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The Most Significant Game Of The Year

HAIL PELICUS!

 

The Most Significant Game Of The Year

 

Ave Maria!

The Most Significant Game Of The Year in American rugby took place in Moraga last Saturday when St Mary’s took on and conquered Cal. The previous statement is not hyperbole and in fact may be a bit understated – this may have been the most significant game of the Decade. This game did not decide any championship. This game did not count towards any league standings and was, in fact, a “friendly” as if there was anything friendly about the contest. Respect, yes – tons of it. I would not be surprised if many of the participants were friends before the match or will become friends later on, but on the day and on the field this was a hard hitting game of rugby whose quality the USA has not produced very often at any level. But why is this match so significant? Cal, for all its years of dominance, has lost domestic games before and recently as well. BYU has been a thorn in their side pushing the Golden Bears and taking last year’s Varsity Cup with a thrilling finish. Stanford had a memorable win in the 90s in league play and Cal Poly beat Cal in SLO last year. This is, in fact, not the first time St Mary’s has beaten Cal. Why, again, is this single match The Most Significant Game Of The Year?

 

Because BYU is a regional power that draws on a completely separate pool of players. Because Stanford lost to Cal in the National Championship that year and Cal Poly was swept aside this year when the two programs met. As impressive as those wins were they were one-off wins and the respective teams have not threatened since. St Mary’s operates in Cal’s back yard and competes for the same players. St Mary’s has been playing Cal very close for some time now (this is in fact their second win in three years) with multiple undergrad classes cycling through and no, indeed, they did not nip them at the finish with a last minute play, but handled them from the start, getting out to a 21-3 lead and winning 55-31. This is not a fluke nor is this a case where Cal has dropped their level, but where the Gaels have risen and THAT is what is so significant.

 

For too many years Cal was the unbeatable, untouchable champion that nobody could compete with because they had the most money, the best players, the refs favored them, *insert excuse here*… but now a challenger has risen up and vanquished the eternal champion, not like Bard with his lucky arrow killing Smaug with a million to one shot (because as we all know and Terry Pratchett verified, the million to one shot comes up 9 times out of 10), but with a solid foundation built up over years. A program designed to play good, solid, fundamental and exciting rugby. This is a team that can face down Cal on their own terms and not be intimidated.

 

Cal built their legacy with years of tradition, university and alumni support, excellent coaching and a steady stream of dedicated players who bought into the program. They will not go away and I fully expect them to be better next year than they are this year.

 

St Mary’s have built their team with years of tradition, university and alumni support, excellent coaching and a steady stream of dedicated players who bought into the

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program. They will not go away and I fully expect them to be better next year than they are this year.

 

This is gonna be fun.

 

A league that is dominated by one team is unhealthy and I bet that if you ask Cal’s alumni, players and coaches they will agree. Competition is a good thing and not only will St Mary’s benefit from this win but Cal will too, knowing that they now need to raise their game. Coaches Jack Clark and Tim O’Brien are too smart to not use this as a learning and motivational tool and now other programs around Pelicanland as well as the rest of the country can take note, realizing that there is a path to the promised land and St Mary’s showed them the way. These programs will get better and produce better players and that will in turn raise the level of club rugby and, by extension, all rugby in the US, including the Eagles.

 

And it all came together on one perfect, sunny afternoon for the Most Significant Game Of The Year.

 

And now on to the games…

 

Please remember when filling out your match reports on assignr, IF YOU ARE NOT THE REFEREE DO NOT CREATE A REPORT. The report section of assignr is for the match summaries that are below and if multiple people report a single game this gets confusing.

 

Date: 04/05/2014

St. Mary’s College 55 – Cal 31

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Thanks to Robert and Peter for being excellent ARs in the fast, entertaining example of college rugby. Saint Mary’s defense was too strong for Cal and forced the bears to kick. Several kicks were countered and led to exciting scores.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

St. Mary’s College B 17 – Cal B 36

Referee: Kenny, Stephen

 

The atmosphere for this match up was electric. Driving into Saint Mary’s College I quickly noticed this was going to be a showcase event. Cars were lined along the side of the road a mile in either direction of the campus. The A side match was a beauty, which saw the freelance play of SMC out gun the disciplined play of Cal. The speed with which these two college clubs play is unrivaled anywhere in California, and was on display in their second sides as well. Cal opened up the scoring with a 5-meter line out and drive, this would prove to set the tone for the remainder of the match. Cal took the lead and would not relinquish it for the rest of the match, closing out the first half with a four try advantage. The Cal pack were dominate in all set pieces and did well to contest or steal possession in the rucks. Saint Mary’s opportunistic play that was in pure form in the first match would show up late in the second half. A rare mishandling by a Cal back close to the half way line took a fortuitous bounce into the hands of a Saint Mary’s defender and like being shot from a gun he was away for the try. Saint Mary’s would run in two more scores much in the same fashion as the first, but Cal was up to the task running in two more of their own to disperse any chance of a comeback. Final score SMC 17 – Cal 36.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

SFGG PRP 41 – Belmont Shore 24

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

Sunny 65F degrees at Treasure Island for an important matchup between the 2nd and 3rd placed teams in the Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP). The 2013 Elite Cup champs beat the 2012 D1 national champs (from Long Beach) relatively easily, 6 tries to 3. The East Bay English All-Stars, Phil Ackroyd and Giles Wilson, did a nice job as AR’s.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Aptos 10 – Reno Zephyrs 37

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

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to thank the farmer for clearing the pasture we ran on that day. The first half was a special test of wills with good running, hitting and a couple clever kicks leaving the score even at half, 10 all. The second half maintained the same intensity, but the will was all Reno with the game ending 10-37 to the visitors.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Cal Poly 36 – Sacramento State 10

Referee: Crenshaw, Jim

 

Cal Poly led 12 to 10 at half, but 4 unanswered tries in the second sealed the win for them.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Cal Poly SLO B 20 – Sacramento State B 12

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

A very spirited match with Sac State not giving an inch to Cal Poly. It was a pretty day in SLO with a stiff cross wind coming up the valley. Cal Poly showed better rugby form with quick ball out of the tackles and rucks. Sac State had a couple of speedsters in their back line but weren’t able to utilize them much. Good ball control by Cal Poly and disciplined play ultimately gave them the advantage.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

California Women 69 – Oregon State Women 5

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

Cal 69 – Oregon State 5 (Half time: 31-0)

 

Oregon State were outmatched in this contest, with Cal running in five unanswered tries in the first half, and another six in the second, before Oregon State finally earned a reward for their determination and profited from Cal indiscipline, driving in a try a few minutes from the end of the match.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Chico 18 – Sacramento Blackhawks 33

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

Yet another stunning day for rugby!!!

