Welcome Back to Klahanie!!!
After the long and agonizing absence of Rugby due to the COVID Pandemic it was game(s) on at The Bob Spray Field Saturday 25, 2021. It was a day to remember! The weather was fantastic, the pitch was pristine and the players were ready and anxious for action.
Burnaby Lake RFC is always a great adversary and they brought three sides and lots of their very enthusiastic fans. The Capilano supporters were also out in full force and it was great to be there. Although the games were billed as exhibition both clubs were playing as if they meant a lot and were playing to win. Burnaby had their Vancouver East Representative side in Victoria in a Coastal Cup contest against the Pacific Pride. Caps had several players in Edmonton in Canada Classics action and several more were in Victoria playing for the Vancouver Wave in an exhibition game against Canada to help them get ready for Chile next weekend. The players that stayed home, and were very keen to play, made it a very enjoyable rugby experience for their fans. In the First Division contest many of Capilano players don’t usually get to play in the feature match. Lots of veterans in the Burnaby lineup that are recognized as former Premier starters were listed in the program. Capilano had a sprinkling of Premier starters and some new players. The atmosphere was electric and it was a great day of rugby.
Special Pregame Presentation:
Before the Women’s match, the Capilano Rugby Club recognized Hannah Scott and Jordan Orr. This past year has been extra tough on Hannah and Jordan. Last year Hannah Scott, an integral member of the 2019 Capilano Premier Women’s Provincial Championship team, was diagnosed with clival chordoma. She underwent a 13 hour brain surgery as well as an extended stay in Boston for three months to undergo proton radiation therapies. We are so happy to welcome Hannah back home to Klahanie and it was great to recognize Hannah and Jordan for their strength over the past year.
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The Second Division Men’s Game:
This was a hard hitting affair with both sides having many opportunities to score but both teams were tackling hard and most of the scoring chances were stopped. I was impressed with the pace of the game and the tackling by both sides. Caps did notch a try in the corner but were not able to add the extra’s Burnaby answered back to tie the score. The Burnaby conversion also missed. Caps scored again in the second half with Burnaby answering again late in the contest. Burnaby Lake had a chance to win it with the conversion but although it was a good strike it went wide. Actually the 10-10 draw was a fitting result as neither team was really dominant over the other. The referee did a good job in officiating, but for a time it looked like he had gone lame due to leg problem. He managed to continue though, so thanks to him for continuing. Also, congratulations to both sides on an entertaining curtain raiser.
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The Women’s First Division Match:
Capilano and Burnaby Lake Women have had many monumental battles over the years and Burnaby was a power house side. Today they were short in numbers and the game was a Ten a side contest instead of fifteen. Caps had plenty of reserves and won the game handily 58-0.
Ashley Robinson opened the scoring with a nice run down the wing after joining the back line from her fullback position. Ashley turned on the speed and scored a very nice try. Nicola Jones struck next with a powerful run. Dani Fearns, scored the first of her three tries on the day. Scrum half Savannah Bacchus broke away and scored a long try that was converted, and on it went. Burnaby tried hard and it looked like they might notch a couple but it was not to be and Caps continued the scoring.
Hopefully, Burnaby will be able to recruit more players and the games will be more competitive in the future. Congratulations to the Capilano Women and new Capilano head coach Demi Stamatakis on their first win of the season. Thanks to the referee Tyler Dawson for his leadership.
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The First Division Match:
Capilano was better handling the ball today and it resulted in fewer errors and more scoring chances. Burnaby wanted to use the hard running skills of Jeke Gotegote, who was a Burnaby center for many years, but today played number 8. He did run hard but Caps did a good job of tackling him before he could make too much ground.
The first Capilano try was scored by Eligh Papin, after the ball went from Jeremy Simon to Johnny Franklin to Chris Robinson to put Eligh in the clear. Jeremy Simon converted and it was 7-0. Burnaby came back but they were stopped and Jeremy Simon kicked a long penalty to the sidelines. Caps had a couple of attempts mauling the ball and on the second effort following a lineout they were successful. I thought new comer Mickey Rowlands had scored but it was Jason de Freitas that was under the pile, with Rowlands on top of him. The conversion was good and it was now 17-0 for Capilano. Burnaby missed a shot a goal from a penalty but shortly after they got another chance and Nolan Shelley, put it through to make it 17-3 for Capilano.
Burnaby was attacking and put a kick deep into the Capilano end. Chris Robinson, who today started at fullback ran it out. He side stepped a would be tackler and found a lot of space. The fans were yelling and C-Rob continued to make ground. He then passed to Alex McDonnell, Bundy as he is called, who continued the run around and over several Burnaby players. It looked like Caps would score after a rolling maul but Burnaby managed to hold them up and get a goal line dropout, a new law that has just been introduced into the Rugby Union Laws. Caps were threatening again from a lineout breakdown and Jason de Freitas picked up a loose ball. He was tackled by a Burnaby front row player who hit Jason in the head with both forearms. He did not wrap and it was more like a football block. I don’t want to be too hard on the youngster as he looks like he could have a future in rugby but he obviously needs coaching as this type of hit is not tolerated in today’s game. The referee, Mr. Saro Turner, met with his assistants and the Burnaby prop was red carded. Caps hooker Jason de Freitas had to be helped off the field and suffered a nose injury. The penalty kick was spot on by Cap number 10 Jeremy Simon. Jason de Freitas was having a strong game and his lineout throws were very accurate, his play was missed after he left and hopefully he will be back soon.
Caps did notch one try while they had the man advantage. The forwards set up a good platform and the ball went out wide to the backs. Sam Franklin finished it and ran the ball closer to the posts for Simon’s conversion. The score was now 30-3 in favour of the home side. Things then swung in Burnaby’s favour. Mackenzie Mills was yellow carded for a tip tackle, that I thought was very borderline as he didn’t appear to me to lift the other player enough to warrant a card. He did dump him hard on the ground and the referee, perhaps feeling he needed to keep the game under control decided on a yellow. Shortly after that Caps went down another man as number 5, Bundy was yellowed for a high tackle. Caps now had two in the bin and it was Burnaby’s turn to play with the extra man. Burnaby scored on a rolling maul to bring them up to 10 points with the conversion. With the score now 27-10 it looked like Burnaby might be finding a way back into it. A score by Ryan Scott who downed it following a Capilano Maul extended the lead to 32-10. Burnaby though did not quit and they fought hard to narrow the Capilano lead. They scored twice in the last 7 minutes. The first of two came after a hard run by number 8 Gotegote. Burnaby mauled the ball in and number 2 Preston Petrovich scored. The conversion was made by Cian Keenan. On the last play of the game Burnaby struck again after they swung it wide to number 11 Higelin who showed his speed and scored a nice try. The conversion made it 24 for Burnaby Lake to 32 for Capilano.
The game was entertaining and well officiated. Thanks to all involved. Unfortunately the famous Capilano Kitchen under the auspices of Chef Jim Leith is not up and running due to the COVID regulations. Caps were able to feed Pizza to the visitors prior to the after game celebrations. Hopefully the kitchen will open soon! Congratulations to Coach Rameses Langston and his assistants on their first game back, I wish them success.
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Schedule for Saturday October 2
11:30am Meralomas Women at Capilano Women (1st Division)
1:00pm Meralomas Men at Capilano Men (2nd Division)
2:30pm Meralomas Men at Capilano Men (1st Division)
(*All games at Klahanie Park. Check the club email this week for any updates to kickoff times*)