Castaways host James Bay rivals

Weekend also marks Castaways Wanderers women’s home debut

  • Fri Sep 25th, 2015 5:00pm
  • Sports

Castaway Wanderers’ ball carrier Jordan Henderson evades a Velox Vahallians tackle on the West Shore last weekend. The Oak Bay squad welcomes rivals James Bay this Saturday at Windsor Park.

One of B.C.’s oldest and most storied rugby rivalries returns to the pitch Saturday as James Bay travels across town to take on the Castaway Wanderers’ 1st and Premier level sides at Windsor Park. The day will also feature the Windsor Park debut of CW’s women’s team versus Cowichan R.F.C.

CW will be looking to bring a balanced attack from what is proving to be a solid, tight group of forwards and a quick, skilled group of backs. Meanwhile the women will be keen to learn lessons from their loss to Velox this past weekend and  continue to build their identity as a fast, counter-attacking group in their test versus Cowichan.

The first division match kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 26), followed by the Premier match at 2:45 p.m.

“Overall, last Saturday’s victory at Westshore was a solid effort and we showed some promise when in possession of the ball, scoring several nice multi-phase tries,” said senior men’s head coach Ian Hyde-lay. “However, our penalty count was too high and we gave away two soft scores. We won’t get away with that this weekend against a very motivated James Bay squad.”

The CW Women’s match starts at 11:30 a.m., also at Windsor Park.

“I was proud of the effort by our women against a very experienced Velox side and hopefully we learned some valuable lessons and can improve our level of execution against Cowichan,” said women’s head coach Jess Dovanne. “The main thing for us right now is to keep improving and coming together as a team.”

Food service, including curry from Willows Park Grocery or pulled pork from Oink ‘n Gobble BBQ, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.