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Super Pelican

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Super Pelican

 

What a weekend! End to end action filled with the chasing of an oval ball as well as the search for the Ultimate Seven Layer Dip (the search continues).   Rugby was plentiful on Saturday as – aside from a league BYE here and there – everyone who was anyone had a match. League tables are starting to take shape and favorites are emerging along with the inevitable surprises. The extra dead fish in our rations last week spurred Pelicans across the land to cover a ton of games.  Don’t get used to it, though – dead fish don’t grow on trees, you know.

 

Once Sunday rolled around the American version of football hosted their championship and the New England Patriots secured a Super Bowl legacy that has more asterisks than a newspaper reprinting of George Carlin’s “7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say”.   Famed rugby tackling proponent Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks apparently forgot the end of the 49ers – Ravens Super Bowl from 2 years ago and thought, “Final seconds of a Super Bowl ticking away, the league’s most dominant running back plays for my team… I’m gonna pass it”.

 

The Seven Layer Dip was very good, but not Ultimate.   I’m dedicated to finding the mythical Ultimate Seven Layer dip – it’s a rough job but somebody’s got to do it.   One thing I know for sure: it doesn’t have guacamole in it.

 

Keep the Availability Rolling!

 

More games mean more referees.  Please go to assignr.com to confirm your availability and matches, or if you haven’t received an assignr.com account, contact Pete Smith at me@petesweb.com to let him know you are available.   To get an assignr account please contact our Scott Wood at rscottwood@gmail.com.   He will get you all the information you need to sign up and announce your availability.

 

Ask A Pelican

 

Yes, it’s time for the third installment of “Ask A Pelican, the widely love Q and A session with Hail Pelicus.   This week’s question comes courtesy of H. Simpson of Springfield (state was illegible),who writes:

 

“As a referee I have been bringing match cards to all of my games but nobody bothers with them any more. What gives?”

 

Well Mr Simpson, the fact is that as referees we are no longer required to bring match cards any more, though it is a good idea to have a couple handy for backup.   Senior clubs are required to use USA Rugby’s CMS system and provide a running score form and a substitute form that, as a referee, you will need to verify for accuracy and sign.   Collegiate competitions will have similar forms and the teams should provide them.   If you are a senior club administrator and need information on the CMS system please contact Erik Geib at egeib@usarugby.org.

 

Disciplinary Action Reporting – Process for reporting incidents

 

The various competitions all have their own disciplinary chairs and this will make it difficult to centralize the communication and data.  To help Scott Wood has developed a form that will centralize the process, regardless of the competition.  The link to the discipline form is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mmUNg11uVOSkIsUtHifSqQzalhWbwohk_J6AmPyrucQ/viewform

  1. Copy the link and have it available on your smartphone.  If you have an Iphone add the link to your home screen.
  2. when needed fill it out and click submit.  The discipline chair of the competition you refereed will receive a notification about the incident.
  3. He/she may contact you latter for more details.

 

 

February Society Meeting

 

This month’s meeting will be held February 18th 7:00 PM @ the SFGG Clubhouse on Treasure Island.   For our meeting we will be discussing:

  • Advantage (Jen Tetler)
  • Player Management – Pick a Card! Red, Yellow or Warn (Aruna Ranaweera)

 

Schrödinger’s Tournament

 

The waveform collapsed.

 

Jan 23, 2015, Referee Development Program (Sac State)–33 attendees, including 3 referee coaches from Canada, young referees from NorCal, Oregon, Colorado, New York, and Canada, and experienced refs from Rocky Mountain, Utah, and Idaho.  This was an opportunity for referee coaches and senior refs to begin working with newer local refs to foster mutual growth and learning.

 

Jan 24-25, 2015, Boys KOT (Rancho Cordova)–Several NorCal clubs elected not to attend this year, significantly reducing the number of matches.  Over the two days, we had 23 referees and 8 referee coaches.  Over 40 written coaching reports were prepared.  The newer referees worked as ARs on Saturday, and referees on Sunday.  We had a good mix of experienced and newer referees.

Saturday provided lots of opportunities for newer refs to serve as ARs or referee girls’ matches.  On Sunday, the NorCal youth teams came out, providing a good opportunity for newer refs to manage their first match under the watchful eyes of a referee coach.  After coaching, the referee’s performance usually improves remarkably in later matches.

 

The NorCal referee coaches were Mike Malone, Bryant Byrnes, Eric Rauscher, Jim Crenshaw, Paul Bretz, Rod Chance, Mark Godfrey, and Dave Williamson.

 

The NorCal referees were Favor Taueva, Tom Franzoia, Marshall Godfrey, Will Mariano, Elvy Asonye, Michael Strange, Andy Owens, Bill Long, Gary Short, David Hosley, Joe Devlin, Jim Wynton, Ferrin Ellsworth, Kayla Zamprippa, Michael Terrell, Marc Gauthier, Russ Gauthier, Steve Fenaroli, Dominic Cosentino, Andrew Bailey, and Mark Hicks.

 

Opportunity for Referee or Referee Coach in Canada

 

We are invited to send a referee or referee coach to tournaments in Alberta this summer:  ASAA High School Rugby Championships in Edmonton on June 5th and 6th  and The Calgary Stampede 7s on July 3rd and 4th.   If interested contact Paul Cassidy, the Referee Development Officer of Rugby Alberta at pwcmatchofficial@shaw.ca.

 

On To The Game Reports!

 

Date: 01/31/2015

UNR Women 59 – Sacramento State Women 20

Referee: Crawley, Blake

 

UNR started fast with 3 converted tries, then Sac State answered with three of their own and seemed to be on the verge of taking control fo the match. After the half, UNR blitzed again and got a couple of quick tries. Sac State had what looked like an easy try held up when the player tried to center the touchdown, enabling the defense to gather and stop the grounding. After that, UNR was pretty much in control, with Sac State scoring a consolation try at the death. Cool, cloudy weather: perfect for rugby. Both teams played positive rugby and there were no disciplinary issues in the match.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

UC Santa Cruz 43 – Sacramento State 46

Referee: Lane, John

 

My first trip to UC Santa Cruz for a game and I can highly recommend the venue – impressive views out to the Pacific and a hell of a difference to the traditional Irish/Munster conditions in late January!!!

 

Based on pre-game structure Santa Cruz were looking that little bit more organized and prepared but it was Sac State that came out of the blocks firing. Their impressive No 8 and captain showing excellent ball carrying skills and ability to exploit the weak shoulder to create line breaks and with good support he crossed for tries on 4 and 8 min (one converted) for an early 0-12 lead. With some positive sideline encouragement Santa Cruz worked their way into the game with both sides eager to move the ball quickly. On 15 mins Santa Cruz were defending just outside their 22 and just as it looked like they were running out of numbers their fullback stepped in for an intercept and following some quick hands and a fast recycle they crossed for an unconverted try to get on the board. (5-12 on 15 mins). The game continued in its open style with some excellent charges and strong tackling from both sides. Both sides turned over in good attacking positions before a perfectly timed intercept by Santa Cruz on half way delivered a converted try at the posts. (12-12 on 25 mins)

 

Santa Cruz were visibly encouraged by this but Sac State put in some excellent hard carrying for the next few minutes and gain their number 8 crossed to restore their lead (12-17 on 29 mins). Play continued being end to end with plenty of width but the defenses managed turnovers at key points. Santa Cruz put some good attacking phases together resulting in the 10 crossing and converting on 37 mins. (19-17)

 

With a minute to half time the Santa Cruz scrum half got a little too smart! and deliberately dummied playing the ball at the base of a defending ruck to try and draw a few players offside. Free kick against the 9. The free kick ball was quickly taken and 2 quick recycles later it was another try for Sac State and the half time whistle (19-22)

 

The second half continued in the same style and the guy operating the scoreboard was having difficulty keeping up!!! While this fast open game was going on there were some penalties for in-at-the-side and occasionally off feet but overall the game was played with great spirit by both team with an active, positive vocal crowd. Both teams reacted well to my occasional intervention with key points being not “grabbing the 9” and also a lack of knowledge of penalties for playing a a ball knocked on by a teammate from an offside position.

 

Sac State pulled further ahead on 52 mins – 19-27 but the next 10 mins belonged to Santa Cruz who scored two excellent multiphased tries (both converted) to lead 33-27 at 60 mins. Santa Cruz had the wind in the second half and now having the lead the instruction from the sideline was encouraging some tactical kicking for territory. Whether it was because they were enjoying themselves too much in the open fast game or what this was not paid attention to and the final 20 was played out as the previous 60.

 

Sac State responded on 66 with a converted try for 33-34. 6 minutes later Santa Cruz were ahead again – a booming deep high kick looked like an attempt to gain ground but when the Sac State winger hesitated and stepped back from catching his opposite number steamed through catching clean in a full sprint to round under the posts – 40-34 on 72 mins. From the kickoff Santa Cruz had plenty of time for a clearing kick but ran and were tackled and penned into their 22. Two phases later a knock-on gave possession away and from the scrum the ball was recycled and Sac State center crossed and converted for 40-41 lead on 75.

 

Santa Cruz increased the pressure from the kickoff and Sac State conceded a penalty for in at the side and the first non-try score of the day put the score to 43-41.

 

From the restart there was a mix-up between the full back and one of his forwards resulting in a knock-on and under pressure a player in an offside position picked up and conceded a penalty. It was quickly kicked into the corner and from the lineout a Sac State recycled multiple times and eventually crossed wide right for an unconverted try to lead 43 -46 on 79.

 

Amazingly they managed to hold out for the final minute without conceding and won a very enjoyable game!!!!

Date: 01/31/2015

UC Santa Cruz B 18 – Sacramento State B 31

Referee: Freitas, Larry

 

Another sunny afternoon at UCSC, but not quite as warm as in previous weeks. Sacramento State put out an aggressive B side against the Cal Santa Cruz side, scoring three tries in the first half that were countered by one penalty kick for Santa Cruz. Near the end of the half a Hornet player was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle, not bothering to wrap and shoulder charging. One of Sacramento’s loose forwards was playing it a bit too loose at rucks as well, so he was also warned about any continued infringements at the break.

In the second half the Banana Slug seconds got their tails up, scoring three tries and erasing a substantial lead to just a few points, then Sacramento came back to score a converted try in the last ten minutes of the match to seal the victory.

This is the first game that I ever adjudicated wearing trail running shoes, New Balance, with inserts, and my feet and ankles weren’t aching afterwards as in the last few games from wearing Adidas Copa Mundial shoes. I know Bruce Carter does the same now after his Achilles tear a few years back. Good idea!

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Stanford Women 52 – Chico State Women 0

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

Saturday’s match was played with flawless weather, with just a slight chill coming on in the last 10 minutes after the sunset. However, players looking to the west did have to deal with a blinding glare for most of the match.

 

Chico St had some strong runs, but Stanford were more clinical throughout the match. These small differences started taking their toll. However, when a prop and wing alternate to gain huge chunks of territory, it makes it very difficult for any defense to cope. Tighthead Chelsey Sveinsson and Wing Chelsea Harris repeatedly carved up the Chico St defense giving Stanford the go forward they needed throughout the match. Stanford put up 26 points in each half in route to a comfortable win.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Stanford Women B 42 – Chico State Women B 5

Referee: Simko, Paul

 

A well played game under the lights at Stanford Stadium. After the Stanford A side shut out Chico in the first match, it was much the same for the first half of the B side game, with Stanford taking the lead 6 tries to None. The second half was much closer. It was 2 tries to 1. It was even until Stanford scored on the final play. The score would have been higher but there was only 1 conversion in the game and the coaches determined that two 30 minutes halves would be plenty.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Stanford 50 – SF State 6

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

SFSU and and Stanford battled evenly evenly at first until rookie errors and penalties allowed Stanford to take a comfortable lease at half 24-6. In the second half Stanford sent the ball wide and SFSU had no answer and Stanford cruised to the win.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

St. Mary’s College 98 – UCSB 3

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

First upset of the season for Saint Mary’s who couldn’t win by more than 95 points.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

St. Mary’s College B 36 – UC Davis 31

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

In the first half, Saint Mary’s was very indisciplined, and Davis played very well. Davis scored 4 tries and led 0 – 24 at the break.

 

In the second half, Davis replaced some of their team with less experienced players, and Saint Mary’s players were much more disciplined. 75 minutes into the game, Davis leads 31 – 27. The Gaels are attacking, and with 3 minutes left on the clock, they score a converted try. Davis manages to get the ball back after kickoff, and tries to go one more time behind the try line. At the 82nd minute, Davis is awarded a penalty kick 10m from Saint Mary’s try line. Their scrum half taps it and tries to reach the line by force, but is well tackled by 3 defenders, and the ball flies in touch.

 

Final score: Saint Mary’s B 36 – 31 UC Davis

 

Thanks a lot to Leah and Eric who watched me and gave some very good feedback.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

St. Mary’s College C 48 – UCSB B 5

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

ARing is a great way to warm up. The first game totaled over a century, so I was plenty warm. The game started pretty much right away.

St Marys new pitch/stadium is quit a nice setup. Bleacher seating, full sized field, nice scenery. No bathrooms or changing rooms (yet).

This truly was a game that the final score does not tell the whole story. UCSB was within 5 meters of scoring a try twice, and missed at least three penalty kicks. Many of the guys playing for UCSB had just played in the first game, so they were pretty tired. I must say that the standout player of the game for me was the UCSB #12, Jimmy Peniston, who made an incredible take to catch one of their own restart kicks, and almost did it again a little while later. Another player that caught my eye for doing something unexpected was the St Marys #3 who made a brilliant offload/pass of about 15-20 meters as he was being tackled. Not something i expect to see a prop do very often. I didn’t get his name, but it was a great play.

Good rugby, good pitch, good weather, what could be finer?

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

South Valley 55 – Modesto 22

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Well tempered competitive 3rd division match.

