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Roles Reversed

Roles Reversed

Back in April when the Ravens last visited, they were underdogs in both grades yet went home with two wins! Tomorrow, it is CW that is the dog in the Prems where Ravens 8 – 0 record makes them the overwhelming favourite. We note that their team will be led by the irrepressible, Garret Garbe –...


Coach Sees Hope in Mid-Season Slump

Coach Sees Hope in Mid-Season Slump

  Coach Manning comments on much to be noted from efforts against Burnaby last week, as process seemed to be more on track. FROM THE SIDELINES:  CW offers our belated congratulations to the NSMT who defeated Sapin last weekend.  For this fan, the fact that the men came from behind...


Adversity Aplenty for Tricolours

Adversity Aplenty for Tricolours

This week’s game reports are provided compliments of The Sage. The Reserves selection was severely fragmented when three of their finest were called on for Premier duty on Saturday, this following the Thursday night selection. This was attributed to injury, work and a suspension, forcing...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Westshore Women Remain Undefeated Appleby shows clean heels for first try - unfortunately, it was the final try that mattered most! The rivalry between these two cross-town clubs has been intense and produced some memorable matches. Saturday’s was one more for the books. CW started their...


Saturday's Selections

Saturday's Selections

CW women play Westshore at Windsor at 12:45. Coach Jess has stated that she;”….is the most excited she has been all season with this selection!” WOW! Both teams will be missing key players to National team duties in England and Australia. News from Australia reports Canada being schooled 50 – 4...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Canada Women’s Ravens kick off their pursuit of the Rugby League World Cup tomorrow when they take on New Zealand in Sydney. There are six teams in two pools. Canada is seeded #3 in Pool A, along with N.Z. (#1) and Papua New Guinea (#2). Men’s play with the 13-aside code in PNG is very strong,...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul, (on Thursday!)

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul, (on Thursday!)

Boys’ U18. On the weekend, Coach Manning and a cadre of Tricolour lads were in attendance at a National Selection clinic in Vancouver. The five boys were; Hector Jardine, Jarvis Dashkewytch, Tom Abercrombie, Connor Hills and Nick Carson (pictured above). The club also had Lachie Kratz, Luke...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Calamitous Outcomes CW’s two men’s Premier teams seem to have chosen a very inopportune time to go into a slump, verging on that of mediocrity. The chaps lost both games to the students on the weekend and now face two of the league’s toughest and to date, successful opponents, with a trip...


Saturday's Selections

Saturday's Selections

The Tricolours have been forced to make a number of changes this week be it due to necessity or lack of form, decisions made behind closed doors! The Reserves will be facing a Norseman side that is 4-1-1, merely four points ahead of the 4 – 2, CW team but a side that is averaging a...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

CAPTAIN CANADA: We at CW Rugby join the many rugby fans across Canada who have lauded the selection of Phil Mack, announced this week to captain Canada in its November series of tests. From Philly’s new coach, Kingsley Jones; “Phil Mack will lead the side (Canada) for the November series....


The Sage's Report

The Sage's Report

Pristine grounds of UBC await action! Today’s blog brings a quick catch-up of game reports from Saturday last at UBC. “The Reserves really lost touch with the game in the second stanza, simply being unable to match the pace of execution of the Braves and their own attack was ponderous...


Bubble Burst Big Time by Birds

Bubble Burst Big Time by Birds

CW had a disappointing road trip to UBC today.  The Reserves lost 29 - 19 after being tied 19 - 19 at the interval.  The Premiers were schooled to the tune of 53 - 7 (eight UBC tries, six unanswered in the second half).  It was 17 - 7 at the half.  Whether it was a 'stinker' from CW or the...


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...


Saturday's Selections

Saturday's Selections

  CW’s FRF is a strong unit, besting opponents to date. They will relish this challenge as they are a group that is experienced and who play for each other. Chisholm and Hohert, in the engine room, are a new combination whose play will be critical in the final outcome. Kyle is playing some...


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!...


CW Stings Hornets

CW Stings Hornets

Stewart is hoisted high for good possession. In the most miserable of conditions, teams from the top and the basement came together to do battle at the House of Windsor on Saturday. Must take my hat off to the Hornets for sticking with it against a team with considerably more ammo and although...


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...


Player Profile - Burger

Player Profile - Burger

Is this a Canadian Schalk or not? Today we feature Clayton ‘Burger’ Thornber. Clayton had his introduction to rugby with CW Minis. He attended Shawnigan Lake H.S. and played on the wing. Clay and his best mate, Mac Poole, were two solid flyers who racked up many a tally. However, Burger at...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Prems / Victoria BC / News / NSMT / Boys U18 / Senior Men

Carnage in Cowichan Hats off to CW U18 Boys who had a very solid win at Piggie Park last Sunday. The lads posted nine tries to Cowichan’s three. Heard on the pipeline it was pretty good rugby. ‘onya, boys, carrying on the tradition! Commitment Midweek results on BC Premier League table...


Tribulations of Travel

Tribulations of Travel

Friday night text to the coach from Will Knott; “sorry coach, got a dose of Away-Game flu and can’t make it!”  Saturday morning at the terminal; “Joe Bloggs just texted and he can’t play today!”  Enough said. This pundit was treated to a smorgasbord of rugby at Klahanie Park yesterday.  I...


A Look at Saturday

A Look at Saturday

This week, CW takes four senior teams on the road – simply, an unthought-of possibility this time last year! Our Men’s Islanders will play Rowers II in an exhibition, Women Premier, Men’s Reserves, Men’s Premier all at Klahanie Park against and always tough, Capilanos club. Caps Women are...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? This week we provide a brief profile of Morgan Tate. Yonks ago, when Morgan was five, his dad and the Ruggernut decided to give mini rugby outside of elementary school, a shot at the club level. Morgan is one example amongst many who represents the success of this...


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...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in CW Rugby / Prems / Game Reports / News / B.C. Rugby / Refereeing / Senior Men

Premier Train on Tracks A much awaited test for the Westshore faithful, the day had arrived.  Play opened with both teams testing. CW’s recycling looked good. Westshore won some ball only to grubber away, Newman covering nicely on one such occasion and made ground. Stewart, Hohert and...