 

Arriving at the field I found one of the “loudest” coaches during a Chico State game, in the middle of the pitch, refereeing a high school game…

Karma is a bitch they say…. lol, just a joke, Mitch, welcome to the boiler room! The only advice I have for you; ref the game not the “law-book”, and enjoy it. Remember 2 things though…., none of us will ever be bigger than the game…. and the best place to watch a game from, is the referee’s seat 😉

 

Black-hawks was first to pull blood, after a few very good and calculated runs from Chico, they turned it around and score under the sticks. Chico how ever, came right back and earned a penalty in front of the sticks.

Watching one of my Stockton kids who barely weigh 150lb,(don’t tell him, but I’m sure he thinks he weigh 280lb, 6’6”) and only start playing in his Junior year, still eating rugby, was a pleasant, and proud sight. Even the perfect, pulling defender, and pass to the outside to sent the oldest guy on the field in for an try, was any coaches proudest moment.

 

Half time score, 26-13, with the Black Hawks only leading by initiative and turn over balls. Chico was the strongest team, but could not convert their attacking moment in to real points. Despite the few yellow, 2 dangerous tackles, and 1 loose mouth, it was a decent, but hard game.

 

Saying of the day how ever, came from Chico’s captain. After a youngster tried to make his voice hurt and explain how it should be, he replied, “son, you are not playing this game long enough to have a say on this field, look where it got our no 12?!”

 

Eish 😉

 

Thanks boys, and good luck for the last bit of the season.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Chico State 57 – SF State 8

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

It was a beautiful sunny day at Chico St. Field conditions were good, the previous rains hadn’t destroyed the field. Chico ran away with this one. Bigger, faster players with more ball control is hard to beat. Credit to SF State, they were winning the second half 8-0 for quite a bit. They had some nice line breaks throughout the match but ultimately couldn’t put the finishing touch down.

B-side saw SF borrow a couple CS players for 20 minute halves were Chico St won 17-12.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Chico State Women 38 – University of Oregon Women 12

Referee: Levitan, Tony

 

As the final match on a beautiful day at Stanford’s magnificent rugby complex, we all looked forward to a competitive, hard-charging outing. Unfortunately, that description fit only the Chico State Women’s side as the completely outplayed Oregon, dominating in every aspect of play. The drubbing saw Chico State dot down 6 tries, 4 converted to Oregon’s 2, 1 converted.

 

Wholesale substitution in the last 20 minutes made for a sloppy end to what had been a reasonable run. Nonetheless, the Oregon women hung in and played with determination and grit and should be complemented for that.

 

Great thanks to my ARs, Neil MacDonald (our reliable RIC for the weekend) and Jordan Bruno.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

EPA Razorbacks 54 – San Jose Seahawks 19

Referee: Tiatia, Nome

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Fresno State 17 – San Jose State 19

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

It was a beautiful day for rugby and both teams were at the pitch early. The game started off a few minutes late due to this pelican forgetting he did not put his boots in his bag. Yeah, it happens.

 

At kick off Fresno State received the ball and kept it through numerous phases until knocking it on in the fifth minute. It was obvious that the teams were evenly matched and great tackling and hard hitting were in order. Fresno controlled the ball early, resulting in a converted try in the 7th minute, but San Jose State responded

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very quickly with a converted try of their own less than two minutes later. Each team added on more unconverted try each in the first half, San Jose in the 16th minute and Fresno in the 24th. Halftime Score: Fresno State 12 – San Jose State 12.

 

The second half was just as close. In the scrums, the ball would literally be won, lost and then won again on each other’s put ins. In the line outs, each team stole the others throw as much as they won their own. It was a really even game.

 

Both teams each put one try onto the board in the second half, however, San Jose was able to convert theirs. With a two point game, the little things proved important.

 

Fresno State went down to 14 men due to a red card to one of the wingers for 10.4(j) in the 66th minute, but San Jose decided to equal the playing field when their #6 decided to intentionally introduce his elbow to Fresno’s #9 face, 10.4(a), one the bottom of a ruck in full view of the referee. This gave Fresno a penalty at the 15 meter line with one minute to play and down by two points. After tapping the ball and then receiving another penalty, they ended up giving the ball away on a double movement in an attempt to cross the line (it was actually more of a triple movement). San Jose kicked the ball out of bounds and preserved the win.

Final Score: Fresno State 17 – San Jose State 19.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Life West 82 – Colusa 12

Referee: Leisek, Joe

 

Life West continued its dominance of the league with an impressive display of forward power and a backline that ran rampant at times. The host Gladiators scored several breakaway tries from broken play and also from opportunities they created for themselves, with artful offloads and constant support. They are a cohesive blend of size and speed. To their credit, Colusa is a good team that stuck to their game plan. They scored two tries on the day, the second of which came after several impressive, well organized pick-and-drives from the forwards. Thanks to Life West’s Brett Frazer for his helpful work as touch judge.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Marin 17 – Berkeley 26

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

 

This was the best played match I have refereed this season. It was an ”all in” game. These two light heavyweight sides in a fine exhibition of skill and sportsmanship slugged it out for 80 minutes.

 

Marin leads at half 17-12. With about 5 minutes left, Berkeley is in front 19-17. A nice clearing kick takes a favorable bounce, Berkeley gathers it in, scores-and Bob is your uncle.

 

B Match. Berkeley wins 17-10.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Marin B – Berkeley B

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

 

I included a brief B side game report with my A side report.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Olympic Club Alumni 48 – Olympic Club B 12

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

With both the OC Alumni and OC 2nd side looking for games with their presumed opponents crying off they decided to play each other.

 

The alumni were sharper in thought and deed, after giving up an early try to wake themselves up.

 

At half time it was 24 – 5 and the second half was almost identical 24 – 7 for a final of 48 – 12.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Olympic Club B 0 – Santa Rosa JC 0

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

SR JC & SFGG old boys cancelled. OC alumni played OC Bs

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Sacramento Amazons 62 – SFGG Women 17

Referee: Baker, Eugene

 

Beautiful, sunny day with gentle breezes on a pitch that was still damp from rains earlier this week but still firm enough for several breakaway tries – Most of them coming from former Women’s Eagle Nana Faavesi, as the hosts dominated the match from beginning to end.

 

The Amazons kept cycling the ball through their front eight, especially several Green siblings and cousins and #8 Angela Veevalu, pounding away and keeping the ball on the SFGG side of the field almost the entire first half.

 

The home team scored off their first possession of the match and never let up, racing out to a 45-12 halftime lead.

 

Despite the sizeable deficit at the break, SFGG never quit and regrouped to play a more sound second half.

 

The final score was nearly the reversal of the meeting two months ago, leaving me eagerly awaiting a potential knockout match between these two for playoffs.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Sacramento Lions 19 – EPA Bulldogs 16

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

Hard fought game between two strong teams. Lots of pressure at the breakdown led to turnovers in both directions, as well as a lively time for the ref!

