Two Westshore squads booked a spot this coming Saturday for the BC finals! It was two very different looking semi-final wins…. The women put on a show for the fans at home, winning in convincing fashion 53-3 over Burnaby Lake. The CW ladies also won Saturday, 49-27 over Seattle, making for an all-Victoria final.
The thirds won as well, but did it the hard way in a 7-3 victory over the Brit Lions. John Lyall dusted off the quill and paper to write this report:
Third division action
The Westshore thirds traveled to Vancouver Saturday to take on the Brit Lions in BCRU Tier A Third division action. The team was fresh off a 53 – 5 Island championship over Comox (game closer than it appeared) and knew the Brits would be tough competition. The team fielded one of its strongest in years, appearing eerily reminiscent of the premier team of the 2004-05 era, the side littered with names of lore such as Scotty, Trees, Dolph, Eby, Duck, Konny, Junior & Barney. It could have been worse had Vath not succumb to his wife, or Lunk getting called up to the 2nds, those two ably replaced by additional Velox stalwarts Neish and the Future.
The team arrived in the yellow school bus to John Oliver park, right in the middle of thriving Delta. It was a windy day, with a noted slant to the field. Allen Hall pulled himself in the warmup, Dolph a stud of the team and excellent lineout jumper. We replaced Allen with Paul, a longstanding member of the team, one who could be described as a poor lineout option.
This was our third encounter with the Brits in BCRU playoff action in recent years, splitting the series to date. Captain Dale chose to play with the wind and slope first half, Barney’s Wednesday training regime ensuring playing uphill and against the wind a non factor in the second half.
The first half was tense affair, slightly frustrating as our territory and possession control was unable to turn into points. Uncharacteristic dropped balls and a lineout win ratio more akin to a batting average stalled scoring drives. We also discovered a scrum half in Brit Lion #9 yippier and more boisterous than our own Duck.
The Brits opened the scoring with a penalty in the second half, perhaps the first, I cannot recall, before replacement prop Jay Jimmo barreled over for a try, later accurately self termed in third person reference on his social media site as the most important try of day; this try ably converted into a breeze by Konny. The hard hitting continued, Scotty having to retire due a mouth stitches requiring concussion, however stitches don’t prevent chewing or concussions having one on the ferry. The Brits may or may not have scored a try or two in the second half, the referee being the sole judge of time and try deemed not. As time moved ever so slowly to a 87 minute completion, the whistle finally blew securing Westshore a second consecutive trip to a BC Finals, playing Kelowna for the 2nd year in a row!
A common adage, “Fuck the Crows” comes to life this weekend as we look forward to seeing all this Saturday, for a 11:30 am BC finals kickoff at MacDonald Park!
Finals this year are in Victoria, unless both squads in a given game are both from the mainland, so our two matches for this Saturday will be held at MacDonald Park as part of the BCRU hosted finals day. Other matches will be held at Klahanie Park in North Vancouver, including the Premier men’s final between UBC and Burnaby. The schedule is as follows for the Victoria games:11:30am 3rd Division Men Westshore vs Kelowna
1:15pm Premier Women Westshore vs CW
3:00pm Library Square Cup JBAA vs Capilano (2nd squads for premier clubs)
So, Saturday Westshore Rugby Club needs to take over MacDonald Park! Get out to support our teams, and take advantage of the (nearly) home field advantage! Entry is $10, but free for those 12 and under or 18 and under when presenting school ID.
With the end of the season just about here, we also have the AGM this Thursday evening, 8pm.