WEEK #8 PREVIEW:
It was an exciting kickoff to our rugby weekend, as Scribes past and present gathered for the Canada vs Maori All Blacks game at BC Place on Friday evening. The visitors dazzled the fans with the skills, and current Scribes players dazzled this reporter with their moderation. There was, after all, a big Saturday afternoon of East Vancouver Rugby to get ready for.
Both of Scribes matches on Saturday will be held at Gordon Park in East Vancouver. We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of thexʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations.
The Scribes Men are slated for a 1:00pm kickoff at Gordon Park against Rowers. Both clubs have been fixtures of the rugby community in Vancouver stretching well back into the 20th century, though the makeup and style of the clubs has always been markedly different. One club parties alongside the million dollar yachts in the waterfront marina, adjoined to one of the world’s most renowned urban parks. The members of the latter club famously stumble into the humble and unassuming confines of the Legion on Commercial after games. Will we see a battle of savvy, champagne rugby versus hardscrabble, draft beer rugby on Saturday? It should make for a great Division 2 contest.
The Scribes Women hope to build on their early season successes, having started with three wins and a draw through five games. They come into Saturday’s match well rested and eager to earn their first-ever victory over the Rowers Women’s Team. It’s outstanding to see the Rowers women return to the pitch after a ten year hiatus, and while Scribes know full well about the challenges that come from launching a new program, the Rowers shouldn’t expect Scribes to ratchet down the intensity on their behalf. If the Scribes can start well and score early, it could be a long afternoon for the visitors. Kickoff is slated for 2:30pm.