Capilano - October 2017

October 18 2017


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Capilano Weekend Match Reports – Losses to CW in Men's Premier; Win Over CW in Women's Premier


Women’s reports by: Will Newbigin.
Men’s Reports by: John Langley

Women 2nd Division against Scribes

The Capilano Women second side came into Saturday’s fixture still holding onto their unbeaten season but would face a tough task against a strong Scribes side. 

A light drizzle greeted the two teams at Klahanie Park and Capilano used the home field to their advantage and soon got onto the score board. Another characteristically strong run from Karina Christiansen saw her score from 45 meters out to give Capilano a 5-0 lead with the conversion missing.  Scribes were not to be disheartened by this strong start from the home side and soon were establishing themselves onto the game with slick ball handling and pace out wide. This combination was the recipe for their first try of the mornings rugby to pull the scores level. 

Returning Capilano Vanessa Janzen put the black and gold back in front with a short range effort after good build up play from her forward counterparts. The conversion missed and the score remained 10-5 with half time was looming. 

The second half gave much as the same as the first. The topsy-turvy contest continued with Scribes scoring a length of the field team try to tie the scores at 10-10. And as you guessed, back came the Caps. Good hands from the Capilano backs lead to Krissy Morley scoring in the corner for her 2nd try of the season. 15-10 to the Caps. Once again the sea-saw swung back towards the girls from Vancouver and they scored a similar try to their 2nd of the morning and went full length to, again, level the score at 15-15. 

Capilano showed great spirit in the closing exchanges with the thriller of a contest decided by a Capilano debutante. Lindsay Munroe touched down the winning try like she had played her whole life to send Capilano to a tense victory.  The final score was 20-15 in favour of the Caps. Credit has to go to Scribes who never let up throughout the whole game and gave Capilano their biggest test of the season. 

Capilano Premier Women vs. Castaway Wanderers

Good team structure and some individual moments of brilliance lead Capilano to a 70-0 victory over the island based Castaway Wanderers. 

The afternoon fixture at Klahanie Park wasn't as one sided as the score line would suggest. Capilano had to work hard for their victory against a stubborn and aggressive Castaway defense. Nevene Hammound scored her first of the match after a good early run from Natalie Beliveau. The conversion was successful and Capilano sprung to a 7-0 lead. 

Further tries from Julie David and Melissa Robinson established the Caps dominance on the fixture and the score was soon 17-0. David quickly added to her tally with another try which she converted and with Nevene Hammound completing her hat-trick with the 5th & 6th tries for Caps it was 34-0 at the half an hour stage. Scrum-Half Jacklyn Simington scored right on half time to give Caps the 41-0 lead into the second 40. 

The second half began with second row Nicola Jones scoring from close range. Castaways were still showing their fighting spirit throughout the fixture and were making Capilano work for every inch of field position and certainly didn't let up in their defensive effort. A try from second row Louisa Hadley and two from Ally MacCormack as well as a fantastic solo effort from Julie David gave Capilano a 70-0 lead going into the final stages of the fixture. 

The contest finished on a sour note with a serious looking injury to a Castaways player. Everyone at Capilano would like to wish her all the best with her recovery and we are looking forward to seeing her again on the field soon. 

Castaway Wanderers at Klahanie for 3 matches plus 3 matches against United, Ridge Meadows, and Scribes

It was a rugby fest on Saturday at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver. The day started early, 10am with the Capilano Academy against United U-23.

Capilano Academy won this very close 13-11 game with a long penalty kick by Ryan Agyagos. The two teams were very competitive and United won the last time these two teams played. Today United led at the half on a hard running try and a penalty kick. Caps came back in the second frame and second row Graham Swanston stretched out to score under the posts. The conversion by Ryan Agyagos was good and it was now 8-7 for the visitors. Caps scored a 3 pointer on a penalty kick to make it 10-8 for them. United answered with a penalty kick and it was now 11-10. Everyone was looking at their watches as it didn’t seem that much time was left but it was still game on according to the referee’s watch. Caps were awarded a penalty around 40 meters out and Ryan struck it very well and it sailed through to give the Caps a narrow two point lead. United tried very hard to pull it out but time ran out and the Cap side was victorious. Congratulations to both teams on an exciting hard fought contest. Thanks to the referee.

Capilano 3-B win 27-24 over a stubborn Ridge Meadows side

Caps scored early with a try by forward Craig Rice and looked very strong early on. The killer B’s as they are known are stocked with seasoned Capilano players, several who played for Capilano Cup winning teams. They play hard and hit hard but someone said to me that the second half might be different due to the fitness and age levels between the two teams. Sure enough Ridge Meadows didn’t quit and made quite a game of it. Ian Smortchevsky distributed some excellent ball from number 9 and some of the passing was great but often the last pass wasn’t completed and Caps didn’t quite finish. Craig Yates played well at 10 and ran a good back line until being replaced by talented Nick Belmar. The forwards were very solid and provided a great platform. Bruce Bowman came on in the second half and made an impact. A couple of Academy players also came on and helped to secure the victory. The B’s in my view will need some more player help if they are to repeat as champions. Ridge Meadows played well and apparently did so against Squamish earlier, they look like an up an coming side!

