Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
Oak Bay, BC February 13, 2016 (ISN) – James Bay’s firsts and Premier teams visited their long time, cross town rivals the Castaway Wanderers and were victorious, taking a pair of shut out wins over the Castaway Wanderers at Windsor Park in the only local BC Rugby action Saturday afternoon.
The James Bay Bays would take a pair of wins against the cross town Castaway Wanderers, outscoring them by a total margin of 52-0. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In the warm up to the Premier League match, the undefeated 3-0 James Bay firsts, would hand the Castaway Wanderers their second loss in so many games, After falling to Capilano last weekend in their 2nd half-season opener 39-0, CW would continue their troubles finding the try line, shut out again this time by the cross town Bays 22-0.
James Bay’s Bryan Kelly side steps CW tackler to advance his team’s field position – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
James Bay’s fullback Ed Adams uses the boot to chip the ball ahead. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
James Bay would jump out to a 10-0 lead at the half, and add another 12 points in the second to roll on to the win. A soft, rain-laden field, and slick ball would benefit the James Bay side in the test. With quicker pace to the ball, and the sure-footed boot of James Bay’s Ed Adams to provide well-placed field position most of the game, the Bays would manage their successes on the ground, breaking down the lighter tackling side of CW to advance the ball, spreading the field and running for short gains on a pitch that quickly became a mud bog in the second half.
CW fly half, Ian Hickman pass off the ball to a waiting winger – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In the Premier Division match up, the James Bay Bays would give a dominating performance, putting up 32 points in a one sided affair. With the CW side depleted, missing their front row to national commitments, James Bay would have the decided advantage in the scrum all game, pushing back CW at will.
James Bay Prems defense would smother any chance for a CW try depsite the poos field conditions – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
James Bay’s Graham Harriman would score his first of two trys in the game, opening the scoring on a corner try. A successful penalty kick would put the blues up 10-0 at the half. The Bay’s would erupt for 22 unanswered points in the second half, opening with a seemingly unstoppable, driving maul to put the visiting side up 15-0. Additional trys by Michael Nieuwenhuysen , Graham Harriman ( 2 ), and final try courtesy of another Bay’s maul would see the James Bay Bays take the decided win.
JBBA’s Premier Div player Micheal Nieuwenhuysen dives in for the contested try in the closing minute of the game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
CW’s Nathan Oliver feels the crunch as James Bay’s Cole Racine (#3) and company put the brakes on his progress – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Castaway Wanderer’s McLean tries to slip past the James Bay defense. Rain and muddy conditions would make tackling difficult for both sides – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca )
The now 2-1 Bays, sitting in second place in their division, albeit playing the bottom end of the standings to date, will now have to contend with the likes of the university sides of UVic and UBC. The Bays will take on UVic next weekend at MacDonald Park. The winless Castaway Wanderers (0-2) will travel across the pond to Jericho Park to take on the UBCOB Ravens (1-2).