February 26, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was a disappointing Saturday for the club – the Valhallians lost a close one to Cowichan, and the Academy lost to Nanaimo (though they should be encouraged by how much closer the match was than their last encounter).
Definitely a bit of a shocker though is the Valkyries lopsided loss to Burnaby Lake (see match report below). It’s too early in the season to be short on players, so any ladies looking to play should get out to training.
Valkyries: Velox 22 – Burnaby 76
Valhallians: Velox 5 – Cowichan 15
Academy: Velox 8 – Nanaimo 14
It was very different day for the 3rds on Sunday, away to Powell River. After an early morning start, 6:15am at the club, a long drive up to Comox got us to the ferry just before 10am. After the bus dropped us off and left for the day, we discovered that sailings were cancelled for most of the day due to high winds. A few tense moments followed, as coach Chad didn’t have the bus driver’s number, but soon sorted out. A few stops in Nanaimo gave the keeners an opportunity to lace them up and join in the CW/Nanaimo 3rd div match.
Women’s Match Report
– from Oli Scott
The Valkyries travelled to Burnaby Lake at the weekend with 13 players, a couple of fresh faces and half the side playing out of position. They left with a bonus point, pride firmly intact and a defensive effort nothing short of heroic.
Whilst the score line read 76 – 22 the Velox defensive line itself was impenetrable and it was only when the opposition could string enough phases and passes together that the extra two players out wide made the difference. All of Velox’s tries came in the second half and demonstrated the character of the 13 that travelled, perhaps buoyed on by Mars’s Oscar winning half time speech.
To highlight any one player after such a match would be to the discredit of the grit and fight shown by the team as a whole. With the side looking to fill a few gaps in personnel left by the exodus of last season, it was encouraging to see new faces step up to the plate; notably Cheri Pie who in only her 3rd game of rugby touched down for a try (after being told how to do so shortly before kick off) and put in a hit that left a Burnaby player gasping for what she may have thought was her last breath of air.
Verdict – The Valkyries showed great resolve and if they can combine that with an improving skill set (and two extra players, maybe even a bench?) they will do some damage.
Important Notice for Club Members
Please go to the Velox website to see what behooves them, www.veloxrugby.com.
Another request has come through for coaches (men or women), this time for Shoreline Middle School in Esquimalt. The season is short, from the end of March to the first week of May, and they need to find some volunteers before March 8th. If you can help out, it’s a great way to give back to the sport we love! Contact Irene Ives at 250-477-6945, or firstname.lastname@example.org.