Senior Men

Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

(Credit - Victoria Times Colonist) Doug Tate and Rick Farally announced their “second” retirement from coaching rugby at UVic last week.  They retired at the end of the 2019 season, then came Covid!  They agreed to stay on in an interim measure to ensure recruiting would occur and current...


Kratz Inks Contract

Kratz Inks Contract

Further to last Wednesday’s post about CW players in the MLR, comes the news that Lockie Kratz has signed with Nola Gold.  Lachlan’s body of work includes many honours packed into his rugby achievements to date in his young rugby career.  CW has a unique tie of sorts with Nola.  Our “own”,...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

CEEDUB PLAYER UPDATE In times when players have played for a compendium of clubs from coast to coast, we bring you news of players who have all had a considerable number of showings in the Tricolour jersey.  It is rare these days that a club can take sole responsibility for a player’s...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

EXCITING NEWS - REGISTRATION RE-RUN REGISTRATION FOR CW PROGRAMS   Online registration for the 2020/2021 Winter/Spring Non-Contact Season is now open.  There are two categories; (i) UPGRADE (ii) NEW REGISTRATION Due to current Provincial Health Office Orders CW Rugby is NOT able to...


R.I.P. Tristan "Tuna" Alexander

R.I.P. Tristan "Tuna" Alexander

It is with heartfelt sadness that we bring news today of the loss of life of a young playing member, 22 year old, Tristan Alexander.  Tristan lost his life last week whilst doing one of many things that he loved, for he was one who attacked living with zest and gusto.  Whilst snow-boarding at...


Announcement - Director of Rugby

Announcement - Director of Rugby

Director of Rugby - Scott Manning The CW Executive is excited to announce Scott Manning will be taking on a new role as Director of Rugby (DoR) with the Castaway Wanderers. Scott is currently in his fifth year as Head Coach of the Senior Men’s program at CW, a role in which he will continue...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Coach Manning reflects on the “first half” of the season. Castaway Wanderers Coach Scott Manning, Saturday November 28, 2020 at Windsor Park looking over a group of 30 CW Men having a final training session with touch.   (And now some reflections from The Sage on the Sidelines).  “Since...


Weekend Rugby

Weekend Rugby

(Photo credit - Sky Sports) “El Pibe de Oro” - The Golden Kid!  Will this be the inspiration for Los Pumas to overcome an eighteen point spread in this weekend’s Four Nations match Vs NZ All Blacks?  Methinks, not.  Argentina,with ten changes will need more than passion and The Hand of God...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

FROM CW MINIS TO THE PROS CW offers its heartiest congratulations and best wishes to former Mini and Age Grade player, Sophie De Goode.  Sophie was recently signed by Saracens RFC and on this past weekend she made her debut from the bench.  Sarries had a big win over rivals, Gloucester, 45...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Last year’s “discovered” hooker, Dave Mallard, has returned home to The Rock and appeared in the first “Covid Rugby” game in Canada last weekend. Dave Mallard and his brother Stephen are seen above, ‘post-match’, Swilers vs Dogs this past weekend. The match was intense with a loss for the...


Grist for the Rugby Diet

Grist for the Rugby Diet

Posted in Victoria BC / News / Fifteens / Senior Men

(Credit NZ Herald and Fox Sports News) Gardner's Blunder We wet the whistle for tonight’s second rugby clash between NZ and Australia with the following “teaser” from the Sydney Morning Herald’s, Opinion piece writer, Malcolm Knox. “What allowed that final passage to happen? The...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in CW Rugby / Fundraiser / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / Community / Senior Men

Long time, no post!  Our last blog was a bio on Dave Spicer.  Today, the Doc features again.  This time with tight lines.  Past Pres, Chris (‘Oldspice’) Spicer bid on the Kinglsey Grant day fishing trip at the club's most recent fund-raiser.  Spice, being no chopped liver, won this bid last year...


SUCCESSFUL OLD BOYS

SUCCESSFUL OLD BOYS

It being a Saturday, it's time for a rugby story ! SUCCESSFUL OLD BOYS A feature of www.cwrugby.com has been a series of blogs we have run on the club’s Unsung Heroes. We would like to expand this idea by seeking to learn about some of the club’s successful old boys and the relationship...


