Monday, December 05, 2005

Castaways Club

We have one player looking for any work in Dec due to recently being laid off from his current job.

Another player has a Degree and experience in sales and marketing..is looking for work in that area.

If you have anything at the moment or contacts and you could email me it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for supporting the CW lads.

This Saturday one game, CW Premiers vs JBAA at MacDonald Park, for the Barnard Cup Championship. 2:30 ko.

Get all your CW News at cwrugby.com

Brent

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Castaways Club

BC Rugby Mentor Coaching Series featuring current Wallaby International, Matt Dunning

posted Dec 2 2005
BCRU press release

The British Columbia Rugby Union invites you to an evening with Wallaby Prop Matt Dunning. This is the first in a series of BCRU Mentor Coach evenings. It will be an opportunity for all players, referees and coaches to interact with a player involved at the very highest levels of the game.
Although Matt has appeared in a Rugby World Cup Final, he is probably best known as brother to Canada’s own Casey and Josh Dunning of the Men’s National and U21 teams respectively! And current Premier players with the Castaway Wanderers RFC .

After making his Test debut in the Rugby World Cup against Namibia and then coming on as a replacement in the Final against England, Matt Dunning went on to play in 11 of the 12 Tests in 2004, as a replacement at either loosehead or tighthead prop.

Bursting onto the Super 12 scene with some individual brilliance in 2001 and 2002, Dunning has since fine-tuned his scrummaging and mobility around the ground. His enthusiasm and commitment to improvement this season has seen him push for a regular starting spot with the Wallabies.

He started in every match for the Waratahs on their way to the Super 12 finals this year and has just come off the Wallabies European tour.

Matt is a very likable individual and is looking forward to a fairly informal environment in BC where he can take some questions, tell a few stories and pass on some useful tips for front rowers young and old. There will be lots of time to ask him about the Rugby World Cup Final in 2003, his 0 drop-goal record in Super 12, why the press picks on him, and England’s Andrew Sheridan!

CW Front row members of Canada Men’s national team who have just returned from their matches in Europe will join Matt. Aspiring front row player, and CW great, Gareth Rees will also be in attendance....taking tips from Matt as he prepares for the CW front row Div 1 matches in January.

Matt Dunning Victoria Session
Sunday Dec.4th, 6pm- 9pm
The Castaway Wanderers Clubhouse
714 Discovery St., Victoria
250.385.1984

Friday, December 02, 2005

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Castaways Club on Discovery

MEMBERS OF THE FRONT ROW CLUB - PAST AND PRESENT.

(...............Backs allowed too but must buy the beer!)

CW Rugby is pleased to announce that you can get the skinny about the Backward Trend of Australian rugby from the horse's mouth! CW players - the Brothers Dunning, will be offering their older brother Matt, (currently Wallaby tighthead prop), to the slaughter at The Temple, (716 Discovery), this Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. Matt will take on matters technical, Q and A session about the world rugby scene and offer tips on drop-kicking! Hope you can make this one off opportunity.

DON'T MISS - CW vs. UVIC, VIRU Semi-final. CARNARVON PARK. Sat., 2:30 k.o.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Rolling Stones at Victoria Imax

Rolling Stones at the MAX

THIS FILM STARTS DECEMBER 1, 2005.

THIS FILM WILL BE SHOWING ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS ONLY, AT THE 8 P.M.

Rolling Stones: at the MAX 86 minute concert film with one intermission. Admission prices. All tickets $16.50 (tax included). Annual Pass holders $10.50 (tax inc)

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS

Castaways Club on Discovery

HELLO ALL,
I was wondering if there was interest in the annual X-mas lunch down at the club friday the 16th noon start. It is all you can eat and drink for 35.00. The food is roast beef with all the fixing's and 2 kegs of beer to wash it down with. I need to know if there is enough people who want to go. Once you sign up thats it no backing out you still have to pay.


All money just like past years goes straight to the Rugby club.
PLease Email me if you want to go guidodanger@hotmail.com before Friday so i can make a decision about the lunch.


Thanks again!
Guido

Castaways Club

Unfortunately the Div 1 CW lost a hard fought contest in the Semi finals last Saturday. 5 -3 for JBAA. So the Div 1 Squad does not have a final game this Saturday.

The Elite/Premier team does however have a semi final playoff match vs Uvic at Carnarvon Park this Saturday...2:30 KO.
Keep your eyes out on the TC Sports Events section in the TC newspaper Saturday morning (and your email) for confirmation of field...we are currently scheduled for Carnarvon, subject to weather not being a problem for the field.

Thanks from all the Lads for you support vs JBAA last Saturday....a tough one for us all. Hope to turn it around for you this Saturday vs Uvic.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Castaways Club

Dec 9th @7:00: Canucks vs Ottawa- Put your name in free draw to win Naslund jersey
Dec 16 @ 4:30: Open house at club (more casual event), egg nog, hot toddy
Dec 17: rocking party with DJ at club, Mustard Seed donation for entry
Jan 7th @7:00: Canucks vs Calgary. Put your name in free draw to win Naslund jersey,club will open @ 6:30



December Hours for Sundays:

Sunday Dec 4th the club will be open regular hours
Sunday Dec 11th the club will be open regular hours
Closed on Sundays until Jan 22nd