South Valley played more as a team & notched 6 tries the 1st half v. only 1 for Modesto who came back to start the 2nd half with a quick 2 & a later 3rd to tie the halftime try scoring 3 apiece.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Solano JC 3 – Sonoma State 72

Referee: Hammack, Robert

 

A well contested match for the first 20 minutes until Sonoma State’s superior fitness took over. Good, hard (but clean) rugby for the most part and a masterful performance by Solano captain Rico in a losing effort including a try-preventing tackle which forced a Sonoma knock-on in the try zone.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Sierra Foothills 47 – Redwood Empire 58

Referee: Bailey, Andrew

 

No report received

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  After Mr Bailey’s wonderful writeup last week I was looking forward to reading his report this week only to be disappointed.   The Pelicus Award doesn’t just give itself out, you know.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Shasta 36 – Mendocino 10

Referee: Cousillas, Eduardo

 

The game was not dominated by any team, Shasta could make points with every defensive mistake that Mendocino had and that was why they won the game. Mendocino made two tries while Shasta had 14 players because of a yellow card, but they didn’t have many chances during the game.

It was an intense game, especially in the breakdowns, where Mendocino was always in the red line with several penalty kicks that made Shasta approximate to the goal with a good kicker.

The postgame was really good, with the six teams that played during the day in Colusa, good food and good players enjoying the day together.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

SFGG B 0 – EPA Bulldogs B 0

Referee: Noonan, Michael

 

Game was forfeited by EPA B. SFGG B was ready to play.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

SF Fog 0 – Reno 76

Referee: Taueva, Favor

 

I arrived their around 9:47am and it was already Colusa rugby fan to set up the field . It was a little bit windy but not bad at all. SF. Fog team was and have a promising game plan to cross Reno’s team in goal line but Reno’s defensive skills didn’t allow SF Fog to cross their in goal line both the first and second half. Just before the first half time No 21 Guy Peterson deliberately high tackle Reno’s #15 so I yellow card him and that’s was the end of dangerous play during my whole game. Reno’s team was too good for SF Fog and Fog refused to end the game when the score was around 50 plus to nothing. I did talk both the coach and the captains concerning the situation but they didn’t want to give up early. I did end the game 5 minutes earlier when the score reached 76 to nothing. Thanks to Mike King. I had a chance to chat with him and watch the last games with him. Very good rugby experience.

 

Manuia

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Santa Rosa 44 – Fresno 31

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

8 years with no visit to FPS, and then twice in 3 weeks. Not complaining, it’s a great place to play, and Santa Rosa are fine hosts.

 

The game kicked off under blue skies, and Rosa promptly ran in 3 tries in 10 minutes. With the temperatures rising, and a good crowd, it felt almost like 7s rugby. Then Fresno remembered why they were there. They began to press harder, disrupted the passing lanes, and took advantage of some loose passing in the backs. They began to run hard with ball in hand, and the score gap began to come down. At the half we were back to 29-24. I’ve had many games with fewer points after 80, which goes to show the all-out attacking style both teams preferred. Joy to watch and fun to ref.

 

The second half was more of the same, but you got the feeling that the Rosa coach convinced his charges to play just a little bit more securely with the ball. They kept the tempo high, and with better continuity they put the boot on the neck of their opponents. Figuratively of course — the game was played in good spirits between two teams who clearly had a strong affinity for each other. As time went on, the pace slowed a little, and the hosts racked up a full 44 points, which the visitors couldn’t match. A consolation try went begging when the ball was knocked on inside the 5, and that was that.

 

Thanks to Joe Leisek for the observations on what I did well, and what I needed to work on. Such tact — he has a wonderful way of saying ‘you’re making a hash of xxxx’.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Santa Rosa B 19 – Fresno B 10

Referee: Leisek, Joe

 

An enjoyable match played in 80-degree conditions with more scrums than I can count. (Player, after referee blows whistle for yet another forward pass: “Sir, this is a B-side match.” Referee: “Sorry, there isn’t a B-side law book.”) Good spirit and rapport on the pitch, and a lot of hard work on the part of the players. Got some good feedback from Chris Tucker at halftime after watching him referee a fast, entertaining first side match.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

San Jose State 5 – UNR 48

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle this was the first time since record keeping began in the late 1800s that there was no measurable precipitation in the Bay Area in January. The end of this record setting month was (naturally) a perfect sunny day in San Jose that saw the University of Nevada, Reno travel down to the lowlands to take on the San Jose St Spartans.   The field was very well marked but apparently the university groundskeeper at SJSU isn’t very competent.   Bare patches and holes alternated with swampy mud pits that necessitated moving a few scrums.   This truly is a disservice to the students and athletes that use these facilities and will eventually lead to unnecessary injuries if it hasn’t already.

UNR has been putting all of this lovely weather to good use up in the mountains and it was apparent early that the high altitude training was reaping some benefits.   San Jose St really had no answer to the hard running of the Wolfpack ruggers and UNR seemed to score almost at will.   The effort from SJSU was evident but a lack of cohesion and communication just left too many gaps for UNR to exploit.   After 5 tries (3 converted) the half time score stood at 31-0.

San Jose stiffened their resolve in the second half and managed to score a well earned try when they finally were able to get the ball in space to their speedy winger who went around everyone on the right side to score, but that was about all they could muster.   A lack of discipline from UNR saw their #13 in the sin bin for dangerous tackling but that didn’t slow them down as they scored yet again with only 14 players.  At this point the discipline for both sides started breaking down as it was “handbags at 20 paces” after every single tackle. The constant talking and pushy-shovey marred the spectacle of a good rugby match.   Eventually San Jose were reduced to 14 men as their replacement hooker was sin binned for cynical play. Reno closed the game out with more scoring to win comfortably.

Date: 01/31/2015

San Jose State B 7 – UNR B 12

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

After the A side match each team decided that a single 20 minute period would decide the B side contest which was fine with me as I had stepped in an invisible hole (at least it was invisible until I stepped in it) late in the A side match as was feeling the result.   That, and my hamstrings decided that I was done running for the day and went on lockdown and resisted painfully all attempts to loosen them up.   The B side match was, as expected, a little sloppier than the A side but not too much as both sides recycled many of their players.   The match was far more competitive, however as UNR got on the board early with a burst up the left side for an unconverted try. SJSU didn’t back down and responded in kind with some solid pressure that finally broke through the UNR line under the posts. This try was converted to give the Spartans a 7-5 lead.   This lead was manfully defended with bodies being put on the line across the field.   After a long period of back and forth UNR was able to finally take advantage of a SJSU penalty and break through for the winning score.   An entertaining match with some keen young players.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

San Jose Seahawks Women 5 – Sacramento Amazons 63

Referee: Pohlman, John

 

A beautiful day for rugby, saw San Jose Womens and Mens Clubs hosting a full day of games.

The Seahawk Woman had looked good last week. Sacramento Amazons are always good. I was hoping for a competitive game. And it was for the most part. This was the Amazons first game, but it didn’t take them long to break into form. Led by Captain Mila and #13 Ofolangi Mailagi. The Amazons pretty much control the match. Mailagi scored a couple and set up a couple with some hard charging running.

First half 27-0.

The Seahawks continued to compete and were rewarded with a try 30 minutes into the second half.

Date: 01/31/2015

Pacific 20 – Humboldt State 5

Referee: Wood, Our Scott

 

If you want to host a day of rugby and have questions, the folks at NSCRO should be one of your first calls. Cal Maritime’s pitch, stands, and press box are commendable. I have not had the opportunity to referee at CSUMB’s facility (hint: Pete…) but Marc Fergusson reports the efforts made there are on par with this venue.

 

UOP scored an early unconverted try at 5 minutes in then the match settled down to an exchange of possession between the 22s. The first half penalties featured one team having gate entry problems and the other team’s arriving players not keeping their feet. Nonetheless, the match was played with good competitive spirit and sportsmanship on both sides of the ball. At 29′, Humboldt State was less than a meter from scoring when its arriving players flooded the tackle and sealed off the ball. The ensuing penalty kick did not find touch resulting in Humboldt with a strong attacking platform. A penalty by UOP five meters from goal provided Humboldt with an opportunity that they seized scoring an unconverted try. Halftime tied 5-5.

 

The second half had fewer penalties, more knockons. Early on in the second half, Humboldt pressured UOP in an around its 22. UOP was able to gain possession and move upfield to its 10 meter line before being pushed all the way back to its goal line before finally finding touch. More back and forth possession. Fan comments at a neutral venue can be hilarious and off-setting:

 

Team A fan: “It can’t be obstruction unless (insert erroneous perception).”

Team B fan: “Yes it can and it was.”

 

UOP scored unconverted tries from a breakaway run at 55′ (unconverted), quicktap off a penalty at 64′ (unconverted), and at 77′ (unconverted).

 

Humboldt has a formidable defense and very good attacking prowess. The score could have been much closer or even reversed if they were able to get the ball out to their #18 more often.

 

Ethical Touch Judge of the Day Award goes to Pacific’s Cassie Farnsworth for raising the flag when a Pacific player stepped into touch (later confirmed on the DVD) and standing up to a couple players who (hopefully in jest) derided her decision. There will be upcoming TJ/AR and referee courses….

 

Thanks to Cal Maritime, their volunteers, and the teams for making this a great match. HT to Steve HIatt for providing a copy of the match DVD.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Olympic Club PRP 10 – SFGG PRP 59

Referee: Williamson, David

 

O-Club was competitive through the first half, trailing 19-10. SFGG’s superior play in rucks, mauls, and open play resulted in 40 unanswered points in the second half.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  It is nice to see David Williamson back on the pitch refereeing top matches. Well done.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Google 27 – Aptos 24

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Fresno State Women 56 – St. Mary’s College Women 17

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

It was a nice day for a run. Slight overcast and cool, dry half grass/half dirt pitch. The Fresno Girls started off with a try every 5 minutes and gradually worked to scoring towards the posts to the benefit of the Fresno State kicker. St. Mary’s scored an uncoverted try with a minute left in the half. The second half played a little more even with Fresno scoring 5 unconverted trys to 2 trys and a conversion for St Mary’s. FSU women 56 SMC women 17.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

CSUMB 15 – USF 43

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

Concluding game of a eight team/ four match small colleges mini tournament wonderfully hosted by the Maritime Academy on its splendid new field. As my car skid into the parking lot at 5.40 (due to a delayed high school match), I was gratified to see both teams dressed and ready to go.

 

USF drew first blood, and kept up the pressure the entire match; its back line used the whole field. 24-5 at half. But kudos to the CSUMB boys, who respectfully declined to surrender.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Colusa 43 – Sacramento Blackhawks 31

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Colusa came out fast and hard, maybe too hard – they received a yellow for repeated high tackles then a red for spear tackle late in the first half. Still, they built a 26-0 lead by half. Sacramento was fielding their B side, filling in for a vacancy at the 6-team, 3-match “super site” event. Sac took advantage of being a man up pulling to within a try of Colusa. Sac then lost a man themselves to a red card offense and Colusa rebuilt their lead.

 

Mike King provided good feedback pointing out the high penalty count and ways to manage that better.

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Chico State 95 – Fresno State 0

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

A beautiful day for rugby in Chico with temperatures working there way into the mid 60’s, so much for winter. Fresno State arrived late, 12:30, due to miss communication of the bus company arriving late to transport the team to the frustration of Dan, their first year head coach. The game started at 1:15 with Chico State scoring first and never looked back as they led 58-0 at the half with 9 try’s, 5 conversions and a penalty kick. The game was controlled by Chico from the outset with players in far superior shape then their opponents. I was informed pre-game that the Chico State players have hired a trainer to improve their strength and endurance as was evident the entire game. The scoring slowed in the second half with 7 tries and a conversion. Chico’s 8 man was a beast, picking the ball up from the scrum and rumbling for 5 try’s as the other scores were out to the wing, working the ball back and forth down the line to the exasperation of the Fresno State players.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

California B 108 – Arizona B 0

Referee: Sandhill, Peter

 

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Date: 01/31/2015

Cal Women 10 – UC Davis Women 50

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

There were nerves and excitement as we prepared to kick off at Witter Field on Saturday. Cal won the toss and chose to defend, so Davis kicked off and fairly quickly stole the ball back by rucking aggressively and broke a few tackles to get the first points on the board in under a minute. Cal tried to recalibrate, but they were plagued by ineffective tackles and weak scrums while Davis’s backs cut through the defense and their forwards were aggressive and quick to support. Davis’s #12 and fullback were particularly effective in breaking tackles. One Cal tackler unfortunately put a girl on the ground with a bit of tilt, so I had to give a yellow. The half ended 33-0. Cal came out with more spirit after halftime, starting with stronger scrums and crisper play, but Davis had the momentum. Davis scored 3 more tries in the second half, including one at the last minute. Cal got on the board with two tries from their kick. Final score was 50-10.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Cal Maritime 32 – Sierra College 19

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

A beautiful day at Cal-Maritime, about 75 degrees with no wind. 8 colleges playing 4 games; a lot of people in the stands and live play by play announcers, new turf, awesome scoreboard and at the end of the match, Cal-Maritime’s coach Steve hands me a DVD of the match. How cool is that!!!

The game started out all Cal-Maritime as they scored the first 4 tries, taking a 20-0 lead. Sierra comes back and scores two converted tries within 1 minute of each other and quickly makes it a game at 20-14. For 15 minutes, both teams played evenly, but Cal-Maritime seemed to be in better shape and scored two tries to one to end the game 32-19. Both teams played well and were great sportsmen; coaches too! Great day.

 

 

Date: 01/31/2015

Berkeley 19 – Life West 62

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/01/2015

Stanford 41 – Colorado 24

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Stanford defeated Colorado 6 try’s to CUs 3 try’s on Sunday. This marked the 3rd game for me in two days and my knees are feeling it. CUs scrum was dominate thought he game but Stanford’s support play, defensive cohision, and conditioning proved to be more effective. Thanks to newcomer Andrew Bailey and high school athlete Thomas for ARing.

 

This Week’s Photo

Team of Three Bruce Ricard, Leah Berard, Eric Rauscher at St Mary’s new pitch

St Marys team of 3

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

Pelicans Stretching

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Pelicans Stretching

 

Last weekend was quite the rugby weekend with more games than referees.   Pelicans stepped up, however, as every game that needed to be covered was covered.   Several Pelicans did double duty and adjudicated more than one match.   At least one member of the flock, Elvy “LV” Asonye played in a morning match, refereed an afternoon match and then drove to Sacramento to referee Sunday in the KOT.   Yes, we were stretched, but, like our namesake’s throat pouch, we were up to the task.   Thanks go to all of the Pelicans who stepped up – expect an extra dead fish in your rations this week.

