Story by Phil Meyer (JBAA) photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
February 22,2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – With the too-long break in BCRU CDI Premier League play, yesterday’s game had a “start-of-the-season-ish feel to it. How would each team blend old and new? Would any Team Canada players show up? How would the Castaway Wanderers, winners in their late pre-Christmas joist with the James Bay Athletic Association Bays, match up?
Saturday’s match was also the Castaway Wanderers yearly Charity match in which half the gate proceeds are given to a local charity. This year’s deserving choice was the Victoria Hospice Society, who provides Palliative Care for those in need. Please visit their website to learn more and to donate to this worthy cause.
Kathleen Burton and Lauren Goodland of the Victoria Hospice Society pose with CW’s Riley Ilinicki at the annual Charity game. (photos by Glenn Ivens)
For this match, JBAA fielded six seasoned veterans – Francis Yoon, Nolan Miles, Spence Dalziel, Canada’s Sean White, Neil Meechan and Morgan Williams. To this experienced mix, they added four top juniors: Saskatchewan’s Monty Tichkowski, Jordan Wilson-Ross from Barrie RFC, Matt Heaton from St. Anne de Belleview – and waiting in the wings, Charles de Bove, from Nice, France by way of Quebec. While rust and uncertainty was sometimes evident, these guys fit in well with the usual solid suspects on the Bays to hold CW to two trys, while pouring in five themselves.
A minute and a half in White swept up field, passed to Williams, who set up Tichkowski with a clever gap pass for the initial JBAA score. The Bays continued to pressure but at 10 minutes in the CW’s winger Jon Morris pulled off a brilliant intercept and showed his heels to everyone for a 60 meter scamper and score. Game tied 5 to 5.
JBAA’s Sean White is stopped in his tracks by CW’s Mozac Samson during Saturday’s CDI Premier League game at Windsor Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The pivotal moment in the game came at the middle of the 1st half when JBAA was awarded a penalty, Williams, with one of his patented quick taps was grabbed by the CW’s Doug Woolridge, who shook him back and forth then finished with a haymaker that knocks Captain Canada silly. No choice for referee David Smortchevsky – Red Card. Even with the score tied and CW continuing to battle hard, no team at the Premier level can give away a man for 60 minutes and the question became, not who would win but by how much.
The Bays keeping CW penned inside their own 22-meter line soon capitalised when Nolan Miles was able to push over for a second try. White made the conversion, JBAA up 12 – 5 at the half.
A bloodied and battered Mike Fuailefau looks for an opening against the JBAA Bays during Saturday’s BCRU CDI Premier League game at Windsor Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Castaway Wanderers fought on and 16 minutes into half two, Dylan Jones sliced over for their final score to pull back to within 2. But midway through this second stanza, Russ Ward, who multi-tasked at both lock and prop on the day, would dot down, giving JBAA some breathing room.
With ten minutes to play Meechan would get in on the act as he slashed, bashed and straight-armed his way through a tiring CW team to raise the Bays’ score to 22.
Big Jim de Goede rambles down field against the Castaway Wanderers on Saturday at Windsor Park. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
At the end, a picture perfect try by JBAA’s Jimmy de Goede, who followed the play some 50 meters down the field, before taking the final pass and touching down for the score. At game’s end: JBAA 27 – CW 10.
With the win, JBAA raised itself two points clear at the top of the Premier League. Next week the Bays host second place Capilanos at MacDonald Park, while the CW have a bye.