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Leaving Las Vegas

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Leaving Las Vegas

 

“I’m leaving Las Vegas
Lights so bright, palm sweat, blackjack on a Saturday night
Leaving Las Vegas
I’m leaving for good, leaving for good.”

-Sheryl Crow, Leaving Las Vegas

 

Of course, if David Baerwald had written those lyrics for Sheryl in 2015 rather than 1993 then it could very well have been “Lights so bright, palm sweat, rugby on a Saturday night”, a fact that we laugh about all the time while hanging out admiring our Grammy awards over a few cocktails.   (As an aside, yes, Kanye, I DO think I deserved the Grammy. Beyoncé does not have to win every award, you know.   When you stop auto-tuning yourself and sampling other songs rather than writing your own melodies then you can talk about artistry. I talked to Bey and she totes agrees with me on this.)

 

Sorry about that. I try not to let my personal drama enter these missives but sometimes circumstances overwhelm me.

 

Back to the important thing: what a weekend for USA rugby!   The Eagles looked good after coming through their pool (as expected, really – they are playing at that level right now) and only placing second to South Africa on point differential after a thrilling 19-19 tie in the pool finale.   In the Cup quarterfinals our boys showed Canada who the big dog in North America is right now, a fact that becomes increasingly relevant when one remembers that, barring some big upsets, it looks like USA and Canada will be fighting for one spot in the 2016 Olympics.   Coach Mike Friday has the Eagles playing well and now needs to concentrate on the Great Unsolved Mystery Of The USA 7s Team:

 

Why must we give up at least one free kick every match at a kickoff?

 

I mean, really!   Gifting free possession to international sides by screwing up an unpressured kick is not a winning strategy.   If Agatha Christie had a love child with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this mysterious child could not have posed a more Gordian problem and it may require as dramatic a solution as Alexander’s.   That being said, any Olympic dream really should be accomplished via a reference to Greek legends – it brings a nice symmetry to the dramatic arc of international sport.

 

Once that is accomplished the smaller problem of introducing Perry Baker to the sideline should be relatively easy.   That way the esteemed Mr Baker could recognize his proximity to the sideline before he is literally stepping over it, necessitating a pirouette and a desperate and dangerous lob pass back inside to his support.   Speed kills, yes, but so do unforced turnovers.

 

Records Are Made To Be Broken

 

From Pat Clifton at rugbytoday.com:

 

The USA Sevens has enjoyed yet another record year for attendance, as 75,761 fans took in the tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium over the course of three days. That sets the attendance record for a rugby event in the United States, beating 68,608 from the 2014 USA Sevens.

 

Friday saw 15,294 fans come through the turnstiles, Saturday 34,593 and Sunday 25,874. The event has broken its own attendance record each year since moving to Las Vegas in 2010.

 

How To See The World For Under A Dollar A Day

 

One of the great benefits of being a member of the flock is the opportunity to go on exchange.   Not only are the exchanges paid for by the society, while on tour you will find it exceedingly difficult to buy a pint as your hosts will insist on paying.   The chance to referee rugby in other parts of the country and the world is always an experience to cherish.   That being said, the best way to get to the top of the exchange list is to host incoming referees.   The executive committee notes well who volunteers to open up their homes to our travelling brethren and sisteren.

 

We are currently looking for eager volunteers to host incoming Virginia referee Patrick Benner, who will be here on March 28 and will partake in the tournament at Napa.  This, of course, includes billet and ferrying him around as per custom (as well as not allowing him to pay for a drink).  Many of you have been at the receiving end of the Virginia hospitality, so you know how important their refs are to us.  Beyond the customary fellowship and good will these exchanges provide, our exchanges enable us to provide growth and official recognition for our own referees.   If interested contact Bjorn Stumer at bstumer@att.net.

 

Ask A Pelican

 

Yes, it’s time for this week’s installment of “Ask A Pelican”, the widely loved Q and A session with Hail Pelicus.   This week’s question comes courtesy of Sir Knowitall from Sacramento, CA , who asks:

 

“The presentations at our monthly society meetings are always informative and entertaining.  As a floccinaucinihilipilificator I feel must contribute to this dissemination of knowledge. How do I sign up to present my expertise at these meetings?”