 

More Stretching

 

That being said, we are now in the heart of the season and everyone is playing at every level.   The need for referees is still strong. Please go to assignr.com to confirm your availability and matches, or if you haven’t received an assignr.com account, contact Pete Smith at me@petesweb.com to let him know you are available.   To get an assignr account please contact our Scott Wood at rscottwood@gmail.com.   He will get you all the information you need to sign up and announce your availability.

 

Ask A Pelican

 

Last week we debuted a new feature called “Ask A Pelican” to great critical success.   Our loyal readers loved the chance to interact with the Gods Of The Whistle in a forum that is less intimidating than direct personal contact.   This week’s question comes courtesy of Naughtius Maximus from Vacaville, CA, who writes,

 

“I am a new referee and greatly admire the stylish and sexy jerseys the refs wear.   How can I get one for myself?”

 

Hi Naughtius, and welcome to the flock.   There are 2 ways to get an official NCRRS jersey. If you referee 5 or more assigned matches during a calendar year then you are entitled to a jersey for FREE.   If you just can’t wait that long then they are also, along with socks and shorts, available for purchase. The best way to get your hands on the swag is to show up at one of our monthly meetings – the kit is usually there.

 

Until you get your hands on the Official Kit, I recommend taking your lead from the Monks of Cool. The Monks of Cool, whose tiny and exclusive monastery is hidden in a really cool and laid-back valley in the lower Himalayas, have a passing-out test for a novice.   He is taken into a room full of all types of clothing and asked: Yo¹, my son, which of these is the most stylish thing to wear? And the correct answer is: Hey, whatever I select.

 

¹ Cool, but not necessarily up to date

 

That’s it for this week. Remember to send in your questions for future issues!

 

Pterribly Sorry

 

The Monks of Cool bit was stolen from Terry Pratchett, but since it was hilarious I just went with it.   I highly recommend him as an author.

 

Disciplinary Action Reporting – Process for reporting incidents

 

The various competitions all have their own disciplinary chairs and this will make it difficult to centralize the communication and data.  To help Scott Wood has developed a form that will centralize the process, regardless of the competition.  The link to the discipline form is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mmUNg11uVOSkIsUtHifSqQzalhWbwohk_J6AmPyrucQ/viewform

  1. Copy the link and have it available on your smartphone.  If you have an Iphone add the link to your home screen.
  2. when needed fill it out and click submit.  The discipline chair of the competition you refereed will receive a notification about the incident.
  3. He/she may contact you latter for more details.

 

 

February Society Meeting

 

This month’s meeting will be held February 18th 7:00 PM @ the SFGG Clubhouse on Treasure Island.   For our meeting we will be discussing:

  • Advantage (Jen Tetler)
  • Player Management – Pick a Card! Red, Yellow or Warn (Aruna Ranaweera)
  • Lineout Start to Finish (James Hinkin)

 

Schrödinger’s Tournament

 

Was there a Kick Off Tournament in Sacramento?   Per the immutable laws of quantum mechanics the KOT exists as a field of probabilities making the answer both yes and no. We will not be able to tell until we receive a report and the waveform collapses.

 

On To The Game Reports!

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Aptos 29 – Modesto 31

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

For the second week in a row I had a tight match, though the conditions were quite different. It was in the lows 70s and sunny with a hard pitch underfoot. Several scrums were moved due to divots and small hills, but we managed otherwise. Modesto started strong, but Aptos’ backs had several long breaks and pulled to 19-12 at the half. With a man advantage for about 9 minutes to open the second half Aptos were able to pull ahead. Late into the match. Modesto had possession in the Aptos half and unwisely kicked from hand in Aptos’ try zone. However, the Aptos player tried to kick the ball dead rather than just touching it down and misplayed it. A Modesto player downed it for the key score.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

California 76 – Cal Poly 3

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

Amazing day at Witter rugby field. Cal Poly were keen and it was 24-0 at halftime, but Cal’s fitness and execution took over in the second half and Cal pulled away.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

California B 119 – Cal Poly B 0

Referee: Bailey, Andrew

 

Cal dominated the match.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:   This is the kind of keen insight you can only get at Hail Pelicus.

 

Date: 01/24/2015

California Women 35 – Chico State 10

Referee: Hendrickson, Robert

 

On a glorious Saturday morning at Berkeley’s Witter Field, Cal women hosted Chico State women in a season opening league game. Both sides apparently were fielding teams with a fair number of new faces, but they both played well and were reasonably disciplined. The one surprise was how many balls got ripped from the offensive player (from both teams) who got held up and ended up in a turnover. Hard to referee when the player is down, and therefore the tackle assist must release and enter from onside, and when there was no tackle so play on. One Chico State player had an injured arm, which I hope but fear may have been broken.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Chico 17 – Sacramento Blackhawks 56

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

A one-sided score but still a hard fought match. Chico struggled to stop Sacramento’s attacks – tackling was a notable challenge for the Mighty Oaks. Chico has a number of new players and suffered some unfortunate penalties because of the inexperience. I appreciated the conduct of both teams through the match.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Chico State 15 – UC Davis 18

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

The weather was amazing for January at Chico State. 70 degrees and no clouds in the sky. Only the medium strength wind would bother the kickers a bit.

 

Both teams seemed pretty fit and tactically prepared for this first league game of the season. The technique for both teams certainly needs some improvements, especially at the breakdown: lots of penalties were called at tackles. Nevertheless it was a very good game of rugby.

 

Chico scored first at the 7th minute, an unconverted try. Davis got possession and pushed for more than 10 minutes in Chico’s half, but couldn’t score. Finally at the 21st minute, they decide to go for points at a penalty kick, and get closer on the scoreboard (5 – 3). Four minutes later, Davis scores their first unconverted try to take the lead. At the 32nd minute, Chico takes the lead back with a converted try. Last play of the half, Davis is running forward, and in extra-time, scores their second try of the game. The try is not converted, and both teams go to the break with a very tight score (12 – 13).

In the second half, the defenses seemed stronger, and very few points were scored. At the 21st minute, Chico is awarded a penalty kick 22m in front of the posts. They go for the points, and take the lead (15 – 13). At the 34th minute of the game, after Davis captain had been warned about repeated infringements by the team, he is sent to the sin bin after having held on the ball after being tackled. Davis is now without their captain, and have to score to win the game. Despite being 1 man down, they keep possession of the ball, and push towards Chico’s goal line. At the 39th minute of the game, after having spent a couple minutes in Chico’s 22, they send the ball wide to the wing, who scores the saving try. The kicker took his time to kick the conversion, and after the kick is missed, full time is blown.

 

Final score: Chico State 15 – 18 UC Davis

 

Thank you to college rugby for once again being 0% trouble, 100% rugby.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Chico State B 33 – UC Davis B 17

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Both teams had many new players in this B-side game, and you could see right away that the size of the players were not the same. The fitness of the players and their rugby technique made this game much slower than the first one (thanks god for saving me). Many silly infringements at the breakdowns, I hope that the beginners will learn from their mistakes. Stop diving in the rucks, and don’t play the ball if you’re off your feet!

 

The first half was very balanced, both teams scoring 2 tries. 12 – 12 at the break.

Davis scored the first try of the second half at the 21st minute, but the last 15 minutes of the game were difficult for them. Chico’s fitness was certainly better, because they scored converted tries at the 26th, 36th and 40th minutes, to take the win.

 

Final score: Chico State 33 – 17 UC Davis

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Diablo 20 – Baracus 43

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

Gorgeous day for rugby in Vallejo. Arrived at half time of the Cal Maritime-USF match, and crossed paths with Eric “The Wizard” Rauscher …

 

Diablo won the coin toss and elected to start into the wind, which proved to be a significant decision. They had issues with territory, and Baracus counter-attacked well – half time score was Baracus 29 – Diablo 13.

 

In the second half the wind died down, and scoring was a bit more balanced.

 

Had the pleasure to head to Port Costa for the social – which is a fantastic throwback town, just off the beaten path between Martinez and Crockett – the Warehouse hosted us, stuffed polar bear and all … I highly recommend visiting the town if you have the chance – the Burlington Hotel is a fascinating “haunted” place, and the Bull Valley Road House serves an incredible family-style but high quality meal.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Diablo B 39 – Baracus B 5

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

Friendly b-side match, some rookies learned the game a bit better, some old boys got some time on the pitch.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

EPA Bulldogs 39 – San Jose 18

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Referee Coach: John Pohlman

 

A perfect Saturday for rugby saw me motoring north up the 101 to East Palo Alto… at least until an accident stopped traffic just past the 85 interchange. Oh well, this is why we referees are trained to be at matches an hour before kickoff. I rolled up at 12:15 to the sight of both teams energetically warming up.   As I had played with both coaches the introductions were easy and more of a reunion than anything else.   At exactly 1:00 my whistle went and we were off on an important early season D1 match.   San Jose came in undefeated after their victory over Fresno and a BYE week while EPA Bulldogs were sitting at 1-1 and were looking to get back on track after losing to crosstown rivals EPA Razorbacks.   The game started with an immediate penalty as EPA failed to roll clear at a tackle but San Jose were not able to take advantage as EPA tacklers came up hard and fast.   EPA broke free with the first try of the match after some sustained pressure but the conversion was missed – a recurring theme for them in this match for them.     San Jose hit back almost immediately after another penalty against EPA deep in San Jose territory. Scrum half Joseph Matalvao tapped quickly and was off, finally being corralled some 60 meters down field bet offloading to his winger who glided past the 5 meter line and put the ball down.

 

Um…

 

Fortunately for him, the ball went backwards out of his hand and his center picked it up and scored over the actual try line.   The back and forth nature of this game continued as the Bulldogs used their dominant scrum to score another unconverted try while San Jose replied with a penalty kick.   At the end of the half EPA used their powerful runners to finally score under the posts and converted for a 17-8 lead. With 30 seconds remaining they were assured of heading into the break with a comfortable lead so of course at the restart San Jose pressure forced a knock on and the ball bounced kindly into the arms of rampaging prop “Junior” Malifa who rumbled through several arm tackles to score.   The difficult conversion was slotted and the half time score stood at 17-15 to EPA Bulldogs.

 

The second half started with a San Jose penalty slotted by flyhalf Peter Bianchi to give the Seahawks their first lead at 18-17.   Soon after another penalty against EPA led to their scrumhalf petulantly slapping the ball out of a San Jose player’s hands and earned him a 10 minute break to contemplate his sins.   This, naturally, energized the Bulldogs as they stole possession at the lineout and then proceeded to rumble up the field.   EPA Captain Saia Viliami was unstoppable as he ran through San Jose requiring several defenders to take him down.   Fly half Vaka Taniela supported well and released the backline and EPA scored 2 tries while down to 14 men.   San Jose tried to respond but could not recover and EPA eventually ran away from them with 2 more late tries.   The Bulldogs seemed to have found their stride and are a dangerous side moving forward while San Jose battled hard but faded late.   The Seahawks were a few fixable errors away from being within a few points or even leading. I expect both teams to do well this year in a Nor Cal D1 that is as deep as it has been in recent memory.

 

Many thanks for John Pohlman for his coaching at this game.

 

Date: 01/24/2015

EPA Bulldogs B 48 – San Jose B 50

Referee: Asonye, Elvy

 

This was a great showing for both sides – first reluctant to play more than 20 minute halves, I managed to convince them to play 30 minutes for the first half then we could see how people were feeling the second half and look at 25-30 minutes. Although a bit physical and both sides reusing players from the previous game, the first half was a close 28-33 in favor of the EPA Bulldogs, just outscoring the Seahawks by one try. All conversions, but one missed by one of the Bulldogs, were made for both sides. The halftime proved to be just the break the Seahawks needed and they began to answer back with a pair of tries. Some skilled breakaways from the Bulldogs closed the score 45-43 in favor of the Bulldogs. The last few minutes gave both teams the chance for one more try apiece before the final whistle. After a couple tackles were higher than I’d liked, I warned both teams the next one would result in a yellow card. One of the Bulldogs would soon make a high tackle, and was sent off with 8 minutes remaining in the game.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

EPA Razorbacks 27 – Santa Rosa 19

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

Beautiful sunny day for rugby, with temperatures in the 70s in East Palo Alto. The Razorbacks were a handful for Santa Rosa right out of the gate, scoring in the third minute, and adding a second from a free kick for an early Santa Rosa push on a scrum. One more converted Razorback try took them to 19-0 at half time, and what looked to be a comfortable lead. Santa Rosa mounted a stirring second half comeback built on their impressive scrummaging. First Santa Rosa drove a scrum most of the way through the Razorbacks 22 to score a pushover try. In the 58th minute, Santa Rosa crossed again, this time from a sweeping back move, to pull back the gap to a single converted try. The Razorbacks added a penalty kick, extending their lead to ten points with 14 minutes remaining. Santa Rosa continued to dominate the scrum, and laid siege to the Razorback line, ultimately earning a penalty try as Razorbacks front row stood up repeatedly while under the cosh. 10 minutes left, 22-19 Razorbacks, with the Razorbacks down to 14 players. Helter skelter play in the closing stanza until, in the final minute, Santa Rosa spun the ball wide to the left wing just inside their own half, only for the ball to spill forward right into the arms of the Razorbacks captain, who beat his man and shot off down the touchline for the clinching try.

 

Thanks to both teams for a thrilling match of positive rugby played in great spirits, and hanging in the balance until the very end.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

EPA Razorbacks B 10 – Santa Rosa B 26

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

Scrappy and tight first half, ending with Santa Rosa getting their noses in front by an unconverted try. More back and forth in the second half- but no fewer handling errors – with Santa Rosa outscoring EPA three tries to two, and drilling their conversions. Comedy moment of the match was EPA squandering a two on one on the last Santa Rosa defender on his 10m line, in what looked like an attempt to give a newer player a try, with much amusement on the sidelines.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Mendocino 7 – Napa Valley 27

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Beautiful 75 degree day on a field which felt like trying to run on warm marshmellows–probably better for me to slow down all the burners.

Mendocino put up a good fight but could only score 1 try to Napa’s 5. First real victory for Napa in its first year playing competitively. Should be plenty more to come. They have a solid base for a team with a team van & 2 Fijians with plenty of experience & style.

