Sunday, February 26, 2006

Castaways

BC Rugby Premier League.

Feb 25th, 2006 at Carnavon Park, Victoria.

Castaway Wanderers 36 Capilano 11


The ultimate measure of any good rugby club and its players, may not be where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge, adversity, and individual and collective discomfort.
CW have experienced most of the latter in recent days, but today they measured up with a 36 – 11 win, in a very impressive and comprehensive performance over the visiting Capilano RFC..
In a friendly post game chat, their coach, Roger Hatch, would not entertain any dialogue on the unavailability of some of his players, and certainly wanted it known that there were no excuses. He was also quick to recognize the manner in which the home team had performed. Regardless of his commendable attitude in defeat, he lacked some core players today, and this should be recognized.

When Dame Fortune dumped her chamber pot on CW players last week,( as they under performed against JBAA), it seems that it may have been in anticipation of a summer shower. However, their disappointment did not allow them to become prisoners of that experience, but on the contrary, it made for some self analysis, some stronger commitment to playing to their given abilities, and it produced the character that allowed them to accept some constructive criticism from within and without the playing ranks of the club. It was much to their credit.

With a strong wind at their backs, the Caps opened the game with a kick that traveled inside the CW 22 meter . To the horror of all local fans, it was dropped on the touchline, and the visitors had been given a late Valentine’s kiss. It was flattering, but temporary, as CW recovered their composure and forged their way back into an attacking situation. From this early pressure and a subsequent collapsed maul, Derek Daypuck landed a penalty.

Tom Larisch replied within minutes, as he kicked the first of his two penalties for the Caps. At 3-3, it was confirmed that a proud Caps were not about to lie down.

The early scrummaging had been devastating for the Caps, as the welcome return of Garthe Cooke to the CW lineup was beginning to emerge as a critical factor. The power and control of their scrummaging produced the first try of the game, as Kenny Goodland picked from the base and drove over. Derek Daypuck converted for a 10-3 lead. This lead was never relinquished, and although the notorious Caps defensive dyke was very much in evidence, it started to produce leaks, as the home team continued to bring some splendid variety to their attacks.

Chuck Baumberg was the architect of much of this variety, as he built waves of attack through trailers, short ball drops to inside backs, and wide ball attacks to those living permanently on the wing and to those in temporary residence. Although in those early stages of the first half his kicking execution was left wanting a little, his decision making was first class, and as this has been an area of concern for some time, it must have been gratifying to all to see him play with more authority, conviction, and #10 leadership.

The supply of ball was now generally quick, secure, and regular, and it was producing both territory and possession.
Another collapsed maul saw Daypuck attempt a kick at goal. His penalty struck the upright from 40 meters, and to the surprise of everyone , including the Caps, it was the freshly scalped Hank Williams who secured the rebound.
After two quick rucks, Williams was justifiably rewarded
with a charge at the line for a score. Again Daypuck goaled a difficult convert to put his club into a 17-3 lead.

It was some consolation for Caps at the half, when Larisch kicked his second penalty for the interval scoreline of
17 – 6.

Although it was not exactly your wafer-thin lead, it was still not a lead that allowed one to be complacent, particularly with a team of the Caps reputation in recent years.

There was some early pressure by the visitors, but buoyed by their ability to soak up this challenge, CW raised the pace to a healthy gallup, and turned up the screws in set situations and driving /rolling mauls. It was enough to create some bad platforms for set scrums, and in addition, the mauls caused further commitment to some physical graft. The mauls were devastating, and took the shape and unity of a spider’s web, that often looked strong enough to tie-up more than flies.

There was no longer any real bite in the contest for possession, as CW brought numbers and quickness to the breakdown , and exploited this advantage by spreading the ball wide to good effect. From one such situation, back row Nathan Buckley ( one of the temporary residents on the wing) scored in the corner. Daypuck missed the convert.

To the credit of the Caps, they approached the remainder of the game with an almost cavalier attitude, as they attempted to run almost every ball they received. A well structured home defense was resilient and organized, and within minutes they had turned defense into offence , forging another excellent try after a series of quick rucks. #9, Matt Weingart, threw an exquisite long pass to Nathan Buckley, who again crossed in an identical position, and with equally forged credentials as a winger. Daypuck swung the left foot with deadly accuracy , and the board read 29 –6.

As CW appeared to be headed for a third game in the League where no tries had been scored against them, they allowed Caps winger, Tony Weller to squeeze in at the corner for the softest of scores. The convert was wide.

