Bays Finish Regular Season With Strong Win Over Westshore: Face Burnaby in Playoffs
by Phil Meyer
On a cold barely-dry Saturday at MacDonald Park, JBAA shook off player chaos presently threatening BC rugby to finish the regular season strong, with two wins over Westshore Valhallians.
The early game saw ghosts from the Bays’ championship past walk onto the field to inspire a 21 – 15 victory over the Westshore Ones. Dave Ramsay, Andrew Moffat, Corey Paine, Brad Underwood – arrayed in ear-splitting grins, and jerseys that still fit (well, sort of) – appear from the pipeline pit on Niagara St. for varied periods of time - necessitated by numerical deficits – as Rugby Canada continues to hold several Navy Blues out of rugby.
The Bays score all their points in the first half: Brandon (Deuce) Sidhu-Scherer taking a pass from Jake Slobodian five minutes in; Slobodian scoring his own on a 15 meter powering run some 9 minutes later; the Blue Crush mauling over six minutes from half. Not sure of this last scorer. Will award it to Ben Johnson. Thomas Burton converts all three trys. At the half, JBAA 21 – Westshore 0.
Westshore strikes back with three trys in the second half. Not quite enough. At the close, JBAA 21 – Westshore 15.
In the Premier game, both teams shrug off the outside chaos – and do what they have always done best – play rugby. At two minutes, Bays set the tone for the day. Kieran McAuley in attack – a pass to Clayton Meeres – then to Nate Tough, who races over to score. Elliot Mitrou converts. JBAA leads 7 to 0.
The Navy Blue score 4 more in the half: Mitrou on a 15 meter zig then zag; Jack Mealey powering over in mid-frame, Tough with a 35 meter run for his second, Travis Larson, one of two “escapees” from Langford, finishing off Blue Crush power near half time. Mitrou converts two of these.
One minute from half, the Bays find themselves up 31 to 3 – Westshore nursing an early penalty goal from Mark Discombe. Then, at the whistle, Foster Dewitt falls on a Valhallian push over score. JBAA 31 – Westshore 8.
In half two, the Valhallians, heads still up, outscore Bays two trys to one. Jordan Tate tallies at the 48 minute mark – Discombe converting. Casey Reed scores six minutes from the end. Ed Adams slices in to notch a JBAA try in return – then a penalty goal from Mitrou. In all, JBAA 39 – Westshore 20.
Next Saturday the Bays travel to Burnaby Lake for a Premier League quarter final. The JBAA Ones rest.