Burnaby Lake Dominant at Home in Two Wins Over Castaway Wanderers
by Mike Devlin
BLRC Premier Reserve 65 – Oak Bay 5
A one-sided affair that offered excitement to only the most ardent BLRC supporter. The BLRC scored early and often with new recruit Brian Fitzpatrick scoring 3 try’s and adding 5 conversions in his Blue & White debut. He’s one to watch out for. Everyone on the home side looked great. CW were led by former BLRC’er and fan favourite Dan “Sunshine” Griffiths who moved to Victoria a few years ago and joined Oak Bay. Dan played well in the loss as did the CW scrum half. The BLRC led 27-0 at halftime and while many subs were made the quality of the spares were top notch and the team didn’t miss a beat.
Kishan Karunathasan moves the ball vs CW. Photo by Pj Carr
BLRC Try Scorers: Brian Fitzpatrick (3), Preston Petrovitch (2) Blake Steele, Darren McCrory, Nick Vandergoes, Dylan Vermette, Luke Toroca, Jack Brady
BLRC Conversions: Brian Fitzpatrick (5)
The full game can be seen here: https://youtu.be/FVLnR0mE4iY
BLRC Premier Men 53 – Oak Bay Castaway-Wanderers 22
Burnaby Lake started extremely strong, dominating the first 25 minutes in territory and possession. The scoring started almost immediately with Lucas Albornoz crossing the paint at 4 minutes. The BLRC had a 5m lineout and tried to score through the maul. The maul was rebuffed but Albornoz took a short pass from Geoff Ryan through a few defenders in for a try. Ryan made the convert to put the home side ahead 7-0.
At the 11-minute mark the BLRC forwards would score a similar try. Lineout at the 5m, maul for a few yards, break off to bull forward over the try line. This try had James Kelly as the ball carrier.
At 17-minutes the forwards would strike again, a nice offload from Joey Tomlinson putting big Chris Atkinson away for a good looking “Prop try”! Geoff Ryan made the extras to go ahead 19-0. A few minutes later the Blue & White were flying back into CW territory with line breaks and offloads the story of the drive. Porter to Dear to Gotegote to Albornoz and finally to Gino Paolella who dove over the line for a try! Ryan’s convert brought the score to 26-0.
Schellenberger gets a hold of Jamie Kelly. Photo by Pj Carr
At 25 minutes the BLRC were camped at the CW 5m line but a penalty gave Oak Bay the chance to relieve some pressure. The kick didn’t make touch and the Burnaby Lake backs moved the ball all the way across the pitch where it eventually found the hands of Jeke Gotegote just inside the CW 10m line. Gotegote pinned his ears back and scored in the corner. 31-0.
Oak Bay got on the board at 31 minutes. The Tricolours were putting some phases together with Schellenberger and Pitblado keeping the pressure on. Eventually a long pass to the sideline found Hooker Fil Pasagic with nothing but space in front of him and he raced to the corner. 31-5 was your score at the half.
The new half started with the Burnaby Lake men winning a penalty at their own 10m, quick tapping and sending the ball through half a dozen hands before finding an open Andrew Porter. Porter raced in under the posts and Neil MacLaine added the conversion to put the score at 38-5.
At 47 minutes Gino Paolella scored his 2nd of the game, taking a pass from Tomlinson and outpacing the CW defenders for the points. David Devillers answered for Oak Bay a few minutes later, Schellenberger seeing an overlap on the far side of the pitch and finding the Outside Center with space. BLRC 43 CW 10 with 20 minutes to go. Blake Steele moved the scoreboard shortly afterwards, taking an offload from Hayden Munck in to make the score 48-10.
I missed the CW try that was scored in response, but it brought the score to 48-15. At 76 minutes Fuku Vikilani springs Admir Cejvanovic at the CW 22m and Admir raced in for a try. Oak Bay added one more and a convert to finish the game 53-22 in favour of the home side.
The full game can be seen here: https://youtu.be/VGGmjqbzmXg
A bye week for all the teams, but a big day on the 19th looms. That day, all of the BLRC players will travel across the bridge to for a club day at Klahanie Park. The BLRC will once again help support the Capilano’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day. We encourage all alumni + supporters to head to Klahanie Park that day to support the Blue & White on the pitch and a great cause off of it. If you haven’t been to a BLRC vs Capilano club day, you owe it to yourself to come out and watch!