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Springing Forward

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Springing Forward

 

As much of the country toils under the lash of a harsh winter mistress those of us lucky enough to live in Pelicanland bask in the loving caresses of rugby mid season. The mandate to move our clocks forward is a signal to the colder parts of the country to start boiling whistles and polishing boots because the rugby season is approaching. Out west, of course, our whistles have been boiled, soiled and reboiled while our boots have been shined, grimed and reshined as the various league seasons builds towards a mighty crescendo. Now is a time to take a deep breath and prepare for the business end of the rugby season because this is when a year’s work can be won or lost.

 

The British are coming

Well, technically they are already here, but something about that phrase just resonates on this side of the Atlantic. Please plan on attending a dinner to honor (or, possibly, honour) our visiting brothers from the East Midlands at the Up and Under in Pt. Richmond on March 22nd. Drinks begin at 5:30 and Dinner at 6:00. (NCRRS President Paul Bretz will be unable to attend as he will be on a bus with 30 high school girls traveling to Fullerton for their tournament. Likely excuse…) Dress to impress, Number 1’s (coat and tie). Please RSVP to Bjorn “Again” Stumer (bstumer@att.net)

 

The Meeting is coming

The NCRRS is hosting its monthly meeting on March 19th, at 7:00 PM at the SFGG clubhouse on Treasure Island. Please arrive on time. We’ll have food and beverages so arrive early if you want first choice of the goodies. This meeting is open to all; current referees, past referees, possible referees and even non-referees. If you ever wanted to know WHY we make the (always correct) calls we do, then this is where you want to be. It astounds me that more coaches and club leaders don’t show up. This week’s topic: we decide which teams we want to win for the next few weeks and how to call the game in their favor.

 

“The Rugby Player” Featuring Mark Bingham Airs at Cinequest

A Los Gatos passenger who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks now has a place on the big screen, which will be featured at Cinequest this Saturday afternoon at 4:45 in San Jose. “The Rugby Player” features the life of Mark Bingham, a Los Gatos High School alum, University of California at Berkeley alum, and an avid rugby player who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93 but not before fighting the terrorists before his death. Mark played for Los Gatos High School before playing for Jack Clark at Cal and several other clubs after his graduation, notably the San Francisco Fog.

Emmy award-winning director Scott Gracheff tried to paint a portrait of how Bingham’s heroism can inspire a nation. “He was gregarious and charming,” Gracheff said in a movie trailer, describing Bingham as a happy go-lucky “Labrador retriever” with boundless energy and loyalty. Growing up in Los Gatos I was privileged to know him, although not well, and his story is a worthy one even if you take out the 9/11 heroism.

 

“Let’s roll”.

And now on to the games…

 

Please remember when filling out your match reports on assignr, ASSIGNR IS NOT WHERE YOU REPORT MISCONDUCT. The report section of assignr is for the match summaries that are below. If there are red cards or reportable yellow cards in your match then report them via the channels described on pelicanrefs.com.

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Diablo Gaels 5 – Santa Rosa 71

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Very warm day in Oakland, probably close to 75 degrees at kickoff time.

 

The first half was very dominated by Santa Rosa, who scored 8 converted tries, to lead 56-0.

 

The second half was a bit more balanced, after Santa Rosa made some substitutions. Santa Rosa had the ball almost all the time, but they didn’t score as much as in the first half. Towards the end of the game, tempers started to flare, and 2 minutes before the end of the game, a fight started. 4 players from Diablo were guilty of foul play, and were sent off. The game ended on a last try from Santa Rosa.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Diablo Gaels B 10 – Santa Rosa B 53

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

This was the second game I did this weekend in which the losing team scored the first and the last tries of

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the game.

The game consisted of two 20 min periods due to the Gaels just not having enough players to do a full game. As it was, the ten players that played had legs of rubber due to playing in the A side game previous. The game was played in good spirits, but fairly lopsided.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

EPA Bulldogs 74 – EPA Razorbacks 7

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

On yet another glorious spring afternoon, the Bulldogs hosted the Razorbacks in Menlo Park. An intense first half of crunching physicality and valiant defense – most of it legal – saw only one converted try apiece, with the teams separated only by a Bulldog penalty kick late in the half. 10-7 at half time.

 

In the second half, the Bulldogs pulled away, and in the last 20 minutes ran away with it, scoring ten unanswered tries and converting seven of them to finish 74-7.

 

Many thanks to David Parkinson for his great ARing, and to Mike King for making the trek down from Santa Rosa to evaluate.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

EPA Bulldogs B 5 – EPA Razorbacks B 0

Referee: Parkinson, David

 

the razorbacks forfeited the B side game.

 

Date: 03/05/2014

Cal F/S – Santa Rosa JC

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Cal Maritime 60 – Sierra College 32

Referee: Tiatia, Nome

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Fresno 24 – SFGG 32

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

This was a game of trends. Fresno started off with trends towards disrupting the attack from SFGG, but the Fresno #7 was penalized three times in the first ten minutes for not releasing. At the ten minute mark, the penalty finally cost them a Penalty kick, putting SFGG up 0-3. Fresno finally got their defense to tighten and put together some great counter attacks resulting in converted tries at the 20th and 23rd minute. Each team had a couple of possibilities fizzle within the one-meter line which left the half-time score Fresno 14 – SFGG 3.

 

The second half seemed to start off with SFGG attacking just like the first half. SFGG scored twice in within the first ten minutes of the second half, but Fresno countered with try of their own at the 55th minute.

 

The attack by both teams continued into the fourth quarter, with SFGG getting back to back unconverted tries in the 21st and 23rd minute due to loose ball handling and slip tackling by Fresno. SFGG put in one more converted try in the 37th minute, but Fresno responded with their last unconverted try in the 39th minute.

 

Both teams have the reputation for being a little vocal on the pitch and Saturday was no exception. Both captains represented their teams viewpoint well and repeatedly, and yes, it was a physical game. Saturday’s game was fantastic to referee especially because the game was not decided until the last few minutes. Final Score: Fresno 24 – SFGG 32

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Fresno B 0 – SFGG B 59

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

After coming off of an intense A game, the second side match was definitely one-sided. Fresno’s B-side was made up of newer players, including some brand new people, as well as some old boys (at least mentally if not chronologically). SFGG B-side probably would do well in the 2nd or 3rd division as a team itself.

 

Fresno had issues with an organized defense from the start allowing SFGG to look like all stars as they ran through the back lines. Hands in the ruck, not releasing and serious diarrhea of the mouth seemed to be the game plan for the Fresno B-side. There were some standout newbies for Fresno, such as their flankers, but Swiss cheese was more the order. SFGG stayed focused and continued to play organized ball. Halftime score: Fresno 0 – SFGG 26

 

The most fun aspect of the game was the interaction between the crowd and the SFGG players. It’s always enjoyable and sometimes hilarious when the crowd knows they have a players number and can get into that players head. SFGG continued to push on and more than doubled their score in the second half. Final score: Fresno B’s 0 – SFGG B’s 59

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Fresno State Women 73 – USF Women 0

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

Aggressive angles of attack and tackling sealed USF’s fate on the day.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Humboldt 20 – Redwood 17

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

The game started out slow for Redwood as they got out of their cars after four hours on the road and had to play. Humboldt jumped out to a 17-0 lead with nice ball movement and solid defense. Redwood put a long try on the board just before halftime to make it 17-5 at the beak. It was all Redwood in the second half in terms of possession and position, but Humboldt only bent a little and never trailed. It was dead locked at 17 with about 12 minutes to play. Humboldt took advantage of a penalty right in front of the posts with about 4 minutes left to pull ahead 20-17. Scrum down to Humboldt in the Humboldt end as time was running out, alas they lost the hook. Redwood spun it wide and back again with numbers to score the game winner…knock on-game over. WOW!!!

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Humboldt State 27 – USF 3

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

USF pulled up with 12 players and forfeit before kick off. Humboldt St loaned them 3 pretty good players and the game was on. Just enough trash talking to the loaned players to make them Dons for a day and it was a solid game! USF had huge second rows, solid front row and nifty inside backs. the score was more about finishing than the actual competitiveness of the match. If you didn’t know the score, you would have guessed it was tied. Big hits, long hard runs, educated kicking and a DROP GOAL by the Humboldt St #10!!! Nice game, solid players, good crowd on hand-rugby wins again!

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Life West 43 – Aptos 15

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Marin 7 – Sacramento Capitals 41

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

Some good rugby was played in between long bouts of talking about how one referees a rugby match.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Mendocino 38 – Shasta 7

Referee: Leisek, Joe

 

Tough, physical game on a warm day in the Redwood Empire. The hosts managed better ball retention and made the most of opportunities created through their opponents’ miscues. The Steam Donkeys scored three tries in each half, with two converted in each half as well. Thanks to both sides for an enjoyable game.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Reno Zephyrs 41 – Colusa 40

Referee: Crenshaw, Jim

 

Headed up the mountain to Reno Saturday for the Reno – Colusa match. Arrived a little before noon to a glorious sunny calm day.

Colusa started the back and forth scoring with an unconverted try followed by a penalty kick by Reno. The teams traded long breakaways with Reno converting their try to tie the match at 10 all. Colusa put up one more try (7)than Reno during the match but only converted one try to 4 conversions by Reno and it proved costly in the end for Colusa. Colusa scored 2 more tries and Reno scored one near the end of the half to make it 20 to 15 Colusa.

Colusa tallied 2 scores early in the second half and looked like they would run away with it. The teams traded tries and then Colusa kicked a penalty kick to take a 40 to 29 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Colusa relaxed and Reno capitalized with a converted try and then with no time left scored in the corner to take the win.

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Chico State Women 39 – Cal Women 32

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Chico State Women B 33 – Cal Women B 12

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

No report received

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Sacramento Blackhawks 36 – Baracus 32

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

A fast game played by both sides — my average HR was the highest it’s been all year, including PRP and College D1.

 

Baracus had the better ball, and were more constructive, but couldn’t match Sacramento’s secret weapon. 5 tries from outside centre Sione Latu gave the visitors a mountain to climb. As he left the field after 60 minutes, Baracus had the bit between their teeth, and were clawing the lead back to set us up for a great finish. 4 points in it, and Baracus had a 2 on 2 out wide, 10m from goal. But when the wing knocked on, the game was over.

 

Happy to have been a part of a game played with great spirit by both sides.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Sacramento Lions 75 – San Jose Seahawks 10

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

Sunny 70F at Robla Park in Sacramento with about 100 spectators. San Jose played with structure and purpose, but could not overcome the sheer athleticism and physicality of the home team, which routinely sprung vertical line breaks. Sacramento led 32-3 at half and ran away with this contest, 13 tries to 1 (good), and 4 yellow cards to 0 (bad).

 

Much thanks to Mark Godfrey for doing a nice job as AR, which included miscellaneous pre-match preparations. Also, thanks to the Sacramento Lions for generously providing an entire Little Caesar’s pizza for the match officials. (It’s my 2nd favorite pizza, only behind Golden Boy in North Beach.)

 

(Editor’s note: apparently Aruna doesn’t get pizza very often… Little Ceasar’s?)

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Sacramento Lions B 12 – San Jose Seahawks B 22

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

A pretty competitive match-up with a lot of recycled San Jose A side players against fresh legs on the Sacramento side. San Jose took an early lead but the scoring in the first half went back and forth then locked at 12-12. Sac got a little worn down themselves in the second half and San Jose pulled away. Things were simplified with the scrums uncontested as San Jose didn’t have enough horsepower to go up against Sac.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Sacramento State Women 19 – Humboldt State Women 27

Referee: Baker, Eugene

 

Beautiful weather and a nicely prepared pitch greeted me Saturday morning at Sac State. I went there a few days early to check out the playing surface and decide which boots to wear, due to rain earlier in the week and the field being used by multiple sports. I was pleasantly surprised to find the field in much better shape Saturday than Tuesday.

