Sunday, April 29, 2007

CW Rugby

CW Rugby held the Year End Player Awards Banquet last night. The well attended evening was filled with humour and tradition as player awards were given out, coaches trainers and managers recognized, concluding with a special thank you to our President Ian Macca McLean who is finishing his long term as CW Rugby President.
Ian Jones was MC and did his usual hilarious job, cutting up all in attendance without mercy...this was especially the case as he presented the annually anticipated Cruddy Awards which saw no indiscretion from the preceding season go unnoticed...some may suggest unpunished!

Award recipients:
Benknucle Award...Wes Aylward
Kiwi Cup Most Conscientious Trainer....Seamus Gay
John Morely Award for outstanding effort, without whining or complaining....Jacob Lamb
Pigs Trotter, Black Pig, Award to a forward for courageous wallowing.....Jason Hodge
Outstanding Contribution to Club Development...Spencer Robinson
Outstanding Contribution to Junior Development....Luke Kratz
MVP Juniors...U19 Matt Bosworth...U17 Beau Parker and Chris Kelly
Most Improved Player First Division....Kevin Carr
Most Improved Player Premier Division....Scott Franklin
Rookie of the Year...Adam Hill
MVP First Division.....Kit "The Commissioner" Warren
MVP Premier Division....Seamus Gay
Johnny Shepherd Award for Duty Honour and Valour.....Adam Hill

Special recognition presentation to Ian "Macca" McLean for outstanding service, leadership and vision as Club President.

The season highlight video concluded by saying farewell for the summer, see you all in August.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

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CW Rugby

Friends of CW;
Missing my weekly rugby fix however, am looking forward to tomorrow's game up at Herd Rd when CW's U16's take on the Cowichan lads. Cowichan, bolstered by some lads from Shawnigan, they have a very strong team this season, having given us the slip on two previous occasions. Despite this, a less than full-strength team provided a powerful second half performance last Sunday to get the black, blue and red past James Bay and I expect if Ceedub is at full strength will provide the home team with quite a surprise, as our kids have improved in leaps and bounds over the past three weeks. The team warmed up with a great night at The Temple on Wednesday when they "hoovered" some pizza, strolled the archives and viewed a slide show of their season. Worth a Sunday drive to see these boys in action.

I have attached info for the upcoming RWC in France. I have heard that there are some of you out there that may be looking for organised packages to this event. Many of our followers are in that priveleged stage of life when we have some time, health and a little bit of cash, to take advantage of events such as the World Cup. We are confidently hoping that our club will be represented on Team Canada, through current players or past players who are now making their living from the game, playing in France, England and Scotland.

Finally, an opportunity for service! CW is looking for one or two supporters who would be interested and have the time (not an inordinate amount), to lead the Executive next season. We have developed a strong organisational model and have key supporting roles in place with many of the operational responsibilities taken care of, however we need a person (male or female...no previous experience necessary), whom we can call President. In fact, the work is quite interesting.......only as political as you want it to be and even then with people such as Ron, Chris, Brent, Ken available to offer counsel, making the task easy. Please e-mail me macca@shaw.ca or phone 721-1527 if you have questions or interested in any way.
In rugby,
Macca

Friday, April 20, 2007

Easter Seals Regatta


The 11th Annual Vancouver Island Easter Seals Regatta will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2007!
This unique fundraising event hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club supports children with disabilities on Vancouver Island.

Monday, April 16, 2007

CW Rugby


Another (rare - this season), great day for rugby was the backdrop to the closure of a season probably best forgotten for the Castaway Wanderers. The table was set when The Firsts ended up ahead 21 - 7 at the final whistle. Worthy of mention - the Man of the Match for CW, Matt James and the Move of the Match - a deft diagonal from the ageless, Lou Webster, taken on the fly by Rich Moser and subsequent scamper for forty under the sticks - voila!

Although not at full strength, CW started the Main Game with sustained pressure but deflated noticeably after coming away from a number of good possessions with no points. Lomas took an early chance - described in more detail by Ben, when Pat Fleck sliced in for a good try, converted by Hall. The battle between the halves and their chemistry was most interesting all day long. Graf, the warhorse, capably fed by Hall (Evan) looked like they had a Mexican standoff with their opposition until Hall sliced the defence in the late going.

CW responded with a similar tally to Fleck's by his opposite number, Hall, who provided Aabrams with the $330 purse for the players auction! The half ended with an ever so slight advantage to the visitors, 14 - 7.

The second half evolved into a spectator's feast, with seven tries being scored, enabling both squads to justifiably, earn their bonus point. For CW, the parade closed out with a well deserved Captain's try by Adam Hill.....what a mighty little man this player is turning out to be! It was a hard -working performance from the pack and it would not be fair to pick out any CW player as it was a team effort, with players playing for each other, personal pride and the jersey, providing the supporters with satisfaction after so many difficult moments this season.

The ingredients of this team will bounce back and will be more the better for this season's adversity. Man-of-the-Match for CW seems to have a Full Nelson on it by Seamus Gay. Touted by pundits, fellow players and oppostion as one of the bright lights of the BCRU Premier League, it will be interesting to follow the future of this player.

