The Abbotsford Kukri Sevens Tournament begins on Saturday, July 26.
2014 Abbotsford High School Rugby Summary
2014 marked another active year for rugby in Abbotsford and the surrounding area. Hundreds of boys and girls from grades 6-12 were involved in local school rugby programs, as many teams continue to expand and develop their rugby skills.
At the senior high school level, there were 5 boys’ teams competing from Abbotsford, including Robert Bateman, Yale, Hansen, Abby Collegiate and Mouat. In the Provincial AAA division, Bateman finished 5th while Yale finished 7th. In the AA division, Hansen finished 13th and Abby snuck into the tournament as a late qualifier and finished 16th. Mouat worked to build their program throughout the season.
The BC Summer Games are July 17-20, 2014 in Nanaimo, where over 3000 athletes will participate in a number of sports, including boys and girls seven aside rugby. The boys compete at the U-14 level whereas the girls are U-17. Both Valley teams are favored to do well in the tournament.
The U-14 boys Valley group is coming off an impressive performance at the Victoria youth sevens, where their two teams faced each other in the final. Many of the girls on the U-17 team came off a close loss to the island in the final of the Provincial Regional Championships (PRC's) at the U-18 level and are looking to rectify that result. A few others represented Valley U-16 girls in a powerhouse winning performance in the younger PRC's. We wish the Valley teams luck! See below for BC Summer Games rosters as well as all Valley teams from the PRC's.
The Abbotsford Kukri Sevens Tournament is quickly approaching on Saturday, July 26. There are only a few spots left in the tourney, which is the last official stop on the BC Rugby Sevens Circuit this summer. There are three divisions, including Women’s, Elite Men’s, and Social Men’s divisions.
The Victoria Youth Sevens Tournament took place July 11-12 on campus at the University of Victoria. Several local Abbotsford boys competed in the tournament at various levels. Jason Hignell hoisted the trophy for the BC Elite Seven's Gold team who won the U-18 Elite division while Noah Bain played for BC White U-18. The U-16 Valley East narrowly missed the cup competition on day 1 but won all their day 2 games to take home the plate. Three other Abby boys played for the Island Thunder, and camp team created by Canada player Phil Mack.
The Valley U-14 Boys took over 22 boys who were equally balanced on two teams. Both groups went undefeated on day 1 and played each other in the final to bring home the cup.
Congratulations to our local sevens players!
Yale Secondary grad Jason Hignell and his Canadian teammates made a big splash last weekend at the 2014 Rugby League Commonwealth Championships in Scotland.
The Hignell-captained Canadian squad didn’t only knock off rugby superpowers England and South Africa, they did so playing a game with a completely different set of rules than they were used to.