 

Humblodt State scored minutes into the match when one of their wings broke containment and glided down the sideline untouched. This would be how the Lady Lumberjacks scored most of their points – Wings breaking containment for long breakaway tries. In contrast, Sac State pounded the middle of the field for their tries, recycling the ball and relying on creative playmaking by their flyhalf.

 

In the end – With the score 22-19 Humboldt and minutes left in the match – The Lady Lumberjacks put it away with yet another breakaway try by one of their wings. Final 27-19, and HSU gets the win after a long drive down from Eureka.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

San Jose State 31 – Fresno State 5

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Fresno St made the journey from the Central Valley to the Silicon Valley on a perfect day. After experiencing the Escheresque field markings San Jose St has employed in the past I was pleasantly surprised that the field was perfectly lined with every line exactly where it was expected to be. It’s only a pity there are so many bare patches or this would be one of the best pitches in the union.

Both teams were at the pitch early and ready to go, aside from some small confusion from the SJSU captain. “San Jose, you have won the toss, what would you like to do?” “We will receive” “Your choices are to kick or to choose to defend an end.” “Oh, sorry. We’ll kick.”

 

Huh? Oh well…

 

The first half was notable for three things: knock ons, SJSU coming offside and a lack of scoring. The knock ons were the result of stout defense and over eager attackers. Several offsides were managed back and the rest were dealt with via the whistle until I got tired of it and the SJSU #12 was the recipient of the team infringement yellow. To be fair, the SJSU back line were all under the impression that a lineout ended when the ball left the hooker’s hand but the #12 was leading the charge. To nobody’s surprise, they were not offside the rest of the match. To Fresno’s surprise, they didn’t score at all with the man advantage. In fact, they gave up the only try of the half while up a man. The conversion was missed so we entered the break at 5-0.

 

The second half opened up nicely for San Jose St as they started to exert their will. The backs found gaps and exploited them to run in 4 tries. There are some athletes on that squad and when they find their rugby brains they will be a very dangerous side, indeed. Fresno was able to get a deserved try in late as they did enough positive things that a goose egg would have been a disservice.

 

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

San Jose State B 22 – Fresno State B 34

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Fresno St travelled with an A side and a few extras so much of their team valiantly doubled up to provide San Jose St with a B side match. San Jose St has two full teams with numbers to spare so it was a case of tired A side players vs fresh B side players. The game went as expected, one would think given that setup, as Fresno St ran out to an early lead using their skill and experience to good advantage. As the game progressed the tired arms and legs of the visitors started to betray them as the Spartan Youth kept coming on in waves of 18 year old energy. In particular the San Jose #6 may have been the fastest and most explosive player on the field while, to be fair, not really looking the part. As an example, San Jose St had a penalty just outside their 22 that they decided to tap and run. A simple, short pass to the #6 running at a cluster of defenders was the strategy and I slowed down anticipating a tackle and possible ruck. The San Jose flanker didn’t seem to get the memo and never slowed or broke stride as he crashed through the defense leaving me flat footed and scrambling to catch up. He rumbled nearly untouched the full 70 meters for a try as nobody could bring him down from in front or catch him from behind. The half ended 22-12 in favor of the Bulldogs with momentum firmly in the Spartan camp.

The second half, in deference to the fatigued visitors, was agreed to be 20 minutes and the Spartans may have regretted that bit of generosity. Fresno used to break to recharge and scored a couple of more tries right off the bat. Fatigue set in again and San Jose scored a couple of more tries themselves but quickly ran out of time for a proper comeback.

 

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

SFGG Women 52 – Sacramento Amazons 5

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

What started as a tight competitive match turned into a one-sided affair when SFGG Women played as a team controlling possession, location and most phases resulting in 6 2nd half tries after only being up 12-5 at half.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Sonoma State 55 – CSUMB 21

Referee: Johnson, Lee

 

A tale of a game of two halves, with both teams looking to play a fast open running game.

In the first half SSU were scoring at the rate of over a point a minute, running in seven tries in the process. CSUMB’s only reward was a picked off loose pass for the outside center to score under the posts, to give a half time score of 43-7.

The second half was a more even contest with both teams still trying to play an open game despite the rising heat, which started to lead to more knock on’s as both set of players tired in the latter stages of the half. CSUMB sneaking it two tries to one.

Final score 55-21

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

St. Mary’s College Women 14 – UC Santa Cruz Women 58

Referee: Sandhill, Peter

 

Beautiful California spring weather and a soft grassy pitch welcomed the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs to battle their college women’s rivals, the St Mary’s Gaels. It was a tight match in the first half, with a 22-14 scoreline at half time.

 

The Slugs played to their strength in the second half with some strong forward play, including excellent counter rucking and lots of pick and drives. Consequently, the tries rolled in.

 

The attitude was positive with both teams demonstrating a fierce desire to win along with excellent sportsmanship. A joy to referee.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Stanford Women 37 – UC Davis Women 24

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Good game by both sides. Davis scored first and chose to keep it in tight. Stanford chose to spread the ball wide.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

Stanford Women B 56 – UC Davis Women B 7

Referee: Nguyen, Anthony

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

State of Jefferson 24 – SF Fog 15

Referee: Parks, Kevin

 

Reffed by Kevin Parks of Southern Oregon. And reffed well, I would imagine.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

UC Santa Cruz 44 – SF State 7

Referee: Kenny, Stephen

 

After much encouragement from my former coach, here is the much-unanticipated debut of my first match report. (editor’s note: Hooray!) The draw was UC Santa Cruz Vs. SF State. Two teams I was familiar with having played them for three years while at Sierra. UCSC has the pitch with the million-dollar view, and it was in full effect on this day. I arrived at noon to find both teams had strong numbers, and were not letting the stunning views of the bay distract them from the task at hand. Ten minutes in saw UCSC dot down their first try. Two more would be worked in in slow precession, with the final coming as time ran out in the half. The UCSC back line has the runners to really challenge the edges and a #10 with good pace, who was more apt to spin it wide, which UCSC used with great success. With the tries coming at the edges UCSC’s kicker had a rough go at it with the conversions and was unsuccessful in the first half. Half time score was 15-0 in favor of the hosts. The second half for SF State started strong, some great phase work resulted in them plunging over, heads up play by UCSC saw it held up in goal. SF State would not be denied and two phases off the 5-meter scrum garnered what would be their lone try right by the posts. Great effort by both sides brought good energy to the second half. SF state was pressing hard to put more points on the board, but UCSC used this and there speedy back line to their advantage to pour on four more try’s before the final whistle. Final score UCSC 44 SF State 7.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

UC Santa Cruz B 26 – SF State B 15

Referee: Freitas, Larry

 

The second XV match between UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State ended with the home side complimenting the varsity’s win earlier in the afternoon. UCSC has plenty of second XV players, and they all had a chance to take the field. San Francisco State had nearly enough, but a few 1st XV players were in for their second match of the day. In the second half it seemed that SFSU had the momentum, but a charged down kick near San Francisco’s goal line ended up in a Banana Slug try. Some moments later, a Gator back tried to run from his own goal line, was tackled, released the ball on the line, and a UCSC player promptly touched down. Kicking for touch is sometimes the better choice, even in a game that doesn’t count in the standings. Overall both teams attempted to stay on their feet in ruck situations, and other than a few high tackles and random offsides committed by both sides, there were few penalties.

 

 

Date: 03/08/2014

UOP 43 – Santa Rosa JC 41

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

They say you know the season is in full swing when you recorded 449 points, in 8 days during 7 matches…

 

Full report to follow later 😉

 

(Editor’s note: I could understand that report. What gives, JC?)

 

Date: 03/09/2014

Stanford 28 – Chico State 0

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

It was a balmy 70F in Palo Alto for this 2pm Sunday kickoff, my third game of the weekend. Both of these teams were clearly up for this game, which was closer than one might think from the scoreline. Each side had their chances, but Stanford’s stronger scrum gave them a good platform and they ended up 12-0 ahead at halftime after tries at 6′ and 25′ (converted).

 

One minute into the second half Stanford added 3 points from a penalty, which put them ahead by more than 2 converted tries. They seemed to ease off the pressure a little bit, but ultimately their defence held Chico State out after being made to work for it. They ended up adding 2 additional unconverted tries at 45′ and 60′ (with their captain in the bin for a deliberate knock-on while offside and defending their goal line), and finished the scoring with another penalty goal at 66′ that resulted from the Chico State hooker being sent to the bin for an off-the-ball tackle.

 

Stanford B 32-22 Chico State B

 

In the B-side game, things were a lot closer. There were a few lead changes, and at halftime it was something like 17-12. Aside from two yellow cards for dangerous tackles – one to each side – this featured a lot of (sideways) running rugby and the standard was close to the A-side game. Stanford

scored a couple of tries near the end of the match to end up winning 32-22. After the 290th minute of reffing this weekend, I managed to make it home before falling asleep within about an hour. Fun!

 

 

Date: 03/09/2014

Stanford Women 24 – Berkeley All Blues 38

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

The All-Blues brought down a mixture of A and B side players for a friendly with Stanford women. The All-Blues showed their strength and skills in the first half…starting with a forward try 5 minutes in. They got 4 more tries in the half. The Stanford girls put in a great effort, but their efforts were thwarted by the All-Blue defense. The All-Blues were having their way with Stanford in the scrums, stealing many of their balls. The half ended with Stanford knocking on the door, but no score to show for it: 24-0. The second half proved the superior fitness of the college girls with a breakthrough try just a few minutes in. Berkeley retaliated a few minutes later with a try of their own by the forwards. Stanford’s next try was a penalty try after Berkeley tried to stop a girl chasing her kick, and they scored again after a blocked kick rebounded into the try-zone and Stanford was able to touch it down (the scorer, however, was crunched in the process). Both teams were able to score one more try in the half, with Stanford hoping for a little more time to run, for a final score of 24-38 to the All-Blues.

 

High School Reports

Date: 03/07/2014

Stan Elsie Allen Lobos 26 – Napa Stormers 7

Referee: Joe Leisek

Touch Judges: Barend Ventner, Jack Petty

Friday night rugby under the lights at the Lobodome. The visitors came into the match undefeated, with the Lobos’ lone defeat coming against the Stormers a few weeks prior. This was a heavyweight bout, with tensions and physicality running high. Napa scored the game’s first try about a third of the way into the first half, and they controlled possession for most of the half. The Lobos scored at the end of the first half to tie the score. The second half was nearly all Lobos, as they made long gains through straight-ahead, physical running. Napa had opportunities but could not break through. Thanks to Barend and Jack for their help, and to Mike King for his halftime and post-match observations.

 

Date: 03/07/2014

Bishop O’Dowd 34 – Ygnacio Valley 12

Referee: Eric Rauscher

 

You may not recognize Ygnacio Valley. Not surprising since this was their first ever game of rugby.

It was basically BOD jv against a team of newbies.

This was also the first game I did this weekend in which the losing team scored the first and last tries. Ygnacios #1 was able to bowl his way into goal and land on the ball in the second minute of the game. Rarely have I seen such joy in the face of a player.

There was one of those heart stopping moments in this game as well. Ygnacios’ player with the ball was tackled cleanly low around the hips and momentum carried him up onto the tacklers shoulder as he stood up. Time slowed down and I could hear myself crying “NOOOOOOOOO”. The BOD player safely set him down on his feet and we all breathed a sigh of relief and restarted play with a scrum to Ygnacio Valley

 

This Week’s Photo

South Valley promoted their match vs the Reno Zephyrs this week with a nice photo of noted Pelican John Pohlman. Apparently there are some rugby players providing background and context.