Heard the match advertised on the local radio (94.5) about 15 minutes before getting to town.

Wore Go Pro during match which I’m supposed to get the youtube link to.

And great after match festivities at Mendocino Brewing Company featuring Red Tail Ale, plenty of food & songs by both teams to boot.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Redwood Empire 7 – Marin 60

Referee: Leisek, Joe

 

A stunning rugby Saturday at For Pete’s Sake Field in Santa Rosa. The visitors were well-organized, fit, and relentless in attack. They were also dominant and disciplined in the scrums, winning all of their own and very nearly all of Redwood’s. Marin scored three tries early in the first half then slowed a bit, while Redwood gained a little momentum with a converted try. The halftime score was 19-7. The second half was all Marin in a one-way, 41-0 whitewash.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Sacramento Capitals 27 – Vacaville 8

Referee: Wood, Scott

 

This was a well-contested match that had the potential for a reversal of the final score. Unfortunately for Vacaville, the Capitals have GRrett Hawley and Tavita Matapula in the backfield so the option of kicking for space could result in the ball rapidly returning to its point of origin. As such, Vacaville was limited to keeping ball in hand and using mostly a forward-dominated attacking platform. Despite the speedy backline, the Capitals were limited to only two tries in the first half (14-3). The second half started with a quick try by the Capitals then settled down to back-and-forth exchanges of possession. I enjoyed being able to stretch my legs (a relative term). Only a couple times did players voice opinions regarding some calls made (admittedly, the referee could have done a better job at the scrum).

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Sacramento Capitals B 22 – Vacaville B 7

Referee: Wood, Scott

 

B-side matches are usually fun to referee as the banter is more jovial. This match did not disappoint. The Capitals took a 5-0 lead into the half and scored a penalty goal before Vacaville got onto the board. This match offered me an opportunity to work in scrum management to which I did not truly step up to the task but the game went on. Not a bad “cool down” run. Thank you, sir, may I have another.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Sacramento Lions 17 – Fresno 26

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

With the fogged pulled in heavenly, I made the mistake to dress warm, but from about the start, the sun came out, and it was Saturday, and it was a rugby day!

 

With the game very much tied by the first halve, both teams with on thin ice, and their luck was about to run out. The did not disappoint, depends on who you are of supporting. Whit a litany of yellow cards, the Lions hanged in there and were only 2 point setting them apart from Fresno. But then the big one, 2 yellows on one tackle, left them with 1 from the Red, and with only 8 min on hand.

 

The cards does not give justice to the game, and really good rugby, got a little over shadow with bad discipline.

 

Good luck to both teams, and I really wish you guys the best for the rest of the season.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

San Jose Seahawks Women 43 – Berkeley All Blues 2 20

Referee: Pohlman, John

 

San Jose Woman hosted the Berkeley All Blue 2 at Sheppard Middle School in east San Jose. This is an all turf field marked as well as could be. Since these are set up for soccer they usually have short in goals, odd marking for line-outs and can require a second look to make sure you are at the try line.

But it was a beautiful day for rugby. Both teams played clean positive rugby. San Jose’s backs were the main difference scoring 5 first half trys. Led by inside center and fellow referee Chinomso “LV” Asonye’s three trys.

The game was highly contested with both teams showing some good form. Berkeley started slow and missed some early tackles leading to long Seahawk try s.

We had a couple of potentially serious injuries which hopefully don’t turn out too bad.

Both captains were a pleasure to work with, unfortunately both left to injuries.

Good luck to both teams. Thanks to my touch judges Tom and Jack, you both helped allot and would make good Assistant referees or even in the middle referees. Please consider taking one of our classes.

 

Date: 01/24/2015

San Jose State 31 – Sacramento State 22

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

Sac State had a very rough start with a player being sent into the bin within the first minute of the match. It placed them on their back heels the rest of the match. At the tailing end of the initial sin bin SJ State was able to break through the Sac State defense and score the opening try of the match. Sac St was able to respond, once at full strength, with two tries of their own. Their mix of back play and forward play makes them a good team in the future. The first half was back and forth. Each team able to string together successful drives. The next score was on a broken play, SJ state able to kick the loose ball down field, recovering it and scoring. The first half ended with the score: Sac State 10 – SJ State 12.

 

The second half was equally as even. Both teams were a great match for one another. Sac State seemed the more athletic team, but SJ State was the better rugby team. The teams were able to score against each other. The biggest difference is that Sac State was unable to convert their conversions, SJ State was able to convert the majority of theirs.

 

It was a tough match for SJ State, but they were able to capitalize on the mistakes that Sac State made. They made too many mistakes. Sac State has the potential to become a great side, they need more experience. Once they are able to gain that experience, they are going to be a formidable side to face.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

San Jose State B 24 – Sacramento State B 7

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

Sacramento state traveled very well and are a very athletic team. San Jose state didn’t have enough numbers to keep fresh for their second match of the day.

 

This match was a story of two halves.

 

First half Sac State dominated with their fresh legs, ball movement, and back play. They were able to score two fairly quick tries in the corner. There was a lull in the middle of the 1st half for a good 10 minutes until Sac State was able to pound it home for a third time. This time it was closer to the posts making for a more convertible kick. As the end of the half neared, an ill advised pass by SJ State was intercepted and taken all the way for a try under the posts.

 

The second half SJ state was able to turn the tide. It helped that a Sac State flanker was binned for repeat infringement. The second half remained scoreless, SJ State putting up a strong defense. This back and forth contest went on until the final moments of the half. SJ State capitalized on mistakes by Sac State and was able to string together a great run to score their first try.

 

A great game by these two teams.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Santa Clara 5 – Arizona 55

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

Arizona featured size and speed and dominated the set piece in a comprehensive win at SCU.

 

Paul Simko made his debut as referee running the B side match and did a fine job.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

SFGG Women 27 – Life West Women 12

Referee: Noonan, Michael

 

None; although two warnings for high tackles. No yellow or reds

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:   Well, this is a bit confusing.   My guess is Mr Noonan forgot that assignr is for match write ups and NOT for reporting misconduct – especially if there is no misconduct.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Shasta 56 – Humboldt 30

Referee: Cousillas, Eduardo

 

Nice and really warm day in Redding.

The local team dominated the first half and beginning of the second half, in the minute 50 the result was 49-10. But probably because of having the sun in front in the first half they got tired and the last 30 minutes were clearly dominated by Humboldt scoring 4 tries. The game finished with a last try for Shasta.

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Silicon Valley 14 – South Valley 31

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

I arrived at the field with age grade players and a girls HS team practicing in bright sunshine, the field almost ready and two teams in the early stages of preparation – not a bad Saturday in January.

 

Both sides have young and new players learning from some older hands. Collectively they played a competitive and competent game. South Valley were more experienced and had a more pragmatic territorial game to go with some strong runners.

 

South Valley scored 3 first half tries with one conversion, the second half saw two converted tries each for a final score of 31 – 14 in favour of the visitors.

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Sonoma State 65 – Pacific 31

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

Barn burner at Sonoma State Univ. on a beautiful rugby day. Sunny and 72 degrees, a little bit of a wind to deal with for the kickers. Pacific scored first. They scored a try in the corner, but I gave them a penalty try for an attempt from in front of the posts. Sonoma’s wing scored on a long run, followed by two tries by the forwards. Pacific comes back with a try by their scrumhalf to make the score 19-12, at only the 20 minute mark (5 tries in 20 minutes). I have to admit I had a hard time keeping up with their speed. Both teams have some speedsters. The game was 36-19 in favor of Sonoma State at the half. Half time gave me time to realize I had to try harder to get to the breakdowns more quickly. It seems like the mens teams are more predictable so I could cheat my way into position, but these runners were shifty, would change directions; I had to get faster. Three minutes into the second half, Univ. of Pacific had a forward ramble around and through would be tacklers for a 60 meter converted try to close the gap. Both teams scored again and the final score was 65-31 as Sonoma State scored more than Pacific in the last 15 minutes. Great game, although both teams played a bit sloppy, (mostly in the first half), it was very exciting and tough rugby.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

St. Mary’s College 36 – Olympic Club 31

Referee: O’Neil, George

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

St. Mary’s College B 12 – Olympic Club 79

Referee: Sandhill, Peter

 

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Date: 01/24/2015

Stanford 42 – UC Santa Cruz 19

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

The game was well fought and much closer than the scoreline. It was a perfect day for rugby at Stanford and the Stanford team finished its opportunities and was able to beat UCSC in the open field. UCSC controlled the scrums but UCSC was better in the LO. Stanford was able to finish the game was a handful of long break away tries to pull the scoreline apart.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

Stanford B 80 – UC Santa Cruz B 0

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

Game was lopped sided due to Stanford playing many experienced players that took control of the game. UCSC had some close opportunities but wasn’t able to turn any points.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

UC Davis Women 12 – Stanford Women 14

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Great game of rugby. Davis maintained the lead until the 78 minute mark. Davis have a freshman fly half that I coached last year and she continues to be a game changer at the college level. Keep listening for the name Katlin Reed. She is truly a special athlete.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

UNR Women 55 – UC Santa Cruz Women 17

Referee: Wilkening, Russ

 

Mid winter in Reno isn’t what it used to be. We kicked off with temperatures already in the 60’s and rising, clear blue skies, and the faintest of breezes.

Reno was clinical on the day, playing the ball tight and recycling quickly until the Banana Slug defense was on the back foot and showing gaps, then slicing through with their strong backline or chipping the ball through from the boot of the numbers nine and 10. Santa Cruz was pressured throughout but counter punched twice in the first half to score tries of their own. The second half was more of the same with both sides getting some of their more inexperienced players some valuable playing time.

It needs to be said that while the game was played in great spirits, there were a number of dangerous, especially high, tackles, and a warning served to improve things, but a UNR player would have been sent off had I blown the whistle immediately to deal with the infraction rather than follow play for advantage and then attempting to remember which player it was that should have been sent off. Lesson re-learned.

 

 

Date: 01/24/2015

USF 8 – Cal Maritime 38

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

Although this was a USF home game, It was played at Cal Maritime. Bodnar Field is a synth turf field, full sized with scoreboard and clock. Very nice set up. Even a changing room and bathroom!   USF played very hard all the way through the game, and were rewarded by their hard work with eight points scored in the second half, five for a try and a penalty kick made. Cal Maritime scored pretty consistently throughout the game however. Maritimes’ scrums were dominate throughout as was their play at lineouts, often stealing USFs’ ball. There was a little bit of pushme pullyou in the second half, but never very serious. My thanks to both teams for a great day in the sun.

 

This Week’s Photo

Kyle Kenny, one of our youngest Pelicans, if not the youngest at 13 years, refereeing an intense match between North Bay and Danville Oaks.

Kyle Kenny

 

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

 

Coverage Plans

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Coverage Plans

 

More importantly, the lack of coverage plans.   With several regular referees lured by the shiny KOT and others off to hear some nonsensical ramblings of so-called experts in Chicago, we here in the beating heart of American rugby are short referees.   As of the now, there are virtually no B sides covered and quite a few A side matches that are going to be wanting a whistle.   Just about every referee assigned will be asked to do double duty so we are putting out the call: we need help.   Please go to assignr.com to confirm your availability and matches, or if you haven’t received an assignr.com account, contact Pete Smith at me@petesweb.com to let him know you are available.   To get an assignr account please contact our Scott Wood at rscottwood@gmail.com .   He will get you all the information you need to sign up and announce your availability.

 

As for those who are going to Chicago, do you really think you need to travel long distances to hear wisdom? Well, that’s a scam.   Climbing a remote Nepalese peak just to ask the meaning of life (42) from a wrinkled old man in a loincloth is one of the greatest wastes of time ever. If wisdom could only be attained by travelling long distances you would see tons of Asian wisdom seekers prostrating themselves before midwestern housekeepers to hear their pithy sayings.

 

Ask A Pelican

 

In order to prevent such future referee drains Hail Pelicus will be offering a new weekly section, called “Ask A Pelican”.   This gives our loyal readers a chance to gain knowledge and wisdom without being forced to travel to a freezing hellscape in the middle of winter.   Our first question comes courtesy of E. Ponymous from San Jose, CA, who writes,

 

“How can I get my picture as “This Week’s Photo” in Hail Pelicus?

 

Well, Pony, that’s simple. Have someone take a picture of you in action or with colleagues at a rugby match or event and send it in to us here.   Or just a picture of a pelican in the wild, those are nice. Or really, any vaguely rugby or pelican related photo – we really aren’t that picky.

 

That’s it for this week. Remember to send in your questions for future issues!

 

Vegas Calling

 

From the organizers of the Las Vegas Invitational:

 

As is known throughout the land of the flying, double-chinned fish snacker, the most wanted referee’s in America are in Northern California. We have been asked to spread out knowledge of the game to Las Vegas for the 2015 Las Vegas Invitational presented by The Riviera. The Las Vegas Invitational — the largest rugby tournament in North America — will take place February 12 – 14, 2015 and will be played alongside the USA Sevens international rugby tournament held annually in Las Vegas. The LVI is considered the premier amateur rugby events in the United States, featuring athletes and match-ups across a wide-range of rugby divisions and age groups.

 

All referee’s that participate will receive a new 2015 LVI jersey, 3 day tickets to the USA 7’s and have the option of the best rates in town at the Riviera  as well as a 4 day shuttle pass to get to all the LVI and USA 7’s matches. Although we could put a monetary value on this, many consider it priceless.

 

The referee management would like to hear from you asap but please no later than January 31 to make sure we have a proper ticket, pass and jersey count.    Please contact Autumn Arvidson at mnrugbyref@gmail.com or 612-859-6439.

