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Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Capilano: $20K Raised Over 5 Years - UBC Visits for Three Matches
by John Langley
posted Sept 26 2016
Today was the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Klahanie Park. The Caps normally play Burnaby and are guaranteed 3 men’s’ games and a Premier Women’s’ game. Somehow the schedule was changed and Caps were scheduled against UBC, and the 3 B’s played Surrey Beavers. UBC is a great opponent but they do not have a Women’s’ side in the Premier League this year so no game for the Cap Women. The Cap Premier Women will play in their pink uniforms next week against Seattle. Pink day was still a huge success today and thanks go to Craig McLaren for his tireless efforts. The day has now raised over $20,000 for Breast Cancer Research in five years.
The day started well for Caps with an exciting win by the Cap U-23 development side over the UBC Frosh. Caps led the game throughout despite going backwards in their scrum. This aspect of their game needs to be improved and so do the lineouts, but despite that the young Caps played well.
The scoring was opened by Cam Waddell who scored another later on. The 9, 10, combination is very strong with Malcolm Klaver serving excellent ball and Waddell distributing and running well.
UBC had many chances but the young Caps defended well. Caps got another try from prop Rowan Baker who smashed through the UBC line. The score was 19-0 before UBC got on the board. UBC scored a well taken try that went through their backline to the right wing. The conversion was missed and the final score was 19-5 for Capilano.
Congratulations to the young Caps and their coaches on their second win. Thanks to the referee for his efforts. This game was the highlight of the day for Capilano on the field.
Capilano 3 B host Surrey Beavers - Caps lose 36-27
This game was a try fest with the Beavers taking a big lead into the half. Caps did come back and made it fairly close in the second frame. Caps seem to be down in player numbers this season. Last year they had a huge number of players for the two 3rd Division sides today they had to recruit some snow Cap over 40’s to fill out the roster. Congratulations to Surrey on the victory and thanks to all of the players that bought pink socks in support of Breast Cancer Day!
The First Division Game: Caps were shut out 21-0 by UBC
UBC scored off a kick that went to Dan Archer. He turned on the jets and outran the Caps to score in the left corner. Number 10 Wes Wong made a fine long conversion to make it 7-0. UBC did not look back and were good value for the win. UBC scored again after an errant Cap pass was scooped up by Jake Lan who showed his speed and scored a rather easy one for his side. This was also converted and the score was now 14.
Caps were doing well in the sets and were winning but UBC fixed that by changing a prop and the scrums were more or less even after that. Caps charged down a UBC clearance and it looked promising but no reward was forthcoming. The UBC scrum scored the final try and the convert was made.
This Cap side is missing many players from last season’s championship side and needs to fill several holes or players must step up their game.
Congratulations to UBC and thanks to the referee.
The Premier Game: UBC win this one 28-8
UBC was deserving of the win and they were the superior side today by far. For Capilano this was not a good effort! The scrums were poor and the lineouts were worse. A lot of work needs to be done. As stated last week several players are taking the first half off. The league has made the first half of the season less important than it should be. Perhaps the schedule should be changed to go from February to May to eliminate the break and bring BC Rugby more in line with the rest of the country. Maybe development rugby could be played in the fall league then have the Premier and First Division start later. Players taking the fall off can end up with their relegation from the Premier League. I think some Capilano players need to reconsider this and get out and support their club! The absence of top players hurts the entire club as players are moved up and the shortage is felt throughout the divisions. If a player is injured or working that is another matter but to decide that the first half isn’t worth playing in is not in my opinion the winning attitude that the Capilano RFC was built on or the way we won 3 championships.
The first UBC try was scored by Cole Keffer a young man from Sutherland high school that played his youth rugby for Capilano and is proving to be a talented player. His normal position is scrum half but he played fullback last week and wing today, Cole evaded several attempted tackles to score. Nathan Rees, another former Capilano was making big runs for his side before leaving the game with a leg injury. UBC scrum half Jordan Sandover-Best showed his excellent pace scoring the second try for his team. Caps had Adam Zaruba in their backfield but unfortunately for them he didn’t see enough ball and generally UBC did a good job tackling him when they did get it to him.
Caps got on the board with a penalty kick by Chris Robinson to make the score 3-10 but then UBC scored again courtesy of flanker Mike Smith to extend their lead to 15-3. Caps had a chance, a penalty went to touch and Caps won the lineout, one of the few that they did manage to win and swung the ball out to McKenzie Mills who made a punishing run, but Caps couldn’t finish it with a score.
Caps had a scrum deep in UBC territory but got pushed off the ball and the pressure was off. A penalty kick to UBC was good by Adam McQueen and it was now 18-3. Another penalty stretched the lead to 21-3. Adam Zaruba made a hard run over several UBC players but was stopped. UBC scored another try by Adam McQueen. UBC finally were issued a yellow card after what seemed like many warnings, Caps scored a late try by Zaruba late in the game with little time left to make it 28-8.
Caps Four Out of Five on Opening Weekend: Wins Over Rowers x 3 & Burnaby
by John Langley
posted Sept 20 2016
Capilano opened the fall season with 3 games at Brockton Oval against old rivals the Vancouver Rowing Club. The Cap Premier Women played at Burnaby Lake while the Men’s 3B side was away to Kats.