Pohlman South Valley

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

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Stranger In A Strange Land

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Stranger In A Strange Land

 

As I write these words I am outside the bounds of the familiar, a place where the Pelican rarely flies. The strangeness of the air and land pervade my being yet it is held at bay by the knowledge of the Pelicans who have braved this land before. As I go about my tasks it is the small differences that strike me – there is this constant stream of water falling from the sky with occasional patches of blue sky instead of the other way around, as nature intended. Drivers seem to think that 60mph is a reasonable speed to travel the freeways at. People are happy with how the NLF season played out. Cats and dogs are living together. In spite of this anarchy I have cobbled together this week’s newsletter as a reminder of that land of noble people and lush pitches that produces the finest rugby in the country.

 

Strangers Coming To Our Land

The jewel of the exchange season is upon us with the arrival of the East Midlands referees. If you have not already done so please contact Bjorn “The Screaming Viking” Stumer at bjorn.stumer@gsa.gov to offer hosting for our guests. We need not only beds for them to sleep in but guides to show them the wonders of Northern California. There may be beer involved.

 

Dr Bruce Carter will be leading the usual contingent up to Yosemite for a Half Dome hike. Pelicans pay $100 towards the room. You’ll meet in the valley on the 18th and have dinner at the Lodge. The hike commences at dawn on the 19th. The route chosen will depend on weather conditions (and the physical state of the attendees). In the past we’ve gone up Yosemite Falls and Nevada Falls.

 

We also need volunteers to host other incoming exchange referees. Hosting goes a long way towards fostering good will and is one of the considerations for choosing who we send out in exchange. We need one host for incoming Virginia referee Chris Davis who is coming in March. Again, volunteers should contact Exchange Officer Bjorn “Ironside” Stumer at bjorn.stumer@gsa.gov.

 

Touch Judge And Referee Courses Approaching

 

The Northern California Rugby Referee Society (NCRRS) will host both a Touch Judge Course and an Assistant Referee Course on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the San Francisco Golden Gate Clubhouse, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA. The Touch Judge Course will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. with a written exam. The fee for the Touch Course is $25. The course fee for members of the NCRRS will be paid by the Society.

 

The Assistant Referee Course will began at 1:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m. The fee for the Assistant Referee Course is $25. The course fee for members of the NCRRS will be paid by the Society.

 

Lunch will be provided for all students who register for both the Touch Judge and the Assistant Referee Courses.

 

Persons desiring to register for these courses must be CIPP registered members of USA Rugby.

 

Registration may be accomplished as follows:

 

Please contact Mike Malone, mgmalone@comcast.net or (415) 472-2091 if you have any further questions.

 

And now on to the games…

 

Please remember when filling out your match reports on assignr, ASSIGNR IS NOT WHERE YOU REPORT MISCONDUCT. The report section of assignr is for the match summaries that are below. If there are red cards or reportable yellow cards in your match then report them via the channels described on pelicanrefs.com.

 

Date: 02/24/2014

Solano Community College 17 – St Mary’s C 31

Referee: Donnelly, Kevin

 

Newly established college team based at Solano Community College played tough and capable in a game against a well-organized St Mary’s C team. Several well-worked tries off multiple phase play rewarded SCC with points while SMC had no problem responding. I was impressed with the skils and attitude of players on both teams.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Aptos 40 – Modesto 17

Referee: Carter, Bruce

 

MEMORY LANE

 

The blessed rain broke for a NorCal Rugby Day on the first day of March. With the Pelicanmobile gassed and my latest favorite podcasts downloaded, I was off the morning sunshine for a beautiful drive along the coast of Monterey Bay.

 

After a good atmospheric dousing, the sky breaks especially clear and, with the sun climbing the ecliptic this time of year, bright. Only a few weeks ago it was dark when most people got off work, and now we’ll be on daylight saving time in a few days.

 

The recent storms spawned wave fronts, the breakers of which cast mist well up into the sky along the coastline. This is visible even with the large sand dunes by Marina blocking a direct view of the surf.

 

Moss Landing was doing good business, the restaurants, produce and antique shops drawing well. My favorite spot in Moss Landing is the Shakespeare Society of America. It’s like an antique shop of literary history, funky and crowded with everything from historical items to Hollywood props.

 

The Army sent me to Fort Ord 30 years ago last month. That’s half of this pelican’s life, and it’s been a great base for my rugby experiences.

 

Crossing the Pajaro River into Santa Cruz County, I saw Watsonville decked out in spring finery, strawberries burgeoning and roadside market stalls well-stocked.

 

What a fine day to ref a game, and on a ‘new’ (for me) pitch to boot: Lake View Middle School.

 

The lake was in view: it surrounded and invaded the pitch. The running track lacked only a sufficiency of cold to serve as an ice-skating venue, and one quadrant of the pitch was a bog.

 

The was D3, temporary-goalpost, mud-bowl rugby at it’s finest.

 

The mud slows everyone down, already-slow referees included, but narrows the variance so I appreciate it.

 

It was a hard day to stay on one’s feet, or to keep the penalty count low. This frustrated lots of players. It’s only human nature to think that when those wearing a shirt like yours fall down, they slipped, but when anyone in a different color falls down it is with malice aforethought.

 

Pretty good game – I certainly enjoyed it. Lots of tries for a mud venue, with four different Aptos backs breaking off long scoring runs.

 

I can’t remember seeing such a potent back-attack from these guys in some years.

 

Those long runs were the difference in the game, as otherwise the teams were pretty evenly matched.

 

Afterwards we repaired to Carmonas, where I sat with friends of 25-years’ vintage and discussed the rugby loops we live it. In perfect illustration, they recognized one of the Harlots as having played rugby for Aptos High School ten or twelve years ago.

 

As I was leaving, being promised home at a certain hour, they broke into song: “Saturday’s a Rugby Day”, when everybody’s happy.

 

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Baracus 43 – Chico 3

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

Baracus overcame an initially stout Chico defense that put in some big hits by finding gaps and using pace and team rugby.

 

Baracus took the B side match as well 49-0.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Cal Maritime 51 – USF 12

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Very competitive match for not only the first half (15-12) but the first tem minutes of the 2nd when CMA pulled ahead using their flyhalf Axel to take the ball up & feed one of his two centers resulting in some nice long runs. USF seemed to run out of gas trying to tackle numerous runs; & CMA had a very effective maul which their forwards gained a lot of ground a number of times; which USF had no answer for.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Cal Women 15 – UC Davis Women 10

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

It was supposed to be a rainy day, but at kickoff in Memorial Stadium, it was actually pretty nice out! (That didn’t last though…) It was Cal’s rugby alumni weekend, which is why they had the fancy venue.

The game started off with a Cal try within the first 5 minutes with a breakaway by their #12. But that just picked up the intensity of the Davis side. Cal scored again with their forwards. But Davis ended the half with a try of their own. No conversions for the first half put the score at 10-5. The second half started similarly with another early try for Cal. A dangerous tackle by the 14 resulted in a yellow card for Davis’s wing, but Cal wasn’t able to capitalize on the overload. They were playing a fairly tight game bringing the ball back to their forwards more often than not. Several handling errors from both sides made for a scrum heavy game. With about 12 minutes left, Davis scored a try which put them within 5 again. A couple of injuries slowed down the game, but no more tries were scored. It was a very intense and close match with some excellent rugby, and both teams are looking good.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

California Women B 0 – UC Davis Women B 55

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

A great experience to have a run in California Memorial Stadium. You can tell if you are projecting well when you hear the echo. The weather threw a little bit of everything, clouds, sun, a sunshower and some rain. Both sides wanted the full 80 minutes, which you don’t always get with a B-side.

 

As for the game, Cal dominated in the scrums, but Davis’s #8 and scrumhalf figured out how to manage. Their backs were strong in cutting through the Cal backline and generally did well at the breakdowns. Cal’s backs tended to take too much flat ball and despite the strong efforts of their inside center who consistently got half breaks, they weren’t able to build off of this.

Davis broke out to a 38-0 lead at the half and cruised to a 55-0 final.

 

Many thanks to Jen Tetler for sticking around in the rain and running AR. The extra set of eyes are always appreciated.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Chico State Women 0 – Stanford Women 0

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

Match cancelled due to rugby like weather conditions. This did save me from a 7 hour drive and I was able to referee the Marin Highlanders v Napa Stormers U-19 match right in my backyard. Napa won both varisty and jv matches.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Chico State Women B 0 – Stanford Women B 0

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

Match cancelled due to rugby like weather conditions

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

CSUMB 10 – Santa Rosa JC 71

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

Windy, but the rain held off until the last 10 minutes. SRJC had 30 players suited for the away game. CSUMB had some huge players, SRJC were much smaller, but relentless; they just kept coming. Evenly played for the first 10 minutes and then the JC scored a try every 4 minutes for a 38-0 halftime lead. Second half was a better half for Monterey, as it was 2 tries to 3 until the last couple of minutes when the Santa Rosa team poured it on. Everyone had fun; it was all good!!!

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

EPA Bulldogs 128 – Fresno 5

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Fresno had many A side players not coming since this was supposed to be a BYE week until last Tuesday. The bulldogs scored 20 tries in the game, Fresno scored one try at the beginning of the second half.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

EPA Razorbacks 54

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Referee: Lew, Tim

 

The game started slightly cloudy in EPA and had on and off rain. EPA coming off their recent hiatus from rugby was firing on all cylinders. EPA scored two quick tries and remained in front the entire game. SFGG had a number of missed tackles that allowed EPA to run around.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Fresno State 25 – Chico State 51

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

Cool day, moist field perfect for a good run between two undefeateds.

The battle raged in the first half, each team trading scores. The game was close at the end of the first half , Fresno 10 Chico 17. At the beginning of the second half, it was more than apparent; Fresno was going to keep it in the pack with masterful pushover try 5minutes in. This only fueled Chico’s fire were upon the visitors promptly dotted 4try in 9minutes with no answer from the home side till after the 5th try 6minutes later. The eventual score was Fresno 25 Chico 51, fostered by the relentless play from the Chico loosies.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Mendocino 41 – Humboldt 7

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

I always enjoy the drive up to our northern games in this area. I had never been to the Mendocino pitch. I should have brought a fishing pole because it sure looked like there would be trout in the stream next to the pitch. At one point, a kick for touch landed in the stream and must be in the ocean by now.

This was an Emerald Cup game with Mendocino defending the cup. Humboldt showed up with only 14 players and played bravely, but were not able to take it away.

This is the first time I get to mention two front row players (one from each team) in a write-up. Humboldts’ #3, (listed as Carmen Lopez) went down twice in the game pretty hard and was slow to get up, but showed true grit and played through the full 80 min. The other front rower to be named is Mendocinos’ #2 (Peter Scoogans (sp?)). Humboldt was putting up a very good offensive drive at the very start of the second half and were within 15-20 meters of goal. Suddenly Peter intercepts a pass and starts running as fast as he could in the other direction. He actually made it to about 10 -15 meters from goal when he as drug down. His team did get a try out of his effort due to good support. It was great to see a front-rower make such a play.

This trip also included something I have not seen before. At the social afterwards, several members of Mendocino showed up in costumes of various sorts. Kind of like a 7’s affair.

All in all it was an enjoyable day reffing a game that both teams seemed to enjoy playing and a great social afterwards. How can you ask for better?

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Olympic Club 71 – Bald Eagles 17

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

With the Bald Eagles short of players and Rich Boyer being just six weeks after surgery, I ended up refereeing

from hooker for Bald Eagles while Rich carried the watch and whistle.

 

The OC have recruited well for their old boys and probably averaged 10 years younger on average. With this and better speed, skill and fitness they were able to score regularly and often as can be seen from the final score.

 

Overall a fun time was had by all as a warm up for the later games.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Olympic Club B 60 – Stanford GSB 13

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

Olympic Club came out with a bang! Scoring in the 1st 5 minutes.

 

Stanford GSB fielded a small pack on the day. OC, with their bigger size, was able to dominate the scrums.

