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Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

(Photo - Rugby Canada) VANCOUVER SEVENS- WEEKEND WARRIORS CWRFC congratulates Caroline, Sophie and all of their team mates on their ‘underdog victory’ in the bronze medal match yesterday, defeating Australia by a score of 19 – 14. Earlier, they had squeaked by the USA, 12 - 10 in...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Madi Jumeau - not to be denied! CW Opens with Banner Day On what was a club ‘first’ in history, five senior men’s and women’s teams crossed ‘The Pond’ to do battle with two leading Vancouver clubs, UBC Women and Meralomas Men, on Saturday last. Both Premier teams from these clubs...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

(Photo credit, The Times, December, 2023.) And Some That Is Not So Good! Wow, body cameras on junior soccer referees!  What’s next? I draw reference today to some further Christmas reading of another interesting article by former England International, Stuart Barnes, in The Times, (Dec....


INNOVATORS IN RUGBY

INNOVATORS IN RUGBY

Posted in Canada Rugby / CW Rugby / Fundraiser / Rugby Club / News / Juniors / Refereeing

  Coach Hyde-Lay stands adjacent to the renowned and recently deceased, Kevin (“Lunk”) Wirachowski’s Scrum Master. Lunk was a creative engineer and analyst of the rugby scrum. Today’s blog is all about another creative inventor. The story has interesting and tragic components to it,...


It's A New Day - It's A NEW YEAR!

It's A New Day - It's A NEW YEAR!

OFF THE FIELD Over the Christmas Break, the idea of resurrecting our “Unsung Hero” feature was mentioned in conversation over a bevy. We composed some questions and sent them off to Ed Knaggs. Today, we share Ed’s response. Enjoy! “A hero is not always someone who basks in the limelight. ...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

CHRISTMAS SEASON - A TIME FOR THANKS While we move into the Christmas seasons it is a time for gratitude and reflection.  Castaway Wanderers Rugby club would like to take this time to thank all of the hard-working volunteers who have pitched in to make CW the premier rugby club in Canada. ...


Bowd's Boot Keeps Boys Unbeaten

Bowd's Boot Keeps Boys Unbeaten

Grady Bowd has laced them up in three matches this season and the boys have won all three, in no small measure due to Grady! Last Saturday’s victory over Capilanos also produced a bonus point. These two storied combatants opened on a beautiful afternoon of rugby weather with the flow going back...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

NSMT Captain and Toronto Arrows mainstay, Lucas Rumball. News released by The Province today has confirmed that the Toronto Arrows, Canada's only team in the professional, North American Rugby League (MLR), has folded due to, in all intents and purposes, what looks like financial issues....


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

CW WOMEN CLOSE THE CURTAIN Last Saturday Castaway Wanderer’s Div. 2 Women played their first 15’s game of the season against the reigning Div 2 champions, Nanaimo Hornets. The game unfolded with Nanaimo setting the tone just before the ten-minute mark, showcasing their strength from the...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

                                                                   AGE GRADE BONANZA, SUNDAY.Starting at 11:00 a.m. this coming Sunday, a plethora of rugby action takes place at the House of Windsor. Abbotsford RFC takes to the road, bringing 130 youth, girls and boys to play contests against...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

(Photo, Rugby Canada.) THE THRILL OF VICTORY - JOY TO THEIR WORLD CW Premier Women’s match against Bayside was preceded by the good news from New Zealand that the NSWT had defeated France and a subsequent loss by the New Zealand Women to England, put the Canadian Women into #2 ranked...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Nine Try Barrage Unleashed by Hosts A weekend’s plethora of rugby was highlighted by the final match when CW’s Men laid the gauntlet to Westshore by a scoreline of 57 – 12.  This completed the brace of Premier wins over the ‘Shore, following CW Women’s earlier 31 – 26 victory.  The two games...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Every picture tells a story. (Photo - Norm Le Bus) Pride Pedigree Prevails There is not much to say in favor of the home team in a seven try to one loss.  Admittedly there were pockets of resistance between the scores and the second half was a pretty good effort against a “full time”...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Perhaps ALL tackles at ALL levels should be below the sternum? That certainly would reduce TMO time! REGISTRATION EXAGGERATION! Today the writer apologizes for an error on this data in the previous post. The actual figure is 425, not the 540 reported.  it was a data misread! U12 Boys...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

 A moment's silence for 'Lunk' Wirachowski - R.I.P. What a weekend of rugby! The RWC ¼’s produced everything expected and then some more! A brief opinion point will be offered today. At the House of Windsor – four games – WOW! CW women went down in both of their matches, the Divvies losing to...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Man/Woman-In-The -Middle With the RWC being front and centre in the eyes and mind of every rugby fan world-wide, at the present time, so too is the man (in this case) who carries the whistle. Officiating the game of rugby has become increasingly challenging since the advent of professionalism...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

                                                      AROUND CEEDUBCOACHING SUMMIT A very successful weekend saw some twenty plus club coaches work with Dave Hill, through a curriculum of rugby skills and safe sport. The weekend also saw a successful Introduction to Refereeing Clinic.  Good...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Photo credit - Dimitardilkoff, Getty Images. ALLEZ, LES BLEUS! On the BIG stages at the Rugby World Cup, it was France, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Japan and Wales, all looking pretty sharp in their opening victories at RWC. One must give honorable mention to Fiji, playing “their brand”...


RUGBY GALORE

RUGBY GALORE

Famine to Feast.  A BIG weekend upcoming with hosts, France and co-favorites, Vs NZ All Blacks at RWC Opener in Paris. On Vancouver Island, the opener for the BCRU Premier League with CW visiting James Bay. Let’s start with the BIG SHOW where the bookies have France and NZ at 3/1; South Africa...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

SEVENS HEAVEN Also from last weekend…. Last weekend BCRU hosted two PRC 7’s Tournaments in conjunction with the RAN 7’s – Girl’s U15 & Boy’s U17.  We have some news form the boy’s manager.  VIRU TIDE lost one match in the Round Robin to Vancouver South and faced them again, later in the...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

In His Dreams!  Johno With Bill. Plenty of rugby news today, following the weekend’s Paris Olympics Qualifiers at Starlight Stadium. Let’s start with some old news.  Canada’s Men were unsuccessful in their second match against Tonga, losing 36 – 12.  Not sure that Rugby Canada can put any...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Last night’s Clogher, Castaways game started with much promise. In fact, the locals had a 14 – 12 lead when an early interval was called by referee Pedrick, after CW’s Steve Pyke went down with a neck injury and concussion.  Irish himself, Pyke had been quite a factor for the locals in the...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Old Foes Renew U14 Rivalry It was one year ago as U13’s that Caps took CW to two overtime periods at Klahanie before the Tricolours scored the winning points. Today’s game picked up where that action left off.  CW opened the scoring early when Thomas Gould broke for a bruising fifty-metre run...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Klahanie Park.   2011.   BC Final.   Identical weather! CW 20   MERALOMAS 3 2023   BC Quarter Final.   MERALOMAS 43   CW 13. (Aplogies for lack of a match photo.) Not Quite The Hoped For Results! It was a tough finish to the season for the Tricolours on Saturday. CW...


Mission/s Accomplished - No April Foolin'

Mission/s Accomplished - No April Foolin'

  CW Premier Women were up bright and early to catch the 7:00 a.m. ferry for their playoff match against Capilanos on Saturday.  The early rise was to avoid any potential ferry cancellation! A rather good reason to ensure the values of home-field advantage. Some players remained at home to suit...