Div 2 – Match 1 – 2013/14 – NK Hrvat

Rino’s Fury 1 – NK Hrvat -1

The much anticipated 2013/14 season kicked off Saturday with an afternoon fixture away to NK Hrvat at Memorial Turf. The newly demoted Div 1 side would prove to be a good first test for the Fury. With a tough pre-season camp and a few new international DP additions to the squad (Keith O’Carroll, Guy Packham and Diego Marchi), the team looked to improve on last years season and challenge for promotion once again . First teamer, Brent Hanson also joined the squad after long-term injury struggles held him out of action last season, no doubt bolstering the Fury back line this year. A couple of missing players this year were stand out winger, Francois Clark, defender Evan Jones and last years captain, Vincent Martin, definitely leaving a hole to fill for this years squad.

The game got underway with a strong start by the Fury, showing early signs of composure, hustle and a team-first mentality, putting NK Hrvat on the backheel. A few decent chances were created, but the Fury were unable to capitalize on them. Strong defensive play, left Hrvat with little, opportunity to create anything dangerous going forward. In the 30th minute, Fury midfielder Francarlos Leon was given a (questionable) straight red after a coming together in the Hrvat 6 yard box. A man down with an hour to go would be a tough test to start the season for any team, but this only seemed to spark the Fury into action. A physical game continued into half time with a 0-0 scoreline.

NK Hrvat came out strong in the 2nd half, starting to show signs of being a man up. 5 minutes in, a nice passing play by the opposition ended with a cross into the box that bounced around and was unable to be cleared, only to fall to a Hrvat midfielder at the top of the box who smashed it through several bodies and made it through goalkeeper Nathan Verbeeks legs, barely seeing it.

The game shifted a bit as Hrvat seemed content with holding onto the dangerous 1-0 lead. The Fury pressed for an equalizer but came up short on a few occasions. A scrappy game continued with a few more yellows being handed out. On a 70th minute corner, the big defensive pairing of Hanson and O’Carroll combined for the Fury’s first goal of the 21013/14 season. A beautifully whipped in corner by Wilhelm to the far post was headed back across goal by O’Carroll, where a waiting Hanson was there to pounce on it and blasted a well placed shot into the right side of the net. The Rino’s men continued to push for 3 points, seemingly unsatisfied with a tie, finding weaknesses in the Hrvat defense. Strong play by second half sub, Packham, earning his first cap, impressed with composure and provided several quality balls up to strikers and wingers creating chances to take the lead. In the 85th minute, 3

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points were surely locked up as a shot by striker Cougny was parried to Shih who missed from close range, unable to complete the comeback.

The fans were pleased as the final whistle blew. A quality performance by the Rino’s Fury to build on as the season progresses.

Man of the Match: Keith O’Carroll

Team: Verbeek, Atkinson (Packham), Hanson, O’Carroll, Hawkins, Cougny, Sanders (Arceneaux), Leon, Wilhelm (Sanders), Pace, Solven (Shih)

Goals: Brent Hanson

Assists: Keith O’Carroll


The next match against Caspian FC will be played Sunday September 15th @ 4pm, Point Grey Turf.

Rino’s Fury 2012/13 Season Re-cap

The Rino’s Fury ended their season on Saturday in a 0-1 Cup loss to the Richmond Olympics. This normally would of sent them off to the golf courses with their usual long cup runs going well into March, but it seems they will be sent to the slopes with the ski season still in full flight.

It was a lackluster end to a year full of promise. Pundits predicting a successful promotion campaign, put pressure on the Rino’s Fury to live up to this expectation. With the team still finding their feet to start the league, a few hiccups early on against easier opponents, which had also been the case in years past, prompted another hole to be dug out of. From there the real season began with better team performances and standout individual play, starting an undefeated streak of 14 games to land the Fury in 1st place.  A number of ties limited the potential point tally, but it looked optimistic going in the final third of league play.

As the season progressed, a few notable injuries and departures to the Rinos squad took it’s toll and required re-enforcements to be brought in. Perhaps this led to inconsistent performances, with players struggling to build chemistry beside new faces required changes to the structure of the team down the final stretch .  At times, the Fury were unstoppable, controlling the game and playing composed soccer worthy of moving up a division. Other times they looked out of sorts, finding it difficult to create anything going forward.

With 3 teams fighting for the single promotion spot, it was only right that the last two games of league play were against these teams, both on home soil. With the season on the line, a Sunday fixture against Gastown FC brought nerves and excitement to a game that would decide which team would be playing in  Division 1 and the increased TV revenues that go along with it next fall (actually the addition of linesmen in this league is way better than money). Unfortunately, it was a game to be forgotten.  A 0-3 deserved loss brought the the Fury’s hopes crashing down. It would be another season in Div 2.

