BC Rugby Weekend of November 19th 2022

BC Premier Week 4 Results: Ravens v Vikes Match Cancelled; UBC Outlast Caps; Pride Over Lomas; Rowers Edge Westshore; Bays Defeat Seattle; Burnaby Victorious at CW; Plus TWU Claim Final Qualifying Spot at University Championships

[ed. UPDATE: We’ve updated the wording to reflect the Ravens will be appealing so the official status of the Vikes match is unknown at this time. The Ravens weren’t able to show up for their match versus UVic, they’re apparently facing a ban on BC Ferries for a period of time. Excerpt of message from Ravens, “We will be appealing this decision and hope to reschedule the UVIC game for a later date. We will be formulating a response to BC Rugby.” More information when it becomes available.]

An unusual week to finish off the first part of the season, a potential default by the league leading Ravens, otherwise the games were close with a +6 average score. Next weekend sees the McKechnie Cup kickoff with the Pride hosting Fraser Valley and the Island hosting Vancouver. In the U20 Dunbar competition, North Island host Fraser Valley and South Island host Vancouver.

This is the last weekend of BC Premier before the winter break, play resumes February 4th. There will be 3 weekends of McKechnie Cup starting next weekend, that will involve the three regional teams Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley and Vancouver. The Pacific Pride will also compete in the round robin tournament.

University Of Victoria v UBCOB Ravens STATUS PENDING REVIEW
Venue: U Of Victoria- Wallace Field

UVic 1-2 host the 3-0 Ravens. UVic coming off their first win of the season, a +14 win over Rowers. The Ravens coming off a massive +34 win over CW.

The Ravens missing Frank Carson this week in the loose forwards. Harjun Gill returns to action, it was 2018 the last time we were entering his name in the match day rosters for the Ravens. Aaron McLelland moves to fullback. Coach Chris Taylor again in the front row reserves.

The Vikes promote Taine Clague up to starting #8 for this match. Gabe Casey returns to the roster at inside centre. This will be the last match for the Vikes before the Canadian University Championships and a chance to test themselves against the top team in the Premier right now.

Ravens are undefeated this season so go in as favourites. Prediction: Ravens by 6.

1 Tom Kaijaks
2 Jesse Mackail
3 Keenan Kayser
4 Don Carson
5 Matt Chan
6 Blain Meek
7 Matthew Bluck
8 Dave Carson
9 Alex Ball
10 Harjun Gill
11 Marceau Bertin
12 Noah Bain
13 Sawyer Herron
14 Mark Wandeto
15 Aaron McLelland
16 Chris Taylor
17 James Carson
18 Noah Poirier
19 Zack Klassen
20 Anton Smith
21 Aga Ligamy
22 Harry Boyd
23 Sean Pyle

1 Owen Kokan – Point Grey Secondary
2 Jack Marshall – Gonzaga High School
3 Denver Fatt – St. George’s School
4 Asfand Saeed – Victoria High School
5 Muiredach Casey – St. Michaels University School
6 Tucker Nadeau – Flathead High School
7 Merlin M’Cloud – Montague Regional High
8 Taine Clague – Lambrick Park Secondary School
9 Ethan Smith – Carson Graham Secondary
10 Logan Martin-Feek – Claremont Secondary School
11 Lockhart MacGregor – Abbotsford Senior Secondary
12 Gabriel Casey – Nepean High School
13 Shane Rikley-Krindle – Westwood High School
14 Graeme Norris – Shawnigan Lake School
15 Ethan Hager – Brantford Collegiate Institute
16 George Piper Arroliga – Robert Bateman Secondary School
17 Phoenix Moller – Robert Bateman Secondary School
18 Ayo Ogunlade – Brentwood College School
19 Zarija Djurickovic – Oak Bay High School
20 Marcus Lott – Oak Bay High School
21 Alex Gamage – Henry Wise Wood
22 Chris Gamage – Henry Wise Wood
23 Angus Boyd-Porter – Gonzaga

Capilano 17 v UBC 24 @ 14:30
Venue: Klahanie Park

UBC scored late in the match to claim a +7 win. The Capilano hosted event raised over $10K for the Nick Allen fund. UBC go to 3-1 and Caps fall to 1-3.

The 1-2 Caps hosting the 2-1 T-Birds, UBC coming off an emphatic win over Seattle while the Caps fell heavily to the Pacific Pride last week.

UBC’s tight five remain the same, a few changes in the loose forwards with Ethan Lee getting the start at blindside and Relmu Wilson – Valdes starting at #8. Jack Carson takes the scrum half role, the McMullin brothers team up again in the centres. U20 winger Alastair Marshall is missing from the match day 23.

