Rino’s Fury to Host Opening Round Provincial Cup Match

Rino’s Fury have qualified for a second consecutive appearance in the Keith Millar Provincial B Cup, and once again have drawn opposition from the Vancouver Metro Soccer League. After bowing out in a penalty shootout to Sarajevo FC last season, the boys will be hoping for better luck as they host Vancouver-based rivals Bombastic SC. The match will take place 2pm, Sunday April 6 at Point Grey Secondary with the winners advancing to face Europa FC of the Burnaby Metro Soccer League. Come on out and support the team!


Div 1 Match 2 2013/14 – Serbian White Eagles

Rino’s desire to mimic last season exactly took another step in the right direction after a 0-0 tie with Serbia.

Rino’s started brightly, holding possession well, and created an inviting chance for Norton in the 10th minute after some sexy build up play through the right, but the shot was too close to the spry ‘young’ Serbian keeper.

What happened next was nothing short of shitting the bed, and for the remainder of the half Rino’s lived a charmed life, with Serbia’s inability to field good strikers the only thing that kept the score 0-0.

A more even 2nd half ensued, but neither side created any clear-cut chances. A quick shot on the turn from O’Sullivan rattled the Serbian bar, and a beautiful delivery from O’Genski was met by Bligh to yet again head the ball just past the post, but that was all that Rino’s produced (or all that I can remember 6 days later) in a frustrating 90mins. A sense of inevitability set in with 20 mins to go, that for the third meeting in a row the two tams would share the spoils.

Serbia look a much improved side from last year, with their tactic of sitting more Serbians on the bench, and non nationals on the field seemingly a wise decision.

Man of the Match went to David Moore for tirelessly working up top trying to force the breakthrough off broken supply.

Rino’s go on to face Akal on Friday night, while Serbia, as with

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Campobasso last week, go on to face Vancouver Olympics, which will in fact be the team most teams face after playing Rino’s due to some lazy scheduling by the VMSL.

Team: Thom, Stoakes, Southern, Bligh, O’Genski, Billingham, Norton, Greenall, Duff, O’Sullivan, Moore
Subs: Atleo, Carr, Hauk, Dodich

Div 2 Match 2 2013/14 – Caspian FC

Rino’s Fury 1 – 0 Caspian FC

In the second match of the season, Rino’s Fury faced Div 2 debutantes Caspian FC, who’s staunch defending proved a tough nut to crack.  Eventually a fine bit of service from Rino’s new-boy Diego Marchi was spectacularly finished by Ian Solven to give Rino’s the all important 3 points.

The match began with the Fury boys dominating possession.  Caspian it seemed were content to play with 11 men behind the ball, waiting for an opportunity on the counter.  The centre back pairing of O’Carroll and Hanson were again dominant in the air, limiting the Caspian forays forward which were often based on a long ball to chase.  In fact the only chance Caspian had in the first half came from an errant goal kick by goalkeeper Verbeek who was clearly put off by the paparazzi filming his every move.  Fortunately for him the Caspian forward spared his blushes by missing the net with his strike that was a good 10 feet wide.  Rino’s most notable chance came on a well worked move up the left side of the pitch.  The ball was pulled back towards the top of the penalty area and a low drive from Wilhelm was smartly saved by the Caspian keeper.  Despite the dominance in possession which was roughly 70-30 in favour of the home side, they lacked the cutting edge and came off the pitch at half time with the scores knotted at 0-0.

