Girls players battle it out at the annual Abbotsford Rugby Football Club City Sevens Rugby tournament on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Girls players battle it out at the annual Abbotsford Rugby Football Club City Sevens Rugby tournament on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford middle schoolers hit the rugby pitch

Annual Abbotsford Rugby Football Club City Sevens Rugby tournament sees hundreds compete

Close to 400 Grade 7 and 8 boys and girls on 33 teams took to the rugby pitches at Fraser Middle School and Yale Secondary on Friday to compete in the annual Abbotsford Rugby Football Club City Sevens Rugby tournament.

Athletes competed in six different divisions for the city titles and tournament trophies. There was a fastest runner competition and most valuable player T-shirts distributed to an impact player from each team.

The Grade 7 girls division saw Clayburn defeat Abby Middle in the final. In the Grade 7 boys final, Fraser Red edged Fraser Black. The Grade 8 girls had two tiers: Fraser Black beat Yorkson in the Tier 1 final, while Fraser Red defeated Howe in the Tier 2 final. The Grade 8 boys Tier 1 final went into overtime, with Yorkson Creek scoring the sudden-death decider to top Fraser Black. In Tier 2, Reimer defeated Clayburn with a last-second try to secure the first place trophy.

The ARFC thanked all coaches, managers, referees, players and supporters who took time from their school day to attend the event, and gave special thanks to Doug Primrose and the Yale Leadership crew.

Grade 8 Boys Tier 1

1. Yorkson Creek (Cup Winner)

2. Fraser Middle

3. Clayburn Blue

4. Abby Black

5. Stafford Black (Plate Winner)

6. Stafford White

7. Howe

8. Misfits

Grade 8 Boys Tier 2

1. Reimer (Cup Winner)

2. Clayburn White

3. Fraser Gold

4. Abby White

5. Chief Dan (Plate Winner)

6. Fraser White

Grade 8 Girls Tier 1

1. Fraser Black (Cup Winner)

2. Yorkson Creek

3. Abby

4. Reimer

5. Howe Blue (Plate Winner)

6. Chief Dan

7. Clayburn

8. Misfits

Grade 8 Girls Tier 2

1. Fraser Red

2. Howe White

3. Maple Ridge

4. Stafford

Grade 7 Boys

1. Fraser Red

2. Fraser Black

3. Yorkson Creek

4. Reimer

Grade 7 Girls

1. Clayburn

2. Abby Middle

3. Fraser Middle

4. Yorkson Creek

Fastest Runners

Gr. 8 Boys – Aidan Tear (Fraser)

Gr. 8 Girls – Lucie Romeo (Fraser)

Gr. 7 Boys – Darren Mojica (Fraser)

Gr. 7 Girls – Edie Paul(Clayburn)

Grade 8 Boys MVPs

Abby Black – Alex Kim

Fraser Black – Joel Jordan

Howe – Austin Berry

Stafford White – Alex McLean

Clayburn Blue – Noah Ianone

Misfits – Quan Michaels (Clayburn)

Stafford Black – Tiger Moo

Yorkson Creek – Michael Morgenrood

Abby White – Isaish Sousedik

Chief Dan – Gurkarn Rai

Fraser Gold – Rodney Legare

Clayburn White – Jacob Jansen

Fraser White – Marcus Bolstad

Reimer – Jaskarn Singh

Grade 7 Boys MVPs

Fraser Black – Darren Mojica

Fraser Red – Felix Brisson

Reimer – Gurkarn Sidhu

Yorkson Creek – Brandon Ng

Grade 8 Girls MVPs

Clayburn – Brook Cap

Fraser Black – Alyssa Chapman

Howe Blue – Mikaela Trolland

Reimer – Trinity Bowdenchuck

Abby – Alyssa Meade

Chief Red – Rhiannon Wright

Yorkson Creek – Jorgin Evers

Fraser Red – Jazmin Avila

Howe White – Navjot Garcha

Maple Ridge – Melike Erenli

Stafford – Danica Perry

Grade 7 Girls MVPs

Abby Middle – Air Takam

Clayburn – Macie Kitt

Fraser – Lana Dueck

Yorkson Creek – Kaitlyn O’Grady

For more information on local rugby, visit abbotsfordrugby.com.