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Weekend Match Reports: Caps 3A at home, Premier Women on the road, and Other Caps Playing for Canada
by John Langley
posted Nov 22 2016
It was an interesting rugby Saturday. It started out with the Canada vs. Ireland Women’s test match streamed from Ireland on the net at 6am; the game was won handily by Canada. Caps were represented by Andrea Burk who was outstanding and Gillian Boag a Capilano member who plays at UBC and who received her first International Cap. The announcers mentioned the Capilano RFC and other Canadian clubs that supply the talent. It is nice to hear your home club mentioned and the clubs that develop players deserve to be given credit. This game was followed by the Canada Men who fell to Romania. Evan Olmstead is a Cap member and has represented our club. He was identified as having Capilano connections by Gareth Rees. Evan has developed into an excellent lock for Canada and his professional team Newcastle Falcons. His family and club mates are justifiably proud of him. His late father John was a Capilano President before moving the family to Australia. We miss John Olmstead and think of him often.
The Capilano Premier Women Lost on the road in Victoria to Westshore
The Capilano Premier Womens team were defeated by a score of 37-10 in Victoria. This was the last match of 2016 for the Caps Women. They currently sit with a 2-3 record good for third place in the six team competition. Congratulations to Westshore on the win.
The Capilano 3A Development side defeated Surrey Beavers by a score of 32-7
This team is doing very well and they play good entertaining rugby. Caps tried to have an under 20 side for a few seasons but many Cap players go to university in BC and elsewhere so it was difficult to get the necessary numbers out for a young team. This season it was decided to make the 3A team an Academy side aged 18-23 and they would receive top notch coaching and would develop together. This concept is working well and while they have lost some games to more experienced teams, they have won their share and are in the Plate Playoffs.
Today they played very exciting rugby; they do make some mistakes but will learn as they go. They won in a six try performance and only gave up 1 to the Surrey Beavers. Caps were led by Flynn Heyes who scored a hat trick. Flynn was running well all game as was winger Jared Swant. Jared is a second generation Capilano who’s Dad Rob and Uncle Randy both played for Caps for many years. It is great to see sons and daughters of Capilano players carrying on the family tradition. I spoke to Rob Swant after the game over a beer and we remember the old days. Jared didn’t play rugby because his high school didn’t have a team; you wouldn’t know it watching him play though he has talent and is a fast learner. I was impressed with the hustle shown by the young players and their team spirit. Number 13 Nacho Lars also impressed me with his hard running. He is from Chicago and is a welcome addition to the club.
Rhys Sheriff scored the other try for Caps and Malcolm Klaver added a conversion. The game had to be moved to the upper field due to the soggy conditions on the Bob Spray field. There was quite a good crowd today and because they won they will play again next week. Hopefully the game will be able to be played on the Bob Spray field weather permitting. A 1pm Kickoff on the Bob Spray field would ensure a good crowd. There was lots of support from the senior men who have finished the first half of the season.
Congratulations to the players and coaches, Bruce Bowman and Glen McKinnon. I will be out next week and hope to see you there.
Capilano Defeat Ravens to Stay in Premier: Match Reports by John Langley
posted Nov 15 2016
by John Langley
The Capilano 3A vs SFU
Caps took an early lead in this one with a fly kick off a dropped SFU ball. The ball was picked up and Caps scored the first try. The 5-0 score was narrowed to 5-3 with a penalty kick by SFU. Caps number 12 Flynn Heyes scored to make it 10 to 3 and the conversion made it 12-3. A lineout deep in Cap territory was turned into a try by SFU to narrow the score to 12-8, SFU turned it on in the second half to win this one by a score of 35-12.
Premier Women Caps won over CW by a score of 31-17
Caps were without two of their normal front row today as Hilary Leith is injured and Nevene Hammoud was away but Caps still managed to put together a good pack with Melissa Robinson moving to prop. CW had struck for an early lead but a try by Lindsay Nicholson tied the score then Lindsay put Caps ahead with the convert. CW scored again to bring the score to 10-12. Caps struck again with a nice try by number 12. Her try was converted to stretch the lead to 19-10 and Melissa Robinson added another to make it 24-10. Ashley Robinson always an excellent tackler stopped several CW runs in this game to help keep Caps in the lead. Both sides were missing their Canada players and it was a battle between mostly young players although Caps do have a couple of veterans. We had to leave to go over to Jericho so I missed the last few minutes of play.
The First Division Men: Ravens won this one 20-15
Caps made a decision today to keep all of the possible Premier reserves off the field in case fresh players were needed in the Premier match. To make things worse several Caps players were not available as they did not expect to play on the long weekend. Enough of the excuses give credit to Ravens. They were stuck in and won this game with a late try that was well taken. The game was quite even throughout. Ravens took an early 5 point lead with a try. Caps answered to make it 5 each. Caps took the lead with a try in the corner by Chris “Lumpy” Lumsden after several loose maul attacks before the ball was swung to the eagerly awaiting Lumpy. The score was 10-5 and it was half time.
