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Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

MINI RUGBY RESUMES.  CW Sunday Minis has resumed and will continue for some six weeks or so for the “second half”.  This coincides with a “season” that is beginning in our Elementary Schools for Grade 4 & 5 girls and boys.  The Greater Victoria Schools Program is in its 44th year, having...


Game Report - A Glum Day at Windsor

Game Report - A Glum Day at Windsor

Glum in the skies, on the pitch and on the scoreboard. On Saturday, James Bay schooled their hosts in two games laying down over half a century of points to a bagel by the hosts, far too courteous a visit! The Ones played with an improved effort but on the day had trouble both winning and...


Saturday's Preview

Saturday's Preview

Women’s Premier.  CW Women travel to Burnaby Mt. to take on SFU.  Although the teams are “miles apart” on the table – CW one point out of first place and Simon Fraser winless in the cellar, this is not one for the ladies to take lightly.  CW has not shown any resilience in travel, losing both...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

  CW’s Mike Fuli and Luke McClosky, all smiles after a stellar Sunday in Sydney!  Fun Facts! On the same day there was much ado about eight on the pitch in the N.Z./Australia Final. As the screen shot shows, eight on the pitch as the Kiwis managed to tie it up in “dead time” and go on to win 27...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

"Going, going, gone!" CW's Dinner is rapidly approaching and is 70% sold out.  Today we bring you a few of the many auction items available on the evening.  Last week, we outlined ALL of the terrific features of the Langara Lodge Fishing Adventure.   Two night's stay at Middle Beach Lodge is...


Saturday's Doings - Where to Start?

Saturday's Doings - Where to Start?

Get your pipe and coffee for this diatribe! The weekend started with a ‘downer’. Sydney Sevens on day #1 and Canada drew a bagel. This outcome was particularly disappointing after an early brace of pretty good performances vs N.Z. and Australia, when the boys tanked in their day-end loss...


February 6th - A Fiesta of Footie.

February 6th - A Fiesta of Footie.

Where to start? Downunder, due to time differential!  Proximately 24 hours’ time, the Sydney Sevens will kick off. Sevens’ games can be viewed HERE. CW’s Yak (Nanyak Dala) and Fuli (Mike Fuailefau) have been added to the NSMT’s side for the Sydney event.  This venue will play to a full...


Put Yourself in this Picture

Put Yourself in this Picture

Fun(d)raiser Auction Item - all inclusive, 4-day trip for two to Langara Lodge (Haida Gwai) Heading out for the early bite. For 30 years, Langara Fishing Adventures has built its reputation on providing the greatest fishing and wildlife adventures in the world. At Langara Fishing Lodge,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Giving Back.  A huge thanks to Doug Woolridge, Ray Barkwill and Hubert Buydens for donating jerseys earned after games in the 2015 RWC. Wooly's jersey was from Eddy Ben Arous from France, Bark's was from Ireland's Rory Best and Hubie's from Italy's, Lorenzo Cittadini.  They have been mounted...


One Man's Opinion

One Man's Opinion

Day #2 at Wellington.  Canada (13th rank) vs Russia (14th).  When the dust settled on this one, the difference between these teams was huge, with Canada winning, 35 – 12.  Harry Jones was clearly M-o-M and bagged a hat-trick to boot.  Others to show were; Cejvanovic, Hammond and Hirayama. ...


Sage Returns - Game Report

Sage Returns - Game Report

(This week’s game report sees a return of The Sage on the side.)  Friday night at Westhills Stadium Turf Field….CW lads quickly found out that ‘’class was in session” vs U20 Canada…the exam day to test lessons learned will be coming next Saturday, same location Vs Capilano in the CDI Opener...


Talent Test - CW Vs NSMT U20

Talent Test - CW Vs NSMT U20

Thanks to DragonsEyeAnalysis for this utube video. (Video from U20 Camp @ SLS - Day #1) Game on.  CW Vs Canada NSMT U20’s Friday Nite Lights, Westhills Stadium 7:00 p.m. k.o. Tomorrow’s game will be a good hit out for both groups.  The U20’s under the whip of Jeff Williams and Ken...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Official Club Photographer It takes numerous volunteers to keep a rugby club on the go.  Ron Willems, our club photographer, was raised to the role of “official” when a local ref demanded his presence “outside the ropes”.  We thought we would give Ron “official” status with his...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

The Chaplain brings news of a good outing by The Mighty Thurds in the Hub City this past Sabbath.  It was loss #2 but a close battle. Perhaps poor handling was a causal factor but plenty of positives from the exercise. With the “Saskatoonies” (Siz and Coop) and Queenie making their season...


Long Way Home

Long Way Home

Posted in CW Rugby / Fifteens / Game Reports / Girls Rugby / News / Prems / Senior Women

Confronted by a Sea of Red!  The CW commitment to the tackle was meritorious. A match that offered much going in, exposed some real differences on the day and by the time the mud had settled the hosts had convincingly showed their class, exposing some glaring differences between the...


Seven's Selections

Seven's Selections

Friday last, Rugby Canada finally announced the NSMT’s 7’s selections for the upcoming Wellington and Sydney stops of the parade, virtually as the boys stepped on the plane.  Good news for readers of this site was the inclusion of Luke McCloskey.  Luke is a product of CW minis, age grade,...


Familiarity Breeds........

Familiarity Breeds........

Posted in CW Rugby / Girls Rugby / Girls U16-U18 / News / NSWT / Prems / Rugby Club / Senior Women

Old School Island rivalry has been resurrected with three clubs fielding strong Women’s programs this season.  In the past, it has been predominantly a one-horse race with Velox in front and they are currently, B.C. Premiers.  This season the double V’s have been given serious opposition.  The...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

"Rule changes will rob the game of its heroic qualities!" Website Video Feature.  One of a number of new improvements on our new site is the video feature.  This can be found by going under the “More” link on the menu bar or personal device “slug”.  When you click on that, a drop down will...


CW Women Road Warriors

CW Women Road Warriors

At Windsor Park yesterday, fans’ eyes were directed with interest at the Twittersphere, bleeping out happenings at Herd Road with the club’s women’s team.  At the end of the day, the results read; CW 24 d. Cowichan 17.  With this win, their first on the road, the women have moved into second place...


Saturday is a Rugby Day

Saturday is a Rugby Day

  The “second half” opens this weekend when CW Women travel to Cowichan on Saturday.  The last time these two teams met, a real contrast of styles, based on team strengths was on display.  CW used their speed advantage to record the W.  Since that match, Cowichan has chalked up a win...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

M.M’s kicks off with a “hats off” to Doug Woolridge.  This erstwhile member of the FRF has inked an interim agreement with Clermont Auvergne in the Top XIV League and the Euro Champions Cup.  Dougie was one of Canada’s forwards who had a sterling RWC performance in this writer’s eyes,...


Coaching Conundrum from Club to Country

Coaching Conundrum from Club to Country

Since our last blog, NSMT’s coach, Kieran Crowley has handed in his ticket.  Following a recent review, Crowley’s contract was extended for another two years with the NSMT.  There has been much reported by rugby scribes across the country as well as rugby fans, in relation to the review 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. ...


Xmas Tree Chipping Schedule over the Holiday Period

Xmas Tree Chipping Schedule over the Holiday Period

  CASTAWAY WANDERERS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE CHIPPING SERVICE   For over fifteen years, the Castaway Wanderers Rugby Football Club has welcomed members of the community seeking a convenient place to dispose of their Christmas trees while also contributing – via donation for the tree...