 

OC had a stronger bench. Their stronger, scrums and bench they were able to control the game.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Reno Zephyrs 43 – Napa Valley 40

Referee: Bryant, Lee

 

This was the first game I have every reffed in Fernley, a small city outside of Reno. This may have been the first rugby game ever played in this town now that I think of it.

 

Napa is a new team, the captain told me during the pregame chat that for some of the players, this was only their second game. Napa started off strong, putting up most of their points in the first half. They moved the ball well using the full length of the field to stretch out the Reno defense. However, Reno stayed tough and rallied in the second half, scored most of their points in the second half. Great fast rugby.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Sacramento Lions 82 – Diablo Gaels 19

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

Lions took this from the opening kickoff. With ball in hand they ran their entertaining 7s style rugby all over Robla park. Gaels, to their credit, kept at it, scoring 2 opportunistic tries — one on a poorly controlled ball at a scrum, another on an interception in the backs. Their final try came as time expired, as they set up a wonderful rolling mall, crashing over for their 3rd score.

 

Never in doubt, however, Lions came away deserved winners, with 14 tries in all.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Sacramento State 17 – Santa Clara University 43

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

Soft field, stiff breeze, and sunshine at Sacramento State. Both teams moved the ball well and enjoyed enough possession to do damage. Sac State had many individual bursts, but Santa Clara’s overall game plan was more cohesive and strategic. The south bay team led 24-5 at half and won comfortably, 7 tries to 3.

 

Much thanks to Mike King who did a solid job as AR, after refereeing another game beforehand.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Sacramento State B 42 – Santa Clara University B 21

Referee: Nguyen, Anthony

 

No Report Received.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Sacramento State Women 29 – USF Women 17

Referee: King, Mike

 

A somewhat drizzly morning greeted these 2 sides and their fans, as they opened a day of rugby at Sacramento State. Field conditions were fair with slick areas, but overall footing was decent. Sacramento opened the scoring, but USF bounced back soon thereafter. Both sides tackled and ran hard, with the handling decent for the conditions. USF only came with 14 players, so the Hornet starters began to exert their superiority – opening a sizeable lead by half. The Dons were not to be ignored, as they gamely carried the attack forward in the second half. Sac State was able to substitute to give more players some experience, but it was mainly determination by the visitors that allowed them the greater number of points in the second half. Well played by both sides, and a fun match for all.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

SF Fog 52 – State of Jefferson 14

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

Late kickoff (2pm) to give SoJ time for the LONG drive down from Yreka. Was my first time at the north field on TI – given the strong rains, I expected a sloppy pitch, but it was surprisingly firm.

 

SoJ showed up with 15 players, with a great variety of experience. The Fog were fairly solid and well disciplined, and struck early and often in the first half – ended at 38-0.

 

Second half was more balanced – Fog substituted in some greener players, and SoJ never gave up.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

SFGG Women 76 – San Jose Seahawks Women 14

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

Just a bit one-sided. 66-0 at halftime, so the second half was a little more interesting. No need for cards, or even many penalties – I think there were 5 or 6 in the whole game. Thanks to both teams for listening well and playing the game in very good spirits!

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Sierra College 79 – UOP 24

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Sierra started strong and never let up. Attacks by the Sierra #8 and centers went largely uncontested by UOP. It was a fast paced game on a turf field; better than the slog in the mud I anticipated. UOP is a better team than what they showed against Sierra since I watched them play close with Humboldt a few weeks earlier. Both teams are well coached and played very cleanly. Appreciate the presence of Scott Wood to offer tips and review.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

South Valley 14 – Colusa 39

Referee: Pohlman, John

 

Colusa County 39 South Valley Bucks 14

 

Saturday at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Center all turf field was surprisingly nice.

The weather was perfect for rugby. The all turf field was acceptable.

Division three rivals South Valley were hosting Colusa County.

The game kicked off at 1:30 and we needed to be off the field by 3:00.

Colusa pretty much dominated the entire game. Colusa scored three-first half try’s.

Halftime score, Colusa 22 South Valley 0.

Colusa’s #9 led his team and scored the third try of the first half.

The second half was more competitive. South Valley scoring two try’s to Colusa’s three.

Colusa’s #9 Juan Loza left with a twisted ankle. For about ten minutes the Colusa team seemed lost.

But Colusa’s captain Cody Berkley motivated his players and Colusa scored two very nice try’s.

The second at 35 minutes saw the ball handled by at least six Colusa players for a 60 meter try finished by Joseph Guidy.

The only challenge in the game was loads of back chat.

At one scrum I heard numerous players from both teams pleading for calls.

This adds nothing to the game.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

St. Mary’s College 36 – Cal Poly 5

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

This one had the potential to be a cracker, but the weather restricted the play. St. Mary’s home field was officially wet. So much so that they moved up the A-side game to be first up, in order to get a decent amount of time on a pitch not completely torn up.

 

Poly often struggled to make the gain line, while the Gaels often broke through with a combination of backs and forwards. The Poly pack fronted up well against the large tight five of St. Mary’s but the home team often had the upper hand in the scrum, but not always legally, which led to a few too many penalties.

 

Overall, not too bad, but it would have been nice to get this one on a dry track.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

Stanford 64 – SF State 12

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

Stanford 64 – San Francisco State 12

Referee: Neil MacDonald

Steuber field was in good shape despite the downpours of the previous couple of days, and the rain had turned to intermittent drizzle by the time we kicked off. Stanford are playing with a much higher level of intensity and commitment than when I last saw them a year ago. Awash in possession from most of SFSU’s lineouts in addition to their own, the Cardinals were too much for their guests to handle, and ran in ten tries to SFSU’s two.

 

 

Stanford B 34 – San Francisco State 5

Referee: Neil MacDonald

Stanford also prevailed in the B side match of 30 minutes halves. SFSU played a man down for 10 minutes after killing fast Stanford ball four meters from the SFSU line. The depth and freshness of Stanford’s squad and their greater experience in the pack combined to take their toll on a tiring SFSU team, with several SFSU players coming on in their second game of the day as the visitor’s reserves dwindled. Stanford ran out victors six tries to one.

 

 

Date: 03/01/2014

UNR 14 – UC Santa Cruz 35

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

Rugby in Northern California offers many different challenges as well as many different rewards. One of the rewards is the ability to get a game in Reno the week that the best snow of the year is falling at the Tahoe resorts. Naturally, when I saw the University of Nevada, Reno assignment I decided to come up on Thursday for some Friday skiing.

 

Magic.

 

As an aside to any UNR people reading this, you really need to work on alumni relations. Your most famous rugby alumnus, Todd Clever, refused to send any “gifts” to influence the outcome of the game while his older brother Chris offered a suitcase full of said “gifts” but it never arrived. I guess I had to play it straight up…

 

After a minor struggle to find the intramural fields the game was to be played on (this is two weeks in a row – am I spotting a trend ?) I arrived to find both teams warming up in the chilly Reno afternoon. Weather up there can be a bit fickle. The day was mostly cloudy in the low 50s but when the sun broke out it felt like an instant 10 degree boost, until, of course the clouds came back and some rain started spritzing down to make it feel like low 40, and then back again to cloudy and in the 50s. Oh well, at least I was running to keep warm.

 

The match itself was much closer than the scoreline indicates. UNR and UCSC were evenly matched for most of the half exchanging converted tries early on. A penalty kick for UCSC was mixed in created a lead that was further padded when UCSC had a breakaway up the left wing. The winger was caught 2 meters short but unfortunately was caught high. Penalty try, yellow card and UNR at a disadvantage for all but 3 minutes of the half. The Wolf Pack defended strongly and only gave up a single penalty goal in this period and went to the break down 20-7.

 

The second half was much the same as the first with both sides running hard and moving the ball. Neither side was able to break through with UNR getting closest – a period of sustained pressure saw them hammering at the line when the penultimate pick and drive ended in a knock on 4 inches short of the line. I say penultimate because the ball was immediately scooped up and downed in the try zone much to the delight of the home crowd but sadly the joy was misplaced. The stalemate continued until UNR defended well enough on their own 22 to get a penalty for not releasing. A quick tap was taken by the #9 who immediately ran into a UCSC player and held him at arm’s length as he ran forward. As the UCSC player made no effort to tackle and was actively retreating I called “play on”. The scrumhalf realized he wasn’t going to get the penalty so he tried a long pass that was read perfectly by the UCSC wing and an easy try under the posts. UNR wasn’t happy, of course, but I told their captain that I wouldn’t allow them to manufacture a penalty like that. This seemed to really get the Wolf Pack going and they started pressing even harder with several key breaks by their captain and fullback Ryan who never seemed to be tackled by the first man. A well deserved try brought the hosts to 25-14 and when the UCSC #8 was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle the momentum seemed to be shifting to the hosts. However, UCSC was able to get a penalty to stretch their lead and when UNR gave up another penalty in the dying moments a bit of ill discipline resulted in another yellow as the ball was thrown away. UCSC was able to score on the ensuing possession to end the match. A fun, exciting game where both teams conducted themselves well. Both captains were a credit to their squads and I expect good things from these programs.

 

 

This Week’s Photo

Visitors to Pelicanland are not uncommon, as the gnome mascot from Washington DC takes in the sun at Pat Vincent Field a couple of weeks back with a Pelican companion

Pelican Gnome

 

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

 

Appropriate Touching

HAIL PELICUS!

Appropriate Touching

 

The rugby action is hot and heavy as every league is currently in play. Referee are doubling up and working harder than ever adjudicating games and keeping players within the bounds of law. In keeping with their history of wise, thoughtful and timely decisions USA Rugby has decided that the rest of the world is, in fact, on to something and have issued the long awaited ruling on the scrum engagement.

 

Yes Nine!

The Rugby Committee has just voted (in a rare show of unanimity) to adopt the silent version of ‘yes, nine’ for all levels of adult rugby. The verbal ‘yes, nine’ will remain in effect for U19/high school and younger. This is meant to take effect immediately – games played March 1 and after.

 

So, for games within the NCYRA, the protocol remains the same: a verbal acknowledgement (‘yes, nine’) from the referee that the scrum is stable and the ball may be put in.

 

For games within the NCRFU, a silent acknowledgement to the scrumhalf that the scrum is stable and the ball may be put in. This can be done by touching the scrumhalf or by a signal.

 

The front-row briefing should include agreeing with the scrumhalves in what way the touching will be accomplished and what the signal will be. Typically, the touch is either in the middle of the back (between the shoulder blades) or on the shoulder. The signal can be a thumbs-up, a nod, a play-on gesture, but needs to be demonstrated to the scrumhalves before the game.

 

East Midlands Exchange Is Imminent

 

One of the great traditions of Pelicanland is the East Midlands exchange, where in the spring of an even numbered year a few English tourists are shown the beauty and majesty of rugby in California in all her glory, while in the fall of odd numbered years a few lucky Pelicans travel to the Sceptered Isle and experience the pomp and pageantry of rugby in the land of its birth. This is one of the greatest experiences one can have as a referee and I should know – I went on the last one. Friends for life will be made and memories to treasure, but it all starts at home. Those who host visiting referees have the best chance at being selected to go. That being said we are busy preparing for the arrival of our English guests and one of the highlights of the tour is a trip to Yosemite valley. This from Dr Bruce Carter:

I’ve got rooms for Yosemite Lodge for Tuesday, March 18th.


With three visitors, I got three rooms. We can get up to nine people in them if need be.


James, you might want to ask in HP for those who want to join us on the hike. I ask Pelicans to pay $100 towards the room (which are about $250 each) and I cover the rest for the visitors’ sake.


We’ll meet in the valley on the 18th and have dinner at the Lodge. The hike commences at dawn on the 19th. The route chosen will depend on weather conditions (and the physical state of the attendees). In the past we’ve gone up Yosemite Falls and Nevada Falls.

 

On That Topic

 

A repeat of the previous call for hosts:

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

 

 

And Now, On To The Games…

 

Date: 02/19/2014

California 74 – Santa Clara 13

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

Perfect weather for a great rugby game on this Wednesday evening. No clouds, no wind, fresh air.

