KEVIN ZHANG

November 8, 2015

Rugby has always been the heart and soul of VPCI, and it was no different this year. Coached by the ever-determined Mr. Larratt-Smith, two of VPCI’s Rugby 7s teams achieved some of their greatest feats in years. Catering to a great interest in Rugby 7s, the school sent five teams to the Bantam Boys, Junior Boys and Girls, and Senior Boys and Girls City Championship Qualifying Tournaments.

The teams found great success at the qualifying tournaments with the Senior Boys and Junior Girls placing first in their respective pools and the Bantam Boys and Senior Girls placing second. This earned the Bantam Boys and Junior and Senior Girls berths into the City Championships with great success to follow.

 

Bantam Boys Rugby 7s

The Bantam Boys who came in second in their qualification pool, with a 2 – 1 record, were determined to dominate the city championships. They defeated Woodbine in a close Semi-Final match by a score of 10 -5, earning them a position in the finals.

The final match wasn’t going to be an easy one for the Bantam Boys as they were matched against Thomson who was the only team to defeat VPCI in the qualifying tournament. They showed they were up for the task, dominating them by a score of 46 – 0. They easily brought home the gold medal to VPCI and proved they were a force to reckon with in the future.

 

Junior Girls Rugby 7s

VPCI sent two Junior Girl’s teams with Team A prevailing in the qualifying tournament. They went 2 – 0 in their qualifying matches, easily earning them a spot in the City Championships. They were determined to achieve the same results as their male counterparts who reigned as champions. They had a familiar opponent in Earl Haig, whom they had just earlier defeated in the qualification tournament. Naturally so, they came up with a 27 – 5 victory. This gave them their berth into the Junior Girls Final.

The final match pitted them against Mowat. Both teams were determined to win the match. A high scoring match, Mowat ended up scoring three tries and converting one of them. VPCI ousted them scoring four tries and converting two of them for a final score of 24 – 17. They endured the close matchup to prove victorious.

 

Senior Girls Rugby 7s

VPCI’s Senior Girls Rugby 7s team played an amazing qualifying tournament, finishing the season tournament with a 3 – 1 record. This placed them second in their pool and qualified them for the quarterfinal round at the City Championships. The Senior Girls had a close and well-fought match against favourites Leaside, ending up with a 12 – 10 victory. This qualified them for the Semi-Final.

They were pitted against another top ranking team in Thomson for their Semi-Final matchup. The Senior Girls played their hearts out and ended up just a try and a conversion away from victory. The match ended with a score of 21 – 14 with Thomson on top. This placed them in the third place match against Malvern.

VPCI finished their match against Malvern with a 24 – 0 loss. After a difficult tournament, the Senior Girls still proved their rugby prowess and shone on the TDSSAA stage!