Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – For only the second time this season the Castaway Wanderers Prems have found the win column, defeating James Bay 29-23 at MacDonald Field Saturday afternoon.
Ray Barkwill national 15’s team member, taking a hit on the beard, helps his team advance the ball against a strong JBBA side Saturday at MacDonald Park – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
James Bay, sitting comfortably in fourth place in the CDI Premier League could only look ahead for a win, hoping to move into third place past the Capilano Caps with only one point separating them. CW, on the other hand, needed a win to improve their chances of rising out of the cellar and possible relegation.
Rugby Canada’s Hubert Buydens was instrumental in directing the CW attack in Saturday’s win for the tricolors – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
CW benefited in fielding a team with nationals Ray Barkwill and Hubert Buydens in the front row, using their experience and forward drive to give their club the needed extra push in the scrum when James Bay would stall their advance.
James Bay would run away with the early 17-5 lead against Castaway Wanderers, but Cw would run them down for the eventual 29-23 win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both teams would battle up and down the James Bay pitch early without success as packed bleachers would sit on the edge of their seat waiting for someone to mark the score sheet first. James Bay would do the honors first, scoring the first two trys of the game early to jump out to a 10-0 lead. CW would eventually find their pace, putting five points on the board after a sustained try line attack would finally find a CW ball touched down for the try.
CW’s Clay Panga unloads the ball before he his brought down by JBBA Morgan Williams and company – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
JBBA would reply soon after with another try of their own on a score by #10 Morgan Williams to out his team well out in front 17-5. CW would score two more trys on work by Graham Turner and Llyr Morris later in the half, but not before a penalty kick by James Bay would round out the half time score at 20-15 in favour of the home team.
Castaway Wanderers would pull ahead early in the 2nd half when #7 Nathan Oliver would score his second major of the game on a corner try to make the score 22-20 on a rare converted try for CW. CW would have trouble with kicking accuracy, going 2-5 on conversion attempts. James Bay’s Mitrou would go 3-4 on a converted try and two successful penalty kicks. Mitrou would use one of those successful penalty kicks to put James Bay back out in front 23-22 with approximately 10 minutes remaining.
#7 Nathan Oliver would score two trys for his CW side in the 29-23 win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
X- UVic Vike and Victoria Highlander soccer player Elliot Mitrou would kick 3-4 attempts to make the most of JBBA’s available points – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
CW, on a corner Maul, would take the lead one final time late in the second half to regain a 29-22 lead. James Bay, applying sustained pressure at the CW line and looking to sneak away with their seventh win of the season, would be turned aside on an impressive defensive stand that would se the home team get knocked back. The absence of Thysen de Goede and Seb Pearson from the JBBA lineup may have been felt with that squandered game winning opportunity and a 29-23 loss.
Close but……. CW would hold off a late push, knocking back JBBA away from the try line to preserve the 29-23 win – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Castaway Wanderers will take the win into a game against the UBCOB Ravens, hoping to put together a solid win streak, while JBBA will host the 3rd place Caps, all on March 14th with next weekend slated as a makeup game weekend.