 

In the end, a close game that could have gone either way.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Sacramento Lions B 0 – EPA Bulldogs B 0

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

San Jose Seahawks Women 14 – Berkeley All Blues 5

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

Saturday brought good weather in San Jose for the match. The pitch was a bit narrow, and the turf was little patchy and weedy, but it was in good shape. Berkeley’s scrum was dominant from the start, putting San Jose under pressure. However, some imprecision in the back line never allowed them to take advantage. San Jose was able to orchestrate two long tries from their backs and took a 14-0 lead into the half. Things got worse for Berkeley in the second half as their light numbers resulted in them being down to 13 players at one point as they couldn’t replace 2 injured backs. However, they were able to keep the pressure on San Jose. One of their players was able to return and then San Jose received a yellow card after repeated infractions. Down to 14 for both sides for most of the remainder of the match, Berkeley finally earned some reward for their grit. Appropriately, they scored through their forwards, as their #2 picked up the ball off of a ruck and went to the uncovered wide side to collect the try.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

SF Fog 20 – Mendocino 19

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

This was a pretty evenly-matched game, with the Fog scoring 10 points in each half (1 try + conversion and 1 penalty; 2 unconverted tries) and looking the better team in the first half. Mendocino managed to score 3 tries in the second half, but only converting 2 of them, leaving them one point adrift.

 

The Mendo guys had a GoPro camera mounted to a head strap that they talked me into wearing. It was an interesting experience to have it bouncing around on top of my head, but I’m looking forward to seeing the video when it appears on YouTube soon.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

SFGG 35 – Santa Rosa 48

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

It was great to be back home after a trip back to England. While the reffing at RFU Level 5 was challenging and rewarding, I am a fan of warm sunny weather and dry grassy pitches. That’s exactly what I got on Saturday at the GAA field at Treasure Island. The sun was out, a light breeze blowing

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off the bay and temps in the 60s.

 

Golden Gate scored in the first minute or two and I thought that the rout was on. Neither team had any league standings up for grabs, so I was worried that two uninterested teams would play out a formality. Not true.

 

We had 83 points, about six lead changes, a competition at the tackle and some great attacking play. I’ll leave out the fact that neither team wanted to play defense, and the tackling resembled flag rugby at times.

 

However, it was a lot of fun and the players seemed to enjoy the flowing game. A little bit of foul play here and there added to the spice, but Rosa walked away with a narrow victory, partly as a result of their technically brilliant scrummaging.

 

After that game, it was off to Ray Sheeran field to A/R for the PRP game, which wasn’t quite as fun in comparison, due to the fact that it was pretty one-sided.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

SFGG B 55 – Santa Rosa B 62

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Rugby ref trifecta: AR’d & reffed exciting back & forth matches will some great back moves & tons of tries; plus great food hosted by SFGG on top of their 25th celebration seeing some old faces including on the video Dr. Carter reffing the GG Tourny Final b/w SF & GG. And the weather & free beer didn’t suck

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

UC Davis Women 5 – Washington St Women 22

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

The D1 Women’s Collegiate Playoff tournament kicked off with West #4 UC Davis vs. North #1 Washington State. This game was one of the closest matches of the day, with some excellent rugby from both teams. Wazzu just had a bit more aggression in the open field. Though Davis’s scrum was stronger, they kept losing their hook. WSU scored mostly off of breakaways once they got through the line. Davis had some opportunities at the goal line, but was only able to convert once.

Huge thanks to Tony Levitan and Jordan Bruno for ARing that early game.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

UC Santa Barbara 31 – Santa Clara University 32

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

UC Santa Cruz 32 – UN Reno 39

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Both teams were very close during the whole game. Two tries on each side, and one penalty kick for Reno at the end of the first half, to take the lead 15-14 at the break.

Santa Cruz took the lead back at the beginning of the second half, with a penalty kick at the 6th minute, but Reno scored a converted try 5 minutes later. An other penalty kick from UCSC to make it 20-22 after 18 minutes in the second half. Reno then scored two other tries against one for UCSC, and an 11 point lead. 9 minutes from the end, they score a penalty kick to take an important 14 point lead. UCSC scored a converted try at the 34th minute, coming back to 7 points, and leaving them hope. They pushed to score a try, but they lost the ball two minutes before the end. Reno kept the ball for those two minutes, before kicking it out as soon as time was off, to advance to the next bracket.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Vacaville 49 – Baracus 15

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

Great weather, hard fought match that was closer than the scoreline reflected.

 

Vacaville had excellent ball control and support at the breakdown which set an excellent attacking platform, especially in the first half.

 

Second half was a bit more balanced, Baracus never gave up.

 

Players listened well, low penalty count, great day of rugby.

 

 

Date: 04/05/2014

Vacaville B 32 – Baracus B 28

Referee: Johnson, Lee

 

Following a 90 minute drive somewhat disappointed to be advised that due to low numbers the B game will 10’s with two 15 minute half’s with uncontested scrums. This was more like a training game and didn’t really need to have a referee assigned to it.

Due to other commitments, I’m now not available again this season. This game aside I have really enjoyed my first season in Pelican Land, and I’m looking forward to the annual social, when I get to meet more of you and then into next season with renewed vigor.

 

 

Date: 04/06/2014

UC Davis 78 – Oregon State 0

Referee: Levitan, Tony

 

Kicking off Day 2 at Stanford with a consolation game (“loser” seems too harsh for the aura of the West Coast…) matching UC Davis and Oregon State. At the end of this contest, it was hard to imagine anyone associated with UC Davis’ Women’s Rugby Club not wanting a re-do on their Saturday opening match loss to Washington State. The Aggies played with such precision and flair – especially in the backs where they executed moves that would invoke envy from a Super 12 series backline – that we all could only watch in admiration. Unfortunately, the incredibly game Oregon State team seemingly adopted a similar view towards the game as they played as if they too were in awe of their opposition.

 

UC Davis tallied 8 tries, 2 converted in the opening half and then tacked on an additional 6 tries, 2 converted in the second half. Though whitewashed on the scoreboard, I have to express my admiration for the Beavers squad who fought til the last whistle; AR Neil MacDonald noting their determination to cover across the pitch to bundle a UC Davis runner into touch just a couple meters from another try. One can only hope that this squad will be handsomely rewarded for their positive attitude and never-say-die drive in the near future, if not on the rugby pitch then for the individual players in their post-graduation professional endeavors.

 

Once again, thanks and appreciation to Neil and Jordan Bruno for their strong AR support. What a delight to know that someone out there has your back…

 

 

Date: 04/06/2014

Washington State Women 13 – Cal Women 22

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

ARs: Jen Tetler, and Jordan Bruno.

 

A cracking match in glorious sunshine, with a converted try or less separating the teams until the 75th minute. Cal opened the scoring in the 4th minute, and then spent most of the first half pinned in their own half by Washington State, who tied it up in the 23rd. Cal hit back on the break with a converted score three minutes later, and soaked up the pressure to carry their 5-12 lead into half time. Washington State scored early in the second half to make it 10-12, before Cal extended their lead to 10-17. Cal lost a player to a sin bin for a dangerous tackle in the 14th minute of the second half, and a few minutes later, Washington State pulled it back to a four point game with a successful penalty. There the score remained with committed skillful rugby played by both sides until 5 minutes from time when Cal closed the game out with another score. Thanks to Noelle and Ireland and their teams for a cracking match, and to Jen and Jordan for ARing for the fourth time in two days.

