Capilano Defeat Meraloma in Premier for 2-0 Start to the Season
by John Langley
The Premier Women and 2nd Division Women were both away to Westshore. The Capilano Second Div side won 54-5 over Westshore for their first win of the season. The Capilano Premier Women lost 48 – 33 to the league champions of last season. It looks like the Caps Women had a good outing against a very strong side. Both Caps Women’s teams play at home this coming weekend.
The Capilano U23 Academy side defeated SFU U23 31-5 in a game that started up on the top pitch but had to be moved to the Bob Spray pitch due to an unfortunate injury to one of the SFU players. The young man hit his head on the ground and had to be taken to hospital. We all hope he has a speedy recovery.
Capilano Premier Reserves and Meralomas Premier Reserves: Lomas 26 Caps 8
Welcome back to the Meraloma club moving back into the BC Premier League. The Meraloma club has been rebuilding and their reserve side is off to a good start. Last week they topped the Ravens and this Saturday they beat the Caps. The Meralomas were the better side today and were led by number 9 Alex Patterson who put in a very good effort. Lomas scored first on a good effort by number 4 Ben Martin. The try was converted by Alex Patterson and the visitors were up 7-0. Lomas almost scored again but they were stopped just short of the goal line.
Next, Dave Brammall scored to put his side up 12-0. Lomas picked up a loose ball and scored on a long run and the visitors were up 19-0. Caps finally got on the scoreboard with a Malcolm Klaver penalty kick to make the score 19 -3. Caps did get some push back in the second half and the sets that were all Lomas in the first half were now at least competitive with perhaps an edge to the Caps.
Caps first major was by Kes Kasha, the team captain. Kes finished off a several phase attack as he breached the Lomas goal line. The conversion missed and that ended the scoring for the Caps. Lomas scored again on a long run by Alex Patterson who turned several attempted tacklers inside out. Patterson converted to make the final score 26-8 for them.
For the young Capilano side there is much work to be done. The tackling must improve. It is a rebuilding year as most of the championship team from two seasons ago is no longer playing. Thanks to the referee on the day. Congratulations to Meraloma on a very good game.
Capilano Premier Men and Meralomas Premier Men: Caps win this one 59-32
The game was preceded by a moments silence for four excellent rugby men who have recently passed away. Meralomas Chuck Plester and Dick Laysell, who were both outstanding rugby players and both played for Canada. Dick was also a long time Vancouver area referee. The other gentlemen were Murray White, who played for Pocomo and was a teacher and rugby coach at Carson Graham High School and Fred Patterson a Snowcap, club supporter, and the father of Capilano player, BC Coach and former Canada player Darcy Patterson. Unfortunately the club microphone picked a bad time to stop working, so it was difficult to pass on much of the information to the crowd. May they all rest in peace; all of them gave much to the game and will be remembered!
The Caps are off to a good start this season with two bonus point wins. The return to the club of two UBC players, Neil Courtenay at prop and Connor Weyell at flank, are great additions to the scrum. Both of these players, along with flanker Jordan Reid-Harvey, are BC Bears and very good rugby players. With the exception of veteran Captain Glen McKinnon, who is rock solid at number 8, the rest of the forwards are quite young. The pack looks very promising and this has permitted the move to inside Center of flanker Alex Boyd, who looks dangerous wherever he plays.
In the game today the two teams put up a total of 91 points. Cap score keeper Alan Banwell, who is well into his 80’s, complained that the guys nearly killed him by making him climb up the score board so many times. The club built Alan a step as he was having difficulty getting up to hang the numbers. Alan is a beauty. A former Rowing Club reserve Captain, many years ago, then a long time referee, and following that Alan was a referee assessor. He now comes to all Capilano home games and runs the score board. He told me as tired as he was he was still going to his block party with a bottle of wine! Alan you are a classic! Long may you RUN!
