Semi-Final Saturday

1st Division Women Semi-Finals

Saturday, May 2, 2015
1st Division Women vs Nanaimo
K/O:  11:00 am

Tomorrow reigning BC Champions take their first step toward defending their title against Island rival Nanaimo.  Nanaimo is one of the few teams to beat the Piggies this season – way back in September 2014.  Since then, however, the Piggies have dominated their opponents thoroughly.

The ladies earned the right to host a home field semi by way of finishing undefeated and thus first place in the BCRU Women’s Division 1 league.  The Piggies sealed the deal last weekend against United, who also came into the match with an undefeated record.

Regardless of their stellar record, United was no match for the Piggies.  Though the game started close, in the end, the Piggies pulled away and recorded another impressive win.  Final score:  48-12

The full match video is available on our website

1st Division Men

Report courtesy of Kevin Rothbauer, the Cowichan Citizen

An unexpected six minutes tacked onto the first half of last Saturday’s Cowichan Cup semifinal gave the Port Alberni Black Sheep a chance to score two extra tries, driving a stake into the heart of the Cowichan Piggies’ attempts to keep pace with their rivals.

When the final whistle blew, the teams were separated by more than two tries, but the momentum lost as a result of that extra six minutes played a role in the result, a 44-26 Alberni win.

“At the end of the day, we may have let it slip away, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” Cowichan head coach Gord McGeachy said.

The Piggies got off to a strong start, going ahead 12-0 early on thanks to two tries by Germain Lamothe and a convert from Danny Hamstra.

“We had a really straightforward game plan: keep it simple and tight to the forwards,” McGeachy said. “I though we’d be okay. The first 30 minutes, that was exactly what we did, and we were successful.”

After that, Cowichan ran into some discipline issues and Alberni came back with a pair of penalty goals. The score remained at 12-6 for the Piggies until Alberni scored at 41 minutes, which should have been the end of the half. Play carried on for another six minutes, during which time the Black Sheep scored two more tries. Rather than a one-point deficit, which the Piggies would have been comfortable with, they found themselves behind by 13 points.

They didn’t let that faze them, though, and continued to play hard down for the rest of the match.

“The guys showed a lot of heart and determination and battled them try-for-try in the second half,” McGeachy said.

Cowichan got second-half tries from Mike Roberts and Dan James, both converted by Hamstra, before Alberni finished them off with the last two scores to go up by 18 points.

“It was pretty typical of how our season went this year,” McGeachy said. “A lack of consistency was our theme for the year. We were never able to get on track at practice either, and in a game that mattered, that showed up.”

Port Alberni vs Seattle Saracens – BCRU 1st Division Men Semi-Finals

Last weekend saw a very interesting turn of events when Port Alberni defeated Velox in overtime to win the Cowichan Cup and a birth to the BCRU Semi-finals.  A very intense and back and forth game ended up being decided by the outstanding overtime, 2-try performance of Ty Shannon.

It’s probably safe to say that most rugby fold expected Velox to take this game as they have dominated the Island league this season and have had their eyes on the Premiership for several seasons now.  The only problem was someone forgot to tell the Black Sheep how the story was supposed to end.

The Black Sheep now have the honour (dubious perhaps?) of hosting the Seattle Saracens tomorrow.  We all know the Seattle story but for those who do not, Seattle has been pushing for a spot in the Premier division for a few years now, and not without controversy (because, well, you know, BC Rugby…).  Seattle failed to win the BC Championships last season and a promotion to Premier after thoroughly dominating their competition all year.

This season several 1st Division clubs refused to play Seattle so the BCRU build a schedule of exhibition matches against Premier sides and other willing 1st Division clubs.  The BCRU also guaranteed Seattle a semi-final spot against the winner of the Cowichan Cup (to be hosted by the Island team).  So now instead of traveling to Victoria or Duncan (the outcome most expected, if we’re honest), Seattle will trek to Port Alberni.

The odds are stacked for Seattle but as every club knows, it’s a tough drive and a tough park to play in.  The Sheep may continue to surprise.

The kick off time for tomorrow’s game is 2:00 pm

Port Alberni Rugby Club
3460 Argyle Stree

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