BC Rugby Weekend of October 20th 2018

October 20 2018


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Weekend Results: Ravens Stumble at CW; Lomas Edge Hornets; Bays Smote by Saracens; T-Birds Tackle Vikes; Rowers Fall at Valhallians



There are some top games on this weekend and we can't remember the spreads being so close. All the matches should be hotly contested, the top tier teams meeting, the bottom tier teams matching up. It's a quirk of the scheduling, and not the best outcome, but there are no Premier matches in Vancouver this weekend. Four on the Island and one in Seattle. There are other weeks when there are none on the Island and four in Vancouver. Share the joy BCRU scheduler!

Castaway Wanderers 38 v UBCOB Ravens 19 @ 14:30

CW apparently getting some motivation from the "weakest lineup" comment came firing out of the blocks and were up 26-5 by the half. The match was all but over. Ravens scored first in the second half but CW added 12 more points to claim the win. CW remains undefeated in Premier play, they lost their first match to JBAA but that was a Barnard Cup fixture. Not sure what to think of Ravens after two defeats post CRCC title. They're 1-3 in league play and the prospect of them repeating this season as champions becomes less likely every week. CW have next week off while Ravens visit the Rowers.

PREGAME
The undefeated CW team at home vs last years champions UBCOB Ravens. CW missing some key players however, the 7s duo of Pat Kay and Luke McCloskey not showing in the lineup. Josiah Morra out east with the Ontario Arrows. Isaac Kaay has moved to the Vikes. It may be their weakest lineup so far this season. The Ravens were flying high after the CRCC title but then they were shut down by the Thunderbirds last weekend. So which group of Ravens will CW see this week, one who sheds an unkindness on attack or one who on defence quotes "nevermore"? The Ravens are missing outside flyer Sean Ferguson from the starting XV but prop Chris Taylor is back in the starting rotation. I have a feeling the Ravens will be wanting to prove a point after their loss to UBC, plus CW are missing a number of key players. Prediction: Ravens by 2.

Ravens
1 Curtis Delmonico
2 Dim Gotsopoulos
3 Chris Taylor
4 Connor Hamilton
5 Brian Moylett
6 Matias Suez
7 Jessy Lee
8 David O'Donaghue
9 Jorden Sandover-Best
10 Lavu Vallabh
11 Graham Turner
12 Kol Henrikson
13 Tyler Hergott
14 Robert Jones
15 Aaron McLelland

CW


Nanaimo 22 v Meraloma 27 @ 14:30

Well Nanaimo did keep Lomas under 30 but couldn't generate enough offence. Nanaimo the only team without a win so far this season but with a draw and 5 points they're tied in the cellar with Westshore and James Bay. Ravens, UVic and Lomas are only 2 points clear. UBC and CW look early bets for top 2 in the league. Nanaimo visits James Bay next weekend while Lomas travel to Burnaby.

PREGAME
Two winless teams looking to notch their first points in the W column. Nanaimo with two big losses this season but a draw against a good Rowers squad. They have their star backline player back for the first time, Jared Stephens, he's starting on the bench but will have some impact when he comes in. They also have some recently arrived imports including Scottish #10 Stephen Gillies who has been getting good reviews. The Lomas have 2 bonus points in their 3 losses, they only lost to Seattle by 6 points. Going to be a tough game to call, Nanaimo have had defensive problems, it will be interesting to see if they've been able to address that. They've given up an astounding 60+ points on average in their two BC Premier matches. If they can keep Lomas to less than 30 they may have a chance. Prediction: Nanaimo by 1.

Nanaimo
1. Tui Tauaika (i)
2. Antonio Corbin
3. Pat Milford
4. Kiko Halaliku
5. Max Brook (i)
6. Matt Weir
7. Zephyr Melnyk
8. Agapei Eukaliti (i)
9. Sam Fowler
10. Stephen Gillies (i)
11. Harrison King
12. Mua Uluilelata (i)
13. Brad Marshall
14. Cooper Kenda
15. Cathal Long
16. Dean Briggs
17. John Wright
18. Makz Foot
19. Mallory Roe
20. Jared Stephens
21. Tye Woodruff
22. Tyler Hume

Meraloma
1 Nathan Amey
2 Scott Mcginley
3 Darren Du
4 Hank Mcqueen
5 Anton Belozerov
6 Justin Fanselo
7 Connor Mccan
8 Rob Sykes INT
9 Tom Viljoen
10 Isaac Winter INT
11 Ben Bula
12 Steff Evans
13 Jayden Tegg INT
14 Derek Townsend
15 Dom Boyd
16 Isaac Smith
17 James beck
18 Cian Byrne INT
19 Billy Noonan
20 Pat Zuk
21 Hayes Bishop
22 Olly Owen
23 Rob Fallon INT


Seattle 68 v James Bay AA 18 @ 14:30

A tough trip for the Bays, the tries came fast and furious but going the other way. It was 33-6 at HT and things didn't improve much in the second half. Seattle will be happy on their turnaround after fading last week against the Rowers while the Bays will be looking to get back on track at home against winless Nanaimo. Seattle have a bye next week.

