Westshore Successful in Home Opener with Three Wins: Away to UVic This Weekend
by Clancy McDonnell
Men’s Premier: WRFC 40 – Nanaimo 15
Westshore’s Velox Valhallians played their first home game of the season in front of a healthy crowd at Juan de Fuca. Young prop Bryce McKinnon announced himself as a starting premier player with a try in the first couple of minutes, and the team carried on from there to record a decisive victory.
Newcomer second row Tyler Symon Burke made a couple of strong runs into space, and Peyton Eagar looked sharp alongside Jade Billington and Ben Brill in the back row. Shane Dagg scythed down the sideline, and there was some joy in seeing Taylor McGuire return to action in the 12 jersey, while Aaron Hersant played a solid hand at fly half.
Club stalwart Jason Gagnier played his last game before moving out of province, and it was a typically committed effort. He’s a popular teammate, and although his mates give him a light-hearted teasing every now and again about his hands, his physicality, engine and smarts on the field are everpresent, qualities that have seen him called upon again this summer for representative honours with the BC Bears. Go well.
The crowd was into it. Jonboy Hume had put the call out for founding members to come out for the day, and it was a sensational turnout with about two thirds of the original team on hand to catch up and enjoy the action. Original club captain Brian Butters was amongst those to make the trip from Vancouver, and spoke compellingly at the post-match function about his delight at seeing the enthusiastic display some 50 years later.
Men’s Premier Reserve: WRFC 53 – Nanaimo 26
The VV 2nd XV also had a good day, scoring a half century against a spirited Nanaimo side that scored a few tries of their own. Cody Gervais was the pick, breaking tackles and scoring a couple of tries.
Women’s Fall Island League: WRFC 46 – 7
The Valkyries had a bigger turnout than last week and enjoyed a comfortable victory against the Hornettes.
This weekend the ladies have a bye while the men go to UVIC with kick-offs at 12:45 and 2:30. Not for me – I’m off to Japan, where the Vice-President has apparently recovered from his ‘John Lyall style’ blunder with a scooter.