Caps have Neil Courtney back at loosehead prop and Nick Pearce at second row. Glenn McKinnon returns at #8.

These teams met in the semi-final last season and that was a +35 win for UBC. UBC looking to roll into the University Championships on a winning note. Prediction: UBC by 8.

1. Joshua Tweed
2. Jacob Bossi
3. Payton Teneycke
4. Caden Wilson
5. Sol Jaques
6. Ethan Lee
7. Callum Arnesen
8. Relmu Wilson – Valdes
9. Jack Carson
10. James Biss
11. Jared Andrews – Almack
12. Takon Mcmullin
13. Takoda Mcmullin
14. Jacob Bourne
15. Matt Percillier
16. Conor O’Flaherty
17. Koen Buckingham
18. Joshua Downes
19. Max Abercrombie
20. Kieran Martin
21. Pablo Palero
22. TBD
23. TBD

1 Neil Courtney (C)
2 James Ritzema
3 Jesse Ryan
4 Nick Pearce
5 Tim Manns
6 Jordan Harvey
7 Cori Hamill
8 Glen McKinnon
9 Chris Robinson
10 Mike Moloney
11 Matt Nicol
12 Cam Waddell
13 Dan Parkins
14 Mahyar Hosseini
15 Jeremy Simon

Castaway Wanderers 10 v Burnaby Lake 22 @ 14:30
Venue: Windsor Park

Burnaby get their first win with a +12 result on the road. Both teams are now at 1-3.

CW at 1-2 hosting the 0-3 Lakers. CW coming off a thumping from the Ravens while Burnaby seeing another game slide away in the last 20 against the Bays.

Burnaby bring Dom Baptista into the second row, David Dinbandhu moves from #8 to blindside flanker and Lucas Albornoz returns to the #8 spot. The backline remains unchanged.

CW make a few changes in the forwards with Alex Clark starting at hooker, Nick Carson is missing so Nat Dring goes to second row and Matt Sutherland takes his spot at blindside flanker. Jace Peters moves from hooker to openside flanker. Brandon Schellenberger is back and starts at #9.

It’s a toss up between the teams this season, Burnaby are due for a win but last season CW won the head to head by +20, also at home. Prediction: CW by 2.

1 Lalit Bharadwaj
2 Chase McCrum
3 Bryce Worden
4 Riley Fergus
5 Dom Baptista
6 David Dinbandhu
7 Connor McCann
8 Lucas Albornoz
9 Ezequiel Rossetti
10 Neil Maclaine
11 Brian Fitzpatrick
12 Connor Byron
13 Scott Barr
14 Darren McCrory
15 Ethan Turner
16 Evan Mackey
17 Luka Bradley
18 Liem Jung
19 Ethan Soden
20 Trent Shelley
21 Jack Gelbart
22 Nolan Shelley
23 Dean McMahon

1 John Braddock
2 Alex Clark
3 Jack Sponarski
4 Gavin Kratz
5 Nat Dring
6 Matt Sutherland
7 Jace Peters
8 Mike Finnemore
9 Brandon Schellenberger
10 Jordan Tait
11 Jordan Ng
12 Ollie Nott
13 David Keta
14 Gabriel Smith
15 Harry Elliot
16 Alex McCallum
17 Cam Smith
18 Gord Kehoe
19 John Humphries
20 Logan Dring
21 Seamus McDougall
22 Exequiel Hernandez
23 TBD

Pacific Pride 22 v Meraloma 15 @ 14:30
Venue: Cowichan Rugby Club

A close match and the Lomas first loss although they pick up a bonus point. The Pride are the only undefeated team in the league as it goes into its winter break. The Pride will continue on to the McKechnie Cup next week.

This should be the game of the weekend, two undefeated teams going head to head. The match is being played at Cowichan as a Pride home game.

The Lomas rotate their forwards, Richard Barrett moving from the bench to start at loosehead prop. Thomas Williams comes into the roster at second row, John Willis and Harry Elbrow come off the bench to start in the backrow. Tom Viljoen returns at flyhalf with Jay Younger moving to the centres. James McTurk moves from wing to outside centre.

This is the first time we haven’t been able to get the Pride roster at time of writing. We hear there’s some injuries being evaluated and also some players off with illness. We’ve posted their November 12 roster against Capilano. UPDATE: We’ve also added the current roster.

The potential of key players missing for the Pride could be an important factor, the Pride lost to TWU when they were missing a few key players. Normally we would tip towards the Pride in this matchup but Lomas have been consistent, they put a big score on Westshore last week, add in the potential of Pride not being 100%. Prediction: Lomas by 2.

