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Friday, May 10, 2013

Rowers burst into final

Firsts down UBC; seconds and thirds lose playoff matches--

By Braden Maccke
The 2012-2013 Thirsty Thirds.
It was a bittersweet day for the Rowing Club May 4 as the first division side catapulted themselves into the Okanagan Spring Brewery League 1 final, while the second and third division teams both lost their playoff semifinal matches to squads they dumped, quite handily, short weeks ago.


Second half play.
In a stark contrast from the previous eight months of rugby, the sun shone for the Rowers in their semifinal match away to Abbotsford. And, despite eschewing their Eternal Recurrence of gifting the opposition two tries to start each game in the previous week versus Burnaby, the Rowers revealed that fate is no mortal easily dispatched – as the squad gift-wrapped two tries for Abbotsford to open the game.

Behind 12-0 mere minutes in, the Thirsty Thirds started to play. Tough goal-line tackles by Jamie Overgaard, Travis Sheppard, Spencer Latu, Dave Steer, Robin Mallinder, and Andy Donn kept the Abby side out of the end zone on four different dips inside the Rowers’ five in the first half.

Late in the first, eighth-man Malin Jordan scrambled for a lose ball that bounced off a ruck near the Abbotsford goal line. Jordan picked up the ball and lunged five metres to score under the posts, narrowing the gap to 12-7. But Abbotsford stormed right back with another try to go up 19-7 at the half.

Chris Gaydon kicks off after an Abbotsford try.
As the second half began Diarmuid Walsh broke through a seam at the 22-metre line and scrambled in for an unconverted try to close the game to 19-12. But that was as close as the Rowers got, as Abby added two more tries and a penalty to win 32-12. It was a disappointing day for a resurgent thirds squad that put together some magnificent offensive play and some superb defensive play over the past 12 weeks.


Wanting to match up the seconds up with their first division side, the Super Twos game was switched from Brockton to UBC and the Rowers took advantage of the speedy pitch. The squad jumped out of the gate with a characteristically strong start against the Surrey Beavers – a squad they dominated a few weeks earlier 52-22.

Brett Russell races into contact mere seconds before spraining
his ankle on the play.
The Rowers managed to score a try early after working the ball off multiple phases. Fly half Richie Thompson ran well and distributed the ball efficiently all game. The Rowers defense was also good early showing good line speed and defending well at the goal line.

Down a man from a yellow card, and ending up on the wrong side of several penalties, the Rowers allowed the Beavers to pound away at their goal line for the better part of 10 minutes. Finally, the Beavers punched through an equalizer.

The Rowers’ scrums were over-matched technically and underweight to the man, as the Beavers pushed them off the ball several times. Repeated handling errors brought up numerous set pieces, further tiring the VRC pack, as Surrey tenaciously pressed.

Two microphoned TJs patrolled the sidelines, tripling the average number of penalties called. Most of them did not go the Rowers’ way. Playing on the back foot for the better part of 80 minutes, a once-exciting season for the Super Twos ended in a super-disappointing 23-12 loss.
Gayden passes from a ruck.


The Rowers top squad came to UBC ready for another tough match. The squad’s previous tilt at Wolfson Fields saw them beating the Thunderbirds in the final seconds of a 20-17 nail-biter.

This semifinal matchup provided for less drama, but no shortage of excitement as the Rowers proved early they were the better team. George Richmond earned the coveted Hammer Award for uncompromising tackles as the Rowing Club left no doubts about their birth in the league championship game. Final score: 50-10.

The Rowers face off against Abbotsford RFC for the Okanagan Spring Brewery League One championship final at Klahanie Park at 4 p.m., May 11.

May 11 - Okanagan Spring Brewery League One Final

16:00 1sts vs Abbotsford @ Klahanie Park

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