submitted by Paul Eby, Photograph by Glenn Ivens (ISN)(www.javalon.smugmug.com)
Despite some less then stellar weather and field conditons the Velox RFC had a successful weekend, winning 4 of the 5 matches they played.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the field playable. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Women’s Premier: Velox 79 – SFU 0
Women’s 2nds: Velox 22 – Ridge Meadows 15
Men’s 1sts: Velox 24 – Seattle 19
Men’s 2nds: Velox 0 – Seattle 19
Men’s 3rds: Velox 73 – Peninsula 7
This weekend, the men’s 1sts and 2nds head to Richmond and the women’s 2nds travel to Burnaby on Saturday.
The lone home game sees the women’s premier squad host Capilano at 11:30 on Saturday.
On Sunday, the 3rds travel to Comox in a rematch of last years Island final.
Women’s Match Report
from Irene Borecky
Velites: 22 vs. Ridge Meadows: 15
The Velox players rolled up to a pretty awesome site with much of the field underwater this past weekend, although no one was more amazed than the opposition who have never experienced a water pitch, being from the lush grasslands of Vancouver.
The line up for the Velites was thrown together literally at the last minute with some players being unavailable, and others fitting into the Valkyries’ line-up in lieu of the growing list of injured players.
A few players rediscovered their love for the game after going on hiatus somewhere in the middle of the first half of the season. With fourteen players dressed to play, Ridge Meadows agreed to match our numbers.
Velox appeared a little shell shocked when Ridge Meadows scored within the first couple of minutes after the Velites turned over the ball.
Velox found their groove and dug in to start putting together phases— and were rewarded when Taylor Reidlinger finally crossed the line. The score would go back and forth until a trifecta of tries from Alex Bicknell overcame the opposition.
It was a proud game for the Velites who showed a lot of ability from different players. Courtney Sims filled the flyhalf position after spending most of her last two seasons with the forwards. The backs had to cover for two missing positions as Velox played 13 on 14 players in the second half—and managed to defend the overlap very well. Mardi Blow stepped up to send two balls over the bar for conversion points. The Velites now sit at the top of the standings in Division Two.
Valkyries: 79 vs. SFU: 0
The Valkyries had a stormer of a game against the visiting SFU players. Unsure what to expect from this new addition to the league, Velox once again prepared for a physical game.The depth of the team was tested once more as new players shifted into different positions to cover the roster of injured teammates.
Several money hungry fans were in the crowd to witness the first try scored by Jesse Olynyk, which brought a flush of wealth to the Sims family after a successful bid during Thursday’s player auction.
Despite the poor weather, the Valkyries kept ball retention by great supporting play and improvement in the rucks. The forward pack showed they are a force to be reckoned with in the scrums by completely overpowering the opposition. The backline saw the return of Jessica Dovanne and Lynzi Anderson, fresh off winning the Las Vegas 7’s tournament while representing the national team.
Many of these games have seemed to be tester matches as the Valkyries line-up has seen a shift around in many of the positions, taking into consideration the opposition played so far are at the lower end of the league rankings. The Valkyries will begin to see their toughest competition coming up in the next few weeks.
Scoring went to the following players:
Marlene Donaldson (1 Try)
Samantha Robb (2 Tries)
Jesse Olynyk (4 Tries)
Natalie Tam (1 Try)
Jane Cruttenden (7 Converts)
Lynzi Anderson (1 Try)
Angelika Wippler (1 Try)
Shannon Kane (3 Tries)
The two teams are split this weekend with the Valkyries at home facing Capilano (11:30 KO) and the Velites in Burnaby.
3rd’s Match Report
from John Lyall
The thirds defeated a young and enthusiastic Peninsula team, led by former Valhallian Matt Evans, 73 – 7 Sunday in a field reminiscent of a WW1 trench. Velox were led by try scorer John Lyall. Other scorers included Conrad Newell with 4, Joe McDononough with 3, and Al Hall with 2. There were two father – son combos on display, Teegan and Ebb Tide Eric White, and Mua and Tua Vaa. Congratulations to White for winning MotM for going the whole game and cooking the feed.
This weekend the 3rds head to Comox to battle the Kickers.
Las Vegas 7’s
A number of Velox gals were in Vegas last week for the international 7’s tournament.
Selina McGinnis and Shannon Kane played for the Dog River Howlers, who are coached by former Velox player Alby Iamartino, taking 2nd in the Elite Division after losing to the German National Team in the finals.
Barbara Mervin and Lindsay Anderson were on the “Canada” team that won International Division for the second year in a row downing the USA 14-5 in the final.
Jess Dovanne and Julianne Zussman were on the “Maple Leafs” team, who unfortunately did not make it through to the finals.
Congratulations to all the ladies.
Junior Rep News
The Canadian U17 squad has been holding a Vancouver Island training and selection camp over the last week, in preparation for a tournament in England.
Velox junior Christopher Miles has been in attendence, and is competing tonight in a game between the aspiring U17’s and a Vancouver Island rep squad (Bear Mountain Stadium, 7pm kickoff). The game will be used to select the travelling squad for the U17’s, so good luck to Chris: we hope you do well and earn the opportunity to represent your country!
Middle School Rugby
The Middle School rugby season is nearing and both the Boy’s and Girl’s need coaches. It is a short season, 7 aside, starting March 28th at Uvic and ending May 11th at SMU. Are you interested in coaching? Great experience and great for the resume. If interested, please contact John Lyall (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Pratt at (email@example.com)