HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver: BC well represented on and off the field!

BC athletes and officials in thick of the action as new-look Canada 7s teams entertain at BC Place

BC enjoyed strong representation both on and off the pitch as the HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver returned to BC Place for the first time since March 2020.

Both Canada’s Men’s and Women’s teams enjoyed incredible support from the home crowd in an action-packed weekend of Rugby.

Entering a new era, Canada’s Men’s team featured nine BC representatives in Phil Berna (Vancouver Rowing Club), Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC), Nicholas Allen (UBC Thunderbirds), Ciaran Breen (Cowichan RFC), Jack Carson (UBC Thunderbirds), Matthew Percillier (UBC Thunderbirds), Brennig Prevost (Castaway Wanderers), Elias Ergas (UBC Thunderbirds) and Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers).

The new-look Canada’s Women’s team saw three BC players, Nakisa Levale (Abbotsford RFC), Ella O-Regan (Castaway Wanderers/UVic) and Kiri Ngawati, gain vital match action on the world stage.

There were plenty of fans sporting their BC Club colours in the stands – as well as some excellent costumes!

Canada's Men's Sevens team celebrates a try


BC’s Berna and Prevost got Canada’s Men’s 7s team off to a flying start in their opening match against Germany on Day 1, scoring the first two tries in the 24-5 rout. Josiah Morra’s double added gloss to the score line, while Prevost converted twice for a comfortable win.

Canada’s Men’s second fixture against Chile was a tight clash, with the hosts edging a 19-14 victory. Andrew Coe opened the scoring for Canada, before tries from BC’s Thiel and Percillier were converted by Prevost to secure victory.

Canada faced USA in the final fixture of the day, with first place in Pool C on the line. BC trio Percillier, Ngongo and Carson all scored tries but it was the United States who clinched top spot with a 29-19 win.

Canada’s Men’s 7s team faced Great Britain in Sunday’s quarterfinal, but lost out 31-5 with Carson scoring Canada’s only try. Canada’s Men bounced back strongly for a 33-19 win against Spain in the fifth-place semifinal, with tries from Allen, Ergas, Breen and Prevost.

Canada was pitted against old rivals USA in the fifth-place play-off but, despite Carson’s second try of the day, the hosts fell 26-7.

BC's Jake Thiel crosses the line for a try at BC Place


Canada’s Women’s 7s played out the opening game of Saturday’s Fast Four action, but ultimately fell 22-12 to the USA. Emma Chown scored both of Canada’s tries, with Chloe Daniels adding a sole conversion.

Canada’s second match against Great Britain was hard-fought but ended in a 19-5 defeat. Renee Gonzalez crossed the line for Canada’s try.

Canada saved its best performance of the day in their last Final Four match with a comprehensive 39-0 win over Mexico. Alysha Corrigan, Chown, Fancy Bermudez-Chavez and Olivia Apps scored tries in the opening half. Chloe Daniels, Corrigan, and Asia Hogan-Rochester all crossed over in the second half, with the latter adding two conversions to her tally.

USA awaited for Canada in the semifinal but, despite two tries from Renee Gonzalez, the hosts were beaten 22-12. However, Canada’s Women’s team rallied for the third-place play-off, crushing Mexico 48-0 in front of a buoyant crowd. Chown, Apps, Sabrina Poulin, Levale, Corrigan and Daniels all crossed over for Canada.

Canada 7s Women's team celebrate a try


14 BC Member officials were in the thick of the action to ensure the weekend’s Rugby ran smoothly, with three women and 11 men from all over the province featuring at BC Place.

Five officials made the trip from Vancouver Island, four officials represented Vancouver Coastal, with three from the Fraser Valley region and two from the Okanagan across both days.

Referee Julianne Zussman, fresh from her appearance at this summer’s rearranged 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, led a strong officiating line-up including: Shanda Mosher-Gallant, Brad Schwalger, Dave Smortchevksy and Harry Mason.

Cole Pedrick, Britt Blackford, Anders Fahlgren, Matthew Ciardullo, Max Freund, and Trevor Honey ran the Technical Zone.

John De Goede and Bruce Kuklinkski acted as Citing Commissioners, with Chris Assmus as TMO. BC Hall of Famer Alan Hudson was included on the Judicial Committee for the tournament.

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The HSBC Rookie Rugby Ball Carriers who featured on the second day, delivering the match balls to the centre of the pitch, represented BC’s strong Club Rugby scene.

The winners of the Rookie Rugby Ball Carrier Contest got to meet members of Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Sevens Team this week!

Elliot Chamberlain (Axemen), Niall Stoneham (Meraloma), Makayla Ronaldson (Burnaby Lake), Beckham Smith (Vancouver Rowing Club) and Catherine Woo (Scribes) enjoyed a fantastic Sunday of Rugby action!