Santa Clara got stuck in traffic coming from the other side of the bay, and kickoff had to be delayed by 15 minutes to allow them to have a proper warm up.

 

The first half started with two very strong teams playing rugby. Both teams were very fast, very fit, and very precise, both in attack and defense. I don’t recall a single turnover at a ruck during the whole game: support was always there.

Cal scored first with a converted try at the 7th minute, but Santa Clara replied quickly with a try at the 13th minute (7-5). Both attacks were very strong, but both defenses were even stronger, with good tackles by both teams. We had to wait for the 28th minute to see Cal score an other try. They scored again at the 34th minute to take a 19-5 lead, but the last 5 minutes of the half were Santa Clara’s. They scored a penalty goal at the 35th, and a try at the 39th, to go to the break only 6 points behind (19-13).

 

The second half was very different. Both teams kept playing very good rugby, but Santa Clara wasn’t able to keep up with the pace. Their defensive line wasn’t as strong and fast anymore, many tackles were missed. They had a few nice attacking plays, but they were not fast enough to score. They burned all their energy in this great first half of rugby. Cal scored 9 tries in the second half, and won the game 74-13.

 

Many thanks to Tom Wright and Kevin Donnelly for their great job as assistant referees. Thanks to both teams for this great game, and for reminding me that some games can exhaust me.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Cal Poly SLO 75 – UC Santa Barbara 3

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

Assistant Referee: Andy Doukas

Touch Judge: Gary Brown

 

The total of points scored in this game was the same as the temperature at kickoff on a glorious day in San Luis Obispo. Firm pitch, blue skies and a tricky gusting wind which played havoc with restarts and kicking from hand throughout the match. Cal Poly were too strong for UCSB, dominating the scrum and the breakdown, and feeding quick ball to their pacy and extremely well-drilled backs, who broke or rounded the Gaucho back line with a combination of guile, speed, strength and great running lines, and ran in seven of the Mustangs’ eleven tries. UCSB didn’t have much luck all day. In the second half at one point the Gauchos had a scrum advantage for a Cal Poly knock on. They gathered the loose ball, set a good ruck, recycled it quickly and spun good front foot

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ball to their back line, setting off on a foray into the Mustangs’ half. No sooner had I called advantage gained than the next pass down the Gaucho’s back line was intercepted for a Mustang try under the posts. UCSB stayed positive throughout the match, despite the avalanche of tries conceded and the misery compounded by the excellent kicking of Cal Poly’s captain #10 Alex Frost (10 from 11). Particular kudos to UCSB’s #12 who charged every conversion as if he was racing Carlin Isles over 25m, and came extremely close to

blocking a couple. Cal Poly move to 2-0, and travel to St Mary’s next weekend.

 

Thanks to Andy Doukas and Gary Brown for their excellent help on the touchlines.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

California 32 – UCLA 10

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

Unbeaten Cal hosted UCLA in a PAC conference matchup in front of a capacity crowd at Witter Field which included Cal flag-bearers, cheerleaders, and 65F sunny skies. Adding to the overall spectacle, this was the first rugby match televised live by the national Pac-12 TV network. As usual, Cal provided professional instructions for pre-match logistics including match official parking and the run sheet. (Run sheets are invaluable for high-profile matches to get everyone on the same schedule. Outside of USA Rugby national championships, Cal is the only local team I know that consistently provides run sheets, although I remember SFGG used to provide them a few years ago.)

 

This was a tale of two halves. Cal played uncharacteristically flat in the first half, committing frequent penalties, unforced handing errors, and isolated ball carriers. In contrast, UCLA was the more cohesive and assertive team, dominating both territory and possession to earn a 10-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, Cal displayed more of their customary structure to claw their way back and grab the lead, 13-10, which was not until the 62nd minute. Cal’s captain, #13, deserves recognition for his impressive work-rate, which single-handedly brought his team back into the game. UCLA resisted fiercely right to the end, but could not overcome Cal’s fitness advantage, which became evident late in the 4th quarter. Despite a subpar performance (by their lofty standards), Cal still won comfortably, 5 tries to 1.

 

Much thanks to Rob Hendrickson and Kevin Donnelly for doing a solid job as AR’s. Also thanks to Dave Williamson for hosting the match officials to dinner at his home in Berkeley after the match.

 

PS: This game will be replayed several times this week on the Pac12 network.

 

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

California B 83 – UCLA B 5

Referee: Lew, Tim

 

Game was clean and fast. UCLA didn’t have the depth to play two full games against a fit, disappointed Cal 2nd side. Cal subbed a number of young players in within the first half.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Chico 21 – Marin 12

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

First try by Marin early in the game, and that’s all that got scored in the first half. 7-0 Marin. Chico scored early in the second half, to tie 7-7. But Marin scored a non converted try at the 15th minute, to take the lead again. At the 30th minute Chico scored 7 points and took the lead by 2 points. Just after the restart, Chico gathered the ball back and ran passed the try line a third time, taking a comfortable 9-point lead 6 minutes from the end. One minute later, Marin was awarded a penalty kick 40m in front of the posts, and attempted to take the points, but the ball went slightly to the right of the posts. They desperately tried to score until the end, but they couldn’t.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Chico State 39 – UNR 10

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Chico was just too much for UNR to handle. Chico’s strategy of not contesting many of the rucks created a defensive line that UNR found hard to penetrate. On offense, Chico has a strong set of forwards that could create several phases of play from a tackle. Then, they could work it out to the wing and find a gap or overlap in the retreating UNR line.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Chico State B 25 – UNR B 10

Referee: Baker, Eugene

 

First of all – This match was Chico MEN’S B vs U of Nevada -Reno B….Score was 25-10, with a lot of open running by Chico State. Wildcats were simply more experienced and deeper.

 

1 yellow card to #21 Edgar Gonzalez (CIPP# 730531) of UNR for three high tackles in the first half – Two in a ten second period…No further infractions by Gonzalez after the yellow.

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Chico State Women 10 – UC Davis Women 31

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

A pretty solid and well played game that wasn’t really in doubt, in terms of who was going to win.

 

There were extended periods of advantage which seemed to help with a few knock-ons and silly penalties.

 

UC Davis’ best player was clearly their fly-half who set up the backs for many of their tries.

 

In the B-side game, UC Davis won 7-15.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Humboldt State Women 32 – UC Santa Cruz Women 17

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

673 mile round trip, quite a trip. If offered, take Friday off and take your significant other. The Ivanhoe Hotel in Ferndale was recently featured on “Diners, Drive-in and Dives” and is also run by a former Cal and Old Blues player – Dave Mogni. Excellent food and some renovated rooms that will make a rugby trip qualify for a weekend away.

 

On to the rugby; both teams were out and warming up an hour before the game. We got the pre-game things done and all the piercings removed (why would one want to play a contact sport with piercings in place?).

 

UCSC looked as though the night in a hotel had served them well as they started strongly building a 12 – 0 lead in the first 20. At which point the home team woke up and worked back to 12 – 10 at the half.

 

In the second half, HSU played to their strength – the back 3. UCSC tried to work to their strengths, which were organization and their half backs.

 

Working to the strengths worked better for the home side who added 4 tries (but only one conversion) to one try for the visitors.

 

Final HSU 32 – UCSC 17

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Life West 49 – South Valley 5

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

Tale of 3 halves. South Valley keeping Life West on its heels in the 1st half. Unfortunately they could not come up with any points, but held Life to only 2 unconverted tries in the first half. From the start of the 2nd half Life went wild scoring another 7 tries with some great runs by its two half backs taking the ball up past the game line causing South Valley to commit at least 2 tacklers. Third half was a draw, with Life hosting an incredible after-party at their college backyard; while South Valley won a hotly contested boat race by a tongue.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Modesto 17 – Reno Zephyrs 64

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

A clear, cool, dry day greeted Debbie and I as we made our way to Turlock for the D3 contest between traveling Reno and home team Modesto. Both teams appeared ready, but one had fitness on there side. Reno maintained good spacing and sharp running angles scoring 5 trys a half slotting 70% of their kicks. The Harlots managed a try a half and 50% conversion rate for a score of

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64 for the visitors and 17 on the home team. My wife commented on the train activity in Turlock saying their had to be at least 5 or 6 during the game. I said no just one, the Reno Zephyr through Modesto.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Olympic Club 12 – OMBAC 28

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

Old Mission Beach Athletic Club moved to 2-1 with a 28-12 defeat of Olympic Club Saturday in Pacific Rugby Premiership play.

OMBAC overcame an early 12-0 deficit to beat O-Club.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Sacramento State 17 – San Diego State 46

Referee: Tucker, Chris

 

The visiting Aztecs started out well, scoring first after sustained pressure on Sac State. They would have had another had their centre not needlessly held back the last tackler when the wing had the goal-line in sight. As it was, the hosts scored three tries in reply during the first period, two from deep inside their own half. Both featured excellent back line hands and fast, penetrating running. The third came from a muffed restart, which was gathered and shortly thereafter was scored by captain Travis Haugens.

 

At the half it was 17-17, very much against the run of play, but Sac seized their chances where the Aztecs did not.

 

The second half was a closer reflection of the Aztecs’ territorial dominance, and they worked in another 5 unanswered tries to leave the result in no doubt.

 

Good spirit on both sides, a pleasure to referee. Thanks to R and Ron for their assistance on the sidelines.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

San Jose Seahawks Women 0 – Sacramento Amazons 49

Referee: Tetler, Jen

 

With the dissolution of two D1 teams, the women’s D2 teams have some really good rugby going on. This weekend’s game started off with some back and forth up and down the field. The Amazons scored first wide off of an advantage. The game stayed pretty close for a while, but eventually the size, speed, and support play of the Amazons wore down the Seahawks. The half ended with a fourth try by the Amazons and a score of 20-0. Even with the game not going in their favor, the Seahawks never gave up. They fought hard and had good numbers and positioning, but a few ball-handling errors and lost scrums made it so they weren’t able to get a try. Sacramento scored 5 times in the 2nd half and were able to convert twice. Final score was 49-0.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Santa Clara Women 36 – Sacramento State Women 37

Referee: Kenny, Stephen

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Santa Rosa JC 59 – Humboldt State 5

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

Obviously not a close game. Santa Rosa was lightning quick and relentless. Pick it, pick it, pick it, then wham, out to a good set of backs.

 

But Humboldt not only showed up, but played hard the entire game. No quit. Indeed, they scored the last points in the game.

 

Referees- nothing is more lovely that a game on the Santa Rosa pitch on a fine day. Accept that assignment.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

SF Fog 12 – Humboldt 52

Referee: Valerio, Stephen

 

An excellent day for rugby; sunny and cool. The 2 squads had excellent chemistry, with the forwards cracking me a few times and teams being constructive in their conversations. A note to other squads, asking a clarifying question is always appreciated. A relatively close 22-12 match gave way to some one-way traffic in the second half as Humboldt, which had travelled in strong numbers, used their backs to bang in 6 more tries. Their centers were particularly effective, though their kicking game left some points behind. I did appreciate the final kickers confidence. “I’ve seen other people do this.” He went 0-2 with his attempts at the posts.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

SF State 19 – Fresno State 27

Referee: Gordon, Preston

 

A good game, 5 tries to 3, and 10-5 at halftime to FSU. SFSU scored twice in the last few minutes to make things interesting.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

SFGG Women 63 – Berkeley All Blues 14

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

The game started 15 players on 14 with the All Blues only having 14 players. Quickly, that number dropped with the first of three injuries. The heart of the All Blues and the great tackling by their center could not hold back the teamwork and aggressive play from the Golden Gate women. Halftime score SFGG 24 – All Blues 0. Number of players on the field at halftime: SFGG 15 – All Blues 11.