Caps were 4 out of 5 today with the Women defeating Burnaby Lake 21-5 in what turned out to be an exhibition game. Caps were led by home grown Canadian Internationals, Hilary Leith and Andrea Burk. Congratulations to the Cap Women and to new head coach Mario Domingues.
The Cap 3B side lost to Kats at Balaclava 7-32. Congratulations to Kats on the victory.
The Cap 3A versus Rowing Club: Caps win 17-10.
Caps decided to make the 3A side an academy program age 18-23 this season. The plan is for the Capilano Club to continue to develop bona fide home grown talent. Caps came away with the win 17-10 in a spirited contest that could have gone either way. Caps survived two cards in the second half a yellow one that I thought was questionable on a tackle the other a red that was a no doubter. They played two men down for a time then one down for the rest of the game. It is good to see Rowers fielding 3 competitive sides as it is good for the league. The young Caps played, ran, and tackled hard.
Congratulations to the 3A and their coaches on their win. Cap scorers were Flynn Heyes, Malcolm Klaver, and he also added a convert. Cam Waddell scored a penalty kick and a convert. Thanks to the referee who did a good job controlling the game.
Cap First Division against Rowers: Caps win 20-3
This was a good first game outing for the Caps 1’s they have lost several players that were part of the championship undefeated side from last season. Some are playing up in the Premier side. Joel Hulett has been selected for the Canada Rugby League side, for two games against the USA, so is temporarily unavailable for club selection. Congratulations to Joel and Alex Boyd on their selections to team Canada.
This win didn’t come easy as Rowers were tough in opposition. Caps opened the scoring with a 3 point penalty kick and later a drop goal by Will Newbigin. Caps were on a penalty advantage and Will tried a droppy that sailed over. Rowers made several threatening runs that looked promising but were stopped. Rowers got a penalty kick from a Cap offside and their fullback made the kick. The score was 6-3 and remained so for a long time until Caps put their stamp on it.
Lee Foster, number 6, scooped up a loose ball and turned on the jets. He outran the opposition to score under the posts. The conversion made it 13-3 and Will Newbigin salted it away with a chip ahead that he ran down and scored to make it 20- 3 near the final whistle. Will had quite a game with a try, drop goal, a penalty kick and a convert.
Rowers had several chances one was stopped by a try saving tackle by Kes Kasha. Graeme Buckler did some good work in the forwards and made some punishing runs. Caps played a man short for 10 minutes due to a tackle by Eligh Papin. The referees have no doubt been told to be vigilant on tip tackling as Caps took four cards in three games today for this infraction. Caps need to consider this and perhaps discuss it with the referees as cards can cost games.
The Cap pack looked strong and Kayne Tapiki looked good at number 10. Kayne went to Carson Graham then went back to Australia. He should be a great addition to the Capilano Club this season. Glen McKinnon filled in on the wing and in the centers; he played well as a back and made some punishing hits. Glen has been recovering from a head knock and it was great to see him on the field again. There is much work to be done but it was a good start. Thanks to the referee for his stewardship.
The Premier Game: Caps win a 17-16
This was another typical Caps versus Rowing Club game. Rowers always seem to rise to the occasion against their cross harbour rivals. They have some excellent new additions to their side and their pack played very hard.
Caps welcomed the addition of home grown Canadian Sevens stars Harry Jones and Adam Zaruba. Both are happy to support their home club. Several Premier players from last season, for a variety of reasons are not making themselves available for the first half games. Hopefully this will change but it does give other younger players a chance to compete at the higher level.
Rowers opened the scoring with a 3 pointer early on after missing a previous chance. Some excellent chip kicks were made by the Rowing Club scrum half and he looked very good. The first half was back and forth with the Rowers having the territorial advantage. Caps managed a try on a great first half run by Zaruba who ran through several tackles to score on the wing. The convert was missed and Caps led 5-3 at the half. Adam Zaruba took off on another romp in the second half then passed to Harry Jones who had returned to the pitch after being binned for a dangerous tackle. The tackle looked fine to me but as I stated the referees appear to be cracking down to make the game safer. Sam Franklin converted and the score 12-3.
Rowers chipped away at the lead as Caps kept getting penalized. Two penalties by the Rowing Club fullback narrowed the lead to 12-9; the second hit the upright and then bounced in. Rowers lifted their game and Jason Carton put the Rowing Club in the lead late in the second half with a try by the Scrum. Rowers had other chances to extend their lead but their backs failed to take advantage.
Caps fought back and Jordan Harvey, who had a strong game from his hooker position, took the ball over the line for the winning score. The conversion was missed but Caps were now in the lead. Rowing Club fought back with little time remaining but were not able to score and the game was over.
Capilano Coach Keith Reeves says lots of work has to be done as this is a different side from last year. He was happy for the win though as Caps lost several close ones late last season so it was good to come out victorious.
Next week the Caps host UBC at Klahanie. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Day always a big day at Klahanie. UBC will no doubt be out to get back on the winning side after a loss to Ravens in their home opener and Caps always play better at home. Thanks to Referee Chris Assmus and his assistants and thanks to Rowing Club for their hosting. Get out and support your teams!