Capilano - September 2017

October 04 2017


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Capilano Win Both Women's Matches: Lose to UBC in Men's Divisions


Capilano RFC Match Reports – Saturday September 30, 2017
(Women’s match reports from Will Newbigin, John Langley providing the reports from UBC)

2nd Division Women vs. Langley 

The second team kicked off at the earlier time of 10:30 in order to hot step from Langley to Burnaby as 7 of the team were substitutes for the Premier side.  There was no sign of 'bed-legs' earlier on as Capilano established their authority over their youthful opposition. Attacking down the hill in the first half Capilano got into good positions early via strong runs from Natalie Beliveau and Karina Chrisiansen who finished off the first try of the game after good inter-passing from the Capilano backs. After further sustained pressure straight from the kick off, Capilano scored again Laura 'Jakey' Ellwood scoring from close range.

Langley were finding their feet in the game and made Capilano work hard to maintain their dominance on the fixture but a strong run from Karina Chrisiansen on halfway saw her go under the post with Captain Kelsey Bisaro converting to make the score 17-0. Capilano continued to use the slope to their advantage and after numerous phases and a talismanic run from Natalie Beliveau, Mina Perry scored her first ever try which was greeted by the biggest cheer of the day by all Capilano members in attendance. Bisaro added the extras from the tee.  The half ended on a sour note with a Capilano and Langley player involved in an off the ball incident which led to a yellow card to the second row from the home side, leaving Langley the arduous task of starting the second half trailing 25-0 and down to 11 players. 

The second half started much like the first. Capilano's forward were gaining the upper hand in all areas of the field and with further strong runs from Ellie Woods and Grainne "G" McDermott they scored again with winger Sam Westhaver scoring to the right of the posts after a fine run.  Karina Chrisiansen completed her hat trick shortly after with a 55 metre solo effort with Kelsey Bisaro converting. Not to be outdone by their forward counterparts, the Capilano backs looked very sharp with strong performances throughout especially from scrum half Cheyenne Conrad who was returning after a nasty finger injury. Credit must also be given to Kelly Simington who was a last minute call up and never put a foot wrong all game at fullback. Natalie Beliveau scored her second try of the morning after a powerful run from winger Krissy Morley, who was busy as ever in the Capilano back line. 

Langley got on the score sheet after a tidy finish from their fullback to make the score 41-7 with around 6 minutes to play but this spurred Caps on to finish the game strongly. A good defensive effort from Westhaver who popped her nose & lip making a last ditch tackle turned defense into attack. Chae Rasmus did a fine job all afternoon to "fish" for the ball at the breakdown and this led to the Caps 8th and final try with Karina Chrisiansen scoring again. The excellent conversion from the skipper Bisaro made the score 48-7 which is how it finished. 

A big thanks to Kia Frederiksen Ryan who came all the way with the traveling Capilanos to make sure everyone was fully taped and strapped. We are looking forward to the return fixture with Langley later in the season. 

Premier Women vs. Burnaby 

Grey skies and chance of showers greeted the travelling Caps to Burnaby Lake who came into the local rivalry game on the back of a victory against Seattle the weekend previous. 

Burnaby started the game with real intensity and soon established good field position attacking towards the clubhouse end. The Capilanos defense held strong, phase after phase until a quickly tapped penalty led to the Burnaby open side flanker scoring. The conversion was missed to leave the score 5-0 after 10 minutes.  Burnaby was seemingly throwing everything they had at Capilano during the early exchanges for little to no success. Solid tackling and good defensive line speed lead to a Capilano turnover on their 22 metre line and Aly MacCormack raced clear of the trailing Burnaby defenders. Quick interpassing between the flying MacCormack & winger Shawnee Monchalin resulted in Julie David touching down. David converted her own score to give Capilano a 7-5 lead after spending the majority of the first quarter defending. 

On 25 minutes Capilano scored again. David, who latched onto a fine pass from her centre partner Suhad Mardikian raced 50 metres untouched to score her second of the afternoon. It was a fine solo effort from Julie David but this was a direct result of aggressive defence from the entire Capilano side. The conversion sailed wide but as the heavens opened Capilano held a 12-5 lead.

The home side kicked off and was soon back into the contest. Smart hands on the short side lead to a score for Burnaby and with the conversion missing, Capilano held onto a small lead with time in the first half quickly elapsing. After good sustained pressure Capilano had pinned Burnaby back in their 22 and after the blue and whites failed to clear their lines, Capilano capitalized. Flanker Gillian Boag scored in the left hand corner after a good turnover. David's conversion missed to leave the score at the break 17-10 in favour of the visitors. 

As the rain continued to pour down Capilano kicked off the second half knowing that with a defensive effort like they had in the first half, they would surely be taking a victory back to Klahanie Park.  The early exchanges of the half were a scrappy affair with both sides making handling errors in the wet conditions until another piece of magic from David. A carbon copy of her second try she showed electric pace and raced 50 metres to complete her hat trick and also give Capilano the 4 try bonus point. Capilano were leading 22-10 with the flags staying down on the tricky conversion. Then the Caps failed to clear their lines and Burnaby took full advantage of this with a fine finish from the fullback.

