Rowers split with James Bay in exhibition weekend
Photos: Malin Jordan
|Scyler David-Dumas scores an opening try against Jame Bay’s second
division squad in the Ferguson Cup Sept. 29 at Brockton Oval. The Rowers
won the match 44-10.
The Super twos retained the Ferguson Cup Sept. 29 with a win over the James Bay reserves, while James Bay’s premier side retained the Cox Cup after cruising to victory over the Rowers’ first team. In the third division, the Rowers lost a close match to Surrey.
The storied Cox and Ferguson Cups are challenge cups between the Rowing Club and James Bay. In competition for about 100 years, the Cox Cup is one of the oldest challenge trophies in North America. (The Little Brown Jug, first awarded in 1903, is the oldest rivalry trophy.)
It was a long day for the first team as they faced tough competition. James Bay opened the scoring with an early try and they never looked back. Adding one try after the other, the Bays were up 43-0 at halftime. Former Rower Noah Barker started at prop for James Bay and played very well against his former teammates.
|Carlin Wilkin runs up against Andrew de Goede (7) and Connor Braid (10)
in the Cox Cup game at Brockton Oval. James Bay won the match 64-7.
The Rowers played a better second half, scoring a try and holding James Bay to 21 points. With the win, James Bay retains the Cox Cup. Final score: 64-7.
|Henry Recinos runs in for the Rowers only try in this year’s Cox Cup|
The second division played a strong, solid game against James Bay’s reserve squad and captured early momentum with some penetrating running.
Dillon Debono, in his first start at scrumhalf, handled the Rowers offensive pattern particularly well, feeding the ball to opportunistic runners at key intervals.
|The second division squad packs down against James Bay Sept. 29.|
The Rowers showed both fitness and poise as they beat the visitors 44-10 to retain the coveted Ferguson Cup. The exhibition match allowed the seconds some good competition before heading into the bye week.
The third team lost a close match 21-19 to the Surrey Beavers despite being largely outplayed in the first frame.
The Thirsty Thirds clawed back some points in the second half after scoring two tries, but the squad was unable to convert both of them, ultimately falling short by two points.
-with files from Braden Maccke
|James “Hollywood” Paladino races around a James Bay defender, in this
and the following two pictures, before touching the ball down for
a try (fourth picture).