PREGAME
The Bays hardest hit by the Arrows game out east losing Matt Mullins and Moe Abdelmonen. Connor Braid and Jake Thiel unavailable, looks like the 7s players doing some brainstorming this weekend. Clayton Meeres injured after returning from the APC tournament in Uruguay. They do have Shea Wakefield back though, also a couple of players coming in, Alex Jordan we believe from Ontario and Bronkhorst from Alberta. Seattle missing the Suniula brothers but Alladin Schirmer back at #8. Seattle will be smarting from that comeback win by Rowers last weekend, the Bays missing quite a few from their narrow home win over Westshore. Prediction: Seattle by 3.

JBAA
1.Blake van Heynigen
2.Steven Ng
3.Andrew MacPherson
4.Jimmy de Goede
5.Shea Wakefield
6.Alex Jordan
7.Jake Slobodian
8.FJ Bronkhorst
9.Mitch Sora
10.Josh Thiel
11.Ed Adams
12.Thomas Burton
13.Kieran McAuley
14.Guillaume Caillaux
15.Aaron Evison

Seattle
1 Kellen Gordon
2 Dan Trieweiler
3 Ryan Youngman
4 Justin Stevens
5 Taylor Krumrei
6 Jacob Flores
7 Maile Taufa
8 Aladdin Schirmer
9 Andrew Nelson
10 Jonny Reid
11 Dion Crowder
12 Marvin Iosefa
13 William Stowers
14 Lauina Futi
15 Mosese Lalasava
16 Solomona Sa'u
17 Pat Farrell
18 Giuseppe Semeraro
19 Cole Van Harn
20 Ben Gustafson
21 Jope Motokana
22 Matthew Brennan
23 James Tuiqilai


UVic Vikes 26 v UBC 45 @ 14:30

UBC probably the top team in the league right now on current form, the CW v UBC match doesn't happen until February 2nd to decide that issue. They sit top of the standings but have played two more matches than CW at this point. The Vikes sit 1-3 but last year they came on strong in the second half. The bigger worry for them is facing the T-Birds again in the University Championships next month. Neither team showing up in the schedule next week.

PREGAME
Always a top match, two of the on form teams right now. UBC are top of the standings, only loss was in Week 1, there's no way I'm betting against them this week even though they're on the road. UVic missing James O'Neill and Brennig Prevost, not sure if they're injured or being kept on ice by the centralized program. UBC missing Andrew Coe who is out east with the Arrows. The university championships coming up next month and likely these two will meet in the final again, this is the preview. UBC have had the upper hand lately. Prediction: UBC by 5.

UVic
1. Denver Fatt Saint George’s School
2. Tyler Wong Carson Graham Secondary
3. Gui Costa Shawnigan Lake School
4. Gavin Kratz Oak Bay Secondary School
5. Jackson Matthews Loyola Secondary School
6. Ollie Nott Shawnigan Lake School
7. Thomas Di Fiore Brentwood College
8. Nicholas Carson Oak Bay Secondary School
9. Crosby Stewart Oak Bay Secondary School
10. Gradyn Bowd Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive
11. Aiden McMullan Lindsay Place High School
12. Isaac Kaay Kamloops Secondary School
13. Logan Martin-Feek Claremont Secondary School
14. Kapi Vataiki McRoberts Secondary School
15. Liam Morrison Earl Marriott Secondary
16. Carter White Oak Bay Secondary School
17. Thomas Heuser Sardis Secondary
18. Nick Pearce Argyle Secondary
19. Nathan Yue Paul Kane Secondary
20. Ethan Hager Brantford Collegiate Institute
21. Jenner Teufel Shawnigan Lake School
22. Gab Casey Neapean Secondary School
23. Tyler Rockwell Western Canada High School
24. Mostyn Findley Shawnigan Lake School

UBC
1: Cali Martinez (Earl Marriott)
2: Connor Sampson (Charles Tupper)
3: Nick Frost (Collingwood)
4: Liam Doll (Carson Graham)
5: James Carson (Oak Bay)
6: Owain Ruttan (St Mary’s)
7: Harrison Smith (Handsworth)
8: Michael Smith (Earl Marriott)
9: Fraser Hurst (St George’s)
10: Nick Collett (Southridge)
11: Cole Keffer (Sutherland)
12: Flynn Heyes (Carson Graham)
13: Ben Lesage (Henry Wisewood)
14: Jake Lan (Rockridge)
15: William McDougall-Percillier (Brentwood)


