Edmonton Gold outshine Calgary Mavericks in the rain

Matt Lepinski in action for Calgary Mavericks versus Edmonton Gold in the U21 curtain raiser match at Calgary Rugby Park.
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The bad weather got going just in time to greet the young players coming onto the main pitch at Calgary Rugby Park. The Calgary Mavericks were playing Edmonton Gold in a men’s U21 curtain raiser match ahead of the international contest between Canada and Georgia (see that match report here).

Try for Edmonton Gold in the U21 curtain raiser match against Calgary Mavericks at Calgary Rugby Park.
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The temperature plunged to 5 degrees C from its barmy heights earlier on in the week, a situation that is often seen in Calgary. This made for difficult ball handling as hands quickly numbed in the driving rain but Edmonton adapted better, scoring a couple of tries in the first ten minutes. From this great start, the visitors never looked back and the Mavericks were only able to respond with one try.

Final score, Edmonton Gold 42-5 Calgary Mavericks.

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Anthony Onwordi in action for Calgary Mavericks versus Edmonton Gold in the U21 curtain raiser match at Calgary Rugby Park.
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Georgia tough out a shut-out win against Canada in the wind and rain @CalgaryRugby Park @GeorgianRugby @RugbyCanada

Georgia in action against Canada at Calgary Rugby Park.
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A tough, heavy-duty, forwards-dominated game went in favour of Georgia in their international men’s rugby XV against Canada at Calgary Rugby Park today. Ferocious rain and gusting winds coming in from the Rockie Mountains made handling difficult and both sides reverted to frequent up and under kicking to put their opposite defences under pressure.

The Georgia and Canada packs clash in action at Calgary Rugby Park.
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Georgia, currently ranked 12th in the world and already qualified for the 2019 World Cup by virtue of their two wins and third place in the pool stage of the 2015 World Cup, took the lead within the first ten minutes of the game with a penalty kick, scored by Merab Kvirkashvili. That was all that separated the teams as they ran, with relish, off the pitch to take comfort and shelter inside the changing rooms. Some of the Georgian fans, of which there were many, moved over to the other wet end of the pitch to continue with their noisy chants of Lelo, lelo, Sakartvelo (Try, try Georgia).

Merab Kvirkashvili, kicks a penalty for Georgia against Canada at Calgary Rugby Park.
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Georgia asserted their forward game plan in the second half and pretty much camped out within Canadian quarters. After six minutes a scrum infringement led to another penalty kicked from the left boot of Kvirkashvili to make it 6-0 to the visitors.

Inevitably, the relenting pressure of the Lelos on the Canadian line gave way to a try, scored by and converted by full-back, Kvirkashvili with three minutes to go.

Georgia’s forwards celebrate their try, scored by Merab Kvirkashvili in their 13-0 win over Canada at Calgary Rugby Park.
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Final score, Canada 0-13 Georgia.

The fans tough out the wind and rain during the Canada-Georgia rugby international at Calgary Rugby Park.
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Rams butt Canucks

Action from the Calgary Canucks vs Calgary Rams (Div. 2) game at Calgary Rugby Park.
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The Calgary Rugby Union was busy last night with schools rugby finals plus a local Division 2 encounter between the Rams and Canucks.

The Rams opened up things in the first half when they broke from a scrum to score under the posts. The Canucks soon came back though with a try from the right winger into the corner. As the half came to a close, the Canucks defence was surprised by a quick tap penalty taken by the Rams Number 8 who went over for a try, making it 12-5 at the interval.

Try for the Calgary Canucks winger in their game against the Calgary Rams (Div. 2) game at Calgary Rugby Park.
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The Rams backs took advantage of a dropped ball close to the line and the centre (12) scooped up the ball to score. The Canucks came back again, this time from a lineout about 10 metres out and a forward (24) crashed over the line to make it 19-10.

The Rams made more of their possession and some strong passing moves out to the left wing produced two more tries making the final score Rams 29-10 Canucks.

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Action through the windows during the Calgary Canucks vs Calgary Rams (Div. 2) game at Calgary Rugby Park.
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Titans take out Canucks in Red Deer

Brock Campbell, Calgary Canucks in action against the Red Deer Titans.
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There was a tornado warning around Three Hills, north of Calgary on Friday night, just as we were heading up the QEII for the Calgary Canucks Div 2 game in Red Deer. The atmospheric energy rubbed off more in favour of the Titans who came out winners, 42-12.

Try for the Canucks in their game against the Titans in Red Deer.
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It was a night for the winger’s union as tries were scored down both flanks by the Red Deer team who took a commanding lead, 27-7 at the break.

With a few high and late tackles, the game got a little perky in the second half and the referee had to step in with his yellow card twice and then a red card to calm things down. All mates in the end though. That’s rugby.

The referee takes action in the Red Deer Titans versus Calgary Canucks Div 2 game.
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Final score, Red Deer Titans 42-12 Calgary Canucks.

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Action from the Red Deer Titans versus Calgary Canucks Div 2 game.
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The edge of the world: Trump and the #ParisAgreement

Fossil fuels and renewables in the Crows Nest Pass, Alberta, Canada.
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The Rose Garden, a normally beautiful part of the White House in Washington DC,  was the sunny scene for a thorny message yesterday. President Donald Trump made it his “solemn duty” to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris Agreement.

