Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - Submitted by Andrew Smith from Vancouver
Kamloops, BC: British Columbia's Under-16 Men's Elite Youth Sevens team are 2011 Western Canada Summer Games champions. After going undefeated in pool play and downing Manitoba 32-0 in the semifinals, BC ran rampant in the gold medal game on Sunday afternoon, defeating Saskatchewan 41-5.
Spencer Miller of Yale Secondary was especially ruthless in the championship match, accounting for nearly half of BC's points with a four-try performance. Tomasi Vataiki (Richmond RFC), Evan Cambridge (Castaway Wanderers RFC) and Marshall Fuller (Capilano RFC) also crossed over for BC with Giuseppe Du Toit (Shawnigan Lake School) tacking on three conversions.
"The final was a great team effort with both our starters and replacements having a big impact on the game," said BC head coach Shane Thompson. "The boys continued to improve right through to the last game today. I couldn't be any happier with the way this team has supported each other and put the team before themselves."
BC went 6-0 during the double round-robin competition defeating Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. BC allowed just 26 points against in the pool games while producing 154 points in offence.
"These guys played some outstanding sevens rugby combining individual talent with team structure," added Thompson. "I believe the performance combined with the result again shows that teams need to practice and play seven-a-side rugby to be successful on a consistent basis."
Day One Results - Thursday, August 11th
BC 24 - 14 Alberta Tries: Tomas Vataiki, Luke Zandbergen, Evan Cambridge, Spencer Miller Conversions: Guiseppe du Toit x2
BC 24 - 0 Saskatchewan Tries: Guiseppe du Toit, Spencer Soltan, Harjun Gill, Spencer Loughlin Conversions: Guiseppe du Toit x2
BC 38 - 5 Manitoba Tries: Luke Zandbergen, Tomasi Vataiki, Marshall Fuller x2, Spencer Miller x2 Conversions: Guiseppe du Toit x3, Spencer Miller
Day Two Results - Friday, August 12th
BC 17 - 0 Saskatchewan Tries: Spencer Miller, Luke Zandbergen, Spencer Loughlin Conversions: Harjun Gill
BC 34 - 0 Manitoba Tries: Spencer Miller, Marshall Fuller, Spencer Soltan, Luke Zandbergen x3 Conversions: Guiseppe Du Toit x2
BC 17 - 7 Alberta Tries: Marshall Fuller, Luke Zandbergen, Tomasi Vataiki Conversions: Guiseppe Du Toi
Day Three Results - Saturday, August 13th
Semifinal: BC 32 - 0 Manitoba Tries: Spencer Miller x2, Evan Cambridge, Spencer Loughlin x2, Giuseppe Du Toit Conversions: Du Toit
Day Four Results - Sunday, August 14th
Gold Medal Final: BC 41 - 5 Saskatchewan Tries: Spencer Miller x4, Tomasi Vataiki, Evan Cambridge, Marshall Fuller Conversions: Giuseppe Du Toit x3
British Columbia WCSG Roster
Player (Club/ School/ Region) 1. Evan Cambridge (Castaway Wanderers/ Oak Bay High School/ South Island) 2. Noah Dobson (Cowichan RFC/ Cowichan Secondary School/ North Island) 3. Guiseppe Du Toit (Shawnigan Lake School/ North Island) 4. Marshall Fuller (Capilano RFC/ Collingwood School/ Vancouver North) 5. Harjun Gill (Richmond RFC/ St. George’s School/ Vancouver West) 6. Spencer Loughlin (Yale Secondary School/ Valley East/ BCRU Provincial team) 7. Spencer Miller (Yale Secondary School/Valley East) 8. Spencer Soltan (Shawnigan Lake School/BCRU Provincial team) 9. Tomasi Vataiki (Richmond RFC/ Hugh McRoberts Secondary/ Van West) 10. Luke Zandbergen (Surrey Beavers Athletic Association/ Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary/ Valley West)
BC Team Staff Head Coach: Shane Thompson Manager: Graham Hawkins
BC Elite Youth Sevens As a result of rugby sevens being included into the Olympic Games for 2016, the BC Elite Youth Sevens program was developed by the British Columbia Rugby Union to identify, train and develop athletes who can go on to represent their regions, provinces and national teams at age grade and international competitions.