This past weekend was a busy one for the Vicars. They hosted the SOBS (Surrey Old Boys) on Saturday and participated in the 80 Minutes to Ruck Cancer fund-raiser on Sunday. The club raised $1800.00 to kick cancers ass.
The Saturday game was a well-contested affair with a few Vicars making the difference for the day. The SOBS were short a front row, so the Vicars rotated a few local props through their side. Ryan Holly, Cash Conibear and James Canavan all pulled on the SOB sweater and did their best to disrupt their regular teammates. Cash in particular was a force for both teams. He burst through the SOBS pack on a kickoff to run the length of the field for a try. Then, while playing for the SOBS, Cash ran down Jason Fritz to save a try and put Jason once again in the running for the Dick-of-the-Day.
The SOBS pack kept the ball in tight and did well to make progress, pushing the ball up the middle. Man of the Match Greg Dunning kept the Vicars guessing on defence as he moved the ball nicely from number 10. I would not have guessed that this was not his normal spot on the field.
The Vicars were under pressure in the scrums and line outs but once we fed the ball to the backs the advantage became ours. Captain Blair Williams and Daryl Cadman both had long runs piercing through the SOBS back line. Adam Lyle had himself a match on both sides of the ball, scoring a hat trick and defending well against the SOBS heavy runners.
The SOBS scores were the result of multiple-phase rugby in tight. The Vicars tries were generated with skip passes and flat-out pace. As the game wore on the bumps and bruises piled up - at the end we were 13-a-side with uncontested scrums (the Vicars had two Gold Shorts in the pack). Kudos to Kasper Walraven and Jim Norris for the hard work.
The match ended 8 - 3 for the Vicars, with both sides more than ready for a beer or two. The Vicars DOTD award went to Travis Whiting for coming back on to the field with a buggered shoulder... and then immediately making a tackle with the same shoulder!
On Sunday 80+ rugby players/enthusiasts from all the local clubs took part in the inaugural 80 Minutes to Ruck Cancer. fund-raiser. The Vicars had 10 members walking around the track for the 80 minutes. They raised $1800.00. The total rugby community rallied together to raise more than $14,000 to kick cancers ass!
At both events, we mourned the loss of long-time Vicar Steve Nichols - the news of his death from cancer came through on game day. The SOBS were thoughtful enough to announce Steve as Man of the Match for the Vicars. Ken "Fuji" Fujioka accepted in Steve's place and a pint or two was held high. He will be missed by all who knew him.
You can see a few photos of the game in the Photos section of the CORE website.