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Home of Champions

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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

 

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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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Haiku Up Some Rugby

 

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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The Taxman Cometh

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The Taxman Cometh

The seasons roll on from winter to spring; from league to playoffs; from the

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Barren American Sports Landscape to baseball. All of this, of course, means that it is time to pay the piper and let the federal and state governments take their pound of flesh. (That’s the last Shakespeare reference until at least next year – I promise.) For those in the accountancy and personal taxation trade April 16 comes as a holiday, marking the end of another grueling year and at least a month of 60 hour work weeks. This year this Post Tax Day holiday dovetailed nicely with the NCRRS April meeting and as a reward for everyone’s timely and rigorous tax filing the Elected Committee of Elders had a couple of major announcements:

 

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

 

Praeconium Primus: On June 21 The United States Eagles will take on the Canadian Moose Excrements at the Cal Expo Multi-Use Sports Field in Sacramento, CA. The NCRRS has purchased a block of 100 tickets at midfield so that the Pelican Army (apparently everyone has to have a sports army these days) can cheer for the home side with a perfect view of the proceedings. Jim Crenshaw has volunteered to relay any missed law infringements or mistakes that the Pelican Block sees directly to the grateful referee via a special radio hookup we have arranged. Please be sure to pass on to Jim anything you see during the match and remember, nothing is too technical, insignificant or pedantic to be passed on. The accepted method of getting Jim’s attention is to throw a gently chewed hot dog piece at him. Look in your email inbox for details on reserving tickets in our block.

 

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! *BURP!* ‘scuse me…

 

Praeconium Secundus: As the flock will all be in Sacramento already to cheer on the inevitable Eagle victory the Annual Banquet will be held nearby that evening 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!

 

The Good Doctor Speaks

 

As reported by Dr Bruce Carter:

 

A question came up tonight at the meeting about when to call a player in touch when he/she has been tackled or otherwise brought to ground and is in the process of putting the ball back but still has one or two hands on it. I had always thought that so long as the player has his/her hands on the ball to control it, if his leg (or body) goes into touch, the ball is in touch. Others seemed to be saying that once the player begins to put the ball back, the ball is in play and therefore not in touch. My question was if the ball is in play, why does he have his hands on it?”

 

Minor premise:

A player who has been tackled and laid the ball back is not considered to be holding it, even though he keeps his hand on it.

 

Major premise is under Definitions in Law 19:

“A player in touch may kick or knock the ball, but not hold it, provided it has not crossed the plane of the touchline.”

 

Conclusion:

The ball is not in touch even though a player in touch who has been tackled and laid it back still has a hand on it.

 

Arguments for the minor premise:

 

Some of you will remember the game before tackled players were allowed to keep a stabilizing hand on the ball after is was laid back: arriving teammates would often inadvertently kick it, leading to a shambles. The first time I saw this practice allowed was at a Test match at Pebble Beach in the late eighties. There was not a Law change that led to it, but an evolution of the game that was recognized as positive by all involved – players, coaches, referees, spectators – and has been allowed ever since.

 

If the tackled player with a hand on the ball does not allow an opponent who is otherwise entitled to pick it up, then we penalize for holding on. Which suggests that keeping the hand on the ball but allowing it to be picked up is not holding it.

 

‘Not holding it’ means the definition in the major premise above applies.

 

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three times in the average game. The vast majority of TJs raise their flags, as do the majority of ARs.

 

Two other general referee aims are that we try to minimize the number of times we blow our whistles, and that we try to maxmize the amount of time that the ball is in play.

 

Here is an excellent opportunity to conform to the Law, allow a ball that is not in touch to be played, and keep the game moving.

 

 

And Now, On To The Games…

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Berkeley 24 – Vacaville 27

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Very good game between two close teams. Vacaville had slow support at the tackle, which created many turnovers. Both teams had good attacks and good defenses.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Berkeley B – Vacaville B

Referee: Hendrickson, Robert

 

Disciplinary report submitted. Game terminated in second half due to fighting.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Chico State – UN Reno

Referee: Asonye, Elvy

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Fresno 39 – SFGG 25

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

ARs: Jeff Jury, Zane Jury

 

320 miles, eight tries, six conversions, four penalties kicked, a yellow card, and an ambulance was the tally on this warm day, at a rock hard and thinly covered field at Holman Park in Fresno.

First half began all SFGG, with two tries and a penalty kicked, before Fresno scored on a breakaway. In the final play of the half, with the score at 13-18, there was bad unintentional clash of heads between two players coming in to form a ruck, leaving an SFGG player out cold. We were fortunate to have several physicians present and out of an abundance of caution an ambulance was summoned to transport the player for assessment and treatment.

After the restart, Fresno scored three times, pulling clear of Golden Gate. Fresno’s #7 headed off the to the sin bin on 60 minutes, having repeated his earlier infringements at the breakdown. SFGG was unable to capitalize, but got their first points of the half with less than ten minutes remaining, and with a quickly taken drop kick conversion, headed off to chase the additional scores they needed for the win. Fresno scored again in the final moments to stay clear 39-25, and secure a semi-final match against Sacramento Lions on the 26th.