 

 

Date: 04/06/2014

Stanford 55 – Chico 0

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

The winners of the last two games on Saturday faced each other on Sunday, and it ended up being the rivalry of Chico (who had beaten the Oregon Ducks) versus Stanford (who had beaten University of Washington). Chico had a ton of aggression and gave Stanford a great run for their money, however, they were no match for Stanford’s speed on the wing. Their winger scored the first three trys off of breakaway’s. The intensity of the game was manifested with some bickering leading to a yellow card for Stanford, followed by a red card for Chico when their player put her cleats to a Stanford player outside of play. Neither team let down their intensity, but Stanford still outscored Chico 55-0. Overall, a great weekend of rugby!

Huge thanks to AR’s Jordan Bruno and Neil MacDonald who stuck it out for a long day and a long game.

 

This Week’s Photo

Since nobody thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of the match with the referee in it…

St Mary’s on attack vs Cal (Photo courtesy of Michael Geib/rugbymag.com)

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Home of Champions

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Home of Champions

The Northern California Rugby Football Union has one again confirmed its status as the Home of Championship Rugby. Our regular entry, Cal, had (for them) an off year and fell all the way to #4 with a Varsity Cup finals loss to BYU, but up stepped St Marys with a reversal of last year’s D1 final to take the USA Rugby D1 college title. With a convincing win over Cal and a split of their series with BYU, coupled with a better aggregate score over common opponents, St Marys ends the year with rugbymag’s #1 ranking and it would be hard to argue against it. With the variety of college championships available USA Rugby has managed to reach their apparent goal of being as organized as NCAA football and having no true playoff and determining the best team in the collegiate landscape via committee. Well done, USARFU. Nice timing as well, for the NCAA is finally adopting a limited playoff structure and that would leave USA Rugby standing alone and the masters of confusing top level collegiate championships.

 

On the club side SFGG has continued their success at the top with a thrilling PRP victory over Glendale in their home stadium of Infinity Park. Congratulations to Mose Timoteo for another stellar season and a shout out to the portrait he has hanging in his attic.

 

More championships may still be on the way, however, as there is still some rugby to be played. For D3, Life West is in the final against Old Blue NY and they are looking to cap their inaugural season with a national title. It is good to see club rugby back in Hayward again.

 

The Sacramento Amazons are in the final of the Women D2 competition against the Pittsburg Angels and are looking to bring the first national championship of any kind to the Sacramento area – just in time for the USA Eagles v the Canadian Moose Excrements match on June 21.

 

Congratulations to St Marys and San Francisco Golden Gate.

 

Good luck to Life West and Amazons. Show the pretenders how California rugby is played.

 

This is where champions are born.

 

Big Things Are Coming – And By That I Mean Big Dinners: NCRRS Annual Banquet June 21
Jim Crenshaw needs to know who is coming to the banquet, if they are bringing a guest(s), and what they would like for dinner.

The choices are: New York Steak Chicken with a mushroom sauce Broiled Salmon Vegetarian The deadline for notification is June 4 We are having it at the Delta King in Old Sacramento. The bar opens at 6

and dinner is at 7.

Please send an email to Jim at crenshaw@cal.net with your food choices and how many guests you are bringing. All NCRRS members receive a free meal – guests cost $50.00.
More Big Things Are Coming – Serious Rugby Business

 

The NCRRS Nor Cal Summit On The Game will be (amazingly) held in conjunction with the USA Canada match and the NCRRS Society Banquet. This Summit is a forum for best practices and principals of Coaching, Refereeing and Administration to be discussed and presented on by some of our best local assets and resources and is designed to be tailored specifically to issues surrounding Northern California rugby.

 

The Summit begins on Friday evening, June 20th at 6:00PM and will run until 9:00pm and will start back up again on Saturday morning at 9:00AM and go until Noon, leaving plenty of time to socialize before the 3:00PM Match Kickoff.

 

The Summit will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento, which is right across the street from Cal Expo, where the test match is being played. It is also where the USA Eagles will be staying, and the source of all things rugby that weekend. As an added bonus, the first 75 people to register will also receive a FREE ticket to the USA vs. Canada Test Match on June 21st at the Cal Expo grounds (Sacramento Republic FC Stadium).

 

Three tracks of emphasis will be offered: Coaching, Refereeing, and Administrative. The agenda for each track is as follows (subject to change, dates and times of each presentation TBD):

Coaching:

  • Coaching the Kick – The Most Underrated Part of the Modern Game – TBD
  • The Game of Sevens – Strategy and Fitness Tips for Success – Steve Gray, former USA Eagle 7s
  • Coaching the Breakdown, Rucking Techniques Guaranteed to Succeed – Ben Parker
  • Coaching the Lineout in the Modern Game – Luke Gross, former USA Eagle
  • Top Tips for Coaching Front Row’s on the New Engagement Cadence – Mike MacDonald, former USA Eagle
  • Effectively Coaching Dynamic Running, Field Vision, and Decision Making – Matt Sherman– Former USA Eagle
  • The Game as Seen Through the Eyes of a Referee – A Referee’s Perspective for Coaches – Paul Bretz

Refereeing:

  • Concerns Specific to Youth – Dave Williamson
  • Reading the Game – Richard Every
  • Law Interpretation and Application – Paul Bretz
  • Managing the Scrum, Lineouts, and Restarts – Matt Eason
  • The Game as Seen Through the Eyes of a Coach – A Coaches Perspective for Referees – TBD

Administrative:

  • Fundraising at the Local Level – Best Practices for Local Implementation – Mark Carney
  • Transitioning, Recruiting and Developing Youth Players into a College or Club Setting – Olympic Club Model – Ray Lehner, former USA Eagle
  • Delegation of Responsibility at the Club Level – Steve Seifert
  • 501c3 – A How To Guide to the Complexities – Roy Brewer and Ray Thompson
  • Integration of All Local Levels of Rugby, Utilizing an Online Platform – SportNgin
  • Registration Made Easy – A One Stop Shop – SportNgin

Keynote Speaker:

On Friday night from 8pm to 9pm, we will have a Key Note Speaker of some significance to discuss their choice topic, of particular relevance to the game’s development in our region.

 

Last Call For 7s Referee Course

 

Summer 7s kicks off with a Level 1 referee training course on Saturday, June 7 at Gretchen Higgins School in Dixon. Enrollment is limited to 30 students. Directions and details: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e99fyywe170447fe&llr=kls74beab

On Sunday morning, June 8, beginning at 9 am, the Dixon Youth and High School tournament features referee coaches to help newly trained 7s refs advance to Level 2. Directions and details: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9ai77r73b68cd56&llr=kls74beab

 

And Now, On To The Games…

 

(Editors note: As you see in some reports below, if there is a playoff/tournament game listed as TDB and you don’t tell me who the teams are in the writeup, I will just make up team names. Get with the program, people.)

