Saturday, December 30, 2006

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If anyone is able to offer a bed for three weeks in January it would be great.
Nigel Thompson from PEI and Will Shaw from Nova Scotia are both coming out to play with CW. They arrive January 10th.
Given the work situation in town I'm confident they will be working quickly and able to find an apartment etc. But for the first two or three weeks it would be great for them to have a place ''to land'' and get to know the town a bit.

Any help would be appreciated...let me know, thanks.

brent.johnston@shaw.ca

Also new News info and the second half game schedule are now up on the CW web site at www.cwrugby.com

Hope you have a Happy New Year.
Brent.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

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New Year Party at the Club....8pm start, everyone welcome...pass the word. Theme night.....Cool Shades (as in sun glasses for the old farts)
ALSO
Christmas Tree Annual Recycle effort....by donation to CW Rugby...just drive by, drop off, and leave! CW Rugby does the rest. Please tell two friends/family members...at least! Thanks from all the lads.

Details and dates are;
LOCATION: WINDSOR PARK - CURRIE RD NEXT TO ROSE GARDEN

- DECEMBER 30 (SATURDAY) - 1PM - 4PM
DECEMBER 31 (SUNDAY) - 1PM - 4PM
JANUARY 1 (MONDAY) - 1PM - 4PM
JANUARY 6 (SATURDAY) - 10AM - 4PM

JANUARY 7 (SUNDAY) - 10AM - 4PM

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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Friday, December 22, 2006

 
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WE WILL BE IN TOUCH SHORTLY WITH NEWS ABOUT THE SIX NATIONS @ THE STRATH 2007 FUNDRAISING EXTRAVAGANZA FOR THE TIDE, GAMES START IN FEBRUARY. TIDE GAMES IN THE RCSL 2007 ARE YET TO BE FINALISED, BUT WE ARE ASSURED OF FOUR HOME GAMES IN THE 2007 RCSL SEASON.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS.
Communications: Nick Fairhurst: npaf@shaw.ca

Thursday, December 14, 2006

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Butchart Gardens Island & Fairmont Mainland squads announced for the 2006 Canadian Direct Insurance Battle of BC
Victoria, BC - The selection process for the Canadian Direct Insurance Battle of BC match is complete and BC Rugby announced today the squads of 22 for the Butchart Gardens Island XV and Fairmont Mainland XV.
The match will be held this coming Saturday, December 16th, 2006 at McDonald Park in Victoria and will feature the top club players in British Columbia. Kick-off is set for 2:00 PM - $10 at the gate, $5 for those under the age of 19.
With 7 players selected, the Capilano RFC has the most players representing the Fairmont Mainland squad. Across the Strait, the Castaway Wanderers RFC led the way with 6 selections, including four starters. James Bay Athletic Association and Velox Valhallians also have four members named to the starting line-up of the Butchart Gardens Island side. Both squads have a balance of savvy veterans and rising young stars.
A household name to BC rugby fans is John Graf (Castaway Wanderers RFC), who, at the age of 38 has earned the starting fly half position for the Butchart Gardens’ side after an impressive first half season on Vancouver Island.
Coach of the Island squad, Spencer Robinson of Castaway Wanderers RFC, expects that a “representative fixture like the Canadian Direct Insurance Battle of BC will also galvanize players such as Pat Kearney (UVIC Vikes RFC), Seamus Gay (Castaway Wanderers RFC) and Spencer Dalziel (James Bay Athletic Association).” Coach Robinson also mentions young Andrew Gudmundseth of Cowichan RFC and Canada U21 as a exciting player to watch for on Saturday. Kearny will captain the Butchart Gardens Island XV.
“I expect a high degree of pride to come through in how the players showcase their talents on the 16th,” added Robinson. “The mainland vs. island fixture will be an exciting match.”
Dave Johnston (Bayside Sharks RFC), will coach the Fairmont Mainland squad, and also accentuates the importance of the Battle of BC as an “opportunity to showcase players who are in top form after the first half of the season.”
Johnston points to a trio of players from the undefeated Capilano RFC as ones to watch. “Mike Langley, Akio Tyler and Tony Weller all have international sevens experience and are an exciting trio,” said Johnston. “Of course, Pat Fleck (Meraloma RFC) also has a great deal of experience, including a start for Canada at Twickenham against England. Pat is a great leader, and will serve as the captain.”
“There are a number of very talented young athletes to watch as well,” added Johnston. “Mauro Perizzolo (Burnaby) is being groomed for the future prop of Canada and he has tremendous potential. Junior provincial and national standouts Ben Jones (UBC Thunderbirds RFC) and Jason Wilson (Capilano RFC) are young guys with a great future a head of them. Another very exciting young guy is Eric Sugawara (Bayside Sharks RFC), who had a great first half.”

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Canadian Direct Insurance Battle of BC
Butchart Gardens Island XV versus Fairmont Mainland XV


Saturday, December 16th, 2006

2:00 PM kick-off

McDonald Park, 205 Simcoe Street, Victoria

$10 at the gate
$5 for those under 19

For more information, please visit www.bcrugby.com

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Fall Rugby at the Strathcona Hotel
Good morning Ladies & Gentlemen - this windy day and fortunately for us power still available. Fall Rugby @ The Strath was enjoyed by many of the rugby community and we the Tide Management Committee, General Manager, John Wrafter: Fund raising, Mike Holmes & Hans De Goode and Communications, Nick Fairhurst would like to thank each and everyone of you for your generosity in attending this extravaganza @ the Strath.
So that you might know where your donations have gone we circulate the following macro accounting for the recent Fall Rugby @ The Strath .
Income;
1) Passes $3,350
2) Daily Passes, $1,970
3) 50/50 $ 288
Expenses;
a) Printing $ 115
b) Tapes $ 34
c) Feed $2,000
d) Manager and Staff Exp. $ 365
Net of $3,094.
This money has been given to the VIRU so that the Clubs can decide how to appropriately apportion these funds to the various age group Vancouver Island Representative teams.
We hope you all had fun and we shall be in communication early in the New Year concerning SIX NATIONS @ THE STRATH 2007.

Monday, December 11, 2006

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It was another case of promising so much but delivering so little when CW attended yet another clinic from UVic on the art of using possession by passing at pace, resulting in the club's fourth loss to the students this season. The CW supporters came out in strength for their final fix of 06 but left, there being no joy in Mudville, discussing both the officiating and play of the Ones. Finding themselves down 10 - 5 at the half CW re-entered the fray with vigor and were the first to score, bringing the deficit to two. The parade then errupted and even the insertion of Coach Robinson, failed to stem the tide............. five yellow cards and 43 points later, UVic were the victors by a scoreline of 41 - 20.
For UVic, there were many quality efforts, #'s 7, 8, 3, 9, 15, 14 and 22...names deserved to be mentioned but more importantly, it was an attitude that had the Norse with a territorial advantage throughout, a commitment to defence and an alertness to take quick advantage of CW transgressions, that carried the day.

For CW...it is certainly "back to the drawing board" however, mention must be made of Matt James' hat-trick, quality play by Middleton and Aylward. Captain Carson, Larsen, Thomas and Carr all had moments. The CW squad's next appearance is at Windsor on January 20th when both teams are in action against Meralomas. The Prems will be seeking to repeat a momentous win of two season's ago, after a gut-wrenching loss at Connaught last year. The ones have had the Lomas measure on their two prior meetings, Larsen, memorably scoring an intercept try under the sticks last season for that victory..........all the best in Wales, boyo! A big thanks to an increased number of supporters who have been out to boost the lads this "first half".

Postscript.....Errata...Carol-Sing Thursday, 14th at DSC 7:00 onwards; Happy Hour avec Chrissy sweater - Friday 15th 4:30 onwards......donations at both. ALSO......LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FOR CHRISTMAS ???, give club gear....check it out at www.cwrugby.com/cwgear.htm
Macca

Friday, December 08, 2006

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The Festive Season kicks of for CW fans this Saturday when the Firsts seek to keep their playoff hopes for the Times Colonist Cup alive, taking on the league leading Norsemen in semi-final action at UVic. This game kicks off at 2:30 at UVic's Wallace Field. CW will be seeking some measure of revenge when, as underdogs they take on the Norse, many of the players on both teams having played two weeks ago in the Barnard Cup match at Windsor. League scoring leader, James Carson captains the Ones. The team welcomes the return of Beaulac and look for centre Kevin Carr to put in another strong one. The back row of James, Middleton and Alexander will be key to the outcome of this match.

Following the game at Discovery Sports Club, Ken Goodland has organised a Christmas Darts Fiesta, where for a $10 entry fee you will be elligible for BIG prizes. It will be a random draw with double elimination. There will also be a CW Trivia Contest on Saturday.........in all, a great evening at The Temple. Let Ken know if you are interested in playing, so he can make up the draw; kengoodland@hotmail.com

Thursday 17th, starting at 7:00, it's Pizza & Carols for the whole CW Family. The venerate Ray Greenhouse will be tickling the ivories and we ask that a cash donation be given for the Victoria Food Bank. This initiative has come from our Supporters Association - thanks, Allan and Peter. Let's see as many as possible out to commence the leadup to the Eight Days to Christmas!

The Temple again is the sight of the next event for your calendar and that is Guido's Luncheon, taking place on Friday 18th. Tickets are almost sold out for this event but this Annual Classic promises to be another fine fest and we thank Guido for his generous hosting of this occasion. See John if you want to purchase a ticket - $35.

Discovery Sports Club is the host as Lunch transitions to Happy Hour and Christmas Sweaters are broken out, a sight to behold, no doubt. DSC asks that we bring along a food item for The Mustard Seed, one of our most worthy local charities. If you can't be at the luncheon, skip The Penny for one Friday and come to the Club for a pint at Happy Hour.

