Burnaby Win Two at Lomas - Face Westshore This Weekend: Match Reports by Mike Devlin
BLRC Premier Reserve Men 14 – Meraloma 10
When the 2 sides met in the fall, the Lomas jumped out to a commanding half time lead and a spirited BLRC comeback was cut short by the final whistle. Saturday’s rematch followed that same formula but with the Blue & White not giving the Lomas quite as much of a head start. The home side jumped out to a 10-0 halftime score and seemed to have the formula to shut down the dangerous Burnaby attack but couldn’t sustain the pressure for the full 80 minutes. In the 2nd half, the BLRC forwards took over and Preston Petrovitch scored early with Nolan Shelley converting to cut the lead to 7. A penalty try for the BLRC scrum 10 minutes later gave Burnaby a lead they would hold on to until the final whistle.
2 Meraloma defenders try to bring down Riley Fahlman
BLRC Premier Men 29 – Meraloma 0
The Premier game kicked off amidst stormy skies in Kitsilano. The 100% chance of precipitation added to the “ring rust” and made ball handling a little more of a challenge than usual. The BLRC had a few men out of action for the opening game but did welcome back three impact players to the side. Kimi Vunituraga would see action for the first time since injuring himself playing 7’s this past summer. Cole Mosychuk returned from a season with the College Rifles in Auckland and Jeke Gotegote donned the familiar #12 jersey for the first time since week 4 of the fall! All 3 of these players made big impacts and helped Burnaby Lake come out on top!
The BLRC maul accounted for 2 trys on Saturday
Cody Rockson led the BLRC onto the pitch for the 2nd straight game and got the BLRC forwards rolling right from the opening kickoff. The BLRC forwards used their bulk and controlled the point of contact in almost every instance, slowly moving the play back towards the Loma goal line. That is not to say that the Meraloma attack didn’t have its moments, only that each time they got the ball, their starting point got closer and closer to their own posts. Finally, at the 18-minute mark the Lomas dam finally burst and Mike O’Toole rushed through for the game’s opening points. The BLRC pack was set up at the Loma 5m. Mike O’Toole picked the ball from the back of a ruck and bulled into a group of defenders on the goal line. Winning the battle (with a little support from his team mates) and touching down for a try. At 27 minutes the BLRC would extend their lead to 10 when a lineout in the Loma end turned into a fast-moving maul, storming towards the goal line. Michael Gough would be the man with the ball when it crossed the goal line. BLRC 12 – Meraloma 0. Just before half the BLRC would strike again. Big runs from Darren McCrory and Cole Mosychuk brought Burnaby Lake into the Lomas 5m. Higgins popped the ball to a crashing Bryce Worden who scored to end the half 17-0 in the BLRC’s favour.
Jeke Gotegote returns to the BLRC backline!
10 minutes into the new half and the BLRC forwards are running some aggressive lines into the Loma red zone. Cole Mosychuk takes a seemingly innocent pass from O’Toole at the 22m but found a gap in the Meraloma defence and ran it into the corner (they did not make it an easy day for the kickers!). BLRC 22 Loma 0. The Meralomas mounted a counter attack and controlled the play for a 5-minute period but the Burnaby Lake defence held and eventually they cleared the ball and found themselves back inside the Loma 22. The forwards set up a maul and young Siaki Vikilani was rewarded with his first Premier try! There was lots of offence in the final 20 minutes, but no more points and the game ended. Thanks to the Meraloma for a great afternoon!
This Saturday the Premier Women will see the pitch for the first time in 2018 when they travel down to Seattle while the Men host Westshore in 2 games. The games at Burnaby Lake have early kickoff’s, going at 12 + 130.
Before signing off I would like to mention and congratulate the 3 BLRC Senior Men who were chosen to represent BC in Las Vegas and Vancouver in March! Congrats to Kimi Vunituraga who I’m told will captain the men’s side as well as to Gino Paolella and Darren McCrory! Also, a big congrats to Admir Cejvanovic and Anthony Luca. Both of these young men started their rugby careers in the BLRC junior system and have been placed on the National teams 30-man roster for the World Cup qualifying matches and the ARC!
Many Teams~One Club