BC Rugby Weekend of November 16th

November 16 2013

Weekend Results: Lakers Swamp Rowers; Vikes Ground Ravens; CW Edge Lomas; Caps Outmuscle Bays: FULL BC RESULTS


Posted Nov 15 2013
[ed. comments below. Game times are 2:30pm]

Burnaby Lake Rugby Club 47 @ Vancouver Rowing Club 19 - Brockton Oval

As Mark Twain remarked, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated." So too the top ranked Burnaby team dispelled any rumours of their demise after the loss to Capilano last match. Burnaby took a 23-7 half time lead and kept up the scoring in the second half with another 24. The scoring was evenly distributed with their wing Rory Love scoring 2, Dolesau, Kalar, Thomas, Govorchin, and McQueen scoring others. The win cements Burnaby's place in top spot with the 2nd and 3rd place teams losing (Bays and Ravens). The Rowers maintain their 5th spot but with CW and Caps closing ground on them. Rowers paddle across the strait next weekend to visit James Bay while Burnaby travel to the winless but hungry Meraloma lair.

PREGAME
The Rowing Club have been the surprise team so far this year. A newly promoted team is expected to languish near the bottom of the pack but the Rowers have compiled a 3-1 record and sit in 5th spot with a respectable -15 point differential. Last outing they defeated the Vikes at home. Burnaby are the odds on favourites to at least get to the final game if not win it this year. They have a +56 point differential but they stumbled last match, defeated by the Caps and at home. So is this the start of a trend, have the wheels fallen off the Lakers' bus? Burnaby are missing their talented centre and last year's leading scorer, James Reekie, this week as well. Burnaby deserve at least another week of top pick but if they drop this one, it means the magic is gone. Prediction: Burnaby by 7.

BURNABY LAKE

1 Anthony Luca ©
2 Micha Govorchin
3 Scott Mackay
4 Ryan Mchollister
5 Mike Gough
6 Doug Breadon
7 Scott Plummer
8 Gurvinder Kalar
9 Cody Rockson
10 Geoff Ryan
11 Rory Love (I)
12 Cole Mcqueen
13 Joe Dolesau
14 Brian Murphy
15 Evan Thomas

UVic Vikes RFC 22 @ UBCOB Ravens RFC 18 - Jericho Park

The Vikes delivered one of their patented comeback wins. Vikes were down 18-7 at one point, then produced all the scoring to complete the win. The larger Ravens forwards likely slowed down as the game progressed and the Vikes used their running game to deliver the late scores. The win puts the Vikes in 2nd spot behind Burnaby and leapfrogging James Bay and the Ravens. The Ravens drop to fourth spot. Ravens host the resurgent Caps next weekend, the Vikes host crosstown rivals CW.

PREGAME
The Ravens are also a surprise team this year, last year they languished near the bottom of the pack, narrowly avoiding relegation by flying in backup from Alberta courtesy of Air Bourne. That option is always available this year but it won't be to avoid relegation but to make the playoffs. The Ravens actually have the best point differential in the league at +63 and sit in 3rd spot. They defeated CW on the road without two of their big guns in the pack, Mike Burak and Tom McKeen. The Vikes have a group of talented young athletes, with the emphasis on young - many of them haven't reached their full physical development yet. They will run all day long but are vulnerable to being overmatched physically, especially at the breakdown. If the Ravens take them on up front and don't give them counter attacking opportunities they should prevail. Prediction: Ravens by 5.

UVIC VIKES PREVIEW

VICTORIA - The University of Victoria men's rugby squad return to CDI Premier League competition Nov. 16 against the UBCOB Ravens, looking to end a three-game losing streak and jump back into the winning column at Jericho Park in Vancouver. Operating with a roster lacking several starting members, the Vikes offense has slowed considerably in the previous two games, posting under 20 points in both matches compared to the over 40 point mark they produced early in their Premier League season.

The Vikes will welcome back second-year Vike and national team member Nathan Yanagiya, who has been absent from the Vikes since joining Canada's Maple Leafs at the NACRA Sevens Tournament. Yanagiya will provide a boost to the Vikes backs, who have struggled to keep opposing teams from scoring in recent games.

"We're in charge of what goes on this weekend for sure," said men's assistant coach Rick Farrally. "We've just got to get more out of our guys. It has to do with our mental preparation, we have got to get ready to go come game time."