These events have been organised by folk to revitalise an interest in DSC, the spiritual home of our rugby club. We hope that you will make time to partake in one or more - get to meet the players, players to meet the supporters and in all initiate the goodwill that is integral to this time of year. Thanks for your support during the "first half" and a Merry Christmas to you and yours - safe travels over the holiday period and responsible driving. (Dial-A-Driver; James 213-2901)
Macca

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Just a reminder about the carol singing evening on Thurs Dec14. 714 Discovery St, at 7.00 pm. Come gather round the Ray Greenhouse Piano Bench, have a couple of pints and a slice of pizza.Asmall cash donation to the food bank would also be appreciated! See you there, Allan and Peter.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

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Hi All,
This is to inform you of a darts tournament being held at the clubhouse this saturday after the 1st division playoff game. It is open to supporters as well as players and there will be a money prize (depending on numbers of course). It's a 10$ entry fee and that includes some refreshments as well. Please let me know if your interested as soon as you can, I plan to do the draw tomorrow night. It will be a random draw and a double elimination so everyone has two chances. It promises to be a fun evening as there is a CW trivia contest the same night. A set of ten questions with all the answers being found on the walls of the clubhouse, save for a couple which can be found by picking the brains of some supporters or educated guesses. This part is mainly for the players so they get to know the history of the club and learn more about you guys who have paved the way. Hope to see some of you there. Cheers
Kenny

Monday, December 04, 2006

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Friday, December 01, 2006

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Best of the season to you all. You will note the Firsts are not playing this weekend. Here's an opportunity to change your Friday venue from The Penny to The Temple on 15th. and help make a difference for some less fortunate folk.

It's Christmas time at Discovery Sports Club and every year we like to gather as a club and toast season with some Christmas cheer a roaring fire and delicious hot toddies.

And who doesn't love a party that has a theme. This year we have decided that all of us just don't get enough opportunities to wear that "Christmas Sweater" that your granny knit you or that sweater with the felt snowman from your Aunt Wilameena. Now is the time to debut that sweater and wear it with pride.

So grab your fellow team mates and that crazy "Christmas Sweater" and come down to the club for some Christmas fun!!!

Where: Discovery Sports Club

When: Friday December 15th

Time: Anytime after 4:30

What to Wear: Your favourite Christmas Sweater

What to Bring: To help out those less fortunate this holiday season we encourage you to bring a non-perisable food item. All donations will be given to the Mustard Seed food bank.

Hope to see you all there!


Macca.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

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PLAYOFF DAY AT WINDSOR PARK.
CW hosted both the First Div. Quarter Final and the Barnard Cup at Windsor Park, Saturday past. In the 'curtain-raiser', the Nanaimo Hornets, slight underdogs after trailing CW in the league table, were quietly confident of their chances owing to a prior close game between the two teams. Nanaimo started out, by using their forwards to take the game to CW. After an early Hornets' penalty, League scoring leader, James Carson, strutted his stuff with a magical chip and chase for the opening try. At the half it was Carson 10, Nanaimo 3.

Nanaimo were not to be discarded. After sustained pressure, at the fifteen minute mark, they forced the ball over by the sticks with a good forward drive. CW's forwards, revelling in the worsening conditions, quickly responded with a try of their own. Carson converted the tally and added a late penalty to put an exclamation point on his award with fifteen individual points. Final score CW 20 d. Nanaimo 10. For CW, efforts of note came from Kevin Carr, Dustin Appleton, Matt LeMay, Dave Handysides and Stefan Alexander.

BARNARD CUP

The game had been called everything from a sham.....by some disgruntled James Bay supporter, to an eight point CW win, to a coin-toss. The later proved to be the case as the two teams, severely depleted but not whining, brought what they had to the contest. What a golden opportunity for players to 'step-up'. At the earlier meeting between the two, it was stated that UVic was the only team in the Province to consistently display how to use the ball to beat the man and unfortunately, for the hosts, this once again proved true.

The scoreline read UVic 13 CW 0 before CW seemed to realise there was a game on. The Vikes opened with an early penalty, followed by a magical run by Matthews and an ecstatic leap, after touchdown by Dave Carter, try scored without a hand laid. It is pleasing to observe the elation of any try scorer but Carter's emotion seemed to spark the Vikes. Piatek added another penalty for the 13-0 scoreline. CW then ground its gears in motion. A great drive by 'Bus' Franklin and offload to Goodland resulted in a try.....this is becoming habit for Ken to open the try-scoring! John Graf added the extras and a later penalty, to bring the score to 10-13 at the half.

A good crowd, somewhat non-partisan and very speculative about the final outcome, settled down for what promised to be an enthralling second half. The weather worsened which marginally favoured the locals. UVic continued their pattern of jumping out quickly, being first to add to their score when a disastrous "indecision" occured, ten metres out from the CW line and the easiest of tries was presented to Hutchison, grubbering through and falling on the ball for a 18 - 10 lead. Graf added a penalty for CW and with CW forwards starting to clearly get the upper hand, one had a sense that the day could be saved.

The next score was a five pointer by Dowhy after forward drive, deservedly, after a number of good performances in recent games. With a missed convert, the teams were tied. CW worked play slowly back into the red zone, grinding and grafting but UVic were not prepared to give in. They incurred a number of penalties at the maul, with CW taking the lineout option and finally the host's pack collectively ground the ball, with newcomer Middleton, being given the score. Again the convert was missed. With time in the balance, the kick off with a heavy ball resulted in the UVic eight focussing on the catcher and the ball was coughed up. From the scrum, quick hands sent the attack right until Kearney was smashed down just short of the line. The resultant posted ball went rapidly through three sets of hands, until a half-gap and insecure tackle resulted in big lock, Mike MacKay diving in, under the posts. Piatek, whose day had been quite outstanding, put an end to it with the convert, the whistle and the win! CW, to a man, slumped, stunned at the outcome after a quality second half featuring good defence and attack following the game plan.

Man of the Match, voted by his fellow players for UVic was Steve Piatek and for CW, Seamus Gay. Both of these players demonstrated their skill and work rate at a high level all game long. The two teams, their contrasting styles and the coin toss finish, provided fans with an interesting game of rugby with high level of skill, given the conditions. UVic are to be congratulated as worthy winners of the Barnard Cup. Thanks to the fans who attended on a pretty miserable day, to add to the ambience of the Final.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

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The week that was...............
James Bay proved to be CW's nemesis on two occasions last weekend. The first, being a seven point victory over the Premiers. The margin was such that CW was able to earn a bonus point, sufficient to launch them into the Barnard Cup Final this coming Saturday. The second was a very convincing victory in the U19 semi-final. CW, with five regular players on duty with the Canadian U17 team in England, played gamely but were no match for the larger, more experienced JBAA team. The U19's finished third in the league, a very creditiable return after being unable to field a team last season. We congratulate the players and thank coach, Roggie and manager, Kevin Poole for a job well done.

U16's: CW, Club-Man-of-the-Week award goes to interim U16 coach, Dallas Down. Dallas stepped into the breach when Gary Bryan was unable to continue with the job. He has held vigorous, well-run practises for the team and the boys won their first exhibition game against Velox last Sunday. This team is laden with talent which will be heard of in the future - Chris Kelly, the Thompson boys, Tony Tiet, Aubrey Blackhall, James Down, Joe Furness........ to mention a few. If you see Big Dal at The Park this weekend - give him the thumbs up!

MINIS: The second good news story for the weekend comes from the Mini Rugby Dept. On a blustery Sunday, CW hosted over 200 kids from U8 to U14 at an Island Jamboree. We thank all the refs, and coaches but a special thanks to Mini Mums (and dads) who ran the concession, cooked hot dogs, served coffee and sold 50/50 tickets.

CW RUGBY AGM: Tonight (Thursday) is the Annual General Meeting of CW Rugby. It will take place at The Temple at 9:00 p.m. All members are welcome to attend.

THIS WEEKEND: Two games take place at Windsor Park. The Firsts take on Nanaimo in playoff action, kickoff is 1:00 p.m. The Premiers play for the Barnard Cup against UVic at 2:45 p.m. Pat Kearney and his Vikes defeated CW in the opening game of the season and have continued on to play some scintillating rugby, losing only one game when at full strength. They lost a close one to Velox last week, with Sevens players absent from their squad. On the other hand, CW presents as a team with definite patterns, their current strength being in the forwards and half backs, so the contrasting approaches to the game will be most interesting. Both teams have many faces missing through representative call-ups and injuries. The outcome, is really a coin toss and it will be whichever club can have its players match the occasion that will walk away with the Cup. We hope that you will join us for these games.
 
