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.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Canadian National Cricket

Canadian National Cricket Squad 2006

Canada wins 202 for 5 wickets. Bermuda 201 all out.

Next game Monday 10:00 am

Friday, September 01, 2006

Castaways

We have a player joining CW from Newfoundland and from Sept 4th we need a bed//room for him until we can hook him up with another player in an apartment.
May be for a few weeks in Sept therefore.
Anyone out there with a bit of space and interest in this fellow, Cairn Hearn (playing position in the backs).
Even a camper set up in the yard or driveway would work.

Please let me know and thanks for the consideration in advance.
Brent-
reply to me email or call me asap at 370-2725

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