1 Richard Barrett
2 Scott McGinley
3 Tom Dunne
4 Jacob Bourke
5 Thomas Williams
6 Jalan Farris
7 Harry Elbrow
8 John Willis
9 Bayce Letherby
10 Tommy Viljoen
11 Keith Graham
12 Jay Younger
13 James McTurk
14 Sean Ryan
15 Louis Whelan
16 Mark Rickard
17 Corne Ludick
18 Pat Zuk
19 J Mulvany
20 Evan Galvin
21 Darcy Hinkley
22 Andy Cooper
23 J Hamade

Pride (Nov 12)
1. Willem den Ouden
2. Dan Cooper
3. Sam Miller
4. Reid Davis
5. Karl Hunger
6. Zephyr Melnyk
7. Cody Nhanala
8. Elias Hancock
9. Zech Pilgrim
10. Max Stewart
11. AJ Kosempel
12. Seth Purdy
13. Ciaran Breen
14. Lucas Scheck
15. Oliver Mackenzie
16. Tyler Wong
17. Liam Bolton
18. Tyler Matchem
19. Alastair Bruce
20. Noah Flesch
21. Sam Reimer
22. Alan Berros
23. James Thiel

Pride (Nov 19)
1 Willem Den Ouden
2 Dan Cooper
3 Sam Miller
4 Reid Davis
5 Karl Hunger
6 Tyler Wong
7 Cody Nhanala
8 Elias Hancock
9 Sam Reimer
10 Justin Taylor
11 AJ Kosempel
12 Seth Purdy
13 Noah Flesch
14 Jack East
15 Oliver Mackenzie
16. Sione Fine
17. Liam Bolton
18. Tyler Matchem
19. Jaiden John
20. Ben Russel
21. Zech Pilgrim
22. JC Vinette
23. James Thiel

James Bay 31 v Seattle 27 @ 13:30
Venue: James Bay AA- MacDonald Park

Another close match but the Bays prevail and boost their record to 3-1 and 5th place behind the Pride, Lomas, Ravens and UBC. Seattle fall to 1-3.

James Bay 2-1 host Seattle 1-2, Bays coming off a road win in Burnaby and Seattle losing to UBC last weekend.

The Bays make one change to the tight five with Pete Reyes replacing Jimmy de Goede. Shea Wakefield returns to the lineup as the blindside flanker. Crosby Stewart is missing from the starting scrum half position and Brady White takes his spot. Mostyn Findlay is replaced by Nate Tough at outside centre.

Seattle don’t have their roster available at time of writing, we’ve included the roster vs UBC on November 12th. UPDATE: We’ve added the November 19th roster.

The Bays have been playing good rugby, they’ve only lost to the Ravens since September. They’re missing a couple of key players in the starting XV this week, Crosby Stewart, Jimmy de Goede and Mostyn Findlay. How that affects their play remains to be seen, Shea Wakefield returning is a plus. Tough to call without seeing the Seattle roster but we’ll go with the home team. Prediction: Bays by 5.

James Bay
1. Andrew McPherson
2. Jake Slobodian
3. Blake van Heyningen
4. Pete Reyes
5. Teigen White
6. Shea Wakefield
7. Tom Richardson
8. Mitch Young
9. Brady White
10. Mitch Sora
11. Henry Do
12. Isaac Gonevou
13. Nate Tough
14. JS Cook
15. Tom Burton
16. Wyatt Pilz
17. Dakota Lachance
18. Pete Massimo
19. Andrew Montgrand
20. Mike Niewenheusen
21. Alex Otto
22. Mike Waldock

Seattle (Nov 12th)
1 Freddy Tafuna
2 Ethan Smith
3 Liam Noone
4 Isaia Lotawa
5 Jamie Demers
6 Brandon Tupufia
7 Matthew Potter
8 Aidan Carlisle
9 Jack Canon
10 Jonny Reid
11 Matthew Pacheco
12 Joey Lincoln
13 Ian Wright
14 Matthew Hannon
15 Oida Ryuhei
16 Jasper Bowen-Shepherd
17 Carter McKaughan
18 James Kuahiwinui
19 Alex McCullough
20 Ben Gustafson
21 Oida Ryuhei Kellen Gordon
22 James McDermitt
23 TBD

Seattle (Nov 19th)
1 James Kuahiwinui
2 Alex Cannon
3 Liam Noone
4 Adam Page
5 Jamie Demers
6 Aidan Carlisle
7 Matthew Potter
8 Kellen Gordon
9 Jack Canon
10 Jonny Reid
11 Oida Ryuhei
12 Matt Brennan
13 Joey Lincoln
14 Jeremiah Sio
15 Ian Wright
16 Eric Soto
17 Freddy Tafuna
18 Lu Alainuuse
19 Isaia Lotawa
20 Tomasi Puletu
21 Neori Drew
22 Zander Tkel
23 TBD

Westshore 29 v Vancouver Rowing Club 30 @ 14:30
Venue: Juan De Fuca

A late try and conversion gave the visiting Rowers a +1 win. The Rowers led 17-7 at the half. The Rowers go to 2-2, Westshore falls to 0-4.

