Submitted by Paul Eby (Velox RFC)
The Velox Rugby Club was busy this past weekend. Here is an update.
Women Premier: Velox 29 – Vikes 5
Women 2nds: cancelled
Men 1sts: Velox 5 – Bayside 22
Men 2nds: Velox 13 – Bayside 50
Men 3rds: Velox 51 – Powell River 3
Womens Match Report
– from Irene Borecky
The women had only one game this past weekend as the intended Division 2 opponents from Comox have folded this half.
Velox Valkyries : 29 vs. UVIC Vikes: 5
In a game that could have been a quasi-alumni match, the Valkyries faced off against the neighbouring UVIC Vikes.
In a sense, the Vikes have provided a great feeder system with their graduating players staying in the area and continuing to play rugby for Velox. The depth these players provide was important this weekend as Velox saw a few key players missing in action due to the Vegas 7’s.
The Vikes have been stepping up their game over the past few years and have joined the Premier Division for the first time. After hearing the Vikes gave last year’s division champions from Burnaby a tough game the previous weekend, the Valkyries prepared for this match by working on their defensive strategy.
It seems that both teams had a similar game plan as the first try by Marlene Donaldson came a lot later in the first half than expected. Velox gained some momentum towards the end of the first half to add to the score board.
The forward pack continually showed their dominance by gaining ground through the scrums, with eighth man Jesse Olynyk keeping the ball within her feet during some of these long pushes.
Rucks were very messy as the ref put away his whistle for the collapsing Vikes who really ought to be penalized to learn that hands in the ruck and playing the ball on the ground are unacceptable violations of the sport at this level. With that said, Velox should be more prepared to put up a bigger fight at the ruck –although veteran Iona Schamberger showed off her surprising repertoire of wrestling throws at the ruck.
This did end up being a forward game with most of the try scorers coming from the pack. Amanda Campbell added a birthday try for the backs along with a conversion. The Vikes’ only try came late in the second half as Stefani Hanson broke the defensive line within the 22 yard line after a series of penalties against Velox.
This is shaping up to be an interesting season so far as the Valkyries are testing their depth and integrating a more physical game plan. Next games are this Saturday Feb. 18 with the Velites hosting Ridge Meadows and the Valkyries up against newcomers SFU at home as well.
Scoring for Velox were the following players:
Chelsey Minter (1 try)
Marlene Donaldson (1 try)
Jesse Olynyk (1 try)
Sam Robb (1 try)
Amanda Campbell (1 try, 1 conversion)
Jane Cruttenden (1 conversion)
3rds Match Report
– from John Lyall
Velox defeated a game Powell River squad 51-3 Sunday led by four tries from Conrad Newell, proving his theory that passing is overrated. Thanks to the three Velox boys, Lenny, Calen and Dave who all suited up for Powell River. Welcome to new players Mike on the wing and Teegan White who played the game beside daddy Ebb Tide Eric in the front row. Points to Rob Carr & Griko who played in parts of all three games this weekend.
Coming Up – Quadruple Header Saturday
This weekend, the men host Seattle at 1pm and 2:45pm. The women are also home, with the Valkyries taking on SFU at 11:30, and the Velites playing Ridge Meadows (no word on game time yet). On Sunday, the 3rds host Peninsula at 1pm. All games at Velox.
In anticipation of the women’s first home game on Saturday, the squad is having their annual Player Auction this Thursday evening. Come by the club, and bid for your chance to win $1500 to $2000!!! Starts at 8:45.
This Saturday night, get ready for the Velox Hoedown Throwdown, a country themed party hosted by the players. No door charge, and drink specials all night. Bring your friends! Starts at 9pm.