Coastal Cup 2021 – Week 8

Vancouver Wave Win Inaugural Coastal Cup with 26-17 Win Over Pacific Pride – Full Match Video: UBC Finish Season with Win Over Crimson Tide

The Vancouver Wave won the inaugural Coastal Cup championship with a 26-17 win over the Pacific Pride national development academy. The Wave led throughout and were up 16-5 at the half. They were up 26-5 with a few minutes left before the Pride answered back with two late scores.


Winning Vancouver Wave team

UBC finished their Coastal Cup season on a high with a 31-20 win in Victoria over the Crimson Tide. They finish with a 4-1-1 record, the same as the Pride.

*Final Weekend of Coastal Cup: Title Match Vancouver Wave v Pacific Pride Live Streamed, Island Crimson Tide Hosts UBC at Windsor – Predictions and Rosters*

Mark Janzen has done a good review below so I won’t repeat his observations. I’m picking the Wave to win the title this year, they’re undefeated, they have a consistent lineup, they’re playing at home. The Pride are missing some key players as the XVs and 7s programs call up players. Foster Dewitt and Isaac Olson are in Belgium with the XVs, and several players who starred in the Pride’s recent performances, Cody Nhanala, Sion Griffiths, Brennig Prevost and Jake Thiel, are with the 7s group as they prepare for Dubai in 13 days. They’re playing ranks are so low they haven’t filled the #20 jersey and may put out 22 players. We hear reinforcements are coming in January but it won’t help this weekend. Prediction: Vancouver by 8.

The UBC v Tide match will another top contest. UBC are hitting their stride and, again, will rue that one loss to Vancouver which cost them a chance for the title. They are one of the on form teams evidenced by their lopsided win over Van East, a very good squad, last weekend. They’re peaking for the University Championships taking place in Kingston later this month. The Tide played Vancouver close, only losing at the whistle to a penalty kick, so they can bring their A game when pushed. They’re missing Mike Fuailefau this weekend, likely off with the 7s. Prediction: UBC by 5.

by Mark Janzen

The inaugural season of the Coastal Cup comes down to one final game at Klahanie Park (1 p.m. PT), featuring the first-place Vancouver Wave (5-0) against the second-place Pacific Pride (4-0-1). With just one point separating the two teams, Saturday’s contest is something of a defacto final, with the winner earning the right to hoist the Coastal Cup.

Meanwhile, UBC (3-1-1) will travel to play the Crimson Tide (2-3) at 2:30 p.m. (PT) at Windsor Park.

Click here to WATCH the Vancouver Wave host the Crimson Tide LIVE from Klahanie Park.

November 13

Pacific Pride @ Vancouver Wave | 1 pm | Klahanie Park

Kudos to the schedule maker who put together what amounts to a final on the last weekend of the Coastal Cup, as the two top teams and the only undefeated squads squaring off for the right to take home the title.

The Vancouver Wave are coming off a 37-31 win over the UVIC Vikes, while the Pacific Pride enter the weekend off a bye, having last played Oct. 30 when they beat Trinity Western 46-17.

The Pride will make two personnel changes to their forward unit, with Dewald Kotze coming back in at hooker and Matt Klimchuck slotting in at blindside flanker. In the front row, Emerson Prior moves to loosehead, while Liam Murray jumps to tighthead.

Mark Balaski returns to flyhalf, with Max Stewart going to fullback and Dawson Fatoric moving to inside centre. Taylor Desouza goes to outside centre, with Gabriel Smith entering the mix on the wing.

For the Wave, the only personnel change amongst the forwards is Mark Paddock entering into the second row, which sees Darragh Foley move to blinside flanker.

Amongst the backs, Thomas Viljoen is in at scrumhalf and Josh Powdrell returns on the wing, marking the Waves only two moves to their starting lineup.

Pacific Pride – Match Day Roster | Nov. 13

1. Emerson Prior, Brockville, ON, Perterborough Pagens
2. Dewald Kotze, Edmonton, AB, Strathcona Druids FC
3. Liam Murray, Langley, BC, JBAA
4. Callum O’Niel, Belleville, ON, Belleville Bulldogs
5. Callum Botchar, Vancouver, BC, UBCOB / JBAA
6. Matt Klimchuck, Regina, SK, Regina Rogues
7. James O’Neill (C), Cochrane, AB, Calgary Canucks / UVIC
8. Taitusi Vikilani, Burnaby, BC, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
9. Lucas Scheck, Cactus Lake, SK, Macdowell Rugby
10. Mark Balaski, Castlebar, Ireland, Buccaneers RFC
11. Gabriel Smith, Nanaimo, BC, Nanaimo RFC
12. Dawson Fatoric, Ottawa, ON, Barrhaven Scottish
13. Taylor Desouza, Ladysmith, BC, Nanaimo Hornets
14. Oliver Mackenzie, Victoria BC, Queens Football / JBAA
15. Max Stewart, Cape Town, South Africa, Pacific Pride
16. Nik Hildebrand, Nanaimo, BC, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
17. Aaron Clark, Calgary, AB, Calgary Canucks Rugby Club
18. Blake van Heyningen, Courtenay BC, JBAA
19. Tom Davidson, Chelsea, QC, Toronto Scottish RFC
20. Empty
21. Caleb Barker, Victoria, BC, JBAA
22. William Daniels, Toronto, Waterloo County RFC
23. Justin Mariner, Duncan, BC, Cowichan Rugby Club

