Thirteen teams take part in Sudbury Sevens rugby tournament
by Randy Pascal
The seventh edition of the Sudbury Sevens Rugby Tournament would see the largest draw to date welcomed to town as no less than 13 teams took
part in the single day competition held Saturday at Queen's Athletic Field. In the end, it would be the Oshawa women and North Halton men walking away
with top honours, as the Sudbury Stones entered a pair of teams - Bluez and Greys - in the event.
With the wide open games limited to two halves of just over seven minutes, the pace throughout the day remained brisk, with morning overcast conditions
giving way to beautiful fall day by the time afternoon arrived.
The Oshawa ladies went undefeated, downing Thunder Bay 15-5 in the opener, blanking Ottawa 30-0 before upending Thunder Bay for a second time, much more
decisively with a 34-0 shellacking.
On the men's side of the draw, North Halton looked solid in recording victories over the Sudbury Bluez (26-5), Lanark Highlanders (17-5) and
Mississauga (24-0), before besting Orillia 19-10 in the championship encounter.
As for the local sides, the Bluez bounced back from their early morning loss, stopping Thunder Bay (#1) 15-10, losing a tight 13-10 match to Mississauga
and closing off the tournament with a 17-10 victory over Lanark.
The Sudbury Greys beat both Brock (15-5) and Espanola Secondary (22-5), but lost to Thunder Bay (#2) 20-0 and Orillia. The sevens game is becoming
increasingly popular within the rugby community, offering an athletic spectacle with a greater focus on speed and quickness than the fifteens match that
tends to favour strong, physical sides.