The game started with a very quick Lomas try. It gave the Lomas hope and confidence. When these two clubs met last season, the Lomas defeated Capilano and almost knocked them out of contention in the Premier League. Caps righted the ship the following week by defeating the Ravens to stay in the hunt. Lomas were no doubt trying to build off last season’s victory and for quite a while they stayed in contention in this contest. The Lomas have some talented players and they showed that they can strike from anywhere on the field. Caps on the other hand need to tighten up. Not usually a high powered scoring team, this season they have been putting up the points. The problem has been that they are giving up too many scores to the other side. The competition gets heavier in the next three games so tightening up the defense has to be a priority. Lomas were up 7-0 early. A Lomas player fielded a chip kick and stepped a would-be tackler to score. Mike Hall converted the try. A Lomas penalty kick by Mike Hall made it 10-nil for them.
Caps Austin Karius showed some of his natural talent and potential. Austin took a pass and made several good steps to take the ball in for a much needed try for Capilano. Sam Franklin, Caps fullback and placekicker, has been deadly lately but he missed this convert. He was perfect last week and was hot again today. Caps swung the ball left from a breakdown and Glen McKinnon made a good pass out and Caps touched down for their second score. Sam Franklin converted and it was 12-10 for Caps.
Lomas struck back with an interception to give them a 15-12 lead. The conversion attempt struck the upright and stayed out. Lomas turned another Capilano mistake into a score as the ball was spilled in contact and was scooped up by Lomas Mike Hall who took it in for the score. This made it 22-12 for the visitors and things were looking good for them.
Caps regrouped after a team huddle in the in goal area. Caps got the ball into the Lomas end and began mauling. Lomas were having difficulty stopping this and Jordan Reid- Harvey touched down for the try. Sam Franklin converted and it was now 19-22 but the momentum was now shifting to Capilano. Caps began to dominate the sets and won some of the Lomas line outs as well. Another mauling try by Jordan Reid-Harvey put the Caps in front for the first time since early in the contest. The converted try made it 26-22 for the Caps.
Lomas charged down a Capilano clearance and this looked promising for Lomas. Fortunately for Capilano the ball went over the dead ball line. Caps scored another mauling try again touched down by Jordan Reid-Harvey and with the successful convert it was now 33-22. The Lomas side wasn’t finished though and they answered with a converted try to make it 33-29. Glen McKinnon scored for Caps to make it 38 and the Sam Franklin convert made it 40. A Meraloma penalty kick by Mike Hall made it 32 for his team.
Caps were given a yellow card to number 5 Reid Tucker. They survived this manpower shortage and in fact were able to score a try while a man short. Glen McKinnon powered over the line but slipped the ball to Sam Franklin for the score. Franklin converted and this brought the score to 47-32. The Meraloma side fought hard to score again and came very close. Caps were defending furiously and stopped the visitors just short. Meralomas were penalized and Caps cleared the ball to touch. Glen McKinnon, a force all game, scored to make it 52 for Caps, the convert was missed. Rowan Baker came on as a sub for Mackenzie Mills, who had a very industrious outing. Sam Franklin set up Baker with a nifty inside pass and the youngster scored under the posts. I could hear shouts from his reserve team mates, for him to ring the Beer Bell!
Thanks to Lomas for two very entertaining games. Thanks also to Mr. Mason and his assistants for a well handled contest. Next week is a big home game against the Ravens. Get out and support the Capilano RFC.
Schedule for Saturday September 23
11:15am Ridge Meadows 2nd Division Women at Capilano 2nd Division Women 11:15am Rowers 3rd Division Men at Capilano 3rd Division Men 12:45pm Seattle Premier Women at Capilano Premier Women 12:45pm UBCOB Ravens Premier Reserve Men at Capilano Premier Reserve Men 2:30pm UBCOB Ravens Premier Men at Capilano Premier Men
Caps Win Two on the Road in Seattle: Match Video and Photo Album Added
by Chris Robinson
The 2017-2018 season started for the Capilano Rugby Club with the Premier Men and Premier Reserve Men travelling to Washington. The Capilano Men played the Seattle Saracens at the Chuckanut Rugby Club. The turf field in Seattle that we have played on the past few years has been deemed unplayable. I would expect Seattle to try and find a field much closer for them as the season goes on.