Sunday, November 27, 2005

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Castaway Wanderers 23 JBAA 26.
In the words of charismatic Yankee baseball player and manager, Yogi Berra, this was " Deja vu, all over again", as this classic cross- town rivalry mirrored the same characteristics, style, and result as the previous game held on October 22nd. Both victories were recorded in the dying minutes, and after one hundred and sixty minutes (plus) of genuine blood, sweat, and tears, five points eventually separated the teams, and collectively they had amassed 137 points. More often than not, it was trench warfare, followed by trench war fare, and more again of the same, but somehow the closeness and competitive nature of the contests became utterly absorbing.
There was an abundance of commitment and pride from both organizations, which was a credit to the players and officials alike. The man in the middle also deserves our thanks and congratulations, for this was a theatre of war that took no prisoners and refused to suffer fools gladly... It would be misleading, to even hint that today we were witnessing arich tapestry of invention, width and creativity, that was allied to a Kaleidoscope of running and passing.
Rugby - this was far from the case. But what we did witness, were two teams bound and determined not to lose the game, or lose the bragging rights for the first half of the current season. It was unforgiving in all quarters, and characterized by some gutsy and indefatigable goal line stances, which were a huge credit to both squads and their organization and overall resolve.
JBAA were leading the League with CW in second place, and the visitors were clearly motivated by a seven game winning streak that they wanted desperately to preserve before the Clubs enter the BC Premier League in the New Year. With the wind at their backs, JBAA were soon camped in the home team half and playing some error free rugby, with the rolling driving maul being one of two weapons in their arsenal The other weapon was to kick behind the CW backfield, when the ball eventually emerged from the dark recesses of their Gothic- style mauls, where there was zero accommodation for claustrophobics. It was hardly a new science that had been forged in academia, but it was effective, and it was clearly meeting their immediate needs. Jared Barker soon rewarded his front line troops with a well struck penalty. At the 12 minute mark, JBAA again worked themselves into a position near the CW line, and from a lineout they employed their patented maul, to drive over an unidentifiable individual (possibly Robert Robson) for a well executed score. Barker obliged with the conversion. (10 - 0) Frustration, and the tension of a week long build up, may well have been responsible for the less than acceptable 30 man brawl that followed this score. The game was interrupted for a full four minutes, and to the amazement of the biased and unbiased, no action was taken. Perhaps the video will exonerate players and officials alike. This skirmish was arguably the ' turning of the corner' for the CW team, and in spite of a missed tackle on Jeff Williams which led to a try that was goaled by Barker, the JBAA rolling maul was now no longer the threat that it had been, as it was "crabbed" sideways and frog -marched towards the sidelines. It was never again to become a scoring threat, or a major ground gaining force. It had been a painful twenty minutes of waiting, before their mid week practices and tactic”kicked in", but clearly, theywere being rewarded for their patience and forethought in dealing with the threat of the maul, and in fact they actually stole two balls from deep in the the belly of this steamy human mass. Ironically it was the CW forwards who were now starting to eat up huge chunks of real estate by using the identical tactic, and just on the half, they scored a beautiful try from a series of more constructive phases.
It was doubly refreshing for the spectators, as there had been a paucity of quality phase and continuous rugby for most of the first half. In spite of the enormous preparation and game day focus, there were two isolated decisions during the eighty minutes of play, that could well have changed the outcome. Firstly, JBAA had created their own chance with a penalty close to the posts. A decision was made to go to touch, as there was obviously a genuine belief, that in spite of what was happening in the latter stages of the half, that they could confidently drive over the maul from the lineout. It was a fuse that was never lit, as they imploded both sideways and then backwards. It was a decision that could well have proved fatal. It also served as a motivational tool, as CW were now noticeably lifted, both physically and emotionally. They proceeded to move the ball up field through a series of driving mauls and rucks and some judicious use of the pick and go, before the ubiquitous Matt Weingart worked the blindside to release veteran Jeremy Cordle tight to the sidelines. He proved that he still has no equal when it comes to using space and to be given an opportunity to finish, as he rounded his opposite, side stepped the fullback, and sprinted well clear of the cover to score under the posts. Chuck Baumberg converted. It was glorious relief for the purists, who had been vociferously disdainful of the general tactics being employed up to this point. 17 -7 at the half was a fairly accurate score line of a justifiable JBAA lead, as it reflected ownership of most of the 3 P's - possession. position and pressure. However, it was clear that CW now had arguably more effective kicking machines out of hand, the wind at their back, and a rejuvenated pack that was causing more than a few problems in the tight and loose, and certainly looking to take ownership of the maul. The visitors were alleged to have collapsed two consecutive mauls, and from the latter, Baumberg closed the margin to 17 -10 A Jeff Williams blocked kick could well have translated into the tying score, as the athletic prop forward, Matt Dunning, played kick and chase in the back yard of the defending wing, and was beaten to the touch by only the narrowest of margins. The knife was now being turned in the other direction, and it came as no surprise when Graeme Dodd’s ran strongly to round off a series of grafted attacks. The initial source of the score had come from a scintillating break through midfield by Baumberg, who linked well with a variety of team players, who in turn switched play to release a charging Graeme Dodd’s who scored close to the corner. The metronomic Baumberg converted from the most difficult of angles. “Game on," as the saying goes, and 17-17 was not the time to start placing bets on the outcome, or to be caught bragging of bygone eras, as an unusual silence now befell the sidelines of both camps. The reliable Barker missed the easiest of penalties, and then after a disastrous 22 meter drop -out by CW, he made amends by kicking the nextpenalty to nose his team ahead 20 - 17. The nail biting began, and even to the uninitiated, it left no doubt that conceding penalties under pressure, with such quality kickers, could well be the overriding difference. And so it proved. Baumberg replied after a collapsed scrum. 20-20. the pressure mounted andBaumberg obliged again 23-20. The magic of hindsight would again suggest that Baumberg's next attempt at a huge 50 yard penalty may well have been a poor percentage option, as he topped it badly, which presented the visitors with an opportunity to counter attack. A kick to the corner might have been the other option, with time on the clock almost run out. An enormous siege developed near the CW line and in spite of some Herculean offensive drives by JBAA, the pillars could not be collapsed... to their credit, they retained their composure and either through exhaustion or guile, they eventually decided to move it away from the battle zone, where both clubs were giving us some teak-hard performances. CW were deemed to have stepped- up offside. It was in front of the posts, and a' given' for Barker 23 -23. With literally the last kick of the game, Barker became the Executioner-in-Chief., and with classic form and concentration, he handed the heads of his opponents to a delirious JBAA Squad.
There are not really enough adjectives to describe the commitment of both squads, and considering the rivalry and a volatility of the different sideline camps, it was to the credit of the players and the officials that there was only one major flare-up.
Mr. Smith needs to be complimented on the consistency of most of his calls, and he demonstrated his conviction to that cause, by awarding the game winning penalty in the dying minutes. It was a courageous decision that does him credit. This may well have been the most difficult game that he has handled in Canada, and his performance at Carnavon Park today, suggested that he has arrived as one of the leading officials in the country. Our thanks.
The much anticipated interlocking schedule of the BC Premier League will hopefully lift the overall playing bar for all concerned, but it is hard to believe that we will see a more competitive and physical encounter than the one we witnessed today.
Congratulations to JBAA for their Island League title. There was an element of sterility to much of today's play, as it had many of the ingredients of "Cup Sport", where the parameters have always been different and where winning is perhaps the only meaningful issue. Regardless, Yogi would have loved It.!!!

