria Vikings (12)
Try VIC – #5 Sara Kaljuvee (#6 Summer Blackmore convert) 7-0 VIC
Try UBC – #6 Savannah Bauder (converts missed) 7-5 VIC
Trying VIC – #5 Sara Kaljuvee (Missed Converting) 12-5 VIC
Final Standings Tournament
- Teams are awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw and one point for a loss.
- Teams will receive 12 points for a tournament win, 10 points for second place, 8 points for third place, 6 points for fourth place, 4 points for fifth place, 2 points for sixth place and 1 point for seventh place.