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REMEMBRANCE

REMEMBRANCE

Posted in Victoria BC / News / Community

In times of such turmoil, busyness and self-indulgence may we all take some time out to remember, SACRIFICE. The scene of the Menin Gate is a memory to the 200,000 Commonwealth servicemen who fell between 1914 and 1918, in the five major offensives that occurred at Ypres in Belgium. The Menin...


Honouring Big Al

Honouring Big Al

Today, CW joins the rest of Canada’s rugby supporters in congratulating Al Charron to his selection to the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The special moment that comes to mind for this writer was in 2003 at Win Stadium, Wollongong, when Al was floored with a straight shoulder charge by a Tongan...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Finally, catching up on more results from last weekend. Kamloops RFC hosted a mammoth sevens tournament for B.C. Youth. CW Girls made up the South Island #1 team that won the U14 title and others joined Westshore girls to place third in this pool. CW U18 Elite Girls finished in second place,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Overheard at practise last week from newbie, Kris Uschold from Winnipeg, a journey-man prop; “Geez, I saw these guys playing in the World Cup.” This was in reference to a couple of blokes he was training with. Well, Kris, hang on, for you will learn a lot from the Front Row Fraternity around CW!...


A Day for Mudders

A Day for Mudders

Hornets swarm Dougie Middleton! CW will welcome the Hornets in their inaugural year in the BC Premier League, tomorrow at The House. It goes back to circa 1969 for the Ruggernut and his days in the Hub City when the Hornets made a leap with the Velox into VIRU Div.1 after a successful...


R.I.P. - Tom Browne

R.I.P. - Tom Browne

Posted in CW Rugby / Victoria BC / News / Community

We would like to remind the myriad friends of Tom that a Celebration of His Life will be held tomorrow at the University Centre (former Faculty Club) at 2:00 p.m.  Parking will be at a premium and we wish to remind attendees that there are two nearby lots, apart from the small Faculty Club...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

The Spirit of Rugby   Editorial Comment:  Last week we talked about a "golden opportunity".  Indeed, last Saturday we observed many players taking this opportunity and I laud your efforts.  The road ahead will only get tougher and I wish you well. At this point in the season, I would like...


Tricolours School Seattle

Tricolours School Seattle

This week we welcome and thank the return of The Sage to recount events at the House of Windsor last Saturday. CW welcomed Seattle; two men's teams to Windsor Sept 23, 2017. The rugby on display, at a point early in the season, offered up some exciting play and a number of miscues. This being...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

UNSUNG HERO - Dave 'Bing' Crossley CW Women's Rugby - A History - Final Installment CW: Dave, you were a player of some ability. Can you tell us how you were first attracted to the game? DC:  When my father was stationed in Chilliwack during my high school years, I played a multitude of...


VALE - DYLAN JONES

VALE - DYLAN JONES

Posted in CW Rugby / Prems / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / Community / Senior Men

“An exceptional multi-sport athlete (Oak Bay H.S. Barbs rugby; OBHS basketball; Bays United soccer and Junior Shamrocks lacrosse), Dylan Jones lived to compete. Although he easily and naturally stood out as a leader on the field and on the floor and court, it was above all, his aptitude to be...


Unsung Hero - Off the Field - Dave Crossley

Unsung Hero - Off the Field - Dave Crossley

A Recent History of Women’s Rugby at CW – Installment #1 Rugby Clubs in Canada are built on and rely on volunteers. Dave Crossley, almost single-handedly has been responsible for developing girls’ and women’s rugby at CW. Within a two-year window, Women’s Premier rugby has become an integral...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

  Saturday's Results: CW opened VIRU Division1 play with a lop-sided win over visiting Port Alberni Black Sheep. Port did not quite have the fire-power we have come to expect from them in the past however, some young players will progress with the season and they certainly “hung in there”....


A Man of Action - Dylan Jones, R.I.P.

A Man of Action - Dylan Jones, R.I.P.

Posted in CW Rugby / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / Community / Senior Men

 In a word - UNCOMPROMISING    ...


