Westshore Whitewash Oak Bay's Castaway Wanderers Winning Four of Four Matches
by Clancy McDonnell
Men’s Premier: WRFC 29 – OBCW 10
Westshore’s Velox Valhallians hosted the Oak Bay Castaway Wanderers on Saturday, and continued their upward trend by knocking over their top-four opponents. The VVs scored first, opened up a lead, and then withstood the inevitable fightback that came from the visitors. Having conceded over 50 points to Castaway Wanderers in a drubbing early in the season, the result was doubly satisfying.
The hosts had the territory and muscle for the majority of the first half. Tries came through Siti Nacoko looking for work, and fullback Jordan Tait chasing a well weighted kick. He’s got a knack for getting the lucky bounce and then racing away. There was another try that was mostly a forwards effort, with Clay Panga emerging after a pick and go.
CW, for their part, played some okay rugby without stringing enough of it together. They scored a good long range try in the first half. They’ll probably rue the odd sloppy pass and a few unforced errors. They worked hard in the contact zone, with ball carriers looking to scramble and bounce back onto their feet. They had a clear tactic to station their #8 on the wing for much of the game, which was a shame. He carried well when he was in tight, but on a decent track and with dry weather the ball never really looked like reaching him out wide.
In the second half CW played with proper energy, and spent some time at the business end of the field. The VVs were committed though, and twice held up the visitors over the line. At the other end of the field, Nacoko scored another try on front foot ball, and scrum-half Mark Discombe popped a penalty over.
Men’s Premier Reserve: Westshore 27 – OBCW 15
The VVs opened the scoring in this game, and maintained their lead despite some sound work from the visitors. There were a number of strong performances for the hosts. Young winger Julian Foggit had his best game of the season, looking for work and then displaying surprising strength in the tackle to keep his feet. James Knowles has responded to the front row challenges facing the club, and had another strong showing at loose head prop. Inside back Matt Kemp tackled like a demon and ran hard. The victory has them right in the hunt for the business end of the season.
Women’s Premier: WRFC 45 – OBCW 8
The undefeated Valkyries have had a couple of very competitive games from the CW team this season, and the first half was an arm wrestle that didn’t surprise viewers. The second half opened up though, and the VVs all-court game enabled them to run away with it.
Meghan Howat was at it again, earning herself a best back nod, while #8 Bronwyn Corrigan was recognized for her work in the forwards.
The Mighty 3rd XV were at it earlier in the day as well, taking a 46-8 victory that set the tone for the day`s whitewash.
Effort of the day goes to the hard men willing to pack down in the front row, particularly when it`s not their favoured or natural position. Jade Billington and Foster DeWitt in the Prems, and the aforementioned Knowles spring to mind. A bye this coming weekend allows time to recuperate, before the VV men head to Seattle and the Valkyries travel to Burnaby Lake.