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CW Rugby

Friends of CW;

As mentioned yesterday, I love Brent's image of being aware of the ogre in the basement..........old school - remember when you were the kid??? CW has been referred to in many sources as the "cellar-dweller" of late, so this is an ideal situation for them to show up as a real test for the team near the top of the heap. We hope that you have been deprived sufficiently of club rugby of late, that you will be there for this momentous occasion.

First Div to ko at 1pm Carnarvon Park.
Premier to follow at 2:45 Carnarvon Park.
Hoping for the first dry games in many many weeks.
Both squads had very good, sharp runs on Thursday night in keen anticipation of the boys from White Rock.
Hope to see you all at Carnarvon then back to the Club 714 Discovery Street for a pint and story or three.

Premier Firsts
1. Josh Handysides Will Shaw
2. Adam Hill Capt. Doug Hepp
3. Scot Franklin …

CW Rugby

Gentlemen, the NA4 organizers have asked me to co-ordinate buses for the NA4 game on April 7th (Canada East v Canada West). The idea is to have a 48 seat bus(es) from Tsawwassen to Thunderbird Stadium and return, people would find their own way to Swartz Bay. The NA4 game is at 5pm with a planned opening game at 3pm (possibly Premier). The cost would be $20 which would include the ticket, so bus transportation would only cost $5 for each leg of the journey, which seems like a good deal. There will be a beer garden and food concession on site at Thunderbird Stadium. The timing of the game would mean taking the 1pm ferry over and the 9pm return.

Could you pass this info onto your club members, they can contact me directly at to make reservations or if your club wants to guarantee a specific number of reservations, that would work as well. Obviously we need accurate numbers so as to not oversell or undersell the number of buses. We need a minimum of 40 to make it a …

Victoria Cricket Photos

Guy Drake has put up some great VISAS photos and also some great cricket shots of years gone by. So go find yourself. Click on the link below and take a look.

CW Rugby

For those of you who braved the elements today.....thank you. I hope I met and spoke with each of you regarding the last minute cancellation at Carnarvon.
CW had hoped to get at least one game off 7am I found the field was playable but soggy.
By 12 noon a significant portion of the field had accumulated standing water due to the constant down pour making conditions unplayable.
Next Saturday we have a home game planned, again at Carnarvon, vs Bayside. Will get details out to you all as the week progresses.
Let's all hope for some sunshine.
Brent Johnston.

CW Rugby

Unfortunately we've been hit by poor weather, closed fields, and only one option for Saturday.
We've arranged with UBC to play only the Premier game.
Kick off to be earlier kick off than usual to respond to their early arrival for only the Premier game.
Game will be played at Carnarvon Park.
Reception back at the Club.

See you there, let's hope the sun will break through for the game and CW gets another win.
Your support and attendance at the game will be a great incentive for the lads.

Brent Johnston.

CW Rugby

Windsor Park has been closed due to weather. At this time, both games are still on, but have been moved to Carnarvon Park. If there are any last-minute changes, they will be announced here.
CW Eke Out Two Wins vs. Velox.
Another rainy Victoria day forced CW and Velox to split the locations of the intended doubleheader and play the First Division game at Windsor Park and the Premier tilt at Gordon Head so as not to totally destroy the fields. In the First Division game some of the spectators in the CW camp could be forgiven for thinking it was 1987 all over again with Lou Webster and Chris Horsley suiting up to help their club in need. Though they are both forward oriented they were placed in the backs to save Lou losing more appendages and to keep Chris out of the bin! Along with Al Willems and Rich Neery, these guys need to be commended for stepping up and coming through for CW in these tough times.

The game started as has been the case for CW these last few weeks with a knock on from the first pass from #9-10! As has also been the case, the forward pack picked up the pieces and played some nice defence to start the game. Iain Berglund led the way with tackles made, from …

CW Rugby good wine and last week's two wins, good things come to those who, attached it is! The two pix tell the tale of the weather and demo the good form of Adam Dowhy whose timely kick for touch was just another feature of what he has added to the picture this season.

In recent weeks I have reported the health status of some members..........just to add a couple of names - John Morley is currently awaiting a knee replacement in Jubilee, following infection occuring in his current replacement and we continue to remember past President, Doug Grey and his situation. Others have had various brushes with major health challenges which serve as a reminder to all, that one needs to take care of their own monitoring to ensure we around for our loved ones. To all of these folk,........... keep the faith.

