Coastal Cup 2021 – Week 7

Coastal Cup Results Week 7: Tide, Wave and Thunderbirds Claim Wins – Final Showdown Next Weekend Wave v Pride

Vancouver Island Crimson Tide 18 – TWU Spartans 8

The best result for the TWU program this season as they kept the game close. This is their match report:

LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s Scott Bowers (New Westminster, B.C.) scored a try and Keegan Marengo (Johannesburg, South Africa) slotted a penalty, but it wasn’t quite enough on a rainy Saturday, as the Spartans lost 18-8 against the visiting Vancouver Island Crimson Tide at Willoughby Community Park.

The loss sees the Spartans end their Coastal Cup campaign at 0-6. However, the 10-point setback showed a marked improvement from the TWU side, as it the gap represented the Spartans closest result of the season.

As has happened in three previous games, the Spartans took an early, with Marengo knocking through a penalty to make it 3-0 for TWU.

From there, the Tide pushed back, ultimately scoring 18 consecutive points to give the visitors a 15-point edge midway through the second half on the strength of two tries and a conversion.

However, with a strong TWU scrum helping lead the way, the Spartans swung back late in the second half. TWU hooker Bowers took a quick pass from Nate Schroeder (West Kelowna, B.C.) off a lineout and drove over the line for his first try of the Coastal Cup.

After that, TWU continued to press, but the Crimson Tide held them off to take the win and improve to 2-3 on the year.

Vancouver Wave 37 – UVic Vikes 31

Vancouver remain undefeated going into the final week, leaving a winner take all match against the Pacific Pride next Saturday at Klahanie Park. Scoring for the Wave were:

T- Scher
C- Moloney
T- Foley
C- Moloney
P- Moloney
P- Moloney
T- Pen. Try
C- Pen. Try
T- Winter
C- Moloney
P- Moloney

UBC 35 – Van East 7

There are no reports from the match, or video, the live stream was cancelled. UBC will look back on their loss to Vancouver as the key match in the season, a win there and they would be competing for the inaugural title.

The final weekend of action sees two matches UBC visiting the Crimson Tide, match at Windsor Park and the title match, Vancouver hosting the Pride at Klahanie Park.

*Coastal Cup Week 7: Tide @ TWU, UVic @ Wave, UBC @ Van East – Match Predictions and Rosters*

Crimson Tide @ Trinity Western | 1 pm | Willoughby Community Park

The Spartans have looked brave in defence in their matches so far but have been outmatched in other aspects of the game. Their outstanding winger, Tamilore Awonusi, has scored two tries per match in TWU’s last two matches. Their #10 from South Africa, Keegan Marengo, is also noticeable on the field for his work rate and back cover on defence. For the Tide, they have a solid halfback pairing of Crosby Stewart and Grady Bowd. Ollie Nott at #8 is a solid performer. Taine Clague is an addition at openside, he was playing U18 rugby in 2020 so it will be interesting to see how he performs at the senior level. His dad is from NZ and well respected in the Island rugby community. Mike Fuailefau gets his first start in the centres with the Tide. Prediction: Tide by 8.

TWU Spartans – Match Day Roster | Nov. 6

1. Favour Olaniyan, Gibsons, BC, Capilano Rugby Club
2. Scott Bowers, New Westminster, BC, United Rugby Club
3. Grayson Hardie, Chilliwack, BC
4. Erik Niebuhr, Surrey, BC, Bayside Sharks
5. Josh Halladay, White Rock, BC
6. Caleb Van Til, Tsawwassen, BC
7. Nate Schroeder, West Kelowna, BC
8. Caleb Gerth, Langley, BC, Surrey Beavers / Langley Rugby Club
9. Jan Lourens, Smoky Lake, AB, Clansmen RFC
10. Keegan Marengo, Johannesburg, South Africa, Xerox Golden Lions
11. Tamilore Awonusi, Dublin, Ireland, Clontarf RFC
12. Sam Wegert, Langley, BC, UBC
13. Ethan Bernardin, Langley, BC
14. Connor Bernardin, Langley, BC, Langley Rugby Club
15. Matthew Willemse, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Langley Rugby Club
16. Seth Klassen, Surrey, BC, Bayside Sharks
17. Kyle Morfitt, Langley, BC, Langley Rugby Club
18. Adam-Jay Fort, Red Deer, AB, Red Deer Titans
19. Tinashe Chirara, Harare, Zimbabwe, Old Georgians RFC
20. Genaro Gandolfo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Club San Andrés
21. Fynn Murphy, White Rock, BC, Bayside Sharks
22. Collin Lagat, Dallas, TX, Dallas Reds RFC
23. Lynden Duggan, Burnaby, BC, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

