November 19, 2016 Victoria, BC ( ISN ) – The Castaway Wanderers successfully defended their home field, turning aside all comers in the Men’s 3rd’s, Senior Women’s and Men’s Premier Division games Saturday afternoon at Windsor Park.
Team’s from Comox, Cowichan, and the Westshore all decended on Oak Bay to test the Tri-color’s metal in an afternoon triple header of Vancouver Island Rugby Union action.
In the luncheon game, the women’s side, sitting in last place in the six team island league with a 1-3 record would take on the fourth place Cowichan Piggies with both sides looking to rise the up the standings ladder with aspirations of catching up with top ranked Seattle.
The Women’s Prems team, unfortunate in their last three outings, bounced back, holding off a late surge by Cowichan, to record their second win of the season with a 38-34 win.
The Castaway Wanderer side would impress with their offense, commanding field advantage most of the game with the help of play on the wings. More impressive would be the defensive game, as CW would show strong, clinical tackling, making Cowichan work for every try. The Castaway Wanderers, perhaps running out of gas late, would slip, allowing the Piggies to mount a comeback, scoring the last three trys to make the game close. Time not on the visitors side, would run out giving the home team the decision.
In men’s third’s action, Comox traveled south to take on the Castaway Wanderers, and it was the Castaway Wanderer’s that ran away a 24-5 thumping over the mid-island team. Winger Justin Logan, speedy on the side, would score two of three Castaway Wanderer trys in the game to help lift his team to the win.
vs. Westshore RFC
The men’s Premier division contest saw the Westshore RFC travel cross municipal boarders to contest the Castaway Wanderers. The Castaway Wanderers, enjoying a second place standing over UVic and Westshore so far in the Premiership and looking to keep pace with an undefeated James Bay side, wasted no effort to ensure a win, defeating the Westshore RFC comfortably 42-12.
Castaway Wanderers’ winger Anton Ngongo would lead his team with three trys, as the Tri-Colors would keep Westshore off the board much of the game, running up a 21-0 score at the half. Dustin Dubrofsky would open the game’s scoring, followed by Mike Scholtz and Anton Ngongo.
Westshore would watch the Castaway Wanderers add two more trys by Scholtz and Ngongo to build a 35-0 lead until late in the game when Westshore would solve the Castaway Wanderer defense, putting the ball down for a pair of trys late in the final half to negate the shut out win. Ngongo would complete the rugby hat trick with his third try of the game to complete the scoring as Castaway Wanderers improve to 6-2 on the season, leap frogging over a James Bay team that lost Friday night 42-7 to the UVic Vikes, and into first place.
Despite the lopsided loss, Westshore faired better on the field than the scoreboard would reflect. On at least four different occasions Westshore would press the home team, backing them in close to their own try line but would be unable to convert effort to points as the Castaway Wanderers’ defense would stiffen up and stop Westshore’s further advance on ball turnovers. If able to convert, the game may have carried a different face.
Next weekend the Castaway Wanderers face James Bay at MacDonald Park in what will turnout to be an interesting fight for first place in the Elite Men Premier division.