Burnaby Claim Three Wins Over Rowers - Women Defeat SFU
from Mike Devlin
Burnaby Lake Women 73 – SFU 0
Another strong performance from the BLRC Women whose pressure defence never let SFU into the game and created a ton of turnover ball. BLRC flankers Chelsea Rodgers and Shayna Slobin stood out on both sides of the ball as did FB Alex Fern who was rewarded with a few try’s. Special mention to Liz Wright who scored her first try since moving from the junior to senior ranks! This week the women are at home and revive another old rivalry vs United!
Burnaby Lake 3rd Division Men 45 – Rowing Club 5
A strong defensive effort from the BLRC 3rds who held the Rowing Club to just a single try on Saturday. The BLRC’s line speed on defence was organized and they held tight around the breakdown, giving away a few penalties but an improvement over the week before. 8-man Ioan Crow had a stormer in the first half, with the youngster scoring the BLRC’s first 2 try’s with some hard lines from outside the 22m. 2 more young 2nd rows, Jason Sawyer and Shaan Bodwal stood out as well, with Bodwal scoring his first try in his first ever men’s game. The backline was led by Kyle Geach who made some crunching tackles and scrumhalf Vita Holani who was a sparkplug on attack while providing (mostly) good ball from the base of the rucks.
This week sees the 3rds at home and hosting the Ridge Meadows Bruins at 11:15am.
Saturday’s game vs VRC can be seen here: https://youtu.be/3EdeKGlhWm8
BLRC Premier Reserve Men 56 – Rowing Club 17
The Reserves started slow and looked unusually awful in the early going. The Rowers scored first and looked strong, capitalizing on an abundance of BLRC miscues. BLRC vet Nolan Shelley threw the team on his shoulders for 10 minutes and accounted for 13 unanswered points, scoring a try, a conversion and 2 penalties to give the BLRC a 13-5 lead at the 20-minute mark. Hugo Marks scored next which Shelley converted before the VRC answered with a converted try of their own. 20-12. Winger Travis Couture made something from nothing on the far wing and raced in from 45m out just before the half (Shelley converted) to end the half 27-12 in favor of the Blue + White.
The BLRC made a few changes at the half but kept the momentum, scoring 29 unanswered points to begin the 2nd stanza. Cian Keegan scored twice, Couture added another and Tom Menzies and Blake Steele each had one. Shelley added 2 more conversion to cap the scoring at 56. Just before the final buzzer the Rowing Club got one back to end the game 56-17.
Very few holes in the Reserve side, even with as many roster changes as they had this week. The Engine room continues to be a source of strength and stability. The platoon of veteran & captain Mike Gough and young Locks Cooper Johnston & Trevor France provide a ton of scrummaging power and are all great line out options. The spine of the backline Paul Murphy, Hugo Marks and Nolan Shelley are all Premier capable players who create things in the backline and don’t make a lot of mistakes. Those 6 players stood out to me as I watched from the balcony of the Brockton clubhouse.
The full game can be seen here: https://youtu.be/3AaiU_32BxY
BLRC Premier Men 52 – Rowing Club 19
I was fortunate enough to elbow my way to the railing of the Brockton Pavilion balcony by kickoff on Saturday, so I got a bird’s eye view of the Premier match! The BLRC were on the front foot from the get-go and the first 9 minutes was played exclusively in the Rowers end. Some strong goal line defence from the home side frustrated the Blue & White on numerous occasion, but enough sustained pressure will always cause a bend to break and so at 10 minutes it was FB Brian Fitzpatrick taking a timely offload from Joey Tomlinson 20m for the games opening tally. Geoff Ryan made the easy conversion.
Geoff Ryan spins the ball to the backs. Photo by Amy Rankin
Lots of back and forth play over the next 20 minutes but strong tackling from both jerseys kept the game tight. Eventually the VRC dam started to show cracks and the BLRC attack poured it on in the final 10 minutes of the first half. At 30 minutes, Geoff Ryan added 3 points. Connor McCann dove over for a try at 36 minutes, which Ryan converted, after a big run from Darren McCrory brought the ball into the VRC end. From the ensuing kickoff, big runs from McCann and Albornoz had the BLRC quickly back into the VRC 22m and looking to move the scoreboard again but an errant pass ended up in touch. Just before halftime the BLRC had a scrum inside the Rowers 22m. Lucas Albornoz went for a run from the back of the scrum but was rebuffed. A few phases later it was back in the hands of the big #8 who aimed for the branches rather than the trunks at the goal line and put it down for 5 points. Ryan’s convert ended the half with the BLRC ahead 24-0.
Burnaby Lake got on the board again just 6 minutes into the new half. The VRC caught a penalty just inside their own end. Watkins quick tapped and the ball went wide to Jamie Kelly who made some good yards before tossing the ball to the hard-running Gino Paolella who fended off one final defender on his way in for the try and a 29-0 lead. The Rowers responded with 2 quick try’s to gain some momentum and keep their hopes alive. The home team had a lineout at the 5m and though the maul was stopped, their big #3 Eddy Quin crashed through the defence just outside the posts. The #12 Nick Wackwitz made the extras. Just 5 minutes later, a similar lineout but this time their captain Jason Carton left the maul with ball in hand and dove over the try line for 5 points. This left the score at 29-12.
VRC’s Scyler Dumas sinks to attempt a tackle on Bubba Atkinson. Photo by Amy rankin.
The BLRC responded from the kickoff with Jamie Kelly taking an inside pass the better part of 40m for a try between the posts. Bit of controversy at the end of the play concerning a late tackle attempt that seemed a touch unneeded and 3 cards of various colors were handed out by the man in the middle. Fitzpatrick made the easy conversion and the BLRC led 36-12 with a little over 15-mintes to play. The Rowing Club came out firing from the re-start and pinned the BLRC in their own 22m for 5 minutes. Eventually the wall split and #14 Morgan Brinson dove over the try line to cut the lead. The convert was good, score 36-19. With about 8 minutes left in the game, the VRC spilled the ball forward at their own 10m line and the BLRC used 2 passes to get the ball wide to Gino Paolella who scored his 2nd standing up. Fitzpatrick split the uprights and so the BLRC led 43-19. From the kickoff, Reid Watkins got the ball in his hands and charged into the VRC 22m before being brought down. A huge overlap appeared, and Giuseppe Laudisio was the recipient of the ball with nothing in front of him but white paint.
Fitzpatrick’s conversion brought the score to 50-19. A few minutes later, the BLRC were awarded a penalty in front of the post which Fitzpatrick kicked through, and the ref blew the whistle. 53-19 was your final. A solid day for the club with all 4 teams picking up bonus point wins. The Premier Men face a tougher test this week with the Pacific Pride in town. The BLRC have 4 youngsters on the Pride and all will be welcomed back to the Lake with open arms and vigorous & insightful heckling, unless their fathers are right behind me in the BLOB Zone.
The full game can be seen here: https://youtu.be/kmKEengpPm0