Women’s rugby sevens has become popular and in 2018 TRU started their very own program. The team has already participated in two Canada West tournaments.
The WolfPack played in their first Canada West tournament on Feb. 10 and 11, in Abbotsford, BC. The TRU women’s sevens rugby team lost all their games on the opening day of the Abbotsford event.
The ’Pack lost a hard-fought game 27-15 to the university of Fraser Valley Cascades.
Grace Campbell, Anna Morrish and Madison Petonjic-Rogers all had one try each.
After that the games got tougher for TRU, they lost 67-0 to UVIC Vikes, 50-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds and 57-0 to the university of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Thompson Rivers then lost to the University of Alberta Pandas 43-0 and then lost 53-0 to the University of Calgary Dinos.
The tournament was eventually won by the University of Victoria Vikes who were unbeaten in every game. The Abbotsford event proved to be a tough outing for TRU.
The Thompson Rivers team would have had high hopes playing in their second tournament at the University of Victoria, but it was another tough outing.
This event took place on the Feb. 24 and 25, with TRU playing four games on the opening day. TRU opened with a 43-0 defeat at the hands of the UFV Cascades.
TRU then lost to the host team the University of Victoria Vikes 62-0, to the University of Alberta Pandas 43-0 and the University of Calgary Dinos 48-0.
“After a slow start the girls started to figure out their connections,” said TRU head coach Derek Pue to TRU athletics.
He continued, “We started to work harder and showed improvement in all our games. The weather held out for us. The snow melted, and we were actually able to play some running rugby and put some phases together.”
“The girls are coming together, the chemistry is good, and we are feeling positive,” concluded TRU coach Derek Pue.
On the final day of the tournament TRU lost 38-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds.
In the second game TRU lost 40-5 to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, Grace Campbell scored the only try for TRU.
The program is still having a one-year trial and will be evaluated by Thompson Rivers University and the administration in coming weeks.
It is great that TRU have added a new program, especially one as exciting as sevens rugby but, it will take some time for the coaches and the players to find their feet. Many are hoping the program gets given the time it needs to be successful.