Ontario Thunder win the 2019 Vancouver Invitational
March 15, 2019The Ontario Thunder (Division 1) and Portland Pounders (Division 2) both added another title to their collection as the Vancouver Invitational came to a close on Sunday.
The Ontario Thunder (Division 1) and Portland Pounders (Division 2) both added another title to their collection as the Vancouver Invitational came to a close on Sunday.
Back-To-Back for the Ontario Thunder!
The Ontario Thunder won their 2nd consecutive Vancouver Invitational title and finished the tournament undefeated following a close 58-56 victory over the Lightning in Sunday’s all-Ontario clash.
Thunder defender Patrice “Pico” Dagenais took home this year’s MVP honors following a fantastic tournament.
Quebec finished in 2nd after a 54-40 win over Team BC, and Alberta powered their way into 3rd place with a 67-59 win over Germany in a high-scoring and fast-paced match to close the tournament.
Eight’s Great for Portland.
The Portland Pounders are D2 champs after defeating the Seattle Slam 50-42. Portland’s attacking trio of Justin Beaver, Jake Wheeler, and Seth McBride proved to be too tough for Seattle to stop in the victory. The Pounders now have a D2 title to go with their seven D1 victories and Pacific Northwest bragging rights heading into their home tournament in April.
In the 3rd-place match, BC Development won 44-32 over the Alberta Bighorns for their win of the tournament. Both squads used their whole bench as they worked to fine-tune line-ups ahead of this summer’s 2019 National Championships-Powered by Vesco, in Ottawa.
The Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament wouldn’t be possible without help from our incredible supporters: the Government of British Columbia, Wheelchair Rugby Canada, Richmond Sport Hosting , Richmond Olympic Oval, Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Postmark Brewing, viaSport, Boston Pizza Ackroyd, CLIF BAR, Pomme Natural Market Port Coquitlam, Save-On-Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Nando’s Garden City, Murphy Battista LLP, ChairStuff and Ceilli’s Richmond.
A huge thank you also goes to all of the hardworking volunteers who made the 2019 Vancouver Invitational a great success.
Results and Awards
1. Ontario Thunder (5-0)
2. Quebec (3-2)
3. Alberta Roughnecks (3-2)
4. Germany (2-3)
5.Ontario Lightning (2-3)
6. Team BC (0-5)
1. Portland Pounders (5-0)
2. Seattle Slam (3-2)
3. BC Development (1-4)
4. Alberta Bighorns (1-4)
MVP: Pico Dagenais (Thunder)
Most Heart: Josh Holton (BC Development)
Clutch Performer: Zak Madell (Alberta Roughnecks)
Best Picker: Trevor Hirschfield (Team BC)
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