BC Rugby Weekend of March 18th 2023

BC Premier Week 9 Results & Rosters: Pride Edged by Ravens, Caps Top CW, UVic Fall to Seattle, Lomas Defeat Bays, UBC Paddle Rowers, Burnaby Cruise Past Westshore

[ed. note some of these results are from the BCRU, there may be errors.]

A note on location changes this weekend, unfortunately the city parks board wouldn’t give the west side clubs Meralomas, Kats and Ravens permits for this weekend. Lomas have moved their Premier game to Bayside and Ravens have moved their game to Langley.

UBCOB Ravens 33 v Pacific Pride 26 @14:30
Referee: Shanda Assmus AR1: Saro Turner AR2: John Cameron
Venue: Crush Crescent – Langley

We called Ravens by 6 and it was Ravens +7. The result puts the Ravens in 2nd place behind UBC, possibly two teams that will meet in the final. We look forward to Peter MacDonald’s report. Next week the Ravens visit Westshore on the Island and the Pride play the Rowers, that match is listed for Exhibition Park in Abbotsford.

#3 Ravens hosting #4 Pacific Pride. Probably the game of the week. The Ravens are missing their regular starting tighthead, Tom Kaijaks, and Cole Keffer isn’t starting on the wing, those are the only changes for them. The Pride are missing Matt Klimchuk and D’Shawn Bowen. Zephyr Melnyk moves from openside to cover #8. James Thiel gets the start at #10 and Sam Wegert gets the start at outside centre. JC Vinette and Alan Berros are the starting wingers.

The Ravens haven’t lost a match this season, just the default loss, so they’ll go in as favourites. But will the loss of home field and moving the match to Langley be a factor? Prediction: Ravens by 6.

1 Connor Sampson
2 Matias Suez
3 Keenan Kayser
4 Frank Carson
5 Don Carson
6 Trevor Helgason
7 Jacob Ikeda
8 David Carson
9 Alex Ball
10 Harjun Gill
11 Aga Ligamy
12 Sawyer Herron
13 Noah Bain
14 Marceau Bertin
15 Aaron McLelland
16 Jesse Mackail
17 Joe Dawson
18 Nathan Ginson
19 Noah King
20 Joe Locke
21 Matt Chan
22 Christian Tasi
23 Mark Wandeto

1. Willem den Ouden
2. Tyler Wong
3. Sam Miller
4. Reid Davis
5. Karl Hunger
6. Seif Sanad
7. Ben James
8 Zephyr Melnyk
9.Sam Reimer
10.James Thiel
11. Alan Berros
12 Taylor de Souza
13 Sam Wegert
14 JC Vinette
15 Ben Russell
16 Scott Bowers
17 Aaron Clark
18 Dan Cooper
19 Alistair Bruce
20 Justin Taylor
21 Brady White
22 Noah Flesch
23 Sion Griffiths

Capilano 29 v Castaway Wanderers 26 @14:30
Referee: Riley Robinson AR1: Bradley Schwalger AR2: Mark Abercrombie
Venue: Klahanie Park

We called Caps by 1 and it was Caps +3. Lots of bonus points in the match which keep Capilano and CW in the playoff hunt. Capilano are in 8th with 20 points and CW in 9th with 19 points, they’re chasing JBAA in 7th with 22 points. Next week Capilano visit James Bay in a key match while CW host Seattle.

#9 Capilano hosting #8 CW. An important match for two teams chasing a playoff spot. There’s some confusion around the Premier playoffs, the BCRU aren’t great at communicating these details. Normally in the BC Premier the top 6 teams enter the playoffs, #1 and #2 get byes to the semi-final and 3v6 and 4v5 are the quarter-finals. The BCRU website is currently showing a 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, 4v5 playoff format on their schedule page. We’ve asked the BCRU for clarification.

CW gave #1 UBC a tough battle last week with a strong showing by the front row, Capilano narrowly edged Burnaby with a clutch penalty kick. It looks like a close match, will the home crowd be the difference? Prediction: Caps by 1.

1 John Braddock
2 Jace Peters
3 Jake Ilnicki
4 John Humphries
5 Riley Ilnicki
6 Mike Finnemore
7 Steve Pyke
8 Nick Carson
9 Brandon Schellenberger
10 Gareth Sandner
11 Gabriel Smith
12 Matt Sutherland
13 Ollie Nott
14 James Mitchell
15 Zech Pilgrim
16 Denver Fatt
17 Gavin Kratz
18 Jack Sponarski
19 Cam Sandison
20 Michael Smith
21 James Duguid
22 Dexter Anderson
23 Joe Massyn

