Author Archives: James Hinkin

Wet Pelicans

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Wet Pelicans

After the driest year on record in Pelicanland it was refreshing to finally get some rain last weekend. Rugby as a sport originated in England and that means rain and mud. Though as a player I treasured our Mediterranean climate that allowed for fast, dry pitches year round (I was a speed guy and was unlikely to run anyone over but often ran around them), as a referee I can appreciate a little mud now and again. It is a little disturbing driving over the Sunol Grade in February through dry, brown grass on the hillsides so with any luck the rains will continue to feed our thirsty land. It is desperately needed.

 

Tips on Writing Reports

 

Everybody loves to read the match reports submitted to HP, but, please, only the referee should write the report. There have been some double submissions as ARs and Evaluators/Coaches have also written reports. Also, please do not use the assignr match report to report foul play. This should be dealt with as prescribed in pelicanref.com -> Resources -> Match Procedures. Thank you.

 

Our Sport Is Better Than Your Sport, Deal With It

 

Reason #285 why rugby is The Game That Is Played In Heaven: A friend and member of the local rugby community recently moved to Chile and, naturally, there was a going away party. One of the players was chatting with a stranger at the bar when I arrived to place an order and I was introduced as a referee. A look of astonishment appeared on his face as he explained he coached both youth football and adult basketball as well as various other sports and teams previously and had never in his life socialized with a referee. “I wish I could drink with my referees” he said, trying to be cunning. His idea was that the referee was an adversary that he needed to entice to his side so he could get better calls. The thought that we are all brothers and sisters in rugby together and this is just what we do never occurred to him.

 

Society Meeting, Wednesday February 19

Mark your calendars. Time and location is as per usual, SFGG Clubhouse on Treasure Island. Referee Development Committee starts at 6:00 with the general meeting starting at 7:00.

 

Call To Arms

Well it could be a “call to wings” but you can only extend the pelican motif so far. What isn’t in doubt is our pressing need for referees. We currently have uncovered games this weekend and are scrambling to fulfill our obligations. As always, if you have ever thought about taking up the whistle, striding nobly to the center of the pitch and taking command of a match pairing worthy adversaries, then 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 on assignr, our game management software. Even if you have not taken the Level 1 course we could

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still use referees for B/C side matches. As I was informed after last week’s announcement, “It is a requirement… that a referee must have completed the Level 1 Officiating course before officiating any match that potentially may lead to a national championship. It also is a requirement that a referee must first complete the Level 1 Officiating course before attaining a referee grade of C3. Otherwise, picking up the whistle and giving it a go as a referee before completing the Level 1 course may be the step that leads one then to say this OK and I want to take the course.”

 

And On To The Games

 

Date: 02/08/2014

SFGG PRP 23 – Denver 9

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

In the 2nd weekend of the inaugural Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP), SFGG hosted the Denver Barbarians on a soggy field drenched by intermittent rain. The PRP is a newly formed competition that consists of former Super League and/or Elite Cup teams from California and Colorado. The game was very physical and featured several passages of inspired continuity, but play was also marred by frequent handling errors and a lack of self-discipline by some players. SFGG led 17-9 at the half and scored 3 tries, all in the first half. The 2 Assistant Referees, Bruce R and Tom Z, provided solid support despite having refereed their own full-length matches earlier in the day.

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Fresno 22 – San Jose Seahawks 10

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

On a puddle drenched field Fresno defeated San Jose 22-10 despite being down 2 players for the the majority of the second half. Fresno opened the scoring with a try at the 20 minute mark. When San Jose lost a man in the bin for a professional foul Fresno scored 2 more try’s and a conversion to extend the lead to 17-0. San Jose scored a penalty kick to end the half. Midway through the second half San Jose took advantage of a two man advantage to move to within a try, 17-10. Fresno finished the scoring with a 70 meter run despite being down 2 men.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Fresno B 22 – San Jose Seahawks B 20

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

Fresno held a 12 – 0 lead in the first half under sloppy conditions. The second half was controlled by San Jose who held the lead 20 – 17 as time expired, play continued with a succesful try by San Jose on the outside to seal the win.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Fresno State 29 – UC Santa Cruz 27

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

This was a game of two halves, literally. Santa Cruz opened the game with fantastic support, great ball movement and beautiful rugby. They two unconverted tries at the 8th and 13th minute. Unfortunately, I was told that they lost their kicker last week and those kicks proved costly. Fresno State had a hard time containing the Slugs and the difficulty showed in a yellow card for dangerous tackle in the 6th minute. Fresno State started to figure out that keeping the ball in hand, having their big boys up front run off of the left, right and left side again would work. They controlled a lot of the 2nd quarter scoring two tries, one converted. The Slugs also got one more try, with conversion. Halt-time FSU 10 – UCSC 17

 

The second half was much like the first half ended, with Fresno State controlling a lot with their big boys, while the Slugs were able to pretty ball with great support. The only blemish in the half was when a FSU player demonstrated his frustration after two beautiful cleanouts where he was the one being cleaned out. Yeah, he sat for 10-minutes. The try-zone was more favorable to Fresno State with three try’s scored, two converted, but the Slugs responded with a penalty kick and a converted try of their own.

 

Unfortunately, the missed conversions were the difference.

 

Final Score: FSU 29 – UCSC 27

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Fresno State Women 66 – Sacramento State Women 5

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

Overcast, good turf, good running and hitting by both sides.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Humboldt State 32 – UOP 17

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

After 5 and a half hours of driving north through steady rain,

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the rugby gods intervened and reduced the downpour to a light mist.

 

Both teams came out to win the match with strong tackling and aggressive rucking. UOP was a bit too aggressive, earning yellow cards for high tackles. Humboldt put together some nice backline play, despite playing on a narrow football field markings. The coaches, players and fans made for a nice experience and worth the drive.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Humboldt State Women – Santa Clara Women

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Match Cancelled

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Marin B 7 – Baracus B 19

Referee: Noonan, Michael

 

A very cold, wet and rainy day. Pitch was lined for football and soccer, and had to make due with cones for 50 M, 10 M, 22 and goal lines, end zones were only 5 M deep at best. The field was safe though.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Aptos 5 – South Valley 22

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

CSUMB 12 – Cal Maritime 42

Referee: Kenny, Stephen

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

EPA Razorbacks 48 – Diablo Gaels 0

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

EPA Razorbacks B 19 – Diablo Gaels B 0

Referee: Donnelly, Kevin

 

No comments.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Modesto 33 – Colusa 40

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

Colusa travelled to Turlock and on winning the coin toss, elected to play with the strong wide at their backs. This suggested that a game of two halves would happen, but the reality was something of a variation.

 

Harlots started out strong, playing into the wind and built a 14-0 lead after 20 minutes. Colusa seemed to shake the travel out of their legs at that point and came close at the half with a 14-12 score.

 

The 20 minutes after the half also belonged to Colusa who built strongly with 4 more tries to lead by 40 – 14.

 

The Harlots came back alive with 20 minutes to play and managed to score three times to pull back to 33-40. They had left their comeback too late and couldn’t complete the comeback.

 

A fun, exciting game on a field that was in better condition than Murrayfield.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Napa Valley 0 – Humboldt 0

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

Game was canceled

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Sacramento Capitals 11 – Sacramento Blackhawks 22

Referee: Boyer, Rich

 

A wet winter’s day greeted both teams. The match was moved from the Capitals’ home pitch to Danny Nunn, which seems to be home pitch for both teams….This cross town rivalry promised to be an exciting match. It seems all players and coaches from both teams know each other and ref. Capitals got on the board early with a penalty kick after dual repeated shoulder charges by one Blackhawks player. No more would occur. Blackhawks responded with a crafty wipers kick just outside Capitals 22 and the wing made a deft pick up and dive try right against the touch line, conversion no good. Capitals responded with another penalty kick. The majority of the first half seemed to be: scrums. Sloppy conditions and sometimes silly decisions slowed the game down. Capitals dominated the scrums in the first half: skates come to mind. Capitals faced the wind the second half and quickly raised the score to 11-5 when big Vince (and I mean BIG) tapped on a penalty five meters out with an inevitable try the result. Conversion no good. Blackhawks finally had some good pick and drive, putting Capitals on the back foot, resulting in numerous penalties and a yellow card for a Capitals player who thought the Blackhawks ballcarrier was in the try zone so he fell on him and would not let go. Blackhawks back made a strong run off a pass and scored, conversion good. 12-11 Blackhawks, with the game heating up. Restart was delayed due to wet scorecard and an inability for digits to work correctly. Did I mention it rained and rained? The wind appeared innocuous, but it had an adverse impact on the Capitals when a kick for points was requested on a penalty about 35 meters out. The ball was kicked true, and it was going to be good for all the tea in China. A gust of wind prevented the ball from crossing and the Blackhawks were relieved. The last quarter saw Blackhawks on the front foot with a nice try by #13 Sione on a flat pass under the posts. Blackhawks had three more penalty kicks and, despite the wind at their backs, converted only one. Capitals rallied hard in the closing moments aided by numerous penalties and some wily play by veteran Mike Dopson. Eventually the conditions terminated the drive close to the try line. The game was played in good spirits. Thanks go to Jerry Ahlin and Rob Murphy for performing AR duties.

 

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Sacramento Lions 26 – SFGG 24

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

A/Rs: Jim Crenshaw and Eugene Baker.