Two club men who deserve the Thumbs-up Award...........lay it on them the next time you see them. Firstly, to Evan Jones. The Jones Boy has rendered sterl…


Velox Valhallian field at Gordon Head.
Today at 1pm for the Firsts and 2:30 (might be 2:45 with lots of light available) for the Premiers.
Team for Premiers is:

Ref...Mr. Sam Langridge
1. Josh Handysides
2. Adam Hill
3. Adam Dowhy
4. Andrew Mooney
5. Trevor Pollock
6. Stefan Alexander
7. Jason Hodge
8. Scot Franklin
9. Seamus Gay
10 John Graf
11. Johnie Inoke
12. Roger Robinson Capt
13 Brennan Marcoux
14 Kevin Carr
15 Chris Noel
Note to all.....our good man Tom Stobbart has undergone stem cell inplant and major radiation and is in good spirits, given the extent of his battle, joined by Sue in Vancouver. Tom is ready for the fight and our thoughts are with him.
Rugby at the Strathcona

ITALY V IRELAND Doors 0915am.
Well, well, well what drama, what excitement last week! Crikey!
Ireland “the rapier”, will want to put up a good score against the “blunt instrument” that is the Azzuri, not only to erase the nasty taste from their mouths having scraped out a win over the Thistles, perhaps by a referee’s miss-call in the dying seconds? Italy @ home – tough to beat. Ireland need to score big to have a shot at being the Champs.
Les Bleus will still be smarting from the defeat at HQ. Galling will be the fact that England -– for the first 30 mins. -played like they were re-living the retreat to Dunkirk, only to have the “little boats” from the bench, arrive and save them from certain disaster! Scotland maybe “the spoilers” at home but @ Stad? The French to win comfortably, especially if the weather is warm and dry and by winnin…
Who’s at 9? What’s at 12?

Amidst the pouring rain and pineapple juice, CW travelled to the confines of Brockton Oval, (Burnaby Lake being exactly that, a lake), in pretty good spirits and looking forward to another battle with Burnaby Lake Rugby Club. A good week at practice had the confidence high and other than the fact the line up had to again be juggled, CW managed to field a team at least similar to last week. Learning from the great Nathan Buckley, regular open side flanker, Seamus Gay, donned the #9 jersey (and the nickname “Buckley” for the day!) He wasn’t the only forward in the backline. Scott “The Bus” Franklin suited up at #12 and one could see the twinkle in his eye on the way to the pitch. I guess the opposing midfield saw this twinkle as well and didn’t want it to sparkle, for on his first touch of the ball, Franklin was met with a rush defence and a huge collision occurred, resulting in a welt for Scotty and eight stitches above the eye for Burnaby’s center, Adam M…

World Cup

The Cricket World Cup - held once every four years - will be hosted by nine Caribbean countries, with matches beginning in Jamaica and concluding in Barbados. A total of 51 matches will take place over 47 days, with each match expected to last eight to nine hours. Competing teams will include Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Bermuda, Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.

Canada Cricket Team 2007

Canada Cricket Team 2007

Back row: Ian Billcliif, Geoff Barnett, Henry Osinde, Umar Bhatti, Austin Codrington, Kevin Sandher, Abdool Samad, Sunil Dhaniram, Dan Kiesel (physio) Front row: Andy Pick (National Coach), Desmond Chumney, George Codrington, Ashish Bagai (vice-captain), John Davison (captain), Mike Henry (Manager), Qaiser Ali, Andy Cummins, Ashif Mulla.

Rugby at the Strathcona Hotel

Rugby at the Strathcona

Those thistles north of the border are the only ones able to “rain on Ireland’s parade.” A win in Murrayfield for the Scots would prevent the visitors from lifting the Triple Crown, for the third year running!! Crikey! Never underestimate a Scotsman in the spoiling role- they are past masters at this game!
ITALY V WALES 12 noon.
With both teams perhaps destined to the crypt of the 2007 competition - this clash could bring ignominy to the Dragon in defeat. The Azzuri - in victory- would cover themselves in glory, by posting a 100% improvement in results, more than in any previous Six Nations competition! Watch the sparks fly in the rucks!!!
“.And now for something completely different…” Martin Cory in the second row!! Humph!! He’s slow enough, so perhaps this is the stroke of genius the coaches have been looking for to…

CW Rugby

Tough Times Continue for CW.

Having lost four in a row in the Premier League and struggling for numbers, so much so, that the First Division game had to be postponed, CW travelled to Abbotsford and valiantly fought a spirited Abby side, only to come up short once again.

The game started out like many other recent CW games, with a clean catch off the kick off by the ever steady, Jason Hodge and an immediate foray into the opposition’s 22. However, some quality phases and increased pressure eventually led to a CW knock on and within minutes, (nay seconds), Abby chipped over a flat defence and scored the first try of the match. This was how most of the day went for CW and Abbotsford are to be given full credit for playing a solid game and capitalizing on mistakes, while using their own possession to the fullest. It was later overheard on the sidelines that this turned out to be one of the most complete games Abby has played thus far in the Premier League.

After another Abby try, CW began …