After all the Caps hard, tireless work in defence, it was now a one score game. But with good team play and structure, Capilano manufactured themselves into a strong attacking position. Numerous penalties given against Burnaby at the scrum resulted in further sustained pressure to the visitors. Capilano kept their cool and were eventually rewarded with Boag scoring her second try of the game to put victory all but out of reach for their fierce rivals. Caps played smart rugby in the final exchanges of the game and closed it out to give them back to back wins with a final score of 27-15. Thank you to Burnaby for hosting the fixture, we look forward to playing you again in a few weeks time. 

Capilano 3rd Division Men

The Capilano 3rd Division Men travelled this weekend to Ridge Meadows to play for the first time this season. The Caps mustered up 16 players this week and were defeated by a good Ridge Meadows side. The Caps 3B’s will be looking to add a few more players to the roster in the next few weeks.

Caps played a triple header at UBC today and were swept.

The Capilano Academy side played against the U-23 UBC team that has many former Capilano youth players on their squad. The two clubs have much in common as three of the UBC coaches also come from the North Shore Club. The UBC side looked strong today and won 59-7. Caps tried hard but were only able to manage one try. The University side recruits some of the best High School talent in BC, Canada and overseas. They were good value for the win. Congratulations to UBC and thanks to the referee.

The Premier Reserve Game

UBC won this one as well by a score of 38-0. Caps have been bitten by the injury bug and are getting thin at the all important prop position. Matt Plant who plays for the Caps 3B side was called up to stand by for the reserves. He not only played in this game but also had to play in the Premier contest as well. This young Capilano side was no match for the UBC reserves who looked bigger and fitter than the Caps. Caps were unfortunate not to score but generally were outclassed by this UBC side. Jonathan Webster played well for Caps as did Malcolm Klaver. Webster had to do double duty as well as Caps lost a second row forward Rich Merinsky early in the premier game.

The Premier Men Game

UBC won 34-26 scoring a last play try to deny Caps a bonus point.

UBC came out and they looked awesome. The front row is big and strong. They are a team that certainly looks better than their record. Caps are hurting with Neil Courtenay the former UBC player out with a concussion. Neil was really looking forward to this game against his mates but couldn’t play. Hopefully he will be back soon. His replacement was Rowan Baker, a good young player who did an admiral job last week against the Ravens as Neil’s substitute, but he had difficulty against Clint Lemkus, a beast of a prop! Lemkus knows the front row culture. Caps needed to stay away from sets as they were not to their advantage.

Glen McKinnon who played out of his skin today was able to gather in several balls going backwards and save the ball from the onrushing UBC pack. UBC scored early with a try by left winger Fraser Hurst? The Sauder conversion was good and the Birds were up 7-0. Caps though were into this contest led by Captain McKinnon and were out to improve upon last week’s humiliating loss. Sam Franklin put 3 on the board with a penalty kick it was now 3-7. Another penalty kick shortly after made it a one point UBC lead, 7-6. UBC struck back though with a nice try in the corner by their winger. The conversion was missed. Nick Collett, the UBC number 10 made an impressive run but his pass went to touch. Caps were making some big hits but so were the T-Birds.

Adam Zaruba, playing outside center where I think he should play in 15’s, made a good run. I didn’t think Caps used him to their advantage as much as they could have. They used him as a decoy several times and bypassed him other times. When you have a threat like Adam, give him the ball! The big guy looked a bit rusty but he would look good in any lineup! Sam Franklin notched another 3 pointer just before the half time whistle. The score was now 12-9 UBC at the break.

Caps lost fullback and kicker Sam Franklin early in the second half to an ankle injury. Cap nation was worried. Sam has been kicking really well!

Theo Sauder scored a nice try for UBC as he sliced through the Caps back line that came up in an uneven line. He converted his own try and it was 19-9. Adam Zaruba made a good run but ran out of field and was forced to touch. Caps were pressing though and got the ball deep into UBC territory. They were awarded a penalty kick and number 10 Steve Cassells took over the kicking duties and nailed it. UBC was awarded a kick shortly after and Sauder made it good. It was now 22-12 for UBC.

Caps came back and turned a penalty kick into a lineout then a rolling maul try. The conversion from the corner was good and it was 19-22. UBC though scored again with a neat little chip kick that was downed, it was close but a try was awarded. This gave UBC a 10 point lead following the conversion. Caps scored again with another mauling try to make it 26-29 with the successful convert. Caps were hanging around and perhaps could pull this one out of the fire.

It wasn’t to be though as UBC scored on the final play of the game. The convert was wide but the game was over and UBC had the victory. For Caps it was a hard fought loss and they were denied a bonus point which they probably should have got. It was a good rugby game and the best team won but Caps made it close and put in a good effort especially considering the injury list. I thought UBC was a bit fortunate not to have been binned as they took a lot of penalties. In saying that I thought the officiating was good and thanks to the game officials.