JBAA CW
Phil MACK Jeremy CORDLE
Andrew MOFFITT Kris WITKOWSKI
Jarad BARKER Matt CHEN
Rob ROBSON Sipili MOLIA
Dan HARLOW Harold WILLIAMS
Jeff WILLIAMS Chuck BAUMBERG
Spencer DALZIEL Matt WEINGART
Scot WARREN Casey DUNNING
Pat DUNKLEY Aaron ABRAMS
Francis YEUN Iain EXNER
Dave RAMSEY Andrew MOONEY
Eric FORSYTH Josh DUNNING
Jered KIRKLAND Graeme DODS
Jeff CLARKE Nathan BUCKLE
Hugo BELANGER Scott FRANKLIN

Friday, November 25, 2005

JBAA and Castaway Wanderers close the VIRU Elite regular fall seasonwith a 2:30 game Saturday, November 26 at Carnarvon Park. The Bays willbe putting their undefeated record on the line against the second placeCW side.VIRU Division 1 playoff competition for the Times Colonist Trophywill be in its semi-final round Saturday - JBAA playing Castaway Wanderers at CarnarvonPark. 1:00PM.
Wet your whistle with OLD team mates at The Penny, 12:00 noon, (gives the grounds crew time to get there!) Better yet, come give the ground crew a hand at 11:00 and you can slip in another pint before k.o.!!
VIRU Elite League: Saturday, November 26 - 2:30PMJBAA at Castaway Wanderers, at Carnarvon Park.VIRU Div. 1 Times Colonist Semi-Finals: Saturday, November 26 - 1:00JBAA vs. Castaway Wanderers at Carnarvon Park.
2005 Grey Cup Party
DB Productions and Strathcona Hotel
Maple Room, Strathcona Hotel
919 Douglas Street
Sunday November 27, 2005
Lunch starts 1:00pm, Kick-off 3pm.
Draws and Prizes
$15.00
Price includes a Burger and a Beverage.
Limited tickets
See DB
Chris Upshon
Jim Brownrigg
Robert Richardson

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CW JBAA
1. Casey Dunning Scot Warren
2. Aaron Abrams Pat Dunkley
3. Iain Exner Francis Yeun
4. Andrew Mooney Dave Ramsey
5. Josh Dunning Eric Forsyth
6. Graeme Dodds Jered Kirkland
7. Nathan Buckley Jeff Clarke
8. Scott Franklin Hugo Belanger
9. Matt Weingart Spencer Delziel
10. Chuck Baumberg Jeff Williams
11. Harold Williams Dan Harlow
12. Sipili Molia Rob Robson
13. Matt Cohen Jarad Barker
14. Kris Witkowski Andrew Moffitt
15. Jake Osborne Phil Mack

Spencer Robinson Pete Rushton
Chris May

Ref. Mr. Phil Smith

2:30 ko Carnarvon Park Saturday Nov 26th

First Div. vs JBAA Carnarvon Park ko 1pm.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Castaways Club on Discovery

TO SUPPORTERS OF CW RUGBY

Friends:

I am writing to share a concern with you. After last Saturday’s game against U.Vic, I received a “Referee Abuse Report” from the match referee. There were a number of allegations in the report, however, the most disconcerting were those related to ongoing spectator comments throughout the game; culminating with those made after a penalty try was awarded, by the CW faithful about the referee being biased and dishonest.

Rugby is a difficult game to play and to referee, especially if an official is distracted. Referees are volunteers and like players, have to make instantaneous decisions and may not always have their “A game”. I need to inform you that there is a desperate shortage of referees in B.C. at present. It is not unreasonable to suggest that part of the reason for this shortage, is due to the “rubbishing” officials receive from the sidelines. A mistake by the referee does not give permission to shout aspersions about his objectivity. Everyone is welcome to his/her opinion. Despite our sympathy for Jake’s “binning” and varied opinions of the tackle, along with other decisions during the match that affected both teams, there were occasions when our crowd behavior was inappropriate.