 

Senior Games in Palo Alto

Report by Bruce Bernstein

 

Palo Alto All Blacks & Bald Eagles met for the 2nd year in a row at Stanford’s rugby pitch Saturday for the Senior Games (over 50) Final. Many other over 50 year old athletes were there competing in other sports.

Really fun game enjoyed by players, fans & ref: Both teams played a relatively mistake & penalty free match with contested scrums limited to a one meter push.

The Bald Eagles started fast with their winger outracing the field only to knock the ball on in the try zone.

Palo Alto was ahead 4-2 tries at half when the Bald Eagles came back to tie it in the 2nd; only to have Old Blacks Dave Richards extend his body over the try line as time expired. Palo Alto 5 tries to 4 for Bald Eagles.

Great to see the old timers still out there like Mike Comstock, Moses, Bob Benson, Ofa & fellow Pelican Cary Bertolone; plus I saw & hung @ the Oasis with a few guys I played in Palo Alto with in the ’80’s (not sure how many years ago that was) including 2 that flew in from Portland & Austin.

 

Date: 05/09/2014

Penn State 58 – West Chester 0

Referee: Bruno, Jordan

 

Penn State was just too much for West Chester — stronger runners a bigger pack and better ball retention . PSU’s physical dominance will be a good matchup for Stanford’s open play in the national championship.

 

Yellow card to PSU lock for repeated early engages and to PSU prop again for a late professional foul. Other than these penalties, a great game to be a part of.

 

Date: 05/10/2014

Bowling Green 22 – Arizona 45

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

Arizona always looked like winning but Bowling Green kept it interesting.

 

 

Date: 05/10/2014

Cal State Northridge 15 – Indiana (PA) 10

Referee: Bryant, Lee

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 05/10/2014

Santa Rosa JC Women 17 – Santa Clara University Women 40

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

Wendy, but sunny, we kicked off at 10:00 am at For Pete’s Sake in Santa Rosa. Early on, SRJC seemed to be more in control, rucking well, and took the lead with a try at the 10 minute mark. At the 20 minute mark, Santa Clara went wide and scored. That worked, so they did it again 3 minutes later. That opened it up and they scored two more tries straight up the middle for a 28-5 halftime lead. The second half was played even and everyone had a good run with the final score 40-17, Santa Clara. BBQ and ice cream to finish it off. Great day!

 

 

Date: 05/10/2014

St. Mary’s College 21 – Life 6

Referee: Bruno, Jordan

 

A great game. Very evenly matched and a defensive struggle for the first half. Both teams played with discipline and pace, but St Mary’s got the upper hand with two yellow cards for repeated infringements at the breakdown. A very close game that could have gone to any team.

 

 

Date: 05/10/2014

St. Mary’s College 21 – Life 6

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

This year’s USA Rugby men’s college D1A national championship was an intense, physical chess-match played in front of a capacity crowd at Stanford. The game was played at a frantic pace, but both teams’ attacking efforts were stymied by brutal, relentless defense. Despite dominating territory and possession in the 1st half, Life only led 6-3 at the half. Soon after, SMC scored an opportunistic try to edge ahead 8-6, but neither offense could break through their opponents’ suffocating defensive wall. SMC added 2 late penalties to edge ahead 14-6 before scoring a quick-strike try at full-time, which clinched the championship.

 

Much thanks to Jordan Bruno and Neil MacDonald for their help as AR’s.

 

PS: With the balkanization of US college rugby, there will be debate whether SMC or BYU is #1 this year, but for all practical purposes, they should be considered joint national champions as they split their season series, 1-1.

 

 

Date: 05/10/2014

UC Davis Women 15 – Alumni 20

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

No posts, no ropes, no flags, just fun and good camaraderie for all involved.

 

 

Date: 05/11/2014

AIC 36 – Mystery Team that Jordan Can’t Identify 31

Referee: Bruno, Jordan

 

A close consolation game saw AIC run away with a win in the final seconds of the match. Very spirited and physical play from both sides.

 

Date: 05/11/2014

Venusian Land Rovers 10 – Gregorian Go-Go Dancers 40

Referee: Bruno, Jordan

 

Close match with well contested scrums and good play in the backs

 

Date: 05/17/2014

Olympic Club 75 – Singapore Cricket Club 27

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

Don’t let the final score fool you. This game was 33-27 with 20minutes left. OC scored immediately after Singapore pulled it to that score pushing it up to 40-27 and then ran away with it from there. Singapore as you would expect had a mix bag of talent and with the open subs, the game seemed to ebb and flow depending who was on the field at the time. A very enjoyable match to ref and many thanks to my AR’s ‘Hot Ref’ and ‘Quick Ref’.

 

(Editors note: Pete seems to have a bit of a man crush going on here. I’ll leave it to the reader to determine who “Hot Ref” and “Quick Ref” are.)

 

Date: 05/17/2014

Olympic Club 80 – Singapore Cricket Club 20

Referee: Bruno, Jordan

 

Good close game with Olympic Club taking a big lead late in the second half. Being an exhibition, both teams had a good social run.

 

This Week’s Photo

 

After requesting a photo from the National Championships held at Stanford and receiving nothing I was forced to look online for a pic of

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our referees. Fortunately I was able to find a shot of the team of three that did the D1 final between St Marys and Life.

D1 Final Referees

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April Showers Bring May Rugby

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April Showers Bring May Rugby

The late season rains have helped but not ended the severe drought here in Pelicanland but, welcome as they were, the rains will not be back until the late fall. One of the tragic circumstances we have to deal with out here – perfect rugby weather for the next 6 months. For those teams still playing and playing locally they will have a fast track to run on. For those who are playing in other parts of the country, well, it’s a crapshoot. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Still active in the national playoffs are St Marys, looking to avenge last year’s close loss to Life University. In club action we have Sacramento Lions advancing to nationals with a win over Santa Rosa – a hotly contested series all season long. SFGG is also busy preparing for the PRP championship match against Glendale so good luck to all.

 

Fine Dining With Fine Feathered Friends

 

Praeconium Secundus: As the flock will all be in Sacramento already to cheer on the inevitable Eagle victory over the Moose Excrements our Annual Banquet will be held nearby the evening of June 21 following the match. Location details will be forthcoming as soon as we can convince a worthy establishment to host us. This is a formal event so #1 will be expected and mascot checks will be mandatory. Admission is free to qualified members of the flock but if any of you can manage to scrounge up a date then a terrible price will need to be paid. This year we are confident to once more secure the services of “Smiling” Pete Smith to emcee the event and hand out the awards and accolades from the previous year. Mark your calendars!

 

IRB 7s Referee Course

 

The IRB Officiating Sevens course will be offered on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Dixon, California, at Gretchen Higgins Elementary School, 1525 Pembroke Way 95620.

