The first Scribes matches of 2017 took place on January 28th at Rupert Park, and while the results were not in Scribes favour, the afternoon revealed an attitude of tenacity that should serve both the Men’s and Women’s teams well in the weeks to come. Perhaps inspired by the recent Fight Night in Chilliwack, Scribes RFC used the opening fixtures of the new year to demonstrate a fighting spirit and establish their intentions in BC’s Division 2 competitions.
After spotting Langley a significant head start in opening 40 minutes of their match, Scribes’ Men began the long climb back under frosty afternoon conditions. Replying with three tries in the second half, Scribes marked their arrival in Division 2 with a strong statement that they will not be easily dispatched when put under pressure.
In the end, the final result was 39-19 in favour of Langley RFC, but the lads from East Vancouver showed a ton of heart and pride on the day, and fostered a sense of confidence that they can continue to mark tries even at this higher level of competition.
Front-rower Gavin Maguire notched his first-ever try for Scribes, and was responsible for leaving several fluid ounces of sweat, blood and beer on the ground over the course of the day.
Cheered on by a strong contingent of club supporters and alumni, the women got off to a positive start in their match against Kelowna. In spite of the long holiday break, Scribes Women continued to build off their strengths from 2016, earning the right to go wide with strong play up the middle, and making quick passes to take advantage of the resulting gaps in the defensive line. Scribes fans saw tries from Ely Williams, Whitney Paronish-Rowe and Cat Power in the narrow 22-17 loss.
Both teams were looking to get into the win column in week number 2, but will have to wait due to heavy snowfall causing field closures. The women’s game against Capilano and the men’s game against Kamloops have been rescheduled to February 11th. Check the Scribes Facebook page for the latest schedule information.
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