UBC has a great program, some constructive comments though. The game program was late coming out and only contained the names of the Premier side. The Capilano lineup was that of last week and totally wrong! Caps put out their lineup early and this shouldn’t happen. As they say on US sports television “Come on Man” !!!! Also some food for the fans would be appreciated. Other than that I enjoyed the games! Thanks UBC and we will see you at Klahanie later in the season.


Capilano Women Defeat Seattle: Men Lose to Ravens


by John Langley
Sept 27 2017

Capilano Women shine, Men no so much.

It was a good day for the Capilano Women’s program today as they won over Seattle in Premier play and over Ridge Meadows in Second Division.

It was a bleak day for the Men’s’ program as all three sides Premier, Premier Reserve and Academy U-23 went down to defeat

Premier Reserve Men: Ravens won 20-10.

This game was played at the same time as the Premier Women’s game so I didn’t see all of it. I tried to watch both games but didn’t see the second half. An earlier start for the Premier Women would be good as I would like to enjoy both of these games. From what I saw the Capilano side played better than last week but was not able to match the opposition. The Ravens who used to have trouble fielding a second side have certainly improved and are now very competitive. The Ravens were good value for the victory. Congratulations and thanks to the referee Mr. Brett Hay for his efforts.

Second Division Women:

The Capilano Div 2 Women won this game by a score of 52-12 and looked very good in doing it. This Capilano side looks very proficient. They are led by 3 players that have played for the top team for a long time. They are Natalie Beliveau, a hard running second row forward, Lindsay Nicholson an excellent back row forward and Jacklyn Simington a competent scrum half. There are other veterans on this squad and some younger players. The Ridge Meadows side tried hard and played some good rugby by was not a match for the experienced Caps squad. Thanks to them for the match. Also thank you to the young woman who refereed and was coached by the experienced top level referees. She did an excellent job.

U23 Academy Men

The Capilano U-23 was played away and the score was 23-12 for United who are to be congratulated. This U-23 League is an excellent idea and will keep a lot more young players interested in the game.

The Premier Women host Seattle Saracens. Caps won this game 41-12.

Caps were ahead 17-0 then Seattle mounted a comeback and pulled to within 2 points making it 15-17. Caps responded well though and really turned it on! In the past couple of seasons, Caps have had problems containing Seattle’s outside speed. Today the cover play was exceptional and they were able to shutdown the Seattle attack on most occasions. Seattle had many chances to score but were prevented by great Caps cover or handling errors. Caps have added a lot of young talent this season and should be a factor in league play. Capilano scorers were Melissa Robinson with two tries, Gillian Boag with two, Natalie Beliveau and Lindsay Nicholson with one each. Julie David added 3 extra points. Congratulations to Coach Carlos Valle and assistant Will Newbigin, and the entire squad. Thanks to Senior referee Chris Assmus for his handling of the contest and thanks to Seattle for the game.

The Premier Game - Ravens win in a blowout 57-0

Sometimes you get a feeling about how a game will be played. I knew that Caps would have trouble containing the outside speed of the Ravens. The Capilano scrum could compete but the backs would have difficulty. Ravens struck an early try by number 8 Karl Moran. The young man was tackled short of the line and stretched out for the score. The Caps crowd was calling for a double movement but the referee Mr. Turner awarded the try after a short discussion with assistant referee Mr. Assmus.

Caps took a penalty and Ravens went for the posts. The kick hit the upright and bounced out. Ravens number 12 Ben Grant was binned for a high tackle. The Kiwi flyer Aaron McLelland outran the Cap backs to score their second try. The conversion missed. The Ravens took another yellow card this time Nick Waggot number 6, for a professional foul. Things were looking up for Capilano and they began to assault the Ravens goal line.

Ravens were defending furiously and Caps looked like they would score. They swung the ball left and disaster struck a Ravens back stepped in front of a Caps pass at full pace and took it all of the way for another score. A score shorthanded can happen and does as Caps did it last week but this time Ravens managed to score two tries while two men down. I don’t remember that happening before. To make things worse caps lost prop Neil Courtney to a suspected concussion. Caps tried hard throughout the contest, but couldn’t cope with the speed of the Ravens backs.

Caps gave up 3 intercept tries and this was their downfall. Peter MacDonald has the rest of the Raven scorers listed in his excellent game report. I encourage you to read it on BC Rugby News. He says Capilano will see better days and I agree. There is no doubt though that this is an excellent Ravens team. Rick Bourne has done quite a recruiting job and if I was putting together a professional team some of these players would be high on my recruiting list. The Ravens went on to put 57 points on the board and looked awesome doing so. Caps need to regroup as they face UBC Thunderbirds away next Saturday. Thanks to Mr. Turner and his assistants for their efforts.

Thanks to Jim Leith for feeding the players, Gordon Currie for running the gate and Alan Banwell for his job on the scoreboard. Also unsung heroes, Dennis Page and Greg Larsen for keeping things together in the absence of Tim Bannister. It was a good crowd and an excellent day for rugby. Get out and support Capilano Rugby next week. Go Caps!


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