This is not the first occasion for such crowd behavior. Last season, as an outcome of CW vs. JBA, the BCRU instituted a ruling that home teams supply a “Field Marshall” to be called upon by a referee if there was “crowd abuse”. Who amongst us would volunteer for that position? (Thank you, Brent). Suggestions were that consequences for infraction could range from a fine, to loss of competition points. I share this so that you are aware of how crowd behavior has become a serious problem.

In the short time that I have been President of this Club I have been proud of the fact that CWRFC has taken “the high road”, in some very controversial situations. As supporters of our players, we need to continue to do that. I ask you to question the appropriateness of your support for our players. It is sometimes less than what we are trying to model to our 125 registered mini rugby players. Most of us have been players; we love the game and are passionate in our support. It needs to be appropriate. The pressure cooker of this Saturday’s games against James Bay will be the yardstick of our response.

In rugby,
Ian (Macca) MacLean
President CWRFC.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Castaway Wanderers 24 UVic 18
The fields of Carnavon Park are not located in the most pastoral of settings, but as a pure rugby ground, it has very few equals in BC, in terms of length and width, the texture of the playing surface, and its natural flatness. This was the backdrop for the second meeting thisseason> between Castaway Wanderers and the University of Victoria. Bragging rights alone were at stake, as both had qualified for the Premier League as far back as Mid October, which, along with the demands of the democratic process and calls of Municipal elections, may well have accounted for the unusually poor attendance. The ongoing calls of our National XV and 7's Teams continue to compounded the problems for many Clubs, as both squads were again badly depleted (Uvic losing 7 starters and CW 8 starters). This unfortunate overall reduction in quality, clearly draws our attention to the need for a serious review of scheduling fornext season - a schedule that works in healthy conjunction with the calendar of our National needs and interests. It would appear to be a critical issue, (if we are to satisfy and retain supporters and sponsors alike), and most certainly it would be seen as a constructive attempt to heal the fractures that currently exist in our League system. If we ignore such history, we may well be condemned to repeat it. Round one, in the two game series, had gone to CW, with the narrowest of victories bring recorded back on September 17th, 2005.. However, with the expansive and almost cavalier approach brought to the game by Uvic, the smallest of errors and turnovers by CW was likely to be exposed and punished. The first five minutes were dominated by the athletic University squad, as they strung together phase after phase, and wave after wave of exciting attacking running rugby, and only some individual heroics and sound collective defensive organization and structure, prevented an early try. They did record an early score, but it came in the form of a delightfully executed left footed drop goal from full back, Alex Dunse. The irony of playing this kind of rugby, is that it in the final analysis, as exciting as it is to watch and play, it may well have been their nemesis, as their game became predictable and was perhaps in need of more variety in terms of attack. With a relatively light pack, this may have been beyond their means, but as the game progressed, one sensed that aslong as CW retained their composure in defense, had confidence and patience that their forward strength was to become a vital dominating factor, and made judicious use of their kicking skills to put the ball behind the opposition and gain good field position, then they could carve out a meaningful and intelligent victory. A rare turnover from UVic led to the first try of the game, as the hosts constructed a variety of phases of their own making, and eventually drove over Nathan Buckley from a lineout. The power executed from that drive, and the dozen or so phases that led up to it, was a portent, and it ultimately proved to be one of the major differences between the two teams. (5-3) After a well placed kick downfield and a fortuitous bounce, CW recovered possession and drove over in the corner .Alas, our visiting touch judge from Ontario had seen "handbags at five paces" back in midfield, and quite rightly, the try was disallowed. Uvic responded quickly by kicking a penalty in front of the posts, and for the second time, regained the lead. Dave Carter obliged.(5-6) The imperious place kicking skills of Chuck Baumberg also proved to be the other significant difference between the teams, as he slotted the first of his successful kicks to see the home team go to the half time huddle 8-6 to the good.. The scoreline was just about a fair reflection on the first half, but it did not tell the other frustrating story of CW's possession being wasted , with poor lineout work, a penalty count that was far too high, arrival and work at the break down that was not efficient or quick enough, and turnovers at critical times, all of which had denied them a more comfortable and deserved lead. UVic began the second half as they had started the game, and soon score done of the nicest tries that we will see all season. Tom McKeen was the beneficiary of a series of side to side phases of fast error - free continuous rugby, and the visitors had again nosed into the lead at 11-8. The difficult sideline convert was well wide, but much easier kicks were also missed and proved to be measurable in the final outcome. (Sept 17th - Deja vu) They followed this with an intense period of sustained attack, and for some inexplicable reason, the very reliable CW defense was now defending on the back foot by 'taking' tackles, rather than 'making' tackles, and creating major problems for themselves. Some sage sideline advice ultimately helped to correct the problem. To the credit of CW, they worked through this difficult period, and continued to bring purpose to their cause. They employed some first class scrummaging, and these skills, allied to the birth of powerful driving mauls, were beginning to have a debilitating effect on the range of the UVic backrow and the pack in general. Sapili Molia was also creating damage in midfield and starting to receive the ground support needed to provide the essential quick ball for oncoming trailers, or balls that needed to go wide. This kind of pressure and good field position resulted in two penalties, which Chuck Baumberg executed superbly to put his Club ahead 14-11. It is unusual to score twice when one of your own is in the sin bin, but such was the case when another " handbag criminal" , Wes Aylward, overstepped the bounds of decency, and was removed from the store. Although the game was still highly competitive, it was CW who were bringing more variety to the engagement, and they were rewarded with a try from flanker, Graeme Dodds, who "groveled" to the line after a series of successful rucks and mauls. The odd comment from the sideline suggested some form of poetic justice , if indeed he did crawl to the line while being held. Regardless of the pundits, the try was awarded , and Baumberg again goaled the try . At 21 - 11 it was rumored that the fat lady had now left the nearby voting booth - a premature announcement, as 10 points were still to be scored in the dying minutes. UVic were warded a penalty try, and Carter made no mistake with the convert. From the restart, UVic were penalized , and Chuck Baumberg kicked a huge penalty from close to the halfway line to seal the win. (24 -18) The double had been achieved, and that in itself was cause for some celebration. It was an honest encounter played in good spirit with neither side winning scholarships for special invention. Perhaps CW owed their victory to the greater options that they brought to the game, to their final physical presence up front, and to the superior place kicking skills, so vital if a team is to be successful in the modern game. Hopefully, both Clubs will welcome and benefit from the return of their National players, and our best wishes go with both Island Clubs for their involvement in the BC Premier League battles in the New year. ***************************************************************>> **An opinion : N.B In any arena where you pay (which we now do at $5.00 a pop) to watch a sporting event, it is not unusual to hear comments that are directed at players and officials - not always complimentary. But rugby has always prided itself in trying to keep those comments within the bounds of rugby's moral code of acceptance, and also with an element of humor where possible. To be truthful, more often than not, those comments are based on differences of technical interpretations of the Law between the fan and the official. Corrective eye surgery has also been considered an amusing topic for comment . Healthy enough!! Today there was a hint that some remarks went beyond those accepted limits, and punctured and penetrated the rugby ethos of which we are all so justifiably proud. Voicing disapproval is one thing, but personal abuse, with perhaps malicious intent, seems to be reserved for other sporting genres. To the credit of the CW President, he has for some time now, encouraged all members ( in writing) to please refrain from any such verbal attacks. It is a generic rugby concern that does not owe its conception to one Club or another.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Castaways Club