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ICC MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dubai, 23 November 2006
African teams to begin countdown to 2009 ICC Women's World Cup

Four-day regional qualifying tournament starts in Kenya from 8 December.
The countdown to 2009 ICC Women's World Cup begins next month when four African countries assemble in Kenya for the Women's World Cup Regional.
Qualifying Cricket Tournament between 8 and 11 December.
Besides the host nation, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda will contest the one-day competition which will be played in a simple round-robin format.
It will be a special and historic time for the Zimbabwe team as it
makes its international debut.
The winner of this African regional competition will progress through to the ICC Women's World Cup Cricket Qualifying Tournament (WWCQT), to be staged in Pakistan late next year where eight qualifiers will vie for two available slots in the 2009 World Cup line-up.
Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Bermuda, Ireland and South Africa are
already through to that penultimate stage. Apart from the African
qualifier, these teams will be joined by two more from the European regional tournament to be played in the Netherlands next summer.
For the 2009 ICC Women's World Cup, defending champions Australia,
India, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies have earned
automatic qualification following their top-six finish in the 2005
Women's World Cup in Pretoria.
The 2009 ICC Women's World Cup will be the first to be played under the auspices of the ICC since its merger with the International Women's Cricket Council last year. The IWCC had 15 members and since integration with the ICC the women's game has been growing fast.
There are now 42 countries with formal girls and/or women's teams
playing in structured cricket competitions. A further 23 do not have competition teams yet but do have both girls and boys in junior development initiatives. That makes 65 of ICC's 97 members with some women's cricket and it is growing all the time.
Chairwoman of ICC Women's Committee Betty Timmer says she is delighted with the progress made so far.
"We have achieved a lot since the integration of women's cricket within the ICC in April 2005. We still have a long way to go but it's evident that joining the ICC was a big step for the development of women's cricket. Female participation will continue to grow in the years to come," she said"Looking forward, we want to produce the best ever Women's World Cup, create more publicity and hopefully the teams will be in top shape. We will do everything possible to create the right environment for teams
to perform at their best," she said.
Ms Timmer added that the qualifying structure had been designed in
order to give every country more international experience.
"This whole set-up gives countries more international cricket
experience and the participating countries will benefit from this
competition. It's great for the development of women's cricket throughout the various regions," she said.
"For the participating players in Africa, next month's qualifier will be an exciting tournament because the winner will go to the Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament and so they will be able to gauge where Having been first held in 1973, the Women's World Cup has been running for two years longer than the men's version. That year, hosts England beat Australia by 118 runs in the final at Edgbaston.
Since then there have been a further seven tournaments with Australia winning five of them (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997 and 2005), England winning once more (in 1993) and New Zealand triumphing in 2000.
The tournament has been staged twice each in England (1973 and 1993), India (1978 and 1997) and New Zealand (1982 and 2000) as well as Australia (1988) and South Africa (2005).

Monday, November 20, 2006

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A DAY OF OPPORTUNITY

After a week of rain - a rarity in the Banana Belt, Saturday was overcast and fields heavy. This was an opportunity for both clubs - for James Bay, minus the likes of Dunkley, Forsythe, Belanger, Mack, DTH, Williams and Barker to really dig deep and respond to the challenge; for CW an opportunity to complete an away win at McDonald and wind up in second place in convincing fashion. JBA took the bit between the teeth, CW didn't exactly surrender but failed to gain any supremacy! The adage; "one man, doth not a team make", was blown out of the water on this day when Rob Robson, suitably sutured, just changing locations from Bermuda to James Bay, led the charge.

Confidence was not present in the early going in the CW work and supporters, expecting attacking kicks to enable forwards to go forward, such as was the pattern in the previous matchup were stunned to see, very early in the contest, kicks being taken to scramble out of tight defensive situations. It wasn't long before quick ball from Dalziell, saw Collins make a good break, draw two men and off load to Warden to go over untouched. Graf soon followed with a penalty and what was the start of, trying to match tries with penalties. At only fifteen minutes in and a good charge by the JBAA pack, a tap penalty was taken by the forwards, Rushton linked and was rewarded with the tally. The game pattern then seemed to follow a distinct flow. More astute kicking by Rushton then in the previous match, united energy at the breakdown by James Bay, fairly steady penalty count against and hesitancy on defence by CW. Graf was constantly left to tackle Robson from # 8, a telling task and JBAA were constantly asking questions of CW with this flow.

Despite this pattern, it was CW who was next to score, when after a strong run by Weingart and resultant maul, an infraction was detected and Graf converted to edge slightly closer. JBAA's pressure continued and CW were fortunate on a few occasions to keep their line clear. After a rare appearance at midfield, another "hands in" penalty saw Graf make it pay. The score at the half, after a great piece of individual work by Goodland, wrestling a ball free at his own five metres and a huge clearing punt, left a differential of a single point.

Just after the start of the second half a penalty for "crossing" was awarded to CW. Graf failed on this occasion. Such penalties occurred frequently on the day, sometimes from a "dummy feint/obstruction/shepherding" run from # 12 position, sometimes the same play resulted in no call; sometimes from mauling situations,sometimes a no call. CW seemed to be clearly the main perpetrators of such infractions. Like club coach's debriefing sessions with players, it would also be interesting to be the fly on the wall when ref coaches debrief the man in the middle. The maul such as it is in the game at present, always results in a potential infraction, in that there are always forwards in front of the man carrying the ball. It will be interesting to see play with Law changes in the near future in this area of the game. Only minutes into the half, another quick tap penalty was taken by Dalziell and his transfer was to Warden who showed a clear pair of heels for his second try. Penalties punctuated any real flow to the game but James Bay forwards had certainly gained the upper hand and finally, Robson was duly rewarded for his work when he characteristically, was the last man off the back of a rolling maul, with ball in hands for the try. (20 - 9).

James Bay seemed to take some breathing room at this stage and CW came back with about twelve phases but the telling feature was that only about twenty metres of terrirtory was gained and finally a CW player was islolated at the breakdown! CW was a somewhat decimated group with replacements, errant lineout throws and other compounding errors, ebbing energy level and all that could go wrong seeming to happen. Despite this, rays of effort were very noticeable from Gay, Dowhy working himself to a standstill, Franklin and Weingart. A great individual effort from Gay resulted in a blocked kick and a final dying effort from CW. They threw plenty into the dying stages but James Bay were up the defensive test. Finally, after six phases, Thomas filled from his far side wing to go over for some long awaited dues collection and the end to a good day's work on his part. Graf converted to edge within a 16-20 scoreline.

The game ended on a Rushton penalty and 23 - 16 win for James Bay. Four tries to one win was a good indication of the margin of difference. It could be said that CW were fortunate to have held it at that but at the same time, by good fortune, rather than good management, they managed to cling to the bonus point to edge them ahead of the Velox for the right to play UVic next week in the Barnard Cup Final.

Notable efforts from James Bay came from the whole pack but worthy of mention was Andrew Wray, called up to replace Dunkley. Dalziell, Collins and Warden all played much better in the backs than in the earlier encounter and credit to Rushton for his contribution. Players that stood out for CW have been mentioned. The effort and desire were mostly present but there was no orchestration. Games between these two teams mostly end up in physical battles for supremacy and today was no exception. The tremendous athleticism available, rarely gets to be witnessed.

The stage has been set for a most interesting CI Premier League in the New Year. Capilanos, Meralomas, amongst others on the mainland and all four Island sides will serve up some memorable battles to be sure. It remains to be seen how much this game took out of CW. Injuries, the need to re-build the psyche and confidence level will be huge challenges during this coming week. Next Saturday at Windsor 1:00 Kickoff, 1st Div Playoff; Nanaimo Hornets vs CW. 2:30 Kickoff, Barnard Cup Final, UVic vs CW.

Friday, November 17, 2006

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Tomorrow at 2:45, CW's Premier team takes on James Bay at McDonald Park. There is only one game, as The Firsts have finished their league play schedule in fourth place and will play Nanaimo at home next weekend. We congratulate James Carson, leader of the points table. The Prems need a victory tomorrow to ensure their place in the Barnard Cup Final and it is considered a good thing when a team has its destiny in its own control. A bonus win by Velox and a loss to James Bay would result in CW looking from the sidelines!

James Bay have not been their old self of late.....(whatever that is!!) but the result between these two clubs over recent seasons, has always been in doubt until the final whistle. It will require considerable discipline by CW tomorrow as they face players such as Robinson, Ramsay and Forsythe on their familiar home pitch. CW has been coming on and is developing a style of play that is emphasising their strengths.....so it will be ful on, with everything on the line tomorrow. See you on the sidelines.
Macca

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Victoria Cricket

SHERRATT, S. Robert A., CD 1930 - 2006 Bob passed away suddenly Saturday, November 11, 2006 at the Royal Jubliee Hospital. His long dedication to Cricket will be sorely missed.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

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SAT NOV 18TH:DOUBLE HEADER Rugby at the Strathcona

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SAT 18 NOV ENGLAND V SOUTH AFRICA 10.30am

Doors @ 10:25am

SAT 18 NOV FRANCE V NEW ZEALAND 12.00 noon

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With every paper in the UK screaming for Robinson’s head, what would you do to muster the troops against the Boks - whose only resemblance to their famous, formidable predecessors, is the kit that they are wearing?


“Elementary, my dear Watson. You pick an England side from only the most experienced players available in the present squad. You bring back Jonny Wilkinson. You train this squad all week long. You name the most experienced team in which every player plays in his usual position. You then gather them in the changing room on match day and employ…. the Nelson manoeuvre. You simply say. "the game plan is, “England expects every man to do his duty”. You then withdraw leaving them to complete the job.”


“What about the “Terrible French”, Holmes?” ….. “Ah my dear Watson as for Les Blues who looked a little “jaune” last week, you pick and drive and pick and drive ….. ad nauseam, and you select the forwards to complete this job. You don’t need the revolver Watson, but on game day you pray for sunny, unseasonably warm weather, and then retreat from the barricades leaving those taking the field to reenact the storming of the Bastille.”


“Amazing, Holmes………. I hope you’re right!!”.

Monday, November 13, 2006

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WEST COAST WINTER HITS WINDSOR.

A sunny Remembrance Day morning turned to a drenching afternoon and whether/weather CW could handle the spread for this match (18), was truly put to the test in the first minute after kickoff when Cowichan exploited a huge gap down the blindside, resulting in a try by Kursewell! Ten minutes of response by CW was finally rewarded when good lineout possession enabled a smart, short-side decision by Weingart which resulted in a 'Bus' Franklin try. Molia converted from near the sideline (7 - 5).

Marcoux and Goodmunseth made good bursts before a missed clearing kick put pressure on the home side. Cowichan kept up the pressure and eventually, after a quick tap penalty and two or three charges at the line, they carried Kursewell over for his brace. The visitors were buoyed by this success and after a glut of possession and ten phases of play, Kursewell was again in on the act! In his excitement, he was penalised for a "double-move". In hindsight, this was somewhat a "TSN Turning Point". After some aggressive CW defense, a set scrum resulted in Weingart going blind, drawing his man and off-loading to Moser for his first tally in 'The Bigs'. At the half, CW 12 - Cowichan 10.

