Story And Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
January 16th, 2016 Victoria, BC (ISN) – With the CDI Premier Division Rugby season now in clear sight, play returned to Greater Victoria area as the Castaway Wanderers took on the visiting UBCOB Ravens in an exhibition friendly at Windsor Park in Oak Bay Saturday afternoon.
Castaway Wanderers played a series of three abbreviated scrimmages against the UBCOB Ravens at Windsor Park Saturday, dropping all three games but gaining valuable intel on thier own stock of available Wanderers talent – Erich Eichhorn image (ww.allsportmedia.ca)
The Castaway Wanderers, looking to shake walk off the holiday rust, dropped a trio of scrimmages 19-10, 0-5, and 17-5 to what has been quoted as an “ageless” UBCOB side. A noticeably larger Ravens squad fielded the likes of forwards Garett Garbe, Tom McKeen, and Irish import Kol Hendrickson to bolster their up field push in the wins.
The Castaway Wanderers, entering the “second half” of the season playing in the BC Premier League after finishing a respectable third place in the Vancouver Island Elite League late last year, recognizes the challenge ahead to field a competitive team with a call for BC Rep players looming in the near future.
CW’s Ray Barkwill tries to run down the Ravens scrum half – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Solid open field tackling by the Ravens would slow the advance of the Tricolor’s wings – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
With last years successes comes this years adversity of loosing players to upper tier play, giving opportunity for those young players, looking to step up to the premier division, to make an impact and a place on the club’s top tier team.
Omar St. Thomas holds of a would be Ravens tackler as he advnaces the ball up field – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
The Castaway Wanderers attempted to match the Ravens play with the likes of players like Canadian Rugby team member Ray Barkwill, and other CW stalwarts lsuch as Thornber and Braddock. Despite CW successes in the front line to advance the ball, the Ravens would have too many weapons on the wing to contend with in the loss.
Sun sets on an afternoon of rugby as CW goes 0-3 playing 3 thirty minute friendlies against the UBCOB Ravens – Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In mainland league action the UVic Vikes, looking to revenge last year’s loss, visited the Thunderbirds at Ken Woods Field at UBC, and fell 37-30 for their first loss of the 2015-2016 season.
The CW Division One and Prems will play the representative Canadian U20 side next on January 29, 2016 at Langford’s Westhills Stadium. Game time is reported as 7 pm.