Westshore Match Reports by Clancy McDonnell: Three Home Wins Against Capilano
Men’s Premier: WRFC 25 – Capilano 21
Westshore’s Velox Valhallians enjoyed a rousing victory on Saturday, as they headlined a five game day at Juan de Fuca. In a 20 minute spark in the middle of the second half, they turned a waffling affair on its head with some decisive play. The visiting Capilano team knocked over three penalties through the opening 50 minutes or so, while the home side had missed a couple of their own shots. Both sides had their moments, but you wouldn’t say that what followed was inevitable.
Jordan Tait, by now operating out wide instead of at scrum-half where he started, pounced on an intercept and raced off to score under the sticks. Galvanized, the team lifted and now fullback Taylor McQuire was into it, getting outside a defender and then pushing all the way to the line in what was probably a 50 metre effort. There was more to come, as the home side tallied up 25 points before Capilano mounted a comeback. They scored two of their own, but ultimately couldn’t haul in the home side.
It was a notable victory for the VVs, being the first time this season they’ve beaten a team ranked above them in the standings. They’re set to enjoy a schedule light on travel in this second stanza of the season, although next week’s game against Burnaby Lake has been shifted to Vancouver to facilitate attendance at the Canada vs. Uruguay test.
Men’s Premier Reserve: WRFC 20 – Capilano 7
The Premier Reserve game was a bit steadier than the top game. The home side scored a try after 10 minutes or so, and stretched their lead with a couple more tries. Scrums were strong as always, and for a rusty first game back the defense was decent. Capilano had their moments and scored a try for their trouble. Isaac Gonevou continues to impress at fly-half, the tight five is right up there for this league, and a couple of youngsters had good showings.
Women’s Premier: WRFC 38 – Capilano 7
The juggernaut continues. The game was evenly balanced in the first half, as both teams had positive and negative moments, without either team asserting themselves. The second half was one-way traffic though, as superior fitness and skills allowed the Valkyries to pull away and put another notch in the belt.
Women’s 2nd Div also played, going down to the visiting Capilano team. The Mighty 3rd XV hosted Comox, and got their title defense back on track with a good win. Moment of the Day was a close decision. John Lyall announcing knock-ons over the loudspeaker was comical. But a Capilano stalwart turning his 50/50 winnings over to a player raising money in order to represent BC 7s was a class act and takes the prize. Next week the senior men travel to Burnaby Lake, while the women have a bye.