Scorers - Past Seasons
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It was a bright spring-like day on the 9th of April 2017. Several weeks prior, in a moment of brilliance it was decided to make the game a four-way seeing that 2 regulation games were about to be cancelled due to lack of numbers; Nanaimo vs Abbotsford and Ebb Tide vs Everlegends.  It became an Island vs Mainland affair.  Thus, Nanaimo filled the ranks of the Ebb Tide while Abbotsford joined the Everlegends for the trip over to the Island.  Ebb Tide still lent 2 players to the Mainland side: thanks to Jamie and Tim.

Nanaimo and Ebb Tide seemed to gel quite well together despite normally opposing each other and at first there might have been some confusion over friendly and opposition players but it seemed to sort it itself out.  There was good communication in the front pack players which helped to move the ball out to the backs and build a comfortable lead of 4-0 by the half.  The substitutions helped to keep the squad from tiring out too much.

The second half saw the Mainland force find some gaps in the Islanders defense and score a couple tries which were answered by a couple of tries from Nanaimo teammates. Final score 6-2 in favour of the good guys.  Try scorers: Allon Beck, Paul Eby, and Jon Romhpf and 3 Nanaimo players Mike, Martin, and George (hopefully got the names close).

The coveted red jacket went to Kevan for his good play in the backs and the Mainland squad chose Rob Phillips as their Islanders player of the match.  Austin Jay put in another great effort preparing the lunch for the post game meal which was well received by all.  Special thanks to Rob Klatt who was voluntold to be referee for the match, which he previously agreed to.

A combination of grizzled vets and younger Ebb Tiders showed up at Chatterton Place on Sunday morning. We had just enough boys for the game, but how long would we last was the question?  When we boarded the ferry, some of us were invited to the bridge of the ferry which was under the command of Rob Klatt's twin brother. The expression on Paul Eby's twin sons' faces after sounding the ferry horn at Active Pass was priceless! Rob Klatt was already over on the mainland for a rugby reunion and was able to recruit 6 SOBs and Snocaps to help us out against the Twits. What a relief that was. 
The game was closer than the score 4-0 and despite the pouring cold rain it was a hard fought battle. Without sounding biased, the forwards play was outstanding with several tough scrums due to the several  knock-ons due to heavy rain and we were just unable to pop through the goal line with our pods. The backs (mostly red-shorts or soon to be) were valiant against the Twits youthful back, but they were a wee too fast for us. Overall, it was a hard hitting game and a couple of fists flying at the end.  Of course, that was all forgiven at the post game ceremonies and Aaron Cook was awarded the coveted Red Jacket. Ebb Tide also received a cheque for $800 from Steve Baron for our charity of choice for our attendance at the Vancouver 7's. That was a nice surprise!
Many thanks to the mainland guys who came out to help us and of course Bob Love for patching us up. 
 
Ebb Tide Roster ( Vahid Bossi, Austin Jay, Bill Spiller, Dave Millard, Jim Capron, Rob Klatt, Paul Eby, Lee Wakely, Aaron, Cook, Harold Butler, Gord Oliver, Jim Turner, Dave Knox, Dave McMordy, Jamie Hannivan, Duane Stephenson)
 
Yours in rugby,
 
Jim Capron

We had a good showing with 21 players on Sunday – but loaned 3 to the NOBS from Seattle to make up their side. Great winter/spring weather for rugby: cloudy; snow/rain; warm sunshine. A good match that was close at the half but after a great pep talk by Captain Paul at the break Ebb Tide pulled ahead and won a 7-2 victory. Try scorers: Kevan Letawske, Don Swainson, Paul Eby, Paul Dancey, Rob Phillips (after literally shaking the cob webs and a spider out of his boots before the match), Dave Knox and Aaron Cook.

Man of the match: Murk.

The SOBs came to Victoria with numbers – 21 players – and speed in the backline. It was a glorious day for a rugby match, but unfortunately it belonged to the visitors. The final tally was 5 – 2. Ebb Tide tries were scored by Steve Holmes and Kevan Letawske. Man of the Match is Harold Butler. Meal of the Match was Austin’s pulled pork!

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