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Rugby Ontario – (VANCOUVER, BC) – In front of a sold-out Canada Sevens crowd at BC Place, two Ontario Junior Blues sevens teams took the pitch to play for National titles. The Jr. Blues Women’s Blue team defeated Alberta 22-21 to claim the U18 7s Women’s National Championship, while the Jr. Blues Men’s Blue team defeated host side British Columbia 29-10 in their final.

The U18 Women’s Blue team was ready for a grudge match with an Alberta side which had already gotten the upper hand on them in round robin play. Kendra Cousineau opened the scoring for the Blues at BC Place, but Alberta stormed back to take a 14-7 lead. Ontario wouldn’t go away quietly, as they continued their attack by adding two tries to regain the lead. Alberta would pull ahead once more in the second half, but a late Blues try pushed them over the edge to win the game 22-21. Try scorers in the game were Sam Cyrille (x2), Cousineau and Brooklynn Feasby.
The U18 Women’s team improves upon a second place finish in 2017. The team had seven returning players from last year’s roster.

The U18 Men’s Blue team also knew they were in for a tough contest, as they matched up against British Columbia. Arguably their biggest rivals in the tournament, Ontario would have to win against a hot team which beat them in round robin play. EJ Rerri was a difference maker for Ontario in the match. His lethal speed and evasiveness resulted in three tries for the Oakville native. Braden Bruce also added a try and the Blues defeated British Columbia 29-10.

The Blues were officially crowned back-to-back champions with the win. They had 

Ontario had two other teams in the tournament. Ontario U18 Men’s White team and Ontario U18 Women’s White team both finished in fourth place.

Congratulations to all of the athletes on a great tournament!

For scores, statistics and standings, you can visit the following tournament pages:

Men’s – http://www.canadianrugbychampionship.com/leagues/front_pageRCEvents.cfm?clientID=2581&leagueID=27735

Women’s – http://www.canadianrugbychampionship.com/leagues/front_pageRCEvents.cfm?clientID=2581&leagueID=27737

You can also find up-to-date information about the teams by following Rugby Ontario on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

For more information on the U18 sevens teams, go to http://www.rugbyontario.com/u18-womens-sevens/ or http://www.rugbyontario.com/u18-mens-sevens/.


National U18 7s Rugby Championship Rosters

National U18 7s Rugby Championship Rosters (Men’s)

Ontario Jr. Blues Men – Blue

Ontario Jr. Blues Men – White

Isaiah Andrews Kingston Panthers Liam Bowman Crusaders
Erick Baptiste Ottawa Irish Ben Burnside Cobourg Saxons
Braden Bruce Peterborough Pagans William Daniel Toronto Nomads
Jon Darrell* Brantford Harlequins Dylan DiGirolamo Aurora Barbarians
Matthew Hollett Aurora Barbarians Cole Ferraro Oshawa Vikings
Jackson Kerr Toronto Saracens Campbell Hunter Toronto Saracens
Alex Kropman Ajax Wanderers Cody Nhanala Ottawa Indians
Liam McLaughlin Ajax Wanderers Duncan Phillips Ottawa Indians
EJ Rerri* Crusaders Armand Pienaar Oshawa Vikings
Jack Shaw Crusaders William Pilat-Cumberbatch Toronto Bucaneers
Lucas Vanderburg Aurora Barbarians Nash Ramsay Stoney Creek Camels
Carson Young* Oshawa Vikings Sam Shearer Aurora Barbarians

Coaching Staff

Nigel D’Acre – Head Coach, Ontario Blue

Paul Myers – Head Coach, Ontario White

Khalil Ajram – Manager

Malik Carby-Crobett – Athletic Therapist

National U18 7s Rugby Championship Rosters (Women’s)

Ontario Jr. Blues Women – Blue

Ontario Jr. Blues Women – White

Taylor Black* Crusaders Abbey Anderson Norfolk Harvesters
Kendra Cousineau* Niagara Wasps Natalie Armatage Waterloo County
Samantha Cyrille* Unattached Sarah Bothen Stoney Creek Camels
Linnea Dalvi Barrhaven Scottish Payton Brown Brantford Harlequins
Olivia De Couvreur* Ottawa Irish Katya Dondi Brampton Beavers
Brooklynn Feasby* Oshawa Vikings Charlotte Finlay* Bruce County
Kennedy Feasby Oshawa Vikings Maddie Hobson Brantford Harlequins
Katie McLeod Aurora Barbarians Maddy Kushner Ottawa Irish
Bridget Peros* Crusaders Brianna Martey Ottawa Irish
Sydney Seymour Cornwall Claymores Chihinga Roest Norfolk Harvesters
Lily Stewart Peterborough Pagans Zoe Spronk Kingston Panthers
Emma Wade* Crusaders Abigail Wade Crusaders

Coaching Staff

Ian Fitzgerald – Head Coach

Sean Dunleavy – Assistant Coach

Sonny Raina – Assistant Coach

Vicki Woodhead – Manager

Perry Fan – Athletic Therapist

*Denotes returning player

For more information

Kevin Baxter
Communications Coordinator – Rugby Ontario
647-560-4790 x 1006
kbaxter@rugbyontario.com