The battle on the field was huge but nothing compared to the battle faced by many connected with CW rugby in recent times. The club dedicated the donations at today's gate to kids cancer victims, specifically the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. Abe's tossed his prize back in the hat, our opposition for the day contributed a magnanimous $500, so at match-end, CW was able to write a cheque for $2593!! Thanks to all those who contributed. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the officials who control the games week in and week out and wish all remaining teams good luck and good rugby, as they seek the prize.

Late breaking .........CW U16's came from 0 - 7 behind to defeat JBAA ( and Hubbard!!) in VIRU semi-final action today, 21 - 7. The juniors now take on Cowichan in the Island Final.
Macca
On behalf of all CW supporters, I failed to mention the selection to Team Canada for the upcoming Churchill Cup, Scotty Franklin, Derek Daypuck, Mike Webb and former player, as Team Therapist, Harold ("Hank") Williams. Best of luck, guys.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Friends of CW;
Just a short note to remind you of tomorrow's fixtures. The cause of childhood cancer will be the recipient of a major portion of our gate donations and further to this, last night the generosity of the players and a few alumni, raised an amount of $660 at the players' auction (50% will go to the drive). Our opposition for the day - the Meralomas have written a cheque for $500 as well. Should you wish to donate any private sum, if the cheque is made payable to; BC Childrens Hospital Foundation, then you will be elligible for a receipt for Rev. Canada purposes. We will be presenting a cheque to the Foundation at the end of the game.

As for the games, we continue to fight the injury bug but it will be an opportunity to recognise the work of a number of players who have stepped up their personal play and goals a notch this year, to perform at the Premier level. They will not disappoint and also, an opportunity to recognise the play of carded players, Stu Ault and Cieran Hearn and hopefully their selection for Churchill Cup sompetition in the UK in May. Do hope you can make it out......got a line to the weather gods!!

If you are looking for another fix, Sunday morning at 11:30, Roger, Corey and Peter's boys play the U16 semi-final at UVic's Wallace Field at 11:30 against JBAA. This team has really made some great progress this season and are currently playing very good rugby. These local Derbys are always challenging encounters, so to see good rugby and support the Jrs, Sunday it is!
See you on the balcony,
Macca

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Just another reminder that tomorrow evening at Discovery Sports Club at 9:00 p.m., there will be an auction to bid on the first player to score a try against Lomas on Saturday. The prize will be 50/50 of the intake. The cause is for B.C. Childrens Hospital, specifically to help youngsters diagnosed with cancer. This amount will be matched with a majority percentage from our gate-take on Saturday and a cheque will be presented after the game. last time we had a similar event to raise money for injured player Sean Corner, Jimmy Grier won in excess of $200! You have to be in it to win it!!

Players;
1. Josh Handysides; 2. Adam Hill; 3. Scott Franklin; 4. Stu Ault; 5. Andrew Mooney; 6. Jason Hodge;
7. Seamus Gay; 8. Mike Webb; 9. Evan Hall; 10. John Graf; 11. T.B.A. 12. Roger Robinson;
13. Brennan Marcoux; 14. Johnny Inoke; 15. Ciaran Hearn

Kick offs on Saturday, Firsts 1:00 p.m.; Premiers 2:30 p.m. Plan to be there to support the lads on this last game of the season.
Macca

Monday, April 09, 2007

It would be great if you could show up at Windsor today, Monday, at 5pm to support Coaches Roger Robinson, Corey Richards and their lads in a U16 game tonight at Windsor 5pm.
They have done exceedingly well this season and put together impressive runs of play....check out the CW future, it is very bright.

See you there.
Brent.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Saturday, April 07, 2007



Friends of CW;
Tomorrow the boys are off to UBC to play a makeup game against The Birds in Premiers. We had been slated to play a catchup vs Burnaby in the Ones but had to forfeit this one for many reasons. Boys are on the 9:00 a.m. ferry and for $25 the bus will take you to their game and get you a ticket into the NA 4 game following @ TBird Stadium. The bus will depart 7:30 for 9:00 p.m. return ferry. Just show up at Schwartz Bay around 8:20 and make a day of it.

It being Easter, I suspect very few will avail themselves of the above opportunity!! So, save it until next Saturday when we play Lomas in both grades @ Windsor. We are hoping our Rep players are able to avoid injury this w/end and we can put a little hurt on Lomas! As a pre-cursor, this Thursday @ The Temple at 9:00 there will be an auction/fundraiser for the first try-scorer in the match. We have decided to dedicate gate takings for this game to Child Cancer Fund as a small token of thought for the many of Friends of CW whose lives and loved ones this disease has touched this past season. We will be notifying The Lomas of our intent and know that they will support the drive. Folk will receive a band to wear in recognition of your support.

