UBC Defeat Rowers (Match Video); James Bay Outlast Nanaimo; Westshore vs UVic Postponed
There are no predictions this week, this is a Premier make-up weekend with only UBC v Rowers scheduled. The Island matches are Barnard Cup matches not counting towards the BC Premier standings. The BC Premier regular season restarts January 25th (Week 11) and that's when we'll resume the predictions.
There's lot of rugby happening over the break however, World Rugby 7s series starting with Dubai next weekend and Cape Town the weekend after that, the BC Rugby Junior Girls’ Club Finals this weekend at UBC, the Junior Boys' Club Finals next weekend at Westhills, the Tide v Pride match at Westills the weekend after that. We'll cover those competitions and more, a chance during the break to look at some off field items as well, the USA and Canada rugby union financials, MLR 2020, the highlights and lowlights of 2019. The Canada U20 camp in January, the Tide/Pride vs Seawolves warmup match in January, the South American 7s tournaments for the Maple Leafs, the World School 7s in NZ with Canada represented by men's and women's teams. So lots happening before the Premier resumes January 25th.
Here are the rosters (as available) for this weekend's matches, games are at 2:30pm.
UBC RFC 23 v VANCOUVER ROWING CLUB 13 @ UBC REFEREE - RYAN ALGUIRE #4 hosting #13
UBC jump from 4th to 2nd with the win and have a game in hand on 1st place Burnaby. The Rowers remain in the cellar with an 0-9 record. UBC host Lomas next on Jan 18th. The Rowers host UBC on Jan 25th.
PREGAME UBC coming off the University Championships in Montreal where they finished second to UVic. They'll be adapted to any chilly weather on Saturday after playing 3 games in frigid conditions in Montreal. UBC with a 6-1 record, each team plays 16 matches in the BC Premier so UBC will be halfway there after the weekend. The Rowers are 0-8 and will have 7 matches in the new year to finish off the season. UBC certainly favourites in this match and look to finish this half on a high note. The top 6 teams advance to the playoffs with the Pacific Pride not participating in the playoffs, at this point it would look like Burnaby, Caps, UBC, Ravens, CW and Seattle advancing but the Bays and UVic are definitely in the hunt. Teams that are a bit further off include the Lomas, Westshore, Nanaimo, and Rowers.
UBC 1. Nicholas Frost 2. Connor Sampson 3. Bryce Worden 4. Liam Doll 5. Donald Carson 6. Callum Botchar 7. Owain Ruttan 8. Michael Smith 9. Sam Hughes 10. Jack Scher 11. Evan Norris 12. John Jubenvill 13. Connor Byron 14. John Lan 15. Daniel Archer 16. David Carson 17. Sam Turner 18. Conor O'Flaherty 19. Alasdair Bulman 20. Tyler Nylander 21. Harrison Smith 22. Maxwell Radcliffe 23. Matthew Percillier
JAMES BAY AA 37 v NANAIMO 21 (BARNARD CUP) @ JAMES BAY AA REFEREE - COLE PEDRICK
Bays led 24-0 at the half, picked up a red card during the match and eased into a 37-21 final result. James Bay are scheduled to play Westshore on Jan 18th in another Barnard Cup match. Nanaimo host UVic Jan 25th when the Premier league resumes.
PREGAME No rosters yet from the teams and with MacDonald Park being shutdown by the city last week we're still waiting to hear if this match is a go. We'll update the article as news becomes available. Rosters are in now, game looks like a go. This is also a Howard Gerwing Shield game with JBAA current holders.