Officer in Charge of Feedback: R. Scott Wood

 

Full-length studs, drenched during warm-up, pooling water on the field, parked next to an Arc. I miss this kind of rugby.

 

The Lions started out effectively, if not a little workmanlike in their style of play. They didn’t do anything too flashy, but they played well with ball in hand given the weather conditions. They did have issues with remaining on their feet at tackle/rucks, but continued to blame the footing which was odd, because the footing was fine for the SFGG players. The reluctance to stay on their feet got them into yellow-card trouble a couple of times which really did hurt them.

 

The Lions stretched out an early lead but playing one man short for a total of thirty minutes helped Gate work their way back into it. In addition, it appeared that Gate cycled in some players who were maybe surplus to requirements from their PRP squad.

 

Either way, Gate finished strong and having scored a try in the last minute, at 26-24 with time dead, they had a chance to tie the game and cost me a load of beers. Thankfully for me and the Lions, but unfortunately for SFGG, the southerly gale directed the conversion just inches to the outside of the right-hand upright.

 

The Lions got a scare and I got a closer game than I’d anticipated. I also got a good amount of feedback from Scott Wood, Jim Crenshaw and Eugene Baker. Mucho respect to those guys for putting up with the conditions when they could have stayed at home.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Sacramento Lions B 7 – SFGG B 31

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

En op die 8ste dag het die Here reën gestuur….

Dit was baie nat, maar net as n mens dink jy het al alles gehoor, dan kom nog n rugby-dag…

Na die 2de geel kaart, binne 7 min uit mekaar uit, duik die heelagter in n man se bene met geen en maar geen arms nie… Mens sou dink dat na 10 jaar se reffereeing, die manne moet weet dat ek n man van my woord is…

Met 3 manne in die bin, moes 12 hulle man probeer staan teen SFGG, en hulle het.

Na half tyd verloor Sac nog n man aan werks verpligting, en moes die wedstryd klaar maak met net 13 man. SFGG het hulle ritme gekry, bal begin wyd swaai, en van daar het die drieë in gestroom.

 

Dankie aan Eugene Baker en Jim Crenshaw, wat deur die reën gestaan het om my te help tot die einde… Jong manne, vat notas…. “”Respect get earned””

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Santa Rosa 32 – Life West 5

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

Torrential downpour would be an understatement. The drive up to Santa Rosa was a white knucklefest that I didn’t particularly enjoy. But, I made it in one piece to find both teams warming up in the rain. For Pete’s Sake Field is a world away from Humboldt’s Manila Island. It’s as if the field was chugging the rain by the gallon it was in such good condition. The match kicked off promptly at 11:30 and we were in for a great match. I didn’t know what to expect from Life West. I am happy to report that they are a hard running and well disciplined outfit. They matched Santa Rosa fairly well, especially for a new d 3 club. The rain never let up and neither did the contest. Overall a great game in perfect (rugby) weather. No sooner was I blowing the end whistle that I was in my car to assist Aruna at Treasure Island in his PRP match of SFGG v Denver. Not as wet on the island, and not a better contest than my previous match, unfortunately. But I was happy to assist Aruna and learn from one of Pelicanland’s best.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Santa Rosa JC 0 – Sierra College 0

Referee: Leisek, Joe

 

Rained out

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

SF Fog 0 – Redwood 40

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Rainy day on Treasure Island. Redwood is dominating the first half and scores an early try, but there is aggressiveness from both sides. Around the 20th minute, a fight starts after a penalty taken quickly and a player not back 10 tackling. Punches are thrown and 2 players from Redwood are sent off. The game was much cleaner after that.

Despite playing with 12 players after a player was sin binned for a dangerous tackle, Redwood leads at the break 7-0.

 

Redwood dominated the second half, scoring 5 tries to nothing.

 

6 tries to 0.

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Sonoma State 90 – USF 0

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

St. Mary’s College B – UNR

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

UNR canceled on Saturday morning. Donner Pass was probably a mess.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

St. Mary’s College C 0 – UNR B 0

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

Game was canceled

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

USF Women 0 – UC Santa Cruz Women 17

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

USF held UCSC from scoring for first 20 minutes, & played with a lot of heart.

However, UCSC was well-coached to keep their momentum alive by handing it to one forward as big as the other–all bigger than anyone on the hosts.

 

 

High School Matches

 

Danville Varsity Gold 25
Lamorinda Gold 3

Referee: Bryant Burns

In a battle of East Bay high school heavyweights on a absolutely soaking wet day, Danville prevailed. Although only 10-3 at half, the Oaks keep the ball in their (larger) pack, and simply ground it out.

A shout out to Ryan Luis, who does a lot of reffing on the junior circuit. A lot. On this dreary day, he did two games and touch judged another.

This Week’s Photo

 

As again there were no photo submissions this week I went with another symbolic picture, one of a pelican in the rain.

Pelican_in_the_rain

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

 

 

The Weekend Without Referees

HAIL PELICUS!

 

The Weekend Without Referees

 

Well, not quite, but February 1-2 was the busiest weekend on the Pelican calendar and many B side matches went uncovered. A number of stout pelicans doubled and even tripled up on the weekend to help out but, like every society in the world, we need more referees. If you have ever thought about taking up the whistle, striding nobly to the center of the pitch and taking command of a match pairing worthy adversaries, then 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 on assignr, our game management software.

 

Of course, you will need to have completed the Level 1 course, but there are courses being taught all the time.

 

For those already on assignr please update your availability. Pete Smith does the assignments based solely on your listed availability and will not be chasing down referees in the hope that someone has a change of heart. This week is a full weekend as well so we will need all the bodies we can muster.

 

Hosts Needed For Visiting Referees

 

We urgently need volunteers to host incoming exchange referees. Hosting goes a long way towards fostering good will and is one of the considerations for choosing who we send out in exchange. We need one host for incoming Virginia referee Chris Davis who is coming in March. In March we will also host incoming East Midlands’ referees, so a number of hosts are needed as well as some who cannot host but can take our visitors around. Volunteers should contact Bjorn Stumer at bjorn.stumer@gsa.gov.

 

The Passing Of A Legend Whose Like Will Not Be Seen Again

 

Rugby Canada and the rest of the rugby world lost a great man when Don Whidden passed away. One way to tell the measure of a man is how he is spoken of when he passes and the Hail Pelicus had an inbox full of memories as soon as the word spread. He touched the lives of many pelicans so I will let them eulogize him in their own words:

 

Dr. Bruce Carter

I always thought of Don as an old world gentleman. It made me feel better to be around him, such was his energy and optimism.

Ours was a friendship where we met gradually – you know, when you see someone, learn who he is without being introduced, and then after crossing paths once or twice more a conversation ensues and it turns out that you both know each other by reputation and accomplishments, through mutual friends. And it’s like: why didn’t we initiate this friendship sooner?

This is the poem his wife was reading to him as he shuffled off this mortal coil:

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there; I did not die.

 

Godspeed, Don.

Michael Malone

Don indeed was a gentleman in the finest sense of the word. I was fortunate to first make his acquaintance when I was asked to co-teach the old IRB Referee Trainer course with Tom Jones in Vancouver, BC somewhere around 2003. Mel Jones and Trevor Arnold also were part of that class. I had an especially enjoyable dining experience with Don and his wife that weekend at the usual dinner where the IRB picked up the tab. An absolutely delightful couple. It was always a pleasure every time our paths crossed thereafter.

 

I look forward to his wind on my face, his diamond glint on the snow.

 

Ray Schwartz

I will never forget, nor regret, the day

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Kat Todd dragged me off to Edmonton to spend time at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2006. I get to St. Albert’s, arriving in time to see USA play Australia (a fabulous match!) grab a beer and head to the rail at the edge of the deck overlooking the pitch.

I settle in, to enjoy my first beer and first World Cup match and I hear from behind me, “Excuse me!?”

 

The most polite fellow, looked a bit like Dudley Do-Right, all regal and upright, and apparently I was blocking his view, the view he had so carefully mapped out. There was Don spread out across a table with a notebook and pad and pens. And a friendship began…

 

Don proved to be a very wonderful, loving, hardworking and caring friend to all Pelicans Refs in the few years we got to know him. . Don Whidden was missed and spoken of often at the Sacramento Valley’s Kick Off Tournament this last month. He attended and ref coached (his butt off) at 5 Kick Off Tournaments over 6 years. He also delivered lots of fine Albertan refs each time he came. What a personal treat it was knocking back beers with him in Rotorua in 2011!

 

We wish we had time, more time, lots of time. Times like those. Heck, any time with Don was always a blessing. He remains with many of us going forward.

 

Truly blessed by rugby to have known this man!

And now, the Main Event

 

High School Matches:

 

Saturday, the 5th Girls’ High School KOT.

Report from Bryant Byrnes:
This was a delightful and productive event- a win win win. The players had the opportunity to get in some excellent games and partake in one of the joys of rugby-the tournament. The coaches and parents were given a lovely day.

And the refs got some real work done. Like the Boys’ KOT, we use this as an opportunity for the old guys to work with the new guys in congenial circumstances. Thus the grizzled old silver backs (of which I am one, literally) coached those who are coming up. I must say that in the three games I coached, I and the ref agreed the procedure was most productive.

I praise Dave Williamson for running the refs and Karen Chance for putting on a boffo production.

