Ebb Tide tackles Evergreens in decisive 6-1 match on Sunday
They came in droves. It was a red tide of old boys coming out from the shoreline to play in the final game of the first half against the Evergreens at MacDonald Park. There were even some new forty somethings, like Castaways Wanderers explosive 3rd Div new comer Moses Mukasa, making a debut.
“Where has everybody been,” queried Dave Millard, Ebb Tide’s vice-president, in bewilderment. “Why can’t we get these many guys out when it’s raining?” The obviousness of his statement was not lost on the squad.
But truth beknown, it was because Ebb Tide was honouring two of the original 15 that left us to join the RIP Tide roster earlier this Fall. Mel Davison and Frank Gower were two of the Original Over 40’s team that are now playing heaven’s game on Immaculate Field. Everyone came out to honour and remember Mel and Frank with a moment of silence and a raised glass. It was fitting too that the Evergreens were present to participate since the team was also one of the original teams Mel and Frank played against. About 30 Ebb Tide members came out to pay their respects and to go for a run.
A good thing, because the Evergreens were just shy of fielding a full squad. So, in true old-boys rugby fashion, five Ebb Tiders headed over to provide their level best – honorary Evergreens Barry Wheelhouse and Tim Walshaw (both who recently toured with the Evergreens to Argentina), Russ Lazaruk and Chris Poulton (two flanking hooker back props that’ll do anything for a game and a beer), and some guy in yellow shorts.
Set-up for success, the Evergreens launched with a formidable attack in the first 10 minutes of the game leaving Ebb Tide in a state of amazement. But it was to no avail. Under the watchful eye of our esteemed official, the nimble and youthful Ebb Tide back row (and the rolling subs every two minutes) proved to be a reckoning force for the hardened Evergreen line.
Played in the truest tradition of old-boys rugby, the match was more than just a game between opponents. It was a game of comradery and of legacy passed on to us to carry forward for the next generation of old-boys.
Coming up during the winter break, Ebb Tide looks forward to more “buggers and beers” to keep some resemblance of fitness during the holidays, the Evergreens’ Christmas rugby festival, the Ebb Tide Christmas Dinner with wives, girlfriends or both and the annual “fun-spiel” curling fundraiser in the New Year.
It is that time of year again when we dust off the Suit and Tie and take the Commander in Chief out for a nice Christmas Dinner with 40 or so of your closest friends, please let Duane know that you are attending and how many in your party.
You do not want to miss the EBBTONES as they make their annual appearance "Bigger and Better Than Last Year!"
Thank you to all the Ebb Tide members and guests who participated in the annual Ebb Tide Golf Tournament hosted at the Cedar Hill Golf Course. A total of 13 groups (52 players) took part on a nice afternoon and the course was in great condition. Thank you to the staff at Cedar Hill for hosting a great banquet dinner following the Shamble Format tournament. A good time was had by all and we look forward to returning to Cedar Hill in 2019. Mark your calendar now for August 24, 2019. It would be great to get more Ebb Tide players out for this fun season opening social event.
Best Team Trophy: Joe Frenette, Rae Roer, Les Bryan, Paul Sartorio
Ebb Tide Low Score: Joe Frenette (30)
Guest Low Score Men's: Jimi Weedsmark (33)
Guest Low Score Women's: Diana Hunter (41) Ulla Hansen (41)
Men's Long Drive: Dave Digout
Ladies Long Drive: Lori Chestnut
Men's Closest to the Pin: Paul Leslie
Women's Closest to the Pin: Ulla Hansen
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May 4th welcomed the arrival of a boat load of the TWITS players. A touring side was returning from a cruise line while another 10 arrived from the mainland to bolster the ranks. It made for some formidable numbers. Ebb Tide players arrived in numbers also, being a normal practice day.
Despite warnings of thunder storms, the weather held up with just some light showers. On this day, the TWITS seemed to hold onto the ball much better and showed more aggression going into contact. They scored 4 times to the Ebb Tide 1 demonstrating some thunderous runs. Ebb Tide try scored by Jim Jimmo during a moment of more direct go forward play.
Not the performance Ebb Tide hoped for the last regulation match. Despite that, good fun was had by all back at the JBAA clubhouse. Ebb Tide chose Casey, one of the backs, as their TWITS Man of the Match. Jim Zosiak was chosen by the TWITS as their Man of the Match. On the other hand, the coveted Red Jacket went to our illustrious JP Lussier who has played his last match with us (or has he?) as he will be moving to the Courtenay area this coming June. Ebb Tide wishes all the best to him and his family. A great servant to the club!
Fifteen road warriors, plus Bob Love as trainer, made the trip Sunday to Abbotsford. Spares were needed, but at least we started the game with a full squad! The Originals, as usual at home, fielded a strong team though didn’t have many on the bench.
Geoff left the game early with a torn calf, our first injury. Jamie Hannivan followed shortly after with a broken collar bone, then John Romphf with a bad back. Abby was kind enough to lend a quality player but with their short bench we ended up 14 on 14, and finally 13 on 13. The opposition back line made good use of the extra space, running in 8 tries to our 2. Their “new guy who has never played rugby before” turned out to be an ex-CFL player. Ouch.
Scorers for Ebb Tide were Cobra and Deryl Townsend (our new prop from Fort Mac). Our red jacket went to Tim Walshaw for a great deal of high performance tackling out on the wing. The Originals selected either Deryl Townsend or Jay Jimmo as man of the match, some confusion there as they seemed surprised to find out that we had two “big bald props”.
The call for players was well answered as 30 players showed up for the game against the Snowcaps on Sunday. The Snowcaps showed why they are currently one of the strongest ones in league. They supported their players well and dominated the scrums and loose plays, thus leaving Ebb Tide on the defense for most of the game. Final score: Snowcaps 5 – Ebb Tide 2. Scorers: Lee Wakely and Dave Jack. Man of the match: Jim Zosiak.
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.