" Repeat after me...Carnarvon...Carnarvon...Carnarvon.."

Yes, this Saturday and for every home game till the end of the season we are at Carnarvon Park for home games Firsts and Elite. All thanks to the take down and rebuild of the Windsor Park Pavilion.....a great project for Windsor and all park users. This is just for our First Div and Elite/Premier games.

This Saturday at ????......Carnarvon Park.....Firsts ko vs Port Alberni at 1pm for the first round of the Island First Division play offs.

Followed at ?????....Carnarvon Park....by the Elite team vs Uvic Vikings in regular Club play to ko at 2:30.

See you there for a great rugby day.

Monday, November 14, 2005

DB Productions and the Strathcona Hotel Presents:
2005 Grey Cup Party
Maple Room, Strathcona Hotel
919 Douglas Street
Sunday November 27, 2005
Lunch starts 1:00pm, Kick-off 3pm.
Draws and Prizes
$15.00

Price includes a Burger and a Beverage.
Limited tickets
See DB
Chris Upshon
Jim Brownrigg
Robert Richardson

Friday, November 11, 2005

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Received this e-mail from a good friend, former Canadian Rep, Daryl Noulette. Daryl is in the process of pushing Fox Sports to increase the amount of rugby programs. He has spoken with an employee who has assured him that an e-mail requesting increased coverage to ewolfe@globaltv.ca from as many fans as possible, has the potential to do increase the amount of rugby aired. I think that this is a case of "nothing ventured, nothing gained", so hope that you might take the time to write a "quickie". All you need now is Channel 113!!

Remember, the Premiers are at Cowichan this Sunday - always a good mini-roadie.

See you on the sidelines - Macca

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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Upcoming Social Events

Thanks to all of you who joined us for our Annual Halloween Party - As usual it was a full house and a ton of fun. Special thanks to DJ Erik who rocked the house all night.

November 13th - Canucks Nights -
Due to the success of our first Canucks night we are having another evening of hockey.

Discovery Sports Club will be open on Sunday, November 13th to watch the Vancouver Canucks play the Detroit Redwings!

Exciting News - We will be raffling off an authentic Canucks Jersey at the end of the season. You will get one entry for each Canuck event that you attend at the club. We will also have door prizes that will be drawn between periods. So bring your teammates and friends down to enjoy the game from our big screen TV.

We are planning on showing several Canucks games over the next 6 months, stay tuned for future dates.

Saturday December 17th - Christmas Party
I know it is early to be thinking about Christmas, but save the date. We will be getting into the Christmas spirit DSC style down at the club. Serving up some Christmas cheer and dancing the night away to your favourite tunes. Doors open at 8:00. Come join us and help celebrate the holiday season with your teammates and friends.

Monday, November 07, 2005

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While the Prems got the awful weather, the CW Firsts benefited from a dryer, faster, field earlier on Saturday at Gordon Head Field.
CW Firsts 46 Port Alberni 3.
The team Captained by David Fairhurst pulled together as a strong unit very well on the day which is a positive direction for the lads to continue.
Pete Rob was a standout throughout the game with his aggressive play even though he was carrying several knocks and bruises. Two young number 9's in 'WeeMan' and 'Fat Jonny' continue to perform like lions. Jonny Morris (two tries on the day!) rewarded with a try following a great individual effort.
Tony LaCarte at number 10 performed well and showed it is a solid option for him as his rugby progresses.
Josh Dunning returned from his summer broken ankle to the delight of the CW lads and put in a powerful performance......obviously a lot more to come from this fine young player. Joseph Atalifo scored his first try for the CW Club.
Once again thanks go out from all at CW to the front rowers who showed up and confirmed club commitment and depth during challenging times due to injury and National duty....Al Willems; Brook Willis; Regan Shaw playing with injury; Matt LeMay, two days back in the country and immediately into the front row!; and Noa Molia with boots and 'game face' on all day....the Port can give thanks that those two big Fijian shoulders didn't enter the game!

