Weekend Results: CW Defeat Lomas; Lakers Sink Hornets; T-Birds Soar Past Bays; Ravens Drop Valhallians; Vikes Stop Saracens CW 31 - Lomas 14
We said CW by 5 but they bettered that result with a +17 result. Not much info on the match but CW maintain a strong hold on 4th while Lomas cling to 8th spot, still 9 points out of a playoff spot. The season resumes January 20th. Burnaby 38 - Nanaimo 21
Nanaimo surprised Burnaby and were leading at the half 21-12 with two tries by Jared Stephens. Burnaby came out strong in the second 40 and added 26 points to none by Nanaimo. If Nanaimo ever discovers the last 20 minutes they'll do alright in the second half. Burnaby continue in 3rd place, chasing UBC and Ravens for a first round bye in the playoffs. UBC 46 - James Bay 19
UBC continue to amaze, the Bays had a good team with the addition of national team players Lucas Rumball and Cole Keith to the forwards but the T-Birds continue to roll over the opposition. Is it just me or does anyone else think the UBC coaching staff of Ramses Langston and Curry Hitchborn should be more in the loop with the national squad in both the U20 and senior men. UBC continue in top spot, one point ahead of the Ravens. Ravens 29 - Westshore 10
The Ravens got back on the winning track and continue in second place in the standings. Westshore are in 10th spot in the 11 team league. UVic 27 - Seattle 17
The only result we got wrong this week and credit to the Vikes. Here is the match report from their website.
Island Tide 32 - Vancouver Wave 20
VICTORIA – After an up and down first half of the B.C. Premier League schedule, the UVic Vikes men's rugby team made sure that they ended 2017 on a high note with a dominant 27-17 victory over the visiting Seattle Saracens on December 9.
"We controlled the game, outplayed them and defended really well," said Vikes head coach Doug Tate. "They made a lot of errors that were due to pressure from our defence and that let us off the hook at times, because they have some talented runners."
Third-year Vike Gradyn Bowd led the way with an astonishing 22 points in the game. The native of Red Deer, AB scored two tries and was also clutch in the kicking department, knocking through two penalties and three conversions.
"He's definitely the player of the game, he's been getting better as the season goes on and has had some serious injuries over the last couple years," said Tate. "He had an outstanding game today against some big guys on the other team, he committed well."
The win moves the Vikes to 3-8 on the season and up into ninth place in the Premier League as the team continues to battle their way into playoff contention.
"That is a big win for us with 17 players missing due to injuries and exams, so I'm very happy," said Tate. "We have been playing better lately, but we lost three games (in the first half of the season) that I thought we could have won."
A defensive first half ended with Bowd the only point-scorer on either team. A try in the eighth minute, after sustained Vikes pressure, was complemented by successful penalties from Bowd in both the 32nd and 40th minutes.
While Bowd was putting points on the board for the Vikes, a complete team effort was stifling Seattle's attack, limiting the visitors time of possession with tough tackles.
"I am very happy with keeping them off the scoreboard in the first half, that gave us a good chance to win," said Tate. "Logan Martin-Feek played great today, he defended well and put his body on the line. That's the best he's defended for us this season."
The Vikes added to their lead almost immediately after the second half got underway. Some quick passing found first-year Ethan Hager in space and the winger made no mistake in diving over the try line.
Seattle finally got on the board in the 48th minute of play after they were finally able to gain some traction against the Vikes defenders to score a try.
The Vikes responded just eight minutes later when a great run by Brennig Prevost was capped off with Bowd plunging over the try line to score his second of the day and push the lead to 27-5.
Seattle made the scoreboard look a little more respectable by scoring two tries in extra time but the result was never in doubt, as the Vikes cruised to the 27-17 final score.
The team will now get an extended break to regroup and focus on the second half of the season as the Vikes are next in action on January 27, when they travel to Vancouver to take on their rivals; the UBC T-Birds.
1st 2nd F
UVIC: 13 14 27
SEA: 0 17 17
Gradyn Bowd (2T, 2P, 3C), Ethan Hager (1T)
The Island women won the first half of the two game series and go into game #2 with a +12 margin. BC senior women's coach Aaron Frisby was on hand to evaluate the players.
