EDMONTON – Paige Farries scored a pair of tries late in the first half, leading the University of Victoria to a 24-10 win over the host Alberta Pandas in the tournament final, Sunday afternoon at Foote Field.
The Vikes scored three tries in the first half, before adding a fourth in the second, en route to the 14-point win. Victoria finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record, winning the season-opening tournament in Edmonton for the third time in four years.
"We didn't have a lot of time to prepare, based on mainly weather and the short turnaround from school into this tournament, but we improved each game, we continued to raise the level and had some really outstanding performances from all thirteen players, so I'm really happy," said Vikes head coach Brittany Waters.
"[Paige] has so much experience, and just continues to get better as an athlete. She knows how to show up, she knows how to perform, and her speed is world class. When she has time and space, she's unstoppable."
Victoria advanced to Sunday afternoon's final after an incredibly tight 10-7 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Alberta, meanwhile, earns their highest ever finish in their own event, surpassing the third-place finish from 2017 with their second place showing this weekend. The Pandas upset the previously undefeated UBC Thunderbirds 22-10 in the semifinal, before losing for the second time to Victoria this weekend in the final.
"Our game plan really just allowed my team to set me free. Holes were opening up because of those deceptive running lines and the agility that we displayed," said Farries, who finished the weekend with four tries in five matches. "Honestly, I've never seen this tournament run so well, and the level of 7s is just going up and up in Canada West."
After losing to UBC 17-14 on Saturday, Lethbridge exacted some revenge in the third place match, knocking off the Thunderbirds with a 15-12 win. The Pronghorns scored a try with just 2:15 left, holding off the final T-Birds surge.
After a disappointing two-loss day on Saturday, the Calgary Dinos bounced back with a pair of wins on Sunday, capturing fifth with a 38-5 win over Trinity Western.
Fraser Valley placed 7th with a 32-7 win over the UBC Okanagan Heat.
The Rugby 7s season will continue in two weeks, with the UBC Thunderbirds hosting the second tournament in Vancouver.
Consolation Semifinal 1: Calgary Dinos (44) vs UBC Okanagan Heat (0)
CGY try - #9 Angie Olukunmi (convert missed) 5-0 CGY
CGY try - #14 Kate Knight (convert missed) 10-0 CGY
CGY try - #9 Angie Olukunmi (convert missed) 15-0 CGY
CGY try - #10 Patricia Lively (#2 Emma Newton convert) 22-0 CGY
CGY try - #13 Laura Petrillo (convert missed) 27-0 CGY
CGY try - #6 Alyson MacDougall (#10 Patricia Lively convert) 34-0 CGY
CGY try - #7 Tianna Janfield (convert missed) 39-0 CGY
CGY try - #6 Alyson MacDougall (convert missed) 44-0 CGY
Consolation Semifinal 2: Trinity Western Spartans (28) vs Fraser Valley Cascades (19)
UFV try - #14 Kira Katan (#2 Mackenzie Fowler convert) 7-0 UFV
TWU try - #9 Samantha Thiessen (#5 Tausani Levale convert) 7-7
UFV try - #6 Melissa Jongedijk (#2 Mackenzie Fowler convert) 14-7 UFV
TWU try - #9 Samantha Thiessen (#5 Tausani Levale convert) 14-14
UFV try - #2 Mackenzie Fowler (convert missed) 19-14 UFV
TWU try - #11 Michelle Veerman Quezada (#5 Tausani Levale convert) 21-19 TWU
TWU try - #5 Tausani Levale (#5 Tausani Levale convert) 28-19 TWU
Semifinal 1: Victoria Vikes (10) vs Lethbridge Pronghorns (7)
LET try - #9 Carolyn Mckee (#10 Caitlin Sears convert) 7-0 LET
VIC try - #11 Nicola Smith (convert missed) 7-5 LET
VIC try - #2 Renee Gonzalez (convert missed) 10-7 VIC
Semifinal 2: UBC (10) vs. Alberta Pandas (22)
ALB try - #14 Heidi Peake (convert missed) 5-0 ALB
UBC try - #7 Kally King (convert missed) 5-5
ALB try - #6 Savannah Dubien - (convert missed) 10-5 ALB
ALB try - #4 Heidi Farley - (convert missed) 15-5 ALB
UBC try - #4 Alayna Scramstad (convert missed) 15-10 ALB
ALB try - #6 Savannah Dubien (#7 Isabella Adatia convert) 22-10 ALB
7th Place Game: UBC Okanagan Heat (7) vs Fraser Valley Cascades (32)
UBCO try - #7 Leah Townsend (#9 Shaira Venegas convert) 7-0 UBCO
UFV try - #0 Cheye Gustafson (convert missed) 7-5 UBCO
UFV try - #2 Mackenzie Fowler (convert missed) 10-7 UFV
UFV try - #6 Melissa Jongedijk (convert missed) 15-7 UFV
UFV try - #2 Mackenzie Fowler (#2 Mackenzie Fowler convert) 22-7 UFV
UFV try - #2 Mackenzie Fowler (convert missed) 27-7 UFV
UFV try - #4 Nicole Drouin (convert missed) 32-7 UFV
5th Place Game: Calgary Dinos (38) vs. Trinity Western Spartans (5)
CGY try - #9 Angie Olukunmi (#15 Berlyn Seselja convert) 7-0 CGY
CGY try - #1 Kasselle Menin (convert missed) 12-0 CGY
CGY try - #2 Emma Newton (convert missed) 17-0 CGY
CGY try - #11 Sofia Brussoni (#10 Patricia Lively convert) 24-0 CGY
TWU try - #3 Nicolett Duchesne (convert missed) 24-5 CGY
CGY try - #10 Patricia Lively (#10 Patricia Lively convert) 31-5 CGY
CGY try - #7 Tianna Janfield (#7 Tianna Janfield convert) 38-5 CGY
3rd Place Game: UBC Thunderbirds (12) vs Lethbridge Pronghorns (15)
LET try - #21 Hailey Driscoll (convert missed) 5-0 LET
UBC try - #11 Emily Meier (convert missed) 5-5
LET try - #21 Hailey Driscoll (convert missed) 10-5 LET
UBC try - #10 Jordan McLeod (#10 Jordan McLeod convert) 12-10 UBC
LET try - #21 Hailey Driscoll (convert missed) 15-12 LET
1st Place Game: Alberta Pandas (10) vs. Victoria Vikes (24)
VIC try - #2 Renee Gonzalez (convert missed) 5-0 VIC
ALB try - #6 Savannah Dubien (convert missed) 5-5
VIC try - #13 Paige Farries - (#4 Maggie McKinnon convert) 12-5 VIC
VIC try - #13 Paige Farries - (convert missed) 17-5 VIC
ALB try - #12 Cassie Jorgenson (convert missed) 17-10 VIC
VIC try - #4 Maggie McKinnon (#9 Sasha Guedes convert) 24-10 VIC
Final Tournament Standings
NOTES: Teams are awarded 15 points for a tournament win, 12 points for finishing 2nd, 10 points for finishing third, 8 points for finishing fourth, 6 points for finishing fifth, 4 point for finishing sixth, 2 points for finishing seventh, and 1 point for finishing eighth.