 

Sir Knowitall, we here are in Pelicanland are all aware of and in awe of your staggering mental gifts and would be honored if you would consent to share some pearls of wisdom with us.   Keeping up with you is always a challenge and if there is anything you can say about rugby referees it is that we enjoy being mentally challenged.

 

Currently volunteers are being sought for presenting to the Flock on the following topics:

  • April 15 – Signaling
  • May 13 – On Field Injury, Concussion & Referee Responsibilities

 

Presenters have 30 – 40 minutes with time for questions.    If interested, please email Vicki Hudson at coachvickih@gmail.com.

 

Available? Check!

 

With the USA 7s firmly in our rear view mirror the business of league rugby resumes and we have a full schedule on tap for this week.   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.

 

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)

 

On To The Game Reports!

 

Yes, there were some matches this last week…

 

Date: 02/14/2015

CSUMB 12 – Sierra College 54

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

A beautiful Monterey winter day, only marred by the traffic for the golf tournament. The field is in great condition and well marked.

 

Sierra looked rag tag while CSUMB warmed up, appearances can be deceiving. Sierra have a number of players that have come through the Sacramento HS league while CSUMB had many of their more experienced players out for a variety of reasons.

 

Sierra were direct, instinctive and powerful, while many of the CSUMB players were still thinking through each action. Game time will bring experience and understanding, but it is a hard learning curve.

 

Sierra scored five tries with two conversions in the first half and four tries with one conversion in the second half. CSUMB scored a try in each half with one converted.

 

Date: 02/14/2015

Fresno State 23 – SF State 15

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

It was a beautiful day in the Central Valley with clear skies, but it was obvious it was going to be hot. Yeah, the forecasters were calling for high 70’s to mid 80’s, dependent on to whom you listen. Both teams were actively warming up prior to me getting to the pitch. That is always a good sign in my opinion. The first half showed each team’s defense was up to the challenge even when the occasional break was made. It wasn’t until the 24th minute for the first score be posted with an unconverted try by SF State. Three minutes later, Fresno State responded with a converted try and ended the half with an unconverted try at then end of the half. Halftime score: FSU 12 – SFSU 5.

 

The second half started off strong for SF State with two unconverted tries in the 4th and 7th minutes. Both teams settled down and the defensive struggle ensued again. Fresno State was able to get a penalty in the 52nd minute. SF State continued to push, but Fresno State scored another unconverted try in the 61st minute. The game continued to still be hotly contested right up until the final whistle. Overall, it was a fun game to referee with good sportsmanship shown by both teams.

 

And did I mention that it was hot out today?

Date: 02/14/2015

Pacific 72 – Solano JC 5

Referee: Wood, Scott

 

Apparently we are in the dog days of February, beautiful blue skies, 70F, college women have put their Uggs in storage…

 

Pacific has developed a very good game plan and the players appear to have bought into it. Solano has some good-to-great athletes but face typical issues found in relatively new teams.

UOP scored six tries in the first half and another three in the second before Solano found the goal line. Three more tries later and we closed the books on a fast-paced, not always one-sided, match.

 

Date: 02/14/2015

Sacramento State 36 – UNR 32

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

Both teams came ready to play and looked quite good to start. UNR had some disciplined defense to start, Sac State kept the ball in possession well. The first score came when UNR had the ball and a Sac State player picked the pass and ran about 80m for the try. A second pick off came a few minutes after that. UNR consolidated and made their offense more conservative and pushed in a forward try just a bit later. The first half ended after both teams scored again, and UNR made a penalty kick for points, so was up 22-19. In the second half, players got more aggressive but also less supportive. Several penalties were caused by players running alone and trying to hold onto the ball with no support. Sac State got 2 early tries in the second half with speedy wingers. UNR came back with a couple of tries of their own, but didn’t convert, which cost them the game. Final score was 36-32.

 

Date: 02/14/2015

Sacramento State Women 22 – UC Santa Cruz Women 36

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Sac State opened the match strong, running back the kickoff down to the Santa Cruz 5 meter line. Santa Cruz held off the attack then proceeded to rack up 4 tries in the first half. Sac State incurred a number of early penalties related to entering tackles from the side. There was an obvious gap in their understanding of the gate. It took a quick chat with the coach during the match, then a few minutes of instruction at half time to square that away. Sac State rallied in the second half, drawing to within a try before Santa Cruz got reorganized and pulled ahead.

