Westshore Premier Reserve Kickoff Season With Win at CW: Home Opener Triple Header vs Nanaimo on Saturday
by Clancy McDonnell
Men's Premier Reserve
Westshore 41 - OBCW 36
Westshore's Premier Reserve team played at Windsor Park on Saturday and ran out eventual winners in a thrilling encounter. They started the game with a bang, a long-haired flanker collecting the kick-off in the air, and soon enough prop Bryce McKinnon had the ball in his mitts and he took off downfield as the home side tried in vain to tackle him.
Thereafter CW played better rugby as they opened up a sizable lead. In overcast but fine conditions the home side kept the ball alive, with lots of clever offloads and switches in traffic. The VVs, in contrast, never held onto the ball for long, often due to poorly imagined and delivered offloads.
The second half saw the visitors come back and re-gain the lead, only for the determined home side to claw it back. There were question marks about the grounding on one VV try, but the home side had also enjoyed the rub of the green in the lead up to one of theirs. But with just a few minutes remaining, the VVs scored another one and held on for the victory.
It was a typical season opener. Some exciting passages got sideline spirits running high, and there were some encouraging debuts in club colours. McKinnon had a strong game, and Isaac Gonevou played well at fly-half. Scrummaging was good, but the lineout probably didn't meet internal expectations.
My pick of the day was Andy Foster, who belied his age with an enthusiastic and committed performance around the park.
The Prems game was postponed to allow a number of CW players to attend a funeral.
Women's Fall Island League
Westshore 44 - OBWC 55
Westshore's ladies managed to get most of a team out on the field, and were helped by the Oak Bay side. The home team ran up a big tally through the first half, and then the visiting Valkyries scored a bunch of tries in the final quarter to make it a contest.
Coming Up - Founders Day for Home Openers
This Saturday the 21st Westshore has its first home games of the season, hosting a triple header against Nanaimo. The women kick off at 11:15, the men's Prem Reserves at 12:45ish, and the Prems at 2:30.