1. Rich Merinsky
2. Pete Ingoldsby
3. Jesse Ryan
4. Jack Rainer
5. Nick Pearce
6. Reid Brookes
7. Cori Hamill
8. Jordan Harvey (C)
9. Chris Robinson
10. Mike Moloney
11. Sean Hogan
12. Johnny Franklin (C)
13. Cam Waddell
14. Matt Nicol
15. Jeremy Simon
16. James Ritzema
17. Reece Huber
18. Jesse Burns
19. Mahyar Hosseini
20. Johnny Adams
21. Charlie Jones
22. Sam Franklin

Seattle 29 v University Of Victoria 17 @13:00
Referee: Visiting Referee 1
Venue: Chuckanut

We got this one wrong and should have listened to our gut, Seattle at home are a stronger team. The result drops Vikes to 4th place in the standings, Seattle remain in 10th place with 18 points. Next week UVic host Burnaby in a key match and Seattle visit CW.

#10 Seattle hosting #2 UVic. Seattle are always stronger at home and pushed the Ravens in their head to head match, the Ravens only winning by a point. The Vikes have only lost two games this season. Seattle aren’t eligible for the playoffs as they could only field one team this season, but they’ll want to put on a good show for the home crowd. Should be a close match. Prediction: Vikes by 3.

Seattle (previous roster)
1 Kellen Gordon
2 Maile Taufa
3 Freddie Tafuna
4 Eric Soto
5 Jamie Demers
6 Ian Crilly
7 Tomasi Puletu
8 Sami Ma’afu
9 Zander Tkel
10 Jonny Reid
11 Isaac Mayala
12 Matt Brennan
13 Patrick Nglam
14 Jordan Anderson
15 Ian Wright
16 Mike Faust
17 Lu Alainuuse
18 Sevuloni Tawake
19 Joe Evans
20 Jeremiah Sio
21 Ronald Dwyer
22 Nephi Ledua
23 Neori Drew

1 Phoenix Moller
2 Jordy Auger
3 Owen Kokan
4 Muiredach Casey
5 Ayo Ogunlade
6 Brendan Kim
7 Merlin M’Cloud
8 Taine Clague
9 Jenner Teufel
10 Alex Gamage
11 Lockhart MacGregor
12 Graeme Norris
13 Shane Rikley-Krindle
14 Marcus Lott
15 Austin Pinnell
16 Jack Marshall
17 Max Hassel
18 Tucker Nadeau
19 Jaxson Jones
20 Tanner Milligan
21 Chris Gamage
22 Rhys Patterson
23 Dylan Cleaver

Meraloma 54 v James Bay AA 24 @14:30
Referee: Benjamin Lambrick AR1: Brett Hay AR2: Tere Blake
Venue: South Surrey Athletic Park

Another one we got wrong and it’s difficult to judge the playing strength of these two teams. The Lomas still don’t have their roster posted so we’re going blind on the lineup. They do look like a team that may cause an upset in the playoffs, they currently sit in 3rd spot. Next week the Lomas visit UBC which should be a good contest and the Bays host Capilano.

#5 Meraloma hosting #6 James Bay. Another matchup with two teams close in the standings. The Bays coming off two losses and the Lomas a loss and a draw. Both teams started the season strongly but both have leveled off a bit. There’s also the disruption of losing home field for the Lomas and moving the match to Bayside. The main change for the Bays is Shea Wakefield starting at #8. The Lomas don’t have their roster published at the time of writing.

A toss up but we’ll go with the team that has a current roster. Prediction: Bays by 1.

Meraloma (previous roster)
1 Mark Rickard
2 Corne Ludick
3 Pat Zuk
4 Jim Mulvany
5 Fintan O’Sullivan
6 Evan Galvin
7 John Willis
8 Jalan Farris
9 Tommy Viljoen
10 Monty Weatherall
11 Keith Graham
12 Jay Younger
13 Jad Hamade
14 Dewi Williams
15 Louis Whelan
16 Scott McGinley
17 Theo Espangol
18 Tom Dunne
19 Jacob Bourke
20 Thomas Williams
21 Darragh Foley
22 Ginga Ishii
23 D.W. Van Niekerk

1. Andrew McPherson
2. Jake Slobodian
3. Blake van Heyningen
4. Teigen White
5. Asfi Saeed
6. Andrew Montgrand
7. Tom Richardson
8. Shea Wakefield
9. Crosby Stewart
10. Mitch Sora
11. Kainoa Lloyd
12. Mike Nieuwenhusen
13. Mostyn Findlay
14. Craig Mitchell-Hermann
15. Tom Burton
16. Dakota Lachance
17. Toby Ng
18. Adam Fort
19. Jim de Goede
20. Peter Massimo
21. Henry Do
22. Travis Best
23. JS Cook

Vancouver Rowing Club 10 v UBC 58 @14:30
Referee: Cole Pedrick AR1: Michael Moss AR2: JT ZHANG
Venue: Brockton Oval

A lot to a little for UBC as expected, we conservatively said by 12, it was by +48. UBC remain in 1st, Rowers in 11th. UBC host Lomas next week which should be the game of the week while the Rowers visit the Pride in Abbotsford.