Westshore at 0-3 are looking for their first win against the 1-2 Rowers. Westshore were bombarded last week by the Lomas at the Loma Dome, the Rowers lost at home to the Vikes.

Westshore have Emerson Prior with them for this match, a big plus at loosehead prop. Also 7s player Jarvis Dashkewytch suits up at outside centre. Quinn Ngawati gets his first start at #10, that will be interesting to see.

The Rowers don’t have their roster posted at the time of writing, we’ve posted their November 12th roster vs UVic.

Westshore didn’t get a win last Premier season and they’re not off to a great start this season. The injection of a couple of top players this weekend will help but will it be enough? Can Quinn pull of something special at fly half? It should be a competitive match but based on form so far this season the Rowers have to go in as favourites. Prediction: Rowers by 1.

1 Emerson Prior
2 Neil Hagerty
3 Nathan Groenewold
4 Adam Beaupre
5 Makz Foot
6 Nate Yue
7 Tom Heuser
8 Peyton Eagar
9 Nicky Mouret
10 Quinn Ngawati
11 Liam Clarke
12 Taylor McGuire
13 Jarvis Dashkewytch
14 Alex Mentiply
15 Braedan Bespalko (c)
16 Matt Evans
17 Rick Bown
18 Matt Weir
19 Hanno Fourie
20 James Sandiffer
21 Josh Nordstrom
22 JB Nikkel
23 Sawyer Shmyrko

Rowers (from Nov 12th)
1. Josh Waller
2 Gregory Crowe
3 Ian Prendiville
4 Jack Warren
5 Felix Grignon
6 Tom Brennon
7 Eoin Keenan
8 Scott McTavish
9 Jakeb Roiri
10 Nick Wackwitz
11 Andrew de Torres
12 Tim O’Hare
13 Ollie Joyce
14 Mitch Stainer
15 Jordan Wilson-Ross
16 Rory Sanderson
17 Dominic Howard
18 Duncan James
19 Filipe Tagituimua
20 Eddie Quinn
21 Spencer Morgan
22 Scyler Dumas

TWU 40 v UBC Okanagan 19

TWU earn the final spot in the Canadian University Championship, they’ll go in ranked #8 and will take on the #1 UVic Vikes in the opening round.

This isn’t a Premier match but is the qualifier for the final spot at the Canadian University championships. Two BC teams battling it out for a place at the championship tournament, the winner gets a first round match against #1 ranked UVic.

We don’t know much about UBCO except they lost to Calgary in the Prairie final. TWU were competitive in the Coastal Cup and even upset the Pacific Pride in one match. TWU would go in as favourites. Prediction: TWU by 11.

UBC Okanagan
1. Nicholas Gray (VC)
2. Patrick Williams
3. Andrew Zutter
4. Justin Sendall
5. Jason Sendall
6. Treasure Aniki
7. Matt Bourget
8. Juan Martinez Casas
9. Jean-Louis Desgouttes
10. Devon Stroud
11. Lance Smith
12. Rhys James (C)
13. Kyle Tremblay
14. Mukhtar Abdsalami
15. Finn Hussey
16. Patrick Besplug
17. Kieron Davis
18. Andrew Mcfee
19. Jackson Croze
20. Jack Kleiman
21. Hayden Burton
22. Nathan Holmes
23. Brenden McElhinney

1 Ethan Jurgeneit
2 Scott Bowers (Captain)
3 Favour Olaniyan
4 Erik Niebuhr
5 Josh Halladay
6 Caleb Van Til
7 Nate Schroeder
8 Caleb Gerth
9 Jan Lourens
10 Keegan Marengo
11 Tamilore Awonusi
12 Fynn Murphy
13 Sam Wegert
14 Ethan Bernardin
15 Matthew Willemse (VC)
16 Seth Klassen
17 Tim Zimmer
18 Grayson Hardie
19 Martin Zubiri
20 Isaiah De Peiza
21 Tapiwa Marufu
22 Lynden Duggan
23 Ken Paul

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