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Bayside Sharks 'will keep getting better' says coach
Despite a loss last weekend to their high-scoring rivals from south of the border, the Bayside Sharks still sit with a .500 record in the Okanagan Springs Brewery Div. 1 Rugby League.
On Saturday at South Surrey Athletic Park, the Sharks – in the midst of their first season in first division after being relegated from the premier circuit last springs – dropped a 47-38 decision to Seattle RFC, who are a perfect 6-0 and have scored more points than every other side in the 10-team league.
“They’re a very powerful team,” said Bayside coach Angel Cividanes, who’s in his first season at the helm of the Sharks’ top men’s team.
“But we played against the best team in the league and it was close. Defensively, we played well – but Seattle has a very good counterattack. But I was very happy with how we played. Down the road, we are only going to keep getting better and better.”
Saturday’s game was a free-wheeling affair – there were just five scrums, Cividanes pointed out.
“It was a good entertaining game,” Cividanes said.
Though satisfied to be sitting at 3-3 through the first two months of the season, the veteran coach knows his squad could easily be above .500 if not for a few miscues earlier in the season.
The team’s other two losses this season have been to the UBC Thunderbirds – who, like Seattle, are 6-0 – and Richmond, who are third in the the league, at 4-2.
“All of our losses have been to the best teams,” Cividanes said. “Against UBC, we just weren’t quite ready for that one, but Richmond, I thought we should have won that game.”
The Sharks will have an opportunity to move to 4-3 Saturday, when they travel up the road to Sullivan Park for a tilt against the Surrey Beavers, who are also 3-3.
And though Bayside’s top men’s squad is pushing a youth movement – many of the team’s key players are in their early 20s – they have recently had an injection of experience into the roster.
Adam Timler returned to the Bayside lineup against Seattle after a few months away, and Cividanes said other vets who have returned to the pitch this month include Jon Thiel – a former professional player in Europe who briefly coached the Sharks’ premier team in 2005 – and former captain Adam Van Stavern.
“It’s really good to have those guys back,” Cividanes said.