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Match Reports – Saturday October 30

November 4, 2021
Posted by crob

Capilano sweep Meraloma’s in a rugby fest at Klahanie Park’s Bob Spray Field:

You couldn’t ask for a better day weather wise as it was quite warm for late October and the sun shone throughout the day. The sunshine on Friday helped to dry up the soggy pitch and it looked to be in great condition. Chef Jim Leith had the kitchen humming and fed the hungry players after each game. Great job Jim! It was also great to see Mark Abercrombie back blowing the whistle. Mark was working in Alberta and has had some major medical issues. He says he has not refereed for 16 years prior to last week. Mark is a Capilano Alumni and a players referee. Welcome back Mark!

The Capilano Women opened the day at 11.30 against a young Meraloma squad. This game was followed by the 3rd Division Men from both clubs and then the 1st Division at 2.30. It was also good to see Capilano legend Bucky Ellison out watching. Buck has been caring for his wife Jerry and hasn’t been out for a while. Welcome back Bucky!

There is nothing better than to be at Klahanie playing or watching Rugby on a day like this! The next scheduled home games are November 11th, the infamous “Coffeemate Cup” which features the Snowcaps & Friends against the Caps 3rd Division. November 13th sees two mens games against Burnaby and the Vancouver Wave, that includes 6 Capilano players, taking on the Pacific Pride, Canada development side. Both teams are undefeated and the winner will win the first competition for the Coastal Cup. Caps Neil Courtney is the Wave Captain. Go Wave! Thanks to Steve Feenstra for doing the First Division game report. It is nice to get a different perspective, from a different scribe. Thanks also to the trainers that do a great job every game. Also thanks to the gate staff, bartenders, parking attendants, camera operators, scoreboard attendant and cleanup crew. It takes a lot of effort to make our home games a class act and I think we do a great job!

The First Division Women’s game: Capilano 75-0

Caps played the Meraloma women in an exhibition game a few weeks ago and overwhelmed them. Today Caps started some younger players to give them game experience. Even though the score was one way I thought the Meraloma Women were much better than last time they played here. They were trying hard to play structured rugby and showed major improvement. I was impressed with the play of Zekeya Baguinon for Capilano. Who scored for Caps? I know Savannah Bacchus put in a couple, as I was teased for butchering her name on the loudspeaker. Sorry Savannah! Other scorers that I noted, Sarah Bill, Stacey Hake, Flora Poole, Nicola Jones, Danielle Fearns, Ella Marwick. Celeste Dyck, Sarah Elias. Sorry if I missed any other scorers. Thanks to Meralomas for the game and thanks to the referee Mark Abercrombie. Caps need some stronger competition and will no doubt get it when they face the Vancouver Island teams next half. Head coach Demi Stamatakis is off to a great start.

The 3rd Division Men’s game: Capilano 25-14:

This was a spirited contest and Caps found some scoring punch that has been lacking in previous games. Meralomas came out firing and scored the first try. Lomas had a big advantage in the set scrums early but Caps managed to rectify this as the game progressed. The first try for Lomas came on a quick tap that was well handled out to the wing and touched down. The conversion was good and they were up 7 to nil. Casey Paddock got Caps on the board with a strong run to score in the corner. The conversion missed. It was now 5-7. Kes Kasha made a break for Caps and made some hard earned meters but the pass went to ground and Meralomas stopped the drive. Meraloma scrum half Sam Surplice scored a nifty try for his club on a clever run. The convert was good and Lomas were up 14-5. Sean Grace narrowed the gap with a Cap try that Liam Burdick converted. Caps were awarded a penalty kick just before the half and Joe Britt nailed it to give the home side a 15-14 lead.

The second half scoring was all Capilano. Caps prop nicknamed Sanchez scored on a hard run that was converted by Liam Burdick to stretch the lead to 22-14. A Meraloma interception showed much promise but the cover play caught him. Caps last point came following a blind side attack by Kes Kasha that Lomas stopped but they were penalized and Liam Burdick added the 3 points to make the final score 25-14. It was a clean hard fought rugby game and was entertaining. Thanks to Meralomas for the game and thanks to Scott Johnson who had a good game with the whistle.

Written by: John Langley

1st Division Men

A sunny warm day had two old rivals meet for a second time in less than a month. These were both hybrid teams which had players from premier, firsts and even third division. They played a close game a few weeks ago and this game was no different. Capilano won this game 31- 7 but the score didn’t flatter the Lomas as the orange and black had many chances to make the final result closer.

The Caps led 17-0 at the half on tries from # 8 Glen McKinnon and # 9 Chris Robinson with # 10 Jeremy Simon adding the extras. Simon also potted a penalty for 3 more.

Midway through the 1st half newcomer # 11 Haward Mulindi made contact on a Lomas ball carrier that had the most of the grandstand gasp. Mulindi took a knock to the head minutes later and had to miss the rest of the game.

The last five minutes of the half had the Lomis knocking on the Caps goal line but the Caps held on until the half time whistle. 17-0 Caps.

The second half had the Lomas open their account at the 60 minute mark with # 15 Andy Cooper off loading nicely to # 9 Paddy Kirwin who crossed the whitewash. That closed the score gap a little but Capilano came back strong with # 15 Johnny Adams and # 13 Eligh Papin scoring. Simon converted with his usual accuracy. Final score 31-7 Caps.

 The second half had numerous subs and consequently the flow of the game suffered. However there was no lack of effort as both teams gave it their all. 

My noticable players would have to be Andy Cooper for the Lomas and Jeremy Simon for the Capilanos. I also thought the hooks de Freitas of Caps and McGinley of Lomas were both very accurate in the lineout throws. All in all an enjoyable game to watch. Thanks to the ref Mr. Saro Turner and the touchies. 

Written by: Steve Feenstra    

Saturday November 6, 2021
1pm Capilano Women at Bayside Women (1st Division)
1pm Capilano Men at Bayside Men (3rd Division)
2:30pm Capilano Men at Bayside Men (1st Division)

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