BC High School - Stadium Series 2016

May 10 2016

Results from Weekend Stadium Series: Wins for SMUS, St. George's, Southridge, Claremont, Rockridge, Tweedsmuir, Shawnigan

from BCRN high school correspondent (Island)
posted May 10 2016

Victoria and Shawnigan combined to host seven high school matches this past weekend, starting May 6 at UVIC's Centennial Stadium when BC AA#2 SMUS took on AA#3 Collingwood.

In a very surprising scoreline, based on forward control and some smart finishing, SMUS prevailed 36-5.

Immediately after, in a highly entertaining encounter between the second and third rated AAA teams, St. Georges held off a spirited Oak Bay rally to win 25-22. The game featured eight high quality tries and a grandstand finish, as the Barbarians turned down a late penalty goal chance to go for the winning try.

Up at Shawnigan on May 7, two upsets came early in the day, with Southridge scoring in the last minute to upend BC AA #5 GNS, while Claremont moved into the provincial AAA Top 10 after dumping #9 Lord Byng 36-22.

The other games went according to script, as AA #1 Rockridge took care of Brentwood 29-5 while AAA #7 Lord Tweedsmuir thumped Cowichan 50-0.

In the feature match, AAA #1 Shawnigan broke open a close and hotly contested game late in the first half against #5 Earl Marriott, going on to eventually notch nine tries in a 57-8 victory.

On Thursday, May 12 the local scene shifts back to SMUS, as the South Island senior boys season comes to a close. The schedule is as follows.

130pm - Community Shield - Edward Milne vs Spectrum
300pm - Community Bowl - Belmont vs Reynolds
430pm - Colonel Hodgkins Cup - Claremont vs GNS
600pm - Howard Russell Cup - SMUS vs Oak Bay

Admission to all games is free.

Fourteen of BC's Top High School Rugby Teams on Island for Stadium Series This Weekend

from BCRN high school correspondent (Island)
posted May 5 2016

Fourteen of BC's top high school rugby teams, featuring a large number of national and provincial level U17 and U18 performers, will be on the Island this weekend as part of the BCSSRU cross zone "Stadium Series".

In the first part of a two day affair, UVIC's Centennial Stadium will play host to a mouth watering doubleheader on Friday, May 6.

In the opening match, set to kick off at 430pm, BC AA #2 ranked SMUS meets AA #3 Collingwood. The Blue Jags have been led by a fast and skilled back row, as flankers Myles Duncan and Josh Graffi have combined well with powerful #8 Quinn Ngawati. Pablo Fernandez looks set to make his return to the tight five after being out with hamstring trouble. In the backs, Jonas Robinson directs the attack from fly half, with centre Josh Kahn and winger Lucas de Vries definite try scoring threats. SMUS hopes to build on last Saturday's thrilling 26-22 Alumni Day victory over Oak Bay.

The Cavaliers, still smarting over a recent 24-23 defeat to AA #1 Rockridge, are a fast, clever outfit that feasts on turnover ball. Canada U18 centre Elias Ergas is a tremendous attacking threat and will require careful watching. However, he is far from the only danger man in the Collingwood back division, as rangy fullback Dillon Cooper and fly half Max De Pyffer both possess a definite x-factor. Tough and talented open side flanker Angus Allen leads an underrated pack of forwards.

Referee for the match is Andy Foster.

AAA then sees the same BC #2 vs #3 matchup, as, at 6pm, Oak Bay battles St. Georges. The visiting Saints, with only one blemish on their record to date, are led up front by feisty hooker Cameron MacPhail, lock Mac Shepard and flanker Hunter Locke. Behind the scrum, halfback Owen Pitblado, centre Keegan Matheson and winger Greg Atkinson have all shone. Coach Mike Stiles' charges play a fan friendly style of rugby, moving the ball wide at every opportunity.

Oak Bay, bar its recent stumble vs SMUS, has otherwise run the table this season, with an impressive set of away wins vs Earl Marriott and Yale. Influential flanker Callum Masterton returns from illness to run the lineout, with #8 Gavin Kratz also very prominent as a powerful ball carrier and tackler. Scrum half Brayden Tate is a fine tactician and ace goal kicker, while centre Brendan Schellenberger and fullback Matti Grant must be accounted for at all times.

The ageless John de Goede will be the man in the middle.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for adults.

The second day of cross zone games takes place Saturday, May 7 at Shawnigan Lake School. Five cross zone "Stadium Series" high school games are now confirmed for Saturday, May 7.

All will be played at Shawnigan Lake School, with much at stake in terms of rankings as teams jockey for position prior to the BC Tournament in late May.

The confirmed schedule is as listed below.

1230pm - GNS (BC AA #5) vs Southridge (BC AA HM)
On paper, this shapes up as a straightforward win for GNS, as the Victoria Independent remains has yet to be beaten this season. The Gryphons have been scoring tries by the bucketload in local Tier 2 action, led by talented fly half Brennig Prevost, scrum half Jamie Shillington and soccer star turned rugby fullback Mackenzie Cole. The Storm have been as unpredictable as the weather in recent Fraser Valley league games, but, when healthy, can cause problems.

130pm - Rockridge (BC AA #1) vs Brentwood College (BC AA#4)
The West Vancouver based Ravens are undefeated this season, though edging past both SMUS and North Shore rival Collingwood by a single point. Jake Lam and Jag Sun are part of a physical back row, while tight head prop James Telford has dominated opponents to date. Crafty scrum half Sam Park sets the platform for an athletic backline. Brentwood looks to regain its health, after hosting the national Independent Schools Tournament three weeks ago, and confirm its status among the elite AA programs in the province.

2pm - Claremont (BC AAA HM) vs Lord Byng (BC AAA #9)
Under Phil Ohl's astute leadership, Claremont continues to take strides back towards the top of the AAA circuit. In #10 Logan Martin-Feek and centre Jay Perreira, the Spartans showcase two elite level talents. The Grey Ghosts must use this game as a stepping stone to stiff Lower Mainland playoff challenges in the form of St. Georges and Carson Graham.

2pm - Cowichan (BC AAA HM) vs Lord Tweedsmuir (BC AAA #7)
At least in the short term, the Duncan based Thunderbirds appear to have replaced GP Vanier as the second best AAA team in the North Island. They will absolutely relish the chance to take the scalp of a ranked mainland foe. However, it will not be easy, as Lord Tweedsmuir, sparked by hooker "Crazy Dave" Porowski, are a rapidly improving group. #8 Tyson Romer and centre Colton Zayshley are other Panthers who will be on the prowl.

330pm - Shawnigan (BC AAA #1) vs Earl Marriott (BC AAA #5)
The hosts have been the dominant force in BC high school rugby over the past seven years, and it appears little has changed. Flanker Nick Chan and fullback Mostyn Findlay, both of whom toured Ireland two months ago with Canada U18, lead a fit, well balanced, well drilled squad. Nonetheless, in what shapes up as the match of the day, the visiting Mariners can launch some serious talent of their own, especially in the form of #8 Michael Smith and midfielder John Juberville. Centre Rhys McMartin and all rounder Pat Grabowski are others who undoubtedly will catch the eye.


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