Boot Goes to Barbs
It was a veritable Who’s Who of CW mini and age grade “grads” on show at U.Vic’s Centennial Stadium last night. A tip of The Ruggernut’s cap to the winners, Oak Bay Barbs for their solid victory and overall lead in the series, over SMUS, 31 – 10. A very good partisan crowd was assembled to enjoy the fast, competitive and open play. SMUS opened with a try from B.C. Rep, Lucas De Vries and when Robinson added a trey, they had a nice lead, 10 – 0. Oak Bay threatened with a break out burst from Jonah Hall for some fifty meters and Braydon Tate responded with a penalty after some hard yards from the forwards, Carter White being noticeable. SMUS came back with the pedal down, only to turn over the ball into the hands of winger, Barclay who showed “clean heels” over sixty meters and the score was tied. Thus endeth the first half.
The second stanza was only minutes’ old when Barbs pressure saw Connor King take an opportune gap at pace and cross for the lead. About fifteen minutes in, Barbs moved quick ball to the other winger, I think, Will Tarrant, who outpaced the chasers over 45 meters and a 24 – 10 lead. Mere minutes later and 6/7 recycles produced ball for the final try, 31 – 10. SMUS tried in vain, to be denied by solid defense and errors occurred. Congrats to all players on a good game. The outstanding efforts from CW players was very noticeable. This pundit liked Connor King, MVP in my book for the winners, closely pushed by the efforts of Brandon Schellenberger. Mike Makaroff and Dave Carson as flankers, Carter White and Gavin Kratz in the FRF were notable workers and Braydon Tate contributed a perfect record from the boot with eleven points. For SMUS, it was the best forty-minute effort I have seen from big prop, Aiden Cole and Jonas Robinson tried to probe and distributed well enough. Standout for me was Sam Kahn, Grade 11, #9. This writer’s bias is shown here however, all of these players either started playing mini rugby at Windsor some 8/9 years ago or joined age grade – a true credit to their coaches at club and school, along the way.
WOMENS SEVENS Counterparts, NSWT, won their Opener over Russia, in Atlanta, after a tight first half. The ladies kicked it up a notch in the second stanza to win, 26 – 7. Canada will play France and Ireland today. Go, girls.
The Ones Vs Braves, 1:00 p.m. Prems Vs Thunderbirds 2:45 p.m