Vale - Tom Browne

Vale - Tom Browne

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Giving Back / Minis / Victoria BC / News / Community / Coaching

Mid-week, CWRFC lost one of our finest members, Tom Browne. This writer played against Tom, took a post-grad Ed Admin course from him and some ten years back, craftily persuaded him to play a part in the CW Magic Mini Rugby program, when his grand-daughter showed an interest with the oval...


Two Of The Finest

Two Of The Finest

Posted in CW Rugby / Victoria BC / News / Community

  The past twenty four hours have been nothing short of devastating for Castaway Wanderers Rugby.  Our club has lost two of the finest people to have worn the colours, Tom Browne and Dylan Jones.  Tom was taken ill most unexpectedly with a very rare disease and has gone down hill...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

CW takes some time today to ask all rugby-types to remember our southern neighbours and their recent plight. Canadians are extremely generous people and many of you have donated. We are not pushing such a move but were rather touched with last night’s appeals concert that we thought it prudent...


Further Aftermath

Further Aftermath

Posted in CW Rugby / Giving Back / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / Community

Today's is a GOOD NEWS blog. Despite the sadness that has been the case, CWRFC has been left with a huge void with the passing of photographer extrordinaire, Ron Willems.  The neat thing about family, is that it always finds a way. We are ecstatic to report today that Wendy Thornber filled...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Double at House of Windsor - Bonus Points to Boot! CW opened their season on Saturday with a pair of home wins – Reserves, 40 – 12; Prems 28 – 15, against cross-town rivals JBAA. The Reserves were ahead 19 – 7 at the half, with James Bay well “in it”. Both teams scored early second-half...


Day #2

Day #2

  Last encounter; CW 36 d. JBA 25 (Season Opener, Saturday, 2:45 p.m., House of Windsor) Just what is the difference between Chile’s Jr Men’s programs and those of our country?  About seventeen points!  Just how can that be so and what must be done?  Hate to ask questions...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Day #3 One day closer to Gala Day. One of the many highlights on the day for the club will be the unveiling of the Ron Willems Commemorative Plaque on our Memorial Bench – a bench that is all so sadly, starting to “fill up”. We will take a few moments to remember Ron, with a few words from...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Something for Juniors to notebook. NSMT Maple Leafs Sevens.  Sad result, 0 - 4.  We were rather chuffed to see four of our boys with this squad but results for our Tier #2 Sevens guys leave much to be desired. Brennig Prevost, moons ago and currently member of Men's U20's team that dropped...


Canada Women Light Up World Stage

Canada Women Light Up World Stage

Posted in CW Rugby / Giving Back / Rugby Club / RWC / News / Community / Fifteens / NSWT / Senior Women

"CW's", Karen Paquin, concludes a fabulous tournament as W-o-M Vs Aussies Ruggernut's cap off to our NSWT for a fantastic showing and comprehensive victory over Australia, their last two games offering an exclamation mark.  It was always going to be difficult when the three-pool draw saw...


SUPPORTERS' INITIATIVE

SUPPORTERS' INITIATIVE

Posted in CW Rugby / Giving Back / Fundraiser / Victoria BC / News / Community

Past President, ‘The Don’ Swainson informs us of an initiative he is leading for the club – something to fill the void of no longer having Presidential agendas! Don will be contacting alumni in an effort to increase our Supporters Club membership. We now have a means of effortlessly doing this...


VALE - Ron Willems

VALE - Ron Willems

Posted in CW Rugby / Giving Back / News / Community

It is with sadness that we bring our readers the news of the recent loss of our ultimate cheer-leader, Ron Willems. Ron passed away quietly in the presence of his wife, Bert and son, Alan, last weekend. Ron has been connected ‘indirectly’ with the club for some 25 years and ‘directly’ for some...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

WOMEN'S CHANCES DIMINISH Despite CW’s Karen Paquin escaping the clutches of a Welsh tackler, once again another good run would come to naught with an unforced error and this was the story of the afternoon in a contest that was somewhat lack-luster from a Canadian pov. From the kick off errors...