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!
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.
Twenty Ebb Tiders made the trip to Nanaimo Sunday to take on the Yoos To Bees. The hosts were able to field only 14 players, but Barry Wheelhouse volunteered to cross over and make it 15-aside. The cold, wet, muddy conditions made for a sloppy game with lots of errors: I’m sure the long break since our last game in November had nothing to do with it!
Harold at stand off took a nasty knock to the head, worth 9 stitches. Luckily Bob Love was on hand to provide medical support and get Harold to the hospital. Ebb Tide’s only try came from Darryl Gaudreau, the first of his rugby career, earning himself red jacket honours. Kevan Letawske in the centers did a great job containing Woody and was named man-of-the-match by Nanaimo. Dave Jack also played very well with some impressive runs.
The final score was 3-1 for Nanaimo so we left behind the Dunbar Cup, always kept by the winner of the lastest match between our two clubs.
Club dues for the 2016-2017 season remain unchanged at $200 for playing and practicing members and $50 for social members. Dues must be payed by September 1st. Please pay your dues to JP. Make cheques payable to Ebb Tide RFC. Interac transfers are also accepted.
National registration with Rugby Canada is now set up. Click on the following link: https://rcmembers.sportngin.com/register/form/106032108. Players registered with Ebb Tide last year can just log in. New members will have to sign up. This year, the fees are as follows: Rugby Canada membership fees for masters: $50; BCRU membership: $7.00; Processing fees: $2.85. Total: $59.85
Please remember that if club members participate in senior games outside the PNWO-40 Fixtures (such as 3rd Division players, Junior coaches or Managers, etc.), then they must be full Senior Members.
On Thursday, September 1, we will be training at Bullen Park. On September 8th, because of Rib Fest, we will be training at MacAuley Elementary. We will be back at Bullen afterwards.
The 2016 Awards Night took place on June 16th at Windsor Pavillion. Approximately 50 people were on hand for the occasion. A good time was had by all.
The award winners were:
Captain’s Award: (Player of the year): Paul Eby
Bind tight Award: (Forward of the year): Mike Braund
Big Shot Award: (Back of the Year): Jim Zosiak
Most Popular Player: Austin Jay
Most Inspirational: Bob Love
Old Geezer Award: Barry Wheelhouse
Road Runner: Rob Phillips
Fastest Ebb Tide: Mike Penner
Paddle of the Year: (shit disturber): Jim Turner
Road Warrior: Murk Toorenburgh