He was keeping one of his promises from his electioneering last year so it came as little surprise to many onlookers. It was, nevertheless, a speech that has echoed audaciously across the world and staggered many for its lack of global leadership. All politicians want to build their economy and create jobs. People have to come first, granted. But economics cannot, and must not, be treated in isolation from the environment. We have to build it all for us to prosper sustainably now and allow the same for our future generations.

Climate change is real and present and the Paris Agreement is one of the most critically important ways forward for nations of the world to create their own action plans that collectively can address one of the world’s most pressing threats to people.

Trump’s words mean that the USA will progress now through a lengthy process to withdraw. It will likely take just as long as this man is in office: four years. His words will not though deter many Americans from continuing their actions. Several States (California, Washington, New York) immediately reacted against them. Cities across the world, including the USA, will continue their programs to use fossil fuel energy more efficiently, introduce more renewable energy and help create jobs doing just that. Companies too, including the likes of General Electric and Shell have expressed their continued support for the Paris Agreement. Even America’s biggest oil company, Exxon, publicly stated earlier this year that it believes the Paris agreement is an “effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change.”

That company’s former boss, Rex Tillerson, now as Secretary of State, was not in the Rose Garden for his president’s speech. Maybe he was using his time more productively to work out how to restore relations with other world leaders in China, the European Union and elsewhere. They have made their voices very clear that Trump is wrong, climate change is real and deserves global leadership now. For the prosperity of the people and the planet.

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Canucks win by a point against St Albert @CanucksRugby @CalgaryRugby @StAlbertRugby

Chad Spence, Calgary Canuck bows graciously to a Canada Goose after scoring the winning try against St Albert at Calgary Rugby Union Park.
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In a close contest at the Calgary Rugby Union today, the Calgary Canucks got a try with ten minutes to go and edged the 2016 provincial champions St Albert by a single point to win the game 13-12.

Action from the game between Calgary Canucks and St. Albert.
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The Canucks opened the scoring after twenty minutes of play with a penalty to St Albert for not releasing the ball in the tackle. Some handling errors by the home team took away a couple of try-scoring opportunities then, just as the first half was closing out, St Albert took the lead with a try scored by Aaron Weicker, working a nice scissor move down the right wing with the full-back. The try under the posts was converted making it 3-7 at the turnaround.

St. Albert’s Aaron Weicker scores the opening try in the game against Calgary Canucks at the Calgary Rugby Union Park.
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Things went back the other way for the Canucks in less than two minutes from the restart. Josh Bentley finished off a nice move across the pitch from line-out possession on the left side. No conversion for the try but the Beaver Boys were ahead, 8-7.

A race down the touchline by Oliver White during the game between Calgary Canucks and St. Albert.
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After seventeen minutes, a lengthy discussion between the match officials and then with the captains led to St Albert’s number 22 being yellow-carded. Despite their loss upfront, St. Albert put forward pressure on the Canucks line and in a tap penalty move, the hooker, Robert Blunden, went over the line to make it 8-12.

Action from the game between Calgary Canucks and St. Albert.
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With ten minutes remaining, the Canucks put some much better handling skills together and from their own half set up a sequence of passes that put number 21 into the right corner. Too far out for the conversion but it was just enough for the home side to win, 13-12.

A blistering tackle by Jacob Bentley during the game between Calgary Canucks and St. Albert.
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A try for Josh Bentley, Calgary Canucks, in their game against St. Albert at Calgary Rugby Union Park.
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Pandas bamboo STIX (Canada Cup West hockey, Kelowna, BC, Canada)

Action from the game between Calgary Team STIX and Alberta Junior Pandas at the Canada Cup West, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
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The Alberta Junior Pandas and Calgary Team STIX faced one another for the second time in the semi-final of the Canada Cup West in Kelowna, BC, Canada. (see this link for the first match report)

Action from the game between Calgary Team STIX and Alberta Junior Pandas at the Canada Cup West, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
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Bigger, faster, stronger

It was a game that felt different to the first outing. Bigger; faster, stronger as the Daft Punks might say. Yet the game was more blown out on the scoreboard which was showing 6-0 at the end of sixty minutes play.

Action from the game between Calgary Team STIX and Alberta Junior Pandas at the Canada Cup West, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
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It was a game dominated by strong neutral zone control by the Pandas which prevented most of the Stix launches from getting deep into the Alberta provincial side’s home space.

Action from the game between Calgary Team STIX and Alberta Junior Pandas at the Canada Cup West, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
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It was a game with many learnings to reflect on for the STIX AA side. Great determination through to the end where they had to kill off a five on three for a couple of infringements.

Action from the game between Calgary Team STIX and Alberta Junior Pandas at the Canada Cup West, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
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Good luck Pandas in your final game. Safe trip home Stix. Hoping to see you at the Canada Cup West next year.

Bigger, faster, stronger…

Alberta Junior Pandas celebrate their 6-0 win against Calgary Team Stix AA at the Canada Cup West, Kelowna, BC, Canada.
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