CW tries: Joseph Atalifo; Clayton Fisher; Seamus Gay 2; Josh Dunning; Jonny Morris 2; Matt LeMay; Eric Backhouse 3 conversions.

Coming weekend is Sunday at Cowichan for the Premiers.
Get all your CW rugby info at cwrugby.com

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Thanks to David Clarke for this synopsis of events, a visual challenge, given the deplorable condtions.



CW vs Velox.
CW travelled "crosstown" last Saturday to take on new kids, Velox, a team who has proven to be a thorn to CW for the four games played between the clubs since Velox's promotion to the 'Bigs'. The weather threatened to be play quite a role in the outcome, apart from the fact that both sides were somewhat less than being at full strength.
In the early going, CW made two forrays into the Velox half, coming away with points on both occasions. Scott, 'The Bus' Franklin notching another patented tally. Velox, courageous in defence but lacking imagination in attack, failed to post any points during a ten-minute encampment on the CW goal line. Declining to accept any of the penalty kicks that they were awarded and opting for a series of lineouts instead, the home team failed to use the gale force wind to any advantage. Finally, scoring leader, Plewes, hooked a penalty attempt wide.

After half-time, with the elements at their back, CW soon took advantage of howling wind and torrential rain to add tries by the mercurial, Richard O'Malley, Tony Lecarte and and their 'tall and tartan tractor', Graeme Dodds - who seemed at home in the Scottish mist and gentle precipitation. Baumberg added a try to ensure the bonus point for CW who scored five tries in all. Baumberg, on the day, showed why he is one of the premier players in Canada in the #10 spot, deftly arching a diagonal , Lynagh-like punt for La Carte to snag for a champagne finish. Full credit to Velox, in particular, Plewes, behind an imploding scrum and the shutout was avoided as Kyle Rhoda scored a lone tally.

The deplorable weather enabled the likes of Andrew Mooney, The Front Row Club and Dodds to shine on the day.

Strains of "I Love To Go A-Wandering" could be heard, as on this day, the monkey was clearly shaken off the back! It was the greater depth of the CW players' roster that made the difference on the day. The eyes of the boys from the Penny Farthing are focusing on 'Bay Day' November 22nd when they meet eternal rivals James Bay in their final Elite Division fixture. They will be hoping for fairer weather!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Castaways Club

While perhaps not filled with the historical significance of NZ vs Wales Nov 5th...you do have some local, in person, great rugby to take in on Saturday.
CW Firsts will play Port Alberni ko at 1pm Velox field in Gordon Head. (across from Mt. Doug School). Yes, this game will be played at Velox....the weather is cooperating (if heavy rains come we'll email you if there is a location change).

Followed at 2:45 by the Elite game of the day...CW vs Velox...Velox field. This should prove to be a great rematch following the 31 31 tie earlier this season.

At mid match the Velox U12's will have a run against the CW U12.....several very good young players to come see....and loudly cheer on...... at half time.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Castaways Club

Mark Wyatt will be honoured and inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday November 22 at the Victoria Conference Centre. This gala event will include a Champagne Reception at 6:00pm followed by Dinner & Award Presentations at 7:00pm. Tickets are $135.00 (charitable tax receipt available for portion of ticket price) and can be purchased by calling 721-7445 or Mark Wyatt will be honoured and inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday November 22 at the Victoria Conference Centre. This gala event will include a Champagne Reception at 6:00pm followed by Dinner & Award Presentations at 7:00pm. Tickets are $135.00 (charitable tax receipt available for portion of ticket price) and can be purchased by calling721-7445 or email: . Please indicate you are attending insupport of Mark Wyatt to assist with seating arrangements. Mark Wyatt, Rugby Bachelor of Education 1989 Master of Education (Physical Education) 1996 Mark Wyatt played for Vikes Rugby from 1982-87, helping to set the stage for his skills to truly emerge against the world's toughest competition. A highly skilled, prolific kicker, Mark played for Team Canada in the 1987 and 1991 World Cup competitions. He was the captain of the 1991 team, leading Canada to its best-ever performance at the World Cup with a quarter-final 26-0 victory over Scotland. He set a Canadian record in 1987 against Ireland when he scored 21 points, including a 6-for-6 penalty kick performance. In his university career, Mark earned UVic's Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year honours in 1986. He is also a two-time winner of the Victoria Male Athlete of the Year, a member of the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and was selected one of Victoria's top 100 athletes of the 20th century. Tickets are moving fast and seating is limited.....if you are interested in attending please make contact right away.
For all your CW Rugby News link via http://www.cwrugby.com/. Please indicate you are attending insupport of Mark Wyatt to assist with seating arrangements.Mark Wyatt, Rugby Bachelor of Education 1989 Master of Education (Physical Education) 1996 Mark Wyatt played for Vikes Rugby from 1982-87, helping to set the stage for his skills to truly emerge against the world's toughest competition. A highly skilled, prolific kicker, Mark played for Team Canada in the 1987 and1991 World Cup competitions. He was the captain of the 1991 team, leadingCanada to its best-ever performance at the World Cup with a quarter-final 26-0 victory over Scotland. He set a Canadian record in 1987 against Ireland when he scored 21 points, including a 6-for-6 penalty kick performance. In his university career, Mark earned UVic's Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year honours in 1986. He is also a two-time winner of the Victoria Male Athlete of the Year, a member of the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and was selected one of Victoria's top 100 athletes of the 20th century. Tickets are moving fast and seating is limited.....if you are interested in attending please make contact right away.


