October 22, 2016 Colwood, BC ( ISN ) – It could be considered a brilliant day for Westshore RFC despite the cloudy skies as they hosted a mens and womens quadruple header Saturday at home, coming away with three out of four possible victories for the Colwood side.
On the women’s sides, the Valkyries Premier and Division 2 squads matched up against the Cowichan Piggies a pair of brunch hour contests.
In the early match, Westshore Valkyries division 2 side would hang onto a narrow 15-10 win over Cowichan Piggies, in what was considered by Cowichan Bay Rugby media sources as a “ vastly improved result… “ for the visitors.
The follow up women’s game pitted the Premier side Valkyries vs Cowichan Piggies. The Valkary prems made short work out of the up island neighbours, running away with a 54-5 result. The Piggies unable to match the foot speed and ball handling of the Valkyries, would fall behind 26-5 at the half and never find a foothold to recover from as the Valkyries would keep consistent pressure on the ball in the second half to come away with the dominating win.
On the men’s side, Westshore would find a mixed result, victory on the division one side, but fall in a shut out loss to a stacked James Bay Bays Elite in an otherwise hotly contested, spirited battle.
Div 1 – Westshore (29) vs Bays (17)
In division one action, Westshore would spot James Bay twelve points 12-0 on Bays trys by Jason Lines and Bryan Kelly before Westshore’s Jordan Tait would pull his team within an unconverted try 12-7. Bays’ Nate Tough would break free on the wing to run away from his tackler to put the ball down in the Westshore end to put the Bays up 17-7 at the end of the first half.
It was all Westshore scoring in the second half as winger Jordan Tate would make James Bay pay with two more trys in the half, and three in the game, to surge past a listless second half Bays defense. Cody Gervais would also mark the board for Westshore. Left unanswered in the half, Westshore RFC would take the 28-17 win.
Elite – James Bay (29) vs Westshore RFC ( 0)
The James Bay Elites would get their revenge for their junior’s loss at the hands of Westshore, running the table in shutting out the hosts 29-0 in the marquis match up on the afternoon.
James Bay’s Connor Braid would waste no time making his way to the goal line, as he would open the scoring in the match running through the Westshore defense for a try. Ed Adams and Ben Johnson would follow suite to put James Bay ahead 15-0 at halftime.
A contentious second half would see both side’s emotions run hot. Westshore would find success on rare occasion, finding themselves within fifteen metres of a try only to be turned away by ball turnovers and the successful ball clearing attempts by James Bay to lengthen the pitch in their favour. Westshore, given the advantage after a James Bay penalty would leave the visitors down a man, would fail to get to the try line to erase the donut.
James Bay would extend their lead when UVic Vikes alumni Luke Campbell, playing the seven position, would strap on the oxygen tank and rumble from forty yards out, showing speed and agility in carrying the ball in for the try to go up 22-0. Jordon Wilson-Ross, back with his Bays side after a brief try-out stint with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, would finish the scoring in the game, putting the ball down after a rare short yardage play for the speedy winger.
With the win, James Bay improves to 5-0 on the season, sitting in first place, and all but sets a clear collision course with cross-town rival Castaway Wanderers for the Barnard Cup to be held December 3rd.