The Dinos 1sts & 2nds traveled to Edmonton this past weekend to play a couple of games, the big one being the Little Brown Jug game vs the Bears. Weather in Edmonton was perfect for rugby and all the action was at the Ellerslie Rugby Park. The Dinos Red Squad were first on the pitch playing against an Edmonton Nor’Wester team in what was supposed to be a friendly… needless to say the opposition didn’t get the message and put out a much bigger, older, more experienced group and completely controlled the game from start to finish. The Dinos never gave up and played hard even when, through injury, we were down to 13 and the ‘friendly’ opposition just kept the pedal down with full complement on their side!
The Dinos Black Squad then took the field vs the Bears who, after losing the Brown Jug the last 8 years in a row, came out more prepared and fired up than I have seen since the resurgence of the competition in 2001. It was a very tight battle and the Bears had the upper hand in the first half leading 10 – 5. The Dinos gradually started taking control in the second half out scoring the Bears 10 – 5. Yep, final whistle 15 all tie game! In competitions such as this defending team retains trophy when there is a tie, but Dean Kittleson pushed for overtime and the Bears were more than happy to go along. A few of the Dinos thought we should just shake hands, but the captain and a couple of the senior players stepped up and pumped the boys up to continue the momentum they had established in the second half. Two 10 minute periods were played with he Dinos scoring 2 tries, ending with a 25 – 15 win and a definitive retention of the coveted Jug!
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.