Capilano - April 2017

April 25 2017

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Match Reports for Caps Premier Women and Men's 3rd Div Teams: Four Capilano Teams into Semi-Finals Next Weekend

by John Langley
posted April 25 17

The Premier Men and the Reserves are out of the playoffs but there was still some excellent rugby on the Bob Spray field at Klahanie Park on Saturday.

Three games were played with the Capilano Premier Women facing a strong Westshore team and both of the Capilano 3rd Division men playing SFU.

The Premier Women's game:  Westshore are at the top of the table and they showed why today.  They won 57-7.

Caps came out strong and determined.  Westshore struck early with a turnover ball and scored their first of many tries.  Capilano's Andrea Burk intercepted a pass and took it in for a try that she converted to even the score at seven each. 

After that it was mostly Westshore as they turned Capilano miscues into tries.  Westshore was led by their scrum half who is a skilled number 9 who also is a competent goal kicker. I thought Caps were better than the score would indicate but Westshore are certainly the class of women's rugby this season.  They are well coached and with several Canada players in the lineup are a hard side to beat.

The scrum play was interesting as some times Caps would go backwards and other times they held firm or moved the Westshore scrum.  Caps seemed to take a lot of penalties at the breakdown.  I think that they were being called for not releasing the tackled player soon enough or perhaps playing the ball while not maintaining the correct body position.  This is something that needs to be worked on.  Caps did not quit and made Westshore deserve what they got.  Congratulations to Westshore and thanks to the referee. 

Caps move on to the playoffs next week and will play Westshore again in the semifinals.

Capilano 3B's win this one handily by a score of 53-6

Capilano have a strong 3B team.  Many former Premier players have come back to play together along with some younger guys. They have won all of their games except for a loss to a very strong Squamish Axemen side that includes several talented imports that are living and skiing at Whistler.  Today Caps were too much for the SFU second team. 

The Cap scrum was huge and was able to push SFU off the ball all game.  SFU only managed to score two penalty kicks, although they did have some scoring chances and they have some talented players. 

The Cap 3B's are also deep with reserves so they were able to substitute without losing strength. This is the first time I have seen them play as they are usually on the road or playing at the same time as the Cap reserves.  They seemed to enjoy playing in front of a good sized crowd on the Bob Spray Field.  The rain held off for the Women's game but was coming down hard during most of this one.  Some of the Capilano supporters planned to go to UBC to watch the playoff between the T-Birds and James Bay but with the rain teeming down they decided to watch this game under cover.  UBC has a fine facility but unfortunately they did not put a roof over the stands. 

Caps were led by Welshman Sion Evans.  I do the PA for Caps and I was calling him Sion, as it rhymes with Lion, but was later corrected and he was introduced to me as Sean.  Sion is the Welsh version of Shawn or Sean as the Irish say it.  I guess for a country that pronounces Llanelli something like Clenethly, I shouldn't be surprised but this was a first for me.  Live and Learn!  Sorry Sion! Anyway Sion scored 3 tries in the first half to record his hat trick for Caps. 

Matt Plant a very large prop scored two for Caps and also displayed his chip kicking skills.  Danny Hatch did the kicking and did a fine job also. Craig McLaren played well at Flanker, and Kevin Hatch ran well at inside center. The ageless, Rob McCall had a strong game at lock and was joined by Darren (Hollywood) Grant who once had very long hair but now wears it very short!  Babak Manavi did a good job at number 10 in place of Nick Belmar who is injured, but should be back next week. John Webster looked good at number 8. Chris Lumsden and Andrew Plant played well coming off the bench. 

Brad Wightman was selected by SFU as a man of the match but he left early to feed his cat and was scrubbed! The referee did a fine job in this game, thanks for that.  Thanks to SFU for the game and the beer up.

The Cap Academy won this exciting game over SFU 18-15 in an excellent rugby game.