The second half was memorable for some quality moments. The discipline demonstrated by hooker, Aylward when he received an accidental boot to the sternum; a super human effort by CW Man-of-the-Match, Andrew Mooney to put it in extra gear to chase a kick-through; bullet-like service from Weingart to set up some searing runs from the base of scrum and ruck; brick-wall defense of Gay and great touch finding by Blaydd Jenkins, (aka Bennett!), were all examples of the style that this team is regularly displaying. These comments are not to detract from a Cowichan squad that showed tremendous character, facing quite a battering but failing to surrender and at the same time inflicting ample punishment on the hosts! Elsara led the way, tirelessly setting the example defensively at the ruck and with ball in hand.

The scoring was rounded out with a Molia penalty and two conversions and tries by Weingart (to cap a first class performance) and Gay for the bonus point. For the second week in a row, the spectators have to thank the players and officials for a sterling effort under deplorable conditions. The 'spirit of rugby' displayed by the two squads at the post-match function was akin to that remembered for other reasons on this special day and the mutual respect shown, rounded out a good day.

Friday, November 10, 2006

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ENGLAND vs ARGENTINA; FRANCE vs NZ ...........AND CW vs COWICHAN!! We hope that all of you planning to watch the preview of RWC 2007 FINAL at the Strath and will then wend your way to The Park to cheer on the Chaps, as they seek to keep their record at Windsor intact. At this stage, the game will definitely be held at Windsor. If we hear any different, owing to waether (Carnarvon), we will let you know. Once again, CW will be depleted with both injury and the departure of Tony LaCarte whom we wish well, as he leaves with the 7's for overseas duty.

CW will also be missing Nik Reganavanu who most unfortunately, after probably his best start to a season since being in CW colours, Nik has had to resign due to work pressures. We also need to recognise Gerald Steenkamp who had to give up his rugby after the first round match against Velox when he suffered a serious concussion. Both of these men have learned their trade elsewheres but have embraced the CW spirit whole-heartedly and their play will be greatly missed. We thank Gerald for his season of coaching and welcome him back to Victoria. All the best to both of you in your career pursuits.

Thanks to Tim & The Major and Co., for doing "grounds" last week - you did such a good job, we will give you the week off, this week! Special thanks to Spice and his Gatekeepers from last week, the alliterative, Hales, Harris and Hawkins and that stalwart, David Richardson. See you - on the balcony!
Macca
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Monday, November 06, 2006

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This day brought on spectres of 'Old School' - the nightmare of a marauding All Black footrush, led by 'Pinetree', Whinneray, Hill and Lochore. Perhaps it was just nostalgia but none of the four teams on show on this day used the old "Screaming Banshee" ploy, yet surely under such deplorable conditions, this tactic would have rendered a suitable reward!

The Velox First Div squad were a confident, if somewhat depleted bunch, having knocked off league - leaders, UVic Norseman and sporting an undefeated record. After an early exchange of penalty goals, the visitors efforts failed to amount to any great threat and CW, led by Man-of-the-Match, James Carson and ably supported by good games from Alexander, Carr and a 'blinder' from Middleton who capped his performance with a late tally, achieved their goal with a 23 - 3 victory. This was a significant turnaround from a lack lustre performance of two week's ago and tightens the race for top dog. Scorers; Tries; Front Row, Doug Middleton. Goals; Carson - 3 pens and 2 conv.

Ellite Match;
Dan White opened the scoring with a well taken penalty in the very early stages. This young player from the Land of the Long White Cloud, is really a 'comer' and CW could have been forgiven if they thought that DTH had 'morphed in' for this game, as early thrusts into the backline carved out long gainers for the V V's. White soon added another for an offside infraction. The weather dictated the handling and it was fascinating to see the two "Masters" - Stanley and Graf try to get their squads into better field position by punching crafty grubbers, which squirted along the surface. The tackling on the part of both teams was bone-jarring and many balls were up for grabs.

One had a sense that CW had something on the go and it soon came to fruition when, after good lineout ball from newcomer, Pollock, who had to work hard against the guile of Pinney, the "wind and drive" produced ball on a plattter to Weingart who took the short side option to Goodland for the first try. Goodland seems to be making a habit of first man over, although there was no prize-winner this week! The play slogged away and for CW, Aylward, and Gay were everywhere. At the sets, the CW front row had the better of their counter-parts. Despite this, Velox found themselves in scoring position again but this time White sliced it off. He was given an opportunity for redemption when a CW player (nameless) was pinged for a high tackle. On the day, with field conditions an errant arm.........mmm, could have been assessed as a little harsh but White ensured the perp paid and CW found themselves down 5 - 9 at the half. White's 60% was a significant contribution.

With this scribe rapibly deteriorating into a hypothermic state........the second half began. It must be said that the fans came out, despite the weather - a tribute to both teams and the intense rivalry that has garnered between them over the past couple of seasons. Five minutes in, the easiest of oportunities presented itself to Matt Weingart when he took the ball on a five metre run short side, to go in untouched! Big time error. It would be most interesting to be the fly on the wall when Winston is reviewing this part of the tape!

With a 10-9 lead it appeared as if the CW forwards were getting an edge but strangely, the plot became hellishly unglued and what had been sanity and reasonable strategy under the conditons became, in the words of my predecesor, Rees, a "tactical turmoil"! As Old School howled from the deck, "put it in the corner", it seemed as if players felt they could still dance! After Dan White had edged the V V's ahead again, we were treated to, suffice to say - a comedy of kicking errors, (easy for you to say!!) Further CW penalties and a spate of control from Stanley, appeared as if, from the out of the mouth of victory the jaws of defeat had appeared for the hosts. When a penalty opportunity against the run of play, presented itself to CW, Molia showed his absolute confidence in Graf to open his scoreline for the day. The kick was about fifteen in and 38m out and Graf sailed it right over the black dot. Indeed, the Banshees found reason to scream!

The match was far from over and Murray Smith, who game in and game out, just seems to play a 'blinder' worked hard at a breakdown, resulting in yet another offside penalty. White had a 47m opportunity and the CW players' collective sigh of relief could be heard on the deck as the ball whisked under the crossbar. Velox were like a wounded animal, as first Penga made a weaving run and then his forwards picked up the momentum. Finally, from a scrum pickup by CW, about 35m out, another penalty was awarded to V V. Speculation was that this man who had kicked so well on the day would not miss this oportunity. The ball sailed wide and the final whistle blew.

This last scene was not without its drama as most unfortunately, in a perfectly hushed setting, a catcall let forth as White approached the ball. This example of inappropriate and boorish spectator behaviour was not a one off in this case, rather, it is all too common at games. It seems to vary from raucous verbal putdowns of players, officials, often with inappropriate language, to the heckling and catcalls whilst taking a penalty. Clubs need to continually find culprits and insist on changed behaviour.

For CW, this was an opportunity for some players to stepup to the Bigs. The "W" was reward for a hard day's work, although probably, the one point difference was indicative of the closeness of play, on the day. Newcomer Pollock had a solid debute, the front row of Dowhy, Aylward and Franklin were good value and Gay was simply a terrier. It would be interesting to know if selectors ever look at players such as Smith and Gay. Weingart had a technically sound day and his many hasty bursts enabled the pack to go ahead. It was not really a day for the backs and so, Blaidd Bennett and Molia couldn't really show their stuff. Graf providing the winning goal was another Godsend! TLC at fullback needed to muster the two wing men around him. The experience level dropped considerably but ne'ertheless, a great opportunity to show what players could do and for sure, this is a combination that might need some tinkering.

For the Velox, Clay Penga @ #9 has added some good punch and will grow to be a good combo with Winnie. As mentioned earlier, the play of Smith was very good and overall, this squad, with lesser known players, always gives 100% of heart and competition and can never be taken lightly. In all, despite horrid conditions, an entertaining day of rugby and thanks to the players and referee for your performance in such deplorable conditions.

Friday, November 03, 2006

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SUNDAY 5 NOV

ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND


12 noon

(“High Noon at the OK Corral”…“Do not forsake me oh! my darlin’…….”)

Doors @ 11:45am

Season pass holders’, show passes at the door.

“Walk-ins” will be charged $20 on game day, when two matches are being shown, As there is only one match this opening Sunday “Walk-ins” will be charged $10.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

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Dear Friends of CW Rugby,

It would appear that the events of Saturday, Oct 21 could not have worked out better for the club. We had great weather, a great crowd and, above all a solid win over our cross-town rivals JBAA. The supporters Club members who congregated on the upstairs deck all felt the day was a great success, and look forward to many similar events. Since day one, the creation of the Supporters Club has been built around ongoing financial support for CW Rugby, which, with over four hundred registered players all the way from Minis to Premier, now has a whopping operating budget. We have, so far 105 signed up members, but we know there are many out there who have played for and supported the Wanderers, Castaways and CW over the years and we would love to hear from you!!
We must emphasize that this is all about supporting the players and not about creating a privileged ‘old boys’ club. We are working hard to get the organization up and running and see in the near future providing lunches upstairs as well as an improved selection of beverages. All this takes time and effort, and we look forward to your input as to how we can make it more attractive.
Please go to the CW Rugby website, download an application form today, or bring your chequebook and sign up at the game this Saturday.

See you then!! Allan and Peter.

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WEEKEND MATCHES AT WINDSOR PARK.........CW vs VELOX, SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

..............and so the 'Second Half' begins. CW Firsts find themselves in fifth place (with a game in hand), trailing League leaders, UVic and undefeated, Velox, in the Fist Division. In the Ellite Division, CW are tied with Velox in second position, both teams having a game in hand. CW players, Derek Daypuck and James Carson find themselves atop their respective scoring tables and thus the scene is set for a couple of epic weekend encounters. The Firsts will be out to redeem themselves after a somewhat pedestrian performance against JBAA, last start and the Premier game promises to most interesting.