 

The All Blues determined to stay with their 11 players instead of taking a forfeit and having some extra SFGG women join. The third quarter was much like the first half with SFGG running wild and All Blues showing nice rugby, but the lack of numbers made support play difficult. The All Blues did have some light shine through with two late converted tries.

 

Overall, it was an enjoyable game to watch and referee. Final score: SFGG 63 – All Blues 14.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Sonoma State 41 – Cal Maritime 26

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

Great day; I’ve never reffed at Sonoma State. Game started out evenly matched. Cal-Maritime scored first at 15 minutes; Sonoma State tied it 7-7 five minutes later. CM was up 14-12 at half and they were up 21-19, but Sonoma State took control with 4 tries about half way through the second half. Long runs from their loose forwards and backs gave them control to win 41-26. Good game by both sides!!!

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

St. Mary’s College 57 – Santa Rosa 19

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

A postcard day in Moraga was the setting for St Mary’s hosting Santa Rosa’s D1 side in a non-league friendly. With an official national assessor on the match to make sure all was well, one can imagine how well things went when 2 more national assessors decided to stroll up and watch the game. The game itself was expected to be fast and furious and didn’t disappoint. Santa Rosa used great pressure to slow down the speedy St Mary’s attack and competed at every breakdown. Turnover ball produced a kick into the danger zone for Santa Rosa to chase and the ensuing pressure rattled the St Mary’s wing in coverage. Santa Rose jumped on the loose ball and got on the board first, 7-0 with the difficult conversion. The Gaels wasted no time in answering with a converted try of their own as they reacted well to being unexpectedly behind. As the half wore on the action was back and forth – serving as a showcase for the Gael’s fullback’s prodigious boot – until Santa Rosa finally broke through a second time for another converted try. St Mary’s waited as long as they could to reply with turnover ball spun wide to their enterprising #13 who beat several tacklers with a mazy run to pay dirt under the posts. 14-14 at the half and it was obvious this was a cracker of a match.

 

The second half started much the same way as the first did with both sides exchanging tries. At the midpoint of the second period, however, St Mary’s started to show why they are the #1 ranked collegiate side in the country. A well worked try resulted in – as expected – a kickoff and the Gaels started moving the point of attack, spinning the ball wide to their fullback inserting himself into midfield. A good line and a handoff and he was away, dishing off to support for an immediate try. This would happen later in the match as Santa Rosa struggled to keep up with the fitter students. The game was being stretched out and only one team was setting the pace. Santa Rosa did themselves no favors as they lost their influential #10 to a sin bin for repeat naughtiness for what turned out to be the final 10 minutes of the game but by then the scoreline was out of reach. A very well played game by two very well coached teams.

 

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

St. Mary’s College B 64 – Santa Rosa B 29

Referee: Johnson, Lee

 

A fast paced game played on an unseasonably hot February afternoon with a total of 15 tries, with some excellent rugby played by both sides.

St Mary’s scored within the first five minutes and despite a quick response from Santa Rosa, took complete charge of the first half, with the half time score being 47-10.

St Mary’s then made a number of changes throughout the second half which made for a more even contest, with Santa Rosa edging that 19-17.

An enjoyable game to referee with both sides committed to playing an expansive game.

 

Date: 02/22/2014

St Mary’s C 91 – Santa Rosa C 5

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

When a college team plays a high school team what you would expect to happen happened. SMC was too big, too fast, and too strong.

 

SR played well. They were able to contest at the rucks and was able to capitalize on a mistake by SMC to score their only try.

 

Santa Rosa had a strong showing for their level. I would hate to go up against them if I were in highschool

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Stanford 68 – San Jose State 5

Referee: Tiatia, Nome

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Stanford B 34 – San Jose State B 10

Referee: Parkinson, David

 

the game was sloppy affair with both sides knocking on early and often and some issues getting the ball cleaned out at the ruck. as the game progressed the home team proved to be the better disciplined, more patient, and more calm team and came out on top.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Stanford Women 69 – Cal Women 17

Referee: Pohlman, John

 

Stanford 69 University of California 17

A.R.’s

Nome Tiatia

Justin Lam

 

Stanford woman hosted University of California this past Saturday. Stanford’s field was in perfect shape for parents weekend. A large crowd saw a much more competitive game then the final score would indicate.

Stanford’s #15 Chelsea Harris led the scoring with two first half scores. In all Stanford woman scored six try’s in the first half. All but one by their dominating back-line. None of the Stanford backs stood out…they all did.

The lone forward try in the first half was scored by Stanford’s open side flanker, Lai Turn.

The Cal tackle count was through the roof. Cal played great defense but the Stanford back-line was simply to organized. When Cal did attack with ball in hand the Stanford defense did not bend. In the first half Cal rarely broke the gain line.

 

At half time the Stanford band entertained the fans and officials.

 

Cal was able to free up their #15 Lauren Butler, possibly the fastest and most skilled runner on the field, for two second half try’s.

The second half saw Stanford scoring five more try’s to Cal’s three.

Of note Stanford captain #8 Ali Gleason converted 7 of her 8 attempts at goal. Many from the sideline. Ali is a two sport athlete and her soccer skills were easy to see.

All in all the game was fun to participate in. Cal’s captain Gen Ireland was professional and respectful as was Ali.

Good luck to both programs.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Stanford Women B 51 – Cal Women B 0

Referee: Carter, Bruce

 

It was a long Rugby Day, as in years gone by, wearing a couple of hats and putting some miles on the Pelicanmobile.

 

I left home at 8:30 for an 11 o’clock kickoff at Stueber Family Stadium at Stanford, where it was Parents’ Weekend. The weather cooperated, as it generally has cooperated with everyone but the farmers and the skiers this season (and those who eat food grown in California, later, when prices will probably rise).

 

The teams wanted to preserve the legs of some players who might see duty in the following A side match, so it was agreed to play 25-minute halves. This allowed me the opportunity to catch my grandson’s game in San Jose between acts at Stanford.

 

The Cardinal seconds featured the back-attack customarily associated with their firsts, scoring early and regularly.

 

One referee moment of note came late in the game when Stanford elected to go for goal on an easy-distance penalty. The kicker held the ball in her hands and waved off the tee-bearer. I casually asked, “Are you going to drop-kick it?”

 

“No”, she replied, proceeding to punt the ball.

 

I was hoping it would go through just to see what would happen. The in-goals are deep on the Farm and I’m sure it would have landed and been playable, and I probably would have had to announce “Play on” in an attempt to dissipate the confusion.

 

But it was just wide, caught and made dead by the defenders.

 

Query: should I have offered a scrum option had it gone over the dead-ball line? The kicker certainly thought she was going to for points, and it would have been an unsuccessful kick at goal in her opinion.

 

A quick jaunt down 101-85-280 brought me to Blackford, now called Boynton, where the Seahawks played many great games in the first part of my refereeing career. I got to do the second half of the Pleasanton JV, who are looking strong, and Los Gatos who as a young team are experiencing growing pains.

 

Back to Stanford with the low-fuel light beckoning in vain, such are the time constraints of a Rugby Day. As it was, I had barely enough time to get my radio on Nome Tiatia before his game kicked.

 

I had the pleasure of video-coaching both Nome and David Parkinson, newly with our society from Seattle. Both of these referees did fine jobs with Stanford and San Jose State, and have even better games in their future.

 

Comment heard from a well-known Stanford alumnus as the Cardinal put on a dominant display against the Spartans: “Who kidnapped the Stanford team and put these athletes on the field?”

 

For me, it was time to head home, arriving eleven hours after departing. And as much as I love my faithful Penelope Pelicus, I didn’t begrudge rugby one minute of it.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

UNR Women 60 – USF Women 10

Referee: Bryant, Lee

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

UOP 48 – CSUMB 39

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

What a nice pitch, well groomed and lined. A lovely day, warm sun with a cool breeze. UOP , the home team, only had fifteen players and credit to them, they played the whole game through. As can be seen by the score, it was the type of game that went back and forth, with the lead changing many times. Both teams played good, hard rugby with the home squad coming out on top.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

USF 10 – Sierra College 31

Referee: Coppinger, John

 

Sierra came out in full control and took a 19-0 lead at the break. Sierra would have scored more, but ball handling errors allowed USF to only be behind by 19 at the break.

 

USF came out in the second half and really lifted it defensive effort and turn over balls allowed USF to score tries twice (both unconverted) while Sierra tallied two tries (one converted). Big, big hits, although played in good spirits.

 

 

Date: 02/22/2014

Vacaville 61 – Sacramento Capitals 12

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

The assignment fairy gets extra points for assigning me a match between home and Sacramento. I attended a class in Sac for work on Thursday and Friday. Friday I spent the night at Phil Akroyd ‘s house where he cooked a fabulous meal of salmon and carp. That meant I didn’t have to drive home Friday only to repeat the trip Saturday.

The match: Vacaville ran away with this one. Dispite the score it was a very good match. Thanks to the coaches, captians and all the players for the great sportsmanship.

 

 

Date: 02/23/2014

St. Mary’s College Women 26 – Fresno State Women 56

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

It was a heavyweight slugging it out with a deft middleweight. No real contest but enjoyable to be a part of.

The Fresno Lady Bulldogs were closer to the Fresno Mastiffs-big players! But remarkably light on their feet and very adept at passing and support. There is a reason they are undefeated.

 

The Lady Gaels, to their credit, figured out it out-if we can not tackle them one on one, we gang tackle them. Grab a leg and wait for the Marines. They also kicked to where the Bulldogs were not, chased, and regained possession frequently.

 

This was my ”bonus” game from Pete-and great fun. Let no one state that Pete lacks a wry sense of humor or does not pay close attention to what his flock- or pod or murder or whatever we are-are up to. Want games? No worries; here you go.

 

 

Date: 02/24/2014

Solano Community College 17 – St Mary’s C 31

Referee: Donnelly, Kevin

 

Newly established college team based at Solano Community College played tough and capable in a game against a well-organized St Mary’s C team. Several well-worked tries off multiple phase play rewarded SCC with points while SMC had no problem responding. I was impressed with the skils and attitude of players on both teams.

 

High School Matches

 

SFGG varsity 36 – North Bay varsity 41

Referee: Eric Rauscher

 

I have never seen SFGGs’ field look so good. The weather was perfect.

Both teams came out of the gates hard and strong and stayed that way throughout the game. Neither seemed to let up on the throttle a bit.

The second half is indicative of the play. Tries were scored by NB @ 4, SFGG @ 9, PK by NB at 11, try by SFGG @18, NB @ 22, SFGG @ 26, NB @ 31, and SFGG @ 34. I think they both have would have just kept going until I died. What a great show of rugby.

 

 

This Week’s Photo

 

The Made 4 TV Team Of Three

TV Team of Three

 

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

 

 

The Biggest Games Of The Year… So Far

HAIL PELICUS!

 

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For lo! The Lord thought unto himself that people should be able to swiftly and efficiently move from the East Bay into the shining city of San Francisco when the mood struck them and, verily, should the hipsters and hippies prove too much for one’s soul, speed their egress back unto the East. And the people rejoiced, for unto them came a vision of smooth and timely transport. So the Lord rolleth up his sleeves and proceedeth to design, and he wrought an interchange of a Trinity of mighty freeways, the 80, the 880 and the 580. And the Lord smiled and he was well pleased. Then the Lord looketh a mite further and sayeth unto himself, “Self, thou art powerful, why not allow ease of access for the 980 and highway 24?” So he broughteth in more roadways and fed them all onto the Bay Bridge. The people saw this and sayeth unto him “Look, O Lord, this is nice and all but with all these freeways and highways coming together at one spot won’t it be crowded all the time? Even on weekends? To the point where you can hardly move?” The Lord looketh down and sayeth, “This is all for your own good. I have your best interests at heart.” And the Lord was again quite pleased for his intentions were good and worked them into the very roads themselves.

