History was made last weekend as the Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds won the Plate Final – equivalent to a fifthplace finish – at the provincial high school rugby sevens tournament at UBC last weekend.
The result was the best at the B. C. Sevens for the Cow High boys in more than 15 years. Cowichan went into the tournament seeded 12th overall and fourth among Island teams, and went on to out-perform everyone else from the region. It was also the first time since Cow High’s girls team started playing in 1995 that the boys finished higher than the girls at the provincial sevens tourney.
"The T-Birds played sensational sevens and peaked at the right time," Cowichan head coach Ron Glass said.
The T-Birds opened the tournament on Saturday with a 33-12 win over Langley’s R. E. Mountain Secondary. Alucious Gray scored twice, Amish Dobson, Jared Champoux and Ethan Burke had one try apiece, and Kyle Joe kicked three conversions.
Dobson scored three tries and Joe kicked a conversion in the second game, a 17-5 win over Handsworth.
The T-Birds’ lone defeat came on Sunday morning when they lost 59-0 to St. George’s, the defending champions who would go on to defend their title. Cowichan bounced back to beat Earl Marriott 22-12 in the Plate semifinal on three tries by Seth Davis, one by Burke, and a conversion by Joe.
Gray led the way with two tries in the Plate Final as Cowichan defeated Argyle 22-5. Dobson and Burke also scored once each, and Joe slotted another conversion.
Coaches Glass, Craig Lauridsen and Noah Dobson – a recent graduate of the T-Birds program – were thrilled with the result, and announced the team’s intention to travel to the 2015 Las Vegas Sevens.