BC Rugby Weekend of March 25th 2023

BC Premier Week 10 Results & Rosters: CW Clobber Seattle; Caps Topped by Bays; Lomas Upset UBC; Rowers Edged by Pride; Burnaby Defeat Vikes; Ravens Dominate Westshore

[ed. note rosters are published last week/this week to highlight changes.]

Castaway Wanderers 42 v Seattle 7 @ 14:30
Referee: Riley Robinson AR1: Carter Haddow AR2: Mckenzie Eckart
Venue: Windsor Park

CW got the job done at home. The result puts them in 7th place (24 points) with the potential to reach 5th place before the season ends. The standings now would see CW @ Ravens in a quarter-final. The match next week against James Bay will be important in determining the final playoff picture.

#8 CW hosting Seattle. With the playoffs close we’ll dispense with including Seattle and Pacific Pride in the table rankings as neither team is eligible for the playoffs. The BCRU have decided on a 1v8, etc. playoff scenario so it’s already decided that all teams except for Westshore and Rowers will be in the playoffs. The question remains with two weeks left in the regular season, what will the matchups be? Currently CW at #8 would visit UBC but that will possibly change after the weekend.

CW have shifted a number of players around Denver Fatt gets a start at hooker, so three props in the front row should see some healthy sets. Michael Smith starts at blindside, Zech Pilgrim moves to #9 and Brandon Schellenberger moves to outside centre with Ollie Smith at inside centre. Jordan Ng returns to the wing. It looks like a solid roster capable of getting the win at home.

Seattle have a number of changes compared to a previous roster. Kellen Gordon moves from prop to #8, Jonny Reid their usual #10 moves to fullback. They had a good win against UVic at home last weekend but usually aren’t as strong when travelling across the border.

CW will likely want to avoid UBC and the Ravens in the first round and a couple of bonus point wins to finish the season could see them get a more favourable draw. A quarter-final match against 4th place UVic would probably be preferred and is a potential scenario depending on results over the next two weeks. Prediction: CW by 8.

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

1 Kellen Gordon / Lu Alainuuse
2 Maile Taufa / Mike Faust
3 Freddie Tafuna
4 Eric Soto / Nick McKenna
5 Jamie Demers / Brandon Tupufia
6 Ian Crilly / Chase Bates
7 Tomasi Puletu / Matt Potter
8 Sami Ma’afu / Kellen Gordon
9 Zander Tkel / Ronald Dwyer
10 Jonny Reid / Devereaux Ferris
11 Isaac Mayala / Cole Zarcone
12 Matt Brennan / Patrick Nglam
13 Patrick Nglam / Ian Wright
14 Jordan Anderson / Joey Lincoln
15 Ian Wright / Jonny Reid
16 Mike Faust / Ethan Smith
17 Lu Alainuuse / James Kuahiwinui
18 Sevuloni Tawake / Alex Glover
19 Joe Evans / Ben Seest
20 Jeremiah Sio / Isaia Lotawa
21 Ronald Dwyer / Shane Berry
22 Nephi Ledua / Isaiah Chinen
23 Neori Drew / Lopeti Aisea

James Bay 33 v Capilano 29 14:30
Referee: Cole Pedrick AR1: Malcolm Klaver AR2: John J De Goede
Venue: MacDonald Park

James Bay keep hold of 6th place, Caps drop to 8th with the loss. Big games next week with the Bays hosting CW and the Caps hosting Seattle. As the standings sit now Caps would visit UBC in the quarter finals and the Bays would visit the Lomas.

#6 JBAA hosting #7 Capilano. Based on current standings that would see a Bays v Lomas and Caps v Ravens quarter-final. The loser of this match may see CW move past them in the standings. The Bays were hammered on the road by the Lomas last weekend, the Caps squeezed out a win at home against CW.

The Caps only have a few changes, they have their key playmakers, Robinson, Moloney, Franklin and Simon in the backs. Glenn McKinnon is missing from the published 20 player roster.

The Bays have a couple of changes in the forwards Jimmy de Goede starts at second row and Dakota Lachance starts at blindside. They have some scoring punch on the outside with Kainoa Lloyd.

The Bays are a difficult team to handicap, their 4 wins came against the bottom 3 teams plus Burnaby. They do have home field advantage however. Going back to last year, same scenario, 2nd last game of regular season, Bays hosting Caps. Caps won that game emphatically and advanced to the semi-finals losing to UBC. They don’t quite have the same strength this season but may have enough to get a win on the road. Prediction: Caps by 3.

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

1. Andrew McPherson
2. Jake Slobodian
3. Blake van Heyningen
4. Teigen White / Jimmy de Goede
5. Asfi Saeed
6. Andrew Montgrand / Dakota Lachance
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 / Henry Do
15. Tom Burton
16. Dakota Lachance / Adam Fort
17. Toby Ng
18. Adam Fort / Jordan Brown
19. Jim de Goede / Craig Mitchell-Hermann
20. Peter Massimo / Isaiah Harrison
21. Henry Do / Travis Best
22. JS Cook

Pacific Pride 31 v Vancouver Rowing Club 29 @ 14:30
Referee: Christopher Assmus AR1: Visiting Referee 2 AR2: Miriam Sobrino
Venue: Exhibition Park

A narrow win by the Pride. Both teams out of the playoffs. Next week the Pride host the Vikes in a Friday night game at Starlight Stadium. The Rowers host the Ravens.