We brought about 37 players between the two teams. Big thanks to Ryan Corbett for making the trip to tape and treat the boys. Ryan Nelson came as a new coach along with Garth Prouse who is the new Head Coach. It was also great to have Gary Yuen on the trip as the new Manager. Both Capilano teams featured some new players to the club and some players in new positions. Everyone stepped up and the club came away with two hard earned away wins.
The Premier Reserve men started off slowly in the rain. Seattle scored first and they were in control early. The Caps started to fight back and worked down the field into the Seattle half. The ball went into touch for a Capilano throw. Captain Kes Kasha threw the ball in quick to Joe Slater who ran in for a try. Malcolm Klaver converted the try. Seattle scored another converted try while Malcolm kicked a penalty goal to make it a 14-10 halftime score. I didn’t see much of the second half. The teams traded penalty kicks to make it 17-13 in favour of Seattle. With about five minutes left the Caps took the lead with a try from Kes Kasha. Malcolm made the convert to make it 20-17. The Caps defended the rest of the way to close out a hard earned comeback victory. The Caps players of the game were chosen as Ryan Scott in the forwards and Matt Lee playing at fullback.
The Premier Men had a few new faces in the lineup this week. Neil Courtney and Connor Weyell returned from playing at UBC. Both will be big additions to the forward pack. John Webster also returned to the club this year from overseas and started at #6. Steve Cassells and Scott Rogers are newer club members and were joined in the back line by Alex Boyd at #12. Joe Britt got his first Premier start while playing his first game as a winger.
Slow starters last season, the Caps came out firing and Neil Courtney scored early on a short crash ball. Sam Franklin made the convert to put the Caps up 7-0. Sam Franklin would soon follow this up with a penalty to make it 10-0. As they did most of the day, Seattle came right back after Caps points. The Seattle #13 broke a few tackles on his way to a try. Then the Caps slowly worked back down into the Seattle end. The Caps forwards were strong driving the ball from lineouts. A drive was stalled near the goal line before being sent out to the backs. Some quick hands produced a ruck near the goal line with Neil Courtney again taking a short crash over for a try. Both his first half tries looked pretty similar. Sam kicked the conversion and later added another penalty kick.
Before halftime Seattle scored again after a few missed tackles from the Caps. They kicked the convert to make it 20-12 at halftime. The Caps made one sub at halftime with Giles Klaver coming onto the wing for Joe Britt. The Caps got a try from captain Glen McKinnon for the first points of the second half. Sam again made the conversion. Seattle replied right off the kickoff as the winger collected the ball and ran down the sideline for the score. This made the score 27-17. After a few kicks ahead, the Caps were pressuring Seattle deep in their half. The ball was spun wide to Giles who scored his first Premier try in his first game. The kick went through to make it 34-17 for the Caps.
After a ball kicked high into the air, Giles was shown a yellow card as he went for the ball and clipped the Seattle player in the air. Seattle would proceed to score two tries to make it 34-27. The last five minutes of the game saw the Caps forwards grind the game out with slow pick and goes. They held onto the ball long enough for time to expire before the ball was kicked out of bounds with the final score 34-27 in favour of the Caps. Sam Franklin was 7 for 7 on his goal kicking on the day. Ryan Scott subbed on for the final ten minutes for John Webster but that was the second and last sub on the day. Neil Courtney and Scott Rogers were the Caps players of the game.
Thanks to the match officials on the day, they both did a great job. Thank you also to the Chuckanut Rugby Club for being great hosts. The boys kept well hydrated during the postgame activities. Lastly, thank you to the Seattle Saracens for two close hard fought games. We look forward to hosting you later in the season.
This coming weekend sees five of the six Capilano teams in action. Both Women’s teams will be travelling to Vancouver Island to take on Westshore. Three Capilano Men’s teams will be playing at home at Klahanie. The U23 Academy host SFU while the Premier Men and Premier Reserve Men host the Meralomas. We hope to see a great crowd at Klahanie for the first home games of the season. Go Caps!!