For all your CW Rugby News link via http://www.cwrugby.com/

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Castaways Club

Under sunny skies...yes, no rain, just sun today....the Firsts had a grand day vs Comox RFC who were great lads, driving many hours to get in a game at Windsor Park.
The Comox team is to be commended for their combination of junior and senior players; for their exciting neversaydie play; and for their rugby sportsmanship.....may their Club program flourish for many seasons to come.
CW 29 Comox 7

The CW stepped up again in the front row...with several lads away or unavailable for other reasons.....Josh Handysides proved his ''rugby flexibility'' once again and took a few stitches to boot! (although no ''boot'' was involved) Guido showed up to prop if and when needed for CW...and he was needed, well done Guido. Even Dean Parchumchuk go into the front row act...and at 6' 5" he was a sight to see squeezed in up front.
Chris Horsely, working on his skills pre Bermuda trip, put in a few good minutes....as did a couple of young CW's Riis and Johnny.
5 good tries were scored by the home team, one of which featured Jason Callioux who we will see more of in the second half of the season! Other tries were scored by Johnny Inoke, Omar Thomas, John Langdon and The Commissioner.
Well done to all the lads for their success....esp those who took in all the Halloween Friday evening festivities and then showed up on time to play a full 80!

Two games coming up this Saturday Nov 5th......Firsts will play Port Alberni 1pm Ko at Velox field as the game opener for the Elite CW vs V V also Velox field. Watch the CW web site for possible field changes due to weather.
Catch all your CW rugby news, player bios, photos, and mini rugby stuff at cwrugby.com

Till next Saturday, keep your stick on the ice.

Brent Johnston

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Castaways Club

Comdined CW/VV U18's play visiting Sandbach School from England on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at Windsor.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Castaways Club

Josh Dunning is looking for a bed and/or mattress as well as a chest of drawers for a room he is moving to.

email brent.johnston@shaw.ca if you can help out. Include your phone number. I or Josh will call you back.

Josh is a tall lad...about 6' 3".

Thanks, Brent.

Monday, October 24, 2005

James Bay Athletic Association 36 Castaway Wanderers 32

Nobody needed a manicure after this hard fought struggle at MacDonald Park! All nails were nibbled to the quick by nearly one thousand enthusiastic supporters of both sides. Scott Franklin burst through the JBAA defence following a lineout to score early in the game giving thoughts of victory to CW fans. He made it look easy, but tougher times were ahead. The boys in blue bounced back with two – if not attractive – well-worked pushover tries. The James Bay forwards were the difference in this encounter. After each phase of attractive running and passing rugby, the JBAA pack were able to slow the game down and gather themselves for a further engagement of ‘trench warfare’. Another break by Franklin sent Nathan Buckley over for a try which was converted by Chuck Baumberg. Sipili Molia split the JBAA defence with a sparkling run that put Tony LaCarte into the endzone for five points. The opposition replied with a kick ahead that was mishandled and resulted in a try for James Bay. It was 19 – 20 at the half for CW.
The second half had the upperhand being constantly exchanged. The hosts tried an unfortunate tap penalty in front of their own posts from which they lost possession through bad-handling and CW scored and converted. From near the CW line, JBAA wound around the front of a lineout and touched down in the corner. Shortly after this the most exciting spell of dexterous passing spun the ball with great speed across the field for Derek Daypuck to score. Someone in the crowd was thinking that this might seal the final result. Was I the only one? A scything run by the rangy JBAA centre threequarter, Geoff Warden, who was blessed by a nifty break and pass by Jared Barker, took the dark blues to their opponents goal line. The move was crowned with a try. To round out their dour and gutsy performance, the Bay Boys of Bear Mountain elbowed the Penny Farthing sponsored team from the Castaway Wanderers out of the running with a final try from Pat Dunkley. It was converted from the sideline to add the final word to a great afternoon’s rugby football.
The next meeting of these two well-coached teams which is on November 26th is eagerly awaited!

Thanks, Clarkey. ........and so, JBA retains bragging rights for now, as spectators did not see the hoped for upset however, there will be other days.
A special note of thanks to fans. It was very gratifying to see so many CW supporters at the game......lots of new faces. All local clubs ask for a "gate donation" of $5 to view the games. We ask CW supporters to please honor this as it is another part of keeping clubs financially solvent.

James Bay Athletic Association 36 Castaway Wanderers 32

Nobody needed a manicure after this hard fought struggle at MacDonald Park! All nails were nibbled to the quick by nearly one thousand enthusiastic supporters of both sides. Scott Franklin burst through the JBAA defence following a lineout to score early in the game giving thoughts of victory to CW fans. He made it look easy, but tougher times were ahead. The boys in blue bounced back with two – if not attractive – well-worked pushover tries. The James Bay forwards were the difference in this encounter. After each phase of attractive running and passing rugby, the JBAA pack were able to slow the game down and gather themselves for a further engagement of ‘trench warfare’. Another break by Franklin sent Nathan Buckley over for a try which was converted by Chuck Baumberg. Sipili Molia split the JBAA defence with a sparkling run that put Tony LaCarte into the endzone for five points. The opposition replied with a kick ahead that was mishandled and resulted in a try for James Bay. It was 19 – 20 at the half for CW.
The second half had the upperhand being constantly exchanged. The hosts tried an unfortunate tap penalty in front of their own posts from which they lost possession through bad-handling and CW scored and converted. From near the CW line, JBAA wound around the front of a lineout and touched down in the corner. Shortly after this the most exciting spell of dexterous passing spun the ball with great speed across the field for Derek Daypuck to score. Someone in the crowd was thinking that this might seal the final result. Was I the only one? A scything run by the rangy JBAA centre threequarter, Geoff Warden, who was blessed by a nifty break and pass by Jared Barker, took the dark blues to their opponents goal line. The move was crowned with a try. To round out their dour and gutsy performance, the Bay Boys of Bear Mountain elbowed the Penny Farthing sponsored team from the Castaway Wanderers out of the running with a final try from Pat Dunkley. It was converted from the sideline to add the final word to a great afternoon’s rugby football.
The next meeting of these two well-coached teams which is on November 26th is eagerly awaited!