 

It will be held in conjunction with a youth sevens tournament on Sunday, June 8. Those completing the course work on Saturday who wish to obtain Level 2 certification can be observed refereeing at the tournament to complete their requirements. The Lead Educator will be Bruce Carter. Morning coffee, juice and snacks and lunch will be provided.

Approximate delivery time:

8 hours. Plan to start at 8 AM and finish by 5 PM.

Cost:

$50 for the Level 1 course on Saturday, an additional $25 for the Level 2 certification on Sunday.

Prerequisites:

An IRB Level 1 Officiating (generic fifteens) certificate of attendance.

Requirements for Certification:

Current USA Rugby membership, including registration as a referee, attend and participate in all course modules.

Description:

The Levels 1 and 2 Officiating Sevens courses are designed to provide referees with the skills and knowledge needed to referee Sevens Rugby in the national environment (in major Unions) and to international levels in less developed Unions and/or age grade international competitions. They build strongly on the IRB Levels 1-3 Officiating courses and seek to assist match officials who aim to referee or assist in Sevens. The Level 1 Officiating Sevens course is a one day, attendance only program. The optional second portion of the course is a second day, accreditation program, giving Level 2 IRB Officiating 7s accreditation. To achieve this designation the participant must show competence in all competency transcript descriptors for all modules of the course. Course Focus: The principles of attack and defense in 7s rugby The time, space, and tolerance needed for officiating 7s rugby How Assistant Referees and In-Goal Judges assist the referee

 

 

And Now, On To The Games…

 

Date: 05/03/2014

CSUMB Women 0 – Santa Rosa JC Women 56

Referee: Asonye, Elvy

 

The game was clearly one sided, but still a great learning experience for both teams.

 

 

Date: 05/03/2014

Olympic Club B 102 – Berkeley RFC 22

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

Fun game of 10’s rugby.

 

 

Date: 05/03/2014

Provo Steelers 12 – Dallas Reds 43

Referee: Bruno, Jordan

 

Took an early flight out of Oakland Saturday morning to Salt Lake City for an afternoon match in Provo. The scenery driving down to the field was great–snow capped mountains and desert. With a kickoff at 4pm the 85 degree weather cooled off to 70 degrees with a calm wind coming in laterally. The Dallas Reds showed up early to Provo’s home field and were ready to play. With no certified ARs assigned to the match, I bit the bullet and handed the flags to each team, knowing that their input would be biased. Luckily the match was lopsided and didn’t come down to any marginal calls–the Dallas Reds took an early lead and were up 27 nil at half. A great kicking performance by the Dallas flyhalf saw 10 converted penalty kicks by the end of the game and all but 1 converted conversions, the longest from 60m out. Provo had a solid team with a big push by the forwards, but Dallas had the superior side with players that were fit and ran at pace. Foul play was kept at a minimum with one professional foul occurring late in the game within the Provo 5m line. Both teams were cordial at the end of the match and happy that they had made it that far. I thanked both sides for a spirited and physical match and flew out later that evening. With the varsity cup played in Sandy, I ran into a few old timers and Cal alumni at the airport. All in all, a great weekend in Utah.

 

 

Date: 05/03/2014

Sacramento Lions 31 – Santa Rosa 19

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 05/03/2014

Sacramento Lions 31 – Santa Rosa 19

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

In a great match-up for the Men’s D1 norcal championships, Sacramento came from behind in the last 20 to pull ahead and secure their spot in TX. Santa Rosa played a very good game as they control the ball and set pieces throughout the game. Unfortunately for them, they could not stop the long hard runs of Sacramento in the end of the 2nd half. Both teams played extremely well.

 

Thanks to Tom & Scott for AR’ing and keeping an eye on foul play. Also thanks to Paul for the feedback which allowed me better vision in the 2nd half.

 

 

Date: 05/03/2014

St. Mary’s College 72 – Lindenwood 7

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

#4: Eric Rauscher

#5: Mark Godfrey

 

A little more tricky from a referee perspective than the score suggests. While St. Mary’s were pretty devastating right from the first minute, there was generally

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a good amount of competition at the tackle.

 

SMC has platforms all over the fields – scrums, lineouts, backs moves – and follows the old formula of get the ball, keep the ball, score.

 

The final should be pretty good next week.

 

 

Date: 05/03/2014

UC Davis Women 60 – Santa Clara Women 17

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

This was a nightmare of a trip!

You think people at JFK would believe me that I really need to get on that plane cause I have ref a rugby match?!

Rugby? What is that sir?

Well, go stand in that doorway to the plane, if i make it through you I fly, and you will understand what it is…. If not, i will stay, and you dont need to know what Rugby is…

He almost look like he was willing to try, when his supervisor stepped in and said enough, you can not fly without your language, point!

Fun spoiler!!!!

 

Arriving in Davis 5:15, just to find have of Santa Clara late because if the shut-down on the freeway because of the gangster shootings… Eish, its just a game we try to play?!??!

 

Nice scrummage, Davis was just to strong, and had a lot of dept, but SC had the heart to hing in there. My count may be slightly off, but 8 scrums, 8 penalties, 2 line-outs sums it up! 30 min 15 vs 15, followed by 20 min 10 vs 10.

 

Good luck building girl!

 

 

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Haiku Up Some Rugby

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Rugby at the source

England’s home hosts semi final

Saracens win big

 

Irish hearts are red

Wilkinson breaks them in France

A golden left foot

 

Bears fight for a Cup

Revenge for loss at last final

Is Varsity blue?

 

U.S. seats with flock

Crenshaw loves gently chewed dogs

Whither are the refs?

 

Roll up!  Roll up for the Mystery Tour!

 

Per James “Sorry, was I in your way?” Crenshaw:  

 

As of right now, I only have money for tickets from Eric Rauscher, Eugene Baker and me for the USA Canada match on June 21.   We only have another week before we have to finalize the block of tickets.  

Pelicans!   This is a rare chance to see the Eagles beat the Moose Excrements in our own back yard.   Remember that the Society Annual Banquet is to be held in conjunction with this match as well as a Conference on the Game.    If you are interested in going to the match please contact Jim as soon as possible at crenshaw@cal.net.   Or even just send him money directly, because that works as well.

Tickets are at mid-field and are $40.50 each (a 10% discount).

Make the check out to:
NCRFU Referee Society

Mail them to:
Delta Supply
1248 E. Oak Ave.  #D
Woodland, Ca  95776

 

The Bell Tolls For Thee, But Not Always

 

A friendly note from our Master Scheduler and Disher Out Of Sweet Assignments, Peter A Smith:

 

Since we are heading into 7’s season, ref should know that if they are not assigned to a tournament it is probably because it is not sanctioned and as such they have NO insurance and may be liable for any unforeseen issues that may arise. The society can’t tell them not to ref, but they need to be fully aware of their possible exposure.

 

Lawsuits get ugly – especially when you have no insurance.