Caps made a couple of changes, big Aussie Alex McDonnell came on as an impact sub. Ravens made it close with a penalty kick that made it 10-8 in favour of Capilano. Caps McDonnell made it 15-8 with a try. Ravens came back and answered with a try in the corner. It was unconverted but the score was now 15-13. Ravens kept the pressure on and scored under the posts to win the game with a converted try 20-15. It was a tough loss for Caps but a welcomed win for the Raven First Division side. Congratulations to Ravens and thanks to the referee.
The Premier Game: Caps win a nail bitter 25-24
This was a now or never game for Capilano and everyone knew it. Caps needed a win or they would be relegated from Premier play in the second half of the season. Chris Robinson was named Captain for today’s game. Young Jordan Harvey has been Captain in the absence of Glen McKinnon but it was felt that he didn’t need the added pressure. This is a young Capilano squad. Really only three are veteran players, Chris Robinson, Jesse Ryan and Glen McKinnon. Glen hasn’t been playing regularly due to an injury but did come off the bench for the last 2 games. Today Glen started at number 8 and he made a huge difference. Chris Robinson as Captain asked the club supporters to come out in numbers and also ask them for supportive emails in an effort to lift the spirits of the young Caps. Chris provided copies of the emails and no doubt had some words to say to the players. When Caps came on the field you could tell that they had on their game faces and were tuned in.
The game started and within the first few minutes Ravens scored a rather easy try as Huw Grundy picked up a loose ball and was away down the left wing. He outran the Cap defenders and it was a 5 point lead for the Ravens. The Cap sideline was in shock. Would the young Caps hang their heads and go into a funk. No they didn’t. Ravens were swinging the ball with confidence when young Liam Smith stepped in front of a pass, intercepted it and took it all the way to even the score. Cap kicker Sam Franklin missed the conversion but Caps were now back in the game!
Caps game plan seems to be to run the ball using Alex Boyd, Glen McKinnon and Joel Hulett as their power runners, and anyone else that had hold of the ball. The plan was to try to keep the ball away from the dangerous Raven backs. It was hard hitting rugby and both teams tackled well. Caps did make some ground and appeared to be hoping that the Ravens would be worn down later in the game. Caps also did a lot of maul play and this seemed to work to their advantage. The Cap back row was working very hard. Caps Jason de Freitas scored for Capilano and Sam Franklin converted to give Caps a 12-5 lead, a Sam Franklin penalty kick extended the Cap lead to 15-5 but then Ravens scored following a chip kick. The conversion was missed and it was now 15-10.
Caps were awarded a penalty kick in front of the posts so Sam Franklin added the 3 pointer. It was now 18-10 and the Caps continued to play their pick and go game. The scrums have been quite solid and Caps have 4 good sized props that are interchangeable. Caps even managed to get a couple of important scrums against the head today. The lineout’s were fairly even perhaps Ravens had a slight advantage but Caps have improved considerably compared to previous games. Ravens are coming on though and they score a try under the posts to cut the Cap lead to one point 18-17 and the pressure is mounting on the young Capilano side.
The teams are now trading penalties and kicking for the side. Caps are under pressure but do not clear. There is a bit of niggle in what has been quite a hard but clean game and the referee talks to both captains. Ravens number 10 Aaron Mclelland is dangerous with the ball in hand; some of his passes though went astray. He found space and turned it on to give his team a 24-18 lead following the convert.
Caps fans sagged as there wasn’t much time left. The Cap players though dug deep and kept to their game plan. Pick and go, rolling mauls and slowly marched the ball deep into Raven territory. Caps were awarded a penalty and went for the lineout. A scrum followed and Glen McKinnon who had been a force all game powered in for the try. This put Caps within a point and the conversion was a must. Sam Franklin hit the ball well and stroked it through much to the delight of the large contingent of Capilano supporters on the west sideline. The assistant referee said that there was two minutes remaining.
Caps got hold of the ball and began to play keep away rugby. A Caps player got separated from the rest of the pack and Ravens to the delight of their fans managed to turn the ball over. Ravens swung the ball left and appeared to have an overlap but a pass was high and knocked on by the receiver. Caps had the scrum put in and the ball was won and kicked to touch to end the game.
It had been a titanic battle. I do not agree with the BC Rugby News comment that Ravens lack the killer instinct. Caps today were desperate and refused to lose. Ravens have a powerful team and will win their share in the second half of the season if they continue to play open rugby. They were tied by Abbotsford in a game that they apparently didn’t play well and Abby did but that happens to all teams on occasion. I thought the referee and his assistants had a good game today and the penalty count was relatively even, thanks to them. Thanks to Ravens for their post game hosting in their clubroom. Congratulations to The Capilano players, coaches, and trainers for an exciting finish to the first half. There is work to be done but at least they are continuing in the Premiership.
