WEEKLY UPDATE March 7 2016
There was a lot happening behind the scenes this past week when Maties got their dates confused and our games were briefly disrupted. Thanks to a call by Bossie, who put us in touch with a touring Chilean club, our Seconds and Thirds were able to have a run on Friday night. Stellenbosch Rugby did arrange their Varsity Cup team for our Firsts, while our U20 A side hosted SK Walmers and the B’s took a trip to Belhar. The Fourths, who have had two friendlies already, are on a pre-tour break when they head down the Garden Route next weekend.
So if you weren’t down at the Bay this past Friday, here are some of the results.
Our 3’s were first up against Old Mackayans 2nd side. A good tough encounter which was closely contested to the final whistle. Final score 27-21 (4 tries to 3). The 2’s were also made to work hard against the tourists 1st Team and almost on full time, the scores were locked at 21-21. False Bay were awarded a penalty on the 10 yard line. Vinnie Kayster opted for poles and the distance was probably his maximum range, but like all scrumhalves, he is blessed with multiple talents. He sweetly struck the ball and it soared over the crossbar with millimetres to spare to secure the win. Final score 24-21.
Relegated to the B field , the FIFO’s secured a well-deserved 26-0 win over Progress 1st team. Thanks to the guys for arranging this game.
On Saturday, the First XV made the trek to Stellenbosch for an early 1pm kick-off. At that time it was raining but just before kick-off the skies cleared, leaving very humid conditions lingering behind.
The wet and muggy atmosphere took its toll in the second half after the Bay dominated in the first half, leading 8-0 at the break through a try and penalty. As coach VD said, our chaps were great without ball in hand but made a mess on our attack. Indeed their defence was a standout feature of their performance.
There were a few key withdrawals during the build up and the youngsters stepping up had to do so against a full blown Maties Varsity Cup. Maties took advantage of our inexperienced bench, maybe the conditions and home advantage also helped as they ran in 3 tries in the second half to finish 8-21 winners. No disgrace in this defeat. Obviously still lots of work to be done, but that is to be expected.
The U20B side accepted a friendly out at Belhar where they played their A side in an early 12:30 game. Our youngsters struggled to get going, perhaps because this was their first outing together, with many of the guys having just joined the group. Final score 0-55. Mario and Ono have some exciting challenges ahead to get these players ready for the league.
Back at the Bay , the U20A side hosted SK Walmers. Our team looked promising with some good talent on display in the back-line. The forwards did their part & allowed our backs the freedom to run. Final score 45-5 to the Bay.
This weekend our 1st , 2nd , 3rds & U20A travel to Durbel who are without a B field for the time being so all games will be on the A field finishing an hour later
Below is some info I received from their match secretary ---
Sat 12 Maart 2016
Durb-Bell 20a vs False Bay Durbanville 13h15
Durb-Bell 3 vs False Bay Durbanville 14h35
Durb-Bell 2 vs False Bay Durbanville 15h45
Durb-Bell 1 vs False Bay Durbanville 17h00
All matches will be played on the A field.
Our U20 Bs are trying to arrange a game against Collegians this weekend.
The FIFO Fifths are playing against The Shebeen Boys of Villagers RFC. This match is the first of an annual event to take place between the two teams in honour of Ryan “Gary” Reaper who was seriously injured in the fixture last season. He suffered spinal damage. The fixture is a part of the “All In For G” initiative. Kick off at Brookside is 7.30pm on Friday and there is sure to be a sizeable crowd in attendance. All Bay supporters are encouraged to attend. The Bar will be open and the gees flows.
Lastly , congrats to our President , Mr Louis De Waal who completed his 39 Argus Cycle Tour yesterday