Saturday, A No Rugby Day!

Saturday, A No Rugby Day!

Next Best - Unsung Hero - On The Field.   John Braddock, (2020 Winner – John Morley Award for that player who “plays pain or not; fair or foul; no whining, no excuses”.)   CW:  John, our Unsung Hero is just that and game in and game out, our club can totally rely on your effort...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Posted in CW Rugby / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / Community / Senior Men

An iconic rugby picture!  1964 Rugby League Final, Sydney.  “Stumpy” and “Sticks”.    Came across the recent passing of “Stumpy”, Arthur Summons the other day at age 84.  The wee man was a fabulous player and developed a lengthy collection of achievements.  He started his football...


It's Rugby - Must Be Saturday!

It's Rugby - Must Be Saturday!

Posted in CW Rugby / Fundraiser / Prems / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / Community / Senior Men

Finnie Soars High To End The Season Name That Team Well, we had very little response to this challenge!  So, we’ll leave it at that.  A couple of the players on the side responded accurately, which is amazing after that time lapse!  Here you go;Back Row, l to r:  Dave Bukovic,...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

Posted in CW Rugby / Rugby Club / News / B.C. Rugby / Community / Senior Women / Senior Men

And now for the rest of the Winners............ Best “catch” of the Season!! Islanders, Lee Wakely added another side of reality to the action photos on Awards Nite. Lee was awarded the Islanders Player of the Season.   WOMEN DIV.1. Most Improved – Cata and Gabby Torres Venegas;  Rookie of...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

What did it look like?  We include this screen to show evidence of the Zoom Room on Saturday last.  Fun to see all those looking in and to try to keep pace with the text Chat to-ing and fro-ing.  Today we recognise the rest of the winning crew.   PREMIER AWARD WINNERS WOMEN: Forward of the...


Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings

VIRTUAL AWARDS NIGHT Some 75 players, coaches and club aficionados took part in what is the new reality, last Saturday evening. In current times, Zoom has become a vital component of business survival and so it was with CW Rugby. The Chaplain was able to acquire license for the evening and...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

The roots of the present are deep in the past!  Assistant Coach, Captain Ken,  2009. (Yonks ago, at least it seems like it, in times when a decade is as a day or a day, as a decade!) Unfortunately, the wind makes hearing complex in the early stages of the tape, listen closely to...


We Are Warriors

We Are Warriors

No matter what the outcome of yesterday’s hypothetical semi-final, although I suspect we may have been stiffed once again by a high performance program, our club always seems to realise that it is not the end of the road and life goes on.  Not to the extent of; “show me a good loser and I’ll...


Continued Conjecture!

Continued Conjecture!

Posted in CW Rugby / Prems / Rugby Club / Victoria BC / News / B.C. Rugby / Senior Men

As per the header - pure conjecture!! Tricolor XV Selection Vs UBC BCRU Semi-final, Tomorrow. Thunderbird Stadium. #1 Loose Head Prop: Moderately tall fat lad, often aggressive when something obstructs way to bar, pie shop and occasionally a ruck. Does weights - no one knows why.#2...


A Matter of Conjecture

A Matter of Conjecture

Well, had all been according to Hoyle, perhaps today we would be rejoicing in men’s first round playoff victories over Capilanos and Meralomas!  Yesterday would have been the first of the playoff matches and admittedly, for that to have occurred in Premier play, end of league victories...


Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

Wednesday's Ruck & Maul

TEN YEARS OF TALENTED TENS For a rugby club in B.C.’s Premier League to be a solid contender there needs to be a number of key components.  Although CW has only claimed the prize on one occasion in this decade, with the exception of the 2015/16 season, the club has often been a contender as far...


Back To The Beginning

Back To The Beginning

It’s Saturday.  Must be a rugby day!  How we wish.  Instead, we’ll do our best to provide you with “something CW”.  We have had some feedback to persist with the blogs to keep a wee measure of normalcy as we continue our lives in isolation.  Today, compliments of Jim Grier, we take you back...