Crimson Tide – Match Day Roster | Nov. 6

1. Andrew MacPherson, James Bay Athletic Association
2. Casey Reid, Westshore RFC
3. Bryce McKinnon, Westshore RFC
4. Mike Finnemore, Castaway Wanderers RFC
5. Alex Jordan, James Bay Athletic Association
6. Antonio Corbin, Westshore RFC
7. Taine Clague, James Bay Athletic Association
8. Ollie Nott, Castaway Wanderers RFC
9. Crosby Stewart, James Bay Athletic Association
10. Gradyn Bowd, Castaway Wanderers RFC
11. Henry Do, James Bay Athletic Association
12. Mike Fuailefau, Castaway Wanderers RFC
13. Mostyn Findlay, James Bay Athletic Association
14. Sawyer Shmyrko, Westshore RFC
15. Shane Dagg, Westshore RFC
16. Jake Sponarski, Castaway Wanderers RFC
17. Nathan Groenewold, Westshore RFC
18. Austin Creighton, James Bay Athletic Association
19. Peter Masimo, James Bay Athletic Association
20. Jace Peters, Castaway Wanderers RFC
21. Mike Waldock, James Bay Athletic Association
22. Ryan Boothroyd, James Bay Athletic Association
23. Isaac Gonevou, James Bay Athletic Association

UVIC @ Vancouver Wave | 2:30pm | Willoughby Community Park

Vancouver are perhaps favourites to take the inaugural Coastal Cup trophy, although the Pacific Pride may have other thoughts, they meet next weekend. The Ravens resting their power centre Colby Mason this week, although another veteran, Brian Moylett is back at #8. Speaking of veterans, Sean Ferguson making a comeback on the bench at #23. The Wave have been consistent this season, although they narrowly avoided defeat last week against the Tide in Victoria. UVic only have the one win, against TWU, they’ll be focusing on getting their combinations fine tuned in preparation for the Canadian University Championships held later this month in Kingston. Prediction: Vancouver by 5.

Vancouver Wave – Match Day Roster | Nov. 6

1. Pat Zuk, Grande Prairie, AB, Meraloma Rugby Club
2. Pete Ingoldsby, Totnes, Devon, England, Capilano RFC
3. Neil Courtney, North Vancouver, BC, Capilano RFC
4. Dave Matthews, Ottawa, ON, Meralomas Rugby Club
5. Darragh Foley, Tipperary, Ireland, Meraloma Rugby Club
6. Jalan Farris, Wainuiomata, NZ, Meraloma Rugby Club
7. Jake Ikeda, Vancouver, BC, UBCOB Ravens
8. Brian Moylett, Ballina, Ireland, UBCOB Ravens
9. Jack Scher, Vancouver, BC, UBCOB Ravens
10. Adam McQueen, Canmore, AB, UBCOB Ravens
11. Jesse Hocking, Wellington, NZ, Scribes RFC
12. Isaac Winter, Palmerston North, NZ, Meraloma Rugby Club
13. Johnny Franklin, Bowen Island, BC, Capilano RFC
14. Josh Powdrell, Cape Town, SA, Scribes RFC
15. Mike Moloney, Lyndoch, Australia, Capilano RFC
16. Mattias Suez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, UBCOB Ravens
17. Ryan Chapman, Rockland, ON, Vancouver Rowing Club
18. Jake Schwartz, Aylmer, QC, Vancouver Rowing Club
19. Liam Doll, North Vancouver, BC, Capilano RFC
20. Giles Calder, Edinburgh, Scotland, Squamish Axemen
21. Alex Carmel, Montréal, Québec, Meraloma Rugby Club
22. David Thompson, Vancouver, BC, UBCOB Ravens
23. Sean Ferguson. Bearspaw, AB, UBCOB Ravens

