Capilano Weekend Match Reports vs Burnaby, Kelowna, Surrey by John Langley and Steve Feenstra
Capilano Report: Pink Day at Klahanie:
Today was the 7th annual Breast Cancer awareness day that was created by Capilano Vice President Craig McLaren after the loss of his mother Bonnie. Each year the event seems to grow along with the crowd and the enthusiasm. Burnaby Lake is the preferred major opponent as they always bring at least 3 strong sides and their enthusiastic fans. Today’s other opponents were the Kelowna Crows women and the Surrey Beavers 3rd Division side. All of the teams supported this wonderful cause and the Capilano RFC thanks them for their participation.
The Capilano second division women won by a score of 34-5 to start the day for Caps. Congratulations and thanks to Kelowna for the game. Thanks to the referee.
The Capilano 3rd division men have had a rocky start to their season after going to the finals last season.
Today they looked strong in a 41-7 win over Surrey Beavers. Thanks to the Beavers for the game and thanks to the referee.
The Capilano RFC is proud to announce that Steve Feenstra has volunteered to take over the bulk of the game reports. Steve is a long time Capilano supporter and a retired North Vancouver Fire Chief. Steve moved to the Sunshine Coast but missed the rugby action and his Grandchildren so has moved back to the North Shore. He has done rugby reporting before and is a welcomed addition. I will continue to do the game PA announcing and will chip in with reports as Steve’s backup. Today I did notes of the Premier Women while Steve covered the Premier men’s reserve game.
The Premier Women won by the score of 59-14
The Capilano Women came out flying and they played 15’s rugby as it should be played. Their new, this season coach An Hoang and her assistants Gary Cartwright and Will Newbigan have their side well drilled, up and running.
Macy Munsen the Center from Kamloops adds power running and hard tackling. The forwards are providing good ball and the backs are finishing as they have not done since the championship seasons. Today Cap winger Kaitlyn Cumming was the finisher and scored 5 tries for her side. All of them went through many hands and the handling was flawless. Center Macy Munson scored two on long runs and fullback Ashley Robinson added a single on a long run down the far sidelines.
Forwards Lindsay Nicholson added a try and so did Gillian Boag. Burnaby worked hard throughout and usually put in strong performances at Klahanie. Today unfortunately the injury bug hit and 3 of their starters had to leave the field including BC Rep Kelly S. and Jessica H. sorry I don’t have their last names, scored on a nice run for Burnaby and later number 1, Tiana finished another well deserved try for the Lakers.
Christina Burnham scored the final try for Caps. Most of the Capilano tries were from the sidelines and that makes converting them difficult so it wasn’t a great kicking day but today it wasn’t necessary as the tries were coming in bunches.
The Capilano supporters showed their appreciation for a well played game by the home side. Thanks to Burnaby for the game and thanks to the referee.
Premier Reserves Burnaby vs Capilano
A sunny day in the middle of October on the North Shore provided the perfect backdrop for a clash of old foes. The Capilano prem reserves trotted to the upper field to meet Burnaby, one of the stronger teams in this division.
On paper this had the makings of a long afternoon for the Caps. The veteran Burnaby team is loaded with size and depth and looking to solidify it’s claim at the top of the Reserve table. However, the home side from Capilano, while starting slowly in a challenging 1st half, managed to claw back in the 2nd half and gave the Lakers a game by the end.
A dream start for the blue and white hoops had them scoring early and often. Tries at 5 min. by Nolan Shelley, 15 min. by Nate Hight, 18 min. by #15, 26 min. by #1, and 29 min. by Kashan Kaiusnathan had the Capilano faithful cringing. The Caps could only reply with two penalties to make the half time score 31 – 6 for Burnaby. The game was being managed very nicely by Burnaby # 10 Shelley and it looked like the 2nd half would be a formality.
The second half however, saw a complete reversal of fortunes for the home team. The half started terribly with a Capilano forward suffering an ankle injury at the 42 min. mark that required an ambulance be called to take the injured Cap to the hospital. After the restart, in the midst of some scrambley play, #7 Reese Roberts struck for the Caps to bring the score to 31-13 Lakers. Bad luck struck again for the Caps as their # 8 Kes Kasha went off with an ankle injury. Despite the injuries, Caps scored another after pushing Burnaby off their scrum and having #6 Ryan Scott make strong run and then have the Cap replacement #8 cross the line. With the convert good it was 31-20 Lakers. With the Capilano and Laker subs all in the game at this point the Caps came through with yet another try on a nice chip into the corner by #22 at the 69 min. mark. 31-25 Lakers as the convert missed. The next 10 minutes had no scoring and the Lakers came away with the victory.
A good game with a close ending
Premier Men Burnaby vs Capilano Oct 13
No matter where the Capilanos or Lakers are positioned in the standings, there is always the promise of a hard fought and usually close scoreline between these two neighbouring rivals. This game proved to be no exception as it was close until Burnaby broke free near the end for a deserved 26 -15 victory.
The stands were full, the beverages were flowing, and each side was being cheered loudly by their faithful. The table was set for some entertaining rugby.
Burnaby with familiar faces like Gough, Breadon, and Ryan, Capilano with Robinson, Boyd, and Reid–Harvey. Each team with new young talent eager to make their mark on the game. Kick off came and the struggle began.
There was little to choose between the sides at the onset but Burnaby slowly showed a bit more in the line gains and possession. The Lakers missed a penalty kick at 3 min. but play was still tilted in Burnaby’s favor until Caps # 15 Sam Franklin’s monster clearance kick at 7 min. was recovered by Caps # 12 Eligh Papin to open the Capilano account. Convert missed. Caps up 5-0. For the next almost 20 min. play was erratic with both teams taking turns playing well and then either knocking it on or taking penalties. On two or three occasions Caps were able to get out of a jam in their end with Laker penalties. At the 26 min. mark after a continuous siege at the Cap line the Lakers #1 Adrian Longbone rammed over. Convert missed. Tied 5-5.
The next 10 min saw no advantage for either team until the Lakers had some hard goes at the Cap defense and finally breeched it at 35 min. Lakers #4 Callum Toi was the try scorer. Convert missed, 10-5 for Lakers. The Caps would up their work rate and it paid off with #12 Papin collecting his brace to tie the game. Convert missed. Tied again 10-10 at the half. (To be fair to the kickers, there were no sitters, the extras were all close to the sides).
The second half Caps take the lead with an ever alert #10 Chris Robinson taking a quick tap over the try line at 47 min. Convert missed. Caps in the lead 15-10. The lead was short lived as the Lakers # 10 Geoff Ryan found the middle of the uprights at 51 and 59 min to take the lead. 69 min. saw Lakers # 3 Bryce Worden plunge over and, with the convert, the scoreboard read 23-15 for Burnaby. One more penalty conversion for the blue and white hoops made the final score 26-15 Lakers.
A big thank you to all those who helped support such a worthwhile cause
Thank you to the match officials in the Premier Reserve game as well as the Premier Men’s game.
Also, many thanks to John Langley for his contributions to the Capilano Rugby Club. We have all enjoyed his match reports for many years.