Capilano 3rd Division Men 17 – 21 Meralomas 3rd
Capilano Women 57 – 21 Meralomas Women
Capilano Premier Reserves 0 – 33 Meralomas Premier Reserves
Capilano Premier Men 24 – 18 Meralomas Premier Men
Women’s Report – John Langley
The Canadian Club Champion Capilano Premier Women are coming off an amazing season that saw them upset a very talented Westshore team to win the Provincial Championship. They then went to the Williams Lake tournament and won that. They then were invited to the Canadian Club Championship in Ontario where they handily defeated teams from Charlottetown and Quebec City to win the National Championship. It has been quite a run for this squad! Today they were missing several starters but that gave some younger players a chance to get senior game experience. The young Meraloma team was game and after going down several tries they rallied and scored three well deserved tries to erase the zero on the scoreboard. They were led by hard running center Cassidy Gale who score two on long hard runs. Apparently she usually plays back row but certainly looked impressive in the centers. Caps were led by prop forward Mikiela Nelson, who ran and tackled hard throughout the contest. Mik scored once and came close on another couple of occasions. She is a real leader on the field and has to be considered as a representative player. Heather Muir had a strong game at fullback for Caps and she scored twice for Capilano. The scoring was spread around and Katie Blewman, Anna Avery, Karina Christiansen, Christina Burnham, Rachel Linton and Chloe Ralph added singles. Today the Capilano goal kicker was Arden Tempest. Kicking for goal is often one of the weaker aspects of the Women’s game but today Arden made 6 conversions some that were very challenging. She was impressive!
Congratulations to An Hoang and her squad on their first victory of the fall season.
Men’s Report – Steve Feenstra
Another season opening had the Capilanos travelling to the toney neighbourhood of Kits to face off against old foes Meralomas.
The Premier Reserve game featured a Capilano team with several veteran players sprinkled with a few fresh faces. They would have their hands full against a very strong Loma team that has been near or at top of table for the past few years.
The match started with both teams defending stoutly, but after several minutes a pattern emerged where a ball handling error or missed tackle would be punished quickly by Lomas. The play would again be 50/50 for a long spell until another lapse would spell points for the home team. The half time score of 21-0 for Lomas was reflective of the play on the field. The second half had the Caps trying hard to come back into the game with vets like Gary Cartwright and Kes Kasha hammering away at the Loma defense but to no avail. Lomas dotted down two more tries and finished with a 33-0 victory. Congrats to the Lomas for the win and thanks to the ref for managing a hard fought game.
The Premier game had an added bonus of playing for the 69 Cup. This cup is to recognize the fifty years [since 1969] of hard fought matches between these clubs. It is awarded to the winner of the first meeting of the season. The inaugural presentation last year went to the Caps and Lomas were looking to wrest the cup away from them on their home turf with many of their alumni present.
This was a game of two totally different halves. The first half seeing Caps coming out of the gates strong and building up a lead, and the second half watching the Lomas come roaring back, spurred on by their fans and coming within inches of capping a comeback at the death.
The first Caps try came from some nice phases and then having the ball go from sideline to sideline with # 14 Jared Andrews-Almack busting in to open the Caps account. With convert 7-0 Caps. The next try was the result of some hard yards gained by #8 Glen McKinnon and #11 Ben Cameron setting the table for a strong run across the line by #12 Eligh Papin. With extras 14-0 Caps. The teams then traded Penalty kicks to make the half time score 17-3 Capilanos.
The Caps left some points on the field in the first half, with a knock on at the Lomas goal line that would have been helpful in the second half. There were some noticeable bright spots in the Caps first half like #6 DeFreitas at the breakdown and #13 Johnny Franklin in the clear outs after some nice Cap runs. As well #3 Neil Courtney had some big line breaks to get Caps out of a few trouble spots.
The second half started with the Caps camped in the Lomas end but with nothing to show for it. The Lomas worked their way back to the Caps side and after winning their lineout mauled the ball over the whitewash to add a fiver to their account. 17-8 Caps. Then the Lomas stole a Caps lineout near the Cap goal line and carbon copied another maul to score again and with convert make it 17-15 Caps. A Caps yellow at this point gave the Lomas even more hope for a comeback and soon a Penalty kick had Lomas in front for the first time 18-17. With the crowd in full voice urging the Lomas on, momentum on their side, a Cap in the bin, things looked a bit dicey for the Caps. But some strong running by Courtney and McKinnon put the Caps back on the front foot and the end result was another try by Andrews-Almack. With extras 24-18 Caps. The Lomas threw everything they had into the fray and were driving towards the Cap goal line, looked about to score, but lost the ball, heard the whistle and could only look around in disbelief. Caps hang on for the win and the 69 Cup.
Very nice to see the team Captain McKinnon back after an extended period away.
Thanks to Lomas for hosting and to the referee for officiating a great game.