Both teams will be without a number of players who were on the pitch the last time they faced each other. For Velox, most notably, Lawson, Atkinson and Van Camp, along with one or two Canada U21 players will be missing. For the Home club it looks like the vacuum has visited the new change rooms at Windsor! Abrams, Ault, Webb, Daypuck have all been selected for the Canada tour and Iron Man, Exy has been rewarded with a contract with Pau (France), Hearn has been selected for U21 tour and LaCarte has been named on the Sevens squad (although, hopefully available). CW has known from day #1 that this possibility might exist however, the challenge will be for the game plan to remain seemless as others seek to fill the breaches.

Stanley seems to seek to shoulder blame for both wins and losses for the Velox this season and most definitely will be out to atone for a very mundane performance at Gordon Head when these teams first met. The perennial Lunker will anchor the scrum, so Velox will be motivated to do well. The question lies in whether or not players such as Pollock, Hill, James, Middleton, Aylward, Carson et al, can step up and play at the Ellite level. These players have left no doubt about their motivation to do so but the pressure cooker of pace, increased physicality and decision making will be their challenge.

This missive includes an attachment from our Supporters Association Committee. Not only do I urge you to read it but more importantly, to act on it!! This initiative is a means of providing operating funds to our rather expansive (and expensive) program. See you on the balcony!
Macca

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

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Dear Castaway-Wanderer,
As many of you know the club has lately undertaken an initiative called “Stand up for
Sean Corner”. This has been done to support a young man in Hamilton, Ontario, who
recently broke his back playing the sport that we all love. Sean has had much of his
capacity taken from him, and now faces the prospects of life in a wheelchair, and both the
emotional and lifestyle changes that come with such a significant injury.
Our congratulations comes to you as a result of the club members; through the silent
auction, live player auction, personal and corporate contributions, raising a considerable
amount of money for this young man and his family. The money will go to assisting
Sean and his family with his rehabilitation and adjustment to his new life. Well done to
everyone, this is a tremendous accomplishment, and we think that we can all walk tall
knowing that we have banded together to help a friend in need.
Our sincere thanks go to everyone on this initiative. We are thankful for the time, effort,
thought, and money that everyone has put in to this enterprise. Your thoughtfulness for
someone that you have not met, who lives thousands kilometres away speaks volumes
about your character and also about the solidarity of rugby players. Through your action
and generosity you have shown that this is much more than just a game. We offer a very
special thanks to long time club supporter, Ed Bryans, who very generously donated the
items for the silent auction. Thank you very much for making this a success, for
supporting Sean Corner and the club.
They money is currently being collected and tallied, and will be sent to Sean in the near
future. Sean has maintained since his injury that he does not want to appear to be
searching for charity. To respect that, the money will change hands with little fanfare.
That being said, we wish to thank you all privately for your contributions and your
support.
Well done to all, a fine job. Many thanks.
IanMacLean Brent Johnston Spencer Robinson
CWRFC President CWRFC Manager CWRFC Head Coach
MikeWebb Aaron Abrams

Monday, October 23, 2006

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ANOTHER CROSS-TOWN CLASSIC

THE CURTAIN RAISER:
Despite giving up two golden opportunities with the tryline wide open in the first half, CW found themselves relatively close on the score board. Although only trailing 5-9, a significant number of penalties at the breakdown had been committed. Early in the second half CW received a yellow card for yet another infraction and this was truly the turning point. With big Ben Peterson showing his class, James Bay very quickly turned their forays into points with hard running, good support and they raced to a 21-5 lead. The sword had been driven and skewered!!! CW succumbed to the pace and power and found themselves ambling in the closing ten minutes. Quite a rugby clinic from the James Bay Ones with a final score of 36-5 to the visitors.

PREMIER GAME:
The game was only five minutes old when a classic Graf dummy and solid burst by Molia resulted in slow ruck ball and a good pattern was produced by CW which saw Goodland at the bottom of the heap across the line. Daypuck added the extras. James Bay were next to show their flair after a good insert by DTH, his patented swivel, he was stopped. Mack was at the ruck, passed to Miles and on to Collins whose chip kick bounced high. There was a momentary juggle whilst leaping high but Colins pulled the ball down and scored the try. Rushton converted. CW, keeping the ball in hand, forced an offsides by James Bay and Daypuck batted 100%.

The contest ebbed and flowed, another good run by DTH and quick ruck ball from Dalziell saw Phil Mack squirt down the blind side and dive for the line. At the thirty minute mark when it appeared that James Bay was getting into a groove, momentum turned. Following a James Bay penalty, CW chose to find touch. After being stopped on two or three drives, a scrum was awarded to CW. No. 8 Goodland went blind and the resultant quick ball saw a bullet from Hall to Graf to Molia who probed and offered a text book pop pass on an inside delay to TLC, again looking for work. LaCarte went over untouched, under the posts. Nothing wobbly about this tally! In the ensuing excitement, CW received a yellow card for overly vigorous rucking, which put pressure on the defence. Fortunately, the half time whistle came before any damage was done.

James Bay opened the second half in spirited fashion and both packs tested each other for supremacy. CW had the better of the lineout play and the front three clearly had the edge in the sets. It was CW who struck first with a well taken 'droppie'. One was happy for Graf as he raised both arms and beamed, in a rare moment of elation in what was turning out to be another totally composed performance. After James Bay failed to find touch the ball was well taken by Weingart and CW carried play forward. A resultant hand in the ruck infraction, enabled Daypuck to increase the lead. Ten minutes into the half and with CW slowly obtaining a measure of assertiveness, the plot took a turn when an errant pass was picked off by Warden who showed a clean pair of heels. He was chased hard and finally pulled down wide out but the points had been secured and Rushton managed get the score to 19-23.

CW came back with some good handling and solid tight play with a couple of phases, catching James Bay offside again and Daypuck obliged. The outcome was still very much in the balance. Both teams made errors, as players started to show the strain of battle. Ault and Exner for CW revelled in the challenge. With Graf constantly finding touch with well executed grubbers, James Bay began to show the pressure of going backward. CW had a good opportunity to consolidate field position and retain possession but a decision to suddenly become expansive caused them to cede territory. Forunately, Johnny was on the Spot and the heat was back on when Daypuck added yet another penalty. In the late going James Bay sealed their own fate, receiving consecutive yellow cards for technical infractions. CW took the bit and the resultant Molia try under the posts was a rewarding and significant curtain closure. It was short of the bonus point but a well earned point differential on the score board. For CW, tries by Goodland, LaCarte, Molia, Graf drop goal, Daypuck four penalties, three converts. JBAA 19.

CW's front three brought their A game and with players such as Franklin and Aylward in the wings, things will continue to improve. Locks, Mooney and Ault thrived on the grunt work and had the edge over their counterparts. The loosies maintain a high work rate and are proving to be a very complimentary bunch. Goodland's running and lineout work was a welcome return, not to detract in any way from the unit. The service from Hall to Graf enabled that precious fraction of a second to make the quality decision. Molia and Robinson were solid and the back three provided a useful combination. Weingart and Daypuck epitomized there being no "i" in "team" and although out of their carded positions, demonstrated skills that added to their stock. TLC's finish is becoming a very valued contribution.

James Bay's back three were somewhat predictable, in fact, apart from a couple of occasions, they were contained well back with CW going forward and JBAA forwards needing to back peddle. Rushton tried hard enough however, he is not a Williams. Collins and Warden ran hard but were not particularly inventive. On the day, James Bay failed to bring the patterns necessary for the W. The work ethic and desire was present but the physicality was more than matched.

Overall, I'm not sure that this scribe watched the same game as a learned counterpart. Maybe it was my rose colored specs or simply the glaring sun. Perhaps it was the heady atmosphere brought on by the ambience of over 1,000 spectators. It may not have been a "great" game, but in fairness, another classic in its own right between these two teams and far from the 'wobbler' described elsewhere.

As teams lose players to Team Canada, National 7s program and Under 21 National Tour, it will truly be a test to see how Club programs sustain. We wish all players from all clubs who have been selected, the very best when they don the red Maple Leaf.

FOOTNOTES:

CW is proud to announce that this week we raised $4,000 for the Sean Corner Fund, an initiative driven by players and supplemented by deep pockets of our supporters. A portion of this amount is due to Dr Jim Grier who donated back his $800 winnings from the 50/50 First Try Scorer Auction. Also a 'thanks' to Ed Bryans for donatng items which raised $1200 in Silent Auction bidding and congrats to Mike Webb and Aaron Abrams who initiated the drive. (They did that on Saturday on more than one occasion!)

The absolute success of Saturday was due in no small measure to many club volunteers. Paul Shepherd who continues to line the field every Friday, the fencing crew, with special mention to the U16's, who were on deck at 11:00 a.m. This enables us to maximize gate donations and last Saturday was a record 'take'. Thanks to Spice and his Keepers of the Gates - all Supporters Association members, who gave up considerable time of viewing the game from an optimum vantage point to fulfil this service. To Lindy, Anna and Leah for a sterling job at the bar. On behalf of the Board, I thank you all and hopefully, this growing army can continue so the load is shared amongst many. Speaking of volunteers. CW is looking to fill a vacancy for the position of Club Scribe, please notify Macca of your interest.

