Brent Johnston / Photos by Don Osborne (www.donosborne.ca)
Division 1….. CW 22 JBAA 0. MacDonald Park
(score at half CW 5 JBAA 0)
Great weather and good field conditions at MacDonald Park greeted the visiting Castaway Wanderers for a continuation of the storied Victoria Club’s rivalry.
A team effort at the 20 minute mark with lots of possession and ball handling resulted in a try at the corner by hooker Mike Crawford who had an outstanding performance for CW. Much of the first half was played between the two 40 meters as both teams encountered stiff opposition. The last 5 minutes of the half had JBAA camped out on the CW line with several pick and drives, without reward. Riis Jones and Sam Powell, two backrowers who combined for a fine performance all day, created a goal line turnover and drive to the 22 line. Ball was cleared by #9 Shaun Dhaliwahl to end the half. Dhaliwahl is a welcome new addition to the CW family and had a significant impact on the game when subed in due to injury. At the half CW turned to run uphill but with wind at their backs.
As the second half progressed CW fitness and strength took control of the match. The second try for the visitors came from 7 phases of ball control, penalty against JBAA, quick tap and go to dot down over the line by Sam Powell. Jed Alexander was next to score and continue his points streak of at least a try per game. Riis Jones finished off the forth try to gain the bonus point for CW. Unfortunately with about 15 minutes left to play the visitors lost the services of Stefan Alexander to a shoulder injury. (special thanks to CW trainers who took such good care of their player) Stefan had been playing outstanding rugby and will be very much missed as the team moves into the Island final competition.
Premier: CW 10 JBAA 15
(score at half CW 10 JBAA 3)
Tough game to look back on and report. This was more about what CW did not execute as opposed to what JBAA brought to the table. That is not intended to down play the JBAA effort… as always it was aggressive, smart and brought home a win on the day by taking full advantage of each opportunity presented…. not much to be critical of there obviously.
For CW a good first half was followed by a not so good second as the score line suggests. The first half involved some good handling, angles of attack, solid scrums and line outs…. all the pieces working to support the two tries scored in the first 40 minutes. CW brought tough, aggressive, defence into this first half with strong first up tackles behind the James Bay gain line…. Sipil Molia lead this charge supported by backrow Dylan Jones and Nanyak Dala.
CW 10 JBAA 3 at the turn.
The visitors attacked ”up the hill”. JBAA were able to spend a ton of time in the CW half with pressure as expected. JBAA line out troubles gave CW a few ”get out of jail free” cards…. to be matched this half with similar line out troubles for the visitors. CW scrums stayed solid with a strong performance by front row Clayton Thornber, Andrew Tiedemann and Scotty Franklin. Jeff Williams got the home team on the board with a well executed mid field kick toward the corner that bounced into the hands of the sprinting JBAA attacker for a try. Soon after, a CW line out went poorly putting JBAA in possession and on attack. At this point some confusion set in as the whistle blew for what may have been a CW dangerous tackle…. players slowed down….. a quick tap, or not, may have been taken by JBAA….. in for a tally under the CW posts. Either way on that call, the game continued and presented several opportunities for CW to take control and score tries. Opportuni
ties were lost due to set play trouble or open field decisions that caused turnovers with pressure back upon CW. Never give up defence by the visitors held the home team to two tries…… second half break out efforts by the visitors kept supporters on the edge of their seats waiting for that one converted try to seal the day for CW. It was not to be.
Coming this Saturday Nov 26th at Windsor, CW Division 1 will play a Vancouver Island Semi Final vs Port Alberni Black Sheep. No game for the Prems.