JBAA 1. Nico Krawczyk 2. Noah Barker 3. Blake van Heyningen 4. Peter Masimo 5. Jimmy de Goede 6. JC Fidinde 7. Jake Slobodian 8. Alex Jordan 9. Rhys Gregory 10. Mitch Sora 11. Nathan Tough 12. Mike Nieuwenhuysen 13. Kieran McAuley 14. John Buck 15. Thomas Burton 16. Fischer Kooman 17. Mac Greedy 18. Andrew MacDonald 19. Tom Eton 20. Mitch Pye 21. Jordan Ford 22. Evan Boothroyd 23. Jordan Austin
Nanaimo 1 Sawyer Barth 2 Tom Larder 3 Tom Scanlan 4 Matt Weir (c) 5 Alex O'Dell 6 Alex Brown 7 Andreas Krawczyk 8 Zephyr Melnyk 9 Sam Reimer 10 Jordan Hooke 11 Brennan Bourchier 12 Max Brook 13 Tyler Hume 14 David Nuamah 15 Ryan Bradley 16 Makz Foot 17 Rick Keen 18 Patrick Milford 19 Zack Mayo 20 Cameron McKerrow 21 Andrew Davidson 22 Tyler Cameron 23 Ross McDonald
WESTSHORE v U OF VICTORIA (BARNARD CUP) @ JUAN DE FUCA (POSTPONED) REFEREE - DEREK HORTON
It was a strange scene at Juan de Fuca, two fields bustling with activity, junior girls soccer energetically taking on the crisp weather, +4 and sunny. The 3rd field was empty, burly rugby players shuffling around in street attire, kit bags in hand. Apparently the referee with the coaches blessing deemed the field too hard to play on. Players from generations before, now spectators, arrived to watch the expected match and talked about the changing culture of rugby while glancing at the empty field.
PREGAME This is a Barnard Cup match not counting towards Premier standings. The Barnard Cup was donated in 1910 by George Henry Barnard he was at that time serving his first term in Ottawa representing Victoria in the House of Commons. He was the former Victoria Mayor and went on to be appointed to the Senate where he served until his retirement in 1945. UVic coming off their win at the University Championships in Montreal, officially the top University program in the country, succeeding UBC who had won it the previous two years. It's much the same roster, Logan Martin-Feek, gets a rest on the bench against his former teammates. Logan was chosen the 1st All Star team #10 at the University Championships. No sign of Kyle Baillie this week for Westshore, he'll now be focused on the MLR season in New Orleans.
Westshore 1 Tobias Berg 2 Matt Evans 3 Bryce McKinnon 4 Nathan Greonewold 5 Foster Dewitt c 6 Andrew Foster 7 Jade Billington 8 Peyton Eagar 9 Matt Jones 10 Malcolm Klaver 11 Conrad Newell 12 Paul-henri Van Thiel 13 Isaac Gonevou 14 Rylen Waugh 15 Taylor McGuire 16 Neil Hagerty 17 Aidan McCleary 18 Carter Filion 19 Gabe Evans 20 Adam Roer 21 Cody Gervais 22 Spencer Dunstan-Adams 23 Cody Hooker
UVic 1. Spencer Cooper Prop St. George’s School 2. Tyler Wong Hooker Rockridge Secondary School 3. Gavin Kratz Prop Oak Bay Secondary School 4. Nick Pearce Lock Argyle Secondary School 5. Ben Newhook Lock Gonzaga High School 6. Thomas Di Fiore Flanker Brentwood College 7. James O’Neill Flanker Shawnigan Lake School 8. Nicholas Carson Number 8 Oak Bay Secondary School 9. Liam Morrison Wing Earl Marriott Secondary 10. Nicki Mouret Fly Half Shawnigan Lake School 11. Ethan Hager Wing Brantford Collegiate Institute 12. Mostyn Findley Centre Shawnigan Lake School 13. Lockie Kratz Centre Oak Bay Secondary School 14. Liam Mahon Winger West Vancouver Secondary School 15. Gabe Casey Fullback Nepean High School 16. Denver Fatt Prop St. George’s School 17. George Piper Lock Bateman Secondary School 18. Logan Martin-Feek Centre Claremont Secondary School 19. Owen Kokan Prop St. George’s School 20. Andrew Easson Winger Oakville Trafalgar School 21. Nat Dring Lock Sullivan Heights Secondary 22. Nathan Yue Prop Paul Kane Secondary School