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In Photos: Yukon Rugby Federation's Yukon Champs a first

Games for men's, women's and junior boys' teams held at Porter Creek Secondary School field

The Yukon Rugby Federation held its Yukon Champs rugby 7s games at the Porter Creek Secondary School field on June 8.

Two teams each in the men's, women's and junior boys' divisions faced off two games per division with the aggregate score of the two taking home the win.

Rugby is a growing sport in the territory and there was a variety of experience levels on the pitch for all games but tough end-to-end competition was evident.

Organizers say this was the first time a full rugby 7s tournament has been held in the territory and Yukon rugby players are newly under the umbrella of BC Rugby/Rugby Canada.

The tournament employed ten-minute halves for the games, much shorter than rugby 15s matches. The fresh legs and open field space lead to lots of scoring in a short time. 

The boys' series of games went to the Wolverines who won the first match 38-19 and the second 31-12 for an aggregate score of 69-31. 

The women's winner was decided by only a single point across both games between the Woolies and Gold Diggers. The first game went to the Gold Diggers 15-14 while the second ended in a 5-5 draw after hard defensive play from both sides. The final score through two matches was 20-19 Gold Diggers. 

The men's match-up was competitive with game 1 going to the Gold Diggers 38-14 and the Wolverines mounting more offence in game 2 for a 22-17 score. The aggregate final was 55-36 Gold Diggers with their game 1 firepower proving the difference. 

(Jim Elliot)

Jim Elliot

About the Author: Jim Elliot

I’m a B.C. transplant here in Whitehorse at The News telling stories about the Yukon's people, environment, and culture.
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