Thursday, March 30, 2006

Ecom Technology Co.

Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Ecom Technology Co. provides e-commerce web sites, credit card processing and domain hosting (one stop shopping) for businesses that want to provide products and services over the Internet.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Vagabonds Tour

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KUDOS FOR THE WEEK. Ron Willems, Club Treasurer and photographer, supporter extrordinaire. Ron has served in this capacity for ....however long. His wisdom and counsel as well as prudent stewardship are characteristics that all supporters should be aware of......nothing is a problem for Ron. UVic grads describe him as a Lobster who knows numbers rather than chemicals! Ron provides countless hours of his volunteer time to CW. Each year he writes a dissertation to ensure the club obtains BC gaming fund grant seed $$. When you next see Ron...give him the thumbs up for a job well done.
p.s. He is looking for a Treasurer-in-training!

Check out for Annual Dinner Report and pix.

The boys gave it a good shot at Connaught but mystical decissions and some mental letdowns found us wanting.
In rugby - Macca

Friday, March 24, 2006


The Crimson Tide Committee wish to thank all of you supporters who made the SIX NATIONS @ THE STRATH a successful fund raiser for the VIRU Rep Teams and in particular the RCSL CHAMPIONSHIP contenders, the CRIMSON TIDE SENIOR MEN’S TEAM. The generosity of your support raised close to $8,000.
We received many positive comments on this – now traditional - rugby extravaganza. The following “thank you” email was received from a seasoned $75 ticket holder and we believe, sums up the whole tournament. “Your combined energies and creative programming produced another enjoyable set of Saturdays and Sundays. How I missed out on the shaving cream is a real mystery so perhaps I will grow a beard!!! It was good viewing and the now well established ambiance prevailed. Thanks for all your efforts.”
The Crimson Tide Committee do not have to remind the rugby community, that apart from gate revenues – very much dependent on your “core’ support – and $23,000 raised from sponsors every season ( not including the revenue from the SIX NATIONS @ THE STRATH), the Crimson Tide Senior Men’s Team would be unable to compete in the RCSL. Unlike the VIRU Clubs, the Vancouver Island Rugby Union has no Clubhouse bar revenues, no “Plate” dinners, nor other meaningful sources of revenue, to raise the needed funds to finance the VIRU Rep Teams programs and the RCSL Crimson Tide Senior Men’s Team.
Please spread the word and if there are those of your friends who are not on the mailing list, please forward Nick Fairhurst’s email address to them. By reply they will be included on the prestigious SIX NATIONS @ THE STRATH email list.
Head coach John MacMillan, assistant coaches Chris May and Gregor Dixon, “in-town manager” Hubby (“road manager” TBA) and Physio Isabell Grondin are the management team for the CRIMSON TIDE SENIOR MEN’s TEAM RCSL 2006 Season. We know that you will give them your support this coming May, June and July.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Hockey Nights

Come on out and support the Canucks in their last few games. The club is airing these two games:

1. Canucks vs Edmonton Saturday, March 25th at 7pm (club open at 6:30)
2. Canucks vs Minnesota Friday, March 31st at 7pm

*enter your name in a draw for a Naslund Jersey!!!

The club will be open this Sunday, March 26th, after that it will not open regularly on Sundays until September.

If there are any more games that teams require the club to open on Sundays(i.e. cup games), please arrange it with the bar manager, Anna.

Also, if you know your team will be coming down after a Friday night game please let the bar manager know so she can keep the club open for you.

Year End

Rugby is holding their year end Friday, April 7th.
Soccer is holding their year end Saturday, April 8th.

Monday, March 20, 2006


BC PREMIER RUGBY LEAGUE – Saturday 18th March,2006
Castaway Wanderers 53 Abbotsford 13

For those whose nostrils flare with pleasure at the merest whiff of attacking rugby, an eleven try affair at Carnavon Park, was pure heaven. CW and the visiting Abbotsford, brought a breath of fresh air to a game that is slowly suffocating itself with an obsession for the “none shall pass “ attitude.

Defenses have come to rule the game,( as we have seen at both the International and Club level), and knocking down the wall , rather than finding ways through or round it, have become an obsession. Creative minds on the pitch seem to have been chloroformed,and mindless bashing and battering appear to be gleefully rewarded.

Today we saw two teams pay due respect to the need for defense, but there was a refreshing attacking approach to the encounter that saw two powerful packs fight for the right to supply the better quality of ball, and two backlines that went about the business of searching for space, into which they could release power and pace.

After an early exchange of penalties from Darrin Chaplin and Sipili Molia, the engagement began to take shape . A strong wind was at the backs of the visitors, and although they attempted to maximize this advantage in the form of territory, it was CW who slowly ground out control and field position. Abbotsford arrived with the reputation of having size and power up front, and they lived up to that billing. It took patience, technique, and a matching of power to allow CW to eventually take a stranglehold on the first half.

