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Weekend Results:

Men’s 1sts: Velox 8 – VRC 27
Men’s 2nds: Velox 0 – VRC 94
Men’s 3rds: Velox 24 – Cowichan 5
Women’s Premier: Velox 38 – Lomas 5
Women’s 2nds: Velox 31 – Lomas 0

Women’s Reports by Irene Borecky

Division II: Velox Velites– 31 vs. Meralomas—0

Two full teams for the women travelled to Vancouver on Saturday to play the Meralomas, marking another significant step forward in the development of women’s rugby. This is the second year Velox is able to run two teams for the women which offers more playing and learning opportunities to players of all levels. With many experienced players joining training this half it was difficult for the coaches to decide the starting line-ups for each team.

Jesse Bauman has returned to help coach the Velites despite his 70 year old hip. With not much practice time and some unfamiliarity of the abilities of the new additions, we knew it was going to be an interesting game at the very least. The Velites came on very strong for the first 20 minutes, turning over the opposition’s ball and maintaining field possession within the Meraloma’s half. The Velites were rewarded twice when Jane “Crouton” Cruttenden, arguably Port Alberni’s best export, crossed the line. Her golden foot, reminiscent of last year’s Premier playoff run, found its mark between the posts to add the converts to the score. The play slowed down a bit as it does when the ref’s whistle comes out more frequently and some long winded explanations over the calls reads more like a Grimm’s fairytale.

The Velites picked up the pace again in the second half with Mardi Blow and Angelica Whippler in the centres shutting down the Meraloma’s only game plan with hard hitting tackles to their play-making backs. The Velites communicated well and were able to string together many phases which ensured ball possession. Despite many players gunning for the try line, scoring went to Laura Crowe-Hutchon with 5 points, and Jane Crouton with 26 points– sealing the player of the match honour.

Premiers: Velox Valkyries- – 38 vs. Meralomas–15

It was an impressive line-up that took to the field as Victoria’s finest united together for the first game in what will be a very focused season towards a championship title. Sam Robb was the first over the try line, punishing the Meralomas in a style learned only from extensive military training. Velox continued to dominate every scrum, producing some good ball for the backs. Outside centre, Courteney Blum, and winger, Lindsay Anderson connected to each add a try to the scoreboard. These girls have also been working hard to represent Canada in the upcoming Vegas Sevens.

The forward pack saw the return of Marlene Donaldson, who worked out her classroom aggression on the field to add another try to the Valkyries’ tally. Luckily she also worked off the ferry buffet and consequences. The Valkyries were also rewarded a try from newcomer Jesse Olynik, who on more than one occasion caused havoc against Velox in the past as a UVIC player, but may now be our new best friend. Rounding out the scoring was Laura Crowe-Hutchon who wasn’t satisfied with just one try in the first game. I’m not sure if flyhalf Amanda Campbell scored any tries but she added 20 points to the board, thanks to her golden boot which now has matching footwear. Player of the game went to Shannon Kane. Overall, a well rounded team contributing to all aspects of the game. This will be an exciting season!

A big thanks on behalf of all the players to the Caoch Aaron and Coach Jesse, the not-a-coach-but-a-coach Todd Cunningham, and the former Corporal Shazzer Penner for all your support so far. (Also thanks goes out to the Sims family who have seemed to master the science of cloning and account for the majority of our fan base).

3rd Div Report by John Lyall

The Velox thirds won their season opener 24 – 5 in Cowichan, in a shortened game Sunday. Velox opened slowly but eventually netted four tries and a bonus point, following a basic pattern of solid forward play producing balls for the backs to score.

The second half opened, Cowichan try. The game then turned ugly and fast, resulting in the abandonment of the game. An unfortunate result was Scott Harnden’s return to the pitch marred by a broken finger, the result of malicious play by a Cowichan forward. Scott has now undertaken an operation to his pinky finger. We wish him the best in a speedy recovery. We are working with the BCRU with the matter at hand.

Velox thirds are at home this Sunday to Powell River.

SuperBowl: fortunately Scotty made his Chili Saturday and won the Chili Cookoff Sunday, adding onto his Grey Cup victory, two in a row! This is like a mini dynasty, ala the Flyers of the 1970’s. Does Scotty have what it takes to move into legendary Chili status ala John Lyall? Time will tell, time will tell.

Coming Up

This weekend, The A’s and B’s host Bayside. The women’s premier side are away to UVic, and the women’s 2nds travel to Comox. Sunday, the 3rds host Powell River