 

Date: 02/14/2015

Sonoma State 62 – Humboldt State 12

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Awesome display of tackling & rucking by Sonoma State. I don’t think they missed a tackle. Their #8 & outside center had some great runs, but it was a team effort. Humboldt State came back from being down 43-0 at half to score 2 tries to Sonoma State’s 3 in the 2nd half. Good crowd support on a very warm V Day.

 

Date: 02/14/2015

St. Mary’s College 54 – Santa Clara 5

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

The score at the half was 54-5 to for Saint Mary’s. The second half saw a complete team change, and referee, as the Saint Mary’s 2nd side needed to have a run; San Jose Seahawks were scheduled to play the B’s but we’re not available.

 

Date: 02/14/2015

St. Mary’s College B 41 – San Jose Seahawks 5

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

What a field at St Mary’s, in the stadium! The scoreboard keeps track of tries and conversions. The field is luscious! The day was about 75 degrees warm, to boot, so it was a glorious day on Saturday at St Mary’s. Except for one thing. I was supposed to ref St. Marys B side against the Seahawks 1st Side, but San Jose called the St Mary’s coach shortly before before game time and said they were not coming. Tim O’Brien, St Mary’s coach, decided to play his B side in the second half of the first side game, to get everyone a run, at least. The first side game was about 40-7, so Tim thought it would be ok.

Paul Bretz was the first side ref. Tim talked me into reffing the second half and Paul graciously allowed me to take his second half.

So the game was fun. The students played well. They were gentlemen, coached well! Watching Paul Bretz was a highlight for me. Dealing with great coaches, the best ref in Nor Cal and in such a nice facility, it was kind of a dream rugby day for me. One scrumhalf and a starting prop were products of my and my son’s high school program and therefore, were friends of mine. Good to see them playing well at a pretty high level.

 

Date: 02/14/2015

UC Davis 67 – UCSC 6

Referee: Sandhill, Peter

 

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Date: 02/14/2015

UC Davis B 73 – UCSC B 0

Referee: Hosley, David

 

Overmatched team for UCSC but they played hard to the end on a very warm day. No discipline problems.

 

 

This Week’s Photo

A fine looking group of officials from PRP week 2 at SFGG.

L-R: Kat Todd, Pelicus Ex Selan, Phil Akroyd, George O’Neil, Ron DeCausemaker, Preston Gordon

PRP Match Officials

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

Rainy Days

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Rainy Days

 

“In winter, when the dismal rain

Comes down in slanting lines,

And Wind, that grand old harper, smote

His thunder-harp of pines.”

-Alexander Smith

 

Rain has finally returned to Pelicanland, albeit briefly, and the parched earth greedily drank up the deluge.   Not everyone was fully prepared as there were a number of matches washed away that will need to be made up later in the season, but the sound of rain on windows was a fine one to hear after our record breaking January where no measurable precipitation fell in much of Northern California.   I wouldn’t get used to it, though, as the forecast calls for a return to our warm, dry pattern. To break this weather pattern I would suggest we all sacrifice to the Weather Priestess so she will send us more rain.   Tonight I plan to sacrifice a chicken. Specifically, roasted chicken breast covered with a pesto and prosciutto cream sauce garnished with chopped tomatoes served with a light, dry chardonnay. I hope it is acceptable.

 

Why Hello, Sailor! Yes, I Am Available.

 

This weekend will see few games as most everyone is off to Vegas for the Las Vegas 7s and the Las Vegas Invitational (ably and stylishly brought to you by Jon Hinkin and a madcap cast of characters who are constantly getting into zany situations only to be saved by a combination of brains, luck and pure chutzpah). That doesn’t mean that we won’t have games the following week, though.   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 this week’s installment of “Ask A Pelican”, the widely loved Q and A session with Hail Pelicus.   This week’s question comes courtesy of a Concerned Referee of East Los Gatos, CA , who asks:

 

“With the expected turnover within a club and all of the new leagues and organizations we support the contact information on pelicanrefs.com is not always up to date. How can I contact a team if I don’t have the correct contact details?”