Sunday at The Park............
10:00 a.m. - one hundred mini rugby players
11:30 a.m. - twenty U16's practise
11:45 a.m. - 29 U19's kickoff and go on to win their second league game in a well played match against Nanaimo
2:00 P.M. - CW Thirds vs JBAA

BCRU WIN/WIN RAFFLE. Buy a book of tickets - five for $50 from Brent or any player. Profits BCRU/CWRFC 50/50

PRIZES.........$10,000 cash
Fishing trip for two to Langara Lodge, Queen Charlotte Island - value $8,500
All expenses trip for four to Mexico - value $6,500
Home enertainment unit 52" HDTV and sound system - value $5,500

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Fall Rugby at the Strath
The Strathcona is ready (YES), willing (DEFINITELY) and able (OF COURSE) to screen the iRB Fall Test Rugby matches. If the rugby community would be willing to support such a venture, we need fifty (50) patrons to pay fifty ($50) dollars each for a series pass. This will cover the cost of the cable feed. "Walk-ins" on the day will be charged $20. If there were any profits, these $’s will go to the VIRU Junior Rugby Development program. We ask for your support and immediate replies to Nick Fairhurst npaf@shaw.ca, We have to reach fifty (50) committed patrons by Friday October 27th. for this venture to be a “go”. If we don’t get fifty (50) committed patrons then we cannot go ahead and show these games. Ask your friends - spread the word.


Schedule of Games at Strath


SUN 5 NOV ENGLAND V NEW ZEALAND 12 noon Doors @ 11:45am

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SAT 11 NOV ENGLAND V ARGENTINA 10.30 am

Doors @ 10:25am


SAT 11 NOV FRANCE V NEW ZEALAND 12.00 noon

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SAT 18 NOV ENGLAND V SOUTH AFRICA 10.30am

Doors @ 10:25am

SAT 18 NOV FRANCE V NEW ZEALAND 12.00 noon

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SAT 25 NOV ENGLAND V SOUTH AFRICA 11 am

Doors @ 10:45am

SAT 25 NOV FRANCE V ARGENTINA 12.30pm

Thursday, October 19, 2006

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Still have a couple of players looking for a room...a place to stay.
Let me know if you can help...have any ideas...any connections.

Brent.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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Just a brief update of club news and a reminder of upcoming events...........

We dip the lid to our team of the week - U 19's under the guidance of Roggie and the safe hands of Kevin Poole, these guys mustered 25 for their roadie to Port Alberni last Sunday. This was in spite of losing their two opening competition matches by a considerable margin, to boot, the majority of the players are still eligible for U 17!! Through dense fog over the Hat, the parade arrived and kicked off against the burly opposition. Cut to the chase - CW 47 - Port 0. Parent of the week - Pat Trelawney....the same man who played #10 for Canada many moons ago. Pat had his twin towers playing soccer in Duncan and as their team mates ran off after the game (a victory), the boys ran off to dad's car............off to Port Alberni. Connor describes their arrival as co-inciding with a swerving run by 'Captain Crowe' ending in a tally! That's the CW Spirit. Way to go, guys.

The reminder is for Thursday Night - Meet The Team Nite at Discovery St.,around 8:30. We want you to share in this spirit by meeting the guys, participating in the Silent Auction - a plethora of new rugby gear and bidding on a player in the live "First Try Scorer" auction conducted by the Rev Billy Kamloops. Proceeds will go to support Sean Corner, the severely injured player in Ontario.

If you can't make this event..........Saturday is the BIG DAY - Firsts @ 1:00 and Prems @ 2:30 vs JBA at WINDSOR. This will be an opportunity to wish both Derek Daypuck and Mike Webb all the best as it will be their last game before departing with the national team for games against Wales and Italy, as well as taking in a momentous occasion. We remind you that if you wish to view the game from on high, you need to be a Supporters Association Member..........free entry to you and spouse to game and balcony by showing your card. You can join up ($150), on Thursday Nite or at the game on Saturday.
Cheers,
Macca

Monday, October 16, 2006

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CW vs COWICHAN - CW Report


In his pre-game, program welcome, Cowichan President, John James reminded the faithful that the last time CW visited Piggie Park, it resulted in a Home victory and that no doubt, this year would present considerable challenge for the Home team/s. His words proved prophetic but it was not without challenge from the new generation of Moss, Garside, Hale, James and Goodmundseth aided by the customary Valley spirit!

FIRST GRADE: Cowichan appeared to be cautiously confident and enthusiastically involved, Battie at #10, testing with the boot, pace on the wings and good defensive work were the basis of them seeking their first win after three close losses in the competition. It was no fluke that they led 5 - 3 at the half.

After resumption, an early penalty, followed by a pushover scrum and the visitors started to take control. When a Cowichan clearing kick was blocked, for a converted try, it added to CW's confidence. On this day, extremely dissapointing handling and rather poor decision-making resulted in the scoring being halted and Cowichan finished with a try of their own.
Scorers: Tries - Hodge, Middleton. Goals: Carson 2 pens and 2 converts. CW 20 - COWICHAN 12

PREMIER: There was a definite Prairie Fire connection at the park - a minus, (Cain Elisira) and a plus, (Brennan Marcoux). At the eight minute mark, an errant CW clearing kick landed in Carpenter's arms. Aaron, as surprised at his luck as the defenders, reacted with quicker synapses to charge over the line by the posts. The home fans were buoyed with this start, receiving an inkling of potential for an upset.

CW soon hit their straps and quick turnover ball 40 metres out, saw it flick through the hands of Graf, Webb, Abrams to LaCarte to scoot under the posts. A second try followed soon after, with a good winger's finish by Hearn. It was as a result of moving the ball to outflank the defence. After a high ball from Graf, resulting in some rather unusual "handling", bouncing off a head, assorted shoulders and arms, into the outstretched hands of LaCarte for a 40 metre sprint to the posts, for a 22 - 5 scoreline.

For the next fifteen minutes, CW hammered away at the line but failed to find the key to get over - a credit to the defense, Garside and Carpenter being standouts. Playing marginally on the offside line caught up with the frantic defense. Graf found touch, quality lineout ball, a good drive and Regenvanu scored his second for the season.

Following the re-start, wave after wave of promising and exciting build-up failed to produce a tally. An errant pass, the odd turnover ball, sloppy clearance at the ruck seemed to frustrate the visitors by failing to provide polish to the exercise. The home team never let up, pinching a number of balls on their tryline but the constant flood of possession did take its toll when Molia took a soft pass on "crash ball" and ran a good line, which deserved the score. CW substituted liberally and finally did exhibit good catching and transfer for #15, Spicer to dive over wide out. New(f)comer, Adam Hill notched his first on the west coast for a 44 - 5 scoreline.

At the thirty minute mark, Cowichan scored, debatebly the best try of the contest when, after four phases, Marcoux gave a hint of a pass to create a half-gap and dive over adjacent to the posts. CW looked rather "sloppy" when they allowed their defensive intensity to lapse, giving a "soft" try to a bullocking run by Allistair Thompson. La Carte, always seeking work, put the capper on the day, when he was rewarded with his hat trick. Molia converted to eke past the half century.

For the home team, Garside and Carpenter worked hard for eighty minutes, Hitchy at #9 frustrated CW flow on many occasions and Andrew Goodmundseth brought his genetic intensity to the fray.

For CW, Abrams had a lively day around the park, whilst Dowhy, once again brought his A game. Mooney and Ault vs Forsythe and Ramsay next week should hold John Tate's attention. Gay and Regenvanu were terriers on the loose ball and Webby added some powerful thrusts with ball in hand. Graf is turning into the quiet leader of this group. He reads the situation so well and his reflexes don't appear to be suffering but it is a certain mental and physical toughness in the #10 spot that has not been seen with consistency at CW for some time. Robinson looked to be excited to be starting and Sipili ran some great lines. Spicer played well enough but in his own words, "short of a trot". On this day the kudos were saved for TLC. LaCarte has shown a level of maturity and cofidence, along with a high work rate, not witnessed consistently in prior seasons.

On any given day in this VIRU competition,anything Can and Will happen. Despite a narrow loss yesterday, JBA will still start as favourites at Windsor next Saturday. It was not obvious that there was enough to hang the hat on after yesterday's big picture at Cowichan and it will require a week of hard work and a considerably more focussed effort if CW wishes to be ahead at the post next weekend.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

 
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Castaways

PAST AND PRESENT PLAYERS

A great opportunity for ALL FORMER PLAYERS AND FANS OF CW, of any era or loyalty, to meet this year's team of CW players is upcoming. A special night is being held at Discovery Street Sports Club (aka, 'The Temple') on Thursday, 19th October. This is a special pre-James Bay event. Think about car-pooling (all of our Central Saanich and Oak Bay alumni), arrive at 8:00 p.m., re-live your own personal war stories vs The Bays and our players usually get to the club around 8:30 after training.

Thanks to the generosity of Ed Bryans, (he has donated considerable amounts of brand new stock from Erinmark days), we will be hosting a Silent Auction. Items include; jerseys, body armour, shoulder pads, balls etc. As well, Alan Rees will be conducting a live auction for a 50/50 Pool on the player who scores the first try in the Premier game on Saturday. ( A similar Velox auction last week, saw the winner walk away with $1200!) All proceeds from these events will go to Sean Corner, a young player in Ontario who recently suffered a catastrophic injury in a rugby game. Get on the "dog and bone" and get your friends together......it has the potential to be great deal of fun!!

CW has also formed a SUPPORTERS ASSOCIATION this season. The membership fee is $150. This fee supports the rugby functons of the Club - supplements Jr player registration, medical and physio attention for players (last year amounting to $6500), playing equipment and training aids ($10000), transportation, grounds and rental fees ($13000), to name a few. Senior players pay $175 per season to play rugby however, as you can see, the operating costs for the club are very expensive.

There are two major benefits for your membership, along with a number of smaller perks. Firstly, you automatically have membership in Discovery Sports Club - a location that you can rent at preferred rates for any private event or simply enjoy the revitalised ambience before a concert or hockey game...or at half-time for that matter! Secondly, at all home games this season, you will have admittance to the balcony at the Pavilion. I refer you to this URL to check out additional benefits of membership;
http://www.cwrugby.com/news-supporters.html
On behalf of the coaching staff, the players and the Board, we hope to see you on the 19th.