UVIC Vikes – Match Day Roster | Nov. 6

1. Owen Kokan, Vancouver, BC
2. Carter White, Victoraia, BC
3. Spencer Cooper, Vancouver, BC
4. Ayo Ogunlade, Calgary, AB
5. Benjamin Newhook. St. John’s, NL
6. Zarija Djurickovic, Victoria, BC
7. Nathan Bice, Comox, BC
8. Nicholas Carson, Victoria, BC
9. Chris Gamage, Calgary, AB
10. Gabriel Casey, Ottawa, ON
11. Ethan Hager, Brantford, ON
12. Graeme Norris, Victoria, BC
13. Jonas Robinson, Victoria, BC
14. Noah Bain, Abbotsford, BC
15. Andrew Easson, Oakville, ON
16. Ryder Heaney-Corns, Sannichton, BC
17. George Piper Arroliga, Abbotsford, BC
18. Liam Mitchell, Paget, Bermuda
19. Nathan Yue, St. Albert, AB
20. Payton Gibson, Abbotsford, BC
21. Austin Pinnell, Edmonton
22. Shane Rickley-Krindle, Montreal, QC

UBC @ Van East | 2:45 pm | Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

Two teams who came close to contesting for the title but in such a short season every loss or tie hurts. Van East lost two close games to the teams who will contest the title next week, UBC lost to one of them and tied the other. The game is at Burnaby so looking forward to another top notch live stream. As Mark Janzen mentioned in his preview, four Carsons in the UBC roster, which is noteworthy. The old, “age and treachery vs youth and vigour” quote comes to mind looking at the rosters, lots of experience on the Van East side. In that saying, age comes out the winner but how can you bet against Carson x 4? It’s a toss up really, should be close, should be quality. Prediction: UBC by 1.

Van East Rugby – Match Day Roster | Nov. 6

1. Juan Videla, San Juan, Argentina, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
2. Dylan Vermette, Surrey, BC, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
3. Daniel Cooper, Sunderland, ON, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
4. Cooper Johnston, Burnaby, BC, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
5. Reegan O’Gorman, Vancouver, BC, Austin Gilgronis / Marist Albion RFC
6. Mike O’Toole (C), Vancouver, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
7. Connor McCann, Belleville, ON, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
8. James Catterson, Omagh, Northern Ireland, Omagh RFC / Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
9. George Daly, London, England, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club / University of Bath
10. Geoff Ryan, Limerick, Ireland, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
11. Darren McCrory, Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
12. Neil MacLaine, Omagh, Northern Ireland, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
13. David Dinbandhu, Suva, Fiji, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
14. Jack Gelbart, Berkhamsted, UK, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
15. Brian Fitzpatrick, Tipperary, Ireland, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
16. Liem Jung, Burnaby, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
17. Wes Black, Williams Lake, BC, Kamloops Rugby Club
18. Dom Baptista, New Westminster, BC, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
19. Cole McQueen, Delta, B.C., Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
20. Sean McKeown, Cork, Ireland, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
21. Ethan Turner, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford RFC
22. Lee Sandberg, Stockholm, Sweden, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
23. Nolan Shelley, Burnaby, BC, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

UBC Thunderbirds – Match Day Roster – Nov. 6

1. Connor Sampson, Vancouver, BC
2. Jacob Bossi, Victoria, BC
3. Bryce Worden, Saint John, NB
4. Frank Carson, Vancouver, BC
5. David Carson, Victoria, BC
6. Donald Carson, Victoria, BC
7. Owain Ruttan, Cobourg, ON
8. Alfie Scopes, Tonbridge, England
9. Jack Carson, Victoria, BC
10. Max Abercrombie, Victoria, BC
11. Landon Clironomos, Vancouver, BC
12. Tenniel Cowen, Wilmslow, England
13. Takoda McMullin, Surrey, BC
14. Ryan Leskiw, North Vancouver, BC
15. Jacob Bourne, Vancouver, BC
16. Calixto Martinez, White Rock, BC
17. Joshua Tweed, Surrey, BC
18. Izzak Kelly, White Rock, BC
19. Joshua Downes, Chelmsford, England
20. Kieran Martin, Surrey, BC
21. Connor Byron, Abbotsford, BC Ethan Berry, Vancouver, BC
22. Evan Norris, Montreal, QC
23. Kilick Saxer, North Vancouver, BC

By Mark Janzen

With only two weekends of Coastal Cup action remaining, this Saturday has three exciting games on the docket, with the whole competition shifting to the Lower Mainland.