The Point Greysiders supporters club commented on the season. “We are proud of the mighty Fury, showing class through long stretches and the club record 14-game unbeaten streak. It was a devastating end to a bright looking season. We will always continue to support the team and look forward to a strong showing in the Summer league and for the boys to come out fighting in  2013/14”.

A team full of talent and potential, expected to move up will likely see big money transfers into higher divisions. The nature of this business.

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 2 Match 7 – Point Grey Rangers

On Saturday October 22nd, a day now dubbed “Vincent Martin Day”, the mighty Burnaby Fury Rinos took the pitch against home side Point Grey Rangers in front of Soccer and Rugby Fans alike. The highly contested derby (with Jericho Park being the closest pitch in proximity to Point Grey Turf) did not disappoint, leaving fans and commentators with some great talking points including some excellent goals and terrible reffing decisions.

Match Report

The game opened with a bang. In the third minute, a ball played through to Ben Cougny was received in stride and crossed with precision from the right side where the man in form, Vinny Martin, was streaking in and finished brilliantly with a volley into lower left part of the net. A great team goal and a great start to the game. The Fury continued to show their class by controlling possession with confident passing and frustrating the Rangers men who could not seem to hold the ball for more than 1 or 2 passes. The constant pressure looked to pay off when Wilhelm found himself in the box, faked a shot and nicked the ball past the Rangers defender before being completely taken out in an insanely reckless challenge. A clear penalty to everyone who was watching, but fortunately for the Rangers, the notorious 127 year old ref was on duty Saturday and somehow gave a Goal kick out of it. In my unbiased opinion it would have to go down as the worst no-call since the Hand of God. Play continued with a few more chances for Rinos and nothing coming in the form of an attack for the Rangers. in the 40th minute against the run of play, a long ball played over top and was collected by the Rangers striker. Hawk’s challenge from behind brought the player down, controversially outside the box but was deemed inside. The lucky Rinos defender escaped with his life as the referee again was hit with another sudden case of Alzheimer’s  and somehow wasn’t shown a Red card (or any card for that matter) but the penalty was converted and the match all square.

Halftime (1-1)

The second half started like the first with good positive play from the Rinos. Seemingly fitter and ready to play a full 90 minutes, chances were being created through wide play and a ton of second half corners. With the Rangers keeper making a few key saves and getting some help from the crossbar, they looked to be holding on for a draw. Not being satisfied with 1 point, the Rinos captain, Vinny Martin once again to it into his own hands (feet) to make sure 3 points were guaranteed. In the 55th minute after a few tight passes, Martin found himself with some room in the box to take a touch and blast it through the keeper who got a touch but not enough and it just managed to trickle in. Once again a great team goal. With the lead, substitutions were made to hold down the fort and preserve the victory. A few hairy moments in the dying 10 minutes put some fans on the edge of their seats but some calm goalkeeping from the Rinos reserve keeper Patrick “The Beast” Best put a stop to anything dangerous.

Final (Rinos 2 – Rangers 1)

The Rinos added to their current win streak with 3 in a row and 4 in the last 5 putting themselves in sole possession of 2nd in the league. Next weeks match up against first place MYB Panthers could see them go top of the table with a win.


Players:  Patrick,  Hawk , Evan, Riley (Cory 45′), Ash , Ben (Yuda 70′), Wilhelm(Adam 65′), Vinny, Riley, Gur (Ryan 45′), Francois, Tommy (Alessandro 60′)

Goals: Vinny (2)

Assists: Ben, Tommy



Burnaby Fury Rinos vs MYB Panthers

4pm Point Grey Turf – Saturday October 29th.

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


Matheson Injury Update - Day-to-Day

Div 2 Match 1 – IFC Polonia

The summer heat finally decided to show up on Saturday afternoon when the newly dubbed Burnaby Fury Rinos Div 2 team kicked off their 2011/2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against IFC Polonia, away at the Burnaby Lakes Pitches (Wait, thought we were Burnaby Fury??). The last meeting between the two teams was in last years cup semi-final when Rinos came out on top with an exciting 5-4 PK win. It was a close battle then as was also the case in Saturdays match up.

There was a splash on new signings this summer after last years revenue from jersey and giant foam finger sales were at an all time high. Season ticket sales have also increased 200% from 1 to 3,  so there were a few notables that are sure to bring something extra to the squad. Saturday saw Rinos debuts  from summer league MVP starting keeper Will Langford, Dhiren Sarwal who failed to re-make his fake birth certificate rendering him ineligible for U21 signing, Francois Clark who woos women with his french accent only until they find out his last name, Rahmtin Faridian who may be challenging for this years fastest player, on loan Evan Jones who may have the worst email when applying to try out for a soccer team (lazy_man60@hotmail.com)  and Gurjit (Gur) Hundal who was reportedly signed for half a watermelon and a conditional 43rd round draft pick in 2014.  Teammates and Fans alike are excited to see what these guys have in store for the upcoming season.