The Premier Reserve Game

CW won this game by a single point 24-23

I didn’t see much of this game as I was on the microphone for the Women’s Premier game. From what I could see it was the best outing this season for the Caps Reserve team. Thanks to Ian MacLean the CW scribe for his game report. Ian has been reporting on CW Rugby for many years and is more than a student of the game, he is a PHD! His reports can be seen at Castaway Wanderers Rugby, and are well worth a read. Ian left the women’s game at the half and went up to the top field. I am relying heavily on Ian’s report on this one, Thanks Ian. The score at the half was 10-10 and CW’s Coop Turchel blocked a Cap conversion, which I did manage to see. It looked as if he was the only player to charge and he got his hands on the ball, that was kicked by Malcolm Klaver. This charge down likely won the game for his side. In the second half CW opened a 24-10 lead but then took a red card and this opened the door for a Cap comeback. Caps managed to fight back and bring the score to 23-24 but could not eke out the victory. Some hard running by Ryan Scott led to a mauling try by Caps. It is great to see Graeme Buckler back on the pitch; some veterans are needed to shore up this young Capilano side. The reserves have had a tough start to the season so hopefully things are improving. Thanks to the referee for his effort. Congratulations to CW on a hard fought win.

Cap CW Premier Men’s Game

CW won this game 52-14 and looked good doing so.

Caps fans hoped for a win following a greatly improved outing against UBC; it wasn’t to be though as the Victoria squad played excellent rugby even without their Canada A players. CW has done a lot of recruiting and will be a factor in the race for first place in the Premier Division. Caps are really missing big prop Neil Courtney who not only steadies the scrum but is excellent in the loose play and a try scorer. Neil is out with a concussion and hopefully will return soon. Also missing is Alex Boyd a pit bull who plays flank but has been filling in at center. To make things worse Sam Franklin, the number one kicker and fullback is also out with an ankle injury as is lock Rich Merinsky. Injuries are part of the game but getting them close together has hampered the young Cap team.

Chris Robinson did a good job with the boot but Sam’s long kicks were missed. Caps got into penalty trouble early with the first four penalties going against the home side. Castaway Wanderers didn’t take long to establish themselves and scored early in this game. Their number 10 Conor Pullin opened the scoring with a nifty run. The conversion made it 7 and not long after they struck again. David Keta scored and this try was also converted giving CW a 14-0 lead. Caps answered with a mauling try touched down by Connor Weyell.

This try gave the home team some confidence but it didn’t last long as CW struck again. Conor Pullin scored his second and made it 21-7. CW came close to scoring another on a strong run by Justin Logan. Caps appeared to dodge a bullet but the clearance pass was knocked on leading to yet another CW score, it was now 26-7 going into half time.

Caps are fortunate to have Adam Zaruba in their backline and the big fellow is a threat whenever he touches the ball. Unfortunately they haven’t been getting enough balls to him. A try by Doug Fraser opened the flood gates and made it 31-7. The PA announcer, me, was having problems announcing the frequent CW tries. A CW fan looked up and said, “you don’t appear to be enjoying this” I politely said, no. My CW counterpart scribe was able to leave the Senior Women’s game and head up to the upper field at the half and miss some of that mismatch. Unfortunately I had nowhere to go!

The CW tries were coming with regularity and as a homer it wasn’t easy to watch. The CW scoring didn’t stop until the score was over half century. Caps did manage the final try of the game as a very frustrated Captain Glen McKinnon scored on the final play. It is a pleasure to host CW and the clubs have had some epic battles over the years. The CW players and others were well behaved and polite guests and true sportsmen. Hopefully the Capilano Premier side will be more competitive next time we meet. Thanks to Jim Leith for feeding the hungry players. The food as always was excellent! Thanks to referee Dave Smortchevsky and his assistants. Next week it doesn’t get much easier as Caps play the Burnaby Lakers. It will be Pink Day as both clubs support fund raising for breast cancer research. Get out and support this worthy cause! Go Caps!

Saturday October 21, 2017 – Capilano Pink Day
9:45am Capilano 2nd Division Women vs. Langley Women (Top Field)
11:15am Capilano U23 Academy Men vs. UBC U23 Men (Top Field)
11:00am Women's Pink Jersey Presentation (Bob Spray Field)
11:15am Capilano Premier Women vs. Burnaby Lake Premier Women (Bob Spray Field)
12:45pm Capilano 3rd Division Men vs. Meralomas 3rd Division Men (Top Field)
12:45pm Premier Reserve Men vs. Burnaby Lake Premier Reserve Men (Bob Spray Field)
2:15pm Men's Pink Jersey Presentation and cheque presentation to Canadian Cancer Society for last year (Bob Spray Field)
2:30pm Capilano Premier Men vs. Burnaby Lake Premier Men (Bob Spray Field)

Anyone who would like to donate to the fundraising effort but can’t attend on Saturday can do so at this link http://convio.cancer.ca/goto/CapilanoRFC

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