The Capilano Academy has been a huge success this season.  It is great to see young players 17-23 playing together and improving each game.  Today the youngsters were up against a good fit SFU side with some big hard running players.  This game culminated an excellent day of rugby, 3 games on the Bob Spray field. If you missed it you shouldn't have as the players responded and picked up their game. The Women were out gunned but still played hard.  The 3B's showed their stuff and the Academy came back from a ten point deficit to win a thriller.  Dave Burns said that this SFU team really took it to Rowing Club and were full value for that win. 

Caps opened the scoring in this one with a try in the corner.  Joe Britt who was a power all game for Caps got the ball out to Cam Waddell who touched down.  The conversion was missed. SFU scored a penalty kick to make it 5-3 in Caps favour.  SFU got the next try in the corner to make it 8-5 for them. Then SFU scored their second try and converted it to make it 15-5.  The rain stopped and the game conditions improved.  Caps scored following a number 8 pick up. Malcolm Klaver, who was in support, got the ball and took it in for a score.  This try brought the Caps within two points with the convert yet to come.  Joe Britt had taken over the kicking and he struck the ball perfectly and tied the score.  It was dead even and both team s were trying very hard to get the victory. 

Caps made a strong run and the ball was deliberately batted down by an SFU player. He was binned and Caps were awarded a penalty kick. Joe Britt nailed the kick and Caps were up 3 points.  The Clansmen fought hard to score and Caps were defending well.  Caps managed to get the ball deep into SFU territory and I thought the referee was signaling that the game was over but he was in fact calling the SFU binned player back on the field.  It seemed like a long time before the final whistle went but it was finally over and Caps had won a very close hard fought battle. 

The referee had called a very good game, thanks to him.  Also thanks to Jim Leith for feeding all of the teams today as he always does!  Caps 4 remaining sides move on to the playoffs.  Get out and support them this weekend

Saturday April 29, 2017 – BC Rugby Semifinals
11:30am Ridge Meadows 2nd Division Women at Capilano 2nd Division Women (Klahanie)
11:30am Capilano Premier Women at Westshore Premier Women (Westshore)
1:00pm Capilano U23 Academy Men at Westshore 3rd Division Men (Westshore)
1:00pm Capilano 3rd Division Men at Comox 3rd Division Men (Comox)

Caps Top Two Men's Teams Bow Out of Playoffs - Three Teams Left: Match Reports

by John Langley
posted April 18 2017

3Bs defeat Surrey and U23 Academy game defaulted

The 3Bs travelled to Sullivan Heights to take on the Surrey Beavers. The Caps came out on top in this match. This gives them six wins on the season with only one defeat.

The Caps U23 Academy was supposed to take on Abbotsford but the game was defaulted due to lack of players on the long weekend. The Caps will be credited with the victory.

Both 3rd Division teams will host SFU this weekend at Klahanie in the last regular season games for this year. Kickoff times will be confirmed this week.

UBC Host Caps 1st Div and Premiers: UBC Reserves win 23-20 with last play try

The Capilano reserves needed to win this game to ensure a playoff game. They came close after coming back to take the lead with no time left on the game clock.

When I arrived at the pitch it was already 7-0 for the Braves so they must have scored very early as I didn’t miss that much. Caps were putting together a counter attack and came close to scoring a try but it wasn’t to be. They went for a penalty kick at goal but it missed and UBC turned over the ball following the restart. Caps also lost several of their lineouts and this didn’t help their situation.

UBC added to their lead with a penalty kick after a tip tackle warning to Caps and it was 10-0. UBC center number 13 made an excellent run and evaded several attempted tackles to make it 15-0 and UBC was in control.

Caps first try came on a neat grubber kick to the right wing, who scored in the corner. The game was now 5-15 in favour of the students but Caps were showing signs of life! UBC spilled the ball on a run and this led to another Cap try by Eligh Papin. The conversion was missed but Caps were back in it. Time was winding down and UBC took a penalty kick to make it a two score lead. It was now 18-10 for UBC.