Report from Joe Leisek:

 

Sunday, February 2
Raiders Practice Field, Napa
Napa Stormers 34 Montgomery Vikings 0

While Saturday was an unseasonably sunny, warm rugby day, Sunday was a beast. Cold, wind, and rain, lots of rain. Yet two varsity boys teams and their fans braved the elements to enjoy a morning match in the Napa Valley. It was the league opener for both teams. Now in their second season, the Stormers have established a solid, successful program. The Vikings have come together only in the last several weeks, but they are making progress – they played well considering their relative lack of experience. Players from both sides ran as often as possible, even with the wet conditions, until Napa closed things down late in the second half by keeping the ball close to the forwards. The Stormers are a well-coached, athletic, disciplined side with good technical skill on both sides of the ball. Enjoyable match with great esprit de corps on the pitch.

 

And the rest of the games…

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Olympic Club 17 – Glendale 27

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

Good solid game between two well-organized teams, kicked off on TI after Gate made hard work of beating the visiting Santa Monica team.

 

Aside from a couple of dubious incidents, the game was played hard, fast and fair, with both sides competing hard for the ball at every breakdown.

 

The home side were up 9-3 at the half, but the first 10 minutes of the second half changed the run of play. Glendale — with their inside centre in the bin — started clicking, and quickly ran two tries over to take the lead. They never looked back, although a final try to OC to end the game made the score a better description of the competitiveness of the two sides.

 

Date: 02/01/2014

SFGG PRP – Santa Monica

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

George did a great job reffing. SFGG pulled through at the end after being down most of the 2nd half.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

UC Santa Cruz Women 19 – UNR Women 15

Referee: Carter, Bruce

 

Another beautiful day overlooking Monterey Bay, the only surprise being a paucity of sailboats on the cerulean waters.

 

The Slugs’ pitch is in great shape and their fan base turned out in sufficient force to make it difficult to call the scrums together – they couldn’t hear me!

 

Early-season

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jitters and new-player-itis led to an uneventful first twenty, lots of scrums and penalties and no points at all. But by half time each team was finding their legs (and hands) and had scored a try, UCSC converting theirs.

 

In the second half, there was much more up-and-down the pitch play. I’d say the Nevada backs were more enterprising but the Slug forwards came through in the tight.

 

Overall, however, the difference was only in the kickers, as the home side converted 2 of their 3 tries, while the visitors were 0-for-3.

 

The crowd then thinned out for the men’s game, ably whistled by Stephen Kenny, and I was happy to video it from the conveniently located, adjacent hillside.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the game, despite being three times the age of most of the players. May they mine the vein of rugby friendship for as long as I have been privileged to do.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Santa Rosa 50 – SFGG 5

Referee: Hinkin, James

AR: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Another postcard day at For Pete’s Sake Field in Santa Rosa as San Francisco Golden Gate RFC travelled north for a D1 clash. Driving up to the pitch I passed by the Charles Shultz museum and noticed that there was a kite stuck in a tree outside.

 

Nice.

 

The game started fast as both sides looked to press the pace. Unfortunately that led to more errors than the respective coaching staffs would have liked to see and subsequently there were a lot of restarts. A missed penalty to Santa Rosa kept the eggs on the scoreboard until Santa Rosa decided to try to feed their wing Vasi Navia and he obliged by racing in for a try. This would prove to be a good strategy. As the half wound down the teams exchanged a try each with only Rosa converting in a nail biting first 40 that finished with the score 12-5 to the home side.

 

The second half proved to be a much different story as the Rosa backs took over the game. With flyhalf Seva Leweni creating space and Navia finishing the Rosa back line had a half to remember. Leweni was tearing apart the defense with a show and go before dishing until SFGG closed off that option, so he opted to split two defenders and pass behind them to an onrushing center. Just about everything he tried worked and at the end Navia was there to finish. Navia ended up with six(!) tries on the day with about half being your standard wing in support doing his job tries while the other half he created on his own. A commanding performance. The forward pack did enough to secure the ball and I am sure enjoyed watching the fireworks that resulted.

 

Many thanks go to Bruce Bernstein for ARing.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Santa Rosa B 3 – SFGG B 25

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

A spirited B side match matched the intensity of the A side but revered the result. SFGG started a new face at flyhalf – I couldn’t get his name but I think they called him Johnny Nokia. He had a good game and with some work he might be able to make the A side.

 

The Santa Rose players were keen and well drilled but SFGG showed off greater depth in talent if not numbers as they took revenge for the A side loss.

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Cal Women 7 – Stanford Women 81

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

Beautiful day up in the canyon – chatted briefly with Mike Macdonald before the match, and it’s always a pleasure to ref with all of the support they give you at Cal.

 

Discipline was the big difference in this match – Stanford infringed less, and stuck their tackles. Cal did not.

 

Cal did have a standout #15 – some incredible line breaks. May be better used at #13 … Unfortunately most of their phase play was going backwards.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

St. Mary’s College A 103 – Sacramento State 7

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

The opening weekend of the USA Rugby D1A California conference was mostly one-way traffic. SMC led 68-7 at half and tallied 15 tries, of which 14 were converted by their prolific place-kicker. Recognizing a golden opportunity when we see one, the capable Assistant Referees (Giles Wilson and Dave Parkinson) and I used this match to work on our speed endurance.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

St. Mary’s College A 103 – Sacramento State 7

Referee: Parkinson, David

 

lopsided game from the start. teams were in a different class and the game got away from sac state quickly.

 

Date: 02/01/2014

St. Mary’s College B 91 – Sacramento State B 5

Referee: Parkinson, David

 

lopsided game, but generally clean and fun. SMC dominated for most of the game. Sac State was able to put together some good phase ball for extended periods, but didnt end up gaining much ground with their efforts. One red card for punches thrown (SMC #2).

 

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

St. Mary’s College C 61 – Fresno State 7

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

SMC boast a large group of players and scheduled three sides. Fresno State have a number of players but not the cohesion displayed by SMC.

 

Both sides struggled with the tackled player releasing the ball when support was slow. 3 cards for SMC and 2 for Fresno came after repeated warnings. When the players set the ball further back and support was on hand, things worked better (either turnovers or better possession).

 

Final score listed may not be correct – I’m back at SFO and don’t have my score card.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

California 134 – Oregon St. 0

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

Cal vs Oregon State at Witter field for the season opener of the PAC 12 collegiate season. The game was dominated by Cal in all phases of play. Oregon never really had any attacking ball or even a chance at points the full 80 mins. Cal played strong multiple phase ball and used their gameplan to dominate.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

California B 134 – Oregon St. B 0

Referee: Boyer, Rich

 

Game played in good spirits. OSU never gave up.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

San Jose Seahawks 13 – EPA Razorbacks 26

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

No report received

 

Date: 02/01/2014

San Jose Seahawks B 24 – EPA Razorbacks B 37

Referee: Pohlman, John

 

EPA scored 6 try’s in the first half, led by some of their first side players. San Jose seconds finished strong with two try’s in the second half. Final score EPA 37 San Jose 14.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

South Valley 58 – Modesto 19

Referee: Tiatia, Nome

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

UC Santa Cruz 22 – Stanford 32

Referee: Kenny, Stephen

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Diablo Gaels 29 – Fresno 43

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Game started well with two motivated teams, tries were quickly scored by both sides.

The game got a little bit messy after 25 minutes, both teams got tired and started to infringe more. Fresno led 24-12 at the break.

 

The second half was very balanced and we got some good rugby, despite a bit of aggressiveness by the players. Both teams scored 3 tries.

 

Thanks to Lee and Peter for ARing the game.

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Diablo Gaels B 0 – Fresno B 53

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

The game started at 5pm. Both teams didn’t have that many players and it was getting really cold, so we played only two halves of 20 minutes. Fresno scored 9 tries.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Sacramento State Women 30 – St. Mary’s College Women 40

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

This was a game of power vs speed. Sac State had the power and did a fine job of handling the rucks with lots of pick and goes and fine ball control. St Marys on the other hand made the most of their backs occasionally making line breaks with a bee line for goal. Both teams scored six tries so it was a very up and down the field game. The difference in the point total was that Sac State didn’t make a single conversion while St Marys missed only one.

This is St Marys first year in competition, and shows to be a very good team.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Sierra College 58 – CSUMB 0

Referee: Nguyen, Anthony

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Sacramento Capitals 23 – Vacaville 25

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

Ps – Detailed report to follow… 🙂 (Editor’s note: when?)

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Sacramento Capitals B 8 – Vacaville B 26

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

 

Real rugby; full sides played with spirit.

Date: 02/01/2014

Sacramento Blackhawks 68 – Berkeley RFC 12

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

Blackhawks ran rampant in the first half to run out to a 54-5 lead at the break. Berkeley regrouped and actually won the second half.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Life West 58 – Reno Zephyrs 7

Referee: Leisek, Joe

 

The Life West Gladiators and Reno Zephyrs played a hard, fast game in brilliantly sunny conditions at Kennedy Park in Hayward. The score does not reflect the fact that Reno gave the hosts all they could handle. Though they traveled a long distance with just 15 players, the Zephyrs played at pace for a full 80 minutes, holding a tough defensive line and running the ball whenever they could maintain possession. However, the Gladiators created opportunities out of their opponents’ mistakes and used speed and size to move forward throughout. The hosts scored four tries in the first half and five in the second, to the visitors’ converted try in

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Date: 02/01/2014

Santa Rosa JC 67 – USF 0

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Pretty dominate game from SRJC playing as 15 versus USF’s few good players trying the best they could. Real good ball from SRJC halfback Eric & tough running by their small flanker taking the ball up off rucks. Also the best post-match food so far–great BBQ’d sausages.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Humboldt 22 – Mendocino 19

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

This weekend was supposed to be a weekend off to celebrate my 42 birthday with my wife in Bodega Bay. But, the rugby guilt got to me when Pete put out an All Hands on Deck call for refs this weekend. Not wanting to disappoint, I summarily dropped (rescheduled) my weekend away to my wife’s birthday weekend. So, all is okay. I drove up Saturday for the 4.5 hour trip. The thermometer read 28 degrees through most of Mendocino County, so I was a bit worried at my lack of layers. But, arrival in Humboldt saw sunny skies and 50 degrees, so again now worries.

