Three exciting November 13th Rugby games at Klahanie:
The air was humming with excitement today at Klahanie. Two games on the Bob Spray pitch. Also a 3rd Division contest on the top pitch. Up first, the Coastal Cup Championship game, Vancouver vs the Pride. This game would be followed by a Capilano/Burnaby Lake 1st Division game that are always very competitive.
It was a big turnout at the gate with Capilano and Burnaby fans along with those from the other clubs, Meralomas, Ravens, Rowing Club, that came together to form the Wave. Also in attendance, no doubt, some fans of the Canadian development team the Pacific Pride. Klahanie is a great venue for championship games as the covered stands are close to the action and the fans feel like they are in the game! The Coastal Cup won by the Vancouver Wave was mostly dominated by the Wave who were, by far the better team today. The younger Pacific Pride fought hard and scored a couple late but it wasn’t their day. The Wave were awarded a Native Art Totem as the first winners of the Coastal Cup. Congratulations to the Wave, Coached by Meraloma Coach Christaan Escterhuizen and Captained by Capilano prop Neil Courtney on their victory and stellar season!
It was nice to see Evan Olmstead at the game. Evan is enjoying his time in France and it was good to see him out supporting his Dad’s old club and one that he has suited up for prior to commencing his professional career. All the best Evan and we hope to see you in Canada colours again soon. They could certainly use you! He was impressed with Jeremy Simon, Frenchy and got to practice his French with him. It was also great to see Capilano founding member and first President Bill Ewing and his partner in attendance. John Mckenzie brought them to the games, thanks for that John.
The Third Division Game Won by Burnaby 38-17:
I didn’t see this game as it was up top at the same time as the Championship game. Apparently according to my sources it was mostly Burnaby and they were well deserving of the win. Caps scored late to make it slightly more respectable but they were outplayed today. Congratulations to Burnaby and thanks to the referee.
The Capilano Women had a bye weekend but were out in full force to support their team mates. Great attitude!
The First Division Game: Won by Capilano 28-14:
The weather began to deteriorate and the rain was much heavier than it was during the previous game. The game was late starting and I was concerned about it getting dark before the final whistle. Burnaby came very close to opening the scoring with a fly-hack that went through the in goal and that saved a try against the Caps. Sam Franklin cleared with a long kick. Caps used the maul to their advantage today and made considerable ground. They came close to scoring but Burnaby was penalized and Jeremy Simon kicked the Caps first points on a penalty kick. He then kicked two more 3 pointers and it was 9-0 for Capilano. Burnaby struck back with an intercept try by Ethan Turner who went the distance. He then converted his own try. Burnaby had missed a couple of penalty kicks earlier that could have given them the lead. This try made it 9-7 for Caps.
Jeremy Simon then began to show his stuff. He has a toolbox full of tricks. A Capilano member who was filming said “I remember Jeremy’s first game with the club at the 3rd Division level. He controlled that game with his skills and there was no doubt that he would be playing up from that day forward.” I too remember that game and he set up former Canada 7’s player Gord Saywer several times. That was a couple of years ago. Today Jeremy hoisted a kick to the right wing that was expertly caught by Cam Waddell who went in for the try. The kick was world class and perfectly placed. The conversion by Jeremy Simon was good and the Caps opened up some space between themselves and Burnaby. Not long after Simon did it again this time to the left side with Johnny Franklin scoring the try. With the conversion it was now 24-7.
It looked like Caps might score again but Burnaby refused to quit and ended up scoring on the last play of the game to make the final score 28-14. Burnaby’s Vancouver East side wasn’t playing today and it was good that Burnaby didn’t download. They played the team that has been representing them and as always they fought hard. Burnaby will have a strong side in the New Year and they will be a factor. Capilano will welcome back 5 players from the Wave and should be strong also. The clubhouse was packed with players from the previous games. They were all fed by Capilano Chef, Jim Leith who is becoming a rugby epicurian legend. The after game(s) boat race and speeches followed. Another magic day. Several old timers from Burnaby and Capilano said “It is great to see the games back on. Thanks to the volunteers at the gate (particularly Gord Currie), checking Covid passes it is time consuming but very important! Thanks also to the camera crew, scoreboard operators, bar staff, parking attendants and the cleanup crew. Next week the Men are away at UBC while the Women play Bayside at home. Get out and support your teams.