Thursday Nov 23 Former international referees Keith Morrison and Mel Jones drove us to Shawnigan Lake School, 45 minutes up the hilly forest above Victoria. A short time later, the two of us welcomed Peter and Marianna Simpson arriving from New York. This time it keyed to my stash and immediately sat down to await its treat: a tennis ball. Four teams and four Pelicans participated. Their players' willingness to get the ball wide, to pass before contact, and even out of contact was truly impressive.
Thanks to both sides for giving me the opportunity to improve my refereeing skills. Both sides had played already and the early morning jitters were no longer in evidence. Clearly, this has to be one for the ages. They have a cozy, elaborate clubhouse that has an international-grade rugby field on one side, and two more rugby fields on the other side. I would like to thank the Utah Referee Society representatives Jon Moore, Rich Wartner, and Sam Madsen for their hospitality during my first visit to that state.
Sunday Nov 26 Back at Keith Morrison's comfortable heated house, I woke up to the sight of heavy snow falling outside my window. Teams also rely on the reports from the Disciplinary Committee regarding eligible players. Yet neither rain, mud, or the fading lines of the pitch could dampen the enthusiasm of two sides determined to play hard, have fun, and stay within the laws and ethos of our beloved sport. Many thanks to Sue and Murray Felstead for their hospitality and to Ian and Elaine Baggott and Michelle and Laurie Pearson for celebrating Thanksgiving with us. Chico State, Humboldt State, Oregon State, and Saint Mary's College arrived with more than enough numbers. At half I changed out of a well-soaked long-sleeve jersey. In fact, it felt too cold to snow.
Both teams had obviously intended to play open, running rugby. Special thanks to Isaac for his helpful touch judging and to Pete Smith for his words of advice. The handler must have figured something was up so he brought the dog around for another try. Great college town with very old architecture. It also does not preclude a team using a crouch cadence or sequence.
The coaches mentioned that they having been working on discipline as well. To their credit, the St. This was an excellent final: I'll leave the details to Paul, since he was an official. For a referee to issue a card in the heat of the moment and then, on reflection or through negligence not to report it, is to undermine the trust in which match officials are held. Chico had 30+ at the pitch including a handful of old girls when I arrived. Armed with my Mediazone password, Dave Valentine and I managed to watch most of the All Blacks versus Wales match on his computer. For the first time in my refereeing career, I did not need to hydrate during half-time as the Canadian cold prevented me from sweating! This was a fun match to referee with lots of open play.
This match was started an hour late as the previous match between Utah and Northern California was delayed by an hour until the Northern California All-star team arrived. This year's Chico Holiday Classic started with the first matches at 8 a. Ah, it will merely light the fire for the Blues for next year…all good streaks must come to an end. However Baracus looked very good in the early periods. They stationed four cameras and even had an announcer. January 6th or 7th are possibilities.
In the second half, Utah appeared to take the foot off the pedal and Arizona looked the more aggressive team, scoring out wide once more to close within 24-10. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the dread desert sedgwick marcus williamson pete gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. Muddy, slick, molehill conditions made footing difficult at best for all concerned. Elf Girl is light of foot, sharp of mind and. The reps confirmed their support for the Safety Protocol, and did not propose any revisions. Both teams tackled well and maintained positive rucks.
In the second period, the players settled somewhat and ran more, improvising and entertaining everyone. Cold, dark rain and 40F temperatures reminded us that we were far from California, but our jovial chaperones kept us entertained with rugby talk. They elected to scrum from which an additional penalty was awarded for Chico's flanker unbinding early. The pressure mounted as Oregon's Chase McQuillen lined up for the conversion. Chico found space on numerous occasions, a fact reflected in their 27 to 10 victory, but Oregon State fought throughout thus providing their hosts with capable and aggressive competition. Both managed to touch the side of the ball knocking it towards the dead ball line.
That's right both Stanford and Santa Clara have close to 60 players. A quick breakfast and Laurie Pearson arrived to take S. Some guy with a strange accent on the radio said it was 0 degrees Celsius! I talked to the captains and front rows at the beginning about it and then penalized immediately and consistently, and it prevented messiness. Utah created large gaps in the first half and scampered to a 24-7 lead. There was also some hard, committed tacking and same daring runs as the veterans showed the youngsters how the game was played.
Dan did very well, especially considering he has never taken the Level 1 course. Before they know it they are plunged into some very strange, creepy, altogether spooky and hilarious adventures as they save their world from trolls, ogres, witches and things that slither and slide in the fiendish forest. A referee was appointed, but he found out Friday that he absolutely could not cover the match. Both sides have runners who can break tackles and make the defense pay with extreme pace. It took 2 yellow cards, but the second half was much better, with a much more open and running game.