Right, on to the match. The field: now that Marin can no longer play in Marin City, I hereby nominate Humboldt’s Manila Island field as the worst in NorCal. Can I get a second on that motion? I collected about 10 pounds of rocks from the field and did my best to level off the recently filled in gopher holes. No one broke an ankle, so I’ll take that.

Between the whistles: Mendocino seemed to have the momentum, dominating the scrum and breakdowns. But when HOG sent the ball wide, the attacked hard. A late attack by Mendo almost saw them break away for the win, but a knock-on with no advantage available required a whistle and the end of a very competitive match.

I did manage to sneak in a round of golf at Eureka Municipal on Sunday morning before my drive home. $25 for 18 holes is probably the best deal going. Any refs that golf; it’s a bargain so take your clubs.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Colusa 41 – Aptos 14

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

A great day for rugby, like every past Saturday. Colusa started strong and scored three tries in the first half, one by Dan Powers (flanker) and one by Pono (wing). Leading 36-0, Colusa finally gave up two late tries to Aptos, who never gave up and everyone had a good day of rugby!!

 

 

Date: 02/02/2014

Stanford 13 – Oregon State 20

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

Great game! Two evenly matched teams playing end to end rugby. The big #14 scored all three of Oregon St’s tries (one via the intercept). Stanford had the same opportunity, but the slippery ball went for a knock-on instead of a try. this game could have gone either way and truly came down to one play made and one not.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

UC Davis Women 20 – Chico State Women 33

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

This was an A side game

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

UC Davis 5 – Cal Poly 37

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

The first round of D1-A league play and this was a pretty spirited, although one-sided affair. Cal Poly never looked like losing and built up an 0-18 lead at half. They did stutter a little in their performance in the second half as we went 25 minutes without a score, but they then ran in a few late tries.

 

Cal Poly were a much more complete team with decent set pieces, seasoned fly-half and no real weak links. UC Davis had discipline issues with legal tackles and a puzzling kicking game. Overall, pretty responsive players, and decent skills, but could have and will be better as the season progresses.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Chico State 39 – San Jose State 0

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Chico State dominated throughout with strong play by the forwards and weak tackling by San Jose. The Chico scrumhalf stood out with his shifty running and ability to create opportunities.

 

The B-side was a better game to referee and spectate. The only glitch was going to uncontested scrums early as the inexperienced front rows couldn’t bind safely. San Jose grabbed the lead but got worn down by Chico in the second half; Chico came out on top 17-5.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

UOP 5 – Sonoma State 86

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

First time I have been to UOP. A nice pitch, well-lined with proper posts, with still a little give in it despite the lack of rain. As far as the game, 2e have all been in these matches, it is part of a rugby players cycle of life. Sometimes you are on the right side of the scoreline, and sometimes not. Sonoma St sprung out to a 69-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 86-5 win.

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Olympic Club B 35 – Santa Clara University 60

Referee: Lane, John

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/01/2014

Fresno State Women 42 – Humboldt State Women 29

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

Beautiful bright clear day in the valley. Good hits and coordinated running found the score Humboldt 17 Fresno 16 at half. The game was still tight with 13min. to go, HSU 29 CSUF 30. But the 10 hour ride caught up to the girls in green and gold with the bulldogs scampering a couple tries and one conversion for a final score of HSU 29 CSUF 42.

 

 

This Week’s Photo

Comes from the Girls KOT where referee Paul Hale speaks to the captains of Mother Lode and Berkley.

Girls KOT

 

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

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Vegas, baby. Vegas

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Vegas, Baby. Vegas

Once again the eyes of the rugby world focused on Las Vegas, NV for the fourth stop on the IRB Sevens World Series, the USA 7s. The US continued their mastery of losing games on the last play and kickoffs that don’t go 10 meters, but also showed some outstanding rugby. A frustrating weekend for the Eagles that ended with a well deserved Shield win over Spain. For a sense of the potential the USA has always had, note that three of the seven “best” tries were from the Americans:

http://www.irbsevens.com/destination/edition=4/news/newsid=2070123.html#seven+best+tries+from+las+vegas

In spite of the early start to this year’s 7s – due to not wanting to conflict with the Winter Olympics – the weather was perfect and the crowd was boisterous. All kinds of dignitaries, luminaries, missionaries and mercenaries converged on Sin City for the Las Vegas Invitational and the spectacle of the USA playing on home soil. Another record crowd beat last year’s total as this event keeps getting more and more popular. This is what it’s all about. The only sour note for this reporter was when some idiots tried, and partially succeeded, in starting a wave WHILE THE USA WAS PLAYING. These were American fans as well. Come on, people! The wave is cheesy enough as it is but this is your national team playing. Try to pay attention a bit.

Goggles The Mind

We have received word that the US will be participating in the trial of the IRB approved goggles that were detailed in last week’s Hail Pelicus. If they have the IRB stamp on them, play on!

News Flash! Referees In Short Supply

If you haven’t already made yourself available on assignr for the upcoming weeks, please do so ASAP. We are hitting the heavy part of the season when everyone is playing every weekend and we need more referees. If you are not on assignr or don’t know what it is please contact our Scott Wood at rscottwood@gmail.com .

Assignment Protocols

That being said, if someone calls you up and asks you to ref a local match, you MUST refer them to Pete Smith. If you are not officially assigned to the match then YOU HAVE ZERO INSURANCE COVERANGE AND ARE FULLY LIABLE FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS. Moreover there are several other logistical reasons that come into play.

This is not something to take lightly. As stated, there are many factors that go into assignments including referee grade, availability, team level, status of the club, coaching, assessing, the phase of the moon, weather, and your astrological sign. The job is hard enough without

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Once again, YOU HAVE ZERO INSURANCE COVERANGE AND ARE FULLY LIABLE FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS. If someone gets hurt and the family sues, the NCRRS will wish you luck. This does happen so please don’t take the chance.

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on to the games… (Yes, a few were played.)

One from last week that was missed…

Date: 01/18/2014

Sacramento Lions 32 – EPA Razorbacks 19

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

Yellow Card to Sac Lions #8 Nemani Volavda for repeated team infringement (non violent).

Another somewhat competitive game in D1. As happened last weekend, the Lions set off early with a couple of tries and established a solid lead. They also had a much more solid platform than last week, as they could win lineouts and scrums. Lions led 13-5 at half.

Just after the half, EPA broke through the Lions defense and the captain just had to touch the ball down over the line but while being tackled he knocked on the ball, which would have made it a 13-12 game, but instead the Lions responded and pushed it out to 20-5. That really was the turning point.

From there, the Lions reverted to their entertaining, loose style of play and fullback Ratu Rinakama really turned on the magic. Final score 32-19 to the Lions.

The Current Slate…

Date: 01/22/2014

Cal Maritime 5 – Cal 101

Referee: Lew, Tim

Wednesday night game at Bodnar. Cal came out fast and stayed fast. They controlled set piece and open play. Open subs and very clean game.

 

 

Date: 01/22/2014

St. Mary’s College 123 – San Jose State 0

Referee: Williamson, David

 

Coached by: David Williamson

St Mary’s hosted San Jose St on a perfect Wednesday afternoon up in Moraga, CA. San Jose St was not in session yet so didn’t have a full team yet were ready early with the players they brought. St Mary’s needed some time for players to finish class and their coach to finish work so they trickled in a bit at a time. No matter, however, because as soon as the match started they were all business and ready to go.

The teams decided on 3 periods to get everyone a run so that is how we played it. St Mary’s were fast out of the gate and faster to the finish. Defensive discipline was key to their strategy as the Spartans were able to hang on to the ball for long stretches but they could not breach the Gael line and as soon as there was a turnover the ball was moved into space and the counter was on.

San Jose St never gave up and had some moments of pressure but were never able to convert. Inevitably St Mary’s were able to put more and more pressure on the San Jose attack until a turnover led to another opportunity for the home side.

Both sides played well and a credit to all the captains (each used several) for keeping the game fast and fair in spite of the difficult scoreline.

Many thanks to Bunny for his outstanding observations before, during and after the match.

 

Date: 01/24/2014

Stanford F/S 7 – San Jose Seahawks 56

Referee: Moore, Stephen

The match @ 6PM was actually Stanford v Seahawks, not Santa Clara. No incidents, clearly Seahawks were the stronger team, bit of run-away result for Seahawks their rucks and ball security were excellent.

