Capilano - May 2019

May 09 2019

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Capilano RFC Match Reports – BC Finals: Women Win Premier Title

Caps 2nd Division Women vs Scribes

Scribes won this game 19-12 and were worthy winners.

Congratulations to Scribes on the win. Also congratulations to all of the teams that advanced to the BC Finals as getting there is huge and credit to all of them. Scribes won today largely because they were more successful in the scrums and line outs and from that they controlled a large portion of the play. Caps showed that they could run the ball when they had it but Scribes had it a lot more than Capilano.

Having only one side is advantageous in that you do not lose players to call up to the Premier side.

Both number 8’s were leaders for their respective teams and had strong games. For Caps it was Carli Shott and for Scribes Catherine Power. Scribes took an early lead on a stolen ball that was turned into a try. The convert missed. Caps answered with a try by number 12 Amelia Hill and the convert, a drop kick convert that gave Caps the lead, 7-5. Caps lost one of several line outs and that can be fatal in championship rugby.

Scribes scored next on a well taken score by Catherine Power. She is well named and showed Power all game. She converted and gave her team a 12-7 lead. In the second half Scribes extended their lead to 17-7 on a try by number 12 Cassidy Lanting. Number 8 added the extras. Caps fought back and scored late to make it 17-12 but could not score in the short time remaining in the game. Scribes were worthy champions today and congratulations to them. Thanks to the referee.

The Premier Game

Capilano win “The Battle of the Shores” 20-19.

It was North Shore against Westshore. Caps had faced the Valkyries twice before during this season and had come up short. The old saying of 3rd time lucky wasn’t really fitting as it took more than luck and a lot of preparation and hard work prior to the match. Caps knew it wouldn’t be easy to beat the two time Champions who hadn’t lost a game in a long time. The Cap women even scrimmaged against the available Capilano men to help up their game. The result was amazing as Caps won a hard fought victory over the Westshore team 20-19. Caps President Nick Belmar received congratulations from the Westshore executive and that is classy from a classy organization. The game was an exciting contest and Westshore have the ability to strike fast from anywhere on the pitch. These two clubs have had some epic clashes in the past. Who could ever forget the 3 or was it 4 overtime game, a semifinal in the men’s playoffs at Klahanie. That game was won by Westshore.

Today, Caps started well and swarmed their opposition early in the match. They were perhaps unfortunate not to have led by more at the half. One and perhaps two scoring chances were missed due to nervous hands. The Westshore team regrouped, stormed back and took the lead. Westshore have some wonderful backs and they are dangerous, the run by number 14 Paige Farries was excellent. Westshore took the lead by two points and had turned the game around. If they managed another score it would be very hard for Capilano to recover. The Capilano defense was resolute and determined.

Caps fought back and Macy Munson slotted a 30 meter penalty kick that BC Rugby described as challenging. That I thought was an apt description. The penalty kick gave the Caps a one point lead with not much time remaining. Macy didn’t kick for goal all season but has a strong leg and was asked to practice and perhaps take the long kicks. She practiced hard and you could see her working at it after the other players had gone to the showers. Her perseverance payed off and was the difference between two very good rugby teams.

Caps were getting the bulk of the calls in the first half and Westshore had to survive a binning of one of their best players, number 10. In the second half the calls were going the other way and Caps took one penalty after another perhaps this was due to nervousness or physical exhaustion. Caps prop Mikiala Nelson was binned for a late hard hit on a Westshore player. I spoke to her after the game and she did not hear the whistle. The fans were making a lot of noise on the Capilano sideline so that is likely why she didn’t hear the toot and continued to play. Caps were hanging on at the end but they did have a chance to score late but a penalty turned the ball over. The game seemed to continue well past the normal forty minutes but that is always the way it seems when your team is just ahead and the game is so close.

This was the upset of the day. Westshore hasn’t had much opposition this season but Caps were getting closer and the games were competitive. I would submit that this is good for BC Women’s rugby as competition makes the players improve. I would think several of the Capilano players deserve due consideration when selections are made for the BC representative side.

Stories within the game. It was nice to see Barry Burnham out supporting his niece Christina Burnham who is the Capilano starting scrum half. Barry is in the BC Rugby sports hall of fame and was an excellent player in his day. I didn’t know they were related until he told me before the game. Barry was a loquacious player who is from the North Shore but went on to play his rugby for the Vancouver Meralomas. Following the game and the Championship Men’s game between Raven’s and Burnaby many of us headed back to the Capilano Clubhouse for a victory celebration that I am sure went on late into the evening.

Congratulations to all of the players and coaches that helped make this possible. It was a great way to celebrate the Capilano 50th Anniversary. It is also the 50th Anniversary for the Westshore/Velox, Valkyries and Valhallians, so congratulations to them as well. You know that we will hear from them again. This was a great day of rugby so thanks to BC Rugby and those who made it all happen. Thanks also to the referees who also make it all possible. Thanks also to the large group of Capilano supporters who cheered on their club. We hope to see you all in the fall season. Please continue to support rugby and also the high school players in Nova Scotia that want to continue playing this great game!

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