Thanks, Clarkey. ........and so, JBA retains bragging rights for now, as spectators did not see the hoped for upset however, there will be other days.
A special note of thanks to fans. It was very gratifying to see so many CW supporters at the game......lots of new faces. All local clubs ask for a "gate donation" of $5 to view the games. We ask CW supporters to please honor this as it is another part of keeping clubs financially solvent.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Castaways Club

Fans, friends, CW Rugby;
Firstly welcome to a number of new names that we have been able to add to our e-communication this week. Many of you are alumni of either Castaways or Wanderers, we welcome you to the CW family with apologies that we have not communicated before. We also welcome the CW Minis Family - parents of the 116 girls and boys we have registered between the ages of seven and fourteen in our weekly program at Windsor.

This Saturday at McDonald Park in James Bay the CW Sr First Division and Ellite teams do battle against James Bay at 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. James Bay lead the League in both Divisions although CW Ellites are also undefeated. Many of the Provincial pundits have suggested that the Bays will fight out the title with Capilano this season, an on-line poll seems to give little credit to CW having any say in this matter as well. CW will be fielding four National team players who will be doing battle against France and Rumania in two week's time and they, along with their team mates in both grades, will most definitely have something to say about these predictions.

We ask you to come out and support both teams if you are able. Certainly the main game, if you can only make one. This local Derby between these two clubs has seen some classic matches over many years. We encourage parents to bring out the kids. We are pretty confident that they will see a great exhibition of how the game can be played. See you on the sidelines.
Macca

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Castaways Club on Discovery

Halloween at the Club, always a big night of fun.
Friday October 28th has been set as the date....8pm till closing hour.
Tickets are available now at the Club for $5. DJ on site to ensure the best music!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Castaway Wanderers v. Cowichan Saturday 15th October at Windsor Park.
After a two week lay-off it was most important that CW would quickly get down to the business of preparing for the upcoming local derby fixture against James Bay next Saturday. This was probably unfortunate for Cowichan who may have hoped to enjoy the glorious condition of the sun- drenched turf of Windsor Park with a competitive afternoon of ‘Elite Division’ rugby.

In fact Cowichan did not ever flinch from the task of defending bravely against what became a tsunami of fifteen tries from the well-drilled CW team. Their number eight, Barrie was conspicuous in defence with an exciting touchline tackle on Ken Goodland. Every tackle made by the ‘Green Piggies’ (as they are known in the Valley of the Sun) was thwarted by deft handling of the ball from man to man by their opposition. However any meaningful attack by the visitors was absent.

Scott Franklin led the CW scorers with four tries and was clearly hard to bring down when close to the line. It was a true team effort with eleven players on the scoring honour roll. For Cowichan, their flyhalf Patterson kicked a lone penalty goal.
Although Cowichan defended tigerishly, James Bay will offer a different form of animal next Saturday.

Scorers; Tries - Franklin 4; La Carte 2; Molia 2; Osbourne 2; Nadeau, Dodds, Goodland, Witkowski, Daypuck singles
Goals - Baumberg 6; Molia 4. COWICHAN: Pen goal, Neil Patterson.
Sincerely, David N. Clarke,
Public Relations at The Butchart Gardens

Thanks to Dave for this report. As President of CW, I must report that I was very disappointed that we could only muster twelve supporters to the Penny for pre-game luncheon last Saturday. It is frustrating to work so hard and encounter such little response! The Elite team for the day was there to a man to meet and briefly fraternise. This year CW has a very good rugby product that we are putting out in both grades but it is vital that supporters get off their collective duffs and be at the games. 'Noddy' Gallagher has taken it on himself to get thirty different people to games and that's the style we need. There is a great opportunity for redemption this Saturday when the clash of the Titans will take place at McDonald. Come early and support the firsts as well.
Macca

Friday, October 14, 2005

Club Dues

CLUB "DUES."Many people have been asking about annual "dues". These memberships are for the Discovery Sports Club, not CWRFC and cost $80. The funds go the the upkeep of the Clubhouse (the social heart of any rugby side), events for members, etc.. Ian Jones will be at the game on Saturday collecting Social dues. He will be located in the pavilion during the half-time of both Firsts and Premiers. Cash, cheque or Credit card accepted.>Clubhouse hours are posted on the DSC website at www.discoverysportsclub.com. There is usually a fire in the hearth and a cold pint after the games. We would love to see you there.

Lou Webster,
President DSC

Monday, October 10, 2005

Friends and fans of CW Rugby;

Make a note on your calendar NOW!!! Saturday 15th our first Alumni Booster Luncheon. We've organised for 10% off baron of beef at The Penny. So beer and baron it is. Arrive around 11:30 for pre-game Guiness and we'll have some of our new players to drop in to meet you on their way to the Park. Meander down to support The Firsts in their efforts to conquer the Valleymen from Cowichan. The Premiers will be out to set the record straight about what it is they can really do when they are at full strength. Cowichan has certainly been creating some waves in their resurgence and full credit to them. We will also be making a special presentation to our major sponsor, Matt McNeill around 12:30. Matt has been marvellous in his support of CW rugby. Spread the word amongst your old mates.....although we think that we have most of you on the e-list, better yet, bring along a non-rugby friend. The train is on a roll but we need your support. Happy Thanksgiving.

Macca

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