|Caps back to Bayside|
It has been a long time since we visited the Bayside Sharks. Congratulations to the Bayside Club on their new Clubhouse and Changing Rooms. They look excellent and will be great for them and the Rugby Community in BC. They are not quite finished but look to be getting close. On the hill just West of the double fields they will give an excellent view of the games from inside the clubhouse and on the attached deck. It is good that Bayside is once again getting promoted to the top level of lower mainland rugby. Capilano and Bayside have had many great games in bygone years and it is great to see this rivalry back. Today 3 games were played between the two clubs. Bayside won the 3rd division game and Capilano won the Women’s and Men’s first division games.
The 3rd Division Match, won by Bayside 14-12
Bayside took an 11 point lead with a try and two penalty kicks. Caps got on the board mid way through the first half with a hard fought try by Captain Dan Parkins. The conversion was made by Liam Burdick and Caps were back in the hunt down only an unconverted try. It was made closer by hard work from the pack and a try by Keita Dueck. The conversion missed but it was now a one point advantage for Capilano. Bayside had several penalty kick chances and made one on the third attempt by their number 12. Caps fought back late in the game and just fell short. Caps pushed the ball into the Bayside half and got a penalty kick. It was a tough choice. The kick appeared to be at the end range of Cap kicker Liam Burdick, the scrum was working hard and coming on. The decision was to go for a lineout instead of a shot at goal. The lineout decision proved to be unsuccessful as Bayside managed to get possession and clear the ball. Caps did mount another attack and controlled the ball for quite some time with a many phase drive before a breakdown ended the match. You often see this type of drive in Professional and International Rugby but not in 3rd Division. Caps played without Kes Kasha today as he is out with shoulder injury and the “Silver Fox” was missed.It was a tough loss in a hard fought contest but congratulations to Bayside on the win and thanks to the referee.
The Women’s 1st Division Match, won by Capilano 35-0:
The Capilano Women kept their winning streak intact with a comprehensive victory over a Bayside squad that has a considerable amount of talent. Bayside looked like they would score some points especially their fullback Mirry Naiobasali #22 who made some strong runs. She spent 10 minutes in the sin bin right after the kick off for a high tackle. When she came back on she looked dangerous. She took a Capilano kick deep in the Bayside end and went through and around several Capilano would be tacklers before she was brought down by the Capilano cover play just short of the goal line. I didn’t think Bayside used her to their advantage as much as they could have. Caps Sarah Bill made a big hit on a Bayside player and seems to be more at home in the back row. She has played several games in the backs and looks good there but really excels at flanker. Sarah Elias scored the Caps first try on a strong run. The conversion was made by prop Jayne Isherwood who is establishing herself as one of the best kickers in lower mainland women’s rugby. Sarah Elias scored again not long after and went under the posts to make the conversion easier. Danielle Fearns scored next and Jayne Isherwood converted again. Sarah Elias struck again with her 3rd score. With the conversion it was now 28-0 and remained so until the end of the first half. Caps made wholesale changes at the half and Bayside lifted their game. Caps somewhat took the foot off the peddle and the combination of the two restricted the scoring in the second segment. Savannah Baccuss scored the only try in the second half. Bayside can take credit for restricting the scoring in the second half and with the talent they have they should have more success as season progresses and into next year.
Thanks to Bayside for the game and thanks to the referee. The Capilano Women gave a loud and stirring, introduction for the First Division Capilano men as they clapped and cheered them onto the pitch. This was a great demonstration of Club solidarity!
The First Division Match, won by Capilano 34-7:
Capilano head coach Rameses Langston decided to shuffle the deck today. He rested some players with minor hurts and moved several around in order to increase selection options. Some of the changes were Rich Merinsky moved to number one in the front row. Rich has bulked up during the Covid break but is a bit tall for a prop. Today he faced short bulky heavy props but managed to survive and put in a full shift in his new role. Other note worthy changes were Jeremy Simon on the bench along with Eligh Papin. Sam Franklin started at 10. Haward Mulindi is injured following a couple of smashing we tackles against Lomas and was replaced by Giles Klaver who had a good game on the wing. The engine room was Jordan Orr and Joe Britt. The hooker replacing injured Jason de Freitas was Tom Ruffalls. Chris Robinson was moved to number 15 where he has more time to use his creative play making skills, Johnny Adams played number 9 and was Captain today. Chris and Johnny are interchangeable and both can play either position well. Generally the changes were successful. Sam Franklin had problems with his place kicking today but was solid otherwise and his punting skills were well utilized. Sam moved to center when Jeremy Simon came in at half time and he looked good there.
The first Capilano score was a try by Chris Robinson on a pass from scrum half Johnnie Adams. The convert was missed. Sam Franklin had a penalty shot at goal but he missed. Bayside made a big run and got close but the Caps defense stiffened and they managed to clear the ball. Bayside mishandled a long Sam Franklin kick but Caps were penalized for being ahead of the kicker. A Bayside player made a big tip tackle on John Allen who was forced to leave the field. The Bayside winger was red carded for the hit and the Sharks were forced to play with 14 men for the rest of the game. A player shall not lift an opponent past the horizontal line and then slam them to the turf. If they are lifted they must be put down gently. This hit gave the referee no choice but to pull out a red card. A kick charge down by Glen Mckinnon led to Caps second try by Sam Franklin. The convert was missed and the score was now 10-0. Bayside lifted their game and again began to threaten but Caps were awarded a penalty and went on a quick tap. Ryan Scott made a good run and was close but forced into touch short of the line. Another penalty kick resulted in a try by Ryan Scott after several attempts by Capilano. The conversion was made and it was 17-0. Bayside got on the board with a good try by their prop number 1 Doug Fairbank. The conversion made it 17-7 a ten point deficit. That was as close as it got though. The next Capilano score was number 11 Cam Waddell to Chris Robinson to Giles Klaver for as score in the corner. The conversion missed but Caps were up 22-7. A good run of play ended with Sam Franklin finishing it for the score that made it 27-7. The final try of the game was scored as Lucas “Fish” McLennan touched it down. The conversion ended the game 34-7.
A Fish Story… Lucas “Fish” McLennan, the Aussie player and Coach scored today. Why is he called Fish? We are not sure. A Capilano mother at James Bay asked me why they called him Fish and when I said I didn’t know she asked me if he smelled? I said “I haven’t had any reports on that.” but I don’t think that is it. Perhaps it is because he is slippery and slides through holes to score. He did score in that game by slipping through a small gap. If he was a fish he would be a Tyee, a large Chinook. Today he was attacked by a shark! He was down and being attended to by a trainer. He is too large for the Shark to swallow him but it must have hit him hard. The west coast feeding seems to agree with him as he has swelled during the Covid break. When he saw a chance to score though he quickly left the trainer and slipped into the play. The ball came his way and he attacked it like a salmon attacking a school of herring. He took the ball and hit the grass. Capilano, live in Caretaker and much more, Tim Bannister said. “Did Fish Score”? Oh hell I will never hear the end of that!!! That said it all!
Following the game the teams went to the beer up and after game get together. Caps managed to win the Boat Race and Bayside picked Chris Robinson and Ryan Scott as men of the match. Thanks to Bayside for a great day of rugby. Thanks to the first division referee who is no nonsense and decisive in his adjudication. Next Week hopefully the coffee mate cup on November 11 pm and two men’s games against Burnaby and the Vancouver Wave against Pacific Pride on Saturday the 13th. See you there. Go Caps! John Langley
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