Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Castaways

The CDI Premier League opened for CW at Jericho last Saturday. The League is bereft of twenty five of Canada's best domestic players. These players will be undergoing extensive training during February and supposedly were to tour to Ireland in March. The Ireland Tour has collapsed, with the potential window of win/win for Rugby Canada to view the qualitative progress of players by allowing them to play for their clubs, against each other in the Premier League, with something on the line. There is another proposal in the works and it will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

Back to Jericho, with sun on the snow capped mountains of the North Shore and the city, it was an idyllic backdrop for the contests. The First Div game was a rather lack-lustre struggle, with signs of rust predominating! In all, somewhat uninspiring but good to see the players back at it and a W for the visitors by a score of 5 - 3, the try being scored by Matt James.

The main game saw CW off to a lively start but a few dropped balls and a failed touch finder, enabled Ravens to go on the attack. They hammered the Red Zone for an incredible fifteen phases, each one repelled and at the final breakdown an injury replacement occured for UBCOB. This pressure finally told when a # 8 pickup and good charge gave Tupaulupalo a try under the sticks. CW responded with Graf making a promising run however possession was lost in contact, a pattern which was to occur frequently on this day. Ravens' initiative on attack, well led by Hickman, had CW on the back foot and they eventually yielded a penalty.

Old Boys demonstrated plenty of energy to win a plethora of possession. Quick hands saw #11 make two speedy long gainers down the left flank. At the thirty minute mark, CW infringed with Wallace, once again, obliging. After a poor re-start and subsequent # 8 pickup, Hickman probed the blind side. CW infringed and Wallace maintained his 80% record. With tails up, the Raven kicked deep but CW finally showed some life with a deep counter. The half ended with three or four CW thrusts at the line being rebutted by the hosts. UBCOB 16 vs CW 0.

After the re-start, a promising series for CW ended when yet another ball was lost at the breakdown. Ravens forced play downfield with quick hands and a deft chip from # 8 (looked like it was learned many years ago), catching CW in possession. Ten minutes in, a scrummage shamble saw the Ravens feed the re-set, finger-tip passing and depth of support ended with the right winger crossing for the best try of the match.

Down 21 - 0, CW finally came to life when Adam Hill scored from a lineout peel and subsequent drive. Graf converted. CW maintained the pressure but Ravens remained cool, and the flow saw many stops and starts! Quality service from# 9, Taylor, allowed Hickman time to clear. After opting for touch from a penalty, CW again drove the peel over the line, with Seamus Gay, deservedly, being the try scorer. Another spurt of late energy came from Goodland, Gay and Franklin but the Ravens were up to the test to thwart CW from the sniff of any bonus point and the nine point differential being indicative of the contest.

CW's next match is against UVic at Windsor on Feb 10th. After losing three on the trot, there needs to be considerable soul searching and a commitment to the lunch bucket if there are to be any hopes of reversing the Barnard Cup result.

FRIENDS OF CW;
I want to remind you that our one and only fund-raising event to assist with covering our annual budget is being held at The Penny Farthing on Saturday, 10th February at 7:00 p.m. (This year we have added and unplanned for, expenses for all of our players from Mini to Senior. Our club runs programs for 85 mini rugby players up to age 14. We run two U16 teams, a U19 team and two senior mens teams.) Thanks to the generosity of Mine Host at The Penny - Matt McNeill, your ticket for this evening includes wonderful food from the kitchen and beverages of your choice for the evening.

Owing to the less formal nature of this year's event, we have not bombarded you with mail and phone calls however, the success of the event is critical to our club. I am asking that you try to sell a ticket to a friend and partner. You can visit http://www.cwrugby.com/ to view the amazing collection of auction items available that have the potential to be acquired at bargain prices. You can obtain your ticket by phoning Steven Petzing at 389-1836 or, you can purchase it at the door. Let's see if we can muster 200 for this super evening of fun, food and fellowship. If you are unable to attend, I invite you to consider a donation to support CW Rugby. A cheque payable to CWRFC and mailed to 1557 Eric Rd., Victoria. V8N 5Y6, would be truly appreciated.

VALE - Ed Bryans
A service will be held in Ed's honour will take place at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1155 Fort St this Friday at 2:00 p.m. Donations in Ed's name can be made to the Cancer Society.

Cheers - in the tight and the loose,
Macca

Friday, January 26, 2007

Castaways

Folk;
Just a brief note to most of you who knew Ed Bryans and who were aware of his condition. Ed passed away early this morning whilst in Pallative Care. Arrangements have not been made for a service but I know that you would like to provide a good show for Irene and the family, if it is a public affair. I will let you know as soon as we hear about arrangements. I am sure a card sent would be a great tribute to this fine rugby man. His earthly pain has ended and he can now partake of the game they play in heaven. Address; Mrs I. Bryans #303 - 360 Dallas Rd., Victoria. V8V - 1A8
Macca

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Victoria Cricket

Cricket365 - Cricket With Attitude!

