March 12, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Valhallians were victorious Saturday 43-22 over the Norsemen, to win top honors for the Island 1st division competition (signified by the Times Cup).
It might seem a bit confusing, but the squad is competing in two competitions: the Cowichan Cup for 1st div only clubs (Valhallians + Academy, Cowichan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni) and the Times Cup for those same clubs plus those with Premier and 1sts (JBAA, CW, UVic). With the Times Cup competition complete, the squad has three matches remaining for the Cowichan Cup with a healthy lead (Velox is 7-2, compared to 2nd place Nanaimo at 5-4). The winner of the Cowichan Cup will get to represent the Island in the BC playoffs, and fight for a chance to get promotion to Premier.
You can read more on the game at BC Rugby News: http://www.bcrugbynews.com/show_news.cfm?ID=743
The Academy played an exhibition match against the Saxons on Saturday. I don’t have the final, but I beleive we lost by a narrow margin. Sunday, the 3rds were to have played Comox in an exhibition match. JBAA were also invited along for a jamboree-style rugby afternoon, which turned out to be very fortuitous: Comox cancelled the morning of, leaving Velox and JBAA to duke it out. The visitors came out ahead 15-10 in a very tight battle.
The women got back on track after a disappointing opener two weeks ago, this time with a strong 35-0 win over Bayside. Coach Oli Scott had the following remarks:
The Valkyries picked up where left off two weeks ago with a take no prisoners attitude to defense. They also introduced two new positions to their team called wing and full back and even had something called substitutions. The 50/50 battles went to Velox all afternoon, looking far hungrier for the win than Bayside who weren’t quite sure what to do with some of the Velox forward pack – Sund, Minter, McKittrick, Bartley – as they romped through defenders at will.
Courtney Sims had a great day at the office keeping the much-hyped opposition 12 subdued and breaking the gain line on a number of occasions while Monique Boag looked dangerous coming into the line from full back, scrambling well to make a couple of try saving tackles.
A bit of a scrappy affair at times, Velox will need to find a bit more fluidity and composure in their attack if they are to take United’s scalp in two weeks.
This weekend, the Valhallians and Academy go head to head in a Cowichan Cup match (1pm Saturday). The women have a bye, and Sunday the 3rds host Cowichan.