Williams Lake’s Kayla Moleschi and Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team will begin an important two-tournament stretch this weekend in Asia.
Coming into the tournament — part of the Women’s Sevens World Series — Canada posted a second-place finish in Atlanta, G.A., and a third-place finish in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Canada currently sits in third place in the WSWS standings.
Moleschi, the team and staff travelled from Victoria to Vancouver before arriving in Hong Kong Monday, where they began preparations for Friday’s Hong Kong Invitational Sevens.
Last year Canada won the Cup championship, outscoring their opponents 144-0 in the process.
The Hong Kong Sevens is one of the sport’s most popular events and it is most likely Team Canada will play in front of 40,000 spectators if they make it to the Cup Final.
After the tournament concludes the team will travel by train to Guangzhou in advance of the China Sevens, the fourth round of the WSWS.
This is an important tournament for Canada as they sit eight points behind series leaders New Zealand and Australia.
Canada needs a winning performance in Gunaghou to have any realistic shot at winning this year’s series.
Canada opened its tournament yesterday evening at 5:30 p.m. against Hong Kong, before meeting Kazakhstan later at 8:10 p.m. The cup final went at 4:52 a.m. local time.
The Hong Kong Sevens was be streamed live at en.hirugby.com.