Caps were able to get it back to a one score deficit with a penalty kick by Malcolm Klaver. UBC was coming on and made a strong run that showed much promise. Cap fullback, Tim Adair stepped in between the pass at full pace and took it the other way for 5 and with the conversion it was now a Cap lead 20-18. The clock said game over but it is the referee that holds the game time and the kickoff meant game on.

Caps were penalized and UBC kept coming on for several phases and several minutes and scored to pull it out for them.

Caps have several players, North Shore developed players, on the UBC teams and the supporters can have divided loyal loyalties. In one case the mother of a UBC player was dressed in Blue and Gold and the father, a Cap sponsor, was dressed in Caps gear! Congratulations to UBC and thanks to the referee. Good luck to UBC in the playoffs.

The Premier Game: UBC won this one with a convincing 43-5 Victory that was well deserved.

Caps needed to get at least one point out of this game in order to surpass James Bay. It didn’t happen. Caps had one more win than the Bays but they ended up even in points and that meant the team that won the head to head game went through. This was the Bays and they will play UBC next week in the 3 versus 6 playoff game.

Today Caps kept it within reach until the second half when UBC pulled away. The first Birds try was scored by Cap Alumni Nate Rees who I thought was the best back on the field today, although Theo Sauder was also a force. Nate came to Capilano after he was recommended by Luke Cudmore who played Canada development rugby in Wales. Nate played several seasons with Capilano and was a member of the 2012 championship team. Nate scored in the victory over James Bay. He went to UBC to get his PhD. Apparently he has another year remaining at UBC. He is eligible to play for Canada and he would make a tremendous difference to the Canada back line! Nate’s passes and chip kicks were a big part of the UBC attack. Caps are hopeful that Nate will come back to the Capilano club following his career at UBC. We wish him continued success!

The Birds back line had a bit of a slow start today but really showed their stuff later on. Caps pack is fairly solid and the back row can play with anyone. They were short of props again today as Jesse Ryan wasn’t available and Andrew Crandell is out with concussion symptoms. This meant Mackenzie Mills was on for the duration and the other prop position was filled for the bulk of the game, by veteran former back row player Rob Scott. Rob is a Warrior and always answers the call. Caps owe him a vote of thanks for his dedication, hard work and club spirit!

Caps had chances early but didn’t maul like they did last game against CW. Caps resorted to individual running instead of the controlled mauls and it wasn’t nearly as successful. If they had converted perhaps they might have salvaged a point but UBC was not making it easy. Caps only score was from second row forward Rich Merinsky.

For Caps top two men’s sides it is wait until next season. The club owes thanks to head Coach Keith Reeves who has decided to step away. Keith is a personable, dedicated coach and really likes the club. He says he will stay involved and perhaps will play for the Snowcaps. At the end of the game Caps past President Ken Robinson presented the John Olmstead memorial trophy to UBC. John is the father of Canada lock Evan and was a former Capilano President and player who passed away much too young in Australia. Thanks to UBC for the games and hosting and to the game officials. Best wishes in the playoffs many of us will be watching.

Next week the Premier Women and two Capilano 3rd division squads should be playing at Klahanie. Get out and support your club.

The Caps would also like to congratulate the Canadian Men who won the Singapore Sevens this past weekend. This was the first tournament victory for Canada in 140 attempts. A special shout out to Capilano RFC member Harry Jones. Well done Harry and well done Canada!!