Thanks to Jeff and Zane Jury for their assistance.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Humboldt 35 – SF Fog 14

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

This is I think the first rhyming game I have done. It was the HOG / FOG game. Ok, it’s a lame line. It was however definitely a game that had the most flowers I have ever seen on a pitch. After a lovely drive up from Berkeley, the morning was dreary and overcast, but by game time the sun had come out and it was nice and warm. Fog showed up with only 15 players and no jerseys. No matter, game on. The first half was pretty close with three converted tries from Hog to Fog’s two converted. The second half was when the 15 men vs a whole team came into play. Humboldt scored twice more with Fog getting very tired legs. All in all another fun trip to the northern boundaries.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Mendocino 90 – State of Jefferson 5

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

Another beautiful spring day, we kicked off at 1:30 in front of a large crowd, a man on a microphone keeping the crowd laughing. Mendo scored a try about every 5 minutes and lead 58-0 at the half. The second half was closer, with no one scoring for 15 minutes and State of Jefferson finally scoring a well earned try. It

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felt pretty hot by the end, probably close to 80 degrees which made the cold beer taste exceptional at the Mendocino Brewing Company. Mendo was extra generous in giving me a custom, giant beer “to go” for my services. A great day of rugby and everyone had a good time!!!

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Reno Zephyrs 73 – Modesto 10

Referee: Crenshaw, Jim

 

Very nice day in Reno for rugby.

After leading 30 to 10 at halftime, Reno scored 43 unanswered points for the win.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Sacramento Blackhawks 40 – Sacramento Capitals 30

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Sac Blackhawks took care of business as they defeated crosstown rivals Sac Capitals 40-30.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Santa Clara 5 – St. Mary’s College 70

Referee: O’Neil, George

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Santa Rosa 71 – San Jose Seahawks 5

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

Sunny Saturday in Santa Rosa saw Santa Rosa take on San Jose in the first playoff round of NCRFU D1 playoffs. The game started off strong for both sides but SR quickly piled on the points with 5 tries in the first half. They continued the dominant play scoring another 6 in 2nd half and allowing SJ one try at the start of the 2nd half. Thanks to Stephen & Ren for the touch line coverage!

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Santa Rosa B 48 – San Jose Seahawks B 0

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

The Seahawks B-side was a composite of Santa Rosa JC players and Seahawks players. When you have one side that is a tight knit group like Santa Rosa’s B’s playing a side where they don’t know each others names, you get 4 tries scored in each 20 minute half.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

SFGG 52 – OMBAC 15

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

A/Rs: Rob Hammack, Ron DeCausemaker

Coach: Dave Williamson

 

Generally a bit of a disappointment. It was supposed to be a close game to help influence PRP play-off positioning, but OMBAC lost their top point scoring fly-half to Tiger Rugby at the Melrose 7 and that seemed to take the wind out of their balloon.

 

OMBAC, while having many other top quality players, did not really compete in any facet of the game until the last five or ten minutes when their subs injected a little life. SFGG used their strength and technical ability to great use in the scrums and mauls, then released their athletic running forwards to set up tries for their clinical backs.

 

SFGG look like a very handy team and they seem to be getting better as the season progresses. Their true test will be if they can perform on the road as well as they perform at home.

 

Many thanks to RDC and also to Rob Hammack for sticking around to A/R after reffing the U19 curtain raiser.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

South Valley 10 – Life West 41

Referee: Pohlman, John

TJ/AR’s Bart Nelson and a Life associate-both TJ’s have been through the refereeing class

 

South Valley hosted Life at their San Juan Batista field this past Saturday.

Although a challenging game to referee due to the high psychical nature of play. Still a really fun game to participate in.

 

Some great rugby at times. Followed by very physical, well tackled play with lots of macho stuff happening off the ball as the game proceeded.

A competitive contest which South Valley never had a chance of winning due to Life’s dominating front row.

Life’s front row won almost very scrum. And as our readers know the game starts in the front row. This type of domination

leads to your team always going forward, which Life did.

Life’s first year scrum and captain Travis took advantage of this dominating possession. Life’s #4 Anthony had a work rate off the charts.

South Valley made tackle after tackle but could not make enough tackles to make up for the loss of scrums.

Thanks to both my AR’s who helped keep the game clean.

Good luck to both teams in the playoffs.

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

Stanford – San Jose State

Referee: Asonye, Elvy

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 04/12/2014

UOP – TBD

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

NSCRO 7’s Qualifier Tourney @ UOP

 

From Matt Hettermann:

Came out for a few hours to lend a hand – got a few matches in – good to see Scott and Bryant. Scott was the RIC – I’m sure he will have a full report.

 

From Scott Wood:

A brilliant Spring day in Stockton. Eight teams, two pools: University of the Pacific, Occidental College, Sierra College, University of San Francisco, Sonoma State, Sonoma State B, Humboldt State, CSU Monterey Bay. Sonoma State defeated Occidental College in a fantastic final.

 

Four referees:

Scott “The Gimp” Wood — 6 games

JC “The Bookender” van Staden — first 2 games, 1 semi, 1 final

Bryant “Penalty Try” Byrnes — 5 games

Matt “Saving Grace” Hettermann — 2 games

 

Thanks to the aforementioned referees for making this a successful tournament.

 

 

Date: 04/13/2014

San Jose St 46 – UN Reno 41

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

Warm day down on The Farm for an excellent rugby match – San Jose St playing UN-Reno for the consolation match of the playoffs.

 

Both clubs were probably a bit banged up from their Saturday matches – took a little time to get started. Halftime score had Reno up 17-15. The try scoring increased in the second half, starting with Reno pouring a bunch on before the 60 minute mark, and then San Jose St fighting back over the last 15 minutes or so, culminating in a breakaway try at the death to win the match.

 

Stuck around to AR for Paul Bretz for the final.

 

 

Date: 04/13/2014

Stanford 24 – Chico St 18

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Stanford defeated Chico 24-18 to advance to the national playoffs. Thanks to John and Matt for ably assisting. At half time the score was 5-3 with the only try coming off of a 5 meter scrum in which Stanford drive the oaks back into their own goal and then grounded the ball after it leaked out.

In the second half Chico took the lead with 15 minutes remaining. Stanford was able to settle down and score two trys to move ahead.

 

 

This Week’s Photo

Is actually a video clip.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqK97av7I3s

 

 

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