Players from the Canada women’s sevens team have been busy this week preparing for tournament play this weekend in Langford. (Kendra Wong /News Gazette staff)

Local favourites in the lineup for women’s sevens at Westhills

Canada kicks off play against Australia on Saturday

Some familiar faces will be donning Team Canada jerseys this weekend and hitting the turf at Westhills Stadium in Langford.

John Tait, Canada women’s sevens head coach, announced his roster for the fourth installment of the HSBC sevens series, May 12 to 13, with a former University of Victoria Vikes player and a member of the Castaway Wanders among those named.

Pam Buisa will be making her debut, replacing Olivia Apps.

Buisa played a pivotal role in helping build the Vikes women’s rugby team into one of the top programs in the country and was on the 2015 team that won the Canada west conference and finished fifth at the CIS National Championship – the best finish at nationals in the team’s history.

Last season she suited up for the Vikes at the 2017 Canadian University Sevens Championship, helping the team to their first national championship in the program’s history.

Also back in the lineup is Caroline Crossley, a local favourite and member of the Castaway Wanders.

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Looking to come back from a disappointing result in Kitakyushu, Japan last month, Canada is sitting fifth in the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series standings. Last year, the team walked away from the Langford event with a silver medal and this year they’ll be looking to take gold.

But they’ll have to get past Australia, who is sitting on top of the leader board with 56 points, and the defending champs New Zealand, who are sitting in second. The pair is followed by Russia, rounding out the top three, and France sitting in fourth.

Along with the addition of Buisa, the only other changes in the lineup from Kitakyushu is team captain Ghislaine Landry returning from injury to lead the team and Brittany Benn sitting out due to injury.

There are three pools and 12 teams competing in action featuring 18 games Saturday and 16 games on Sunday.

Pool A includes New Zealand, Fiji, England and Brazil, pool B includes France, Russia, USA and Japan and pool C includes Australia, Spain, Ireland and Canada.

Pool play kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with Canada’s first game at 11:36 against Australia. Playoffs begin Sunday. Find the full schedule online at goldstreamgazette.com.

Saturday

10:30 a.m. – Russia vs. USA

10:52 a.m. – France vs. Japan

11:14 a.m. – Spain vs. Ireland

11:36 a.m. – Australia vs. Canada

11:58 a.m. – Fiji vs. England

12:20 p.m. – New Zealand vs. Brazil

1:24 p.m. – Russia vs. Japan

1:46 p.m. – France vs. USA

2:08 p.m. – Spain vs. Canada

2:30 p.m. – Australia vs. Ireland

2:52 p.m. – Fiji vs. Brazil

3:14 p.m. – New Zealand vs. England

4:16 p.m. – USA vs. Japan

4:38 p.m. – France vs. Russia

5:00 p.m. – Ireland vs. Canada

5:22 p.m. – Australia vs. Spain

5:44 p.m. – Englad vs. Brazil

6:06 p.m. – New Zealand vs. Fiji

Sunday

Quarterfinals

9:20 a.m. QF 1 – 1st Pool B vs. Best 3rd

9:42 a.m. – QF 2 – 1st Pool C vs. 2nd Pool A

10:04 a.m. – QF 3 – 2nd Pool B vs. 2nd Pool B

10:26 a.m. – QF 4 – 1st Pool A vs. 2nd best 3rd

Semi-finals

10:48 a.m. – SF 1 – 3rd best 3rd vs. 3rd best 4th

11:10 a.m. – SF 2 – Best 4th vs. 2nd best 4th

12:26 p.m.- 5th place SF 1 – Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2

12:48 p.m. – 5th place SF 2 – Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4

1:10 p.m. – Cup SF 1 – Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2

1:32 p.m. – Cup SF 2 – Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4

Placing Matches

11th/12th – 1:54 p.m – Loser SF 1 vs. Loser SF 2

9th/10th – 2:16 p.m. – Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF 2

7th/8th – 3:10 p.m. – Loser 5th place SF 1 vs. Loser 5th place SF 2

5th/6th – 3:32 p.m. – Winner 5th place SF 1 vs. Winner 5th place SF 2

bronze/4th – 3:54 p.m. – Loser Cup SF 1 vs. Loswer Cup SF 2

gold/silver – 4:20 p.m. – Winner Cup SF 1 vs. Winner Cup SF 2

4:54 Medal presentations


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Players from the Canada women’s sevens team practice at Westhills Stadium In Langford on Wednesday morning. The team takes on Australia on Saturday as part of the fourth stop in the HSBC women’s sevens series. (Kendra Wong /News Gazette staff)

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