The first try originated from a series of attacking phases, where quick releases from rucks and well manicured hands, provided the quality ball that gave Andrew Mooney his reward for tremendous outside support . A bullocking run from Scotty Franklin , and quality transfer through a chosen few, allowed Casey Dunning to crash over near the posts. Molia missed both conversions..

The quality scrummaging of CW this season has long been a very positive factor, and today they demonstrated that not only is there technique and power involved, but they are just as capable of running very athletic lines of support, and covering the waterfront with a wide and aggressive defense.

The powerful midfield of Abbotsford produced the first of their two tries, as Gareth Bartlett took advantage of a slip in midfield and he strode home imperiously, for Chaplin to convert. The game was literally still in its infancy and three tries had already been recorded. Any thoughts of early capitulation by the visitors, were now well and truly dispelled.

CW attacked with sustained panache, and from every part of the field, questions were now being asked of the visitors. In spite of the size of their front five, scrums were developing as troublesome affairs for them; lineouts were being stolen; mauls were proving debilitating; the wind advantage was being negated by controlled movement; and in the face of this, the powerful running of Molia at #10 was creating major holes behind their backfield From one of these breaks, he penetrated inside their twenty two meter line before handing Tony la Carte the first of his three tries. Molia converted.. 22-10.

This sustained pressure resulted in a yellow card for an Abbey forward , and CW now began tightened the screws with this advantage. They secured a lineout , and after a patented twenty meter driving maul and release, Roger Robinson sliced through a half tackle to score. Molia missed the convert.

We were now witnessing a team that was producing sequences of possession and continuity, and attacking with inspiration. Scotty Franklin was reveling in his first full outing as a prop, and his fast feet provided him with a space that he filled with style.
Molia obliged with the convert.

36 – 13 at the half, and CW must have salivated at the prospects of the wind at their backs, and what appeared to be a very commanding edge in points.

The Juan de Fuca tides must have changed at the restart, and the wind was now redirected in the exact opposite direction. Two consecutive yellow cards followed, and although playing strong defense for close to twenty minutes with men short, CW could not contain the combined power and ingenuity of the Abbotsford pack A scrummage produced a # 8 pick up, and Jason Copp slid quietly between a restructured backrow to score near the posts. Chaplin converted. 36 – 20.

Earlier in the season, this type of setback might have been a challenge that brought only a limited resolution. Today it was handled with maturity, and they rose to the occasion by building up even more heads of steam and sequences of outstanding attacking rugby. The rhythm and penetration was of the highest order, and Abbotsford had no answer to this imaginative and varied attack. Tony La Carte scored back- to- back tries, both of which came from the well constructed approaches of his teammates . Neither of the tries was goaled. 46 -13.

It was perhaps fitting, that the final try by Harold Williams was a donation from the two fiber bundle props, called Dunning and Franklin, who powered through the smallest of dark cavities and out into the sunshine. Their great support running and carefully measured passes provided CW #15 with an opportunity to run into space and score . Molia converted.

Final score 53 – 13.

Another high scoring performance today would suggest that CW are carefully accelerating through the gears and tightening their belts to scale the peak we call “The Play Offs.. Today, there were periods of coruscating rugby, and the moments of wasted opportunities near the red zone, although still in evidence, were less punctuated than in previous performances.
This victory was measured, and under control. The carnival of running rugby has already been applauded, and is to be much admired. Although the tedious shackles of defensive minded rugby were shed on this day, one should be ever mindful, that,
‘With freedom comes accountability.’

The last of the regular home games in the Premier League was played today at Carnavon, and it left CW with an unbeaten home field record. Congratulations.


The Premier League winner will not be declared for at least two weeks, and then the play -off structure will be announced.

CW at UBC next Saturday. April 1st, 2006

Friday, March 17, 2006

a little irish humour for you on this st. paddy's day!

Two men were sitting next to each other at a bar. After a while, one guy looks at the other and says, "I can't help but think, from listening to you, that you're from Ireland"
The other guy responds proudly, "Yes, that I am!"
The first guy says, "So am I! And where about in Ireland might you be from?"
The other guy answers, "I'm from Dublin, I am."
The first guy responds, "Sure and begora, and so am I! And what street did you live on in Dublin?"
The other guy says, "A lovely little area it was. I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town."
The first guy says, "Faith & it's a small world, so did I! So did I! And to what school would you have been going?"
The other guy answers, "Well now, I went to St. Mary's of course."
The first guy gets really excited and says, "And so did I. Tell me, in what year did you graduate?"
The other guy answers, "Well, now, let's see, I graduated in 1964."
The first guy exclaims, "The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same bar tonight.
Can you believe it; I graduated from St. Mary's in 1964 my own self.
"About this time, another customer walks into the bar, sits down, and orders a beer.
The bartender, walks over to the customer, shaking his head & mutters, "It's going to be a long night tonight."
The customer asks, "Why do you say that?"
The bartender replies, "The Murphy twins are drunk again."


