Capilano - October 2017

November 01 2017

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Capilano Split Games in Nanaimo: Win in Reserves, Loss in Premier

by John Langley

Capilano Women

The Capilano Premier Women travelled to Seattle on the weekend. They were defeated 52-12 by a strong Seattle team playing at home. The Caps Women travelled with 17 players with the 2nd Division team playing in a different location. The Premier Women travel to Victoria this coming weekend to take on CW. The 2nd Division Women played in Ridge Meadows this past weekend and were defeated 33-0. They have a bye weekend this Saturday and some of the players will be on the bench for the Premier Women.

Capilano 3rd Division Men

The Capilano 3rd Division Men continued a strong 3rd Division rivalry with the Kats. These teams have had many great battles at the 3rd Division level over the past 8 or so years. The Caps came out on top this weekend 31-12. The Caps 3rd Division will be playing at home this coming Saturday.

Caps Men to Nanaimo

It is great to see Nanaimo in the Premier League. Caps have always had a good relationship with the Nanaimo Hornets and several former Caps have played for Nanaimo. They have an excellent facility, fields, and clubhouse. Nanaimo are also excellent hosts. Two very exciting games were played between the two clubs today under ideal fall conditions.

The Reserve Match was won by Capilano 12-7.

This was a close game that could have gone either way. Caps were somewhat better handling the ball in the backs and I think that was the difference today. Caps were given two yellow cards and Nanaimo one. Caps number 11 John Franklin looked good on the wing for Capilano and he was brought on in the centers in the Premier game. John Franklin, a young man from West Vancouver and the brother of Caps fullback Sam, looks to be a player with much potential. He scored the Capilano try after a run by number 10 who passed to assist the try. The conversion was good and it was 7-0 for Capilano.

Caps had a great chance to make it 10 but the kick went sideways. Nanaimo scored on an up and under and touched down. The score was now 7-7 and any ones game. Caps scored again in the right corner to make it 12-7. The conversion missed. Nanaimo threatened late but time expired. Caps needed a victory after several sub-par performances. They are a young rebuilding team but have lots of potential. Thanks to Nanaimo for the game and to the referee for his astute handling.

The Premier Game: Nanaimo won by a point 38-37

The Premier game was quite a contest. Nanaimo started fast and looked very impressive doing so. The Hornets were primed, they had not won so far this season despite some good outings. Their first try came on a weighted kick near the Capilano in goal area. Chris Robinson was covering and looked to be in perfect position to field it and clear. The ball, however, had different ideas, it bounced back in front of him, then sideways and into the oncoming arms of Hornet player Tanieli Tulia who downed it for the score. The conversion put Nanaimo up 7-0.

Caps got away on a promising run but a difficult pass was knocked on and the chance was lost. Nanaimo was swinging the ball out wide and was looking good. They scored again on a run by Jared Stephens who scored two tries today. The score with the conversion by Harrison King was now 14-0.

Ken Robinson, Caps past club President, said “usually the ferry ride is worth one try against today it was worth two”. Caps regrouped and managed to pull one back with a try in the right corner. The referee spoke to his assistant and the try was awarded. The Caps were showing signs of life! The convert was missed but at least Caps were on the board. Caps stole a Nanaimo scrum and started an attack unfortunately the ball was knocked on, Caps got another chance and a back movement looked promising but Nanaimo number 10 Brad Marshall, who was having a great game, slapped down a Cap pass and was given a yellow card. Caps needed to use their manpower advantage and they did. A rolling maul was joined by Adam Zaruba and he powered over for the score. Sam Franklin converted and it was now 14-12 for Nanaimo.

Caps were back into it but Nanaimo had other ideas. Nanaimo scored on yet another funny bouncing kick; this stretched their lead to 19-12. The conversion was successful and it was 21-12. Nanaimo struck again soon much to the delight of their vocal fans. This made it 26-12. The convert missed but Nanaimo was still on a roll and got the ball deep into the Capilano end. They were awarded a penalty kick but it was not successful and it was now half time.