Weekend Predictions: Lomas @ CW; Lakers @ Hornets; Bays @ T-Birds; Valhallians @ Ravens; Saracens @ Vikes Meraloma @ CW
#8 Lomas visiting #4 CW in the last weekend of rugby before the holiday break. Lomas missing a couple of key players that helped them with the win last weekend against Caps. Brock Staller and Hank McQueen not showing in the lineup. CW also missing a few players, some no doubt preparing for MLR camps. Nanyak Dala moves to #8 for this match, an unusual place for him and it will be interesting to see if he's on the national team radar since his comeback. It should be a competitive match but CW at home should have a slight advantage. Prediction: CW by 5.
1. Darren Du
2. Dan Fumano
3. James Beck
4. Justin fanselo
5. Billy Noonan
6. Ciaran Acford INT
7. Connor McCann
8. Josh Clarke (C)
9. Tom Viljoen INT
10. Tom Dougherty INT
11. Gavri Grossman
12. Guy Shcwikkard INT
13. Benji cottle INT
14. Derek Townsend
15. Shawn Mercier
16. Scott Mcginley
17. David Zhang
18. Will Perry
19. David Brammall
20. Steve Lam
21. Calum Baynham
22. Anton Pekoe Burnaby @ Nanaimo
Nanaimo with only one win in the fall season, sitting in last place going up against the #3 team. Burnaby missing a few key players but they have four imports in the side. Nanaimo have their top try scorer back from a trip to the Dubai 7s so they might be able to cross the line a couple of times. They give up 40+ points per match though so a couple of tries won't do it. Should be Burnaby pulling away in the last 20. Prediction: Burnaby by 12.
1 Adrian Longbone
2 Andrew Lackner
3 Juan Videla (i)
4 Craig Mclaughlin
5 Riley Fahlman
6 Ed Swire (i)
7 Cody Rockson (Capt)
8 Doug Breadon
9 Reid Watkins
10 Jack Caithness
11 Sam Hayward
12 Gino Paolella
13 John Mcloughlin (i)
14 Cole Macqueen
15 Ben Mcivor (i)
NANAIMO James Bay @ UBC
UBC have been on fire lately but they're missing a number of backline players, no Theo Sauder or Nate Rees. James Bay have improved their roster with the addition of Lucas Rumball. The Bays have a knack for handling the students and they're putting out a pretty good forward pack. It should be a good front row battle with Cole Keith back in the Bay's roster and Clint Lemkus from UBC being the dominant tighthead in the competition. Could be an upset here but have to go with the #1 team right now. Prediction: UBC by 2.
1: Cali Martinez (Earl Marriott)
2: Connor Sampson (Charles Tupper)
3: Clint Lemkus (Paul Roos) (I)
4: Liam Doll (Carson Graham)
5: James Carson (Oak Bay)
6: Donald Carson (Southpointe)
7: Cam McWilliam (St George’s)
8: Nick Allen (Mulgrave)
9: William McDougall-Percillier (Brentwood)
10: Wes Wong (Shawnigan Lake)
11: Jake Lan (Rockridge)
12: Ben Lesage (Henry Wisewood)
13: John Jubenvill (Earl Marriott)
14: Elias Ergas (Collingwood)
15: Fraser Hurst (St George’s)
JAMES BAY Westshore @ UBCOB
Ravens have their key three players back, Moran, Phelan and McLelland. Harjun Gill back at #10 with some capable centres, Sean Ferguson and Ben Grant. It's looking one of their better rosters. Westshore have brought in Martial Lagain from Quebec, Andrew Ferguson has joined the team as well at scrum-half. Sitiveni Nacoko is a threat on the outside. The Ravens at home will want to get back on track after running up a couple of losses. #2 hosting #9. Prediction: Ravens by 8.
