Burnaby Take Three at Home Against UVic and SFU: Loss to Surrey on the Road
by Mike Devlin
BLRC U19 Men 6 – Bayside Sharks 19 (by Simon Smoldon)
In the torrential rain BLRC took on the storied Bayside U19 team. Well established & well coached, the Bayside team provided a good test for the Burnaby Lake Boys.
Right from the kick off the big BLRC forwards took the ball deep into Bayside territory following good runs from Shaan Bodwal (Burnaby Central) & Max Miller (Burnaby North). This led to a penalty opportunity that Wilson Huynh (Sir Charles Tupper) made good on for 3-0 lead.
Bayside came back hard & camped in the BLRC 22 for nearly 10 mins.
The rearguard defence was led by Francesco Tosato (Byrne Creek) & Alessandro Foglia (Burnaby Central). Bayside finally managed to create a well-executed overlap & their winger scored in the corner for a 5-3 lead.
From the restart BLRC once again used their big forwards to advance & Tyler Duldulau (Sir Charles Tupper) & Steven Santos (Sir Charles Tupper) made great runs. Despite pressure on the line, BLRC could not cross the whitewash & again had to make do with a 3 pointer from Wilson Huynh for a 6-5 half time lead. The second half was as hard hitting as the 1st with a number of injuries halting the flow of play.
Captain Eli Bialowas (Sir Charles Tupper) worked hard to get his team moving forward with great covering tackles & strong runs however good defence from Bayside prevented any momentum being gained & the game was played between the 2 twenty two’s.
10 mins from the end the bayside scrum 1/2 picked up from a scrum on the BLRC 22 & sold 2 exquisite dummy’s to go in untouched under the posts. The convert made the score 12-6 & BLRC needing a 7 pointer to win.
From the reclaimed restart bullocking runs from Jason Ubial (Sir Charles Tupper) & Jaden Worm (Burnaby South) put Ryan Mucho (Sir Charles Tupper) into space on the left wing. He beat his opposite & was tackled 10 metres out from the bayside line where a penalty was won. Burnaby chose to run this & some good defence from bayside prevented Burnaby from tallying & allowed them to clear the line.
Recognizing that the clock was against them the blue & white attempted a quick line out which ended up in Bayside hands & with the games last play their talented centre scored under the posts. The convert was the last kick of the game & made the score 19-6 to bayside.
Despite the loss the young Lakers once again improved & will welcome the rematch with Bayside in 3 weeks.
A big thank you to the ref Jamie Kelly & all the supporters that braved the conditions.
BLRC 2nd Div Men 12 – Surrey Beavers 43
The only BLRC team on the road last Saturday were in tough from the get go.
Normally an army of spares travel with the BLRC’s 3rd XV but today the brunt of the club wide player unavailability was borne by Captain Trevor Flynn and the 2nds and they would see themselves with only a spare or two to start the game and finish the game with 13 players after a few injuries. A broken arm to veteran prop Brent Molesworth being perhaps the most serious.
Ironic fact of the day. On the first Saturday of the season the BLRC had 7 scrum halves and the worry was what the coaches were going to do with all of them. The Prem Reserves that day sported a backline with 3 scrum halves. Yesterday, not one of those players were available and utility back Sean Fox was designated to wear the #9 jersey. By all accounts he played admirably and every player I spoke to called him out immediately as the most valuable player for the BLRC. Sean also scored one of the BLRC try’s. Another player who stood out was 8-man Domenic Baptista who ran some good lines when the BLRC were on attack. Newcomer, Aaron Solomonsz scored his first try for the club and had a strong game in the centres. Fly-half Jarret Richardson added a convert in the loss. Congrats to Surrey who played a strong game and were rewarded with a big win in their home opener!
They’re a great club who do so much right.
BLRC Women 54 – SFU 5
With the “development” nature of the league being as it is this fall, the coaches have rarely put a full “starting” lineup on the pitch together. With our cross-town rival over for the afternoon the BLRC coaches decided to put some starters on the field. Today was the closest I’ve seen to a complete lineup playing together.
Catrina Thompson offloads to Chanel Breton in the 2nd half of Saturdays match - photo by Pj Carr
Saturday marked the first minutes of the season for #7 Gabbie Hindley who continues to be (in my opinion) the most valuable player in the BLRC lineup. Hindley has size, speed, fitness, tenacity, “hands”, and a great rugby IQ. She’s really fun to watch play rugby. In spite of the lopsided score line, SFU played hard to the end and had flashes of brilliance but never really got going and were overmatched by the size, speed & physicality of the BLRC players.