 

Date: 01/24/2014

Stanford B 34 – Santa Clara University B 0

Referee: Levitan, Tony

A spirited mix of impressive athletic talent and — save a few players who are ready to nudge their way into each team’s A side — nascent rugby skills, all wrapped up in passion and drive made for an engaging 2nd side match on a chilly evening at Stanford. Stanford dominated the scoreboard (5 tries, 3 conversions and a PK) but Santa Clara’s never-say-we’re-done attitude kept us running up and down the pitch all evening. And while a parade of props who have never before bound onto a live opponent can cause refereerial indigestion, instruction was met by compliance and good natured competition, making for an enjoyable run for all.

 

Date: 01/25/2014

UC Santa Cruz 12 – St. Mary’s College C 53

Referee: Moore, Stephen

Plenty of energy from both sides, St Mary’s stronger at breakdown ruck maintaining and stealing possession creating more attacking opportunities. Good all round spirit, players, coaches and spectators. Ground well prepared. Nice experience.

 

Date: 01/25/2014

St. Mary’s College A 36 – Olympic Club 29

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

A great back to back contest between St. Mary’s and Olympic. SMC was coming off of a big win against SFGG while this was Olympic’s first match of the season. Tries were scored off of quick taps, interceptions and spinning the ball wide. The score was tied at 29 at the final minute. Olympic kicked to touch on a penalty and had a lineout. St. Mary’s came away with the ball on an advantage call, spun it wide and scored on a 60+ meter breakaway. Great rugby on both sides. Thanks to Kat for the evaluation and George O’Neil and Bruce Ricard for stepping up to AR.

 

Date: 01/25/2014

St. Mary’s College B 39 – Olympic Club B 29

Referee: O’Neil, George

No report received

 

Date: 01/25/2014

CSUMB 24 – USF 37

Referee: Carter, Bruce

This was the first official game on the brand-new, full-size, all-grass, gorgeous pitch at CSUMB, and a good crowd turned out from the campus dorms, all of which are in easy walking distance.

Those of us who played for Monterey in the eighties, which includes me and the coach of the Otters, Marc Ferguson, remember when this was the Engineers’ Field, one of the sorriest patches of semi-grass ever to host a rugby practice – the one saving grace being that the old park had lights.

I would put this surface on a par only with Stanford’s in Pelicanland.

The weather, undoubtedly shared all over the region, was too good to be winter: clear, bright, warm and with cirrus clouds lingering all day.

We rarely see cirrus clouds on the coast in any season. This ‘winter’, at least for the western seaboard, has been a false one. The cherry trees are blooming and we still have bees and hummingbirds in our yard. Trees, the leaves of which I finished raking up two weeks ago, are already green again.

So, too, rugby is born during January in California.

USF certainly had the run of the first half, going up 20-0.

The home team took inspiration from a waste-laying, try-scoring long run by the their #5, playing better and getting within 3 points, 27-24, with seven minutes left to play.

College rugby crowds make more noise than most. All of the players of both teams take inspiration from this fact. I made eye contact with a USF flanker just before a key scrum, crowd blaring. We agreed that we were happy to be part of the proceedings.

USF’s captain and #10, Joe (sorry, I forgot the surname) kept calm, electing to drop a goal at a penalty chance for a six-point cushion.

Then, with my watch already having beeped, the Otters attacked desperately, flinging the ball about with abandon.

As Chick Hearn would have said, there was a hot-dog pass with too much mustard that went astray. This same Joe got there first, hacked ahead, scored and converted his own try for a comfortable, thirteen-point final cushion.

The sideline grill was ready right on time for the celebration of the new season to continue, old friends and new acquaintances alike, dedicated veterans of the sport and newly-smitten novices, all wondering why every day cannot be a Rugby Day.

 

Date: 01/25/2014

USF Women – Santa Clara University Women

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

Game was canceled – “USF fails to meet the minimum roster requirements.” – presumably because they only have 13 players CIPP’d.

 

Date: 01/25/2014

Humboldt State 25 – Sierra College 23

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

A beautiful drive on a fantastic day for rugby; it felt like Santa Barbara. Humboldt started strong and were up 15-0 in the first 17 minutes. Great passing, long runs. Down 20-0, Sierra came back for a try by the forwards to make it 20-7 at the half. Sierra played better in the second half, tying it at 20 all with 5 minutes to go. Sierra converted a penalty kick for the lead with two minutes to go. Two addl penalties on Humboldt had them deep. With 1 minute to go, they pass the ball all the way out to their wing who runs 70 meters, they take it to the three meter line with no time remaining and Sierra loses their cool and commit 4 consecutive penalties, allowing Humboldt to finally punch it in for the win at the 43 minute mark.

 

Date: 01/25/2014

Stanford Women 12 – SFGG Women 70

Referee: Bryant, Lee

This was a friendly match between the current Stanford ladies and a mix of oldie’s but goodies from Nor-Cal and the Golden Gates Ladies. Smiles all around during this fun match as the newbies got their rugby legs. I guess not everyone was in Vegas.

 

This week’s photo…

… is a two for one deal meshing the past and the present seamlessly. As I couldn’t decide between the two, first we have Our Reporter with former Eagle Captain Brian Vizard, followed by Our Reporter with current Eagle Captain Todd Clever.

Hinkin Vizard Hinkin Clever

HAIL, PELICUS!

 

For the Senate,

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

Calling All Referees!

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Calling All Referees!

 

February 1 is the busiest day of the year on the Pelican Calendar. All division will have a full slate of games and at the moment we do not have enough referees to cover them all. 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. If you do just one game a year, let it be this week.

 

Was Kareem A Closet Rugby Player Ahead Of His Time?

 

As Pelicanland contains Silicon Valley, the heart of the technological world, we were at Hail Pelicus are always interested in advances that affect the Game That Is Played In Heaven. So when this reporter was forwarded a link to high tech rugby goggles, he was intrigued. From the article linked below:

 

IRB Head of Technical Services Steve Griffiths said: “Rugby is a Game for all and the IRB recognises that not everyone who needs corrective glasses can wear contact lenses, particularly children, so we have been collaborating with a leading manufacturer to design and rigorously test a pair of Rugby Goggles that will be safe and effective in a Rugby environment. We believe we have done that now and this trial is good news for anyone with eyesight issues who wishes to play the Game.”

 

Please note, however, that “The global law trial means that anyone can wear the Rugby Goggles once confirmation has been received from an ophthalmologist (or similar medical professional) although Unions are required to participate in the trial before a player under its jurisdiction can participate in the trial.”

 

No word yet on whether USA Rugby plans to participate in this trial.

Full article here: http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/mediazone/pressrelease/newsid=2069969.html#irb+approves+trial+rugby+goggles

KOT… Sort of.

 

Last weekend saw the annual Kick Off Tournament for youth and high school rugby. Or at least we think it did. This publication didn’t receive any reports so we have no way of knowing.

 

Yes 9!

 

Yes, 9, we are still saying that, as of the now…

 

Match Reports

 

Date: 01/17/2014

Santa Clara University Women 10 – UC Santa Cruz Women 75

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

The score reflects the game. UCSC were more physical offensively and defensively. The Slugs had more continuity in the set and the loose and were generally the better side. SCU started the game with 15 players and finished with 14. The Broncos gave 100% for the full 80 minutes, but they were just outgunned.

 

Date: 01/18/2014

SFGG B 97 – Diablo Gaels B 12

Referee: Pohlman, John

 

40 minute first half. score GG 55 Gaels 12. Final GG 97 Gaels 12. Not much more to say.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Baracus 24 – Vacaville 27

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

A good game with 5 lead changes, with one team either 1 or 4 points ahead for most of the match. There were 4 tries in 7 minutes near the end of the first half, and 2 more within a few minutes at 72′ and 76′. Or, 4 to each side, two being converted. Vacaville’s 8th-minute penalty goal ended up being the difference.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

SFGG 73 – Diablo Gaels 3

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Santa Rosa 50 – Fresno 17

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

A beautiful, dry, warm day in Santa Rosa for the start of the 2014 season. Fresno traveled light and it showed as Santa Rosa took the lead early on and never let it go. But, otherwise a very good contest with a very low penalty count.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Berkeley All Blues 95 – Cal Women 7

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

A classic game of old age and treachery overcoming youth and exuberance. The All Blues had too much of everything for a game Cal side who kept working to the end. The All Blues had more speed, power, size, communication and most particularly experience. They continually managed to get off loads to supporting players, continually broke the gain line and scored regularly and often. Cal held up well in the scrums and will learn when to commit to compete for the ball – too often they left free ball to the All Blues with no contest. Good run for all and a good learning experience for the Cal Women.

 

 

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Santa Rosa JC 26 – Sonoma State 22

Referee: O’Neil, George

 

Great game by both teams.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Sacramento Lions B 24 – EPA Razorbacks B 29

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

This match saw a young, high-energy Sac Lions squad against a mostly EPA A side recycled into the B side match. The Lions got off to a strong start with several good attacks from the backline. They led 24-12 at half.

 

 

EPA collected themselves and held Sac scoreless for the second half. EPA scored the game winning try in the last 2 minutes of the match. Sac was able to put together a final flurry drawing within 10m of scoring. EPA regained possession at a tackle and the whistle blew at a subsequent knock-on.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Sacramento State 33 – Chico State 31

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

Pre-season game for these two teams, as well as my first game back after missing nearly all of last season owing to injury. And it was good experience for all concerned.

