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BC Rugby Weekend of March 18th 2017

Weekend Results: Bays Clobber Rowers; Burnaby Edge CW; Ravens Ravage Vikes; Saracens Topple Caps


posted March 18 2017
[ed. comments below]

Bay 75 - Rowers 8

That's a wake up call. First win of the season for the Bays and it comes large. The return of Phil Mack shows how a few key players can shift the momentum. We look forward to Phil Meyer's report with the details. The Bays aren't out of playoff contention yet but have to string some wins together quickly.

Burnaby 15 - CW 12

The only prediction we got wrong this weekend but we got the point differential spot on, just wrong team. It was always going to be a close one and look forward to Mike Devlin's report on the match. Burnaby go 5 points clear at the top and look to close out the season in #1 position. CW remain in 2nd.

Ravens 43 - UVic 27

Conflicting reports on the final score, either 43 or 38 for Ravens but a big second half comeback. Vikes were in the lead at the half 24-12 and got shut down in the second stanza. This was the Vikes second team so they showed well but Ravens will be thankful for the win on the road. They sit in the last playoff spot at 6th but Seattle and Bays are on the hunt with big wins and only 3 points behind.

Seattle 59 - Capilano 10

Like James Bay, Seattle has woken up and claimed their first win. It's setting up an epic Seattle @ JBAA encounter in two weeks. Caps maintain their 4th place status but teams are closing in quickly. Caps visit a rejuvenated JBAA next week while Seattle host UVic.

Standings (click on image for larger view)


Women's Premier

Westshore continue top of the pack with a 73-12 destruction of 3rd place Cowichan. Second place Seattle kept pace with a 27-5 win over Capilano and CW are making a late run into 4th place with a 39-17 win over Burnaby.



Weekend Predictions: Rowers @ Bays; Burnaby @ CW; Ravens @ Vikes; Caps @ Saracens


posted March 17 2017
[ed. comments below]

Rowers @ James Bay

A little history on the Cox Cup below courtesy of John de Goede, President of James Bay. Both teams looking for their first win of the season, Bays 0-4, Rowers 0-3. Bays have Phil Mack back which should give them the edge they need. Prediction: Bays by 7.

from John de Goede (President – JBAA)

Two of British Columbia’s oldest sporting organizations will renew a rivalry that started in 1908 this Saturday, March 18.

Both JBAA and VRC were established as Athletic organizations in 1886. JBAA was playing rugby right from the start while Vancouver Rowing Club began playing in 1908 as a way for it’s rowers to stay fit year round. The first game played by the Vancouver Rowers was against their rowing rivals the James Bay Athletic Association.

The two clubs have met yearly in a rugby match since 1908 with the exception of the “War Years”. In 1938, VRC member A.H. Cox donated a challenge cup for the winning team to hold for the year. The Cox Cup has made many journeys back and forth across the waters since then. In true rugby spirit, no record has been kept on wins and losses, holding the cup the year you win is all that’s important. Currently the VRC hold the Cox Cup.

This year’s games will be played at historic MacDonald Park in Victoria (205 Simcoe).

The Reserve teams will play at 1:00 pm; competing for the Ferguson Cup.

The Premier teams will play at 2:45 pm for the Cox Cup.

The Trophy Presentation will take place post game in the JBAA Club rooms (205 Simcoe).

JAMES BAY


Burnaby @ CW

Both teams undefeated so far this year, both 4-0. CW have all their national team players back and apparently they're adding more, rumours that Rob Povey has been practicing with them this week. It will be interesting to see their lineup if it's released. It should be an epic battle. Burnaby usually dominate the front battle but they're missing their captain and loosehead prop Anthony Luca in the starting XV, plus CW boast a formidable front row as well. Difficult to be precise without seeing the CW roster but they have been playing well and anticipating they'll be adding some national team players this week. Also factor in the home field advantage. Prediction: CW by 3.

