Junior Boys Rugby
Most seasons, the Junior Boys Rugby team is intimidated by one team: the Shawnigan Lake Stags. That yellow jersey has long struck fear into the hearts of our players.
This was no ordinary season.
This year’s team was having an outstanding term of rugby, going nearly perfect in league games, defeating the likes of St. George’s, SMUS, Oak Bay, and Shawnigan Lake, a feat not recently accomplished by a junior rugby team. The team looked like one that could do some serious damage at Junior Rugby Provincials. However, there was one obstacle between them and provincials. A big yellow roadblock from, well, up the road. There was to be one final matchup between Brentwood and Shawnigan, and with the series tied 1-1, this one was for all the marbles, and a provincial berth.
Following a warm-up greatly intensified by the heat and some last minute lineup tweaks, the boys were ready, but Shawnigan struck first with a quick try. Undeferred, the boys charged up the field and evened the score with a try by the level-headed Jose P. Following an eternal scrum-fest, Brentwood spun the ball wide, resulting in a try by “Danger Guy” Mason S. Jose G made the conversion, giving Brentwood a 12-5 lead. Shawnigan, however, strongly responded with two quick tries before the half. At halftime, the score was 17-12 in favour of Shawnigan.
During the brief intermission, Brentwood’s coaches praised the team for their valiant efforts and great play, but did not hesitate to call out the team’s weak points such their inconsistent defense and lackadaisical support. With 30 minutes left in the game, Brentwood was ready to fight to ensure it was not their last.
The opening minutes of the second half were extremely back and forth in terms of possession, with both teams making breaks but failing to capitalize. Eventually, Shawnigan ended the scoring drought, increasing their lead to 24-12. Brentwood refused to bow their heads and continued to compete, striking back with a try by the incredible Sîon G. The conversion was missed, leaving the score at 24-17. Brentwood continued their uphill battle, but gaps in our defensive line enabled Shawnigan to score yet another try, increasing the deficit to 29-17. Mere minutes later, Shawnigan converted a drop goal in attempts to put the game out of the reach at 32-17.
Brentwood’s resilience shone through on the ensuing possession. We stole the kickoff, moved the ball, and the long-armed Olamide O scored a try. Sadly, the conversion was missed and soon afterwards, the game was over.
Although the boys did not emerge victorious in the game, they played superbly both in the game and throughout the entire season and have a lot to be proud of. With roughly one month left in the school year, they continue to train and improve for next year’s season with several friendly games against local opponents including Ladysmith.
The team would like to acknowledge the great coaching of Mr. Smith, Mr. Amiel, Mr. Griffiths, and Mr. David Cowie. Also, a huge shoutout to the student leadership of Captain Jose G and Assistant Captains Jose PA and Sîon G.
Olamide O, Privett ‘18