Both teams out of the playoffs, the Pride due to league rules, the Rowers because of their 1-7 record. The game is at a neutral venue, Exhibition Park in Abbotsford.

The Pride have a few injury problems, they’re missing their strong backrow from the fall. Cody Nhanala is playing in Australia and Matt Klimchuk and Zephyr Melnyk are carrying minor injuries and are not in the roster. They have JC Vinette in at blindside flanker, he usually plays wing. James Thiel gets the start at #10 with Brady White at #9.

The Rowers as usual don’t have a roster published.

The Pride are travelling with a weakened backrow, they have some of their marquee backline players in the 7s program, will they have enough to defeat the Rowers? It will be a good test for the young players. Prediction: Pride by 7.

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

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

UBC 31 v Meraloma 32 @ 14:30
Referee: Bradley Schwalger AR1: Kristine Lovatt AR2: Kevin Heieis
Venue: Gerald McGavin Centre

An upset that shows the Lomas are to be taken seriously this season. UBC hold onto their #1 ranking (37 points) with Lomas staying at #3 (33 points). Next week UBC host Westshore and the Lomas visit Burnaby.

#1 UBC v #3 Meraloma. The game of the week. This will give a good indication of relative playing strength going into the playoffs. Both teams should be hosting quarter-final matches and should advance to the semis.

UBC only have one change to their match 23, Max Abercrombie comes on the bench at #23. They put on a +48 thumping of the Rowers last weekend.

The Lomas have some rotation in the front row and Jacob Bourke gets the start at second row. Vinnie Jones replaces Tommy Viljoen at scrum half. Lomas dominated the Bays last weekend with a +32 win.

UBC at #1 go in as favourites. These teams met in the quarter-finals last year and UBC won that one handily. The Lomas may be a bit stronger this season. Prediction: UBC by 7.

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 / Max Abercrombie

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

University Of Victoria 27 v Burnaby Lake 31 @ 14:30
Referee: Benjamin Lambrick AR1: Matthew Ciardullo AR2: Martin Thornton
Venue: Wallace Field

Burnaby come up with a big effort for a win on the road. The result doesn’t change the standings with UVic still at #4 (29 points) and Burnaby still at #5 (28 points). Next weekend UVic face the Pride while Burnaby host the Lomas.

#4 UVic hosting #5 Burnaby. This should be a great match between two teams jostling for playoff rankings.

UVic had a disappointing result on the road in Seattle last weekend. Will they be able to bounce back at home? A few rotations in the forwards, Marshall and Nadeau coming off the bench to start and Brendan Kim starting in the second row. Chris Gamage partners up with his brother Alex in the halfbacks. Andrew Eason returns to the backline.

Burnaby defeated Westshore last weekend at home. A trip to the Island to take on UVic will stretch them a bit more. Kimi Vunituraga returns to the loose forwards. Ethan Turner replaces Neil MacLaine at #10 and Ezequiel Rossetti returns at scrum half.

This should be a close match, the teams didn’t face each other last spring season. We’ll go with the home field advantage and the ferry travel factor. Prediction: Vikes by 2.

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

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

Westshore 19 v UBCOB Ravens 55 @ 14:30
Referee: Nathaniel Hight AR1: Michael Moss AR2: Al Humphries
Venue: Juan De Fuca

The Ravens were methodical and built up a +30 lead at the half. The second half was more even with Westshore scoring 3 tries to make the scoreline more respectable. The Ravens remain #2 and will visit the Rowers next weekend. With one week left it looks like the Ravens will finish in 2nd and will host the 7th place team. Westshore visit UBC next weekend.

Westshore host #2 Ravens. Westshore are out of the playoffs and haven’t won a match this season. The Ravens haven’t lost a match, just a default due to travel issues.

The Ravens have a few changes, James Carson replaces Frank Carson at second row, David Carson moves from #6 to #8. Billy Wickham gets the start at scrum half. Two reserve front row players from last week, Dawson and Mackail, get the start this week. A potent backline remains unchanged except for Fitzpatrick getting the start on the wing.

Westshore are missing the Vikilani brothers this week, Siaki back playing with the American Raptors. They may have their hopes pinned on the Reserve squad who look to be playoff bound.

This shouldn’t be close, the scoreline depends on the defensive effort put in by Westshore. Prediction: Ravens by 15.

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

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

Women Premier

Castaway Wanderers v Seattle @ 12:45
Referee: Kevin Smith AR1: Mckenzie Eckart AR2: Olivia Ross
Venue: Windsor Park

Capilano v Thunderbirds @ 12:45
Referee: Tyler Dawson
Venue: Klahanie Park

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