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Watson Shines In Mombasa
Scotland produced a stunning display to beat Canada by three wickets in the second match of the triangular series in Mombasa on Thursday.

Canada won the toss and chose to bat first on what looked like a batsmen friendly wicket.

This decision would later prove to be the correct call as Canadian opener John Davison scored a quickfire 41 off just 32 deliveries - which included six boundaries and one six.

Right-handed batsman Ashish Bagai continued the impetus with an impressive 64 off 66 deliveries but it was top-scorer Qaiser Ali who did the most damage, scoring 70 from 82 balls.

The final assault came from Sunil Dhaniram at number seven. The veteran all-rounder scored 51 off 49 deliveries as Canada posted a remarkable 292 for five in their 50 overs.

Scotland struggled in the field. Their best bowler was Dougie Brown who ended with figures of two for 73 in his allotted ten overs.

In response to the 293 set for victory, Scotland made a solid start to the run-chase.

Navdeep Poonia scored 73 from 68 deliveries and Ryan Watson 117 off 116 balls. Watson played a crucial innings to ensure a stunning comeback in the dying overs.

The Canadians fought hard in the field. John Davidson contributed with both bat and ball. He took two for 46 and paceman Anderson Cummins finished with one for 59. Scotland reached the mammoth target in the 49.3 over with the score on 293 for seven.

Darrell Hair officiated in his first match since the Oval incident involving Inzamam-ul-haq.

Caitlin Fitzgerald
Supporters and friends;
The above match, scheduled to kick off the Premier Season this Saturday at Windsor Park, has been cancelled. CW will open its campaign on the road, against UBC Old Boys on Saturday week. Our first home game will be against UVic on February 10th, followed by The fundraiser Night......phone me at 721-1527 for tickets or any member on the mailout advertisement. Bring along a friends for what is promising to be a super night, tickets are moving nicely for this event. We are hoping for a sell-out.
Macca

Monday, January 15, 2007

Castaways

Supporters of CW Rugby;

On behalf of the organising committee, it is with excitement that I bring to your attention the following items that will be up for bidding at our Annual Fundraiser on February 10th.

1. Langara Fishing Lodge Package.

2. Commemorative painting - Opening of Windsor Park Pavilion, October 2006. CW 36-JBAA 19.

3.Two tickets to Canucks vs Minnesota (March 4th), Helijet to Vancouver, overnight in Yaletown condo.

4. Adam Noonan painting.

5. Concert of your choice with ten friends - private box at Save On Foods Memorial Arena, (food and libations included).

6. Assorted Golf/Dinner packages. (e,g. Golf for Four at The Bear).

7. Night at Brentwood Bay Inn and Spa including visit to Butchart Gardens.

8. Framed Wayne Gretzky Olympic Hockey - Gold Medal jersey.

Other items, still to be confirmed this week - Whistler/Fairmont Hotel package; Middle Beach Lodge package; Wickaninish Inn/Suburban Motors package; Boat trip/fishing package for four - B.C.'s Inside Passage, return flight from Prince Rupert.....
something for all tastes!

Tickets can be purchased from any of the supporters.
If you wish to place a reserved bid, you can visit www.cwrugby.com

At the risk of repeating ourselves......which we are, just a reminder that Brent Johnston, (Manager of Rugby), is looking for accomodation for three players who have joined CW until May. Two of the chaps are 18 and 19 year olds from Eastern Canada and the other player is a 24 year old from Saskatchewan. If you have rental property or know of someone with a vacancy, you can contact Brent at 812-2344.

Reminder - Premier League commences this Saturday at Windsor, when CW faces Meralomas RFC, (weather permitting!!)

Macca
President, CWRFC.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Victoria Cricket

The rebirth of cricket: - the cycle of sporting life -- Posted Saturday, January 13 2007

Cricket – it's not just a chirp in the grass anymore.

Two years ago the Pakistani Student's Association requested the sport of cricket be re-instated at the intramural level, (at the University of Western Ontario), since it had long ago crumbled from lack of funding. This was a new beginning to a sport with a glorious past.

Saleh Zaidi, president of the Western Cricket Club, said he hopes to have at least 8 to 10 teams this year, improving on last year's league of six.

"This year we have a large inflow of Pakistani, Indian and West Indian students into the university who are interested in the sport. What I would really like to see is a lot of caucasian students coming out for the club," Zaidi said.

Although cricket is not as popular as other sports at Western, Zaidi said it is popular in Ontario and even more so in British Columbia. "There is a lot of British ancestry in B.C. who are still into the sport. B.C. has former international players, who are now retired, playing in the many leagues out west."

According to Zaidi, cricket is also a popular sport in the Pakistani culture. "It is more like a religion than a sport to us," he said.

The president of the London Cricket Club, said his organization usually tries to set up one or two games with the university either in the early spring or late fall. "It's hard because everyone leaves London and goes home in the summer. We also have to compete with all of the other sports – baseball, soccer, hockey."

Mohan said Western U cricket was a varsity funded sport during the early '60s – when Mohan was team captain. "It used to be a four team league made up of ourselves, Guelph, Waterloo and Windsor [universities]," he said.