 

That is a good question and as a referee I share your concern.   Along with club turnover – especially at the university level – teams do not always submit the current contact details to Our Scott Wood to be updated on the pelicanrefc.com contacts page.   If that happens and you have trouble contacting the home team, try the visitors – they will probably know when and where the game is.   Another resource is if the specific competition is not run by NCRFU, such as the PRP or the Pacific Western Rugby Conference, try the organizing competition’s website. Another good reference is the USA Rugby roster page as that will list a primary contact. Failing all that try finding out who refereed these teams the previous weeks and ask them.   Failing that all I can suggest is reading the signs in some chicken entrails. You should have plenty on hand after sacrificing to the Weather Priestess as suggested in the first part of this newsletter.

 

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)

 

On To The Game Reports!

 

Date: 02/07/2015

California 9 – UBC 17

Referee: Carney, Mark

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:   You can read all about it here: http://www.rugbytoday.com/college/cal-falls-ubc

 

Date: 02/07/2015

SFGG PRP 22 – Denver PRP 20

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

In Week 2 of the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP), defending champion SFGG hosted the always tough Denver Barbarians. This was a physical slugfest on a waterlogged field with frequent handling errors by both teams. Denver displayed intelligent kicking in open play, whereas SFGG mostly tried to run their backs out wide. Denver led 13-7 at the break and 20-15 with just a few minutes remaining before SFGG scored the winning try thanks to a lucky bounce near the try-line. SFGG won the final try count, 3-2. Denver will feel unlucky to have not won, but SFGG may feel the same having squandered several tries with unforced errors. Much thanks to George O’Neil (subbing for Preston Gordon) and Ron DeCausemaker for their work as AR’s.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Aptos 17 – South Valley 19

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

South Valley were shorthanded for their trip to Aptos due to a wedding (who does an outside wedding on a February Saturday, during rugby season?). With players rolling up just 15 minutes before the KO, meanwhile Aptos had been getting ready with their drills. The field wasn’t great but not in bad shape, considering the rain (which held off for the game).

 

Aptos have some athletic forwards and some fast backs, South Valley have a bunch of ball carrying forwards and more rugby experience, this was the difference between the teams. Some of the South Valley backs looked as though they’d drop easily into the front row, but they displayed deceptive pace and field awareness that meant they only allowed one break away from the faster Aptos players.

 

South Valley play a pragmatic game, kicking for position and then mostly bringing big runners around the corner, when they want to move wider, their half back has a good enough pass to create space. Aptos defended well but fell into the trap of trying to run from their own end against a well organized defense.

 

Aptos will look at this game and think that they could (perhaps should) have won, some experience will make all the difference.

 

Both sides had a healthy turnout at the social which was well planned.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Baracus 0 – Berkeley 0

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

SF Park & Rec closed Sunset Field b/c of rain and gave Baracus a slot at a turf field at Garfield Square;, too bad Garfield was a half a pitch, suitable perhaps for U-8 soccer, but not rugby. The game was postponed until a later date.

 

Monday night O’Dowd bested Berkeley 24-19 in a match where both teams tried to do too many thing beyond their experience level and skill at a frenetic pace when a nice deep breath would have helped both teams.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Cal Women 26 – Stanford Women 27

Referee: Sandhill, Peter

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Date: 02/07/2015

Chico State Women 0 – UC Davis Women 0

Referee: Cousillas, Eduardo

 

I got there at 9.30 and waited until 10.00.   When I figured out that there was nobody there I called the contact numbers that are showed in the assignments web for Chico St and UC Davis women and men. After calling 6 different people without an answer and waiting one hour I had hound in Chico St women’s Facebook that they have cancelled the game for the weather prediction.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

EPA Bulldogs 12 – Sacramento Lions 29

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

After threading my way through the sequence of drivers who were unable to safely traverse highway 17 in rain, and their accompanying CHP cars and tow trucks, I arrived in East Palo Alto to find a pitch in remarkably good condition given the rain.   The Bulldogs opened the scoring ten minutes in, stealing the ball from a maul, and spinning it wide.   The Lions got their noses in front briefly with a converted try, before conceding a penalty close in which the Bulldogs bludgeoned in from close range for the score.