A shift in formation saw Rino’s return to the pitch for the second half in a 4-4-2 and instructions from the manager to focus on wing play and a focus on attacking the far post.  Substitutions saw the introduction of Diego Marchi and Emmanuel Orech, both who would play key roles in the remainder of the match.  In fact, it took less than 15 minutes for Marchi to make his impact as he whipped a cross towards the far post that striker Ian Solven powered into the net beyond the bewildered Caspian keeper.  With the deadlock finally broken, Caspian began to throw men forward and space began to open up on the field.  A fine throughball found Orech in behind the Caspian defence, but in rounding the keeper his touch was heavy and it was all he could do to keep the ball from crossing the endline, nevermind getting a sight of the gaping net.  A Caspain free kick from 35 yards was driven towards the top corner, and Verbeek did well to catch and hold it.  The teams traded chances again as a Caspian corner kick was headed at the near post, deflected by Verbeek, and cleared off the line by Orech.  Shortly after that a Rino’s counter attack saw substitute Crowe running at the Caspian defence and taken down by their last man just outside the penalty area.  The referee however only opted to issue a caution to the Caspian defender and Rino’s attempt at the free kick was wasted.  Rino’s then held firm for the remaining minutes and celebrated their first victory and clean sheet of the season.

Man of the Match: Keith O’Carroll

Team:  Verbeek, Gazin, Hanson, O’Carroll, Hawkins (Marchi), Wilhelm, Sanders (Arceneaux), Cougny (Crowe), Pace (Orech), Bradbury, Solven (Packham)

Goals: Ian Solven

Assists: Diego Marchi

Rino’s Vancouver SC Undefeated to Start the Season

Rino’s Vancouver SC opened the winter season in impressive style with their 5 teams winning 4 matches and tying 1, meaning the club remains undefeated after the first round of matches in the 2012/2013 VMSL season.

The Twin Arrows got things started off at noon on Saturday with a 5-1 demolition of TSA Royals “B” in CAT A division action. Stewart Prince and Stuart Macdonald set the pitch at Andy Livingstone ablaze, as both were multiple goal scorers in leading the line for the Twin Arrows. Rino’s Div 1 and U-21 teams then played simultaneously at 4pm. The Div 1’s prevailed in their home opener at Point Grey Secondary, where Cyrus Greenall scored the decisive goal in a 1-nil blanking of AC Campobasso (see highlight video after the jump). Meanwhile, the U-21’s enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 road victory over the Richmond TSS Olympics at Minoru Oval. Goals for the U-21’s were provided by Paul Kook, Kyle Reed, and Taylor Dickau.

The Bulldogs kicked their season of Sunday morning at Trillium with a 2-nil victory over GFC C-Men United. Team captain Brian Deo opened the scoring early in the first half, while Rino’s Fury gaffer Derrick Freedman sealed the game with a second half strike in his first competitive match in 10 months. Finally, the Fury dominated possession and created numerous chances in their afternoon game at Point Grey, but only Francarlos Leon could find the back of the net as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw with a hard-working West Van Royals side.

All 5 teams are back in action next weekend, starting with the U-21 home opener on Friday night.

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Div 1 Match 12 – NK Hrvat

Rino’s took on NK Hrvat this Sunday in the first game of the second half of the season. The final outcome was identical unfortunately with NK salvaging a point in the last few minutes, for a 1-1 tie.

Match Report

A nervous Rino’s side took to the field at Point Grey on Sunday, aware of the hole left behind by the absence of their captain, and mentor, John Bligh. A few anxious glances were exchanged in an uninspiring pre-game huddled and then the game was under way. NK came out very strong, buoyed by the General’s absence as much as Rino’s were distraught by it. But Rino’s somehow battled on bravely, with Marek or Jeff presumably having the game of his life as chance after chance mounted for NK. But completely against the run of play something amazing happened. Rino’s managed to pretend they hadn’t noticed I was gone and took the lead after a blistering run by someone, or perhaps a cross or some nice passing, which lead to someone scoring for us.

Rino’s couldn’t believe it, they had done the unthinkable, but alas, inevitably the lead could not last forever. Eventually something had to give, and with a few minutes remaining the keeper was finally beaten, presumably a gaping hole in the middle was exploited.

The draw will feel like a loss for the guys, but realistically it is a result they would have been happy to take at the start of the game.