 

Your new Delta Tau Chi name is…

 

There were some eager beaks responding to the call for new Pelican names, and here they are:

 

Referee Pelican Name Loosely Translated As
John Pohlman Pelicus Pilula Biberarius Pill Seller
Bruce Bernstein Pelicus Avoidus Whistle Dude Play/party on dude
Eric Rauscher Pelicus Veneficus Wizard
Tom Franzoia Pelicus Lentus Ephorus Tough Spartan
Peter Sandhill s?l???sn? sn??l?? u???l?? u??l???sn?
Aruna Ranaweera Pelicus ex Selan Pelican from Sri Lanka
Lee Bryant Pelicus Saltus Pelican of the Trees
Stephen Valerio Pelicus Ex Jerseius Pelican from Jersey

 

Disciplinary Action Reporting – Process for reporting incidents

 

The various competitions all have their own disciplinary chairs and this will make it difficult to centralize the communication and data.  To help Scott Wood has developed a form that will centralize the process, regardless of the competition.  The link to the discipline form is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mmUNg11uVOSkIsUtHifSqQzalhWbwohk_J6AmPyrucQ/viewform

  1. Copy the link and have it available on your smartphone.  If you have an Iphone add the link to your home screen.
  2. when needed fill it out and click submit.  The discipline chair of the competition you refereed will receive a notification about the incident.
  3. He/she may contact you latter for more details.

 

 

January Society Meeting

 

This month’s meeting will be held January 21st 7:00 PM @ the SFGG Clubhouse   For our meeting we will be discussing:

  • Audio Game Management – Whistle and Voice (Josh Pendegrass)
  • Evaluator’s Perspective (Kat Todd)

 

On To The Game Reports!

 

From Bryant Byrnes at the Dennis Storer/All-Cal Tournament at UCLA

 

A good rugby weekend, and the NorCal Society was honorably represented. I coached five refs over seven games and at the request of Phip Klevorick will produce several written reports.

Tim Lew was probably the best ref there and was his usual cordial self. Indeed, he did the beep test on Sunday mostly to help the other refs crank it up.
 

Date: 01/16/2015

Cal Maritime 70 – Pacific 5

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Cal Maritime had the majority of possession in this Friday night affair. Score was 21-5 going into the half intermission. 2nd half opened the flood gates. Both teams are well coached and were able to adjust to the referee’s interpretation of breakdowns.

 

Date: 01/16/2015

Santa Clara University 22 – Stanford 19

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

Santa Clara needed a late comeback to pull this one out. A blocked drop goal at full time sealed the win.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Baracus 24 – Life West 36

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

Kickoff was 30 minutes late at the West Sunset Playground in SF due to field setup issues after a soccer match. Life West looked athletic but were extremely ill-disciplined, whereas Baracus was the more structured and patient team. Baracus rode their fly-half’s penalty kicking prowess to a 15-10 lead at half and extended their lead to 18-10 soon after. With the score tied 24-24 late in the game, Life West edged ahead with two converted tries at the end to win the match by 5 tries to nil. Much thanks to Baracus for their hospitality providing dinner and beverages at the post-match reception at Jackalope in SF.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Baracus B 7 – Life West B 45

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

Pleasant match played in good spirits. Score would have greater in favor of Life West but for numerous knock-ons just at the point of the imminent breakaway.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

CSUMB Women 5 – Fresno State Women 90

Referee: Carter, Bruce

 

Windy, clear, cold day at 10 AM to start the 2015 campaign on the shores of Monterey Bay, the Otters’ pitch in perfect condition.

 

It was a try-fest, with several Bulldog backs tallying multiple scores.

 

My primary effort was directed at the new players who were oh-so-tempted to play the ball on the ground. Referees understand: many of us would still like to be able to play the ball ourselves.

 

The Otters had a post-game cheer about never giving up, in true rugby spirit. Up and at ’em!

 

My grandson Ben ran touch. Always a pleasure to have my favorite wingman. And there were freshly-grilled sideline quesadillas afterwards. Thanks to all for a fine start to a fine Saturday.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Diablo 26 – Berkeley 25

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

A very tight match was played between Diablo and Berkeley at Cal Maritime’s pitch, with each team collecting four tries and the difference being decided by the slightest of margins.. The day was cool and gray, perfect for rugby. From the kick-off Berkeley dominated the opening 30 minutes, camping out in the Diablo end. However, they were only able to get 10 points out of it. Diablo then struck for 2 rapid tries to carry a 14-10 lead into halftime. Berkeley reasserted their dominance in the second half, but with the loss of their fly-half, the conversions for their 3 tries went begging. Late in the match they had built a fragile 25-19 lead when Diablo had a player sent off. Even a man down, Diablo’s outside center found a gap in the middle of the Berkeley backline and touched down for the try. The conversion was made and the final whistle blew with the Gaels walking away with the 1 point win.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Fresno 17 – SFGG 20

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

Great game that could have gone either way.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Fresno B 24 – SFGG B 38

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

The boys played a shortened battle after a nice tight A side match. Fresno and Golden Gate traded blows with the first half ending Fresno 12 GG 14. A lot of the same with scored tide at 24 with 6 minutes to go. Golden Gate finished with 2 converted trys to end the game 24 – 38 visitors

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Mendocino 0 – Colusa 34

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

A great day for rugby. One of the loose forwards, Dan Powers, scored the first two tries with good forward work, Pono notched the third from wing and the Colusa team did not look back as they continued to score to make it a 34-0 win in Ukiah. Ukiah never gave up though, so it was good rugby all day long.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Modesto 7 – Google 14

Referee: Lane, John

 

I arrived in Turlock to two sides just setting up. Some basic drills being executed and some one on one coaching for a small few players on both sides relatively new to rugby.

 

Modesto kicked off and Google brought play up to the Modesto 10 meter line. The ball was passed wide from a ruck to the Google fly half. He drifted across field and when the Modesto backline failed to hold their defensive line he broke through and kept running diagonally into the 22. The covering fullback failed to tackle and he crossed the line and cut back to touch down at the posts for an easy convert. 0-7. 2 minutes played.

 

Modesto did not take long to get on the scoreboard. Running close in ball carriers to gain field position. Despite giving up a knockon turnover they regained possession on the next play and some strong driving and quick ball saw them score to the right of the posts. Converted. 5 mins in and 7-7. A high scoring game was a possibility.

 

It did not turn out that way but an open game did develop but both sides were frequently guilty of unforced errors with regular turnovers. Combining this with some penalties through over enthusiasm and new player errors had play changing direction and ends of the field regularly. Some law education was passed on occasion!

 

An accidental head clash left the Google fullback a little dazed and out of the game on 20 minutes and the stoppage was used by both teams for a breather.

 

As the half progressed googles scrum started to get the upper hand and this continued in the second half.

 

Modesto took early action with a number 8 change before half time to try and improve scrum possession.

 

Half time 7-7

 

Modesto made 3 more halftime changes which seemed to give them the early momentum. While both sides looked to move ball close in first through the forwards and then going wide there were also some fine backline breaks. The Modesto fly half found gaps occasionally for good ground and this was matched through a few power breaks by their powerful center.

 

Google got on top for a while and Modesto conceded some penalties. Google tried two relatively long kicks at goal missing first left and later right.

 

Both sides made some more changes for tiring players.

 

Google made a number of attacks which were defended but the pressure eventually told with the Google hooker putting his scrum half into clear space on the 22 and made the line and grounded at the posts. Converted 7-14. 22 mins second half.

 

The play continued with attacking possession for both sides but an error or good defense caused turnovers and relief.

 

With less than 5 mins left the Google 11 was sin binned for a deliberate knockon. The penalty was kickable but with just 4 minutes left Modesto went for a kick to the corner for a line out. Unfortunately their kicker misjudged and kicked direct into touch in goal.

 

Google opted for the scrum to ensure possession and to work the clock. Despite Modesto putting in a huge effort Google controlled most of the last 4 minutes and closed out for a 7-14 victory.

 

A committed game with plenty of on field banter and guidance to me as ref. The supporters got in on the banter now and then and we even had a young support looking to join his dad in the Modesto line out. An excellently timed tackle by his mother saved the day!!!!

 

 

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Santa Rosa 17 – EPA Bulldogs 22

Referee: O’Neil, George

 

No report received

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Santa Rosa B 31 – EPA Bulldogs B 15

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Turned out to be a bit of a friendly match with 20 minute halves. EPA had to use most of its A side to form up an opponent for Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa stayed disciplined throughout and was able to generate some strong back play. Thanks to Mike King for his feedback on the match.

 

Date: 01/17/2015

Silicon Valley 3 – Aptos 34

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Silicon Valley, a first year D3 team that has grown out of the successful Silicon Valley youth and high school programs, hosted their first ever home match this last weekend against the Aptos Beachdogs. With former teammates coaching both sides – and even playing – I knew that I would be receiving plenty of advice all day.   (To be fair, I received no grief from the sidelines. Either I did a perfect job or the coaches are actually respectful and well-behaved. As unlikely as it seems I will go with the latter.)

 

The game started on a small field in Cupertino and Aptos testing to see if I was paying attention to the off side line. This early penalty helped by an extra 10 meters for not retreating gave Silicon Valley first blood as a penalty was calmly stroked through from 25 meters.   After that a tense defensive match ensued with territorial advantage going to Aptos but the Beachdogs couldn’t seem to find a way through until the inevitable knock on or turnover ended the attack.   Both sides had trouble keeping their feet and, once on the ground, just couldn’t resist helping ball back to their own side. The penalties and scrums made this half a bit of a stop-start affair but Aptos finally managed to get it together long enough to break through for a couple of unconverted tries.   Lack of experience and communication on second and third phase ball doomed the young Silicon Valley team yet they only went into the half down 10-3.

 

The second half started much the same way as the first with an immediate penalty against Aptos for handling in a ruck yet SV couldn’t capitalize.   Aptos defended their line well from a series of scrums and lineouts until they finally broke free and were able to reassert their territorial dominance.   Speaking with the captains at half time helped the flow of the game as there were far fewer penalties and that made for much better rugby. Aptos certainly benefited as they now started to dominate the proceedings.   Their back line started to carve up a tiring SV defense and 4 tries were added to the total (2 converted).   A good match from both sides.   Final Score: Aptos 34 – Silicon Valley 3.

 

Date: 01/17/2015

St. Mary’s College 59 – Arizona State 15

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

AR: Bruce Bernstein

 

St Mary’s began forcefully with a try under the posts in the first minute from a scrum center following a short kick off from Arizona State. Fifteen minutes in, St Mary’s were 21-0 up, putting pace and width on the ball. Arizona State got on the scoreboard with a penalty kick on the 20th minute, and came very close to grounding a kick ahead into St Mary’s in-goal for a try. One more converted try to St Mary’s brought the first half to an end with the score 28-3.

 

St Mary’s stretched their score to 35 points early in the second half, before Arizona State’s rambunctious flanker, who brought intensity and urgency to his play throughout the match, went over for Arizona State in the 54th minute, and converted. St Mary’s got four more, one of which came when #13 Kingsley McGowan regathered his own beautifully judged chip over the defence deep in his own half and accelerated down the field. Arizona State’s last defender did well to haul him down, only for St Mary’s support to spin the ball wide. Urgency and determination from Arizona State’s backs injected pace with quick taps and quick distribution, and Arizona State went over in the corner for another try in the 77th minute.

 

Thanks to Bruce Bernstein for his invaluable help on the touchline.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

St. Mary’s College B 38 – Arizona State 10

Referee: Sandhill, Peter

 

Another glorious Nor Cal winter’s day – warm and dry, a well groomed grass pitch – a perfect day for rugby. The visiting Arizona team was well coached and were up for the task. The game was clean and fast. However, in the last ten minutes, with fatigue setting in, the breakdown became less neat. St Mary’s were the better team. Both the Arizona & St Mary’s back lines were fast. However, the St Mary’s forwards clearly had superior breakdown technique, especially their counter rucking. Unfortunately, an out of character moment from one young man around the 70 min. mark occurred. He threw the ball into the face of an opponent yelling very threatening remarks, immediately after his team had already been penalized, resulted in a yellow card for misconduct while the ball was out of play. When I spoke to the coach afterward, he said something like, “That boy has hardly spoken all season. Wish he’d picked a better time to speak up.” Of course, play calmed down and the fast, clean pace we’d seen to that point, unused. Overall, a very enjoyable game to referee. Days like this make refereeing a pleasure.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

St. Mary’s College C 45 – Sonoma State 38

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Awesome 3rd Division College match with Sonoma State going ahead by two tries only to see St Mary’s come back to win 45-38.

 

 

Date: 01/17/2015

UC Santa Cruz Women 84 – Santa Clara Women 14

Referee: Freitas, Larry

 

Santa Clara arrived with 14 fit players and started the game one player short in the back line. UCSC immediately took advantage of the situation, scoring within the first five minutes a converted try. The Banana Slugs ran the ball on the narrow side of the pitch several times for long runs ending in tries. About thirty minutes into the match the Broncos lost their hooker, and now were down to thirteen players, having to move their flyhalf into the position for set scrums. Center Ellen Bridgman scored a few tries and made some conversions for Santa Cruz.

UCSC was sporting enough, with a lead of 42-nil, to take two players out for the rest of the match. I wondered if that decision to play with even numbers was going to change the balance of the attack, as Santa Clara quickly responded to an early second half Santa Cruz try with a converted try. Another Santa Cruz score was also equaled by a Santa Clara try, but as the game wore on Santa Cruz kept on the attack, resulting in 42 second stanza points. Players on both sides deported themselves well, and Santa Clara didn’t give up. A few long runs by Santa Cruz that I thought would result in tries were run down by Santa Clara, in particular Michelle Coleman, showing lots of hustle at scrum half and following play and arriving at every break down.

It was another sunny and above average temperature day, like we really need those here in California, again, this rainless January. It looked like the Santa Cruz Yacht Club was having a regatta out in the Monterey Bay. Right now the pitch at UCSC is in excellent condition, but with water rationing, I’m afraid that grass is going to turn brown soon if it doesn’t start raining again.

 

 

This Week’s Photo

Pelicus Pedem Referre setting a scrum in the first ever home match for the new Silicon Valley RFC v Aptos Beachdogs.

Hinkin Silicon Valley First Ever Home Game

 

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

What Is Missing In Pelicanland?

HAIL PELICUS!

What Is Missing In Pelicanland?

We here in Northern California rightly pride ourselves not only on the quality of our lifestyles but the quality of our rugby and that goes hand in hand with the quality of our referees.   The good referee makes a bad game good and a good game better.   So that begs the question, with all of these factors in our favor, what is missing in Pelicanland?

Naturally, the answer is The 3 Rs: Rain, Referees, and Rithmatic.