 

The Lions held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half, as intermittent downpours and an increasingly slick playing surface became features of the game. The best of Sacramento’s four second half tries began with them under serious pressure inside their own 22. Winning their put in, the ball went to the standoff, who was taken out late after his kick upfield. The Lions took the penalty quickly from where the ball had landed just inside the Bulldogs half, and chipped the defenders. The ball bounced deep in the Bulldogs 22, just inside the right touchline, and was gathered by a scampering Lions back who dotted down in the corner despite the close attentions of two covering Bulldogs tacklers.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Google 47 – Silicon Valley 5

Referee: Wood, Scott

 

The gods and I have an agreement that they won’t rain on my games. And thus it was so. I arrived at the Googleplex field, complete with confounding lines and towering posts, to a light sprinkle which turned into a moderate rain. Boots checked, front rows spoken with. Still raining. Time for kick off, check with captains, start watch, rain stops, whistle sounded to begin the match.

 

Both teams are new this year and while each team has players of varying experience, Google clearly had the dominant athletes. Nonetheless, this is D3 where ball-handling and tackle problems persist. Possession went back and forth before Google scored a converted try at 9’. This was followed up shortly thereafter by a second converted try and an unconverted try before Silicon Valley was able to form an adequate attack scoring an unconverted try (19-5). Penalties started to become repetitive so each team captain was eventually told they were on double-secret probation. Google scored two more tries to close the half leading 33-5.

 

Despite the wet ball, the second half had more action as Google was able to use its backline to exploit gaps in Silicon Valley’s defense. Google was awarded a penalty try at 8′ and a subsequent power play try nine minutes late. Silicon Valley mounted several attacks including one that got within two meters of the goal line, all for naught. Eventually, the clock wound down with Google under pressure as the final seconds ticked by.

 

Kudos to both teams for a well-spirited match played with positive sportsmanship.

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Humboldt 5 – Napa Valley 54

Referee: Hughes, Paul

 

Paul Hughes rom Napa refereed in an unfortunate but too common a situation without a referee available to cover the match.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Life West 58 – Diablo 0

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Some rain in Hayward before and during the game, but the temperature was still in the 60’s, and not much wind.

 

No score in the first 15 minutes of the game, but 3 penalties on both side, lots of slow balls because of players not rolling away. Both teams were asked to facilitate ball recycling by rolling away faster. At the 15th minute, Life West scored their first try of the game, and score many more tries up to the very last play of this half. At the break, Life West leads 31 – 0, scoring 5 tries.

 

The second half was very similar to the first one. Life west dominating the play (scoring 5 tries).

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Life West B 55 – Diablo B 0

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Track meet on a beautify Cal State East Bay pitch set for soccer (ie. wide enough for Life to push it out to their speed) overlooking the bay.

Got good exercise trying to chase Life’s back & forwards on their 9 tries–none shorter than about 50 meters out & none by any creative forward play even though they let a forward or 2 score.

Equally good party at the Life campus, which I had a feeling would be good & asked to be assigned there.

Gaels tried & almost scored on a maul but were probably worn down by all the running & tackles they had to make.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Life West Women 50 – San Jose Women 7

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Some great individual play by Life’s new women’s team. Big hooker took the ball up, over & around Seahawk defenders; while Life’s flyhalf orchestrating nice distribution out to back field which outclassed San Jose’s led by their inside center, fullback & real quick winger.

Give San Jose credit for hanging on the entire 80 minutes, scoring a converted try towards the end of the match; & playing a woman short when one of their 15 came off from an injury with plenty of time to go in the 2nd half.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Olympic Club B 41 – Olympic Club Old Boys 36

Referee: Bailey, Andrew

 

There was no Santa Monica B side. It was the O club B side vs the O club old boys team. The old boys lost 36-41.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Olympic Club PRP 19 – Santa Monica PRP 41

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Redwood Empire 27 – SF Fog 31

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

The storm clouds parted and we had a beautiful rugby day at For Pete’s Sake before the rain started again (good, because my high school game was cancelled the night before). Redwood had to play short the entire game, sometimes with 12 players and sometimes with 13 ( and for 10 minutes, 11). They were good anyway.

They scored first at the 3 minute mark when their wing went wide for a 60 meter try. The Fog came back with two converted tries at the 10 and 13 minute marks, Redwood scored again, so we had a close game the whole time. It was 21-17, the Fog, at half. The second half was close too with both teams alternating scoring tries and down to the last play of the game, the winner was up in the air. Fog won 31-27, everyone had a great rugby day plus a great social afterwords, at the field, thanks Redwood!!!