Westshore 25 v Vancouver Rowing Club 18 @ 14:45

An entertaining match and the Westshore 50th anniversary went well as they won all three matches, two against Rowers and the women against Cowichan. The Rowers gave the home crowd a bit of worry near the end with their Seattle comeback reputation preceding them, they marched down the field putting together an impressive multi-phase attack that gobbled up the yards. One errant knock-on however put the heroics on hold for another week as the whistle blew and the home fans celebrated. The Rowers host the Ravens next week while Westshore have a bye.

PREGAME
Westshore narrowly lost to a strong JBAA squad last week while Rowers had an amazing comeback win in Seattle. It's the Westshore 50th anniversary celebration with a skydiver delivering the game ball for the match. Should be a big crowd and give a little extra to the home field advantage. Both teams loaded up with import talent so it should be a good quality match. Quinn Ngawati released from the Toronto Wolfpack is suiting up in the centres for Westshore and along with kiwi Taylor McGuire provide a good centre pairing. The two opensides are top quality, James Kelly from Surrey with Rowers, and Cole Mosychuk from Burnaby with Westshore. #8 Ben Brill was the standout for Westshore last weekend. Should be a great rugby day. Feel the home turf will be the decider but never count out the Rowers. Prediction: Westshore by 3.

Rowers (updated)
1 Eddy Quinn (I)
2 Jason Carton
3 Mason Pedersen (I)
4 Kelly Anderson (I)
5 George Richmond
6 Michael Jordan (C)
7 James Kelly
8 Colin Cooper
9 Chris Nolan
10 Oisin Daly
11 Stuart Holland
12 Conor Cleary
13 Garret O'Suilleabhain (I)
14 Paddy O Connell
15 Kevin Gurniak (VC)
16 Robert Spearing
17 Justin Parlato
18 Quinn Cowie
19 Brian Derham
20 Cyril Bugden
21 Kevin Foyle
22 Adriaan Meiring
23 Jordan Wilson-Ross

Westshore
1. Foster Dewitt (c)
2. Casey Reed
3. Tobias Berg
4. Jason Gagnier
5. Craig Inglis
6. Jade Billington (i)
7. Cole Mosychuk
8. Ben Brill (i)
9. Adam Roer
10. Spencer Jones
11. Paul-Henri Van Thiel
12. Quinn Ngawati
13. Taylor McGuire (i)
14. John Buck
15. Jordan Tait
16. Bryce McKinnon
17. Neil Hagerty
18. Josh Wilson
19. Nakai Penny
20. Tua Vaa
21. Isaac Gonevou
22. Matt Kemp


FULL SCHEDULE (league home visitor time)

Men

Premier Castaway Wanderers UBCOB Ravens 14:30
Premier Nanaimo Meraloma 14:30
Premier Seattle James Bay AA 14:30
Premier UVic Vikes UBC 14:30
Premier Westshore Vancouver Rowing Club 14:45
Premier Reserve Castaway Wanderers UBCOB Ravens 12:45
Premier Reserve Nanaimo Meraloma 12:45
Premier Reserve Seattle James Bay AA 12:45
Premier Reserve UVic Norsemen UBC 12:45
Premier Reserve Westshore Vancouver Rowing Club 13:00
Division 1 Abbotsford Port Alberni 12:45
Division 1 Bayside Cowichan 14:30
Division 1 Surrey Beavers United 14:30
Division 2 Bayside Sharks Simon Fraser 12:45
Division 2 Burnaby Lake Scribes 12:45
Division 2 Surrey Beavers United 12:45
Division 2 Abbotsford Langley 14:30
Division 2 Brit Lions Kamloops 14:30
Division 3 Bayside Sharks UBC 11:15
Division 3 Meraloma Kats 11:15
Division 3 Surrey Beavers Chilliwack 11:15
Division 3 Axemen Richmonf 12:45
Division 3 Capilano Langley 12:45

Women

Women’s Island Castaway Wanderers Nanaimo Hornets 11:15
Women’s Island Westshore Cowichan 11:30
Women’s Mainland A Abbotsford Kamloops 11:15
Women’s Mainland A Bayside Sharks Simon Fraser 11:15
Women’s Mainland B Bayside Sharks Scribes 10:00
Women’s Mainland B Brit Lions United 11:15
Women’s Mainland B Capilano Langley 11:15

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