Rugby playoff picture set: Castaway Wanderers join James Bay as hosts of semifinals

Both CDI Premier Rugby League semifinal playoff matches will take place in Victoria on May 5. James Bay hosts Burnaby Lake; CW host Caps

James Bay's Zac Coughlan is tackled by Burnaby's Misha Govarchin during the March 31 game at MacDonald Park. The Bays host Burnaby again

James Bay's Zac Coughlan is tackled by Burnaby's Misha Govarchin during the March 31 game at MacDonald Park. The Bays host Burnaby again

The Castaway Wanderers rugby club narrowly edged Burnaby Lake 25-22 in Burnaby on Saturday (April 28) to clinch second-place and a home berth for the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier Rugby League semifinal.

First-place James Bay Athletic Association, which already clinched home advantage for the other semifinal, also won on Saturday, 38-21 over the UBC Old Boy Ravens.

On May 5, James Bay will host Burnaby Lake (fourth-place) at MacDonald Park while CW host Capilano (third) at Windsor Park.

Kickoff for the semifinals, which run simultaneous, is 2:45 p.m.

Should both James Bay and CW win the respective playoff games, the B.C. championship, Rounsefell Cup wlll happen in Victoria, with UVic’s Wallace Field one possible destination.

The UVic Vikes’ struggles continued as the youthful side dropped its last game of the season to the Meraloma rugby club 64-15. Fifth-place Meraloma missed the playoffs by two points.

In Ceili’s Cup men’s Div. 1 play, CW will also host Burnaby Lake in the semifinal on May 5 while James Bay and the UVic Norsemen are finished.

The Velox Valhallians’s top men’s squad managed one win in 10 games, finishing last place in Tier 1 of the Okanagan Spring Brewery League. The Bayside Sharks and Vancouver Rowing Club meet in that final, also May 5.

In the Women’s Adidas Premiership, the Velox Valkyries ended the nine-game season undefeated and will host Bayside (Surrey/White Rock) in a semifinal playoff, 11 a.m. on May 5. United (Coquitlam/New Westminster) and Burnaby Lake will meet in the other semifinal.

Velox’s Div. 3 men’s side finished first overall (8-1) in the Island division of the Provincewide Third Division and are advancing to the May 5 semifinals after Saturday’s 17-3 win over Capilano-A.