A crunch for funding coupled with the university getting sticky about things like field space and parking eventually lead to the folding of the team, Mohan said.

"Western had their team but alumni, like myself, played on the team for years after graduation. After the team lost funding, we were forced to move and create the Four City Cricket Club. I later left that club to create the London chapter," Mohan said.

In the last few years, London Cricket Club membership has decreased but since taking over as president, Mohan said they are already starting to rise. "The key was moving to the heart of the city so that the kids have a way of getting down to the field."

Taz Akbar, who co-ordinates the second division cricket teams in British Columbia, said there are a lot of things going on in the more than 40 teams which span the five divisions in B.C.. "The entire league is made up of a bunch of young guys from all over the world who love playing cricket. We have lots of players from South Africa, India, Pakistan – it's a very multicultural league," he said.

While cricket does not compare to the Canadian Football League or National Hockey League in B.C., Akbar said it is definitely tops in the multicultural parts of the province. "The entire league, from the president down, is very professionally run. I believe there is a lot of cricket played in Montreal and Toronto, it is all relative to the multicultural population base in those areas," he said. (Wes Brown - Gazette Staff, UWO)

Victoria Cricket

ICC World Cricket League Division 1 2007 in Kenya

20-Jan-07 Kenya v Scotland
20-Jan-07 Bermuda v Canada

21-Jan-07 Kenya v Canada
21-Jan-07 Ireland v The Netherlands

22-Jan-07 Ireland v Scotland
22-Jan-07 Bermuda v The Netherlands

23-Jan-07 Kenya v Bermuda
23-Jan-07 Canada v Scotland

24-Jan-07 Kenya v Ireland
24-Jan-07 Canada v The Netherlands

25-Jan-07 The Netherlands v Scotland
25-Jan-07 Bermuda v Ireland

27-Jan-07 Kenya v The Netherlands
27-Jan-07 Bermuda v Scotland
27-Jan-07 Canada v Ireland

28-Jan-07 Final (only 1 v 2)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Castaways

Dear CW Supporters, Members, Players and Parents:

We are writing to invite you to join us for the annual CWRFC fund-raising event for the 2006-07 season. The Penny Farthing Pub is the venue for our dinner and auction evening, on Saturday, Feb 10th, starting at 7.00 pm. There will fabulous food and drink for the evening, all included in the ticket price of $100, (dress - business casual). All funds raised go towards the yearly operation of the Club, (seniors to minis), including medical supplies, insurance, travel costs, equipment costs, rental fees and league registration costs.

We have an impressive list of auction items, as diverse as weekends at Whistler and Long Beach; Vancouver Canucks home game on March 4th, including Helijet to and from Vancouver and two nights in a condo at Yaletown; Concert of Your Choice at Save-on-Foods Arena, private booth for twelve - food and refreshments included; artwork by established local artists and much more. Previous evenings hosted by the 'Penny' have been outstanding financial and social successes and this will be no exception! Please mark Saturday, February 10th on your calendar, join in the fun at the 'Penny' and support CW Rugby.

Tickets can be purchased from any of the supporters listed below or from the Penny Farthing Pub.
Allan Oliver, 598-6184 Kevin Poole, 727-6069
Duncan Kemp, 598-1496 Paul Chapman, 386-8685
Ian Maclean, 721-1527 Troy MacDonald, 889-6851
David Clarke, 592-7783 Jim Grier, 598-7393
Stephen Petzing, 389-1836 Derwen Phillips, 370-2614
Brent Johnston, 370-2725 Bruce Robertson, 388-6004
Lindy Van Alstine, 382-1961 Laura Turpin, 595-0403
Thank you for your anticipated support. Please phone for tickets asap as there are limited tickets available and we anticipate an early sell-out.

Allan Oliver
Committee Chair

Ian MacLean
President, CWRFC

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Victoria Cricket

Happy New Year one and all

Castaways

Hope everyone is safe, happy, and starting the New Year with only a slight head ache!

The 07 schedule is up on the web site www.cwrugby.com
You'll see our first game is Jan 20th at home vs the Meralomas....this will be a great match up for both CW teams to get things going again. We'll also get the Junior games schedule up once it is set.

Coach Robinson has called the players to gather this Thursday 6:45 pm at the Oak Bay Rec Indoor training field to get things up and running.

A few players who missed the first half.....Joseph Atelefo and Jonny Inoke...will be joined by a few new players of note Brennan Marcoux from Regina, played in the backs for Cowichan but has since been released by them over Christmas....Will Shaw and Nigel Thompson, two young players coming from back East to see what the West Coast rugby is like...home town boy Kevin Larson is traveling to Wales to see what the rugby is like in those parts!

Also, if you want your Xmas tree dropped off today Jan 1st....CW Tree Recycle by donation is taking trees at Windsor Park (Rose Garden corner, can't miss us) from 1pm to 4pm.
We'll also be there next Sat and Sun from 10am to 4pm.

See you soon.
Brent.

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