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Reno 38 – Marin 12

Referee: Wilkening, Russ

 

Fitness and a better organized offensive gameplan led to a Reno win on a warm (for Reno in February) and wet day in the town of Fernley, Nevada. When the fields are wet, Reno is sent out to Fernley to play their away fixtures.

Reno would hit the gainline to passes sent out flat by their scrumhalf, with big bodies making big gains from all over the pitch. Marin played hard and used a push defense to negate many of these runs but gaps were found. Marin was more flat footed on attack, often taking the ball many meters behind the gainline. The scrums started messy, but improved considerably as the match progressed.

 

There was a tip tackle 11 minutes in where two Reno defenders tried to make the a same tackle. A yellow card was given to the primary tackler. The game was a bit chirpy at times, but overall, it was played in a good spirit. A red card was shown late in the match for unsavory language directed at the referee.

 

The social was one of the better seen in a while. Songs were sung, much alcohol was consumed, and old acquaintances were renewed, with stories growing larger and more glorified with the retelling. There was no boat race, however.  That seems to be a dying part of our great game.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Sacramento Blackhawks 26 – Sacramento Capitals 27

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

Annual grudge match between two competitive teams at Florin Reservoir. Usually the water is underground in storage tanks, but this time most of it was at or just below the playing surface. And yet the first scrum was 12 minutes into the game, and for an unplayable ball. Strange.

 

The game started out well for the Blackhawks, who burst through for an early try. After that, it was all the other way — the Caps just seemed a bit more engaged. Their set-piece was stronger, and they had an advantage out wide, and methodically worked 4 tries throughout the half. At the stroke of halftime, the hosts squeaked one over against the run of play, to leave it 24-14 at the half.

 

Second half came, and within 5 minutes the match turned upside down. Loose ball from the Capitals was seized upon by the Blackhawks not once, but twice, including a hook-slide try by Jake Wrobel through the goalpost puddle. Waves crashed all the way over to the sideline. Well, almost. And before you knew it, it was 26-24 and the hosts were in front.

 

And that was nearly that. 2 yellow cards to the Capitals (one for repeat infringement, one for a high tackle) put them at a disadvantage, but they still hung in there, and even squeezed a penalty out after 26 minutes. And for all the fact that we had 50 points in 44 minutes, only 3 were scored in the last 36, and the whistle went to close out a game where all 30 left it out on the field. I was pretty tired too.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

San Jose 15 – Santa Rosa 42

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

At half time the score was tied 10-10 with a Santa Rosa player in the bin for repeated team infractions. 40 minutes latter final is 42-15 to the visitors. Fitness and using the wind more effectively were the keys to Santa Rosa’s victory.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

SF State 15 – San Jose State 40

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Saturday under the lights at the Google field saw San Francisco St host San Jose St in a game that was actually physically closer to the visitors.   Rumor has it that SF State had planned to use Boxer Stadium in Balboa Park until the weather said otherwise. Pity.   I have some fond memories playing in that stadium back in the Golden Age of Northern California Rugby (defined as when I was playing) and the old girl had even hosted USA international matches, but my triumphant return was to be delayed yet again.   That being said, I was excited to see this new field at Google that I have been hearing so much about.   I arrived to see the end of a hotly contested U19 match and it is a sign of a) my age and b) the growth of rugby in the area that I knew and had played with coaches and supporters on both sides.

 

The field itself is interesting with the expected mishmash of lines everywhere that you get with turf fields.   The 22 and a try lines were marked out with a disappearing chalk that had performed valiantly over a full, wet day of rugby but was just barely hanging on.   To complete the image we have the goalposts: very impressive at regulation height and width – not just some PVC taped to a soccer goal – and with the Google pads proudly displayed. It’s a shame they are 3 meters behind the dead ball line.

 

Oh well, both sides were the same and both teams played with the same conditions.   Let’s play some rugby here, ok?   San Jose St were looking to bounce back from a heavy loss the previous week and took no prisoners. They had a size and speed advantage and they used it to the tune of 3 tries to 1 in the first half.   All conversions were made bar one from San Jose St to give us a score of 19-7.   That first half scoreline flattered the Spartans somewhat, however, as SF State had their chances but just couldn’t find the final pass to score.   They were able to score their lone try while up a man after SJSU gave up a penalty 5 meters from their goal line and a Spartan flanker decided to kick the ball away to prevent SF St from playing it.   Hello, Mr Yellow Card, nice to see you.   The tackling was hard and both sides went at it with abandon.   The hooker and captain for SF State is someone to keep an eye on. He is a strong player and a strong leader, demonstrated by the very emphatic request to his teammates to not talk back to the referee after every decision (much appreciated).   And they complied (also much appreciated).   For the most part (still working on it).