The lack of rain is well documented and after a series of December storms the drought patterns have reasserted themselves.   Another seasonal pattern is a lack of referees. Once the calendar turns over leagues across the land start up and we need referees to cover all of these matches.   Please go to assignr.com to confirm your availability and matches, or if you haven’t received an assignr.com account, contact Pete Smith at me@petesweb.com to let him know you are available.   To get an assignr account please contact our Scott Wood at rscottwood@gmail.com .   He will get you all the information you need to sign up and announce your availability.

“Rithmatic” is, of course, just folksy math and frankly I feel we are better off at a penalty not asking players to retreat “no further than Old Man Wheeler can spit a wad o’ tobakky”.

Crenshaw Update

There have been many people who have expressed concern and would like an update on the condition of long time Top Referee Jim Crenshaw, who suffered a stroke last summer.   In his own words:

“I’m probably about 90% back to normal. Still have a bit of numbness on my left side… I really appreciate all of the support from everyone!!!   Thanks!!”

Vegas Calling

From the organizers of the Las Vegas Invitational:

As is known throughout the land of the flying, double-chinned fish snacker, the most wanted referee’s in America are in Northern California. We have been asked to spread out knowledge of the game to Las Vegas for the 2015 Las Vegas Invitational presented by The Riviera. The Las Vegas Invitational — the largest rugby tournament in North America — will take place February 12 – 14, 2015 and will be played alongside the USA Sevens international rugby tournament held annually in Las Vegas. The LVI is considered the premier amateur rugby events in the United States, featuring athletes and match-ups across a wide-range of rugby divisions and age groups.

All referee’s that participate will receive a new 2015 LVI jersey, 3 day tickets to the USA 7’s and have the option of the best rates in town at the Riviera  as well as a 4 day shuttle pass to get to all the LVI and USA 7’s matches. Although we could put a monetary value on this, many consider it priceless.

The referee management would like to hear from you asap but please no later than January 31 to make sure we have a proper ticket, pass and jersey count.    Please contact Autumn Arvidson at mnrugbyref@gmail.com or 612-859-6439.

Disciplinary Action Reporting – Process for reporting incidents

The various competitions all have their own disciplinary chairs and this will make it difficult to centralize the communication and data.  To help Scott Wood has developed a form that will centralize the process, regardless of the competition.  The link to the discipline form is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mmUNg11uVOSkIsUtHifSqQzalhWbwohk_J6AmPyrucQ/viewform

  1. Copy the link and have it available on your smartphone.  If you have an Iphone add the link to your home screen.
  2. when needed fill it out and click submit.  The discipline chair of the competition you refereed will receive a notification about the incident.
  3. He/she may contact you latter for more details.

Questions on Questions

From the Northern California Law Exams…

14) Two defenders joining a ruck drop their heads and shoulders lower than their hips. What should the referee rule?

  • a) Play continues
  • b) Scrum
  • c) Free Kick
  • d) Penalty Kick
  • Option 5

Referees and other interested parties have asked what Option 5 is. Option 5 is an option that is only available to Top Referees and should be only used by said Top Referees. Simply put, if you don’t know what Option 5 is then you shouldn’t use Option 5.   We will know if you do.

The first three sessions can be accessed here:

Questions 1-20
Questions 21-40
Questions 41-60

January Society Meeting

This month’s meeting will be held January 21st 7:00 PM @ the SFGG Clubhouse   For our meeting we will be discussing:

  • Audio Game Management – Whistle and Voice (Josh Pendegrass)
  • Evaluator’s Perspective (Kat Todd)

Do The Tighten Up

It seems like just about every other week I troll around Facebook and see a picture of a local men’s team in action… and one (or more) of the players are wearing tights.   This is, again, unless you are female, illegal as tights are not approved clothing.   When I tell a player that he can not wear them at a match I am officiating I inevitably get “but the last referee let me” and frankly, it is getting annoying.   Pelicans! As with all other aspects of law, we need to be consistent on this. See Law 4.2.b:

4.2 Special additional items for women

In addition to the previously permitted clothing women may wear:

(b)   Cotton blend long tights, with single inside leg seam under their shorts & socks.

2014 registration

Referees need to be CIPP’d too! Don’t forget to get registered with USA rugby.  Once you’ve registered send your society dues, $10.00, to Jim Crenshaw.   His address can be found on pelicanrefs.com as well as baldandbeautiful.com.

On To The Game Reports!

Date: 01/10/2015

Baracus Tournament

Referee: Sandhill, Peter

 

John Coppinger and I split up the five games in a mini tournament hosted by Baracus. It was a beautiful sunny and warm SF day with no (cold) ocean breeze. Baracus fielded two teams, the other two teams were from Chico State and Stanford Graduate School club. Each half was 20 minutes, with a 5 min., half-time break. As it was a pre-season warm-up, fitness seemed to be the main factor, especially in the second half. A lot of the games were close and it appear there were several players in each team who were new to rugby. A good day for all.

 

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

This was 3 team mini-tournament with short period. Perter Sandhill did two matches and I did three.

 

Chico State 21, Baracus 7

 

Stanford GSB 14, Baracus 14.

 

Yes, another tie, but not my fault. Baracus was up by 7 with 1 minute remaining when SGSB committed a penalty infraction ten meters from their own try-line in front of one the posts. One of the Baracus locks (who had already displayed a dubious grasp of the laws of the game) quickly tapped through in front of the far post. I whistled play dead to bring him back to the mark. Incensed, the lock slammed the ball sending it 15 feet back into the air on the rebound. I reversed the penalty; SGSB tapped through and went 90 meters to score in front of the posts and tie the match at full time with the conversion. Why should I owe beers for a fool’s poor decision making?

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:   Your thoughts on a tie were rejected last week – why should this week be any different?   We will expect suitable beverages at the next meeting for both results.

 

Chico State 29, SGSB 14

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

Colusa 24 – Napa Valley 12

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Toughly contested match. Napa surprised Colusa with a lead at halftime, with a lot of head-knocking forward play. Colusa was able to have some long breaks at the wing that Napa couldn’t match. Both teams had trouble staying on their feet in the loose play, which was handled with a combination of management and penalties – chalk it up to early season cobwebs.

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

EPA Bulldogs 15 – EPA Razorbacks 29

Referee: Lane, John

 

Venue: Joseph Kelly Park, Menlo Park

Primarily a soccer field synthetic surface but EPA Bulldogs did a good job marking the rugby lines making good use of the existing markings.

Prematch team boot inspections and captain coin toss and chat were concluded 40 mins before kickoff allowing the teams to be unhindered in their pregame routine.

I was supported by Nome Tiatia (NCRRS) and Antoine ? So without an official team of 3 we had a good pre game session covering the core roles they needed to support.

The game started in sunshine with no wind of significance and it was clear both sides wanted to play open ball in hand rugby with some direct straight carries mixed in. As was to be expected the contact area was highly contested but both captains had heeded the prematch discussion and there was early good discipline at the ruck and maul offside lines with only one early penalty.

10 mins in and we had the first score with the Razorbacks getting in by the posts to allow an easy conversion for a 0-7 lead. They continued to dominate the next few minutes but good defense from the Bulldogs kept their line intact. After their period of defending the Bulldogs got some field position and on 20 mins got in for a good score after a few wide back line moves. Successfully converted for 7-7. Having got the score the Bulldogs had the better of the next 10 mins but at key times the Razorbacks forced errors for turnovers to relieve the pressure. The pressure eventually told after first conceding a penalty for offside which gave field position to the Bulldogs they then conceded a kick able penalty for off feet at a ruck. This was converted for a 10-7 lead on 31 mins. Play balanced out with both sides putting in some strong defensive tackles to Halt momentum.

With half time nearing the Razorbacks upped their effort and scored a multiphase try wide on the right which they failed to convert.

In the first half some judicious words with the two captains dealt with some unnecessary banter between a few players from both sides and there were no further issues as it was clear how I would deal with players if it repeated.

 

The second half started with the Bulldogs quickly on the attack but a long left to right multiplayer skip pass was picked off by one of the Razorback forwards who just made the try line by the posts from the halfway line. Successfully converted for 10-19.

Visibly impacted by this score the Bulldogs attacking efforts faltered through some loose play with turnover; knock ons not helping them. While this gave the Razorbacks some good field position the Bulldogs defensive play remained strong and they kept their line intact and started to rebuild their momentum.

Having brought themselves back into the game and pressing for a score another skip pass was picked off by the Razorbacks but this time it was one of their backs and he streaked away to score under the posts.

The conversion straight in front was missed which brought some humorous comments from the supporters. (10-24 on 13 mins).

The Bulldogs kept up the pressure in an effort to close the score and the Razorbacks conceded a number of penalties in quick succession for side entry at the breakdown leading me to issue a team caution to their captain on 18 mins. A few plays later, a just arrived substitue repeated the offense and received a yellow card on 19:54.

With the extra man the Bulldogs looked to increase the pace but a phase of play broke down when on the attack.

The ball was gathered by the Razorbacks and they relieved the pressure with a huge kick down the middle of the field which the kicker aggressively chased. The first high bounce took the ball away from one Bulldogs defender and the second bounce kicked wickedly away from the second closing defender with the ball falling straight in the hands of the chasing Razorbacks player who went straight in to score 10 yards left of the posts. The conversion was missed. (10-29 on 22 mins).

 

With the extra man the Bulldogs kept the pace up but the Razorbacks put in some very strong defense to hold them out. With some players tiring substitutions were introduced regularly between 55 and 70 mins.

The Bulldogs kept chasing the game and were rewarded with an unconverted try on 34 minutes. (15-29)

They kept pushing in the remaining minutes but the Razorbacks held them out with strong tackling giving them 2 turnovers and play moved back to the Bulldogs half.

Following a knee injury to one of the Razorbacks backs the Bulldogs spent the last minute on the attack put play eventually broke down with a knockon to leave Razorbacks victorious on a 15-29 score line with a bonus point as well for scoring 5 tries.

A good physical game of rugby played at speed was an enjoyable way to start the 15s league season. Also a mention for Nome and Antoine for good TJ support throughout.

 

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

Fresno B 26 – San Jose B 12

Referee: Taueva, Favor

 

Fresno played very well on their side B game vs their A game. Fresno first try and converted with in 7 minutes of the first half.   San Jose use the ball very good and manged to have 12 points. Both team decided to do only 20 minutes half game.

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

Humboldt 5 – Mendocino 38

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

Humboldt play on what must be one of the worst fields in Northern California (they have apparently done the paperwork for a better field) and by way of putting lipstick on a sow, they have one of the best sets of portable goal posts – tall, metal and quickly installed and removed. Said posts were installed by 12.30 and so there was plenty of time for the home team to warm up for the 1pm kick off.

 

If the league games were 20 minute halves, then Humboldt would compete well. This was demonstrated by their 5-0 lead at half time, in a half where defensively they kept Mendocino narrow and offensively battered with some big carriers. As Humboldt tired quickly in the second half, Mendocino were able to get quicker ball from the break down and this ball went wide very productively. Mendocino ran in 6 tries (4 conversions) to no response from Humboldt for a 38-5 final score.

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

Modesto 87 – Silicon Valley 5

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

After 80 seconds of play, a Silicon Valley forward falls to the floor in pain. Everybody around heard something cracking, and we knew that he had broken something. The ambulance arrived a couple minutes later, and took him away. I wish him a good recovery, and hope that he’ll be back on the pitch soon. The team only had 15 players there, so they restarted the game with only 14 players. Unfortunately for them, two more players got injured in the first half, and there quickly were playing at 12 against 15. Modesto easily led 33 – 5 at the half, despite their full back being sent off for misconduct.

At the beginning of the second half, after 3 tries by Modesto in the first 7 minutes, SV captain asked if they could borrow some players from the Modesto team. This was accepted, and the game restarted between 2 teams of 14 players. But this didn’t stop Modesto, who scored many more unanswered tries.

 

Date: 01/10/2015

Santa Rosa 17 – Life West 62

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

I’ve been refereeing here for about 8 years now, but this was my first ever trip to the legendary For Pete’s Sake field in Santa Rosa. I took advantage of the journey to stop off for a swift 40 miles on my bike along the shores of Berryessa, which was beautiful and importantly devoid of other people. Nice ride.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Show off.

 

Made it to FPS in time to see Scott Griffin finishing up the early game — no doubt about who is in charge when you hear his whistle tone.

 

Pitch itself was as good as it gets: nicely crowned, lined precisely and with huge great tree trunks for goalposts. None of the usual deciding whether the kick is good when it passes over a crooked post, that’s for sure.

 

Game wasn’t as good as it gets, but was fun for all regardless. It was a preseason affair — both teams had their issues. Santa Rosa’s kicking game was perhaps in need of a little work (3 direct to touch, and at least 4 run back for tries), and Life West’s scrum was distinctly vulnerable. And your correspondent also had a few problems. Ball in the back of the head (all my fault). Law error (backs offside at LO — penalty mark 10m up, not on line of touch. Duh.) Management in need of improvement (too many players on the ground with a lax early standard paving the way for a messy second stanza.) All learnings, which is why preseason is a good thing.

 

As for the game itself, it was close until the half, when Rosa took off a few of their better players, then the visitors ran a bunch of tries in from back moves. The left wing in particular (name I carelessly omitted to obtain) scored 4 tries from deep. Teams giving these guys room to run will pay the price!

 

Fun day out. Hopefully it won’t be another 8 years before I get to return.

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

Santa Rosa B 17 – Life West B 17

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

In a shortened second game, largely because Santa Rosa was short on numbers????, the game was back and forth with two evenly playing rugby teams. Life West used bursts of speed to outrun Rosa’s backs and Santa Rosa seemed to hold more than their own in tight play. A beautiful day to play rugby in Santa Rosa, with three games and a lot of food, at the field, afterwards. Thank you, Afa !

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

South Valley 22 – Google 12

Referee: Asonye, Elvy

 

Great season opener for South Valley, and quite the showing for Google’s first league match. South Valley looked like they would take the entire game, scoring two tries in the first half making the score 10-0. Google answered back with two tries in the second half and got the first conversion of the day. South Valley rallied back toward the end of the game and managed two more tries – one of which included a conversion to round up the score of 22-12 in favor of South Valley.

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

St. Mary’s College 81 – University of Utah 15

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

The score speaks for itself, so the venue will get most of the attention in this report. St. Mary’s have moved their rugby field this year, from the already excellent Pat Vincent Memorial Field, to the old football stadium at the top of campus. There is seating for 3,500, a press box, warmup facilities and many other benefits of the stadium. The ground is very firm, but flat and excellent for rugby with 15+m in goals.