In between times, the lads have to overcome a challenging Cowichan Crew! Cowichan put 34 points on UVic, an indication of their tremendous improvement from last season and we remember so well what happened when we travelled over the Malahat last year. Games at Herd Rd., commence at 1:00 and 2:30 this Saturday. If you can make the trek, the players would appreciate the support.
Macca

Monday, October 02, 2006

Castaways

CW AT VELOX FIELD

The CW Firsts faced the challenge of newly-promoted, Comox at Velox Field yesterday. The Valhallians had kindly changed a venue for their Firsts to accomodate CW's long awaited occupation of Windsor Park. In the early going, Captain Hodgey and "Loosie" Langdon were very prominent. Matt James added two tallies (Club leading try-scorer with five), Corey Richards, Josh Handysides and James Carson adding extras, saw the scoreline at 26 - 0 at the Interval.

The Firsts well and truly "set the table", after an early "Commish" (Way To Go, Kit!) Comox tally, when the Ones added another 22 points before Comox, never giving up, added their second try in the late going. Man-of-the-Match for CW - Welshy Jenkins for his Phil Bennett impersonation.
Scorers; James 2, Handysides, Richards, 'Seagull' Beaulac, Moser, Le May, Hodge (tries) James Carson - four converts.

The BIG GAME was abuzz with promise. It was Home Opener for the VV's, as well as being seven point favs by the pundits, it looked like another possible "catch-up start" for CW when Nickel - "Conrad, Conrad", opened the scoring at the five minute mark. The jitters were quickly erased when, at the fifteen minute mark, the tide ebbed, ne'er to flood again for VV. Coach Winston took a quick throw-in to himself about 35m from his own line - an adventurous thought, so early in the contest. Counterpart, Graf, spotted the slip, judged the bounce, took the tackle and one-handed to Daypuck who off-loaded to Skipper, Goodland at his top speed trundle for the line.....leading by example. Five minutes later, Molia, revelling in his return, drove hard, held his feet in the tackle and slipped to Abrams. Puck added the extras. The half ended at 15 - 3 with Aylward, Abrams, Hall and Graf standing out, only marginally above the other eleven.

After the Interval, Dowhy, displaing his Pride youth and NZ guile, powered for the line but it was not to be. The contest see-sawed, giving the sense that neither defence was to be broken. Finally, Stanley opted for the line when a kickable opportunity presented itself. The choice reaped huge reward when Velox won yet another of their own throws (none lost all day), subsequent good maul and drive saw CW Alumnus, Melonovich cross the line. With "Conrad" adding the extras, it was "game on" at 10 - 15.

On other occasions it might have been that CW would have wavered but despite an earlier loss to UVic, today's squad was made of sterner stuff. Patterns of defence, not witnessed since a win over Caps last season, resulted in Velox dropping balls, passing errantly and in all, appearing physically tired as the contest heightened. Again it was (It's Been A Long 21 Years) Graf, mixing his game between soft chips, courageous thrusts and deft passing, inspiring those around him and despite a host of changes as a result of injuries, CW rose to the challenge. After another Daypuck penalty, it was Hall (another E-Ball standout game), to Dowhy to Weingart to Pucker who put the exclamation mark on it at 35 minutes. CW tried hard for the bonus but pride and credit to Velox, it was not to be, the whistle ended the contest with a 23 - 10 scoreline to the visitors.

Predictions as to how the CW front three would go, so goes the game, were somewhat proven as Abrams, flanked by Dowhy and Aylward had the edge on their more-storied counterparts. Franklin (CW) and Atkinson (VV) were no-shows in the battle however, Mooney and Ault provided the necessary grinding and tough defence required at the rucks and mauls, the former, showing a level of play this season that is most satisfying. Webb showed a good crowd his stuff and along with Gay were "the goods" all around the pitch. Despite leaving early, Goodland more than made his mark and to have Reganvanu and Biddle take their turn in the bench rotation, added sparkle to the cauldron.

As for the CW backs.....it was hard to tell who was who - Steenkamp off, Peaches at half, Peaches on the wing, Hearn at 11, Hearn at 15, TLC flitting, grabbing air, injured, Hall at 9, Graf at 9, Daypuck at 9....12....15. Was this an uncanny Robinson ploy? Whatever, it all worked because of the fact that CW was committted to the pattern, patient and steely in their resolve. This intensity, defensive pattern and teamwork was pleasing for players and supporters. Knowing that this squad is just "getting going" is also promising and coaches Robinson and Mays have talked a great deal of developing a CW style of game, if today was a sample, the plan is well underway. The VIRU League is intensley competitive and CW , taking things one step at a time, must be secretly looking forward to matching their skills with JBA on 21st October at Windsor Park in what is already promising to be another classic.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Castaways

Against Velox, we have:

1 Wes Aylward
2 Aaron Abrams
3 Scott Franklin
4 Andrew Mooney
5 Stu Ault
6 Mike Webb
7 Seamus Gay
8 Kenny Goodland (c)
9 Evan Hall
10 John Graf
11 Tony LaCarte
12 Gerald Steenkamp
13 Sipili Molia
14 Ciearn Hearn
15 Derek Daypuck

Castaways

Tomorrow at Gordon Head Field, CW travels cross-town to take on Velox. We read in today's paper that Velox are the favourites in this contest, so as The Underdogs, I expect that CW players will be really cranking up the heat. Our Firsts play at 1:00 p.m. and The Premiers play at 2:30.

The Firsts play Comox. It is good to see some familiar faces in familiar roles...Hodgey is back at the helm of the Firsts and with supporting cast of Beaulac, Langdon, the Brothers Handyside, newcomers Matt James and Pollock, the pack looks formidable. It will take more than just being there, as newly-promoted Comox, is off to a good start and will be out to impress. James Carson at # 9 will link with Welshy, Jenkins (aren't they all??) and anchor a pacy backline with finishers, Wolfey (aka The Howler), Omar and Cutter.

Prems have a few injuries...good grief, so early in the season! The Bus is back after an early exit at UVic and will be an essential pillar in the Battle against the Brothers Pletch, Lawson and Lunk. How the front three go, may well the game go....The rest of the pack is strong but so too is Phinney (carded), Atkinson (carded) and Smith and the trenches will have no room for the weak at heart. Gay will be looking to continue his fiery start to the season and Webbie needs to go for more and longer. The bench looks to have the edge in the 'pigs'.

The halves, Hall and Graffie, have heaps of experience, but the wily Winston needs no comment. Great to see Sipi back on deck and in the position in the centres where he shows his best. Steener had an interesting debut and cannot be left out of this side, hopefully the backs will not just focus on Winston and bring a game that causes the opposition to worry more about us. TLC after one of his best in a CW jersey is a game-breaker and it will be interesting to see how Hearn continues to adapt to west-coast rugby. He has pace to burn but "back-three" cohesion needs to improve this week. Pucker at backstop is a good choice to read the game, field Stanley's probing punts and turn them into a concern as well as flawless defence... a real feeling of confidence for all.

So, at the risk of boring you with a second reminder about the game...it should be a barn-burner, make sure you are at Gordon Head in the Velox cauldron and don't hold back your vocal chords. Velox club is quality opposition as Premier finalists last year and if CW is to be considered in the mix at all this season, it could well be it all starts tomorrow. See you on the sidelines.
Macca

Monday, September 25, 2006

Castaways

Last Saturday the third CW team met the Uvic lads once again early Saturday morning and had an excellent run.
CW were able to put up a few more points than their counterparts on the day...with Kit Warren aka ''The Commissioner'' scoring three outstanding tries....from his backrow position.
The Uvic players were full value....young, strong and fit.
The game was played in the best of spirit.

While the Premier squad had a bye......the First Squad traveled to Nanaimo and played the Hornets. A solid win for CW with a score up in the 40's for CW. 80 minutes of rugby followed by another 30 mins of CW kick return practice ensured the lads benefited from the experience in both fitness and skills!

Preparations now begin for the upcoming First Div vs Comox game 1pm KO and the Premier vs Velox V team 2:45 KO, both games to be played at Velox V field. See you there.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Castaways

CW at UVic.

Sunny skies, verdant pitch, healthy breeze, good crowd.............games on!
CW icon, Roger Robinson,declared the day as an historical event - the first time in his years of yonks that the club had fielded three senior teams on the same day! Apart from that, joyful moments were few and far between for the CW faithful at Wallace Field on Saturday.

Game #1 resulted in a 26 - 0 victory for CW. Highlights were a brace of tries by newcomer, Matt James and a single by that old War Horse - John Graf, a welcome returnee after years of doing it to us!

The second game kicked off with the students having a favourable wind and interspersing it cleverly with a mix of good hands. UVic #10 dictated the early stages (and much of the latter!), tries coming from a nifty chip kick and from the ball moving quickly through six pairs of hands. After twenty minutes CW trailed 0 - 12. UVic added another well-taken tally from a lineout drive, 19 - 0 at the half. The question was, would it be enough?

The issue was never in doubt as UVic displayed stout heart with some copybook defence, aided by some silly penalties by the visitors. CW looked disorganised in their patterns and failed to run onto the ball from depth, as well as often being beaten to the breakdown. Very late in the half, the ball slipped through eight pairs of Uni hands for the exclamation mark! CW managed a last minute flurry, resulting in a Matt James try - his third for the day.

For CW, Hall, Middleton and Jenkins are worthy of credit for sticking to the task for eighty minutes. Final scoreline UVic 24 - CW 7.

The 'Big Game' rosters looked like a Canadian Trial match, although to be sure, John Tate may not have been over the moon about what he witnessed. There was an air of expectancy when Daypuck launched the kickoff. Five minutes into the battle, UVic moved turnover ball quickly through the hands to create an overlap. Sawyer froze La Carte with an All Star deke and was around and under the sticks. CW returned to the contest with some good forward pressure all for nought, as a result of a handling error. Despite that, it was the visitors who were next to score when Daypuck slotted a penalty but that would be as close as CW would come on this day.