You could see that the Caps were having quite a discussion at the break and Glen McKinnon was firing up his mates. A Cap penalty kick to touch got the ball into the Hornets end. Caps started mauling the ball and looked to be going wide right when Capilano hooker Jason de Freitas broke to the blind side by himself and went all the way for the try. The convert missed but it was now 17-26 and the Caps were playing better.

A nice run by Jordan Reid Harvey and a penalty kick put the ball deep in the Nanaimo end John Franklin scored on a nice run to make it 22-26 in favour of the Hornets. I thought Caps were on a roll and would win going away. Denny Maynard an original Capilano and a former coach said, “I don’t think Nanaimo has finished scoring”. How right he was as soon after the Hornet’s stung Caps once again with a well taken try. The conversion failed but Nanaimo was now up 31-22.

Mackenzie Mills made a nice run for Caps and Glen MacKinnon got hold of the ball and was not going to be stopped. Sam Franklin’s convert missed and it was 27-31 for Nanaimo. Nanaimo struck yet again with a try and conversion to give them a 38-27 lead. Caps scored again on a try by Adam Zaruba and trailed 38-32. Caps needed a converted try to win. They managed a try in the right corner. The Cap supporters were hoping for a try nearer the posts. Caps were a determined crew and tried hard for another score. Unfortunately for them they ran out of time and a penalty against them for not releasing ended the game. The conversion would have won it but it wasn’t to be and the Hornets won by a point. What a finish to a very hard fought game!

For Nanaimo a well earned victory with a bonus point and for Capilano a two bonus point loss. The Nanaimo clubhouse was jubilant as was to be expected. They did a great job hosting and congratulations to them on the victory. The beer up was great with a lot of old drinking buddies in attendance. Thanks to the refereeing crew and thanks to Nanaimo for the excellent post game meal. Next week is in Victoria against James Bay. I won’t make this game due to a Family commitment but all the best to my club. Get out and enjoy BC Rugby.

Pink Day – Saturday October 21: Breast Cancer Awareness was a huge success!

by John Langley

The Capilano Women continue their winning ways! The Caps men had a rough day but the Premier Men make their point (1 bonus) and hopefully a statement for the future, in a close loss to a somewhat depleted but still tough Burnaby Lake side. Both teams are missing starters but it was still a classic Burnaby /Capilano encounter.

It was Breast Cancer Awareness day at Klahanie Park. Despite the inclement weather the event was a huge success. Craig McLaren deserves much credit for his stewardship of this worthy event. It is always a great day when Burnaby comes en masse and supports this event as do the other opposing teams and the Capilano faithful.

Capilano Academy Under 23: The young Caps lost to UBC 36-0

Caps did play better today and lowered the differential between the two clubs. Caps also had several scoring chances, but were stopped by good UBC tackling. UBC gets the crème of BC high school graduating players and from elsewhere. Congratulations to UBC and thanks to the referee.

Capilano 3B’s lost this game 18-17

This was a tough loss for the Capilano 3B’s. They were missing several players and were up against a good opponent. I didn’t see much of this game as it was on at the same time as the Capilano Premier Women. The score says it all as it was a hard fought game which could have gone either way. Congratulation to the Lomas and thanks to the referee for her efforts.

The Capilano Burnaby Reserve Game: Burnaby won this game handily by a score of 36-3

This is a very experienced, undefeated Burnaby 15 and the Caps are going through a rebuild with lots of young players, many who played Academy last season. Burnaby was good value for the win and scored early and often. Caps only managed a penalty kick. The young Caps did not quit and put in a hard 80 minutes. Caps took too many penalties including two yellow cards, so played two men short for a short time. Burnaby scored while enjoying the manpower advantage. They also scored before and after that. I did not record the Burnaby scorers, hopefully that will come from the Burnaby Lake report. Caps brought on some Academy players in the second half. Young prop Arsalan Schaigan, who is 19 made a monster hit in front of the grandstand to stop a Burnaby run. For Burnaby the Vikilani’s at #6 and #8 were having a good outing. In the backs number 10 Neil Maclaine, 11 Bryan Murphy and John Mcloughlin impressed. Congratulations to Burnaby and thanks to the referee Mr. Brett Hay.

