Fellow Stags – the 2014 Stags vs Dinos game was played on September 13 on a beautiful fall day, perfect rugby weather!! As is the norm for this game club playoffs were scheduled for later in the day and this impacted the Dinos as many of them had club obligations and were not available to play. This always plays into the Stags game plan…..fitter young guys with a short bench while the Stags continue to get more and more guys out for the game. We actually had 21 guys out with many of them part of the post 2000 graduates so still relatively fit. The day started off with a quick meeting with the referee to ensure he understood the rules of engagement with the young bucks and that any questionable plays always called in favour of the Stags, not that we needed it in the end. We started with the traditional 10 minutes of touch where the Stags scored 2 tries to Dinos 0 and then moved to the contact game with uncontested scrums. The Stags maintained the longstanding dominance over the Dinos and scored 6 or 7 tries to the Dinos 3. There was lots of action with good running and great tackles. As indicated we had 21 guys out who played and we had a few supporters on the sidelines, Simon Chi, Harry Irving, Bob Marshall, Clay Rivard and later on the deck Al Laberge & John Schleske.
We will be holding registration for all players the nights of September 2, 3, and 4 in Kinesiology A Room 120 (KNA 120) from 5 pm to 8 pm each night.
We need all player to come and get their forms filled out as well as to pay their annual dues at Campus Rec, by getting this done early you will not have to worry about it once practices start up the following week.
Remember, if you aren’t registered and haven’t paid your dues you will not be eligible to play this season.
The Dinos opened with a 24 – 5 win over Regina, then 15 – 5 over UBC Okanagan and next up Waterloo an unknown. The boys came out flat and ended up on the wrong end of a 26 – 12 score line. To get through to top 8 they needed a win plus a Waterloo loss…..the win came against Vancouver Island University 38 – 0 however Waterloo won their last pool game and moved on. It was on to determine the best of the rest and in another game where the boys struggled UBC Okanagan exacted revenge for the earlier loss beating the Dinos 15 – 0. The final game for the boys was against cross town rivals Mount Royal and the Dinos came out on top 17 – 0. It must be said that the last 2 games were played with a short bench as we had two players out with injury. Considering the team has not practiced outside or had any tackling practice or ‘hits’ since end of October, a 4 win 2 loss record is very respectable.
This Friday, Saturday, Sunday the Dinos will be out in Victoria competing in the National University 7’s championships. All the games will be broadcast online and you can check them out (it requires a small fee) at www.rugbycanada.tv
Congrats to: Tanner Nordstrom-Young
Graeme Mathew Calderwood
On day one of the tournament the Dinos played against U of Lethbridge and although they didn’t play to their potential they did win 48 – 0. This win automatically confirmed their status for the Hindson Cup, but there was more important business to attend to on day 2 as they were to play the provincial nemesis UA Bears in the final. The Bears, in my mind, upset the Mt Royal team in the first game of the tournament earning the right to also qualify for the Hindson Cup. The Bears were a completely different team this weekend than the one the Dinos met in the Brown Jug 3 weeks earlier and right from the get go knew they were in for a much tougher game this time. The Dinos were on the board early with a couple of unconverted tries vs 2 Bears penalties and the game stayed 10 – 6 into the second half. The Dinos then gradually took control with 2 more tries one of which was converted, final score 22 – 6. This was probably just the kind of game they needed as they will come up against much stronger competition in Kelowna.
Stags – we had another successful day of Stags vs Dino’s rugby at the CRU this past weekend. It was a great day for rugby, mid 20s, clear blue sky and very little wind. As in past years the agenda for the day was the alumni game first followed by Dino’s vs MRU in an exhibition game. For the alumni game I once again cornered the referee to outline our old boys vs the young guns rules and he was very receptive to the ‘when in doubt favor the old guys’ rule! We started as always with some touch before going to full contact except for the scrums which were un-contested. Both the touch and contact games were very entertaining back and forth affairs which were won by the Stags. We were a few players short so did make use of some of the ‘soon to be Stags’ Dino’s. We had about 3 or 4 subs while the Dino’s had 20 + players to draw from on the sidelines. We are again blessed with some 60 – 70 players in the Dino’s camp this year. Alumni present were, from the 70s, Dean Kittleson, Al Laberge, Bob Moody, Dex Nelson and John Pearce. The majority of the Stags were graduates from early to mid 2000s and were Scott Appleby, Allan Arndt, Zac Borrows, Will Cuthbert, Kevin Duffy, Dan Gadicke, Sean Gibson, Andy Gossen, Taylor Graham, Jinxy Long, Dave Lougheed, Mitch McLeod, Tyler Ogilvie, Bruno Payette, Martin Rejman, Graham Selwood and Ian Thorner. If I missed anyone I apologize.