After the first planned break of the 2018/19 Senior Leagues, normal service has resumed. It was fantastic to see the turn out at Klahanie Park last weekend for the Canadian Rugby Club Championships, and particularly to see the Province getting behind UBCOB Ravens, the defending Men’s Premier League title holders, who were successful in lifting yet another trophy. But now that’s over, it’s back to club allegiances and the rivalries as the season continues in earnest. It looks like a belter of a weekend weatherwise for much of the Province, so why not enjoy some beautiful fall sunshine on the touchlines?
Men’s Premier League
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James Bay will host Westshore this weekend, with both teams residing at the bottom of the table on account of being two or three games behind the rest of the sides in the league. Who will come out the victor in this South Island clash? There’s another derby match brewing on the mainland, with UBCOB Ravens set to host neighbours UBC at Jericho. The Ravens will be riding high after capturing the Canadian Rugby Club Championship title over the Thanksgiving weekend, but they are coming up against the current league leaders, so expect some fireworks on the field. There’s little to separate the performances of Capilano and Burnaby Lake so far this season, both locked on 10 points in the top half of the table. In all likelihood, this could mean a very close scoring game at Klahanie Park this weekend. Finally, Vancouver Rowing Club will travel south of the border to take on Seattle at Starfire Field in a late KO. The hosts have kept most of their scores, winning or losing, very close so far this season so this could well be another tooth and nail battle that goes down to the wire.
Women’s Island Tier
Nanaimo Hornets will travel down the Island to face off against Cowichan tomorrow. The two sides have already met this season, with Cowichan walking away as the victors in that encounter. Will the Hornets get their revenge this time around or will home field advantage further boost the Cowichan performance? At the top of the table, second place Westshore will try to topple Comox Valley Kickers when the sides meet at Fallen Alders. This will be the first meeting between the sides this season, and with both already displaying high scoring potential in previous matches, spectators are likely in for an exciting match.
Men’s Premier Reserve
Burnaby Lake will be looking to protect their perfect start to the season, three wins from three, when they head to Klahanie Park this weekend. Hosts Capilano had a rocky start to the season but have been showing more promise with each match. Expect a physical encounter either way when this one kicks off on the North Shore. James Bay AA and Westshore will both play only their second matches of the league this season, as they play catch up with the other clubs. The two sides meet at MacDonald Park at 12:45 on Saturday for a South Island clash. UBC have played twice as many games as their hosts this weekend, UBCOB Ravens, but both remain locked on five points this season. Who will get the upper hand between these two neighbours when the match kicks off at Jericho Park? Finally, Vancouver Rowing club will travel south of the border to take on Seattle at Starfire Park. The rowers are working to stay in touch with the teams at the top of the table, four points ahead of them, but can expect some stern resistance from the hosts.
Women’s Mainland Tier A
Kamloops and Simon Fraser RC will meet in the Interior this Saturday, with both sides looking for their first victory of the season. Elsewhere, Meraloma will host Bayside Sharks at Connaught Park. The visitors are also chasing their first win of the season and will face a Meraloma side who have delivered both big wins and losses so far this season. Which side will emerge the victor on Saturday Afternoon? Seattle will host visitors Abbotsford down at Starfire Field while Burnaby Lake will travel to the North Shore to take on Capilano at Klahanie Park.
Men’s Division 1
Only a couple of fixtures in the Men’s Division 1 League this weekend, starting with Surrey Beavers travelling over the Strait to take on Cowichan. The Beavers are on a three-game winning streak at the top of the table and will be looking to extend that ahead of next weekend’s “Ruck For The Cure” event at their home fields. In the weekend’s other match, United will host Abbotsford at Hume Park. Both sides have suffered heavy defeats at the hands of Surrey BEavers, but both have picked up a win each as well. Hopefully this means spectators are in for an exciting spectacle when the game kicks-off at 14:30pm.
Women’s Mainland Tier B
Capilano are set to host Kelowna Crows at Klahanie Park this weekend. Having been forced to concede their last two matches on account of player numbers, hopefully they are able to field a full side and give the visitors a good, competitive fixture. Langley will be hosting Bayside Sharks over at Crush Crescent while Ridge Meadows Bruins travel West to take on Scribes at Gordon Park. In the final match of the division, top of the table United will take on Vancouver Rowing Club at Hume Park. The hosts have been on strong form early in the season and are still undefeated after four games. Will they extend it to five?
Men’s Division 2
League leaders Kamloops, unbeaten in four games, will host Simon Fraser up in the Interior while just down the road, Kelowna Crows will host Burnaby Lake at Parkinson Rec Field in what should be a closely fought battle. The rest of the action in this league will be taking place down in the Fraser Valley, starting with second place Langley hosting third place Bayside Sharks at Crush Crescent. Expect sparks to fly when these two sides meet, both currently on three-game winning streaks. Just a bit further West along the highway, United will host Abbotsford at Hume Park. Both sides are having a slow start to their respective seasons, but don’t expect this to diminish either side’s determination when the game kicks-off at 12:45pm.
Men’s Division 3
Plenty of action in the Men’s Division 3 League this weekend, starting with Capilano hosting Surrey Beavers at Klahanie Park. Both sides are still chasing their first wins of the season, so expect a good scrap over on the North Shore. UBC are hosting neighbours Kats out in the West of Vancouver, the visitors looking to build some momentum in their season. Vancouver Rowing Club are heading out East along the highway to take on Chilliwack, the hosts looking for their third win in a row. Nearby, Langley will host Bayside Sharks at Crush Crescent, both sides still winless after their first couple of matches this season. Finally, Meraloma will head wouth to take on Richmond at King George Park. The hosts will hope to build on their most recent victory over UBC, but they’re facing a Meraloma side who haven’t dropped any of their games so far this season. Who will come out on top? Time will tell.