The weekend features a double-header at Willoughby Community Park in Langley, with Trinity Western (0-5) hosting the Crimson Tide (1-3) at 1 p.m. before the Vancouver Wave (4-0) welcomes the UVIC Vikes (1-4) for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Meanwhile, at the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club, the UBC Thunderbirds (2-1-1) are back in action after a bye week as they travel to take on Van East Rugby (3-2).

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November 6

Crimson Tide @ Trinity Western | 1 pm | Willoughby Community Park

The first game of the day marks the final match of the competition for Trinity Western, as they look to earn their first win of the Coastal Cup. Conversely, the Crimson Tide are coming off a one-point loss against the undefeated Vancouver Wave and will look to carry momentum into Saturday’s game as they target their second win of the year.

TWU will be wearing their Thunder Rugby jerseys in the game, with jerseys No. 1 to 15 being auctioned off to help support and promote the game of rugby to Indigenous youth and communities through Thunder Rugby.

For the Spartans, the pack is largely unchanged from last week, with Grayson Hardie getting the start at tighthead, while Nate Schroeder moves to the open side flanker position, with Caleb Gerth going back to No. 8 after playing hooker against the Pacific Pride last week.

In the backs, Jan Lourens returns to take the No. 9 shirt, while the Bernardin brothers get their first opportunity to start together with the Spartans, with Ethan playing outside centre and Connor on the wing. Without Guieseppe du Toit again due to injury, Sam Wegert moves to inside centre.

The Crimson Tide have three new faces amongst the forwards, with Casey Reid at hooker, Bryce McKinnon at tighthead and Taine Clague coming in at open side flanker. Ollie Nott moves to No. 8 after playing at flanker against the Wave.

In the backs, Olympian and long-time Canadian sevens star Mike Fuailefau will start at inside centre, with Mostyn Findlay moving to the outside. Sawyer Shmyrko enters the mix at wing, with Shane Dagg back in at fullback.

UVIC @ Vancouver Wave | 2:30pm | Willoughby Community Park

With two weeks to go, the Vancouver Wave find themselves in the driver’s seat when it comes to capturing the inaugural Coastal Cup. A bonus-point win over the Vikes this Saturday would put Vancouver alone atop the table with a season-ending match against the Pacific Pride essentially acting as a defacto final. However, the one-win Vikes will be intent on slowing that storyline down this week, as they travel to Langley for their final game of the competition.

The Wave will make three changes to their forward unit, as they start Pete Ingoldsby at the hooker position, Dave Matthews in the second row and Brian Moylett at No. 8.

Amongst the backs, Josh Powdrell is the only new player in the starting lineup, as he comes in on the wing. Johnny Franklin moves to outside centre, with Jesse Hocking switching wing positions.

The Vikes have Spencer Cooper back starting at tighthead, while Nathan Bice gets the call at open side flanker. In the backs, Jonas Robinson returns to a starting position at outside centre, while Ethan Hager jumps to the wing.

UBC @ Van East | 2:45 pm | Burnaby Lake Rugby Club

The match in Burnaby sees Van East play their final game of the season looking to finish with four wins on the season, while UBC has a similar long-term agenda (with two games still to play), as they too are aiming to finish with a four-win campaign.

For Van East, it’s a very similar lineup across the board compared to last week’s setup. The front row is unchanged, with Cooper Johnston coming into the second row as the lone personnel alteration amongst the forwards, while Mike O’Toole moves to flanker from the second row.

Geoff Ryan is back in the starting lineup at flyhalf, with Neil MacLaine shuffling to inside centre, marking the only changes to Van East’s backs.

Meanwhile, UBC, who tied the Pacific Pride 10-10 in their last outing, gets back into the mix with nearly a third of their starters (four in total) named Carson. The front row sees Bryce Worden back in at tighthead, while the Carson trio of Frank, David and Donald will occupy jerseys No. 4 through No. 6.

Jack Carson returns at No. 9, with Tenniel Cowen getting the start at inside centre, Takoda McMullin moving to outside centre and Joshua Tweed earning starting duties at fullback.

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