#11 Rowers hosting #1 UBC. UBC have Matt Percillier back from the 7s program, Izzak Kelly is also back in the starting second row. A lot of talent across the roster. Rowers don’t have their roster published at the time of writing. It should be an emphatic win by the #1 side. Prediction: UBC by 12.

1. Joshua Tweed
2. Jacob Bossi
3. Payton Teneycke
4. Hillyard Carson
5. Izzak Kelly
6. Joshua Downes
7. Flynn Heyes
8. Relmu Wilson – Valdes
9. Jacob Bourne
10. James Biss
11. Alistair Marshall
12. Talon Mcmullin
13. Takoda Mcmullin
14. Tenniel Cowen
15. Matthew Percillier
16. Koen Buckingham
17. Raymond Chou
18. Conor O’Flaherty
19. Joe Mcnulty
20. Callum Arnesen
21. Ethan Berry
22. Jared Andrews – Almack
23. Ben Martin

Rowers (previous roster)
1. Eddie Quinn
2 Gregory Crowe
3 Ian Prendiville
4 Jack Warren
5 Michael Cooke
6 Ray Bissonette
7 Scott McTavish
8 Scyler Dumas
9 Jakeb Roiri
10 Nick Wackwitz
11 Morgan Brinson
12 Tim O’Hare
13 Spencer Morgan
14 Filipe Tagitulmua
15 Jordan Wilson-Ross
16 Josh Waller
17 Liam Litchfield
18 Jake Schwartz
19 Tom Brennan
20 Paul Ciulini
21 Eoin Keenan
22 Duncan James
23 Dominic Howard

Burnaby Lake 32 v Westshore 12 @16:00
Referee: David Smortchevsky AR1: Nathaniel Hight
Venue: Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

No surprise here, we said Burnaby by 8 and it was Burnaby +20. The match video is posted below, and kudos to Burnaby for leading the league in live streaming. Burnaby rise to 6th place and Westshore remain in 12th. Next week Burnaby travel to UVic and Westshore host the Ravens.

#7 Burnaby hosting #12 Westshore. Burnaby trying to maintain their playoff spot, a bonus point win could see them move up to 5th or 6th place. Westshore visiting with several Burnaby alumni, Vikilani x2 and Admir Cejvanovic, and looking for their first win of the season. Westshore have 5 bonus points in their losses so they have been competitive. Prediction: Burnaby by 8.

1. Lalit Bharadwaj
2. Evan Mackey
3. Bryce Worden (c)
4. Cooper Johnston
5. Dom Baptista
6. Chase McCrum
7. David Dinbandhu
8. Callum Cruickshank
9. Dean McMahon
10. Neil MacLaine
11. Eoin Reddington
12. Connor Byron
13. Ethan Turner
14. Justin Coen
15. Brian Fitzpatrick
16. Dylan Vermette
17. Luka Bradley
18. Juan Videla
19. Ish Mulema
20. Tom Menzies
21. Cian Keegan
22. Paul Murphy
23. Francis Denny

1 Tobias Berg
2 Matt Evans
3 Nathan Groenewold
4 Matt Weir
5 Aidan Holland
6 Jade Billington
7 Tom Heuser
8 Admir Cejvanovic
9 Nicky Mouret
10 Josh Nordstrom
11 Seth Recalma
12 Taitusi Vikilani
13 Tye Woodruff
14 Alex Mentiply
15 Braedan Bespalko
16 Keating Teft
17 Simeon John
18 Adam Beaupre
19 Siaki Vikilani
20 Braden Gray
21 Yuya Kimura
22 John Cox
23 Tyler Wilkes


Burnaby Lake V Westshore @12:45
Referee: Nathaniel Hight AR1: Scott Johnson
Venue: Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

Capilano V Castaway Wanderers @12:45
Referee: Jamie Dopson AR1: Rachel Morrison AR2: Ryan Lambrick
Venue: Klahanie Park

1. Karyn Nelson
2. Melissa Robinson
3. Santina Luti
4. Teya Ashworth
5. Tiana Coutts
6. Rachel Moloney
7. Bethany Dueck
8. Nicola Jones (C)
9. Christina Burnham
10. Flora Poole
11. Charlotte Ketchen
12. Sarah Bill
13. Danielle Fearns
14. Suhad Mardikian
15. Savannah Bacchus
16. Karina Christiansen
17. Genevieve Bitorff
18. Ruth Sherlock
19. Catrina Thompson
20. Shelby Slay
21. Leonie Lartey
22. Saila Deschamps
23. Lara Macfarlane

Seattle Rugby V Vancouver Thunderbirds @13:15
Referee: Visiting Referee 1
Venue: Starfire Field

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