Vancouver Wave – Match Day Roster | Nov. 13

1. Pat Zuk, Grande Prairie, AB, Meraloma Rugby Club
2. Matias Suez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, UBCOB Ravens
3. Neil Courtney, North Vancouver, BC, Capilano RFC
4. Liam Doll, North Vancouver, BC, Capilano RFC
5. Mark Paddock, Maple Ridge, BC, Langley Rugby Club
6. Darragh Foley, Tipperary, Ireland, Meraloma Rugby Club
7. Jake Ikeda, Vancouver, BC, UBCOB Ravens
8. Wes Lee, Vancouver, BC, Meralomas Rugby Club
9. Thomas Viljoen, Meraloma Rugby Club
10. Adam McQueen, Canmore, AB, UBCOB Ravens
11. Johnny Franklin, Bowen Island, BC, Capilano RFC
12. Isaac Winter, Palmerston North, NZ, Meraloma Rugby Club
13. Colby Mason, Clermont, Australia, UBCOB Ravens
14. Josh Powdrell, Cape Town, SA, Scribes RFC
15. Mike Moloney, Lyndoch, Australia, Capilano RFC
16. Alex Carmel, Montréal, Québec, Meraloma Rugby Club
17. Ryan Chapman, Rockland, ON, Vancouver Rowing Club
18. Jake Schwartz, Aylmer, QC, Vancouver Rowing Club
19. Dave Matthews, Ottawa, ON, Meralomas Rugby Club
20. Jalan Farris, Wainuiomata, NZ, Meraloma Rugby Club
21. Giles Calder, Edinburgh, Scotland, Squamish Axemen
22. Jack Scher, Vancouver, BC, UBCOB Ravens
23. Jesse Hocking, Wellington, NZ, Scribes RFC

UBC @ Crimson Tide | 2:30 pm | Windsor Park

While the feature matchup of the day is happening at Klahanie Park, the final game of the Coastal Cup sees UBC travelling to Victoria to take on the Crimson Tide.
The Thunderbirds will look to cap their season with a victory and solidify themselves into the upper tier of the Coastal Cup. After a resounding 35-7 win over Van East last week, UBC has shown to be very much running alongside the likes of the Wave, who was the only team to beat UBC (34-22) and the Pride, who the Thunderbirds tied 10-10. On the other side of the ball, the Crimson Tide will be targeting a successful end to what has been an up and down campaign. While they only have two wins from five outings, the Tide only lost by one point against the undefeated Wave two weeks ago before beating Trinity Western on the road last week. A win over UBC this Saturday would put a very nice bow on the season.

Up front, the Tide have two personnel changes with Maks Foot coming into the second row and Aidan Holland entering at blindside flanker. Ollie Nott moves to the open side, with Zephyr Melnyck back in at No. 8. Amongst the backs, the Tide will make three changes, with Isaac Gonevou coming in on the wing, Thomas Burton entering at inside centre and Tyler Hume jumping into the mix at outside centre. Mostyn Findlay moves from outside centre to fullback.

It took until the end of the season, but the Thunderbirds will finally give the fans the full Carson contingent, with five Carsons named to the starting lineup. Hillyard comes in to start in the second row, where he joins David, while Frank moves to blindside where he is opposite Donald. Jack returns at scrumhalf. Beyond the Carsons, the UBC front row sees props Joshua Tweed and Calixto Martinez getting starting roles. Meanwhile, Relmu Wilson-Valdes gets his first start of the year at No. 8.

Amongst the backs, Evan Norris comes in on the wing and Connor Byron enters at outside centre, with Ryan Leskiw flipping to the left wing, Landon Cliriminos going to inside centre and Takoda McMullin set to play fullback.

Crimson Tide – Match Day Roster | Nov. 13

1. Andrew MacPherson, James Bay Athletic Association
2. Casey Reid, Westshore RFC
3. Bryce McKinnon, Westshore RFC
4. Makz Foot, Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club
5. Alex Jordan, James Bay Athletic Association
6. Aidan Holland, Westshore RFC
7. Ollie Nott, Toronto Arrows / Castaway Wanderers RFC
8. Zephyr Melnyck, Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club
9. Crosby Stewart, James Bay Athletic Association
10. Gradyn Bowd, Castaway Wanderers RFC
11. Isaac Gonevou, James Bay Athletic Association
12. Thomas Burton, James Bay Athletic Association
13. Tyler Hume, Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club
14. Sawyer Shmyrko, Westshore RFC
15. Mostyn Findlay, James Bay Athletic Association
16. Austin Creighton, James Bay Athletic Association
17. Jake Sponarski, Castaway Wanderers RFC
18. Nathan Groenewold, Westshore RFC
19. Conor Turner, Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club
20. Matt Weir, Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club
21. Taine Clague, James Bay Athletic Association
22. Mike Waldock, James Bay Athletic Association
23. Ryan Boothroyd, James Bay Athletic Association

UBC Thunderbirds – Match Day Roster – Nov. 13

1. Joshua Tweed, Surrey, BC
2. Jacob Bossi, Victoria, BC
3. Calixto Martinez, White Rock, BC
4. Hillyard Carson, Delta, BC
5. David Carson, Victoria, BC
6. Frank Carson, Vancouver, BC
7. Donald Carson, Victoria, BC
8. Relmu Wilson-Valdes, Nelson, BC
9. Jack Carson, Victoria, BC
10. Max Abercrombie, Victoria, BC
11. Ryan Leskiw, North Vancouver, BC
12. Landon Cliriminos, Vancouver, BC
13. Connor Byron, Abbotsford, BC
14. Evan Norris, Montreal, QC
15. Takoda McMullin, Surrey, BC
16. Connor Sampson, Vancouver, BC
17. Bryce Worden, Saint John, NB
18. Iain McTavish, North Vancouver, BC
19. Owain Ruttan, Cobourg, ON
20. Alfie Scopes, Tonbridge, England
21. Matthew McDougal-Percillier, Mill Bay, BC
22. Jacob Bourne, Vancouver, BC
23. Kilick Saxer, North Vancouver, BC

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