The Ravens currently sit in third-place with 14 points, one point ahead of the Vikes. Defense has been the key for the Ravens who have only allowed 47 points against them so far this season. Their 110 points scored put them at third in league scoring behind first-place James Bay Athletic Association and the Vikes who have posted 129 and 126, respectively.

"We've got to run harder at them in the midfield," explained Farrally. "We've changed things around a bit in the forwards for this weekend, we moved a big prop to the loose head side to help us control the scrums a bit more."

Second-year Vike Fergus Hall has been the Vikes most consistent player on offense this season, posting points in six of the Vikes eight games. Hall's 47 points put him in first place overall in league scoring, 12 points clear of second-place scorer Geoff Ryan. Should the Vikes win Saturday's match, they will have the opportunity to leapfrog the Ravens in the standings. Despite losing their previous two-games, the Vikes are only two points out of first-place overall as the top-five clubs in the league jockey for positioning.

Kick-off against UBCOB Ravens is set for 2:45 p.m. [it's 2:30pm], Nov. 16 at Vancouver's Jericho Park.

VIKES

1 Mac Bos
2 Sawyer Herron
3 Clayton Thornber
4 Dan Hrycyk
5 Shea Wakefield
6 Jeff Nishima-Miller
7 Chase Kelliher
8 Luke Campbell
9 James Pitblado
10 Guiesippe du Toit
11 Willem du Plessis
12 Dustin Dobravsky
13 Nathan Yanagiya
14 Kane Wyatt
15 Fergus Hall
16 Casey Reed
17 Robbie Anderson
18 Luke McClosky
19 Nathan Stewart
20 Liam Murray
21 Doug Fraser

Castaway Wanderers RFC 35 @ Meraloma Rugby Club 34 - Connaught Park

Just when the Lomas thought they had grasped their first and very much needed win, CW kick a late penalty to steal the victory. Lots of scoring in this game so probably 2 bonus points for the loss and 5 for the victory. The Lomas were leading in most of the scores tweeted during the day, 24-17, 31-27, 34-27, 34-32 but then the crusher, a final penalty for CW and a Loma first victory awaits another day. The win maintains CW in 7th spot but now they're a more comfortable 5 points clear of the relegation zone. The Lomas are looking very lonely adrift at the bottom of the standings and will need to get some wins to stand a chance of staying in Premier. They host the top placed team next weekend so it's not an easy path. CW travel to the Vikes next weekend.

PREGAME
Two teams struggling right now, they sit in #7 and #8 place in the standings right now, the Relegation zone. They also have the two worst point differentials in the league with CW at -44 and Lomas at -85. CW have lost a few narrow games including the last one at home to the Ravens, the Lomas had their best game last weekend with a narrow 2 point loss to 2nd place James Bay, and on the road. So that bodes well for their program, is this the weekend they notch their first win and leave the cellar? CW will be worried about this one, I don't know if they have ever sat in last place in the Premier and stared into the abyss. Part of their problem is the shifting lineup - missing key national team players who are unavailable. That situation won't change this weekend with the November tour ongoing and Dubai 7s around the corner. Worrying times behind the tweed curtain. I'm not sure if the Lomas close game last weekend was a blip due to the Bays complacency or the Lomas have found the cure? I'll give the benefit to the higher ranked team. Prediction: CW by 2.

James Bay AA 7 @ Capilano RFC 14 - Klahanie Park

This game was streamed live by the BCRU and ViaSport. They did a good job, they had 2 cameras, the commentary was lively, the stream quality and uptime was better than many rugby webcasts. Mike James might have found his second calling as a play by play announcer. It easy to see how Caps have found their recent winning form, it's called forwards dominance. Their ball security at the breakdown was good, they put pressure on the Bays on defence, they play a strong forwards game. They don't have a lot of attacking weapons out wide save Adam Zaruba running over people but they can sure strangle the will out of their opponents with defence and ball control. It's how they took down the top team last game. For the Bays, they don't have the forwards of years gone by. There were times when a rolling maul would have been 100% certain from the men in blue on a 5 metre lineout. I couldn't believe my eyes when they took it down and went wide, but that's their strength this year with Jordan Wilson-Ross, Clayton Meeres, Mitch Bancroft and Conor McCann. It wasn't enough today though. The Bays fall to 3rd place, the Caps maintain 6th place but are tapping the Rowers on the shoulder now with just 1 point separating them from 5th spot. The Caps travel to the Ravens, a big forwards battle, while the Bays host the Rowers, two teams with pace outside.

