The Capilano Premier Women travelled to Seattle on the weekend. They were defeated 52-12 by a strong Seattle team playing at home. The Caps Women travelled with 17 players with the 2nd Division team playing in a different location. The Premier Women travel to Victoria this coming weekend to take on CW. The 2nd Division Women played in Ridge Meadows this past weekend and were defeated 33-0. They have a bye weekend this Saturday and some of the players will be on the bench for the Premier Women.
Capilano 3rd Division Men
The Capilano 3rd Division Men continued a strong 3rd Division rivalry with the Kats. These teams have had many great battles at the 3rd Division level over the past 8 or so years. The Caps came out on top this weekend 31-12. The Caps 3rd Division will be playing at home this coming Saturday.
Caps Men to Nanaimo
It is great to see Nanaimo in the Premier League. Caps have always had a good relationship with the Nanaimo Hornets and several former Caps have played for Nanaimo. They have an excellent facility, fields, and clubhouse. Nanaimo are also excellent hosts. Two very exciting games were played between the two clubs today under ideal fall conditions.
The Reserve Match was won by Capilano 12-7.
This was a close game that could have gone either way. Caps were somewhat better handling the ball in the backs and I think that was the difference today. Caps were given two yellow cards and Nanaimo one. Caps number 11 John Franklin looked good on the wing for Capilano and he was brought on in the centers in the Premier game. John Franklin, a young man from West Vancouver and the brother of Caps fullback Sam, looks to be a player with much potential. He scored the Capilano try after a run by number 10 who passed to assist the try. The conversion was good and it was 7-0 for Capilano. Caps had a great chance to make it 10 but the kick went sideways. Nanaimo scored on an up and under and touched down. The score was now 7-7 and any ones game. Caps scored again in the right corner to make it 12-7. The conversion missed. Nanaimo threatened late but time expired. Caps needed a victory after several subpar performances. They are a young rebuilding team but have lots of potential. Thanks to Nanaimo for the game and to the referee for his astute handling.
The Premier Game: Nanaimo won by a point 38-37
The Premier game was quite a contest. Nanaimo started fast and looked very impressive doing so. The Hornets were primed, they had not won so far this season despite some good outings. Their first try came on a weighted kick near the Capilano in goal area. Chris Robinson was covering and looked to be in perfect position to field it and clear. The ball, however, had different ideas, it bounced back in front of him, then sideways and into the oncoming arms of Hornet player Tanieli Tulia who downed it for the score. The conversion put Nanaimo up 7-0. Caps got away on a promising run but a difficult pass was knocked on and the chance was lost. Nanaimo was swinging the ball out wide and was looking good. They scored again on a run by Jared Stevens who scored two tries today. The score with the conversion by Harrison King was now 14-0. Ken Robinson, Caps past club President, said “usually the ferry ride is worth one try against today it was worth two”. Caps regrouped and managed to pull one back with a try in the right corner. The referee spoke to his assistant and the try was awarded. The Caps were showing signs of life! The convert was missed but at least Caps were on the board. Caps stole a Nanaimo scrum and started an attack unfortunately the ball was knocked on, Caps got another chance and a back movement looked promising but Nanaimo number 10 Brad Marshall, who was having a great game, slapped down a Cap pass and was given a yellow card. Caps needed to use their manpower advantage and they did. A rolling maul was joined by Adam Zaruba and he powered over for the score. Sam Franklin converted and it was now 14-12 for Nanaimo. Caps were back into it but Nanaimo had other ideas. Nanaimo scored on yet another funny bouncing kick; this stretched their lead to19-12. The conversion was successful and it was 21-12. Nanaimo struck again soon much to the delight of their vocal fans. This made it 26-12. The convert missed but Nanaimo was still on a roll and got the ball deep into the Capilano end. They were awarded a penalty kick but it was not successful and it was now half time.
You could see that the Caps were having quite a discussion at the break and Glen McKinnon was firing up his mates. A Cap penalty kick to touch got the ball into the Hornets end. Caps started mauling the ball and looked to be going wide right when Capilano hooker Jason de Freitas broke to the blind side by himself and went all the way for the try. The convert missed but it was now 17-26 and the Caps were playing better. A nice run by Jordan Reid Harvey and a penalty kick put the ball deep in the Nanaimo end John Franklin scored on a nice run to make it 22-26 in favour of the Hornets. I thought Caps were on a roll and would win going away. Denny Maynard an original Capilano and a former coach said, “I don’t think Nanaimo has finished scoring”. How right he was as soon after the Hornet’s stung Caps once again with a well taken try. The conversion failed but Nanaimo was now up 31-22. Mackenzie Mills made a nice run for Caps and Glen MacKinnon got hold of the ball and was not going to be stopped. Sam Franklin’s convert missed and it was 27-31 for Nanaimo. Nanaimo struck yet again with a try and conversion to give them a 38-27 lead. Caps scored again on a try by Adam Zaruba and trailed 38-32. Caps needed a converted try to win. They managed a try in the right corner. The Cap supporters were hoping for a try nearer the posts. Caps were a determined crew and tried hard for another score. Unfortunately for them they ran out of time and a penalty against them for not releasing ended the game. The conversion would have won it but it wasn’t to be and the Hornets won by a point. What a finish to a very hard fought game! For Nanaimo a well earned victory with a bonus point and for Capilano a two bonus point loss. The Nanaimo clubhouse was jubilant as was to be expected. They did a great job hosting and congratulations to them on the victory. The beer up was great with a lot of old drinking buddies in attendance. Thanks to the refereeing crew and thanks to Nanaimo for the excellent post game meal. Next week is in Victoria against James Bay. I won’t make this game due to a Family commitment but all the best to my club. Get out and enjoy BC Rugby.