Ebb Tide practices return to Windsor Park in Oak Bay for the month of May. We are not at MacAulay Elementary on May 9 as originally posted to Facebook. Beverages to follow at Christies Carriage House.
May 9 - Windsor Park
May 16 - Windsor Park
May 23 - Windsor Park followed Ebb Tide AGM
May 30 - Windsor Park
TGIF this Friday, May 3rd @ 4pm is at 550 Warren Ave.
ALL ARE WELCOME, but if you paid a deposit for the mystery tour you should make a special effort to attend. There is a good chance you have been drawn for a prize. See you soon.
Date: Thursday, June 20th is awards night at Gorge Point Pub starting at 6:30 pm at the Rear Patio.
After a long fought season, this is the night that the club recognizes all the hard work of all our players. Plan on attending the evening to celebrate all of our accomplishments.
Penticton Sunfest 2019 tournament information is attached for your review.
Eric is booking rooms and sorting out the bus.. we need to know Firm Numbers ASAP. Interested Players can reply on Facebook..Teamer.. or Email Eric White.
The hotel can hold rooms until April 28th and meeting tomorrow with the other groups to decide on plans and costs.
The rooms are to be allocated by April 28.. we still can change our individual minds until June 5. Make your Commitment Now so he can make arrangements.
Eric wants to know if there is any interest in sending a team to Penticton Sunfest , please advise Eric , I will post on Facebook and ask Darren to post a notice on Teamer. Since the tournament is on June 8th and 9th we would need to jump on this event very quickly.
If there is interest then the logistics will be worked out such as Hotels, transportation, carpooling, and costs dependant on modes of transport and hotels it sounds like a well run tournament.
INTERNATIONAL RUGBY COMES TO JUAN DE FUCA PARK
Ebb Tide and Northwest Old Boys Clash in Pacific Battle by Ace Reporter Christopher Poulton
Another great day of rugby was played in Canada’s south pacific when the Northwest Old Boys sailed in to town on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The international match was the first one played by Ebb Tide at Juan de Fuca Park, home of Westshore RFC.
The game was played as any other game this season with the gnarling and gnashing of teeth as the forwards were grinding it out, fighting for the ownership of the pill and advancing down the field. The backs, with their finesse, moves and agility that can only be seen in over 40s rugby, left their indelible mark on the field setting up a few plays so a couple of forwards could score a try. And in the background over all the testosterone clashing about on the field could be heard the NOBs scrum half, Amy Drackert (with her husband in support), as she called to order her squad, preparing them for phase after phase trying to break through the Ebb Tide line.
“It’s great to see the ladies out there playing with us,” said Dave Millard, Ebb Tide’s VP. “Having them wear the red shorts really gets everyone in the game playing.” One way to fill an increasing gap in old-boys club membership is to have women who still want to play come out and play, he said.
The first two halves of the match were dominated by Ebb Tide scoring seven trys. Then in the third quarter, the NOBs managed to break through Ebb Tide’s defence to score their only try of the match, under Amy’s masterful leadership on the field. The fourth quarter went back to Ebb Tide where first time old-boy and prop forward, Neil “Nitro” Hagerty (of Westshore RFC), bolted from 22 to 22 with the hidden speed of a gazelle to set up Ebb Tide’s ninth try by Nelson Bath. A tenth and final try was scored by second year veteran lock Jeremy Harvey, his first ever try…ever.
Ebb Tide try scorers
- Aaron Cook (back) x 2
- Paul Eby (captain) x 1
- Paul Cao (scrum-half) x 2
- Matt Gordon (winger) x 3
- Nelson Bath (back) x 1
- Jeremy Harvey (lock) x 1... first one ever.
After the match, Westshore RFC hosted Ebb Tide and the NOBs in the Juan de Fuca Field House to a jambalaya lunch. The good times and comradery extended well into Saturday night with all coming together and hitting the pubs in Victoria – brothers and sisters in rugby.
Ebb Tide’s red jacket was awarded to Jeremy Harvey for his determination and play on the field but really it was because he scored his first try.
Ebb Tide’s selection for Woman of the Match went to Amy Drackert for her leadership and play on the field.