 

And now on to the games…

 

Fellow Pelicans, our new assignr system has been with us since the beginning of the year and we should all be used to it by now.  That being said, with playoffs and 7s and all sorts of non-standard weekends coming up I feel that I need to relay the following message:

 

IF YOU ARE NOT THE ASSIGNED REFEREE BUT ARE AN A.R. OR AN EVALUATOR/COACH DO NOT SUBMIT A REPORT.

 

Yes, I know that you get reminders from the system but we can all be big boys and girls and ignore them.    Submitting reports as an AR or a coach/assessor throws a left-handed monkey wrench into the works.    There will be several situations in the upcoming month when Pelicans will be assigned as ARs for playoff matches so be prepared to ignore the messages and bully the assigned referee into writing a report.

 

To make my life easier as well – because I know you all want to, dear readers – if you have a playoff/tournament match listed as “TBD” please put the team names and scores into the report.    Muchas Gracias.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

Baracus 29 – Sacramento Capitals 27

Referee: Pohlman, John

 

 

What a lovely Saturday to play rugby at Kezar Stadium.

Thats right readers RUGBY at Kezar Stadium.

Baracus hosted the Capitals from Sacramento on a beautiful day.

The field was in great shape, well marked for the most part.

The only down side was parking and short end goals.

 

Both teams were out of the playoffs and playing their last league game.

 

Both teams had good numbers warming up when I arrived.

 

This a great game to watch, play in or referee.

Clean, hard and obviously competitive.

 

Sac’s #9 captain Mike Dopson asked me before the game to play no advantage

on their penalties.  I’d never been asked that before and thought it odd until I watched him play.

 

Baracus scored an early converted try off their first possession.  And then controlled 80 percent of the first half ball.

At eleven minutes in, Captain Mike took his first

quick tap penalty and scored from 60 meters out.

He converted the kick to tie the game at 7-7.

At thirty-five minutes Mike slotted a penalty kick to finish the first half scoring.

Sac 10 Baracus 7.

 

Both teams added a penalty kick early in the first half.

Sac’s #13 intercepted a Baracus pass and ran 90 meters for a try at 30 minutes.

Sac 20 Baracus 10.

 

Baracus scored again at 18 minutes to make it Sac 20 Baracus 15.

Baracus’s #9 scored a converted try at 35 minutes.

Baracus 22 Sac 20.

 

Then added another try two minutes later.

Baracus 29 Sac. 20.

 

Sac was not done.  Captain Mike took another quick tap which ended in a try at 39 minutes.

Baracus 29 Sac 27.

 

Sac kept possession through numerous phases but finally lost possession which Baracus quickly kicked out of bounds to end the game.

Wow what a fun game…did I mention it was at KEZAR.

Thanks Guys.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

California 58 – Central Washington 14

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

AR:  Hendrickson, Rob; Kenny, Stephen

#4: DeCausemaker, Ron

#5: Wright, Tom

Nosy Observer: Todd, Kat

 

(Editor’s Note:  Aruna travels with his own posse.   Word to your mother.)

 

Cal hosted previously unbeaten Central Washington in a Varsity Cup semifinal in front of a capacity crowd at Witter Rugby Field, which included the Pac-12 rugby webcast crew.  Cal started with a bang, leading 24-0 after just 15 minutes.  CWU held their own in the scrum, but found themselves trailing 48-7 at half because they could not contain Cal’s backs out wide.  Neither team played cohesively in the 2nd half, but Cal rested many of their starters towards the end and won comfortably, 8 tries to 2.  Cal will have their hands full then they visit arch-rival BYU in the VC Final on May 3.

 

Thanks to Rob Hendrickson and Stephen Kenny for their help as AR’s, Ron DeCausemaker and Tom Wright for their help as #4/5 officials, and Kat Todd for post-match feedback and analysis.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

Chico 11 – Berkeley 13

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

This was a more intense match than I imagined, not having seen Berkeley play in many years. There was solid play all around and it was a fast-paced game. Chico wanted the win bad but couldn’t quite get there as Berkeley was able to control the possession for most of the match. There was a bit of controversy over a try attempted by Chico but not awarded after discussion with the touch judge.

 

I hung around to ref a 20 minute B-side match, which was a bit of a disaster – I should have quit while I was ahead!

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

CSUMB Women 60 – Santa Clara University Women 0

Referee: Asonye, Elvy

 

Santa Clara forfeited prior to game start so CSUMB scrimmaged each other.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

EPA Razorbacks 38 – Santa Rosa 39

Referee: Bruno, Jordan

 

Great game well contested by both sides.  EPA won the first half and SR won the second, never backing down under the pressure. Two penalties in overtime led to SR with a kick to go over by one.  An EPA player disputed a call so we advanced another 10 meters.  The kick was slotted and SR won by a  point.  Not the friendliest conditions after the match from the home side fans, but the EPA players played well and although disappointed hosted a good game.  Thanks to Nome and Tony for ARing.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

EPA Razorbacks 38 – Santa Rosa 39

Referee: Tiatia, Nome

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

Sacramento Lions 60 – Fresno 10

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

Fresno woke up a bit in the second half and played with a bit more intensity.  But, Sacramento had the upper had in talent and tactics.    Thanks to Mark and Anthony who used plenty of opportunity to make me look better and to Dave for assessing.  And a special thanks on top of that to all three who left a high school tournament that was understaffed on refs to help with this very important D1 Semi-final match.  Congratulations to Sacramento and good luck in the final.  Also, contratulations are in order for Fresno, who made the semi-final in their first year in the D1 league.  That a great accomplishment.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

SFGG Women 29 – Sacramento Amazons 36

Referee: Donnelly, Kevin

 

A bright sunny day with a modest breeze off the bay.  SFGG women batted the visiting Amazons from Sacramento.  The game proceeded with gusto from start to finish with a couple of lead changes and the score hovering no more than a try or two in either direction.  The game was clean and hard-hitting as Sacramento chose to run crash-ball off the phase play while SFGG passed the ball out to the back-line and out to the wings.  It was quite a contrast in styles, with both strategies rewarded with score after score.  Sacramento maintained a lead in the last ten minutes and were victorious.  Congratulations to both teams for a well-played game with all the qualities expected of play-off match-up.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

St. Mary’s College 105 – Santa Clara University 10

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

SCU lead 0-3 and St. Mary’s didn’t score for the first 15 minutes, then scoring 105 points in 65 minutes.  You get the picture.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

Stanford  (The number of alleged angels that can dance on the head of a pin) – BYU (The alleged number of cold days in Hell)

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

Great game!  Stanford goes on to Final Four with 1 try over Cougar Women (BYU).  Cougars didn’t look quite as sharp as they had the night before.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

Western Washington 22 – Long Beach State 64

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

Western Washington 22 – Long Beach State 64

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

Long Beach State 22 – Arizona 29

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

Long Beach State 22 – Arizona 29

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

Cal 5,324,332  – Texas A&M   -e/5* pi

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

Cal pretty handily beats Texas A&M with a much stronger scrum and faster backs.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

UC Davis 43 – Alumni 24

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

The old guys were fresh out of the gate, rucking well and knowing how to present themselves for an impending tackle. The 2 point lead by the alumni soon gave way to the the much younger squad and their outside game. The rest would be history with explosive runs in the middle as well.

