Pacific North Recap: Season Taking Shape

Tables show shuffling as teams fight for position.

Samurai Sportswear Pacific Rugby Premiership

San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) were still searching for their first win as they travelled to Old Mission Beach Athletic (OMBAC).  The hosts put up a good fight and scored first, but SFGG stayed in their wake and took the lead on a Siaosi Nonu try just before the half, 17-21.  The second half was all OMBAC, every point and injury.  OMBAC jumped ahead early, and the score remained 24-21 until a SFGG yellow card as time expired gave the home team the advantage, putting 14 points on the board in extra time, winning 38-21.  In Santa Monica, it was the visiting Belmont Shore that put the Dolphins to the test in a battle for second place.  The first half saw a lot of defense as each team held the other to penalty kicks.  Santa Monica held the advantage 6-3 at halftime.  Belmont Shore found an answer to the Dolphin line dotting a try at 49 minutes to secure the lead.  Belmont Shore denied Santa Monica a trip into the end zone, but put up two more tries of their own, despite a late yellow card claiming the victory 9-31.  The undefeated Life West Gladiators hosted the Glendale Merlins D1 in a bid to keep their spot at the top.  The Merlins had their sights on an upset, taking the lead twice before falling behind 17-12 at the half.  Life West allowed Glendale to sneak up to within two points in the second half before digging in a fighting to a 36-22 victory.

Northern California Women's Division II

Sacramento Amazon #13 Ofolangi Mailangi had another stellar day, almost repeating last week's try total, with a hat trick of 5-pointers in the first half, assisting the Amazons to an easy halftime lead of 58-0 over the visiting San Jose Seahawks.  The Seahawks scored a couple tries of their own, but their porous defense allowed the Amazons to spear their way to a 89-12 domination, remaining undefeated and moving to the top of the table.   

Northern California Men's Division II

San Francisco Golden Gate D2 (SFGG) hosted Diablo Old Gaels and commanded the game early, putting up 19 unanswered points before a yellow card allowed Diablo to cut the lead to 19-12 at halftime.  Diablo, still in the hunt for their first win, allowed SFGG D2 to increase the deficit.  The Olde Gaels fought back and on the heels of another SFGG yellow card knotted the game at 26.  Diablo received some cheddar of their own, and SFGG took advantage once again taking the lead.  The lead was short lived, as Diablo quickly answered back, once again tying the game with 5 minutes left.  SFGG handed the game to Diablo on a yellow platter.  Another card, within range for Canon Marin, and the Olde Gaels get their first win, 33-36.  Santa Rosa Rugby defended their unbeaten streak at home against Bay Area Baracus jumping to a comfortable 22-3 halftime lead.  Baracus was able to trim the deficit to seven points, before Santa Rosa maintained possession and added to their lead, ultimately dominating 36-15.  Vacaville Old Dogs left the kennel in the hunt for their first win visiting the Sacramento Capitals.  The home side kept the Dogs tamed in the first half, but only hold a six point lead, 18-12.  Sacramento increased their lead early in the second half, but then allowed Vacaville to take control of the game and capture the lead 23-31 with 20 minutes left.  Both defenses were relentless until late and the Capitals added five points in an attempt to come back, but Vacaville sealed the win with a penalty kick and tight defense in the final four minutes, 28-34.  Olympic Club Rugby played visitors to the San Jose Seahawks.  The Seahawks Soared to a physical win, 43-26, handing Olympic Club their first defeat of the season.   


Northern California Men's DIII-A

Redwood Empire Rugby hosted Berkeley Rugby as both teams are winless and trying to find footing.  It was a tight game from the start.  A defensive battle that left both teams scoreless for most the first half.  Redwood broke the fast first, followed by Berkeley knotting it up at seven before Redwood pulled a try out of their branches in the final moments of the half, 14-7.  The second half saw Berkeley racing ahead early only to trail again by one possession.  In the final 20 minutes, both sides clawed for possession and traded the lead.  It looked as though Berkeley would have the final say, as they held a 35-41 lead as the clock ticked to 80.  Redwood had some magic left and was able to secure a try but fail to convert, still behind by one.  In extra time, flyhalf Simione Dominiko kicked a penalty kick through the posts, giving Redwood the win 43-41.  Olympic Club Rugby D3  travelled to Silicon Valley Rugby and maintained their pressure on the table by defeating their hosts 15-42.  Undefeated Napa Valley Rugby easily handled  San Joaquin-Stanislaus Rugby.  San Joaquin had more paperwork than tries, behind three yellow cards and one red card, bringing the final to 67-26.  Google Rugby hosted Chico Mighty Oaks in a defensive game that saw a 7-10 Chico lead at the half.  Google was able to break the stalemate, defeating Chico in a must win for Google, 31-17.    

Northern California Men's Division III-B

San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) D3 hosted Diablo Olde Gaels D3 as both teams are steadily climbing up the ladder.  SFGG D3 held the lead for most of the match, until Diablo found a way to fight through a yellow card and eek out a win, 20-21.  San Francisco Fog travelled to San Jose Seahawks D3, finding themselves down 34-5 at the half.  San Jose did not allow any form of comeback and remain undefeated with a win, 60-12.  Shasta Highlanders came away with a statement win at home against Bay Area Baracus B, 70-28.  Jesters Rugby stayed atop the table by defeating the winless Mendocino Steam Donkeys 79-7, behind a hat trick of tries by flyhalf Andre Fetui.  Mendocino's lone try came in the final five minutes of the game, to avoid the shutout.