The renowned Shawnigan Lake Stags rugby program reared reclaimed its dominant form winning the Vancouver Island Seven Aside Rugby Championships at UVic’s Centennial Stadium on Sunday (April 14).
The Stags won the Radu Shield in the final, 31-7 over the St. Michaels University School Blue Jaguars.
Saanich Police sponsored the tournament, as the Shield is named for Saanich Police officer Roy Radu, a former captain of Canada’s 15s team.
The Oak Bay Barbarians finished third, defeating G.P. Vanier 19-15 in the third-place game.
The top four teams, Shawnigan, St. Mikes, Oak Bay and Vanier all qualify for the high school boys rugby sevens provincials at the University of B.C., April 27 and 28.
Brentwood finished fifth, Cowichan was sixth, Shawnigan Lake’s B squad was seventh and Ladysmith was seventh.
The Glenlyon Norfolk School Gryphons took down the Pacific Christian School Pacers 24-12 for ninth place.
Over 1,200 visit for Scrum Fest
Schools from far and near scrummed down in the Spartan Scrum Fest earlier last week, from Thursday to Saturday at Claremont secondary.
The fifth annual Scrum Fest featured 30 high school teams in the senior and junior boys divisions. The event drew approximatley 1,200 visiting players, coaches and parents said organzier Phil Ohl, coach of the Claremont Spartans.
This year’s tourney included a middle and elementary school clinic and jamboree with instruction from UVic Vikes coach Doug Tate and B.C. Sevens youth coach Shane Thompson.
A high school players clinic was put on by members of Rugby Canada’s men’s team.