BURNABY
1 Adrian Longbone
2 Andrew Lackner
3 Ben Rowley (i)
4 Mike O Toole
5 Craig Mclaughlin
6 Lucas Albornoz
7 Doug Breadon
8 Taitutsi Vikilani
9 Cody Rockson (Capt)
10 James Reekie
11 Matt Chan
12 Jeke Gotegote
13 Kimi Vunituraga
14 Dan Josok
15 Cole Mcqueen

Ravens @ UVic

UVic will be at reduced strength as their best backline players will be slotting into not one but two 7s teams entered into the University 7s Championship. That means the 3rd selection in some cases for the Premier side in the backs and loose forwards. The good news is they have their tight five forwards back from the ARC team so Chisolm and Keys will be in the engine room. Not likely enough though and the Ravens should find space out wide. Prediction: Ravens by 10.

UVIC
Cooper, Bos, Reed
Chisholm, Keys
O’Neill, O’Sullivan, Harvey
Gallagher, Rowell
Erlic, Franklin
O’Neill, DeFris, Kelly

RAVENS
1. Paul Ahn
2. Dewald Kotze
3. Garret Garbe
4. Jon Phelan
5. Curtis Delmonico
6. Dimitri Bonnis
7. Kol Henrikson
8. Nick Waggot
9. Aj King
10. Harjun Gill
11. Kelepi Funilagi Gucake
12. Ben Grant
13. Huw Grundy
14. Jeff Vreys
15. Sean Hase

Caps @ Seattle

Caps are holding onto 4th place in the standings, Seattle are winless at 0-3. Seattle also have their ARC players back in particular Olive Kilifi in the front row. Seattle will be desperate for their first win to make a run for a playoff spot and this game is one they will target for a W at home. Caps missing their iconic #8, Glenn McKinnon, from the starting XV. Prediction: Seattle by 6.

CAPILANO
1 Mackenzie Mills
2 Steven Ng
3 Jesse Ryan
4 Dave Owen
5 Reid Tucker
6 Jason de Freitas
7 Alex Boyd
8 Jordan Reid-Harvey
9 Chris Robinson (C)
10 Chad Carlsen
11 Austin Karius
12 Joel Hulett
13 Nathan Yanagiya
14 Greg Brown
15 Connor Martin

SEATTLE


FULL SCHEDULE (home team listed first)

Saturday

Men's Premier

CASTAWAY WANDERERS V BURNABY LAKE - Saro Turner
JAMES BAY V ROWERS
SEATTLE V CAPILANO
UVIC V UBCOB RAVENS - Kevin Smith

Womens Premier Division

CASTAWAY WANDERERS V BURNABY LAKE
COWICHAN V WESTSHORE
SEATTLE V CAPILANO

Mens Premier Reserve

CASTAWAY WANDERERS 2 V BURNABY LAKE 2
JAMES BAY 2 V ROWERS 2
SEATTLE 2 V CAPILANO 2
UVIC NORSEMEN V UBCOB RAVENS 2

Mens Division 1 - Mainland

ABBOTSFORD V SURREY BEAVERS AA - Jivan Dhaliwal
BAYSIDE V LANGLEY
KELOWNA CROWS V UNITED

Womens Division 1

BAYSIDE V UNITED
BRIT LIONS V ABBOTSFORD
MERALOMA V SIMON FRASER RC
UBC THUNDERBIRDS V NANAIMO

Mens Division 1 - Island

COWICHAN V WESTSHORE
PORT ALBERNI V NANAIMO

Mens Division 2 - Mainland

ABBOTSFORD 2 V SURREY BEAVERS AA 2
BAYSIDE 2 V LANGLEY 2
KAMLOOPS V MERALOMA 2
KELOWNA CROWS 2 V UNITED 2
SCRIBES V RICHMOND 2

Mens Division 2 - Island

CASTAWAY WANDERERS 3 V NANAIMO 2
COMOX V WESTSHORE 2

Womens Division 2

SEATTLE 2 V CAPILANO 2
SCRIBES V COMOX
SURREY BEAVERS AA V RIDGE MEADOWS

Mens Division 3

ABBOTSFORD 3 V SURREY BEAVERS AA 3

Sunday

Mens Division 1 & 2 - Island Exhibition

COWICHAN 2 V JAMES BAY 3

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