Yale Lions rugby wins first-ever women’s provincial title for school – Abbotsford News
The Yale Lions senior women’s rugby team are on top of the high school rugby mountain after dominating competition at last week’s Provincial Championships in Abbotsford.
Yale opened the tournament with a 53-5 victory over the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers of Surrey on June 1, crushed the Gleneagle Talons 40-7 on June 2, then clinched the AAA banner with a 45-12 victory over the Carson Graham Eagles in the final on Saturday (June 4).
This is the first time in school history that a women’s team has won a provincial title. The Lions women’s rugby team had already finished second in 2017 and third in 2015 and 2018.
The Lions were led by Trinity Bodenchuk, who scored eight tries in the tournament’s three games, including four in Saturday’s final. Team captain Lana Dueck and scrum half Sophia Germaine contributed on both sides of the ball, but mostly defensively. Kicker Sophie Petrie also had a solid performance at provincials.
Doug Primrose, one of the team’s coaches along with Wade Peary, Greg Byron and Al Borrows, said the team had a chance to rise to the challenge next year.
“We’re a pretty young team with just a few Grade 12s leaving,” he said. “We will miss them for sure, but we have the depth to be strong again next season. We scored seven tries in the final and they were all scored by 11th graders.
The WJ Mouat Hawks also had a strong performance in the AAA level, beating Charles Best 38-7 on June 1, but then losing to Carson Graham 19-10 on June 2. The Hawks then lost 43-0 to Gleneagle on Saturday to move into fourth. in the province.
Yale also won a banner in Tier 2 AAA senior boys after the Lions beat Lord Tweedsmuir 45-5 on June 3 and then clinched the banner with a 42-14 win over Nor Kam on Saturday.
The Robert Bateman Timberwolves also had a strong showing and finished second in the Senior Boys AA Tier 2, beating Byrne Creek 29-3 on June 3 but then losing 27-10 to Clayton Heights in the title game on Saturday. .
The Abbotsford Panthers senior women’s team finished third in Tier 1 AA and started with a 29-15 win over Vanier on June 1, but then fell 36-0 to Poppy on June 3. The Panthers rebounded with a 26-24 victory over Shawnigan on Saturday to place third. The Robert Bateman Timberwolves finished sixth in Tier 1 AA after a 58-17 loss to Mark Isfeld on June 1, a 34-5 win over Argyle on June 3 and a 39-12 loss to GP Vanier.
During Senior AAA Men’s Level 1, the Abbotsford Panthers finished sixth. The team lost 29-19 to Oak Bay on June 1, beat South Delta 29-12 on June 2, then lost a 20-19 heartbreaker to Carson Graham in the fifth-place game.
Other winners of the event include: Shawnigan (AAA Boys Tier 1), West Van (AA Boys Tier 1), DW Poppy (AA Girls Tier 1), Salish (AA Girls Tier 2), Stelly’s (Boys 7s) and Oak Bay (Girls 7s).
For more information and complete event results, visit bcschoolsports.ca.