November 13, 2013, VANCOUVER, BC (ISN) – Week five of the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League will see all four matches played in Vancouver this Saturday as the competition resumes after a Remembrance Day bye weekend.
- Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. November 16th:
- Burnaby Lake at Vancouver Rowing Club (Brockton Oval) 2:30pm
- Castaway Wanderers at Meraloma (Connaught Park) 2:30pm
- UVic VIkes at UBCOB Ravens (Jericho Park) 2:30pm
- James Bay AA at Capilano RFC (Klahanie Park) 2:30pm
BC Rugby and viaSport partner for Webcast Production
The game of the weekend will feature no.2 James Bay (3-1) away to no.6 Capilano RFC (1-3) in a rematch of the 2012 Rounsefell Cup Final. The Premier League fixture will be the first to be live streamed as BC Rugby has partnered with viaSport to produce a multi-camera webcast from Klahanie Park.
Commentary will be provided by rugby journalist Patrick Johnston and former Canadian international Mike James. James’ illustrious rugby career included professional stints in France with Perpignan and Stade Francais as well as four World Cup appearances with the senior men’s national team. More recently James was head coach of the BC Bears and led the program to the inaugural Canadian Rugby Championship title in 2009. Based in Vancouver, Johnston is a journalist with The Province. Among other things Johnston produces The Province’s rugby blog and podcast ‘Try And Tackle.’
James Bay at Capilano Preview
Reigning Premier League champions James Bay Athletic Association are currently on a three game winning streak having defeated Meraloma 27-25, UVic 45-38 and Castaway Wanderers 40-15. Their offence ranks first with 129 points in just four games but their defence has struggled allowing a 7th-ranked 120 points against.
The last time these two sides met was back in early May when James Bay handed Capilano a 34-27 semifinal loss at MacDonald Park.
Capilano appear to be recovering from a slow start this season but are still in unfamiliar territory in seventh place and just a single win to their credit. The perennial playoff contenders recorded a massive road victory on November 2nd, however, downing the previously undefeated Burnaby Lake 9-3 at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex.
“The win gave us a reason to move forward in the right direction,” Capilano head coach Tom Larisch said after the crucial victory. “We really set a platform to turn the season around.”
Saturday’s clash will be a tough test for Capilano as they look to look to move out of the relegation zone heading into the winter break.
Around the Premier League
Top-ranked Burnaby Lake (3-1) are on the road this week to Vancouver Rowing Club (3-1) at Brockton Oval. The Rowers have been the surprise team of the season so far having been promoted from Tier Two this past Spring. Vancouver’s West Side will play host to a pair of matchups as no.3 UBCOB Ravens (3-1) play host to no.4 UVic Vikes (2-2). The students have not won since October 19th and recently lost to their university rivals UBC in their annual home-and-home Boot series on November 9th. No.8 Castaway Wanderers (1-3) and no.8 Meraloma (0-4) will do battle at Connaught Park. The Lomas have just three points – all bonus points – so far this season but recently showed they are not be underestimated when they fell by just two to James Bay. The Castaway Wanderers will also be without a number of their core players as national commitments have taken their toll on their roster rotation during the Fall season.
All Premier League games have been moved up to 2:30pm for the rest of 2013 due to Daylight Savings. Ceili’s Cup First Division matches will also kickoff 15 minutes earlier and are set for 12:45pm.