NorCal Notes-Pre-season edition

NorCal Notes-Pre-season edition

Post by Brian Gilde » Wed, 25 Dec 1996 04:00:00

NorCal Notes   Dec. 23, 1996

Sat. Dec. 7th

Golden Gate 54  Tempe 11 (Referee-Y. Truly)

Tempe, a 1996 Div. 2 Final Four team, traveled to San Francisco to gauge
the leap into Div.1 rugby.  Golden Gate, playing nearly a full selection
side, hung up 8 tries with scrum half Tony Wells leading the way.  Tempe,
with Salty Thompson playing out half, decided to kick for points instead
of running some close in penalties in the first half.  

Hayward 31  Olympic Club 27 (Referee-D. Smith)

Five tries for each side but Hayward, the defending NorCal Div. 2 champs,
played the news laws better the 1st Division O. Club.

San Francisco/Marin  25  Santa Rosa 20

A very good performance by Santa Rosa who came from 10-0 down to lead 20-10,
SF played a game of peaks and troughs,  slackening off to allow Rosa to put
some very well drilled driving rucks and rolling mauls together. Both teams
were guilty of playing the ball after the tackle/not rolling away, and
neither team got to grips with retiring 10 meters at penalties.

Sun. Dec. 8th

Old Blue 69-12 Tempe (Referee- P. Hansford)

The game was far closer than the scoreline suggests with Tempe outclassed
but giving their all until the final whistle. Blues were very impressive
and ran the ball from everywhere.

Tempe certainly learned from the trip, though the Saturday night beer at
Fisherman's Wharf was blamed for the reduced tackle count.

From the Internet:

Old Blues scrumhalf Andre Bachelet and Golden Gate center Mark =
Scharrenburg led Reading (English Third Div.) to a 50-3 Pilkington Cup =
victory over Widnes.  Bachelet scored two tries and will hope to do more =
of the same in the next round against Saracens. (Reading lost in the next

Dan Lyle, Eagle captain and ex-OMBAC/Aspen, stepped into the second row =
for Bath in a grudge match against Harlequins.  Trailing 17-3 at =
half-time, Bath raised up two notches and posted a 35-20 win.  The =
London Times gave Lyle brillant kudos saying that he may become a "force =
in English rugby."

Lyle played flanker in Bath's 33-0 win against London Irish on 12-21.
Bath play Leicester in the next round of the Pilkington Cup.

Semi-confirmed Eagles matches: US v. Wales in Boston on July 5th and US =
v. Wales on July 12th in San Francisco.

Sat Dec. 14th

Mission 19 Olympic Club 26. (Referee-P. Hansford)

The game was played at a frantic rate and Mission drew first *** with a
converted try. Olympic stormed back to draw level. Mission again scored a 7
pointer, and again Olympic picked up the pace and levelled the game. It
stayed this way to the half. Olympic scored another 7 pointer and Mission
scored a try but could not convert to level it. Olympic went further ahead
with an unconverted try.
The game was played in good spirit with no obvious thuggery, though
players were having difficulty dealing with the new scrum laws.

Los Angeles 24  San Jose Seahawks 22 (Referee-B. Carter)

Seahawks hosted Los Angeles, who were delayed
several hours by fog at LAX while we had the beautiful weather here in the
Bay Area.

The role reversal continued as LA, who have undergone pretty much a total
changing of the guard in the past two or three years, came back from a 12-0
deficit at halftime to win on a try at full time, 24-22.

Both teams have new coaches. The run of play was pretty much even except the
Seahawks generally came away from their offensive series with penalties,
while in the second half LA got tries.

Oregon Sports Union 36 Old Blues 34 (Referee-Y. Truly)

ORSU, just back from their victorious tour of Ireland, traveled to San Jose
to play National runner-up Old Blues.  A see-saw match throughout had former
O. Clubber, Rob Swanbeck, miss a touchline conversion to deny the Blues a
draw.  Matt Rainey, former Australia U-21 and present ORSU coach, brought a
well prepared side to face a mixed Old Blues team.  

Great running rugby by both teams, but ORSU's 5 tries bested the Blues 3
touchdowns and made the differance on the day.

Sun. Dec. 15th, San Jose

Golden Gate 40 ORSU 15 (Referee-B. Carter)

Golden Gate played touring ORSU at the Blackford
fields, no pitches being available in the city due to recent rain, winning
easily 40-15.

ORSU had played very well in defeating the Old Blues one day earlier.
Despite a professional approach (no *** after the Sat. win),
they came out flat and couldn't handle Gate's forward pressure and
rolling maul.

ORSU's kicker had an o-fer, and could have made the game significantly

Golden Gate, in preparation for their Super League season, have picked up a
few of the better players from SF-Marin and Hayward. This is certainly a
logical progression for players who want to grab the brass ring.

Sat. Dec. 23rd

San Jose Seahawks 44  SF-Marin 3 (Referee-Y. Truly)

Ron Stapleton, the Hawk's Canadian/English/Irish coach, has his side in good
early season form.  Played in pouring rain, the Seahawks outmanned a sub-
standard SF-Marin side.  Jeff Apps, brother of Warringah (Aus) FB
Andrew Apps, is coaching City this year and may have a long season.

NorCal Preview

First Division

Premier league entries, Old Blues and Golden Gate, should again lead the
pack.  The Blues are hurt by the loss of Andre Bachelet, Tom Billups and
Ray Lehner. Recruited Kiwi flanker and prop will help shore up the Blues.

Golden Gate seems to have the best recruiting class. By picking up the cream
from SF-Marin and Hayward, Gate's biggest problem may be finding enough
playing time for everyone.

The Tongan Yankees have reorganized as San Mateo and are an unknown
quantity to date.  Seahawks have had an excellent pre-season (semi's at
Las Vegas) and cannot be taken lightly.  

The Olympic Club, Sacramento and SF-Marin will look to the Premier League
season and hope to catch the top sides undermanned.

Matches start Jan. 11th.

Second Division

Fresno, last year's runner-up, may fly the favorite banner this season by
picking up the Visalia players.  Hayward will have a tough time repeating
after the loss of some key personnel.  Olde Gaels and Santa Rosa are always
tough.  Rosa's new Kiwi coach and youth movement may pay dividends come
playoff time.  

Mission, Monterey, ***s and Reno are in the second tier with Mission
having the best hope of climbing into the top ranks. Aptos Beach forms a
new club out of the ashes of the Santa Cruz club and Humboldt enters a
side in the 2nd Division this year.  

Tournament at Hayward Jan. 11th. Matches Jan. 25th.

Third Division

Petaluma seem to be the power in the third level.  Chico, Travis, McGeorge
along with UC Davis U-23 and Santa Rosa U-23's make up a competative table.

Matches under way.


UC Berkeley will look to continue their college superiority and also host
the Final Four in May.  Stanford was hard-hit by graduation, but some new
athletic talent may bloom in the spring.  Davis, Chico and Sacramento State
may make things interesting for the top two.

Matches start Jan. 18th.


Tough times in the women's ranks.  How many times can BASH play Berkeley??
The colleges (Stanford and Santa Cruz) are outgunned by the top two and
Chaos has implodded.  Are the perpetual west coast powers victims of their
own success??  Stay Tuned.

No schedule yet.