Man of the Match: Marek or Jeff

Div 2 Match 6 – Dasmesh FC

Kickoff: 4:00 pm Saturday, October

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15th at Point Grey Turf

The goals continued to pour in for Rino’s Fury, as they notched back-to-back wins for the first time this season. After a slow start where they earned just 1 point from the first 2 matches, Rino’s have since reeled off 3 victories in 4 matches, and are now firmly entrenched in the top half of the Division 2C table with 10 points.

Much like Rino’s Fury, Dasmesh (formerly Desmesh) FC have undergone a facelift for the 2011/12 season. After a dismal season of relegation from Division 1, the Surrey-based club have attempted to refresh with a host of new, young faces. The net result however was the same for them as last season; getting pumped by their opposition from Rino’s club.

After experimenting with a 4-3-3 formation the previous week, Rino’s went back to a traditional 4-4-2 with the striking pair of Ben Cougny and Tommy Nolan. The setup worked wonders as the home side scored 3 first half goals, all involving man of the match, Tommy Nolan. The first goal came from a nice build up, and some fancy footwork from Tommy who dribbled into the opposition area before letting the ball run onto Ben who stabbed it home to get Rino’s off the mark. The second goal came from a corner kick, where Tommy managed to elude his marker and put it to the far post beyond the bewildered keeper. Finally, team captain Vinny Martin managed to take over the golden boot race as he was first to pounce on a rebound from a Tommy Nolan shot and increase the lead to 3.

The second half saw a number of changes to the Rino’s Fury squad, as a number of players were tried out on the backline. This lead to a Dasmesh breakaway which left debutant goalkeeper, Patrick Best, with little chance to preserve his clean sheet. Finally after some more tinkering, Italian Stallion, Alessandro Pace opened his goalscoring account on a penalty which he earned with a theatrical dive, something he often practiced in the Italian youth system where he learned to play football. He then followed that up with his best Mario Balotelli impression as he antagonized the opponents, but wound up himself receiving a yellow card.

The final scoreline read Rino’s 4 – 1 Dasmesh


Players: Patrick, Greg, Evan (Alessandro 45′), Hawk, Dhiren(Gur 5′, Adam 65′), Vinny, Riley, Travis (Ryan 45), Francois, Tommy, Ben (Tim 45′)

Goals: Ben, Vinny, Tommy, Alessandro

Assists: Tommy (2), Travis

Div 2 Match 5 – Cliff Cobra FC

Kickoff: 4:00 pm Saturday, October 8th at Point Grey Turf

For those involved with Rino’s Div 2 team fortunate enough to have known Andrew Wade today was an emotional and moving day. Having spent the morning celebrating the life of a wonderful human being we gathered ourselves in the afternoon to do what Andrew did so well – play our hearts out on the football pitch.

Having struggled to find the back of the net thus far this season Rino’s opted for an attacking 4 – 3 – 3 formation to start this match. Although we were largely in control, our first half performance was inconsistent and we were guilty of playing panicky and rushed football. In fact it was Cliff who might have opened the scoring on the counter attack when their striker somehow blundered his way through our defence only to scupper his shot hopelessly wide.

Tempers were heightened as Cliff’s defensive tactics continued to frustrate the Rino’s players. Resultantly we seemed to play down to their level and created few chances apart from a decent penalty shout from Shawn as he was clumsily bundled over in the penalty area approaching half time.

Rino’s were a bit flat to start the second half , yet to our credit we persevered and began to take control of the match. Substitutions up front and in midfield brought some fresh energy and while Greg had put in his usual hard working shift, the introduction of Francois ultimately led to Rino’s opening goal 20 minutes from time.

Following slick interplay down the left flank Francois delivered the killer through ball to find the run of yours truly. I just about managed to stay onside before firing the ball past the keeper with a left-footed strike from 10 yards.