Caps at Home to CW + Scribes + Meralomas: Match Reports

by John Langley
posted April 4 2017

Five games were scheduled at Klahanie today but due to heavy rains on Friday night the 3A Academy vs. Meraloma game had to be moved to Lucas Center. Thursday the fields were in good shape, fairly dry and firm. Then came the Friday downpour and the Bob Spray Stadium pitch had a lot of standing water on it. It was so bad that the Premier Women’s referee declared it unplayable. I asked Past President Ken Robinson what were the chances of getting at least 1 game on and he said 80-20 against. He then came up with an idea. Ken is a Marine Pilot so knows something about water. Ken said why don’t we shop vacuum the water off the pitch? It was worth a try, so out came the extension cords and the shop-vacs. A number of old guys and some players including banished star Glen McKinnon, joined in and the plan looked like it might work. The shop-vacs sucked up the water and was dumped into large garbage pails and carried to the sidelines where it was dumped. It was quite a project but it worked and the Premier game was played on the Bob Spray Field. Great idea Ken and thanks to Field Marshall Bannister and those who participated. Great team effort!

Caps 3B vs. Squamish 3rd Division

This came was played up in Squamish vs. the Axemen. The Caps 3B’s were defeated 28-12 against a strong team in Squamish. Well done to both teams on a competitive game.

Caps 3A Academy vs. Meralomas 3rd Division

This came was played at the Lucas Centre. Meralomas won the game by a score of 20-19.

Caps 2nd Division Women vs. Scribes

The Caps 2nd Division Women defeated Scribes 35-0. This is the Caps last match of the regular season before playoffs.

Caps Premier Women win a squeaker over CW 13-12

Due to the above I didn’t see as much of the Premier Women’s game as I would have liked. Last week’s game at Windsor Park in Victoria was a dandy and from what I saw and heard today’s game was a good one also. Caps came out gunning and I am informed, looked like they had scored a couple of tries but they were called back for infractions. CW got a try, from their fullback and Caps got a penalty kick by Jackie Tittley. Melissa Robinson scored with a short power run and it was now 8-5 for Capilano. CW answered though on a fine run and converted for a 12-8 lead. Caps managed to get another try from Lindsay Nicholson and that made it 13-12 for Caps. They managed to hold the score despite several good runs by CW. It was another good win for the Capilano Premier Women over a very good CW side. Congratulations to both teams on a good outing and thanks to the referee.

The First Division Game: Caps won 25-22:

Caps came out firing today. Young Eligh Papin who looks to have a great future in senior rugby was back from an injury. He had a great game scoring a hat trick in the first half to lead his side to victory. It looked like Caps were going to blow out CW but the second half was entirely different. Castaway-Wanderers found their game and despite being down 22-3 at the half they stormed back. Caps number 10 Joe Slater, who has also been out with injury, looked good as did Kiwi flanker Motu Vilisoni who is not a large back row but is extremely talented. His talent and experience really stood out today. Also number 9 Kail Spooner had a good game. Caps have had a couple of rough outing on the road in Seattle and at James Bay. For CW number 10 Brandon Gerhardt led the comeback. His boot doubled the CW scores to 6 points. Number 12, Oliver Winser, for CW also looks like a great prospect and he cut through for their first major of the game. This was converted and it was 22-13 but CW was squarely back in the game. CW number 10, goaled another penalty kick to make it 22 to 16. Caps took another penalty and it was now 22-19. Ryan Scott took a yellow card and Caps were a man short. Another Penalty kick tied the score at 22 and things were not looking promising for the home side. Could they be beaten after such a great start? Fortunately for Capilano they got a chance to kick a penalty kick late in the game. Tim Adair knocked it through and Caps won the contest 25-22. CW had their chances and but for some poor passing their backs could have scored more points. It was a tale of two halves and this was soon to be mirrored in the Premier game with the opposite result!

The Premier Contest:

Caps had to get points out of this game if their playoff hopes were to survive. CW has really bounced back this season, they are at the top of the table and last week defeated power house UBC at Windsor Park. Caps were without Glen McKinnon a key member of the Capilano team. CW was without Canada hooker Ray Barkwell. It has been evident this season what a difference one or two star players can make to a team’s performance. At Capilano we long to see Harry Jones and Adam Zaruba but that rarely if ever happens. Caps needed players to step up if they had any chance in this game. At the outset the Caps looked nervous. They are a young side and the pressure is on them.

