With the Premier Women, Premier Men, and Reserves off for two weeks due to a quirky schedule that sees the club get two bye’s in a row some Capilano supporters came out to watch the 2nd Division Women and the 3rd Division Men take on Langley.
Caps won both games but as a laughing Langley player stated “Put away the broom, there is no sweep today” This was after the Langley players won the beer boat race by a large margin. Unfortunately both games were played at the same time so I could only watch one.
Cap 2nd Division Women won 50-5 over a young Langley side. I asked who scored and the answer was almost everyone. I do know our club head bartender Chae scored. The post-match food was excellent.
Congratulations to the Cap Women and thanks to the referee. Thanks to the Langley team for the game.
3rd Division Men: Capilano won this one 37-12
Langley looked as though they would start the game shorthanded due to an accident on Highway 1. Some of their players arrived just before kickoff. I know from my playing day how unsettling this is to a team trying to prepare for a game. Caps were led today by recent arrival from France Jeremy Simon and former Canada Sevens player Gordy Sawers. Simon is a quality player and has great skills. He distributed the ball well and made some excellent chips and kicks to the wings. I doubt if he will be playing much more 3rd Division rugby this season. Welcome back to Gord Sawers. He was a Canada 7’s player back in 2009 when he joined the side along with a young John Moonlight. He also played some excellent Premier rugby for Caps but then unfortunately he was involved in a serious Motor Cycle accident and hasn’t played since. Gord was outstanding today and scored three tries and set up another. I don’t know if Gordy wants to play higher but he certainly looked like he could.
Langley showed some good rugby and were perhaps unfortunate not to keep it closer. They have some big physical players and should win their share of games. Caps looked stronger in the scrum but after a Langley injury the reserve prop seemed to give the Caps some problems. Caps scored first on a Penalty kick by number 10 Simon. Caps first try by Sawers came off a nice chip from number 10 Simon who bounced the ball to Gordy Sawers who took it at full pace and scored. The conversion by Simon was good and it was 10-0 for Caps.
Langley answered back with a good run by their number 10 who scored and converted. It was now 10-7 and game on. Caps next try was as beauty as Gord Sawers came in the line and burst through before off loading at pace to Gary Cartwright who finished it off. ‘The conversion made it 17-7 and that was the half time score. Langley had a good chance to add 3 points but the penalty kick sailed wide. Caps next try was another good one. A cross field kick by Jeremy Simon right to Gordy Sawer on the fly. He took it in and the conversion made it 24-7. Gord Sawers took off on another run evaded several attempted tackles and had support outside but didn’t need it and scored to make it 29. The conversion hit the upright and stayed out. Caps second row Liam Doherty score on a nice romp by the big forward, who showed good pace. The conversion made it 36.
Liam Burdick a Cap forward was binned for a push. He was followed by Prop Arsalian Schagan who was found guilty of a tip tackle. Caps were two short and Langley made them pay with a late try by number 17. Time expired before Langley could do any further scoring. The food, beer up and man of the match came next. It was a very good game of 3rd Division rugby, played under ideal conditions.
Caps fans would have liked to have seen more action but today it wasn’t to be. Thanks to the referee for a well officiated contest. Next weekend only the 2nd Division women are scheduled. Get out and support them. Go Cap