Having found the elusive first goal Rino’s continued to dominate and led 2-0 shortly after. Despite being gifted extra time to prepare to defend a corner kick while the referee was distracted by the untimely intrusion of a Cliff player’s young child

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(who had also earlier intruded to stop Cliff from taking a quick throw in) the Cliff players still managed to leave myself unmarked at the top corner of the 18. Ryan delivered a short pass and, having not been closed down, I proceeded to strike an ‘unstoppable’ right-footed drive into the top right hand corner of the net. To be honest it largely resembled Adam Johnson’s recent stunner for Manchester City against Blackburn Rovers (but I’m super modest of course).

As with my first goal I celebrated with a tribute to the sky where #11 Wadey was watching today and providing me with inspiration.

The fight was surely out of Cliff at this stage and Rino’s leading scorer from last season took advantage to get off the mark and wrap up the 3 points. Using his fantastic speed Tim broke in on goal, following another excellent Francois pass, and poked past the dismayed keeper.

Cliff’s afternoon was dismally summed up as the aforementioned keeper (already the recipient of a caution in this match) was shown a straight red card for threatening and abusive behaviour (commonly known as a temper tantrum).

All in all a good result for Rino’s on a day of remembrance for our inspirational #11.



Players: Will, Ash, Evan, Hawk, Dhiren, Vinny, Riley (Yuda 70), Travis (Ryan 45), Greg (Francois 55), Shawn (Gur 45), Adam (Tim 40)

Goals: Vinny (2), Tim

Assists: Francois (2), Ryan

Div 2 Match 2 – Wickham FC

On a wet pitch Saturday saw the match up between Rino’s Fury and Wickham FC who spent last year in the U21 division. The spritely young team who are now legally able to make use of the motto “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”, proved a difficult task for the hip replaced Rinos. It is not often you play team of kids you used to babysit. The opponents looked like a team who had played together for a while and it showed throughout the game. A notable point was the first Rinos cap for Travis Sanders at right mid.

Match Report

A slow start by both teams took a while to settle as no side could maintain possession for very long. The few chances in the first 30 minutes troubled neither keeper nor fan alike. Wickham FC started to maintain possession a little more and created some opportunities, exposing the new backline arrangement a little. Pritchard was injured partway through the first half (day-to-day with a lower body injury) and Crowe was brought on as a replacement. In the 40th minute, Wickham was awareded a free kick on a questionable call, 25 years out to the right of the Rinos net. The ball was whipped in to the short post and inadvertently deflected in as Rinos defender Evan Jones tried to clear it from danger. An unfortunate end to the first half.

Half Time (Rinos 0 – Wickham FC -1)

The second half started a bit better with Hundal, Wilhelm and Hill coming in for Cougny, Nolan and 1 other? Rinos were on the attack, looking for a goal to even up the contest but proving difficult against the fit and organized side. McArthur was brought in for Sarwal for the Furys 5th and final sub of the game. Wouldn’t you know it, but once again, the new substitution rules came back to bite Rinos in the ass with Matheson suffering a blow to the kidneys from the Wickham keeper. Down to 10 men, that only seemed to spark the “Fury” in the Rinos for the first time this season and almost seemed as if Wickham were the ones

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down to 10 men. On their heels, more attacking play was developing a bit more possession was had by Rinos. Some good chances created with attempts by Martin and Wilhelm put the nervous Wickham fans on the edge of their seats. It was only in the 85th minute, when Wickham were given a chance against the run of play with everyone but the keeper pushing for the tying goal. The striker cooly slotted the breakaway home and insured the 3 pts for Wickham.

Full Time (Rinos 0 – Wickham FC -2)

A bad result in the second game of the season for Rinos leaves them with 1 point in 2 but some positives can be taken away with a gutsy 10 man performance for the last 25 minutes. This is familiar territory as last season started poorly but a great run of form showed the heart of the mighty Rinos Fury. Fans are anticipating this sundays match up:

Rino’s Fury vs. NV FC Campobasso

Sunday, September 25 – 5:00pm KickoffSutherland Turf


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