Substitutions were coming from both camps, but the pace and intensity had not diminished. The wolf-like back row of CW was seizing on the loose ball with vulpine efficiency, and there was a ruthless approach and awareness throughout the squad. One of the best tries of the season captured the moment and the game, as Sipili Molia and Hank Williams benefited from some quality ball. They produced a loop of classic proportions that saw the latter ghost through the Capilano canyon and between the posts. Daypuck converted to end the game 36 – 11.

The men of the match were Matt Weingart and Kenny Goodland for CW, and the adventuresome and dangerous Tom Larisch for Caps.

Goodland gave a display that must have impressed one of the National Selectors in attendance. He won quality ball in the lineout, his defensive range was quite spectacular at times, his quickness away from the #1 hole at scrums has no equal in this country, his strong running and support of the ball carrier was very evident, and some of his tackles were shattering. With his family visiting from Newfoundland, he would be foolish not to dine out this evening on such a performance.

Matt Weingart was equally impressive, and gave us reason to believe that this is the kind of performance that Canada will need from their players this summer.
He covered defensively with Greegan like efficiency, or more appropriately,Tynan like efficiency, for those who can, or care to remember. His runs were intelligent and incisive, his game was inventive, and there was a quickness and alertness that made him stand out from most. The basics, so essential to his position, were up several notches from last week. In addition, some of his tackles on bigger forwards were unfortunately necessary, but he nevertheless committed in grand fashion and with considerable effectiveness and courage.

It is always a mistake in this close and competitive Premier League to look too far ahead, as only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

Perhaps with time and patience, and a fortuitous bounce here and there, this CW mulberry leaf may still yet produce a silken gown .

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Next week, March 4th, 2006, an away game to the surging Bayside.

Both squads will travel.

Travel information will be emailed to all club members.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Castaways

See you all at Carnarvon Park as the Firsts and Premiers take on the Premier Champion Capilanos Club traveling from the North Short.
First ko at 1pm
Premiers at 2:45.

This will be a hotly contested match with the current Premier Champions Capilano making a first trip to the Island in many years.

www.cwrugby.com

Friday, February 17, 2006

Once again ''game on'' at McDonald Park vs JBAA.
Div 1 ko at 1pm.
Premier to be 2:45 but with the improving light in the afternoon that may change to 2:30, so be there early if coming for just the one game.

Both CW teams are strong and ready to go, so the back and forth should be worth six times the $5 entry fee!!!!!
See you at McDonald Park, Saturday.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Hello,
My name is Callie Smith and I am a student of cultural history in Canada. I'm doing a paper on cricket clubs in Vancouver Island at the turn of the century and how they preserved the English character of the Island. I was wondering if your club has any primary archival material not digitized on your site: scrapbooks, newspapers, meeting minutes, etc. or if you know of any individuals who were particularly influential in the establishment of your club.
Thank you for your attention,

Callie
callie.joyce@gmail.com

Friday, February 10, 2006

Castaways

CW plays the Velox Valhallians at Carnarvon Park, 1pm ko for the First Division and 2:45 for the Premiers.
Rich O'Mally and Derek Daypuck are away with Canada 7's in LA, but the rest of the Premiers and Firsts are with us tomorrow.
These two games will be fast and furious....under sunny Victoria skies. See you there.

Saturday evening is the Club Fund (Fun) Raising Dinner at the Uplands Golf Course. All the Auction items are up in the NEWS section at www.cwrugby.com If you are unable to attend the dinner feel free to have a look at the wonderful auction times.....and put in a reserve bid. I think you'll be truly amazed at the items the Club has pulled together!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Games have been postponed. Will let you know when rescheduled.

All the Lads and Coaches and Trainers and some Supporters (thanks to you all) turned up for the 9am ferry and faithfully waited through cancelled Ferries till 11am when it became too late to wait any longer...no trip to Vancouver on this day!

Next game is home at Carnarvon.....vs Velox.
Following that game is the Club's big annual fund (fun) raiser at the Uplands Golf Course.

See you next Saturday Feb 11th.

Brent.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Castaways Club

SIX NATIONS @ THE STRATH 2006

Saturday 4th February 2006

13:30 GMT
Ireland
vs
Italy
@ THE STRATH 11 am.

15:30 GMT
England
vs
Wales
@ THE STRATH 12.45 pm.

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