 

And the Devil looked upon this work and smiled, for he saw that the roads were indeed paved with good intentions and knew well where that led.

 

Promotions

 

It is always exciting to see Pelicans soar higher and so congratulations are in order for the most recent round of promotions. These were also announced at the February Pelican meeting by Paul Bretz, our Referee In Chief.

 

Mike King has been promoted to Performance Reviewer

Lee Bryant has been promoted to C1

Tim Lew has been promoted to C2

David Pescetti has been promoted to C2

 

Promotion is thirsty work so should you happen upon these birds it would behoove you offer them a pint.

 

Touch Judge and Assistant Referee Courses Coming Up

 

The Northern California Rugby Referee Society (NCRRS) will host both a Touch Judge Course and an Assistant Referee Course on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the San Francisco Golden Gate Clubhouse, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA. The Touch Judge Course will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. with a written exam. The fee for the Touch Course is $25. The course fee for members of the NCRRS will be paid by the Society.

 

The Assistant Referee Course will began at 1:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m. The fee for the Assistant Referee Course is $25. The course fee for members of the NCRRS will be paid by the Society.

 

Lunch will be provided for all students who register for both the Touch Judge and the Assistant Referee Courses.

 

Persons desiring to register for these courses must be CIPP registered members of USA Rugby.

 

Registration may be accomplished as follows:

  • By members of the NCRRS
    • By contacting Mike Malone no later than March 20, 2014, at mgmalone@comcast.net;
    • By persons not members of the NCRRS
      • By registering and paying the course fee by credit card online no later than March 20, 2014, at http://usarugby.org/referee-courses; or,
      • By registering with Mike Malone, the courses’ Lead Trainer, no later than March 20, 2014, at mgmalone@comcast.net and bringing to the course a check in the amount of the applicable course fee(s) made payable to the Northern California Rugby Referee Society.

 

Please contact Mike Malone, mgmalone@comcast.net or (415) 472-2091 if you have any further questions.

And now on to the games…

 

Arguably the 4 best university sides in North America were in action last Saturday as California hosted the University of British Columbia and St. Mary’s hosted BYU. Also, two of the nation’s top club teams met in a local derby as Olympic Club clashed with SFGG on Treasure Island… all of this within a few miles of each other. No other society gets these kinds of games on the same weekend – often not in the same year. It’s just a regular mid-season weekend in Pelicanland, though. Thank your lucky feathers.

 

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

St. Mary’s College 30 – BYU 24

Referee: Smith, Pete

 

This game lived up to its heavy weight billing in every sense. The game had almost everything in it a game should have…scoring in all forms (the drop kick was something I haven’t seen in a while), long runs, big tackles, pick and drives, crashing centers, speedy wingers, expansive play…everything but foul play. Both captains were a dream to work with. On a few occasions while playing a penalty advantage the BYU captain simply asked for the penalty-done. There were lead changes throughout the game with St. Mary’s in the lead at the final whistle. This is a game that could have gone either way with neither team ever having a commanding lead. Phil Akroyd is in for a real treat for the rematch in SLC!

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

California 33 – UBC 24

Referee: O’Neil, George

 

No report received. A writeup can be found here: http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=749410&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209408110&SPID=126508&DB_OEM_ID=30100

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Olympic Club 10 – SFGG 24

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

SFGG moved to 3-0 and sole ownership of first place with. A win over Olympic club 24-10. Thanks go out to Nome and Neil for their excellent ARing.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Berkeley 7 – Baracus 20

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

A quick trip north to Berkeley put me in charge of the Berkeley v BA Baracus clash and so I left the house looking forward to some good rugby and I wasn’t disappointed. The rugby day began with an inauspicious start as I checked the email Berkeley sent regarding the pitch location, put the address in my GPS and happily drove onward to… the Pyramid Brewery. Not a bad destination but not where I wanted to go. Apparently the actual field location is marked by a pin stuck into the side of the map and really doens’t have much to do with the address given except that they are both in Berkeley. I eventually arrived at the correct location to see both sides warming up (how did Baracus not have this problem?) and prepared to get the match underway.

 

From the beginning this was a hard hitting match with neither side giving or taking any quarter. Players would stop on a dime and give 9 cents change. The scumhalves often gave me their 2 cents worth. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone call for off side I would have, well, a lot of dollars. If I had a million dollars I would buy you a green dress, but not a real green dress – that’s cruel. Oh well, in for a penny…

 

The match itself was much more even than the final score indicated. Baracus held a slim 5-0 lead at the half after a back and forth affair in which neither side could gain much momentum. The second half saw Baracus add a penalty and a couple more tries as they figured out how to finish their moves. Berkeley made several breaks and seemed on the verge of scoring several times until a knock on, forward pass or other turnover ended the move. With time expired there was an extended period of play with neither side interested in ending the game, playing through knock ons and penalties until Berkeley fielded a poor kick and started the ultimate movement of the game and finally broke through for a well deserved try under the posts.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Berkeley B 17 – Baracus B 20

Referee: Parkinson, David

 

the game was a relatively clean affair with baracus being the stronger team and berkeley being antsy. the first half saw the visitors quickly out in front 15 – 5 and the home team down a man for a flagrant punch in a ruck that produced a lost tooth.

 

berkeley settled down in the second half to make a game of it, losing at the last second after a near game winning breakaway was knocked on within meters of the try line.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Colusa 5 – Life West 54

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

It has a been a busy two days with some great rugby for this referee. I started off Friday in Phoenix, flew to Fresno in time for a fantastic high school game between Bullard and Buchanan High Schools, and finished the 24 hours off by driving the four hour drive to Colusa for DIII match up against Life West.

 

Leaving Fresno just after 7 AM, my son and I headed North. It was a beautiful day to go north of Sacramento. Seriously, it doesn’t get much prettier than that area. We pulled into Colusa just after 1130 AM and both teams were already there warming up. Nice to see they were both serious about the match.

 

By kickoff, the home sideline was filled with supporters, and Life West actually traveled with several of their own. At kick off, the tone was set immediately by the intense tackling by both sides. Life West scored first in the 5th minute with a converted try, but Colusa was threatening several times. They finally touched it down in the 19th minute but could not convert.

 

Both teams had energy and enthusiasm spilling over, sometimes when appropriate and sometimes not. After a needed conversation with the captains, the edge was pulled back by all. Life West scored two more converted tries by half time, but the score was not indicative of how close the half really was. Halftime Score: Colusa 5 – Life West 21

 

I overheard the Life West coach telling his team to stay out of the scrappy stuff, to stop making 50-50 passes and to concentrate. Well, they responded. The second half was all Life West, scoring six tries and converting five of them. Fitness was obviously in Life’s favor, but Colusa showed plenty of heart right up to the final whistle.

 

Final Score: Colusa 5 – Life West 54

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Fresno 27 – Sacramento Lions 24

Referee: O’Mahoney, Donagh

 

Overall conditions perfect for rugby. Both teams set out to play rugby from the beginning which lead to a very open game.

Fresno Opened the scoring with a well worked converted try in the first Qtr with Sac Lions responding to tie the game after 24 mins.

Sac Lions enjoyed a period of dominance for the next 15 mins but only managed to score another converted try on the 35th Minute. With the last play of the half Fresno scored in the corner but failed with the conversion to leave the Half time score at 14 – 12 in favor of Sac Lions.

 

Sac Lions increased their lead with another try after 15mins of the second half with Fresno responding with a penalty. On the 24th Minute Fresno took the lead by the tightest of margins with an unconverted try but Sac Lions began to dominate the possession from this point. They worked the ball well and broke through the Fresno defense for another try to lead 24- 20.

On the 32nd minute Sac Lions were in control and should have scored, but Fresno took their opportunity for a quick drop out and moved the ball down the pitch eventually scoring to take the lead in the 34th Minute.

Sac Lions were not able to respond and the match ended with Fresno winning 27-24.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Fresno B 7 – Sacramento Lions B 44

Referee: O’Mahoney, Donagh

 

In the Second game Sac Lions scored 7 tries to Fresno’s 1

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

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– State of Jefferson 0

Referee: King, Mike

 

A typical Winter day on the North Coast, this time a welcome change from our pattern of dryness, was the setting for this D3 contest between northern neighbors. Jefferson arrived on time for the most part, but short a couple in numbers. The gracious hosts provided some assistance to the visitors, but that was not enough to stem the tide which started fairly early in the contest, and remained evenly throughout.

Humboldt looked good in both set pieces and loose play, and was able to score on long runs, or more close in attacks. Pretty consistently, the host side put 5 tries and 3 conversions on the board in the first half and 5 tries, 2 conversions on the board in the second.

SOJ had its moments, and gamely drove all the way to the try line in the second half, only to lose possession at the last moment. Despite the disparity in points, this match was a battle its entire length. Good job by both sides.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Olympic Club B 30 – Redwood Empire 7

Referee: Tiatia, Nome

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Reno Zephyrs 31 – Aptos 7

Referee: Crenshaw, Jim

 

Arrived in Reno around noon for the 1 pm kick-off. The pitch was running eastwest and the wind was blowing at least 50 mph south to north.

Both teams could use a few more players, as the home team had about 25 and the visitors had 17. Reno proved a little to much for the beachdogs. Aptos held their own for the first half as they came back to score a try after Reno had scored 2 to make it 14 – 7 at halftime, but it was all Reno in the second with the final 31 – 7

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Santa Rosa 32 – EPA Razorbacks 10

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

Another great game at For Pete’s Sake field in Santa Rosa. Rosa’s structured gameplan outdid EPA’s open play. It got a little chippy towards the half, but the captains took charge and saw that their teams got on with playing rugby instead of talking about it.

On a side note, if any team needs a referee for their B side, please let the assigner know so the referee can prep for two games.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

SFGG 37 – San Jose Seahawks 32

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

SFGG B 46 – San Jose Seahawks B 33

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

Golden Gate started off very strong scoring five first half tries. The Seahawks responded with a late first half surge scoring two tries before half to make it 33 – 14.

 

With everyone becoming fatigued the second half slowed down. The Seahawks outscored Golden Gate 19 – 13, but fell short overall.

 

A good physical game.

 

 

Date: 02/14/2014

Cal Maritime 5 – Santa Rosa JC 55

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

The beginning of the game was very well balanced. Santa Rosa scored first with a try at the 9th minute, but Cal Maritime replied with their own try at the 18th minute. Despite a 5-0 penalty count against SRJC after 20 minutes, the play was quite nice and the scored was tied 5-5. At the 21st minute, SRJC scored a converted try, and everything seemed to change from this point on. SRJC stopped infringing, CMA started to, and they seems to already be tired. Santa Rosa scored 2 more tries in the half, to lead 26-5 at the break. Things didn’t change in the second half, SRJC scored 4 more tries, and won the game 55-5.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

CSUMB 36 – Humboldt State 61

Referee: Carter, Bruce

 

A Humboldt State team with playoff aspirations made the long drive (about 400 miles) to the CSU-Monterey Bay campus for a game under overcast skies, but without a chill in the air.

 

The Lumberjacks proceeded to put a chill into the home crowd, scoring several early and seemingly easy tries, with four of their backs showing pace and penetration ability.

 

The Otters played true to the form they exhibited when I refereed them last month, out-scoring their opponents in the second half but still coming up short.

 

One problem of note, and I hope this will be read and noted throughout Pelicanland: trying to cajole a referee into violating the ethics and procedures of his profession and his organization.

 

A player was issued a yellow card for not-back-any when he tackled an opponent who had quickly tapped a penalty awarded about fifteen meters out from pay dirt. The tap-taker had already scored two tries and was likely to tally another should he be able to gather a head of steam. This is as cynical a penalty as you can commit, deserving of a yellow card anywhere on the pitch in my opinion, and regardless of the prowess of the players involved.

 

After returning to the contest, the cardee then proceeded to taunt an opponent, insulting him to his face while said opponent was conveniently being restrained by two of his own teammates against retaliation.