Caps did get a shot at goal on a penalty kick but it was wide. Chris Robinson, as most kickers sometime do, had an off day. He did make up for it though with his leadership, heady play and quick taps on penalties. Clayton Thornber, the CW hooker scored first for his side and the conversion was good.

CW scored again on an opportunist try as their player, scooped up a loose turnover ball in tight and then took it all the way in for the score. The score was now 14-0 and one wondered if this might turn into a blowout.

Chris Robinson got his side back in the game with a quick tap penalty and a run up the middle. He was joined by Alex Boyd who finished off the run with a try under the posts. C-Rob converted and Caps were on the board.

CW answered rather quickly though with a nice back movement finished off by Anton Ngongo who touched down in the corner. The conversion sailed through and it was a comfortable 21-7 lead for CW.

The Cap pack picked up their game Ryan, DeFreitas, Owen, Tucker, Reid-Harvey and Boyd Et Al were coming on. They had some early scrumming problems but it seemed to get better and they were able to hold their own in the sets. Big Jessie Ryan ran hard today and he powered over for a much needed Capilano try. Rich Merinsky had made a big run to get the ball deep into the CW end. The crowd roared their approval and this score seemed to inspire the Caps. Caps tried a blind back pass that usually works from Chris Robinson but this time a CW player picked it off and nearly got away. Shortly after this number 9 Mike Dalsin found space in the middle and scored to extend the CW lead. The score was now 28-12 in favour of CW.

Caps got a penalty awarded and went for the lineout and Jason DeFreitas scored to bring the score to 28-17. An attempted penalty kick missed and it was half-time.
Jordan Reid-Harvey made a strong run for Caps. Caps were penalized and CW took a shot at goal. This time they missed. CW had a chance to score but knocked on. Mackenzie Mills made a powerful run and bounced off a tackle. Chad Carlsen cleared with a good kick to relieve the CW pressure. The next score came off a maul and it was downed by Caps Dave Owen. The convert was made by C-Rob and it was 24-28 as Caps narrowed the lead and they were coming on.

A CW run was stopped and Caps stole the ball. Nathan Yanagiya made a power run and found some space. The next try was set up by Connor Martin. Connor had survived an earlier binning for a tip tackle that I totally missed. He made a nice run then kicked the ball low up the left sideline. Caps managed to turn this into a try and take the lead for the first time in the game. There wasn’t much time left but Caps wished there wasn’t any.

CW roared back and put pressure on. It looked like Caps had cleared but the ball was passed back over the 22 meter line and Chad kicked it just into touch on the full. The result was as CW 22 meter lineout. CW ran the ball and were stopped but a high tackle was called by the referee. CW‘s Povey kicked the penalty to regain the lead with only minutes remaining. Caps then kicked for the sideline it went for a lineout.

The lineout wasn’t straight, so Caps got the throw in. CW stole the ball and the game was over. It was a very entertaining rugby game. It was the best game Capilano has played since the win over the Ravens that prevented them from being relegated. The CW backs were a handful. Caps had defended well for most of the game and their forwards; I thought had the advantage in the loose play. Caps finally showed some fire power and got a bonus point for four or more tries. They also got another losing bonus point for a narrow loss. These were the first bonus points in the second half of the season for Capilano.

The refereeing crew did a fine job today and it made for entertaining high scoring rugby. Congratulations to them. Thanks to Castaway-Wanderers for a great day of rugby. It was great to have a beer with Ian Mclean the CW scribe who does a great job for his club. Thanks again to Jim Leith for his culinary delights! Thanks to the volunteers, Gord Currie and Tom Kirk on the gate and Allan Banwell on the score board. Thanks to those who stepped up to help Tim Bannister and Ken Robinson get the field in shape. See you at UBC for our makeup game in two weeks.

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