Hope to see you at the games this Saturday...double header at Carnarvon Park vs Abbotsford.

Firsts ko at 1pm
Elite team ko moved a bit earlier....2:30...note the change.

See you there. This is our last home game before the play offs. The following two Saturdays we will be in Vancouver.

Schedule details and playoffs

Thursday, March 16, 2006

You've heard it here first, folk.....Canada just upset Scotland 10-7 at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne! See you at Carnarvon, Sat.
Six Nations Rugby



Italy came close last week against the Red Dragon. Will a bunch of the other Celts from Scotland deny them their first win this season?

Wales at home against the French will be the under dogs. But they will certainly do better than “the old enemy” did at Stade de France last week …… surely?

Other ex players including Austin Healy (not the car) are roaring for Robinson’s sacking, who – by the way - has four years to run on his contract….. Crikey! Will the once proud and mighty England fight again the Battle of the Boyne , but this time meeting on the hallowed ground at RFU’s headquarters and overcome an always plucky Ireland?, The Irish can indeed take heart in England’s “shocker” in Paris last week and have to believe they can eke out a win to give Ireland the TRIPLE CROWN.


The SIX NATIONS @ THE STRATH is a major fund raising event for the Crimson Tide and the VIRU Rep teams. We need your continuing support.

Thank you for your support.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Rugby Six Nations

Rugby Six Nations at the Strathcona Hotel
Saturday 11th March 2006

13:30 GMT
@ THE STRATH 11 am

15:30 GMT
@ THE STRATH 12.45 pm.

Sunday 12th March 2006

15:00 GMT
@ THE STRATH 12 noon

Saturday 18th March 2006

13:30 GMT
@ THE STRATH 10 am

15:30 GMT
@ THE STRATH 11.35 am.

17:30 GMT
@ THE STRATH 1.10 pm.

Vagabonds Tour

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Both at Carnarvon vs Burnaby.
1pm for Firsts....2:45 for Premiers.

The lads have put in several very good performances since the lack luster showing against JBAA. With the odd injury in the squad, every supporters' voice and cheer will be needed as the lads take on one of the top four teams in the league this Saturday.
See you at the game.
CW Rugby

Oak Bay Croquet Festival

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Monday, March 06, 2006


The Club hopes that you will get to Carnarvon this coming Saturday to support the boys when they take on Burnaby. Every game is becoming critical. Unforunately you were not privy to their game against Bayside but it was their most complete and serious effort in the campaign to date. It was rewarding for those of us close to this squad see them improve once again as they now realistically, are setting their eyes on the prize. The parity in this League is such that no coasting can be allowed and it is gratifying to see the work rate and focus antes raised by the team. There is a noticeable sense of CW PRIDE. It is starting to become something special.

KUDOS FOR THE WEEK: When you see him, THANK Roger ("I Am The Music Man") Robinson for his service to the Club. Roggie slogged all day at Surrey yesterday, led the singing, came home, went to work and was back on deck in his role as Head Coach of the U16 program.....up at Cowichan in the rain by 11:00 a.m., today - a pace that would 'do in' any mere mortal. Roger - thanks for your service ARE THE MAN!!

Thursday, March 02, 2006


Not sure how your time is but this is an ideal opportunity to connect some beginners to CW Rugby. If you are interested, please let me know so that I can connect you personally to someone in the schools. Thanks.

Subject: Middle Schools in need of rugby coaches

Hello all. Hope everyone is well. In my role as Middle Schools Boys
Rugby Commissioner for this spring season, we had our coaches meeting today and a number of schools in the lower island are in need of coaches. I said I would forward this information on to the local clubs who have age grade rugby, thinking that maybe the clubs could attempt to get coaches into the school and/or clubs could contact these schools in the hope of getting some rugby to the kids who would otherwise miss out.

The following schools are all in need of coaching assistance or have no coaches at all:
Lansdowne - grade 6/7
Arbutus - grade 6/7
Lambrick - grade 8 - no coach
Cedar Hill - no coach 6 to 8
North Saanich - no coach 6 to 8
Shoreline - no coach 6 to 8
Glanford - no coach 6 to 8
Central - no coach 6 to 8
Torquay - no coach for 6/7
Willows - no coach for 6/7

I will now leave this up to you to contact these schools. Just so you know, schools go out for spring break March 10th. Schools restart March 20th and they have to decide whether or not they are to have a team prior to March 24th. So time is of the essence to get on top of this.

Yours in rugby,

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