 

The second half was a very similar affair, with San Jose St getting 3 tries to San Francisco St’s 1 with the added flavor of a SF St penalty kick.   Towards the end of the match SJSU’s size and speed started to tell and they were running through and around a visibly tiring defense.   A good effort from both sides but San Jose was the better team on the day.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

SF State B 0 – San Jose State B 0

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

Despite awarding a penalty 15 meters out directly in front of the post at full time and confirming twice with the scrumhalf that he didn’t want to go for points, I was able to salvage the tie.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:   Isn’t a 0-0 tie double jeopardy?

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Sierra College 22 – Humboldt State 0

Referee: Hosley, David

 

Match was played at Lincoln High School, and in my e-mail contact with Sierra’s coach he said venue is no longer Sierra College as in the assignment. Both sides had numerous new players, so I did more explanation of penalties than I would for more experienced sides and at one point demonstrated what I expected from the hookers so we could have proper scrums.

 

I asked the Sierra coach prior to the match who the field monitors were, and he didn’t seem to know that was a requirement. However, there were four EMT’s present and fans were all in the stands or well away from field, so I let it go. The match was played on a marked football field, so coaches and touch judges reviewed together where in-goal was. Also at start of match I had touch judges step off five yards in for line-outs. They did the same thing for the respective first line outs of second half.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Solano JC 10 – CSUMB 48

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

This match was played at Solano on its v nice grass field. Solano is its first year of league play. Monterey Bay, coming off a tough game against USF, sorted it for this one.

 

Speaking of sorting things out, the second half was much better played by both teams-better tackling, and good and repeated multiple phase offense. Quieter sidelines helped. The noted exception was a bellowed ”Coming in from the side!” When I looked quizzically over to the source, there was a young man, sitting in a chair. In response to my raised eyebrow, the fellow said, “I was the captain in the first half-and you said captains could talk to the ref.” I guess so.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

St. Mary’s College Women 26 – Santa Clara Women 60

Referee: Noonan, Michael

 

The weather service indicated rain, however we were lucky and for the most part, the game was played in very pleasant conditions. Both teams were well prepared, field was in good shape and the teams were warming up as I approached the pitch.   As we kicked off, both teams showed great enthusiasm for the game, and played within the spirit of the laws. SMC did not have the experience of SC, particularly in the scrums but played well overall. The SC backs were very strong and as long as the ball went out to their backline, they were able to move the ball well. SMC had one winger who had incredible pace and when the ball got to her, she scored. A very fluid game, that was very enjoyable to be part of.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

Stanford B 22 – UC Davis B 20

Referee: Simko, Paul

 

Very exciting match played in the heavy downpour with bouts of sun leading to a full rainbow running the length of the field at the start of the second half. While Davis had 4 unconverted tries, Stanford’s kicking was the difference with 2 converted tries, 1 unconverted try, and a 43 meter kick (to the goal line between the 5 and 15 meter line).

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

UC Santa Cruz 19 – Chico State 43

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

The game was moved to San Jose due to the rain. Chico St was the stronger and more athletic team. They jumped out to an early lead. They lost their captain to a cut over his eye and the team lost a little shape and drive. Santa Cruz got it as close as 27-19, but Chico St reasserted themselves and pulled away for the convincing 43-19 victory.

 

 

Date: 02/07/2015

USF 21 – Sonoma State 41

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

First half was very close with Sonoma getting a try in the last few mins to pull ahead by 2 points. Both teams had handling errors that prevented continuous play but both teams had low penalty counts. In the second half, USF let Sonoma run three quick tries within 10 minutes and couldn’t catch up.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2015

Santa Clara Women 63 – CSUMB Women 0

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

A friendly match played in good spirits despite the rain.

 

 

This Week’s Photo

Our Scott Wood is wondering whether he left his front door unlocked.

Scott Wood Thinking Hard

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

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.

 

 

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