Burnaby Claim Three Wins at Home Over United and Rowers: Loss on the Road to Caps in Women's Premier: MATCH VIDEOS
by Mike Devlin
BLRC Premier Women 17 – Capilano RFC 68
The only away game had the BLRC Women trying to avenge a heavy loss suffered at the hands of the North Shore club a few weeks back. To make the task a bit more challenging, the team would be without a few key players who had earmarked that weekend for a vacation. The info I received said the girls were overmatched by the bigger Capilano side and struggled to contain the powerful backline. Positives to report were the girls never giving up and a few trys from Govorchin, Londono and Guan. The BLRC women will try to even up their record at 2-2 this weekend vs Seattle.
BLRC 2nd Div Men 28 – United RFC 12
The 2nd Div were coming of a tough loss the weekend before at Bayside which saw a penalty on the final play of the game give Bayside the victory. In front of the home crowd the team were looking to get back on track. A good looking starting XV on paper was bolstered by the club’s newest addition, Izzy Ryan, A New Zealand native, he stepped in at scrumhalf today and had a great game, scoring 2 try’s. The BLRC were simply too much for United to handle in the first 40 minutes, as the home side spent the majority of the first half inside the United end. Veteran props Steve Sawchuk and Brent Molesworth controlled the scrums, the back row of Menzies, McCartney and Ferrer stopped any United attack cold and the backs led by Ryan and Si D’Agrosa made yards at every turn. The BLRC scored 5 trys in the opening stanza but then took their foot off the gas pedal in the 2nd half allowing United to make a bit of a comeback. The BLRC got points from Izzy Ryan (2 try’s), Aaron Solomonsz (a try + a penalty), Haydn Melin (try), Si D’Agrosa (try). This weekend the team will welcome SFU to Burnaby Lake.
The full game can be seen here: https://youtu.be/lDRoY_4f0X0
BLRC Premier Reserve Men 41 – Vancouver Rowing Club 19
The reserves started fast, a perfectly weighted kickoff by Nolan Shelley put the ball into Captain Riley Fergus’s hands and the BLRC methodically moved the ball into the VRC end before Cian Keegan popped to Shelley inside the 5m and Nolan dove in for the games opening points at 1 minute 20. Shelley converted to go up 7-0. Off the restart the ball went to Jean “Fish” Koorsten just outside of the BLRC 22m. Fish blasted through the defence, making about 40m before popping to Cian Keegan on his left. Keegan held the ball for less than a second before popping back inside to Kishan Karunathasan just out of the Rowers 22m. The speedster (and pride of the Tupper Tigers) outran the rest and dotted down behind the posts. Shelley’s conversion put the BLRC ahead 14-0 with 4 minutes gone. The Rowing Club seemed to wake up a bit after that and took the ball into the Burnaby Lake end for the better part of 7 minutes, but Shelley was able to clear the ball. 5 minutes of back and forth and then Jack Brady caught a long pass from Keegan on the wing with nothing but goal line ahead of him to put the Reserves ahead 19-0 with about 15 minutes gone. A big hit from Rowing Club captain Scyler Dumas, though penalized, seemed to turn the tide as the Rowers got fired up and played some excellent rugby for the next 30 minutes.
Kishan Karunathasan scores. Photo by Pj Carr
The first 10 of those minutes saw them stifle the BLRC attack and move down into the BLRC end. A yellow card to a Burnaby Lake player opened the flood gates and the Stanley Park outfit took full advantage of the extra man, pushing in two converted tries while the player was binned. With about 15 minutes left in the game, the BLRC had made their way to the VRC 22m and were awarded a penalty. Shelley added the points and it seemed to put the Blue & White back in control., where they stay for the rest of the game. Chris Dunne was the next to cross the paint, finishing off some prolonged work from the forwards. Shelley once again hit the conversion and the BLRC led 29-14. The next series of play had the Rowers threatening but Mathew Chan caught up with a Rowers ball carrier at the BLRC 5m and popped the ball loose where it bounced directly into the hands of Kishan Karunathasan who sprinted to the 10m line before passing to Jean Koorsten who took it the rest of the way. Nolan’s convert made it 36-14 before the VRC struck back through their captain Scyler Dumas. The hard runner took a pop pass from one of his team mates inside the BLRC 22m and finished the play in the end zone. 36-19 with only minutes to play.
Cooper Johnston running into traffic. Photo by Pj Carr
In the dying seconds the BLRC were pounding away near the try line and were awarded with a scrum at the 5m. The ball went wide to Karunathasan who slid between two defenders for the game’s final points. 41-19 was your final. 50 minutes of excellent rugby from the Reserves and 30 minutes of head scratching rugby. The team will need to work on their consistency this week before they host Seattle. The captain Riley Fergus stood out in the forwards for his ball carrying and crunching tackles. The return of Mathew Chan from a Scotland vacation was a welcome addition. He added some spark to the back row and was responsible for a 14 point swing, punching the ball loose on a sure Rowers try which resulted in a BLRC try on the turnover. The BLRC backs played great. Nolan Shelley had, I believe, 17 points in the game. Centres Cian Keegan and Jean Koorsten were in sync throughout the game. Kish Karunathasan is dangerous at this level with his speed. Also, Burnaby Central’s Lynden Duggan got his first taste of Senior Rugby action today. Lynden was one of the standout backs on the BLRC’s fall U19 team. He had some friends, 2 teachers and a proud dad watching him from the sidelines. He played well, making a few tackles in defence but unfortunately the ball never found him. Maybe this weekend it will. For the Rowers, Scyler Dumas stood out in the forwards while Oisin Daly was top notch in the backs.
The full game can be seen here: https://youtu.be/4hQMAd-YvYw
BLRC Premier Men 52 – Vancouver Rowing Club 10
The Burnaby Lake Men came roaring out of the gates to open the scoring before the first whistle blew. Gino Paolella made a break down the sideline at 1 minute, passed to Cole McQueen who popped to a trailing Reid Watkins who dove in next to the posts. Geoff Ryan’s boot made it 7. Watkins got his 2nd try of the game at 32 minutes when the BLRC forwards were threatening at the Rowers doorstep. Watkins picked up, faked one way and dove the other for 5 points. At 40 minutes, a few successive scrum penalties on the VRC 5m caused the ref to award a penalty try which ended the half 19-0 for Burnaby Lake.
Reid Watkins with the hat trick. Photo by Pj Carr
Watkins scored the hat trick 10 minutes into the 2nd half. The BLRC had a scrum at the VRC 5m line and Vikilani popped to Reid who went short side for the try. Geoff Ryan slotted the difficult kick to go ahead 26-0. At the 56-minute mark the Rowers got on the scoreboard through winger Kevin Gurniak. The Rowing club had an overlap and fix & gave to perfection down the far side of the pitch leaving the winger all alone to score in the corner. BLRC 26 – VRC 5. At 60 minutes the BLRC would respond through Cole McQueen who beat his opposite just inside the Rowing Club 22m and touched down for a try. The conversion was successful. At 75 minutes the BLRC had a lineout at the Rowing Club 5m. Hooker Chris Dunne threw the ball in and then ended up with it when the maul broke up and dove over the try line for 5 points. Nolan Shelley added the extras. The Rowers added another try and front rowers Bryce Worden got one while Chris Dunne scored his 2nd to end the game 52 -10 in the BLRC’s favour.
Bryce Worden with the ball. Photo by Pj Carr
The first 75 minutes of the game (dead camera battery) can be seen here: https://youtu.be/54Glh9eGMtY
Big thanks to the BCRRS for the great day of rugby on both sides of the bridge!