Disastrous communication from the restart saw McDowell filling in the line from #15, feint a dummy and go over for the score. Further, at the 25 minute mark, with CW on the attack, McDowell, ever so craftily and alertly picked off a 'gift' and showed a clean pair of heels over 75 metres for the score. Moonlight finished the UVic scoring for the half after a 50 metre counter-attack with Spicer featuring predominantly, ending under the posts. At 3 - 28, most of the fiz had been taken from the CW side, and no doubt, some reputations tarnished. A continued problem of being slow out of the chute and unsteady starts, will be a challenge for Coach Robinson to unravel. One of the bright sparks of the CW pack, Seamus Gay, managed a good short side burst to be driven over, reducing the deficit to twenty points.

The second half started with an early Daypuck penalty and perhaps, just perhaps, a glimmer of hope. It was ne'er to be, as with tails up, Kearney, who was huge all day, made a break that did Spicer justice and off-loaded to Sawyer for #2..where else but under the sticks! Fifteen minutes in, Tony La Carte, seeking retribution by constantly looking for work, was rewarded when he picked off an errant pass from Sevens team mate, Moonlight, to reduce the difference to 18 - 35.

CW forwards and attack patterns off Steenkamp were showing some minor gaps in the Vikes defence and the pack was rewarded when Gay completed a brace after a good lineout drive. With a ten point difference and ten to play, would the water be turned to wine? It was not to be, as the fleet-footed Sawyer took yet another McDowell feed down the blind and scooted over for his hat-trick! With McKeen in the bin (three yellows on the day from the ref), Reganvanu completed the scoreline off a five metre scrum and the resultant 42 - 30 win to the students was representative of the difference on the day.

UVic, with the likes of Danskin and Wytkowski on the bench, are blessed with pace to burn and continue to be one of the very few sides in the Province that can make the ball do the work, with the accompanying spectacle that provides. With Turk at #10 and Spicer maturing into a truly International class player, Fairhurst's shoes have been amply filled. Despite being out-scrummaged, the likes of Meechan and Kleeberger know how to make lemonade from lemons, this is a side that will give fits to all opposition.

For CW, Seamus Gay, probably the smallest member of a sizeable eight, was a shining light. Mooney got through some grunt work and Webb and Abrams showed flashes but all was not right on the day. La Carte sought work and always looked threatening, Weingart provided good service and tried to make things happen but looked frustrated in the late going. Replacement #10, Hall, did all that could be expected, for his second game. What a tackle count this little man got through in his two games - all at boot lace level. It is back to the drawing board for CW and unfortunately, at a time when it appears they need games to fine tune, next week is a bye week. The Firsts travel to Nanaimo next Saturday, as they seek to turn things around.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Castaways

CW Rugby begins its season this Saturday with three games at Uvic Wallace Field.
Premiers KO at 2:45 pm
Firsts KO at 1pm
Third team KO at 11:30

Prop
Wes Aylward

Hooker
Aaron Abrams

Prop
Scotty Franklin

Lock
Stu Ault

Lock
Andrew Mooney

Flank
Mike Webb

Flank
Seamus Gay

#8
David Biddle

SH
Matt Weingart

FH
Derek Daypuck
Center
Gerald Steenkamp

Center
Johnny Inoke

Wing
Kevin Larson

Wing
Tony “TLC” LaCarte

FB
Cieran Hearn




Reserve
Adam Dowhy

Reserve
Jeff Woods

Reserve
Layne Nadeau

Reserve
Nik Regenvanu

Reserve
Evan Hall

Reserve
Dylan Evans

Reserve
Blaidd Jenkins



This is, in some positions, a new look Premier team. Coaches Spencer Robinson and Chris May have put together a solid squad for this first outing. Uvic, as always in the first fixture of the season, will test CW to the extreme. An exciting game will reward your attendance and boisterous CW support .
Come by also and support your 1pm First Division team. Several new faces join familiar CW stalwards who have been giving their all at training to prepare for the season opener.
You'll note a third CW team is kicking off at 11:30. Coming to this game will begin a great day of rugby for you....and if you get the itch (Bully and Denny and Jonsie et al) come half an hour before kick off and have a short run with the lads.

All in all a great CW day and a great group of lads. See you at the games.
From your CW Exec.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Victoria Cricket

Cowichan lost to Incogs in the League Final at Beacon Hill, Victoria

Cowichan 102 for 9 in 45 overs (Dan Ferguson 18, Steve Mayall 16)

Incogs 104 for 5 in 37 overs (Louis Watson 2 for 28)

Cowichan batted cautiously from the start and could not raise the pace as wickets began to fall. Incogs' bowling and fielding were tight and none of our recognized batsmen were able to dominate. In reply, Incogs were 7 for 2 and 71 for 5, but that is as close as it came. On the day Cowichan were beaten by a better team. We wish Incogs well in the Tomalin Cup when they meet Meralomas (Vancouver champions) on Sept. 23.
On Sat. 16th. Sept. Cowichan play Albion I in the Knock-out Final, also at Beacon Hill. This is the last competitive match of the 2006 season.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Victoria Cricket

Canadian National Cricket Squad

Bermuda wins 2 games to 1.
127 all out.
Canada 124 all out.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Castaways

Friends of CW;
It was with great sadness that I read of the passing of a wonderful rugby person, Maurice Lancaster, when I opened my daily TC today. Maurice gave much to the game, leading his legions of cadets (fondly labelled "Rodents" by many), from Royal Roads during his many years of teaching at the Academy. He always instilled the social nature of the game and respect for opposition into his players and it was a joy to experience the post-match festivities at Hatley Park. He also served time on the VIRU Executive for countless seasons. In recent times he has fought health issues but whenever he could, often during not the nicest day, he could be seen on the sidelines at Carnarvon or Windsor, offering his sage, yet respectful and provoking opinions on players and the game. Maurice's presence will be missed, as he grew to be a fair dinkum CW man and always a most respected gentleman. His time with us will be remembered at a memorial service next Tuesday, September 12th at St Albans Church at 3:00 p.m.

On another matter, this season the BCRU has mandated that clubs provide two referees for lower grade and/or age grade matches. The shortage of officials has reached a critical level. CW is searching to find such folk. We have one person who has just come into town and will step up but we are asking if you have any interest at all in putting the cleats on for just two games (that is the total of requests for each individual) during the season, that you consider attending a refresher course being held at McDonald Park this Sunday from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m......burger and brewskie following. The VIRU with the agreement of BCRU, is attempting an approach that will provide for the official to be insured, yet to referee the Div 3 or U19 or U16 game without having taken the full complement of course work required from VIRRS members and senior grade officials. We hope that you might consider this area for renewal of your involvement with the game...at least for one season!! If you can make this clinic, give Macca a call @ 721-1527.

Finally, we are still looking for accomodation for one player for about six weeks. Once the players all get settled we are certain that a full-time arrangement can be made, in the interim if you have a caravan in your driveway, a matress in your rumpus room.......he is from Newfoundland,so I am sure that he would be flexible!

We are in the process of expanding our e-communication list and information regarding the Supporters Association will be on the airwaves soon. In the interim......the list is rapidly growing - as are the benefits! Contact Allan Oliver for info at allaniz@telus.net Our players are into "training camp" this weekend...a magical mystery tour I believe, then it's season opener at UVic onSaturday 16th.
In rugby - Macca

Monday, September 04, 2006

Canadian National Cricket

Bermuda wins second leg 159 all out.

Victoria Cricket

Cowichan C.C. have won 6 of their last 7 games and look a much stronger team than at the beginning of the season. This past weekend :

Sept. 2nd. Knock-out Semi-Final played at SMUS......Cowichan defeated Carico by 93 runs

Cowichan 157 for 9 in 40 overs Steve Jesperson 67, Louis Watson 26, Vikram Kulkarni 24
Carico 64 all out in 24 overs Watson 5 for 3, Jesperson 1 for 8, Adam Benning 2 for 21

Sept. 3rd. League Play-off Semi-Final at S.L.....Cowichan defeated Colts by 7 wickets

Colts 89 all out in 28 overs Louis Watson 6 for 33, Steve Jesperson 2 for 31
Cowichan 90 for 3 in 19 overs Rick Fletcher 35 n.o., Jesperson 25

These two convincing wins puts Cowichan in TWO FINALS:

Sun. 10th. Sept League Final at B.H. Cowichan vs. Albion or Incogs

Sat. 16th. Sept Knock-out Final at B.H. Cowichan vs. Albion

A win on Sept. 10th would mean a place in the Tomalin Cup game in Vancouver on Sept. 23.

Victoria Cricket

Cowichan C.C. have won 6 of their last 7 games and look a much stronger team than at the beginning of the season. This past weekend :

Sept. 2nd. Knock-out Semi-Final played at SMUS......Cowichan defeated Carico by 93 runs

Cowichan 157 for 9 in 40 overs Steve Jesperson 67, Louis Watson 26, Vikram Kulkarni 24
Carico 64 all out in 24 overs Watson 5 for 3, Jesperson 1 for 8, Adam Benning 2 for 21

Sept. 3rd. League Play-off Semi-Final at S.L.....Cowichan defeated Colts by 7 wickets

Colts 89 all out in 28 overs Louis Watson 6 for 33, Steve Jesperson 2 for 31
Cowichan 90 for 3 in 19 overs Rick Fletcher 35 n.o., Jesperson 25

These two convincing wins puts Cowichan in TWO FINALS:

Sun. 10th. Sept League Final at B.H. Cowichan vs. Albion or Incogs

Sat. 16th. Sept Knock-out Final at B.H. Cowichan vs. Albion

A win on Sept. 10th would mean a place in the Tomalin Cup game in Vancouver on Sept. 23.

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