For now, a Happy Easter to you all. Enjoy the attached, CW 8's & 9's little bunnies at last Sunday's Shawnigan Jamboree
See you on the balcony.
Macca

Thursday, April 05, 2007

With the sun finally making an appearance for the first time in recent weeks, CW was anticipating another all out battle with the fellas from White Rock. Buoyed by the return of front row star Jon Thiel this year, Bayside were looking to improve its lot in the Premier standings and head into the playoffs on a high note. CW had other plans however and also had a few returning players looking to show their recent fitness regime had indeed been taken advantage of and that they are ready to be considered for full international duties.

The game started well for CW, securing the kick-off and immediately asking questions of the Bayside defence. Putting together about nine phases of rugby, this was perhaps CW’s best start to a game in recent memory. Unable to relieve the pressure, Bayside cracked early and couldn’t keep CW from driving over the line, only five minutes in. Seamus Gay was the scorer and it was an early indication of how involved this open side flanker was going to be on this afternoon. It seems surprising how he continues to be overlooked for NA4 duties. With confidence from the get go, CW secured the kick off and stayed on the same page. #10, John Graf, showed once again why he’s still one of the best and snuck through a gap on his own forty, only to have his pass swatted away twenty metres downfield. This resulted in some possession for Bayside which they promptly used to pin CW in their own “twenty-two”. CW was able to get back on the front foot thanks to an Adam Van Stavran yellow card! Whilst the infraction was clearly visible from the sideline and deserving of a penalty, it certainly didn’t look malicious and construed by supporters of The Blues as unnecessary.

With a man in the bin and on the back foot again, Bayside continued to absorb CW pressure, although it was only a matter of minutes when the next crack occurred. Cieran Hearn, showing off the body he must have found on the way to the pitch, made a nice step and dove over from a few metres out. Another missed conversion and the scored remained 10-0, CW. The confidence was building and it started to show in defence as well. A backline move by Bayside following the kick-off was quickly thwarted with a good tackle by Brennan Marcoux and a quick steal by the wily veteran Graf, resulted. This led to some good inter-play between Adam Hill and Stu Ault and CW again was marching their way down field. CW found themselves knocking on the door for a third time and as before, they were let in, with reluctance!! The score at the half was 15 – 0, for CW.

The second half began with a little foreshadowing when CW was penalized straight away and the momentum immediately shifted Bayside’s way. Finally enjoying some possession, they put together some phases and made their way towards CW’s 22 metre line. This resulted in another penalty and a shot at goal. Thankfully for CW, the kick went astray and the score remained 15-0. On the ensuing kick-off Bayside maintained pressure and CW’s discipline took a turn, resulting in yet another penalty. Stu Ault had been the guilty party, being a little over-zealous with his hands in the ruck and had been shown a yellow card. The referee deemed that a CW player was verbally responding during the missed attempt and awarded another shot at goal, much to the consternation and shoulder-shrugging of the locals, who seemed to have heard said culprit issuing orders for the re-start! The re-kick, was also missed.
The momentum stuck with Bayside and more pressure resulted in a scrum deep in CW’s end. On what looked like a messy engagement, the referee or touch judge deemed it necessary to red card Adam Dowhy for an alleged head butt. More confused looks were noted, even on the face of his opposite number! Nevertheless CW was forced to make the change and bring in a front rower at the expense of losing Jason Hodges from the back row. On the ensuing scrum, a very active Evan Hall, at scrum half, came around the back anticipating the ball coming out and offside was the call. The price was expensive. A penalty try and yellow card were issued. The conversion made the score 15-7 for CW.

With two men in the bin and still playing defence, CW could hold on no longer and that “Old War Horse”, Van Stavran broke through and romped thirty plus yards to touch down, left of the posts. The convert was missed and with the score being 15-12 for CW, the defence became even more desperate. Play ebbed back and forth and CW managed to hang on for a well-deserved victory. Two wins in a row and CW appear to be finally feeling better about their game. Cieran Hearn was solid at fullback, with Evan Hall and Graf proving to be a great combo at #9 and #10. In the forwards the whole pack continued to show well with Seamus Gay, in particular, being as active as ever. In this writer’s opinion he is one of the top open side flankers in the League right now and continues to lead by quiet example.

Apologies to our First Division players for not having game report this week but with no game tape, specific recollection is limited!! Indeed, it was a very close affair, with Bayside coming out on top 28-18.

CW Rugby

Firstly, thank you for such a great show of support for the chaps on Saturday last. They certainly rewarded us with a very solid game of rugby and all and sundry left with the thought of what if....? Attached is another comprehensive report on the battle from Kenny.

Our final game of the season is back at Windsor on the 14th when the Firsts and Prems welcome another Mainland rival, the Lomas. We will be giving all of the funds donated at the gate on that day to the Canadian Cancer Foundation. The boys travel to Vancouver this Saturday to play make-up games against Burnaby (Firsts) and UBC (Prems). Both games will take place at UBC.

Last Sunday our Juniors saw action at Shawnigan, where U10's to U14's competed with Island and Mainland teams. All of our kids showed that our program is matching or leading the way with talent development at these age groups. Our U16's had a good win over JBAA by a score of 33 to 7. The U16's will now take on JBAA again in the semis. We currently have four boys in England with the National U17 team.......results so far lean towards it being a learning experience.
See you on the balcony,
Macca

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