By: John Langley
It didn’t look promising on Thursday night. The rain was pelting down and the pitches were very wet. I didn’t think the games would be on. Fortunately there was a bit of clearing on Friday and the new drainage on the Bob Spray Field was able to work. The pitch was re piped last fall and drainage pipes were added about 2 feet apart. The drainage is working. The field looks a bit ugly as the drainage was put in late last year and the grass didn’t have time to grow. It was great to welcome rugby back in 2020 and the crowd was very responsive.
The 3rd Division Game:
Meralomas came from behind to win this game 27-21.
Caps had led for most of the game and they were good value. They played much better than they had been playing in the fall. Lomas have a strong 3rd Division side and they fought back late in the game to pull out the victory. Caps had a chance to salt it away with an intercepted pass but Meralomas caught the Cap player and he cleverly kicked the ball ahead but his charging winger was unable to gather in the bouncing ball. After this Meralomas lifted their game and scored three times to take over the lead. It was a good well played rugby match. Congratulations to Meralomas on the win and thanks to the referee.
The Capilano 2nd Division Women lost a close one to Vancouver Rowing Club 36-33 at Brockton Oval in what must have been a try fest. The Rowing Club Women are a very enthusiastic group and it was no doubt a big win for them. Congratulations to Rowers.
It was not a good day for the Capilano Premier Women who were pummeled 76-0 by Westshore.
Caps upset Westshore in last season’s Provincial Championship so you knew that they would be out to avenge that loss. They did it today as they turned the game into a track meet. Caps lost Macy Munson with a head injury and that did not help their cause. Also lost to injury was English back row player Sarah Bill who was dominating the lineouts early on until she had to leave with an ankle injury. These two players might have kept the score down somewhat but it was not Caps day and Westshore really took the game to Capilano. The Capilano Women have some work to do. This is not the same side that won the Canadian Championship as two players, Nicola Jones and Gil Boag are playing at UBC. Ashley Robinson is on leave and Lindsay Nicholson was unavailable, so there are a lot of new faces in the Capilano lineup. The tries kept coming for Westshore and although Mikiela Nelson, Stacey Hake, Frenchy and Mel Robinson tried hard and ran hard, the Caps lacked the outside speed to stop the Westshore team. Congratulations to Westshore and thanks to the referee.
The Premier Reserve game. Caps won this 12-7:
I couldn’t see a lot of this game as I was announcing the Women’s game on the Bob Spray Field. From what I could see it was a hard fought battle. One of my sources said it was a bit chippy and hard rugby. Caps were up two scores with one converted, the other not. It was 12-0 late in the game and Meralomas found a way to score and convert which narrowed the score to 12-7. For Caps it was a big win. They haven’t beat Lomas Premier Reserves in a long time, so they were very pleased. Thanks to the referee.
The Premier Game:
Caps won this 40-26 but the score was not indicative of the game. Caps had a fairly substantial lead but the Meraloma team would not quit and they kept coming back and it looked like it could end up in a draw. Caps scored a late try to put the game out of reach but it didn’t come easy and this Loma side is perhaps better than their record would indicate. If you take them lightly they are liable to upset you!
Caps scored first on a nice pass from Jeremy Simon to Johnny Franklin for an early lead. Jeremy converted as he usually does. I think he only missed one all game. The Meraloma number 10 James Morgan also has a good boot and he tried a couple of cross field kicks to his wingers. These kicks showed promise. On the first one, young Cap winger Andrews-Almack went high in the air and gathered it in to prevent a possible score. Lomas did notch one shortly after though to bring the score to 7-5. Caps scored next on a rolling maul that gave the visitors problems all game.Reid Tucker touched the ball down. It is great to see Reid back on the field. He dislocated his knee last season against Nanaimo and had to have re constructive surgery. He is a good forward and will be of great value to his club. The Simon conversion made it 14-5.
Lomas began to threaten but good defense kept them from scoring. Meralomas kept at it and were rewarded with their second try and the conversion narrowed Caps lead to 14-12. Caps scored again on another maul this time by Glen McKinnon. Caps took the ball from a lineout and mauled it in. Johnny Franklin scored his second of the game on a nice run from a Cap lineout. Jeremy Simon converted and it was 28-12. Meraloma prop Dan Fumano went down with a head injury that was bleeding profusely. Dan tried his best to stay on the field but had to be re taped several times. He is a warrior but eventually he had to be replaced.
The next Capilano try came following some hard-nosed play by McKinnon who destroyed a Loma maul and Caps turned over the ball that eventually went to big Neil Courtenay who couldn’t be stopped. It was now 33-12 and it looked like Caps would cruise to victory. Meralomas were not through, however, they were awarded a penalty and went for the lineout. They scored an excellent try and converted to make it 33-19. An intercepted pass by Loma’s touched down under the posts made it even closer. It was now 33-26 and another Meraloma score would tie the game. Caps took several penalties and it looked like Lomas would take advantage. Fortunately for Capilano it didn’t turn out that way as Cam Waddell scooped up a ball from the side of the ruck and sprinted for the score. The game could have gone either way but for Caps it was a good bonus point win.
Having played the week before while Caps sat idle worried me. Generally Caps played well but will need to shore up the defense especially when they are playing against the top teams. I thought the referee Mr. Bradley Schwalger had a good game and he was able to control things without issuing a bunch of cards.
Long time Capilano members Bucky and Jerry Ellison are going through some difficult times. Jerry had a fall and broke her hip. We wish them the best and hope to see them back at Klahanie as soon as possible. Also under the weather is Cap scribe Steve Feenstra who hurt his back helping to line the fields on Friday night. He wasn’t able to make it to the game, so hope you are better soon Steve as your assistance with game reports is very much appreciated. A shout out to the field crew and the gate guys for helping to make it all possible. It was another great day at Klahanie. Go Caps