Shawnigan Lake School claimed a pair of titles at the provincial high school rugby championships, held for the first time since 2019 in Abbotsford last week, while Brentwood College School brought home a silver medal.
Shawnigan’s 1st XV won the AAA boys championship, while the Colts Grade 10 team won the provincial junior title. The school’s girls team fell just short of a podium finish of its own, placing fourth in the AA division. Brentwood’s senior boys team finished second in the AA tournament, while the girls side placed seventh in the AA division.
This year’s championships took a different format from the 2019 event, with no AAAA tournament, which Shawnigan won in 2019. The 2022 AAA final was a rematch of the 2019 AAAA final, with Shawnigan prevailing over St. George’s to take the gold medal.
Seeded first going into the tournament, Shawnigan marched to the final by beating Kitsilano Secondary 69-3 in the first round and R.E. Mountain 76-0 in the semifinals.
The Colts were among the favoured teams entering the junior boys tournament, and lived up to the hype with strong showings in the first two rounds as they defeated Carson Graham 41-12 in the quarter-finals and Oak Bay 36-0 in the semis. As with the AAA boys final, the junior title game came down to Shawnigan and St. George’s, with Shawnigan pulling off a narrow 15-14 victory.
The Shawnigan girls team, a combination of players from grades 8-12 known as the “Iron Women” opened their tournament with a 56-6 win over Argyle before falling 49-5 in the semis to the Mark Isfeld Secondary team that went on to take the silver medal. Shawnigan took on Abbotsford in the bronze-medal game, losing 26-24 on a try in the final minute of play.
Brentwood’s senior boys team opened the AA tournament with a 36-7 win over Rockridge, then edged Collingwood 36-7 in the semis before bowing to West Vancouver 33-28 in the final. Brentwood went into the tournament seeded first, while West Van was seeded second.
Brentwood’s senior girls opened with an 87-5 loss to D.W. Poppy, then lost 36-12 to G.P. Vanier before ending the tournament on a strong note with a 17-15 win over Argyle in the seventh-place game.