 

The match was somewhat competitive for about 30 minutes, with two contrasting styles of play. The Utes only really had the option of a pick and drive offense, which made hard going of it early on, but were rewarded with two tries. However, the Gaels, like last season, were experts at turning defense into attack by stripping the ball out of the tackle and counter rucking. They would quickly find their centers, full back or wings and score quickly while the opposition defense scrambled to line up.

 

SMC still look good and appear to have shaken off some of the pre-season rust.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a sad day for me personally, though a good day for St. Mary’s rugby. You see, I was the first person to score on the Pat Vincent Memorial Field.   When the field first opened the Gaels hosted UCSB in a preseason match and after about 10 minutes I went over for a try…   I no longer have that distinction.   Tempus fugit.

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

St. Mary’s College B 42 – University of Utah 5

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

After reffing St Mary’s vs Cal Maritime, I also reffed the 3rd game of the day, SMC vs Utah B. This game was much more one sided with SMC showing their fitness and dominance in all aspects of the game mainly in the scrums. SMC stole 50% of the scrums and wheeled another 20%. Get fit or go home- i reffed a full 80 min game plus a 30 min extra period for the SMC/ Cal Maritime 3rds, then reffed another full 80 min game SMC vs Utah Bs. Awesome day of rugby…

 

 

Date: 01/10/2015

St. Mary’s College C 55 – Cal Maritime 12

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

On a perfect day for rugby, we played the inaugural rugby game on the St Mary’s new pitch. Cal Maritime vs SMC was a fast paced and quick game. The first half was close with both teams scoring 2 tries, but SMC opened up the scoreline quickly in the 2nd half. In the end, SMC looked much stronger and played together in open play versus their opponents.

 

Date: 01/11/2015

Stanford Women’s XV Invitational

Referee: Lane, John

 

After enjoying Saturday’s Div 1 EPA match-up it’s was up bright and early to meet up with James Hinkin and Jen Tetler for day 2 of the Stanford Women’s Invitational 15s tournament and a 9:00 start.

 

Jen and James had done the hard work with the pool games on day one so it was down to the playoff stages on Sunday morning.

 

James ref’d the first consolation pool on Pitch 2 with Oregon defeating Chico State fairly comfortably 23-5. While this was going on Jen had the first main Semi on Pitch 1 between UC San Diego and UC Davis. Davis dominated the first half territory and kept San Diego in their own half for virtually the whole time. Despite the dominance they only scored one unconverted try to lead by 5 at half time. Davis continued to have the best of the second half but as their players tired a little in the final minutes San Diego started to get some space out wide and first crossed for a converted try on the right with 3 minutes to go. Shortly afterwards the got around the Davis defense wide on the left and scored another try, unconverted, to win by 12-5.

 

I started my days work with the second consolation semi on pitch 2 with UCLA versus Western Washington who were one of the 2 winless teams from day one. A scoreless first half was played mainly between the 22s with both sides putting in a lot of effort but some poor handling skills giving turnovers on a frequent basis.

 

Washington were playing a simpler game plan recycling close to the breakdown while UCLA occasionally looked to spread the ball wide. As the first half progressed Washington’s stronger scrum was disrupting UCLA’s possession more and more.

 

Early in the second half the direct close in play of Washington brought them just outside the UCLA 22 and from a scrum they recycled 4 times to go in for an unconverted try for a 5-0 lead. UCLA then had a few minutes of dominance but never really threatened a score. Shortly before the end Washington again held position for multiple phases and UCLA ran out of defenders and conceded another unconverted try.

 

Washington were delighted with their first win of the weekend at the final whistle.

 

While I was reffing this game, Jen was doing the second main semi final between CAL and Stanford. I cannot say I saw any of this game but thanks to the enthusiastic home match commentary and passionate announcer!!!! I have no problem in remembering that Stanford scored 3 tries for a 15-0 victory.

 

With Jen having completed her two day shift at this point, James who at this point had refd Stanford 3 times already scheduled himself for the Davis v Cal 3v4 playoff and the consolation final Oregon v Washington and I ref’d the consolation consolation match between Chico St and UCLA before the main final between Stanford and San Diego.

 

Cal defeated Davis and Chico St much to the delight of their players and small traveling support finally won a game by reversing the Saturday pool result by beating UCLA.

 

As Oregon and Washington had also played each other on Saturday they took the opportunity to waive their final match to save a couple of hours for their long trek northwards home. James’ knee was happy with this decision!!!

 

The final between Stanford and San Diego developed into an exciting fast game with both teams looking to move the ball quickly at every opportunity. Stanford favored moving the ball wide whenever possible with San Diego attacking the mid field area through their centers.

 

The first half territory was dominated by Stanford and they deservedly built up a 3 try lead, each excellently converted for a 21-0 lead after 16 minutes. San Diego were playing quite well but mostly defensively with only the occasional breakout towards the Stanford 22.

 

The half finished with continuous play lasting almost 4 minutes where Stanford recycled well in excess of 20 times while San Diego steadfastly defended their line. The play move left and right inside and outside the San Diego 22 and with each passing phase the crowd became more involved and vocal. The half finished with the Stanford right wing driving for the corner with 2 San Diego defenders holding her up over the line and just driving her out in touch in goal.

 

 

San Diego started the second half strongly and recycled a few phases deep I to the Stanford 22. Stanford with held the pressure and on gaining a turnover ran the ball deep into San Diego’s half. They recycled and got in for another try which surprising went unconverted after the excellent kicking display of the first half. 26-0.

 

There were a few minutes of midfield play with the defenses on both sides causing turnovers but gradually San Diego started to gain the upper hand. On 11 minutes they scored a very good try wide on the right which was expertly converted. They continued to dominate and Stanford conceded 3 “in at the side” penalties which resulted in a team warning. This gave San Diego more confidence and with 4 minutes to go they score anotherr wide out try, this time on the left. The conversion was well struck but fell short. 26-12. You could hear the anxious Stanford supporters encouraging their team to keep possession.

 

San Diego kept pushing looking for more scores but a turnover when trying to squeeze out a risky pass led to Stanford finishing the match well inside the San Diego half and while the score board looked comfortable at 26-12 they knew they had earned their victory.

 

The day finished with James presenting the medals and cup to the victorious Stanford team!!!

 

 

Referee: James Hinkin

 

The Annual Stanford Women’s Invitational was played under crisp, sunny skies on Saturday and cold, cloudy skies on Sunday.   Teams participating were Stanford, Cal, UC Davis, Chico St, UCLA, UCSD, Oregon and Western Washington.   The first day was a sorting out with pool play and Stanford managed to win all of their matches without giving up a point.   Yes, their defense is that good.   Teams would get chances and put Stanford under pressure, but they never broke and made the tackles when they had to until a turnover relieved the pressure.   Twice on the weekend they ended a half with the ball held up in goal and that was no accident – the ladies knew where they were on the field and swarmed the ballcarrier so that she couldn’t ground the ball.

UC Davis also impressed with a couple over very dynamic players. They have a hard running center who uses her fend well and is very tough to bring down as well as defensively being a ball thief at the breakdown.   The Aggies also boast a flanker with possibly the best pace in the tournament who will run right at a defense and with one sidestep will be beyond and off to the races.

UCSD was the team that gave Stanford their biggest test, appropriately in the final. After losing 28-0 in pool play UCSD learned and regrouped to make it back to the final where they once again went down by 4 tries.   This time they stormed back in the second half to score 2 tries of their own and kept Stanford under constant pressure. A couple of try saving tackles prevented the Southern Californians from completing the comeback and Stanford took the final of their own tournament yet again.

Many thanks to the teams and organizers – especially Matt Sherman – as well as referees Jen Tetler, John Lane, Bryant Y. Byrnes and Aaron Nelson.

 

This Week’s Photo

Jet Tetler calmly surveying the field before Stanford v California

Tetler at Stanford

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

Beatus Novus Annus!

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Beatus Novus Annus!

 

Welcome to 2015 (Gregorian) to all who fly the good flight in Pelicanland and beyond.    With the start of the new year comes the start of the WEEKLY Hail Pelicus, so start getting those report in!

 

2014 was a year full of excitement, surprises and, naturally, lots of rugby. Some good, some not so good and some great rugby, but all of it was rugby and that can’t be a bad thing, can it?   We here at the staff of Hail Pelicus have fond memories of 2014 but are eagerly looking forward to 2015.   Vegas 7s! SuperSites! The Return of the Pelicans! The World Cup! There is much to look forward to and I for one can’t wait.    Beatus Novus Annus!

 

Time to Boil Your Boots And Polish Your Whistle

 

I am sure that we have all by now completed our holiday fitness regimen and are ready physically for the upcoming season, but that is only part of the preparation needed.   This may come as a shock to many coaches and players, but we as referees need to be mentally sharp as well and that means constant brush ups on law.   Our Noble Leader Pelicus Iudex Pennipes has designed a series of law exams based on the exams used by New Zealand Rugby.

 

The format is simple: The tests developed by New Zealand are each 100 questions but these tests have been broken up into 20 question sessions. Users access the page, complete the questions, and click submit. Users receive an email noting their scores, answers they submitted, the correct answers, and a link to see the law that corresponds to the question. It’s then the users responsibility to research the question. The IRB logo in this post contains a link to the IRB’s law website to help you research the law.  This is not only useful for referees but any player, coach or fan would benefit from learning some of the fine points of the Laws of Rugby. The first three sessions can be accessed here:

Questions 1-20
Questions 21-40
Questions 41-60

 

January Society Meeting

 

This month’s meeting will be held January 21st 7:00 PM @ the SFGG Clubhouse   For our meeting we will be discussing:

  • Audio Game Management – Whistle and Voice (Josh Pendegrass)
  • Evaluator’s Perspective (Kat Todd)

All referees interested in receiving additional training are encouraged to attend as well as anyone interested in what the referees are thinking when we make that critical call against your side.   Remember, these are the meetings where the referees all get together and decide who is going to win the next month’s games, probably by calling a critical pass interference and then picking up the flag because this isn’t football.

 

Eternal Pelicus

 

For those of you who are new to the society and have wondered at the funny sounding names that referees are occasionally referred to as in this publication, it is a tradition that each member adopt a pseudo Latin name, known as your Pelicus name.   You can find the back story and a list of current and former Pelicus names here: http://pelicanrefs.com/about/eternal-pelicus/

 

If you would like to nominate a name for yourself you can send a request to Paul Bretz (Pelicus Iudex Pennipes) at chairman@pelicanrefs.com and I am sure he will do something with it.   NOTE: You may not get the name you request. Some names are earned and/or bestowed without your consent and can’t be fought.

 

2014 registration

 

Referees need to be CIPP’d too! Don’t forget to get registered with USA rugby.  Once you’ve registered send your society dues, $10.00, to Jim Crenshaw.

 

Assignr – making match reporting and assigning easier since 2014

 

The NCRFU will continue to use the assignr system for assignments and match reports.   Please make sure that your availability is correctly listed on the site – if you aren’t listed as available you probably won’t get assigned.   Under “My Availability” you can make yourself available for a block of dates and then recuse yourself for specific dates if needed.   Please remember when filling out your match reports on assignr, ASSIGNR IS NOT WHERE YOU REPORT MISCONDUCT. The report section of assignr is for the match summaries that are below.   If there are red cards or reportable yellow cards in your match then report them via the channels described on pelicanrefs.com.

 

Upcoming Courses – Level 1 Officiating Course

 

The Northern California Youth Rugby Association, with the assistance of the Northern California Rugby Referee Society, will host a Level 1 Officiating course Sunday, January 11, 2015, in Orinda, CA.

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015

Time: The course will start at 8.00am and end at 5.00pm.

Location: Either at Wilder Field or Campolindo High School, both in the City of Orinda, CA. The exact location will be confirmed after the first of the year when school officials return and all registrants will be notified of that location.

Online registration at USA Rugby and with the NCYRA will remain open through Wednesday, January 7th after which any further registration may only be accomplished by personally contacting the lead Trainer, Mike Malone (mgmalone@comcast.net), no later than Friday, January 9th.

 

Exchange Notes

 

The Totally Not An Exchange At All Hawai’i Exchange

 

Bruce Carter, Cary Bertolone, James Hinkin and JC Van Stadin accepted the call of duty and flew half way across the Pacific to participate in the Totally Not An Exchange At All Hawai’i Exchange.   The overly complex name is mainly because we do not have an exchange with Hawai’I, but when they request referees as they do every year for the Hawaii International 7s Tournament, Pelicanland, led by Dr Bruce Carter, responds to the call and fly, float or swim their way to Oahu and a few days in Paradise.   The society doesn’t pay for this – it is not an exchange – but Pelicans somehow manage to find a way to get there on their own for a fantastic time of not being in the middle of the Storm Of The Century.   The local teams seem to relish our presence as well. To pull a quote from Bruce Carter’s writeup, “We had a total of one punch in 38 games. Someone observed that that’s the inverse of the ratio often encountered over there”   Here are the reports:

 

Dr Bruce Carter

 

The last few years, Pelicans have been needed at the Hawaii International Sevens, held on Oahu the second weekend (Friday-Saturday) of December. It’s pay-your-own-way, not an exchange, but we’ve always managed to find a few folks who would spring for such an excursion.

 

This year Cary Bertolone, James Hinkin and JC van Staden joined me for the event, with JC and me bringing our wives. Everyone having made their own arrangements, we were at four different hotels in Waikiki.

 

The slow season for tourism in the islands, such as it is, runs October – mid-December. The weather hardly varies year-round – i.e., highs of eighty and lows of seventy – but the length of daylight swings about two-and-a-half hours (compare to more than five at the latitude of San Francisco), so there isn’t as much time to get an unseasonable sunburn.

 

James joined Penelope and me for one of our traditions, dawn atop Diamond Head on the first morning there. It’s an easy uphill hike of about a mile with million-dollar views.

 

Another tradition is dinner at the Shorebird, where you graze at a wonderful salad bar and then cook your own entree – steak, kebabs, fish. The van Stadens had a prior engagement, dinner at a restaurant that included Peltier Station on its winelist, but JC dropped by to present us with a bottle of eponymous wine, his own private label.