PREGAME
This should be a good game, the BCRU are actually streaming this in partnership with ViaSport. Viasport is an agency that provides support services to BC sports. I sent them a note in June this year asking them if they could do a rugby event after seeing their online video coverage of the Karate championships. I never heard back from them but now here they are, so it's all good. Capilano are coming off an impressive win against Burnaby, handing the top team their only loss of the season. The Caps played hard-nosed "keep away" rugby where they starved the Burnaby backs of quality ball, the game was played in conditions not conducive to running rugby. Saturday looks to be a better day weather-wise, with only a 20% chance of showers and < 1mm of rain over 24 hours. The Bays have some interesting changes. Conor McCann starts at #10, there's a player who was on track to make great strides in Canadian rugby. He went to Clermont Academy but then sort of fell off the radar when he returned. He's back and perhaps wanting to make a statement to put his name forward for consideration at the national team level. Another top back is Jordan Wilson-Ross, on the 7s horizon with the Maple Leafs and unlucky not to make the November tour. For the Caps watch Charlie Jones at #10 and Adam Zaruba at #14. This game gives Island fans an option now, go to watch a local Division One derby like Velox @ Cowichan, or watch the online streaming since there are no Premier games on the Island this week. Or you could do both as the game is supposed to be archived but no details yet on that. I'll have to go with the higher ranked team on this, even though they're travelling across the strait. Prediction: Bays by 3.

BCRU Preview

Reigning Premier League champions James Bay Athletic Association are currently on a three game winning streak having defeated Meraloma 27-25, UVic 45-38 and Castaway Wanderers 40-15. Their offence ranks first with 129 points in just four games but their defence has struggled allowing a 7th-ranked 120 points against.

The last time these two sides met was back in early May when James Bay handed Capilano a 34-27 semifinal loss at MacDonald Park.

Capilano appear to be recovering from a slow start this season but are still in unfamiliar territory in seventh place and just a single win to their credit. The perennial playoff contenders recorded a massive road victory on November 2nd, however, downing the previously undefeated Burnaby Lake 9-3 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.

"The win gave us a reason to move forward in the right direction," Capilano head coach Tom Larisch said after the crucial victory. "We really set a platform to turn the season around."

Saturday's clash will be a tough test for Capilano as they look to look to move out of the relegation zone heading into the winter break.

JAMES BAY

1 Noah Barker
2 Blake van Heyningen
3 Cole Racine
4 Jim de Goede
5 Nolan Miles
6 Nate Waldmann
7 Rain Slavica
8 Taylor Dalziel
9 Spence Dalziel
10 Conor McCann
11 Mitch Bancroft
12 Clayton Meeres
13 Mike Nieuwenhuysen
14 Braeden Simmonds
15 Jordan Wilson-Ross

CAPILANO

1. Jesse Ryan
2. Clayton Hunter James
3. Evan Marshall
4. Rob McCall
5. Sam Lanigan
6. Evan Mallory
7. Jordan Harvey
8. Glen McKinnon (C)
9. Chris Robinson
10. Charlie Jones A(C)
11. Hamish Johnston (i)
12. Greg Denton (i)
13. Brady Carpenter
14. Adam Zaruba
15. Matt Sims (i)


FULL BC RESULTS

MEN'S LEAGUES

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. November 16th:
Burnaby Lake 47(+1) - 19 Vancouver Rowing Club
Castaway Wanderers 35(+1) - 34(+2) Meraloma
UVic VIkes 22 - 18(+1)UBCOB Ravens
James Bay AA 7(+1) - 14 Capilano RFC

Ceili's Cup League - Sat. November 16th:
Burnaby Lake 41(+1) - 20 Vancouver Rowing Club
Castaway Wanderers at Meraloma POSTPONED
UVic Norsemen 63(+1) - 7 UBCOB Ravens
James Bay AA 19 - 35(+1) Capilano RFC

Okanagan Spring Brewery League One - Sat. November 16th:
UBC Thunderbirds 48(+1) - 14 Langley RFC
UBCO Heat 0 - 43(+1) United Rugby Club
Surrey Beavers AA 13(+1) - 19 Richmond RFC
Kamloops Rugby Club 0 - 83(+1) Seattle RFC
Abbotsford RFC 9(+1) - 11 Bayside AA

Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two - Sat. November 16th:
UBC 72(+1) - 0 Langley RFC
Kelowna Crows at United Rugby Club NOT REPORTED
Surrey Beavers AA 24 - 3 Richmond RFC
Kamloops Rugby Club 16(+1) - 17 Seattle RFC
Abbotsford RFC 57(+1) - 17 Bayside AA

Lower Mainland Third Division - Sat. November 16th:
CUP SEMIFINAL: Scribes 6 - 23 Kats
CUP SEMIFINAL: Burnaby Lake 10 - 15 Capilano-B
PLATE SEMIFINAL: Chilliwack 20 - 66 Brit Lions-A
PLATE SEMIFINAL: Capilano-A 15 - 10 Abbotsford RFC
BOWL SEMIFINAL: Surrey Beavers 22 - 37 Brit Lions-B
BOWL SEMIFINAL: Mountain Old Boys at Vancouver Rowing Club NOT REPORTED
SHIELD SEMIFINAL: Richmond RFC 21 - 90 Ridge Meadows
SHIELD SEMIFINAL: UBC Bye to Shield Final round

Vancouver Island First Division - Sat. November 16th:
COWICHAN CUP: Velox Valhallians 27 - 3 Cowichan BPs TBC
COWICHAN CUP: Nanaimo Hornets 23(+1) - 17(+1) Port Alberni

Vancouver Island Third Division - Sat. November 16th:
Velox RFC 0 - 34(+1) Cowichan

WOMEN'S LEAGUES

Women's Lower Mainland Tier One - Sat. November 16th:
Bayside AA 18 - 27 Mudhens
Burnaby Lake 41 - 15 United Rugby Club
Kamloops 14 - 37 Seattle RFC

Women's Lower Mainland Tier Two - Sat. November 16th:
Meraloma 5 - 0 SFU SFU DEFAULT
Kelowna 0 - 5 Ridge Meadows KELOWNA DEFAULT
United Rugby Club 0 - 5 Abbotsford RFC UNITED DEFAULT
UBCO Heat 68 - 0 Brit Lions

Vancouver Island Senior Women - Sat. November 16th:
UVic Vikes at Nanaimo Hornets NOT REPORTED

AGE GRADE LEAGUES

Men's Under-20 - Sat. November 16th:
Capilano RFC at UBC NOT REPORTED

Lower Mainland U19 Men - Sat. November 16th:
TIER 1: Bayside 5 - 0 Abbotsford ABBOTSFORD DEFAULT
TIER 1: UBCOB Ravens at Capilano RFC NOT PLAYED
TIER 2 PLAYOFFS: no.6 SFU 5 - 48 no.3 Surrey
TIER 2 PLAYOFFS: no.5 Richmond at no.4 Kelowna NOT REPORTED
Bye weekend United Rugby Club
Bye weekend Langley

FULL BC RUGBY SCHEDULE

BC RUGBY MEN'S LEAGUES

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League - Sat. November 16th:
Burnaby Lake at Vancouver Rowing Club (Brockton Oval) 2:30pm
Castaway Wanderers at Meraloma (Connaught Park) 2:30pm
UVic VIkes at UBCOB Ravens (Jericho Park) 2:30pm
James Bay AA at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 2:30pm

Ceili's Cup League - Sat. November 16th:
Burnaby Lake at Vancouver Rowing Club (Brockton Oval) 12:45pm
Castaway Wanderers at Meraloma (Connaught Park) 12:45pm
UVic Norsemen at UBCOB Ravens (Jericho Park) 12:45pm
James Bay AA at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 12:45pm

Okanagan Spring Brewery League One - Sat. November 16th:
UBC Thunderbirds at Langley RFC (Crush Crescent) 2:30pm
UBCO Heat at United Rugby Club (Hume Park) 2:30pm
Surrey Beavers AA at Richmond RFC (King George Park) 2:30pm
Kamloops Rugby Club at Seattle RFC (Seattle) 2:30pm
Abbotsford RFC at Bayside AA (South Surrey Athl Park) 2:30pm

Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two - Sat. November 16th:
UBC at Langley RFC (Crush Crescent) 1:00pm
Kelowna Crows at United Rugby Club (Hume Park) 1:00pm
Surrey Beavers AA at Richmond RFC (King George Park) 1:00pm
Kamloops Rugby Club at Seattle RFC (Seattle) 1:00pm
Abbotsford RFC at Bayside AA (South Surrey Athl Park) 1:00pm

