– written by John Lyall
The Firsts traveled to Nanaimo under manned and played out the game against a tough Nanaimo team. Although there were a number of injuries and unavailability, players, do your best to honor our game commitments and back up your team-mates. Thanks to all the players who stood up and played.
The Thirds hosted Peninsula winning in convincing fashion 82 – 7 led by hat trick Richard Dark and Conrad Newell. It was good to see a number of new players step up and play a lot of minutes. The team started six Langfordians in the starting 15, which coincided with a noted decrease in petty crime throughout the Greater Victoria area. Coach Vath tended to the game from the bar, his beloved Inuits playing the Stamps. John Lyall hosted with a Salmon Chowder afterwards, by all accounts very good, overhead by many as “the best chowder I have ever eaten” or “this beats that spill that Kehl brings in”.
The Premier hosts the Rowers this Saturday at 2:30, and the Firsts are done. The women have Port Alberni at home (we’ll see by the end of the week if the game gets moved into the 1pm slot). For the 3rds, it’s a make up weekend and it doesn’t look like our squad has a game.
– written by Rae Roer
The U19s traveled to James Bay for the U19 Semi-Final last Sunday. The teams had split the regular season series & the semi was the proverbial ‘rubber match’.
The wet conditions proved difficult for our boys & an early ‘gift’ try put the boys behind early. But they pushed back used the wind & the corner to fight back. It was 14-10 Bays at the half. In the second the Bays scored again fast. Then against the wind, the boys pushed the Bays back to their goal line. But they withstood the pressure & we had to tries disallowed on knock on. The final whistle was 24-10.
It has been an interesting season for the boys. An understatement to says it was a forwards team. They dominated the team both in games & practice. So they were great at the set pieces & the pick ‘n go. The Smither’s gang are a great group. We hope to keep them & the rest of the boys for Men’s. In closing thanks to Coaches Mike Pletch & Andrew Owen & all the trainers: Kara, Christina & Nick.
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Congrats to Lunk and the Classics down in Bermuda. Lunk is the longest standing Classic in the tournament, not missing one since 1995! The Canadians beat the Aussies 19 – 15, before losing to eventual winners Argentina 17 – 10 in the semi-finals, the Argies scoring on last play of game.