The BLRC Women opened the game with a try 4 and a half minutes in and never looked back. 8-man Katie Grudzinski scored her first of 3 first half tries with a pick from the back of a BLRC 5m scrum. Winger Madison MacLeod scored next, finishing off a set of phases with a try in the corner. 3 minutes later Grudzinski added her 2nd after a nice fix & give from Faith Fitzpatrick. At 24 minutes Katie G was rewarded again when the BLRC pack pushed their opposites back over the try line and Grudzinski touched the ball down. At 28 minutes Alya Govorchin read the SFU backline, bursting through the centres to pick off a pass and score between the posts. Just before the half Laura Londono touched down after some sustained pressure from the Burnaby Lake women.
The dawn of the 2nd half saw FB Faith Fitzpatrick score after taking a nice line at the SFU 10m and finishing in the end zone. Katie Grudzinski scored her 4th after a long run by MacKenzie Lee was stopped just short of the try line. KG picked up and touched down. Joycelyn Guan scored next after an SFU knock on at their own 5m. Jocelyn picked up the ball and dove over the try line for her first BLRC try! SFU got on the board next when their fullback saw a mismatch opposite her and broke the BLRC line, sprinting from the 50m all the way to the sticks. After a BLRC scrum at the SFU 10m line, the ball was sent wide to Alya Govorchin who sprinted over for the next BLRC try. That was your final score.
The full game can be seen here: https://youtu.be/nfFfLD7xing
I am unsure whether there are playoffs or a champion crowned in the mainland women’s division this fall, so I am looking forward to the big club day we have coming up at Klahanie Park on the 13th as I’m sure all BLRC/Capilano players + supporters are. That should be the big Fall game for both teams. The Caps women have been destroying their opposition so far this year, so this will be a good measuring stick for the BLRC women.
BLRC Premier Reserve Men 34 – UVIC Norsemen 15
The Premier Reserve Men keep rolling with their 3rd win of the season. A powerful backline led by captain Jeke Gotegote has shown its ability to put points on the board. Neil MacLaine who is coming back from injury has been superb the past 2 weeks and controlled the game from the fly-half position on Saturday. Mike Gough has added to the leadership with his insertion in the engine room. It was MacLaine who scored the first points of the game. Running a hard line off of Gotegote and diving over between the posts. MacLaine converted his own to go ahead 7-0. MacLaine and the Norsemen fly-half exchanged penalties to make it 10-3. UVIC hit next with a converted try between the posts from their scrumhalf Jenner Tuelful who arrived early to a UVIC ruck in front of the BLRC sticks and noticed the lack of “guard” on the side of the breakdown. That ended the half 10-10.
Darren McCrory gets wrapped up by the Norsemen - photo by Pj Carr
Andrew Porter started the 2nd half with a try after Cian Keegan stole a ball at the midway point of the pitch. Nick Vandergoes brought it to the 22m before popping to Porter who finished it off. MacLaine converted. Darren McCrory scored next after a Nat Hight turnover and a big run from Tom Dear. The ball eventually went wide, and McCrory found himself with plenty of space. MacLaine added the extras plus another 3 points a few minutes later. Kishan Karunathasan had the next score, intercepting an errant UVIC pass inside his own 22m. Kish galloped all the way back to the UVIC try line and MacLaine converted. 34-10 with eight minutes to go. With only a few minutes left UVIC got on the board again with a nice set of passes putting the ball in the hands of their winger who scored easily in the corner. Final score 34-15.
Kyle Perkins and Neil MacLaine were voted M.O.M but I thought a case could have been made for Brian Murphy for the nod in the backs. He played out of position in the #9 role and kept the BLRC offence moving, producing quick ball wherever needed. He was also fantastic on defence, which is the norm for him.
BLRC Premier Men 46 – UVIC Vikes 24
A good rebound win for the BLRC Premier Men. The team seemed to have corrected many of the glaring holes exploited by the Ravens 2 weekends ago. Geoff Ryan took over at scrum half and produced much needed quick ball and some timely box kicks to keep Burnaby Lake always moving forward. Also, the addition of Admir Cejvanovic brought a noticeable upgrade in tempo. I do hope that the situation with the Sevens players gets resolved asap... but maybe it could wait until after the BLRC play Capilano on the 13th?