 

Chico started out the stronger, looking organized and effective, going to a 17-0 lead on three tries. The Sac State backs weren’t all quite on the same page, but as time ticked on they began to get it together. A couple of subs from the B side proved particularly effective, running hard, straight lines through the tiring defensive Chico line, and gradually the score became closer.

 

The lead changed hands, with one memorable try scored by an alert Chico flanker who saw the ball uncovered behind the last foot at a defensive ruck, snatched it and scored unopposed. But it wasn’t quite enough, as the home side scored again with a couple of minutes to go, the conversion being the difference between the two sides.

 

Good to get a run in at last!

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Santa Rosa B 34 – Fresno B 17

Referee: Johnson, Lee

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Life West 76 – Modesto 0

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

Life was too fast and too strong for a game Modesto squad. Life will not be D3 for long. Well coached and reasonably good discipline.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Sacramento Lions 32 – EPA Razorbacks 19

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Mendocino – Redwood

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

I was bumped from the game on Friday by a traveling ref. I do not know the score. Instead, I watched George O’Neil and Tom Zanarini ref SRJC vs Sonoma State and SRRC vs Fresno! Great reffing!!

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

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Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Napa looks like a very competitive 3rd Division team with real good fast/elusive backs, Kennedy Memorial Park Field & fan support. Looking forward to heading up there in the future.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Sacramento Blackhawks B 51 – Chico B 0

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

It was little more than a third half with most players doubling up.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

San Jose Seahawks 10 – EPA Bulldogs 67

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

First half was a good contest. San Jose defended very well and were well in the game with the score 10 to Nil in favor of the Bulldogs but in the last play of the half the Bulldogs scored a converted try.

 

In the second half the Bulldogs scored 2 tries early and opened up a big lead. San Jose competed right to the end and were rewarded for their effort with a converted try and a penalty in the second half. EPA Bulldogs ran the ball very well in the second half and scored several breakaway tries from inside their own half.

 

Overall EPA Bulldogs were full value for their result but San Jose gave them a good contest in the first half.

 

 

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Sacramento Blackhawks 53 – Chico 8

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Another postcard day in Northern California saw me carpooling up to Sacramento with Pete Smith for the Sac Blackhawks hosting the Chico Mighty Oaks. When we got there I was very pleasantly surprised to be informed that the house next door to the pitch is actually a clubhouse and that showers would be available after the match.

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Very nice indeed. The high tech scoreboard really impressed me.

 

The ground was dry (no kidding…) but well marked. I know that we live in an area that is known for having perfect weather but seriously, this has got to stop. We need some rain badly up here. Every day can’t be 70 degrees and sunny, you know. It’s January and the hills are still brown and that’s just wrong. Plus, no snow so that makes for a thirsty state come June.

 

Weather complaints aside, the teams were ready to go at 1:00 so we decided to play a little rugby. Sacramento took it to the Chico defense immediately and had their guests under immense pressure from the initial whistle. A try in the first few minutes set the tone for the day as the Blackhawks took advantage of their dominance to put 4 tries across, 3 converted. Chico was able to pull back a penalty and an unconverted try after some strong work following some Sacramento penalties. Sacramento, in fact had a player binned for repeated infringement but still managed to maintain control of the proceedings. A couple of missed opportunities at goal did Chico no favors.

 

The second half was all Sacramento on the scoreboard, although Chico deserved a little more than that. They had some chances and decent possession but could not break the Blackhawk defense. Sacramento had no such difficulties as they added 4 more tries – one converted – to their tally with breaks from all over the field. They are a big, strong and talented bunch and I do not expect them to remain in D2 for very long. A mix of veterans and rookies who will only get better as they learn the game.

 

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Sacramento State B 17 – Chico State B 110

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Chico didn’t have enough players for a B side so Sac State played their alumni team.

 

The alumni had forgotten the tackle and ruck rules, but they still easily beat the young students.

 

 

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

UOP 12 – Cal Maritime 48

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

Decent game which was dominated by Cal Maritime. Thanks to Scott Wood for some very appreciated constructive criticism.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Baracus B 15 – Vacaville B 41

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

A warm day in SF greeted me for my first match ever at Baracus’ pitch (nothing personal guys, but that was a lot of the A-team theme song for one day). Preston Gordon, who officiated the A-side match kindly offered to run AR for me. A surprising level of skill was shown by both sides at the start of the match considering this was

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just the beginning of the season for the 2 B-sides. Baracus got out to an early 5-0 lead, but a yellow card towards the end of the first half let Vacaville collect 2 unconverted tries. The second half was dramatically different with Vacaville scoring 5 additional tries. Only when they brought on several new players who weren’t familiar with the laws and committed several infractions did Baracus gather 2 more tries for the 41-15 final.

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

Reno Zephyrs 19 – South Valley 27

Referee: Bryant, Lee

 

This was a great game for me as I to jump back into

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Date: 01/18/2014

SFGG Women 25 – UC Davis Women 12

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

UC Davis #3 given yellow card Cited under 10.3 Repeated infringements

 

 

Date: 01/18/2014

San Jose Seahawks B 10 – EPA Bulldogs B 50

Referee: Levitan, Tony

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 01/22/2014

Cal Maritime 5 – Cal 101

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

Wednesday night game at Bodnar. Cal cane out fast and stayed fast. They controlled set piece and open play. Open subs and very clean game.

 

Because nobody submitted a picture this week and I am getting ready for Vegas, here is a picture of a bunny with a pancake on his head.

 

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HAIL, PELICUS!

For the Senate,

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

 

Nothing endures but change

HAIL PELICUS!

 

“Nothing endures but change.”

– Heraclitus of Ephesus (535 BC – 475 BC)

 

Happy New Year to the myriad fans of Hail Pelicus as we here in Pelicanland struggle to come to terms with the gradual removal of one of the pillars of our society. It has been many moons since Hail Pelicus was published as the esteemed Dr Bruce Carter, (Pelicus Scriptoris, Dux Deux), has stepped down as President of the NCRRS and has also relinquished control of this publication, allowing it to fall into far more unsavory hands. Dr Carter has been the face and voice of Northern California referees for so long it will take some getting used to but while his presence will have diminished, his influence has not. The next time you see a referee make a correct call give a nod to Dr Carter as he is in some way responsible for it. Heck, even if the referee makes a bad call (rare, I know, but it happens) give a nod because that referee would not likely be there and the game would not likely be played without the influence of Dr Carter.

A new(ish) flock of birds have thus been unceremoniously booted from the nest to see if they can fly on their own. This list of stalwarts is below and all of us here at Hail Pelicus have confidence that they will be able to soar gracefully onward.

 

NCRFU Referee Society Officers

Directors: Paul Bretz, Preston Gordon, Pete Smith, Scott Wood, Tom Zanarini

 

President: Paul Bretz

Vice President: Michael Malone

Treasurer: Jim Crenshaw

Assignment Secretary: Pete Smith

Reassignment Secretary:

NCRFU Liaison: Tom Zanarini

Exchange Officer: Bjorn Stumer

Referee Development Officer: Preston Gordon

Director of Referee Evaluation and Coaching: Michael Malone

Recruitment Officer: Rob Hendrickson

Assistant Recruitment Officer: Lois Bukowski

Quartermaster: Eric Rauscher

 

NCRRS Development Portal

The Northern California Rugby Referees Society has long been known to provide the best referee training in the United States. In that tradition we have created a new development Portal which provides online instruction on rugby law and best practices.

All referees affiliated with NCRRS or NCRYA are asked to go to the following site: http://rugbyrefsworld.com, click the link “NCRFU Referee Development Portal” and create a new user account. Once your account is created you’ll be asked to provide an enrollment key. The key to access the portal, AKA class, is pelicansrule (note all one word).

All NCRRS members desiring to receive coaching and evaluations will need to create an account, access the site, and take the law exams posted on the site. The focus of the quizzes is law knowledge and development, not assessment and mastery. Each quiz is roughly 10 questions and is focused on one specific law. Referees not happy with their score can retake the quiz. Each quiz has access to the law book to review prior to taking the test.

 

Yes, Nine…

Some of you may have heard that “The International Rugby Board has ditched the controversial scrum call “yes, nine” replacing it with a non-verbal, pre-agreed instruction with immediate effect.” However, here is the good old US of A we don’t like foreigners telling us what to do so AS OF THIS WRITING USA RUGBY WILL CONTINUE WITH A VERBAL SIGNAL TO THE SCRUMHALF.

Ed Todd, USA Rugby’s head of referees (and more importantly, Pelicus Editorem Minimus, Ex Dux) has promised a decision very soon, but until then, the original protocol is in effect.

Full details here: http://www.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/story/210517.html

 

And now, on to the games… a month’s worth of holiday fun.

 

Date: 10/05/2013

Pacific – USF, SF State

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Pre season mini tournament between those 3 teams. 3 games of 40 minutes were played.

 

Date: 12/06/2013

Stanford Women – Alumni

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Couldn’t make it to the game. Sorry again.

 

 

Date: 12/07/2013

CSUMB 5 – Cal Poly 17

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

A well played preseason game with both sides having some good players and some just starting out.

 

CSUMB started with a period of pressure but could not convert to points. Cal Poly were able to turn their period of 1st half pressure into a try.

 

In the second half, CSUMB created a 90m breakout for a try but then gave up a penalty try when infringing too often defending 5m from their goal line. CSUMB continued to defend hard and had occasional spells with the ball but their conditioning was a bit lacking. They worked hard in defense but gave up another try for a 17 – 5 final to the visitors.