 

I reached for my yellow and then realized I’d already shown it to this guy once, so he got to see it again and then a red.

 

After the match I was independently approached by three different people associated with that team, each explaining the importance of that particular player to next week’s match.

 

All I can say is, at the time I was not aware of his importance to next week’s match, but he certainly was.

 

They wanted me not to report the red card.

 

This, I believe, is egregious enough that it should be considered a second, and much worse, offense. If it were, I would happily report it as so.

 

I trust that most rugby combatants appreciate that referees strive to be impartial. Would they like to participate in a key game against an opponent whose best player deserved to be sitting because of misconduct and foul play but was able to take part only because of a dishonest referee?

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Fresno State 32 – UNR 26

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

No report recieved

 

 

Date: 02/16/2014

San Jose State 55 – UC Santa Cruz 24

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

San Jose was too strong for Santa Cruz last Sunday. They took the lead quickly in the first half and didn’t leave many opportunities to their opponents. They scored 6 tries in the first half. 38-0.

In the second half, San Jose scored an early try at the 6th minute, and one more at the 18th. After that they started to substitute many players, which seemed to disorganize the team. Santa Cruz got more attacking balls, and scored their first points at the 24th minute. SJSU scored one last try at the 28th minute, and the last 10 minutes were for Santa Cruz. They scored 3 tries in 5 minutes, to get the offensive bonus point.

 

 

Date: 02/16/2014

San Jose State B 34 – UC Santa Cruz B 32

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

San Jose St kept the momentum going from a solid A side win with a wild finish to the B match. The game started out very evenly with both sides exchanging tries after the expected series of knock ons and errors at the start. The difference in the first half as far as the point total was concerned was the kicking accuracy of the B Slugs as each team scored 3 tries but the Spartans couldn’t convert while UCSC started with a penalty and then added 2 conversions to their try haul to lead 22-15 at the intermission. A lack of discipline and experience led to the sending off of a UCSC player at the 30 min mark and that proved important.

 

The second half was pretty much going the way of the visitors… at least for the first 38 minutes of the second half. This time, however, the kicking gods favored the home side as the 2 UCSC tries went uncoverted and San Jose St added their extras. Then as the half was winding down San Jose St – down by 10 at this point – broke through the line and were off until a recent convert to the oval ball forgot what sport he was playing and took the ball carrier down with a tackle Landon Donovan would have been proud of. Because of this what would normally had been a red card was tempered to a yellow and as this player was contemplating his sins on the sideline the Men of Sparta tapped the penalty and scored, leaving just enough time to convert and kick off. The conversion was good and I announced the final play. The kick went deep to San Jose St’s left side and was spun around to the right, weaving back towards the middle, tackle, charge, tackle, spin to the right and around the edge to score in the corner and snatch an improbable victory from the jaws of defeat.

 

The B Slugs were probably, on the whole, the better side but had to play the final 50 minutes of the match with 14 men and the last 2 with only 13. Both sides played hard and should be set up for the next few years with a promising group of youngsters.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Sierra College 10 – Sonoma State 29

Referee: Byrnes, Bryant

 

 

Quality College D2 rugby-Sierra gave away size, but tried to match with a high work rate.

 

It was 15-5 at half, but Sonoma’s Cal sized and fleet loosies ( are they still called that, oui?) ran hard and straight. A tipping point may have been Sierra’s failure to generate fast ball off of a tackle; ”fighting for

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Date: 02/13/2014

Stanford 61 – Cal 7

Referee: Donnelly, Kevin

 

Fast game, played fairly despite being quite one-sided. Cal was a step ahead in most phases of the game and Stanford had to push the boundaries to try to stay-up (e.g. creeping offside). Overall the score does not reflect how well Stanford played in the face of very strong fast opposition. Thanks to Rob and Tom for AR duties.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: It looks as if the score was reversed here…

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

USF 36 – UOP 19

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

Soveel vir ‘n schedule… Ek vra toe vir saterdag af omdat ek moet werk by die SF Cronicle wynproe…. Maar nee, JC jy hoef nie te worrie nie, ons kry vir jou ‘n game naby… SFU… Net 10 min weg… Doen sommer altwee…. eish!! Die res is geskiedenis.

 

Byde spanne, reken hulle begin sommer vroeg, 10am, so lank hulle net ‘n ref kan kry… Dink die agterlyn het dit berou, nadat hulle so bietjie hulp van die ref moes kry om te verstaan waar die laaste man se voete is.

 

Maar, dit was n lekker wedstryd… By tye 3-4 min rugby sonder ‘n fluitjie… Byde het gekom om rugby te speel, en die telling bord het dit bevestig.

 

Behalwe vir 1 strafdrie teen SFU, was dit maklikste een van die skoonste wedstyde vir die jaar.

 

Sterkte aan beide spanne, dankie vir die gees!

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Cal Women 20 – Chico State Women 19

Referee: Hendrickson, Robert

 

Cal women hosted Chico State women after the Cal/UBC game on Cal’s Witter rugby pitch. Cal women scored 2 unconverted tries in each half, while Chico scored 3 tries and 2 conversions in the first half but was shut out in the second half. Evenly matched teams played a spirited game which could have gone either way.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Sacramento State Women 5 – UNR Women 25

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

Both teams have obviously been recruiting well and are developing player pools of some size. UNR are a little ahead with slightly more experience at the moment that Sac St.

 

UNR applied a lot of pressure in the 1st half but only came away with one try. During one period of pressure, Sac St lost their captain and hooker to a yellow card.

 

Sac St managed to fight back and scored their own try in the half. UNR lost their captain and half back to a yellow card late in the half.

 

In the second half UNR made more of the overlaps and with fewer handling errors, combined with a tiring Sac St defense, ran in 4 tries. On one occasion the full back executed an excellent 2-on-1.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Santa Clara Women 68 – St. Mary’s College Women 5

Referee: Johnson, Lee

 

A one sided game with St Mary’s struggling to contain a well drilled Santa Clara side. First try scored within three minutes with a further five to follow with a half time score of 34-0.

The second half followed in much the same vain, but St Mary’s got the reward their efforts deserved with a well worked try from their tight head prop. This spurred Santa Clara on to score almost straight from the re-start to finish with a total of 12 tries in the game.

An enjoyable game to referee with the girls fully prepared to listen to what you were telling them.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

UC Santa Cruz Women 18 – Fresno State Women 24

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

UCSC led at half 8-5 & then 18-17; when Fresno State scored with a woman sin-binned to come from behind in an exciting well-played & coached match neither team deserved to lose.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

USF Women 12 – Humboldt State Women 34

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

Met sweet wat nog afdrip na die manne se wedstyd, draf HSU op wat al die pad gekom het om SFU te takkel.

 

SFU se nommers was maar skaars, en het met net 14 spelers op die veld te draf. HSU het die bord oop gemaak, en verduidelik dat hulle op n missie is. Na 3 driee, het dit soos ‘n weghardloop wedstyd gelyk, maar SFU was nie al reg om op te gee nie. Hulle het hard gewerk om hul eerste punte op die bord te sit, net om nog 3 drie teen hulle te kry voor hul laaste drie.

 

Meeste van HSU se driee kom van die agterlyn af, wat n resultaat is van goeie bal besit van die voorspelers.

 

Wel gedaan beide spanne!

 

Dankie vir die tyd aanpassing om by my skedule te kon hou.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Santa Clara University 27 – UC Davis 22

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

A great game played at a very nice facility for the College D1-A. The game was tied three times throughout 5-5, 17-17 and 22-22, but Santa Clara scored the winning try with just under five minutes to go.

 

UCD were tactically far more savvy than two weeks ago. This week, they stuck to what they were good at, which was picking and driving and starving the SCU backs of the ability to spread the ball wide in their backs, away from the point of contact.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

UC Santa Barbara 18 – Sacramento State 5

Referee: USA Appointment

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Chico 41 – Sacramento Capitals 17

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

Strong winds up in Chico – first half was very tight with the wind at Sacramento’s back.

 

Second half Chico’s discipline and the wind kept territory almost entirely in Sacramento’s side of the pitch, and the scoreline reflected it.

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Santa Clara University B 31 – UC Davis B 56

Referee: Lane, John

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

SFGG Women 40 – SFGG w 10

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

A great scrimmage for the SFGG women. With many inexperienced players, getting a simulated game helped a lot of their players better understand the game. Other women’s team, watch out!

 

 

Date: 02/15/2014

Vacaville 33 – Marin 11

Referee: Levitan, Tony

 

A tight first half (12-11 Vacaville) gave way to a dominant performance by Vacaville

 

This Week’s Photo

Pete Smith carefully observes a scrum in the St Mary’s – BYU match in front of a packed house. Photo by Michael Geib via rugbymag.com

Pete Smith scrum

 

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

Pelicus Pedem Referre

 

 

 

Wet Pelicans

HAIL PELICUS!

 

Wet Pelicans

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

 

Tips on Writing Reports

 

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

 

Our Sport Is Better Than Your Sport, Deal With It

 

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

 

Society Meeting, Wednesday February 19

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

 

Call To Arms

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

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

 

And On To The Games

 

Date: 02/08/2014

SFGG PRP 23 – Denver 9

Referee: Ranaweera, Aruna

 

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

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Fresno 22 – San Jose Seahawks 10

Referee: Bretz, Paul

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Fresno B 22 – San Jose Seahawks B 20

Referee: Franzoia, Tom

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Fresno State 29 – UC Santa Cruz 27

Referee: Wilson, Dan

 

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

 

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

 

Unfortunately, the missed conversions were the difference.

 

Final Score: FSU 29 – UCSC 27

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Fresno State Women 66 – Sacramento State Women 5

Referee: Jury, Jeff

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Humboldt State 32 – UOP 17

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Humboldt State Women – Santa Clara Women

Referee: Richmond, Jeff

 

Match Cancelled

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Marin B 7 – Baracus B 19

Referee: Noonan, Michael

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Aptos 5 – South Valley 22

Referee: MacDonald, Neil

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

CSUMB 12 – Cal Maritime 42

Referee: Kenny, Stephen

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

EPA Razorbacks 48 – Diablo Gaels 0

Referee: Hinkin, James

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

EPA Razorbacks B 19 – Diablo Gaels B 0

Referee: Donnelly, Kevin

 

No comments.

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Modesto 33 – Colusa 40

Referee: Wilson, Giles

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Napa Valley 0 – Humboldt 0

Referee: Rauscher, Eric

 

Game was canceled

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Sacramento Capitals 11 – Sacramento Blackhawks 22

Referee: Boyer, Rich

 

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

 

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Sacramento Lions 26 – SFGG 24

Referee: Akroyd, Phil

 

A/Rs: Jim Crenshaw and Eugene Baker.

Officer in Charge of Feedback: R. Scott Wood

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Sacramento Lions B 7 – SFGG B 31

Referee: van Staden, JC

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Santa Rosa 32 – Life West 5

Referee: Zanarini, Tom

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Santa Rosa JC 0 – Sierra College 0

Referee: Leisek, Joe

 

Rained out

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

SF Fog 0 – Redwood 40

Referee: Ricard, Bruce

 

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

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

 

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

 

6 tries to 0.

 

Date: 02/08/2014

Sonoma State 90 – USF 0

Referee: Bertolone, Cary

 

No report received

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

St. Mary’s College B – UNR

Referee: Hettermann, Matt

 

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

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

St. Mary’s College C 0 – UNR B 0

Referee: Pescetti, David

 

Game was canceled

 

 

Date: 02/08/2014

USF Women 0 – UC Santa Cruz Women 17

Referee: Bernstein, Bruce

 

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

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

 

 

High School Matches

 

Danville Varsity Gold 25
Lamorinda Gold 3

Referee: Bryant Burns

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

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

This Week’s Photo

 

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

Pelican_in_the_rain

Hail, Pelicus!

For the Senate

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