Admir Cejvanovic fights off 2 Vikes tacklers - photo by Pj Carr
Admir opened the game with a try only 1 and a half minutes after kickoff. The BLRC were attacking in the UVIC half of the pitch (thanks to a big run from Admir to get the ball in the Vikes end). After a few phases moved the ball inside the 22m, Nolan Shelley popped a quick ball to Cejvanovic who was running a hard line that the UVIC tacklers weren’t able to stop. Shelley’s convert brought the early lead to 7. With 10 minutes gone + the BLRC pressing inside the Vikes 22m, Adrian Longbone took a crash ball into a duo of defenders. The initial collision was won by the students but Longbone kept driving his legs and started going forward, falling over the try line. At 20 minutes the Vikes were threatening inside the Burnaby Lake 22 but a knock on put the ball into Ben McDougall’s hands and then to Dan Josok who scampered 80 metres or so for a try. Ollie Nott got UVIC on the scoreboard, taking a hard line and soft pass from Stewart only inches from the BLRC goal line, 17-7. A UVIC kick was fielded in touch by Admir and quickly thrown into midfield to Fullback Ben McIvor. The ball went to Josok who brought it to the Vikes 10m. Then to Sean McKeown, Callum Toi and Doug Breadon before Tautusi bombed it to the far side of the field to Gino Paolella who crashed through a tackle for a try. 22-7 going into the break.
Dan Josok turns the corner on his way to a long try - photo by Pj Carr
The BLRC tested the UVIC defence to start the half and pressed into the red zone. UVIC defended hard but an untimely yellow card to a Vikes prop gave the BLRC scrum the opportunity for a push over try, which they executed. Taitusi Vikilani was given credit for the try at the back of the scrum. Nolan Shelley added the conversion to put Burnaby Lake up 29-7. The students answered, taking advantage of an errant BLRC pass to work the ball down the far sideline where eventually their 8-man Nicholas Carson took a hard line into the end zone. 29 -12 with about a half an hour to play. A UVIC high tackle penalty gave the BLRC a lineout just outside the 5m. The BLRC pack set up a maul and used their superior bulk to push over the Vikes goal line. Preston Petrovitch was the man at the back driving the bus and he gets credit for the try (originally reported as being scored by Callum Toi). Shelley adds 2 and its 36 -12 for the home side. With 15 minutes remaining the BLRC Men were back in the UVIC 22m moving quickly towards the goal posts. Breadon offloaded to Worden who got wrapped up at the 5m but offloaded to Tom Cvijanovic who dove across the paint for a try! Shelley converted to make it 43 – 12. Nolan Shelley would make it 46-12 with a penalty later in the game. With about 7 minutes left to play a BLRC knock-on made its way into the speedster Brennig Prevost’s hands and he found a gap between two props, running under the posts for a try. He quickly drop-kicked his own convert and found nothing but net. 46-19. Off the restart UVIC were running and gunning, the ball ending up in #14 Liam Mahon’s hands. Mahon had earlier engaged the BLRC sideline in wholesome banter and had been good naturedly jeered through most of the middle parts of the game. Upon scoring his long try, he received a very earnest round of applause from the home sideline. Well played kid.
46-24 was your final. Some solid play for the home side. Having to keep up with the pace of Admir pushed the team out of their comfort zone and it paid off. Ben McDougall created some space for himself in the centres and was deemed Most Valuable Back. Up front, Bryce Worden continues his stellar season! He continues to control his side of the scrum and made a lot of good carries with the ball, narrowly missing try’s on two occasions.
For UVIC the back 3; McMullen, Mahon + Prevost were dangerous every time they got the ball. Only some fine open field tackling kept them off the scoreboard until the end of the game.
The full game can be seen here: https://youtu.be/kiCiKvLJPv8
No rugby this weekend but on the 13th, the 2nd Div Men travel to Kelowna while the Premier Women, Men and the Reserves cross the bridge to Capilano. It’s Caps annual breast cancer awareness day so please bring some cash to give to this worthy cause. $10 at the door with proceeds going to fight breast cancer plus you get entered into a draw for special edition BLRC + Capilano commemorative jerseys donated by X-treme Rugby!
Certainly, a worthwhile reason to hit up an ATM before getting to Klahanie Park!
Big thanks to Harry Mason, Toby Mustill and Ian Trevor for their work in the middle all day and to the volunteers who made it a great day at the club.