Date: 12/07/2013

San Jose State 22 – Sacramento State B 35

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

Pre season warm up with standard funny stuff. Blue attacking player with ball gets tackled a couple of meters from goal. He lays the ball back and it is immediately gathered in by a white player laying on the ground. Long whistle. Player stands up and I ask how long he has been playing. Two months. I say good, otherwise you are off the field.

 

 

Date: 12/07/2013

Cal Maritime 37 – Cal Maritime Alumni 27

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Youth prevailed over age in this match as the young guns defeated the seasoned players 37-27. A fun game was had by all, including the referee. Several times during the course of the match the alumni were playing with 18 people. Best line of the day came from their captain.

Captain: Sir, how many minutes remaining on the bin?

Referee: about 3 minutes.

Referee: counting… You have 17 players on the pitch.

Captain: I know, you binned one of our players.

 

 

Date: 12/07/2013

San Jose State 24 – Sacramento State 29

Referee: Hinkin, James

Who says you can’t play rugby in inhospitable, Artic conditions? The rumor that California rugby can’t handle the elements was thoroughly quelled this last Saturday as Sacramento St visited San Jose St for a preseason match in 45 DEGREE WEATHER! 45 DEGREES! IN THE DAYTIME!!!

 

I really don’t know how we did it. Truly a Noble Spirit Embiggens The Smallest Man.

 

San Jose St’s home field has suffered much from the success of their gridiron team as tailgators park on the hallowed rugby pitch and celebrate both before and after the Padded Men of Sparta clash with their foes. The field was well lined with all markings present and visible -including 5 and 15 meter markings for lineouts. The only problem I saw was the center lines was, shall we say significantly closer to one goal than the other. By a factor of 15 meters. Oh well, play the lines as they are.

 

Both sides came out with some 15s rust on after a fall 7s schedule -a clause impossible to write with a straight face just 2 years previous -so set play cohesion and overall 15s tactics lacked a bit of polish. The sides made up for it with swift and powerful running and crunching tackles. Both sides played with energy and were well drilled in some respects as you could tell what areas the coaching staffs had focused on and which were on the To-Do list. For example, both sidelines (and some players) were constantly calling for offside, but since both sides had been drilled not to commit to lost ruck scenarios defenders rarely committed to contest the tackle. No defenders = no ruck = no offside line. I had a word with the captains about this and they understood it immediately, I just wish the sidelines did.

 

The teams exchanged blows for 20 minutes before each side broke through with a try. With San Jose St down a man for 10 minutes due to an errant tackle is disapproved of Sac St saw more room to maneuver and took advantage with a brace of tries to take a 17 to 7 lead. San Jose St came back when restored to full strength and clawed a try back to end the first half down 17-12.

 

The second half was much like the first as each side sought to gain an advantage that wasn’t there. An exciting back and forth affair saw another exchange of tries and then San Jose St breaking through once more with 10 minutes left to take a late lead at 24-22. Sac St threw everything they had at the home side knowing they needed a score and broke free while running out of their own 22. A San Jose St defender ended that threat by dragging the Sac St winger down with a dangerous tackle and so the Spartans were forced to finish the final 5 minutes with 14

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players. Sac St used their advantage to hammer the goal line and get the ball into the try zone only to be held up twice. Finally the stout Spartan defense broke and the Hornets buzzed under the posts for the go ahead score. With 30 seconds left San Jose needed to regain the restart but it failed to go the required 10 meters. Sac St won their scrum and (after 2 unnecessary phases) booted the ball to touch to win. A note on that last kick -the flyhalf booted his final kick upfield and nearly had it charged down. Not like he was looking for a gain in ground at this point so I hope the coaching staff lets him know that the ONLY objective at that point is touch. Go backwards if you have to but don’t risk a charge down.

 

 

 

Date: 12/07/2013

Baracus 68 – SLO 24

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

John Pohlman and I split the halves reffing and ARing in this game and in the B-side game that followed (34-19 to the Red team, which included a mix of South Valley guys). This turned out to be a good idea given the wind and temperature at West Sunset playground.

 

 

Date: 12/07/2013

Sacramento Blackhawks 37 – San Jose Seahawks 12

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Not 100% sure about the score, but the Blackhawks certainly won.

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Fresno 47 – Kern County 5

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

Cool clear day. Field held up OK. Lots of scrumming

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2′ sloppy handling. Good hits. Failed kicks.

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Fresno B – Kern County B

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

Kern was short significant players that Fresno made up 5 of their A-side. No second game.

 

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Sacramento Blackhawks 17 – EPA Bulldogs 41

Referee: Donnelly, Kevin

 

Field surface rough but field was the correct size and markings, no hazards, and rope barriers in place on both touchlines. Hard fought game with combination of structured rugby and open, 7’s-style running. Score does not reflect how close Sacramento played. Several tries for EPA come from capitalizing on mistakes by Sacramento. Red card in the second half for #7 Pila on EPA for deliberate stomping at the head of a player on the ground following a stoppage in play (i.e. dead-ball foul).

 

 

Date: 12/14/2013

UC Davis B 0 – UN Reno 0

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

The game time was changed and I was not notified in a timely manner. I arrived 90 minutes ahead of the originally scheduled time with the match already begun with a coach refereeing. An additional mix-up led to another referree arriving to ref the match. He (Tom Franzonia) reffed the 2nd half of the match.

 

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Sacramento Lions B 0 – SFGG B 0

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

Well, pretty day for playing rugby… Hole family came out for support, but that was as close as it got. SFGG said they had enough, and with neither team with real 2nd side numbers, that was the end of the day…

 

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Sacramento Lions 24 – SFGG 10

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

Crispy clear day in Sacramento for the first game for both teams. Sacramento had a strong squad while SFGG had most of their D1 playing. The game was physical and chippy. Lots of hard hits and contest in the rucks. Sacramento had 2 yellow cards for high tackling and offsides. We only played three 20 minute periods.

 

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Mendocino 25 – State of Jefferson 0

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

The teams played 14 against 14 for 80 minutes. Several newer or brand new players on the pitch made for a “work in progress”, but everyone played in great spirits and with enthusiasm and we had a great day. 10 nil at half, Jefferson almost scored several times, so the game seemed closer than the final score.

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Berkeley RFC 12 – Diablo Gaels 17

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

2×20 min halves, typical preseason match, somewhat high penalty count in first half, but cleaned up in the second. Fair bit of handling errors, so lots of scrums. With one minute left, Berkeley #8 dove on the wrong side of the ruck – I started playing advantage, but the Gaels #9 was oblivious to this and started cursing at me. I reversed the penalty, and he continued cursing at me. I called him and his captain over to issue a yellow card, and he continued cursing at me, so I elevated to a red card. He did come over after the match and apologize, though!

 

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Berkeley RFC 10 – South Valley 10

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

First half score – Bryant Byrnes wanted a quick run, so I let him ref the second half.

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Baracus 22 – San Jose Seahawks 28

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

San Jose started strong and were the dominant first half team. They were more physical and more technical than Baracus scoring3 tries to the home side’s 1, though both sides exhibited early season rustiness.

 

The second half saw a number of subs that changed the tenor of the match as Baracus gained the upper hand and outscored a suddenly vulnerable Seahawk side 2 tries to 1. This raises questions about the depth of the ‘Hawks while answering questions about the heart of BA Baracus.

 

 

Date: 12/14/2013

Santa Rosa – Vallejo

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Vallejo didn’t show up. Only 2 players came. I refereed a mini touch tournament.

 

 

Date: 12/21/2013

Marin 53 – South Valley 33

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

17-13 at halftime. Great game.

 

Date: 12/28/2013

Sacramento Capitals 25 – Diablo Gaels 39

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

Capital player #9 was given a yellow card for violating Law 10.4 (a) and a penalty kick awarded.

 

Date: 01/04/2014

St. Mary’s College B 19 – Vacaville 37

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

3 tries to 7.

 

The away team was actually Vacaville RFC and not Diablo B.

 

 

Date: 01/04/2014

Shasta 22 – Redwood 21

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

The first half of the match was a more “normal” period of rugby. Redwood got off to an early lead with quick passing in the backfield, finding overlap on the outside. The Shasta team seemed a bit preoccupied with calling out infringements rather than playing the game. At one point, a Shasta player called out “offside” and whistled through his lips. The Shasta players came to a halt while the Redwood players continued on and walked in a try unopposed. After this incident, Shasta seemed to get their act together and focused more on playing, taking the lead at the close of the first half with a penalty kick.

 

The match became more physical into the second half. I issued a yellow card to a Redwood player for a dangerous tackle. I cautioned and penalized a Shasta player for a high tackle. After another incident I spoke with both captains about the situation and decided to call the match. The match was abandoned at minute 63.

 

Date: 01/04/2014

St. Mary’s College C 27 – Diablo Gaels B 12

Referee: Sandhill, Peter

 

St Mary’s vs Old Gaels – 11.30AM

It was a crisp and clear blue skied morning at the St Mary’s campus. First game of 2014 or both team and they were hungry to test their mettle. It was a fast and physical game yet very clean. It was a closer game than the scoreline reads mainly because three tries were scored from poor skill related errors, in the moment, by the Old Gaels team. The Old Gaels (of Orinda) were stronger int eh forwards, the St Mary’s team stronger in the backs. It was a joy to referee this game.