NOBs selection for Man of the Match went to Paul Cao for his unwavering endurance and play with an honourable going to “Nitro” Hagerty for his prop forward hustle down the field, inspiring old and young props alike.
Rugby. The game played in heaven.
As the road warriors converged on Chatterton on a cool Sunday in April to head to Burnaby, the thoughts going through a lot of our heads were ”This is a lot of Forwards”. 14 players were accounted for with a few supporters in tow (Bob Love, Draino, Myself, Millard and Johhny Lyles significant other Mel and Jim Turner). Of the 14 we had 11 forwards and 3 backs which called for an interesting lineup and some playing out of place.
As we boarded the bus to head to Burnaby a dark cloud over the Burnaby Area could be seen in the distance and would for sure bring conditions that are not conducive to clean play that we all know and love.
Luckily as the Road Warriors took the field, besides sub 10 temperatures the rugby gods staved off the rain which made for a pretty clean game. With our Forward pack made up of Grizzled vets the backs welcomed Mike Joss at number 12, Jeremy Harvey at number 13 and Don Swainson pulling on the number 15 Jersey joining Paul Cao (9) Rob Phillips (10) and Sean Ross (11). The game plan would be forward driven (Literally) with some well-timed crash runs by Joss and Harvey. Twits were able to loan us a few players that helped us round out the squad to 16 players.
The game started with some good forward play as the Ebb Tide were able to dictate the play from the breakdowns and lineouts. But as the game went on the Twits were able to find chinks in our armor with some well-placed kicking and runs from their backs. Twits scoring 5 tries to our one scored by Paul Cao towards the end of the 1st half.
With a rousing speech from Captain Paul Eby, the tide came out strong tackling well and again putting together good phases but alas did not result in the tries that we needed to get back in the game as the Twits would score another 10 minutes into the second half. But with the never give up attitude Ebb Tide put together a solid few plays that sprang our number nine to score the last trie of the game which in Old boys rugby means a win.
Final Score: Twits 6 Ebb Tide 2.
Bob Love had a quiet day only having to go out to the field once to check on a player and no major injuries to report for this game. That being said please heed Dr Loves advice for cleaning scrapes after showering, just ask Captain Paul Eby! As the boys headed into the change rooms the effort given especially for those playing out of place was indicative of what rugby is all about. Whatever I need to do to help the team I will.
Back in the clubhouse Paul Cao was the Twits choice for Man of the Match while Ebb Tide chose the Twits number 10(not sure of name). The coveted Red Jacket went to Don Swainson for his inspiring words throughout the game.
A special shout out to Jaime Avantini who worked on an excellent meal of Chicken Rigatoni with Italian sausage and side salad, an excellent meal after a hard fought game. That was the final road game for the season, only 2 games left before the summer break. See you all at the Mac for Ebbtide vs NOBS Saturday April 27th.
Game report written by Jonathan “Can run for 10 minutes on a treadmill” Romphf
The weather was iffy in Nanaimo on Sunday but participation was even more perilous. 15 Ebb Tide players made their way over the Malahat and were met by 17 Yoos to Bees. With three Ebb Tide players injured over the course of the match, one Yoos to Bee crossed the pitch to join the Tide – much appreciated. Then we pared back to 14 then 13 aside.
The wily Ian Cameron our yellow short winger caused Nanaimo no end of confusion and played the entire game with no breaks. when he went into contact with the Nanaimo player, they had to stop reset from a Ruck and commit two players to restart. Basically Ian took two players out of the play at each tackle.
I am sure Ian would appreciate a nice glass of wine or two from the home bodies that missed the game.
Almost a Red Jacket performance but he skipped out before we could award it to him so the other Ian Ward was awarded the jacket for his hard work out of position but played like a man possessed.( who also was concussed during the game)
Harold Butler was doing his best to imitate Ray Ramsey with a Broken Nose and needed it straighten when we got home.
In the end, Nanaimo lads outlasted the Road Warriors by a score of 6 – 3 but served up a delicious hosting post-game.
Try scorers: Dave Jacks, Kevan Letawske and Paul Eby. Man of the Match was Ian Ward.