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Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

A Recent History of Women’s Rugby at CW – Installment #2 CW:  You are often heard to espouse the term “pathway”.  What do you mean by this term and how has it come to fruition with the club? DC:  Based on my experience in coaching and training with other sports (soccer, hockey), I felt...


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...


CW Female Program -  Coaching Announcement - 2017/2018 season

CW Female Program - Coaching Announcement - 2017/2018 season

The Executive Director of the Female Rugby program at CW, David Crossley, would like to announce the CW female coaching team for the 2017/2018 season. With the growth of the female game and a direction from our new Girls Youth and Senior Women’s Director, we are announcing an integrated...


CW - Seeking Coaching Applications for Head Coach - Senior Women's Program

CW - Seeking Coaching Applications for Head Coach - Senior Women's Program

Castaway Wanderers – Women’s Program Head Coach Castaway Wanderers is seeking a Head coach for its Senior Women’s program for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. The CW women’s program was established in the 2015/2016 season and had an incredible inaugural season going on to win the...


Friday Smorgasbord

Friday Smorgasbord

"Cosmo XV", winners of Williams Lake Rustlers Tournament. Last weekend, a CW initiated, Cosmopolitan XV, coached by a robust recovering, Riley Ilnicki and captained by 'returning' native, Nate Stewart, won the Williams Lake Stampeders' Tournament.  The composite group also included Tournament...


Challenging Weekend Begins on Wrong Foot

Challenging Weekend Begins on Wrong Foot

Captain Kelly, dishes off.... The Canadian NSWT lost to the New Zealand Black Ferns "last night" by a score of 28 - 16. This was game #1 of three, being used as a `warm-up`for the Women`s RWC.  The Black Ferns improved their record to 13 - 0 vs Canada.  It was close at the break, 14 - 8,...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Youthful flyer, Josiah Morra. Seen at Divvies game last Saturday, Lucas Hammond and Mike Fuli, Captain Ilnicki – wow. Great to see Riles up and about after his major heart surgery. It would seem that former Tricolor, Lucas, has put his studies on hold once again for his rugby career and it...


They Are the Champions!

They Are the Champions!

Can’t think of enough congratulatory comments for our NSMT 7’s – winners in Singapore this weekend. Just sooooo happy for the core group who have laboured so hard for so long to finally reach this pinnacle, surrounded by youngsters to carry the torch and some pace in the mix to boot and this...


Coaching Announcements for CW Youth Girls Rugby program for 2016/2017

Coaching Announcements for CW Youth Girls Rugby program for 2016/2017

Posted in Girls Rugby / Girls U12 / Girls U14 / Girls U16-U18 / Senior Women

The Executive Director of the Female Rugby program at CW, David Crossley, would like to welcome 2 new coaches to its female youth coaching team. Anna Wray, our longtime female head coach and recent recipient of the Rugby Canada Female Coach of the Year award is now busy with her newborn boy,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

PATHWAY PATTERNS With women`s rugby all the rage, CW is proud to announce its pathway for female rugby for the coming season. The club has taken a few shots about its women`s program with accusations of everything from poaching to payment. Not so!  Development of women`s rugby has been a...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

ZUSSMAN BAGS A BRACE CW’s Julianne Zussman led the parade to the posts for Canada’s NSWT in their marvellous victory over world #2 ranked, England women on Canada Day, (rather fitting). The Nats chalked up 52 points, 39 in the first half which was pure money. Described by R.C. as; “one of the...


Rugby Ramblings

Rugby Ramblings

Team mates at club; arch rivals at school; friends for life! Howard Russell Cup. Congratulations to SMUS on their comprehensive 25 – 0 victory over the Oak Bay Barbs on Thursday. In the early going, the teams tested each other with physicality and unfortunately, for Oak Bay, by game’s end they...


Wednesday's Ruck and Maul on Thursday!

Wednesday's Ruck and Maul on Thursday!

CW SEARCHES FOR NEW PREMIERSHIP HEAD COACH & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Today’s news brings a huge note of thanks to Lee Lindwall and Ian Hyde-Lay, senior men’s premiership head coaches of the 2015-16 season. Neither is available at this stage to continue the task of coaching the club’s senior...


The Story So Far.....

The Story So Far.....

Competing in the BC Premiership finals for women’s rugby is new to Castaway Wanderers, but the tradition of quality rugby on Vancouver Island is not.   “When we (re)started the senior women’s rugby program in 2015, we had to draw on all our strengths. We knew we had to have a feeder program,...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

A Plethora of Weekend Action This weekend offers a real smorgasbord of rugby, both locally and internationally. The local action starts at Windsor on Saturday, 11:30 a.m. when the Tricolours take on Westshore in a vitally important game.  CW has not beaten Westshore this year, yet stands atop...


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

Every summer a large number of CW players are selected for representative youth rugby.  The very successful, Crimson Tide Organisation is seeking volunteers for the following posiitons.  Not all positions require tecnical rugby skill sets and it isd a great opportunity for parents to be...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Bouquets to Bayside.  A long lost affinity with the Bayside club was re-established by CW Women on Saturday last. CW & Bayside had many a respected battles over the years with men’s rugby as well as age grade B.C. Finals and they always ended with mutual respect and comradery.  This writer...


Big Day Upcoming

Big Day Upcoming

Tomorrow will be a big day for CW’s three senior teams as they pit themselves against quality opponents. CW’s women will be seeking to repeat their win of last weekend when Seattle visits the House of Windsor. After watching the video of last week’s game, a number of aspects were very...


CW Youth Girls  Players in the News !

CW Youth Girls Players in the News !

Posted in Girls Rugby / Girls U12 / Girls U14 / Girls U16-U18

  CW Youth Girls in the News ! As we start to wind down the girls youth season, we begin to enter the high school season and representative portion of the rugby calendar.   A number of CW Youth Girls are out of the gate early with selection honours for both Provincial and...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

    The year in review to date has been quite successful for CW, with some outstanding Junior Boys results.  Our U14’s won the B.C. title; U16’s placed third and U18’s also won the crown. Our U18 girls played in a 2nd successive BC final vs a strong Abby team only losing 22-5. Our newly...


2016 Kicks Off

2016 Kicks Off

  And a Happy New Year to all ruggers and rugby fans, especially to the CW Family.  CW is pleased to hear of deserved Season Honors for our own, Spencer Robinson who has been announced by Rugby Canada as the NSMT Maple Leafs Sevens coach for their upcoming tour of Argentina and Chile. ...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Hats off to a group of CW volunteers that assisted with the Victoria Christmas Truck Parade and its tour through the Oak Bay village.  That’s the CW way folk and a Merry Christmas to you.     CW’s Dylan ‘Diesel’ Jones is once again having some major health issues and...


CW's FIRST FEMALE CAP

CW's FIRST FEMALE CAP

Head coach John Tait has named his squad for the opening round of the 2015-16 HSBC Women’s Sevens Series to be held in Dubai Dec. 3-4. Jen Kish will captain the team while Megan Lukan and Caroline Crossley will both make their Sevens Series debuts for Canada. “The team has been...


CW Girls on the Rise !

CW Girls on the Rise !

Posted in CW Rugby / Girls Rugby / Girls U14 / Girls U16-U18 / Rugby Club

The CW girls program is entering its 5th year and it is an appropriate time to pause and celebrate this accomplishment. It is more notable to celebrate some of it's original members that are now beginning to make their presence felt at he representative levels. The athletes listed below were...