Capilano Weekend Match Reports: Women Hosted Seattle; Men Visited Meraloma at Connaught
by John Langley
posted Nov 9th 2016
Cap Women at home lose close one 20-26
This was a game that Caps could have won. They dominated the set scrums and propelled Seattle backwards for most of the game. Seattle though, has some dynamic runners and if you let them spin the ball they will score. It was their outside speed that made the difference today. Seattle scored first against the run of play that saw Caps putting pressure on the visitors. Seattle took their lineout from deep in their end and ran it all the way to take a 7-0 lead. The Seattle kicker is a good one and made most of her kicks again today.
Caps played their way back into the game. A pickup from the back of the Scrum put Caps on the board. The convert was missed. Hilary Leith scored to give the Caps a 10-7 lead that they took into the half time break. In the second half Hilary scored her second try to make it 15-7 and it looked like Caps were on their way to victory. Seattle winger number 22 put her team back in the game and scored on a long run. She outran the Caps backs and this was a look into what was to come later in the game. Number 22 does it again to make the score 21- 15. Caps came back and after several pick up and runs, they scored to make it 20-21 but again the conversion was missed. The Seattle kicker is as good as many Premier men kickers. Seattle scored another late try to salt it away. Their kicker finally missed but the there wasn’t enough time for Caps to answer. Congratulations to Seattle on the win. Thanks to the referee.
Cap 3A U-23 Side win 11-7
Caps 3A won a close game with Meraloma 3rd Div. Caps had a large territorial advantage but had trouble putting points on the board. Cam Waddell used his boot to keep the opposition deep in their end. Jared Swant scored both tries for Capilano. It is good to see the Meraloma club putting three competitive sides on the field again. This would be the only win today for the Capilano Men at Connaught Park. Congratulations to the Caps U-23’s on the win and thanks to the referee.
Caps 1st Div lost 14-11
The Capilano First Division side lost a close one 11-14 against a scrappy Loma side that won despite playing a man short midway through the second half. Meralomas did not have a replacement prop so the rest of the game was no contest scrums. This was not to Caps advantage as they were dominating the sets. This was a game that could have gone either way but Meralomas fought through and kicked a late penalty kick to salt away the victory. It was a hard played battle and with some big hits by both teams. Thanks to the referee.
The Premier game Lomas upset Capilano 35-24 and were the better side today.
Playing at Connaught my experience has been that you need to score at least 10 points in the first half if you are going down slope. Meralomas scored first with a penalty kick. Caps scored the first try of the game following a nice backline movement that went out to Liam Smith. He made a good run then passed back inside to Eligh Papin for the score. The conversion was good. Meralomas answered with a try of their own and the conversion was missed. Caps missed a chance at three points off a kick on the last play of the first half, so Meralomas took an 8-7 lead into the break.
The second half wasn’t as close as Loma’s clinically used the downhill to their advantage with some well placed kicks and some good back line movements. Lomas scored to take a 15-7 lead with the try and conversion. No program was available so I did not get the names of the Meraloma scorers. Glen McKinnon came off the Cap bench so the Cap supporters were hopeful that things would get better. Meralomas mishandled the kick off and Caps had a set scrum deep in the Loma end. Meralomas though, as they did several times today, stole the loose ball and cleared it. Alex Boyd then took a yellow card so Caps were a man short for 10 minutes. Meralomas added a 3 point penalty kick to extend their lead to 18-7. Caps did manage to score however, as Glen McKinnon scored on an eight man pickup while shorthanded. This narrowed the Loma lead to 12-18. With Boyd back on it looked like Caps might come on but Loma’s had other ideas.
Caps took a penalty for crossing and the Lomas added 3 more with the kick for goal. Not long after, the Lomas scored on a penalty kick to extend their lead to 21-12. Shortly after, they scored a converted try to make it 28-12 then another to make it 35-12. Caps mounted a bit of a comeback as Rich Merinsky scored after a maul. Lomas now were taking penalties and had a player binned. Caps used big Center Joel Hulett to crash through and Caps managed another try to give them a bonus point for 4 tries. The final score was 35-24 and Meralomas were good value for the win. They wanted it more than Caps and it showed.
Caps now have to get something out of next weekend’s makeup game against Ravens. A win would assure that they play Premier rugby following the break. Also on Friday is the annual Remembrance Day game that pits the Snowcaps and friends against the 3rd Division selects. The coffee mate cup as it is called is a Capilano tradition that goes back many years. Hope to see you out on Friday at Klahanie and Saturday at Jericho.