The Premier Game: Burnaby won this one 13-11 Caps

The rain that had been fairly light came down much heavier throughout this game. It was not a backs day, the ball was greasy as was the pitch! Burnaby struck early with a penalty kick by number 12 James Reekie. Caps number 10 Steven Cassells, tied it with a penalty kick. It was 3-3. Burnaby got another shot but this time Reekie missed and he seemed to lose his touch after that. Kickers sometimes have off days and this was not James Reekie’s best game. Perhaps this Capilano team, in Horse Racing terms, are mudders! One could see fairly early on that this was not going to be a try fest. Burnaby had the advantage in getting hold of loose ball and turnovers and this I felt was the reason that they managed a victory. Caps have not been getting enough ball to Adam Zaruba and the Cap backs have not played well in recent games. Today Cassells was steady at 10, and Chad Carlsen who has played all over the backline had by far his best game of the season, and probably staked his claim on the inside center position. Austin Karius was solid at fullback.

Adam Zaruba scored a powerful try to get the Caps back into the game. Burnaby had taken an 8-3 lead on a try by Dan Josok. The Zaruba romp tied the game at 8. Caps also moved Adam around and tried to get more ball to him despite the bad conditions. Caps lost young prop Rowan Baker early on and he had to be replaced by Jesse Ryan who did a good job off the bench. Burnaby missed another attempted penalty kick but kept the pressure on in the Capilano end. Burnaby scored a well taken try swinging the ball out wide right and scoring in the corner I couldn’t see the number of the player that scored but I believe it was the outside center. This gave Burnaby a 13-8 lead, the convert missed but Burnaby had the lead. Caps were awarded a penalty kick and went for the lineout in Burnaby territory.

Unfortunately for Caps the ball went to ground and Burnaby secured it snuffing out the Cap attack. Caps got a turnover ball in mid field and it looked like they might have a chance to score but the whistle had sounded for a Burnaby knock on. Cap fans wondered where the advantage rule was but perhaps the whistle was sounded early. Burnaby looked like they might be away down the left wing but the Cap cover stopped this attack. Caps attacked Burnaby with a run by Chad Carlsen. The Burnaby winger went in for the tackle and unfortunately he didn’t get up. The player was in distress and it was decided to call an ambulance. The Burnaby reserves, in a smart move, moved their tent over to cover their team mate. It was decided to finish the game on the upper field. Fortunately the young man was able to get to his feet when the ambulance arrived. Hopefully he is not seriously injured! There was 20 minutes left in the game.

The move to the top field left a lot of fans in the stands and they tried keeping dry and watching from afar. The hard core supporters went up to the sidelines in the pouring rain. The teams battled hard and Caps did manage to get the ball deep into the Burnaby end. A penalty was awarded to Capilano and it was decided to go for the posts as there was quite a bit of time left on the clock. It was back and forth after that but there was no further scoring and Burnaby kicked the ball out to end the game. It was a hard fought loss for Capilano but hopefully a statement was made for better results in the future. Burnaby as I said earlier was a bit better securing the loose ball and to me that was the difference between the two sides. Thanks to referee Mr. Mason and his assistants. The teams headed in to shower and then filled the Capilano Clubhouse. It was a good hard rugby game culminating what had been a great rugby day!

For the Cap men it is off to Nanaimo next Saturday. Apparently Nanaimo played a very good first half against James Bay before going down to defeat so they can’t be taken lightly. Go Caps!

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