Lower Mainland Third Division - Sat. November 16th:
CUP SEMIFINAL: Scribes at Kats (Balaclava) 1:00pm
CUP SEMIFINAL: Burnaby Lake at Capilano-B (Klahanie Park) 11:30am
PLATE SEMIFINAL: Chilliwack at Brit Lions-A (John Oliver Park) 1:00pm
PLATE SEMIFINAL: Capilano-A at Abbotsford RFC (CFV Exhibition) 11:30am
BOWL SEMIFINAL: Surrey Beavers at Brit Lions-B (John Oliver Park) 11:30am
BOWL SEMIFINAL: Mountain Old Boys at Vancouver Rowing Club (Brockton Oval) 11:30am
SHIELD SEMIFINAL: Richmond RFC at Ridge Meadows (Thomas Haney) 1:00pm
SHIELD SEMIFINAL: UBC Bye to Shield Final round

Vancouver Island First Division - Sat. November 16th:
COWICHAN CUP: Velox Valhallians at Cowichan (Cowichan) 2:30pm
COWICHAN CUP: Nanaimo Hornets at Port Alberni (Port Alberni) 1:00pm

Vancouver Island Third Division - Sat. November 16th:
Velox RFC at Cowichan (Cowichan) 1:00pm
Sun. Nov 17th: Nanaimo at Powell River (Powell River) 1:00pm

BC RUGBY WOMEN'S LEAGUES

Women's Lower Mainland Tier One - Sat. November 16th:
Bayside AA at Mudhens (South Surrey Athl Park) 11:00am
Burnaby Lake at United Rugby Club (Hume Park) 11:30am
Kamloops at Seattle RFC (Seattle) 11:30am
EXHIBITION: Velox Valkyries at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 11:30am

Women's Lower Mainland Tier Two - Sat. November 16th:
Meraloma at SFU (SFU) 10:00am
Kelowna 0 - 5 Ridge Meadows KELOWNA DEFAULT
United Rugby Club at Abbotsford RFC (CFV Exhibition) 11:30am
UBCO Heat at Brit Lions (John Oliver Park) 12:30pm

Vancouver Island Senior Women - Sat. November 16th:
EXHIBITION: Velox Valkyries at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 11:30am
UVic Vikes at Nanaimo Hornets (May Bennett) 11:30am

Women's Under-18 - Sun. November 17th:
MAINLAND SEMIFINALS: Richmond/Brits 0 - 5 Abbotsford ABBY DEFAULT
MAINLAND SEMIFINALS: no.3 Bayside at no.2 Abbotsford-2 (CFV Exhibition) 11:30am
ISLAND SEMIFINALS: no.4 Castaway Wanderers at Cowichan (Cowichan Rugby Club) 11:30am
ISLAND SEMIFINALS: no.3 Velox Valkyries at no.2 Comox Kickers (Cumberland Village Park) 1:00pm

BC RUGBY AGE GRADE LEAGUES

Men's Under-20 - Sat. November 16th:
Capilano RFC at UBC (Wolfson Fields) 10:00am

Lower Mainland U19 Men - Sat. November 16th:
TIER 1: Bayside 5 - 0 Abbotsford ABBOTSFORD DEFAULT
TIER 1: UBCOB Ravens at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 10:00am
TIER 2 PLAYOFFS: no.6 SFU at no.3 Surrey (Sullivan Heights)
TIER 2 PLAYOFFS: no.5 Richmond at no.4 Kelowna (Parkinson Rec)
Bye weekend United Rugby Club
Bye weekend Langley

Lower Mainland U17 Men - Sun. November 17th:
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE TBC

Lower Mainland U15 Boys - Sun. November 17th:
SEMIFINALS: Surrey at Abbotsford (CFV Exhibition) 11:15am
SEMIFINALS: Bayside at Capilano (Klahanie Park) 11:15am

Island U18 Men - Sun. November 17th:
Velox Valhallians at Castaway Wanderers (Windsor Park) 2:30pm
Nanaimo Hornets at Comox Kickers (Cumberland Village Park) 2:30pm

Island U16 Boys - Sun. November 17th:
Cowichan at Velox Valhallians (Velox RFC) 1:00pm

Island U14 Boys - Sun. November 17th:
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