 

 

Date: 04/26/2014

Vacaville 27 – Sacramento Blackhawks 29

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

A joy to referee — two teams had one loss between them coming into this game.  A place in the final 16 for the D2 championship was on the line.  And did they both know it.

 

Blackhawks opened up with two quick tries, but the home side gradually began to get into the game after the first 15 minutes, and clawed their way back into it, taking the lead just before halftime.

 

The second half was a bruising affair, but down 3 with 5 minutes to go, the visiting Blackhawks were battering down the door.  Vacaville made a fine goalline stand, holding back many, many phases.  Finally the visitors span it out wide, where team talisman Sione Latu faced 4 defenders on his own.  And scored his 30th try of the season.

 

Big thanks to both teams for the best game I’ve been part of all season.  Good luck to Sacramento against Snake River.

 

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Keep Clam and Carry On

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Keep Clam and Carry On

With many Pelicans celebrating the Easter holiday and many others just celebrating life there was a break for most clubs last weekend. Many clubs had an enforced break as the wheat has been separated from the chaff and their seasons are done – or as some call it, “early 7s preparation”. Some were still working hard fine tuning for upcoming playoff games and the high pressure win-or-go-home atmosphere that generates. Others even managed to get some rugby in as not everybody had the weekend off to either celebrate the holiest day of their religion or just bask in the California sunshine as they checked “N/A” in the Religious Holiday form. That being said, with rugby players being who they are, all three groups probably were singing a song that related one particular person’s tragic inability to play this fine game. Personally, I was between work stints across the pond and managed to cook up one of my favorite meals. Start by sautéing freshly chopped garlic in butter, then add a little extra virgin olive oil as it browns so the mixture doesn’t burn. Dump in some chopped clams and chopped, browned Andouille sausages. Add chopped basil, chopped green onions and ready cut tomatoes and spice to taste… I tend to put in more than my share of cayenne pepper at that stage. Cook to a nice simmer. Put some fresh linguini pasta in a pot of boiling water then drain when ready. The sauce goes over the pasta and serve with any salad/rolls/extras you like.

 

I added a bottle of chardonnay so I could keep clam and carry on to the playoffs.

 

 

And now on to the games…

 

Because yes, there were some…

Date: 04/19/2014

SFGG 64 – Olympic Club 28

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

In this PRP contest between home-town rivals, OC held the upper hand in the 1st half, but squandered several scoring opportunities, which allowed SFGG to manage a 17-14 half-time lead. Soon after, SFGG turned their backs loose and ran away with the game, 10 tries to 4. Much thanks to Preston Gordon and Pete Smith for solid support as AR’s.

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

SFGG B 39 – Olympic Club B 36

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

These two teams have no love lost for each other. Lots of stuff off the ball and behind play-the kind of game that keeps good AR’s busy!! OC missed the final conversion at full time that would have cut it to 1point.

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

SFGG Women 71 – San Jose Seahawks Women 15

Referee: Bruno, Jordan

 

Well contested with SFGG having the upper hand. Better intensity and movement in the backs but great individual efforts on the Seahawks side.

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

UCLA 0 – 41 Cal

Referee: Akroyd, Philharmonica

ARs: Bill Caulfield, Cullen Lowe

P.R.: Jay Trello

 

Pretty much one-way traffic in a game that should have been much closer. Cal really didn’t give the home team much of a chance at any point in the first-half, and with Seamus Kelly in prime try-scoring form, it was tough for them to get a hold on the game.

 

UCLA came out with much more focus and aggression in the second half, but even with a two-man advantage the closest they got was a knock-on over the line. Maybe the Cal we know from last season has awoken in time for the Varsity Cup.

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

UC Davis 39 – Solano Community College 22

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Both sides played this friendly match missing a few starters, though it affected Solano more as they traveled with only 16 players. Davis got off to a slow start, then began to dominate Solano with their bigger and more organzied pack. Davis had a comfortable 24-5 lead at halftime. Davis made wholesale substitutions in the second half to give their younger players a go. Solano took advantage of the skill gap and outscored Davis though not enough get a win.

 

Date: 04/19/2014

Berkeley 25 – Sacramento Capitals 26

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

Perfect sunny day for rugby. My first game at Witter field (Piedmont HS) was great. In a scrappy game, Berkeley took a 10-5 lead at half. In the 2nd half, Sac was able to score and convert three tries. The teams traded leads 4 times in the final quarter with Sac holding on in the end.

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

Chico 34 – Baracus 36

Referee: Crenshaw, Jim

 

Good match in Chico.

Baracus Scored first with a converted try. Chico came back with a try, but missed the conversion and then Baracus scored a converted try to make it 14 – 5 20 minutes in. Chico kicked a penalty kick to get within 6, but Baracus ran in another try to make it 21-8. Chico ran in a try at the end of the half to make it 21-15. Chico started out the second half fast with 2 converted trys to take and then extend their first lead of the match 29-21

Baracus came back with to unconverted trys to regain the lead 31-29. Chico scored an unconverted try with a couple of minutes to go, but Baracus scored an unconverted try near the end of the game and held on for the win 36-34.

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

Life West 104 – Humboldt 0

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

ARs: Bruce Bernstein, Preston Gordon

 

A dominant performance from a robust Life West, who clearly will be advancing rapidly to higher division rugby. Humboldt, arriving after a long drive south to SFGG, found themselves on the wrong end of an avalanche of tries and great conversions in the first half, which ended 71-0. It’s a tribute to the character of the Humboldt squad that they kept their chins up, kept competing and making Life West work, and kept the rugby positive. While Life West kept up the intensity in the

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second half, Humboldt cut their scoring rate dramatically, and held them to a single try in the first 22 minutes of the second half. Nevertheless, Life ran in another 4 tries, and kicked excellent conversions in the conditions, to finish 104-0 winners.

 

Thanks to both teams for a match played in excellent spirits. Many thanks to Bruce Bernstein and Preston Gordon for their invaluable assistance and counsel.

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

Marin 23 – Sacramento Blackhawks 73

Referee: Tiatia, Nome

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

Mendocino Steam Donkeys 7 – Reno Zephyrs 31

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

I was the AR for Joe Leisek, who managed and reffed perfectly!!

 

 

Date: 04/19/2014

Sacramento Amazons 68 – Berkeley All Blues 22

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

Great rugby!!!!

 

Amazons was just to fast, and to furious for the Blues, but the blues can keep their heads high, and the 4 tries was well deserved, and good rugby!

 

Good luck for the rest of the year girls.

 

(Editor’s note: I really miss those Afrikaans reports. What happened, JC?)

 

Date: 04/19/2014

Santa Clara University 49 – Wyoming 7

Referee: O’Neil, George

 

No report received

 

 

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