1 Curtis Delaminco
2 Paul Ahn
3 Peter Houlihan
4 Jon Phelan
5 Sam Clarke
6 Kol Henrikson
7 David O'Donoghue (i)
8 Karl Moran (i) ©
9 Jorden Sandover-Best
10 Harjun Gill
11 Sean Ferguson
12 Ben Grant
13 Aj King (i)
14 Graham Turner
15 Aaron McLelland (i)
16 Benji Couling
17 Adrien Carcy (i)
18 Dimitri Gotsopoulos
19 Nick Waggot
20 Kiernan Collie
21 Cully Quirk
22 Karsten Leithner
23 Josh Sendler
WESTSHORE Seattle @ UVic
Both teams missing key players, Shalom Suniala not showing in the starting XV for Seattle. For UVic Guiseppe du Toit missing. #10 hosting #7, UVic needs the win to have a chance of climbing the standings enough for a shot at the playoffs in the spring. Aladdin Schirmer has been outstanding for Seattle at #8. It's a bit of a coin toss with UVic at home, slight edge to the higher ranked team. Prediction: Seattle by 3.
1. Macbryan Bos
2. Carter White
3. Alex McAra
4. Conor Keys
5. Bryce Bostock
6. Jesse Burns
7. James O’Neill
8. Karl Mattison
9. Matt Gallagher
10. Gradyn Bowd
11. Ethan Hager
12. Logan Martin-Feek
13. Mostyn Findley
14. Cathal Long
15. Brennig Prevost
16. Callum Richards
17. James Pitblado
18. Liam Mahon
19. Jack McCarthy
1: Michael Shepherd
2: Daniel Trierweiler
3: Ryan Youngman
4: Taylor Krumrei
5: Nick McKenna
6: Eric Soto
7: Cole Van Harn
8: Aladdin Schirmer
9: Isaiah Chinen
10 Zack Burns
11 Dion Crowder
12 Michael Garrity
13 Sequoyah Burke Combs
14 William Stowers
15 Mosese Munez Lalasava FULL SCHEDULE
(Time, Venue, Home, Visitor, Ref)
14:30 Windsor Park CASTAWAY WANDERERS V MERALOMA Nathan Abdelnour
14:30 May Bennett Pioneer NANAIMO V BURNABY LAKE Brad Schwalger
14:30 UBCUBC V JAMES BAY AA Saro Turner
14:30 JerichoUBCOB RAVENS V WESTSHORE David Smortchevsky
14:30 U Of VictoriaU OF VICTORIA V SEATTLE Andrew Foster
Mens Premier Reserve
12:45 Windsor Park CASTAWAY WANDERERS 2 V MERALOMA 2 George Van
12:45 May Bennett Pioneer NANAIMO 2 V BURNABY LAKE 2 Mauke Mauke
12:45 UBC UBC 2 V JAMES BAY AA 2 Christopher Assmus
12:45 Jericho UBCOB RAVENS 2 V WESTSHORE 2 Colin Stroeder
12:45 U Of Victoria U OF VICTORIA NORSEMEN V SEATTLE 2 Kevin Smith
Mens Division 1
14:30 South Surrey Ath PkBAYSIDE V ABBOTSFORDTyler Dawson
14:30 Crush CrescentLANGLEY V VANCOUVER ROWING CLUBBrett Hay
14:30 Sullivan HeightsSURREY BEAVERS AA V UNITEDToby Mustill
Mens Division 2
12:45 South Surrey Ath PkBAYSIDE 2 V ABBOTSFORD 2 Sean Dingley
12:45 Crush Crescent LANGLEY 2 V VANCOUVER ROWING CLUB 2 Graham Stone
Mens Division 3
12:15 Balaclava Park KATS V SQUAMISH Shanda Mosher-Gallant
12:45 King George Park RICHMOND V MERALOMA 3 David Holmes
12:45 Sullivan Heights SURREY BEAVERS AA 3 V CHILLIWACK Mike landiak
Ruth Hellerud Brown Cup
13:00 Cowichan VIRU V VANCOUVER Ashley Anderson
U18 Boys Playoffs
14:30 UBC CASTAWAY WANDERERS V BAYSIDE Christopher Assmus
U16 Boys Playoffs
13:00 UBC CAPILANO GOLD V COWICHAN Brad Schwalger