 

Three years ago, we met with the governor. Two years ago, we met with the mayor. This year we met with a drunk who wanted to pick a fight during the captains and officials meeting the night before the event. We thought, surely he knows he’s outnumbered? There were a dozen of us – not ‘me’ us, you understand, but ‘rugby-player’ us. It only occurred later: probably eveyone else in the place, all looking like regulars, might have bailed him out. Good times!

During World War II, Britain went on double-daylight time. Well, this tournament features doubly-altered time as well: the well-known Rugby time combined with Island time. It makes getting to the pitch on time a snap: you can arrive late and still be more than an hour early.

 

Ever been to the Mystery Spot near Santa Cruz? It’s disorienting. Same thing occurs when you visit the pitch that was laid on for the tourney.

 

How to describe: technically, it was a rhombus with internal angles of 72 and 108 degrees, 100 by seventy meters. The goal lines, as laid down, were seventy meters apart, but the night crew that put up the goalposts put one on the goal line and the other on the deadball line. Now the field-of-play was eighty meters long, with the ‘mid-field’ line 35m from one goal and 45m from the other.

 

You can do the trigonometry. With the corners being 18 degrees away from right angles, the goal posts (properly centered, I might add) were offset from each other by 25 meters.

 

Back to the Mystery Spot: the same person can be both shorter and taller than another person, depending on where they stand. Well, on this pitch, you can have a scrum at the center of the halfway line and still have a short side, a wide side, a deep end and a shallow end.

 

In the four years the tournament has been held, its international character has consisted of a single team: Deadwood RFC, from Australia. You can find them on the web – they play to raise money for charities, mostly children’s hospitals. They finished second in 2013 and won the event the other three times.

 

This year there was a women’s bracket as well, which was won by Youngbloodz of Minnesota.

 

A young local ref was recommended to us as the best ref in the state. He did a fine job but only too late did we realize that he never bothered to keep score. The last game of the round-robin turned out to decide who would advance to the final. The announcer-scorekeeper had it as a draw. Both teams felt they had made a conversion that was not credited. The ref couldn’t help. The in-goal judges weren’t much help either, and I was one of them – as we’d been involved in several dozen games on the trot and you know how all those tries and conversions can run together in the mind. We went with the scorekeeper’s tally, and Deadwood went through on aggregate points.

 

It is a pleasure to referee in Hawaii. They have many skilled players and lots of teams, they appreciate competent refereeing, and they respect the ref and play accordingly. We had a total of one punch in 38 games. Someone observed that that’s the inverse of the ratio often encountered over there.

 

Your scribe is rapidly transitioning to the sideline. My wife and I intend to continue to attend this event as an excuse to get to Hawaii every year, and I’d be happy to assign you a few games should you be able to join us in 2015 or beyond. Four refs is about right. It’s a selection process with two criteria: you gotta love Sevens, and you can be in Honolulu December 11-12, 2015. Do what we did and make it a week – it’s not like there’s nothing else to do. The Honolulu Marathon is the next morning and so there’s that. You could probably think of other diversions, over a few mai-tais, as well.

 

Cary Bertolone

 

I had the opportunity to fly to Oahu with Bruce Carter, James Hinkin and JC Van Stadin to ref a 7 ‘s tourney on Dec. 12 and 13th, last week. Making a week vacation out of it enhanced the fun. Missing the bulk of the rain storms made me feel slightly guilty (only slightly, though).

I reffed teams like the Maui Warriors, the Seasiders, the Raiders, PolyBlue, the Titans and the marines called Scarface. I also had a women’s game and ran touch for several games, giving me a lot of exercise.

The weather was great, the players were good natured and I had a blast with my fellow refs. Bruce thought that after an enormous amount games, having zero fights was a compliment to us. It was also great to watch other refs of their high caliber!

The highlight of my trip was watching the sun go down, poolside,  with Bruce and James and talking about past rugby experiences, and then working our way back to our hotels with James! Too much fun.

 

Actual Game Reports!

 

Date: 11/08/2014

CSU Monterey Bay 24 – Fresno State 12

Referee: Freitas, Larry

 

I arrived at CSUMB at 12:30 to discover that a few players from Fresno State would be late in arriving, delaying the game until 2pm. I had time to catch up on Marc Ferguson’s story about the rugby pitch on campus, and the advent of rugby in the last four years following its demise more than ten years ago. He has plenty out for the sport, and a number of foreign players with great skills.

Fresno State and Monterey Bay played pretty evenly during most of the first half, but the home team had more size and power overall. They scored two tries, one converted, in that first stanza. Their flyhalf, Matai Leuta, was a dominant player on the pitch. He has size, speed, and skills to his advantage, and can cut through a defense like butter through a knife, and know when and how to kick ahead.

Fresno scored early in the second half and converted, making the score, but Monterey Bay scored two tries, one on a long run by Leuta, which was converted by his drop kick in front of the posts. Fresno scored late, and I’d have to take some credit for that, as I let play go on from a kick taken by a Monterey Bay player deep in his own half near the touch line, and he had several players offside ahead, and didn’t run up field to put his team mates onside . Fresno State managed to move the ball into the center of the field, and after a breakdown and winning ruck ball, scored a try from passing the ball further across the field on the opposite.

I’m impressed by the pitch at CSUMB. It rivals that of UCSC some twenty-five miles further note. Great views of the Gabilan range to the east of nearby Salinas, and at least outside the pitch’s fence, a great view to the west and south of the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Peninsula.

 

 

Date: 11/08/2014

Stanford Women 50 – UN Reno Women 0

Referee: Parkinson, David

 

lopsided game. three 30 min halves.

 

Pacific 26 (4T, 3C)

UC SANTA CRUZ 45 (6T, 6C, 1PG)

 

Relatively good match, high level of aggressive play mostly featuring great initiative but lacking viable execution.

 

 

Date: 11/15/2014

Baracus 40 – Baracus Alumni 15

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

If one did not know beforehand, one would not think this was a friendly alumni/club match. The kids won, but the alum played them tough.

 

A lot of rock ’em sock ’em hard hitting play the entire 80 minutes. And while certainly not at mid season form, the quality was good. A really nifty standoff- center- wing and bob- is -your -uncle try was memorable.

 

Post match beer and burgers and camaraderie in a verdant City grove while the sun goes down; why we who serve do so.

 

Date: 11/15/2014

Cal Maritime 39 – USF 10

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Cal Maritime were more organized than a game USF side and that led to a couple of well worked Maul tries.   USF had some breaks but lacked a finishing touch.

 

 

Date: 11/15/2014

Santa Clara University 61 – Loyola Marymount 0

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

Good game. Played in good spirits. Santa Clara despite ‘rebuilding’ seem to have a pretty good talent pool to develop and build on.

 

 

Date: 11/21/2014

Stanford – Cal Maritime

Referee: Pendergrass, Joshua

 

It was a beautiful night at Stanford. No wind with an overcast sky and humid.

Both teams put forth strong sides with an eagerness to win the match.

The first half Stanford dominated at the ruck and used the penalties in front of goal to put points on the board with well struck kicking. It wasn’t until later in the first half that we saw Stanford put the ball over the try line.

At the whistle to end the first half the score was Stanford-13 with 1 try, 1 conversion 2 penalty conversions to Cal Maritime- 0.

The second half saw Cal Maritime compete more at the ruck and with good gate entry they figured out how to gain possession and with some good forward movement inside the 22 got the ball over to begin a second half scoring trend.

The captains were both very good about keeping their teams discipline level on high and the lads just really played some good rugby.

At 54min Stanford (#12) received a yellow card for repeated high/dangerous tackle which I attributed to players missing tackles and getting a bit lazy and the yellow saw the end of that. There was also a yellow issued to Cal Maritime at the 79th min for a late hit (#7) which was once again attributed to players missing tackles and frustration setting in.

All in all I want to commend both teams for a very hard fought match. The players put their all onto the pitch last night and the final score shows just that. Cal Maritime pushed over the line twice for tries with one conversion in the second half nearly unanswered and going into the final minutes of the match the score was and would end at Stanford-16 to Cal Maritime-12.

 

 

 

Date: 11/22/2014

Chico Holiday Classic

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Good rugby and good hospitality by the Chico forks. The worst fields I’ve been on in a long time. There were so many ruts, holes, and mounds it was as if it had undergone a week of bombardment from enemy artillery. At least it didn’t rain.

 

 

Date: 11/22/2014

UC Davis B 29 – Solano Community College 12

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

We kicked off at noon in a slight mist, but no real rain. Davis pushed one across at the eight minute mark and then both teams played close to even for a while. Davis got two more tries and were up 19 to 0 at the half. Solano scored a well earned try at the 7 minute mark and they played even for another 20 minutes. Both teams scored at the 30 minute mark for a 24-12 score and at the last minute, Davis pushed another over with hard forward work. Great sportsmanship throughout and the sidelines were fun and enthusiastic as well. The high lights were watching each team’s 8 man run and make tackles with some great tackling/collisions that even made me wince. Paul was Davis’s eight man and Solano’s was, I think, Cameron. Big guys that run and tackle powerfully!

 

 

Date: 11/22/2014

USF 3 – San Francisco State Univ 12

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

A brutal rivalry match between the two San Francisco colleges. It was a physical match from whistle to whistle. Both teams are very evenly matched. The first score of the match came with 3 minutes left in the first half scored by SFSU in the right corner. In the second half the tempo and physicality did not drop. 15 minutes into the 2nd half USF answered with a penalty kick making the score USF 3 – SFSU 5. The score remained that way until 5 minutes left in the match when SFSU scored the last points of an exhausting game. USF 3 – SFSU 12.

 

 

Date: 12/06/2014

CSU Monterey Bay Women 5 – UCSC Women 75

Referee: Carter, Bruce

 

Beautiful day after several days of heavy storms with a soggy pitch that didn’t slow down the Slugs, who are of course known to come out after the rain.

 

Beginners on both teams – always a pleasure to referee, taking on a slightly different role – but more on the home team and it showed in the tackling and the scoreline.

 

Best of luck to both teams. As always, a pleasure to take the pitch with young ruggers.

 

 

Date: 12/06/2014

Marin 35 – B. A. Baracus 19

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

On a brisk Saturday morning in SF, Marin and Baracus played a preseason game to get a feel for their upcoming season. Both teams looked rusty with low communication and plenty of missed tackles. Baracus was better on the day by finishing their line breaks and being able to put phases together close to the goal line. Both teams had good athletes and will be physical in the regular season.

 

 

Date: 12/06/2014

San Jose Seahawks 29 – Diablo Gaels 17

Referee: Moore, Stephen

 

Well played friendly, no incidents !

 

 

Date: 12/06/2014

San Jose State scored many points – Silicon Valley scored lots of points

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

A change in time and a change in opponents left this referee more flustered than the teams as the game was unexpectedly moved up 2 1/2 hours from the original kick off time to 10:30 – a change I was enlightened of at 10:00 while sipping my morning coffee while relaxing in my bathrobe.   Adversity is my calling card, however, and as I said to the captains, “I didn’t have time to shower this morning so you’re lucky that I roll out of bed this good looking”.

 

Stunned silence from the crowd.

 

This preseason match was to be played in a series of 20 minute periods and the first was underway overseen by a referee’s worst nightmare – a well-meaning coach who has decided to “not call too many penalties and let them play”. The good news was that both teams were eager to learn and were not interested in extracurriculars.   Once I warmed up and took over the tone of the match was set as I called approximately 6 penalties in 5 minutes.   At that point the players realized that we were here to play proper rugby and cheating would be frowned upon and the game well and truly started.

 

Silicon Valley is an established high school and youth program that has decided they have enough alumni to put together a 3rd division team.

 

San Jose St is a talented college side who just released their previous coach and is changing directions as a club.

 

The game itself went much to form as the largely inexperienced Spartans (many of the upper classmen were held out of this game) went into contact with great enthusiasm and poor body position that allowed the visitors to dominate much of the contact areas.   Many lessons were learned on the futility of tackling high.   Silicon Valley has the expected mix of wily old veterans and highly impressionable youth that one would expect on a fledgling 3rd division team and played to exactly those types. Their veterans were dominant at times while giving up some speed and athleticism to the hosts. Their youngsters were overwhelmed at times while adding energy and excitement to the match. No score was kept officially so let’s just say the final was many to lots.

 

Date: 12/06/2014

UC Davis Women ‘s Tournament

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Two pretty balanced good games. The first one was between Sacramento and Reno. Sacramento won by 4 points. The second one was between Davis and Reno. Reno did pretty well in the first half, but certainly got tired in the second half from player two games in a row, and lost 50-13.

I was nicely surprised by the level of play during this tournament. Those 3 teams have some excellent players.

 

 

Date: 12/13/2014

Berkeley RFC – Reno Zephyrs/South Valley

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Players were keen to enjoy a dry day. Players were looking to play themselves into shape and seemed to enjoy the day. Everyone enjoyed their first hit out.

 

 

Date: 12/13/2014

Sacramento Lions 42 – Santa Rosa 12

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

In a preseason rematch of the D1 NorCal final last year, Sac Lions and Santa Rosa squared off for a preseason runaround. Both teams looked very different dominated by younger players and more physical play. Overall SR dominated in set piece as Sac Lions were more dynamic in the loose.

 

 

Date: 12/13/2014

SF Fog – West Coast Rucktacular

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

6 20-minute matches b/c of time constraints on the use of the pitch (Franklin Square Park). I did three matches and Bryant Brynes did the others.

 

Seattle 5, LA 5

 

SF Fog 10, Seattle 10

 

LA 5, San Diego 5

 

While some might claim I owe a few beers to the members of the Society b/c of the scores, I assert the defense of a lack of posts that prevented conversions and penalty kicks at goal. (The try line on the east side of the pitch consisted of Gatorade bottles lined up across the pitch about 5 meters apart. That was a first as was the Fog paying off the soccer players holding the 3 pm permit so the final match could be completed.)

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:   Your thoughts on what constitutes a tie have been taken on board and soundly rejected.   We will expect suitable beverages at the next meeting.

 

This Week’s Photo

The Pelican crew in Hawaii relaxing after the tournament final: (L-R) Bruce Carter, James Hinkin, JC van Staden, Cary Bertolone

 

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