 

 

Date: 01/04/2014

Colusa 19 – South Valley 29

Referee: Wood, Scott

 

Ref: Joshua Pendergrass (visiting from Southern California)

 

 

Date: 01/04/2014

State of Jefferson – SF Fog

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

Game rescheduled to 3/8

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Fresno 10 – EPA Razorbacks 34

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

For the first game of the season, it was well played. EPA Razorbacks scored in the second minute and seemed to push Fresno around a lot in the first half. Unfortunately, Fresno also wasn’t doing a good job supporting their own runners. So great tackling by Fresno’s #7 and few others kept the score reasonable close. Halftime score: EPAR 17 – 0 Fresno

 

The second half started like the first with EPA runner running through tacklers scoring at will. Fresno as a team started to pick up the tackling as well as supporting their own runner scoring two unconverted tries of their own. They had multiple opportunities of ball inside of EPAs 22 but could not finish most of them.

Final score: EPAR 34 – 10 Fresno.

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

SFGG 15 – EPA Bulldogs 33

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

2 tries for SFGG.

4 tries for the Bulldogs.

 

1 Yellow card for SFGG

1 Yellow card for EPA

1 Red card for EPA

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Aptos 10 – Life West 79

Referee: Carter, Bruce

 

Life West has been in Hayward for more than thirty years. Perhaps it was the success of their parent institution, and perhaps it was the absence of adult club rugby in Hayward these last few years, but now there is a new team playing in NorCal D3.

 

Aptos hosted on a field just off 101 between Gilroy and San Juan Bautista. Half a long lifetime in NorCal rugby and I’d never been to that pitch before. It wasn’t bad, certainly full sized.

 

Life scored on the kickoff and then managed more than a point a minute in the first half.

 

However, a couple of here’s-how-to-tackle stops by smaller Aptos players reinvigorated the club and they gave a decent account, scoring ten points in the second half.

 

It is good to see a new team on the schedule, one that might be expected to climb the divisions as the old Griffins did.

 

Date: 01/11/2014

San Jose Seahawks B 7 – Diablo Gaels B 22

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

Well played match.

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Stanford 19 – University of San Diego 17

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

Excellent game, with 2 obviously very closely matched sides. Stanford scored the go-ahead try to tie the match with about 2′ left, and the conversion made the difference.

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Shasta 12 – Mendocino 19

Referee: Crenshaw, Jim

 

Nice pitch, nice conditions and a very exciting match.

Shasta had a 12 – 5 lead at half time, but Mendo came back in the second half. Shasta had some chances as a kick into goal just went beyond the dead ball line before the Shasta scrum half could touch it down and then a forward pass 3 meters out and a knock about 10 meters out by Shasta sealed the deal for

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Date: 01/11/2014

Sacramento Lions B 34 – Santa Rosa B 37

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

Somewhere, I missed the 30 min half’s… Sorry for the old guys!

 

Weather got all better, and better through the afternoon, which was awesome!

 

To both scrums, my apologies for the messed up cadence! First game in 5 months, did not help, but you guys did with only 1 reset.

 

All set and done, both teams agreed to just go out and play rugby, which they did! Lions leading the entire match with an abundance of talents, hard running, al the way to 10 seconds on the clock. Rosa, work hard, took a lot of hits, and scrum out of the books to came back, with a match winning try.

With only 2 tries scored from within the 22, and the rest 60-80 m runs… So yes, i felt it to 😉

 

Good stuff both teams. putting 34-37, points on the board, is pretty good rugby!

 

Good luck for the season, and thanks for the sportsmanship on the field!

 

Thanks Mark for covering that line, and off coarse laughing at my cadence 🙂

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Stanford Women 0 – Stanford Women’s XV Invitational 0

Referee: Pohlman, John

 

I did two games:

Chico State 7 Oregon 29

Cal. 7 Oregon 36

 

Date: 01/11/2014

St. Mary’s College 67 – SFGG C 27

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

Much closer match than the score reflects – Gate was good in tight play and setpieces. St M’s speed and fitness killed them on line breaks. Halftime score was St M 22 – SFGG 10.

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Stanford Women – Stanford Women’s XV Invitational

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

I arrived at the Stanford Invitational tournament for the last few games of the day, and both of mine were a little lopsided.

First, Stanford faced off against UCLA. Stanford had just lost to UCSD in their last game and seemed to put in their best side in this last game of the day. Even though UCLA tried, they were not fast enough to the ruck or on the outside to get down Stanford’s hard runners. The score was 40-0 at the half. Unfortunately, one of UCLA’s players hit her head and it was decided to take her to the hospital just in case. UCLA decided to forfeit the 2nd half.

 

New Mexico and Oregon had both won both earlier games and looked to be competitive for this last game of the day. However, the Ducks were just not quite ready for the two super-fast wingers on NM. The Ducks never backed down, though, and valiantly kept fighting all the way to the end holding NM to only 3 tries in the 2nd. The final score was 55-0.

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Fresno B 19 – EPA Razorbacks B 29

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

Clear cool day, fair pitch condition, hard hits. EPA with 18 so many played twice. Many new players on both sides and many scrums.

 

Date: 01/11/2014

St. Mary’s College C – Santa Rosa JC B

Referee: Hendrickson, Robert

 

St Mary’s C side scrimmaged with Santa Rosa JC’s B side for 2 twenty minute periods after their B side had scrimmaged Santa Rosa’s A side at St Mary’s. St Mary’s has a new crop of players and a sizeable roster, so it was easy for them to field 3 teams, while St Rosa JC traveled down with just 21 players. After their first scrimmage, Santa Rosa fielded a second team, with 3 borrowed players from St Mary’s to have a good clean game, which St Mary’s dominated. St Rosa was able to score a try in the final play of the second half. A well played and good spirited game by both sides

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Santa Rosa JC Women 0 – Santa Clara University Women 6

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

4 20 minutes periods.

First 3 St Mary’s played a combo team of SRJC & SCU & lost on a try scored as their coach huddled his players after their tying try.

3 tries to 2.

 

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Stanford Women 0 – Stanford Women’s XV Invitational 0

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

Eight teams, two pools

Pool A Stanford, UCLA, UCSD, Western Washington

Pool B Chico State, Cal, New Mexico, Oregon

 

Stanford won the Final against UCSD

Cal and Chico played for 3/4

I think Cal won but don’t know the score

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Stanford B – Peninsula Green

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

Performance evaluation sent to others

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Sacramento Lions 24 – Santa Rosa 21

Referee: Godfrey, Mark

 

good game

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Sacramento Lions B 21 – Santa Rosa B 18

Referee: Godfrey, Mark

 

poor ball control both sides a lot of scrums

 

 

Date: 01/11/2014

Baracus intrasquad

x >= 30: 28 – x < 30: 12

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Referee: James Hinkin

 

A fun and relaxed intrasquad game on a drizzly San Francisco day – not enough moisture to call it rain but more than enough to get everyone and everything thoroughly soaked. The gentlemen who were more enriched with years took advantage of the gentlemen less well represented in temporal existence to the tune of 4 tries to 2. An ongoing law discussion was instructive as the game progressed:

 

Player 1: You can’t give the try! The ball was on the line!

Me: I know.

 

Player 2: How can you call that penalty? I was the tackler!

Me: Were you on your feet?

Player 2: Yes.

Me: Were you always on your feet?

Player 2: Yes.

Me: Then you weren’t the tackler.

 

 

Date: 01/12/2014

Stanford Women – Stanford Women Invitational Tournament

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

Oregon versus UCSD was one of the closest games of the tournament. UCSD was first in their pool and Oregon second and they fought back and forth and back and forth for 39 of the 40 minutes of the game (20 min halves). With 2 minutes left, a UCSD center broke a tackle and was able to get the ball over the try line and work their way into the Championship game.

 

Cal played Western Washington and the first half of the match was exciting as the Cal backs ran for two tries but the Western forwards kep the ball in thier hands for many phases and drove it over for two tries on their own side. The half ended tied 14-14. I don’t know what happened in the 2nd half, but suddenly Cal took off with their two centers scoring the majority of the 39 points they put on the board that half.

 

The Championship game had hosts Stanford against UCSD. Stanford started off the half with a breakaway on the wing to score. UCSD adjusted and got in some great tackles but were unable to stop Stanford from scoring two more tries before the end of the half. The second half again started with a quick try from Stanford in the first minute, but then Stanford started making some penalty mistakes. UCSD got into the red zone a couple of times, but never could get the ball over the line. The final score was Stanford 29 – UCSD 0.

 

 

Date: 01/12/2014

Stanford Women 0 – Stanford Women Invitational Tournament 0

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

See report for Jan 11

 

 

Date: 01/12/2014

Stanford Women – Stanford Women Invitational Tournament

Referee: Moore, Stephen

 

Refereed 4 matches on Sunday. No significant misconduct or foul play except for two high tackles and hair pulling.

 

One incident occurred of a bad fall in tackle made by Berkeley against Chico, Chico player went head first to ground no arms to protect, and taken to hospital. Tackle did not involve lifting, just very bad fall and landing. Injured player captain “Angel”. I believe she will be okay, not seen any other reports.

 

Apart from this all matches ran smoothly.

 

 

This editions ’s photo, the view from West Sunset Field where BA Baracus plays. Not a bad December day – it is so clear you can almost see Japan.

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