Match Report

It was evident from the start that the heat was going to be playing a major factor throughout the game as most players were sweating and breathing hard only tying up their laces. With pre-match instructions to focus on possession in the early part of the game to wear out the other team, Rinos started strong with a few chances as the team was starting find each other, learn names and gel as unit. With a 4-4-1-1 formation, it was something new and looked like it was frustrating the opposition with more posssesion through the middle.

Rinos went up one in the 20th minute after a turnover in the middle of the park that resulted in a ball being played through to striker Ben Cougny on the left side of the 18-yard box. The lone striker dribbled inside the box and with his head up, played a square ball to a streaking Shawn Wilhelm who finished like someone in mid-season form, leaving the keeper helpless and defenders up in arms over how they could leave someone with that kind of quality unmarked in the box. The half continued with better, more consistent play and never looked content with sitting on a single goal lead. IFC Polonia had a couple chances but nothing to worry the Rinos keeper.

1-0 at half.

In the second, 3 of the 5 subs were made, bringing on Pritchard for Cougny, Clark for Wilhelm and Rahm for Matheson. Under the new Div 2 rules, there are no longer unlimited sub as Dealers typically don’t lose a couple of at a time. was allowed under the CAT rules. This proved a bit of a downfall for Rinos as Clark was injured 5 minutes into the half, which forced the Sub for Crowe. Shortly after the 5th and final sub Nolan was on for Gur, Rahm suffered a knee injury forcing him to play the final 35 minutes of the half at 50%. The bruised up Rinos battled on, but were lackluster as fatigue set in (on both sides) and the game paced slowed. The team looked content to hold onto the 1-0 lead, making few chances and if it wasn”t for the strong defensive performances from the back line, the game could of been tied up. The home side realized that open play was not going to be their way to even the game and looked to capitalize on some poor reffing decisions as it seemed every 50/50 call went their way. In the 80th minute, that was the case when a combination of cheatery, yelling and an AWFUL call by the referee led to a IFC Polonia penalty that was successfully converted. Some last minute heroics almost saved the 3 points when Rahm had the chance of a lifetime with an absolute sitter in the 90th minute that sailed over the bar. It was in the post match interview the he of course blamed the bum knee.

The Burnaby Fury Rinos will take what they can from a difficult first game and look forward to continuing their unbeaten run next Saturday September 17th, 4pm at Point Grey against Wickham FC “A”.

CAT Match 14 – Richmond FC Olympics "B"

After coming off a dominating performance last weekend, the Rino’s CAT team took to the pitch full of confidence against an 11-1-2 Richmond FC Olympics “B” squad. With the return of Goalkeeper Paulo Henrique de Sousa who had been on loan in the Brazilian leagues, it was going to be quite a task putting anything in the back of the net for the 1st place CAT B team. After the first 10 minutes and the game settling down a much improved possession game was visible from the previous week as Rino’s showed the class and swagger of a team in great form. A strong back line consisting of surprise starter Jordan Atkinson at right back, held the Olympics to minimal threats in the early goings. Going forward, the men in red always looked dangerous. Some great touch passing led to an early chance with Corey Ford having a go from 30 yards, only for it to be tipped onto the cross bar from a out-stretched Olympics keeper. With the keeper exposed and the ball falling nicely to a johnny on the spot Yuda Shih, it seemed all that was necessary was an easy header to put Rino’s up 1-0. Unfortunately, the header

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sailed just over the bar sending the Rino’s faithful into cries. They had another chance soon after when Tommy Nolan played a square ball to an open Ford 10 yards from goal only to have the Olympics defender get a touch to see it safely away. They hoped it wouldn’t be another game of close chances and poor finishing.

The home side knew though that it was their day to put their mark on the league in the final stretch of games in the season and it wasn’t long before man-in-form Greg Crompton who, coming of a brace in last weeks match, put Rino’s up by 1 in the 20th minute. A great pass from Nolan, sliding the ball through to Crompton at the top of the 18-yard box between two of the Olympics defenders and an even better first touch, brought him 1 on 1 with the keeper. A well placed inside-footed shot into the bottom right, sent the crowd into roars and the home side up by one. The rest of the first half continued with strong performances in the middle by Ryan Arceneaux and Corby O’Genski out on the wing who were always frustrating the away-side with their quick touches twisting turny style of play. The possession continued with some more chances limited to long-range attempts by Nolan and Arceneaux. It wasn’t until the final minutes of the first half when O’Genski received a ball at the top of the box from Shih and with a great piece of individual brilliance made the Olympics defender look like pylon then fired a shot from 16 yards. The keeper dove to stop it but saw it slip under himself reminiscent of the Robert Green gaff in the World Cup.

The second half started just as strong with substitutes, Tim Pritchard and Ben Cougny coming on up-front and Shawn Wilhelm, Adam Crowe and newly returning Robin Davies making appearances in the middle. Rino’s controlled the majority of the play and created chances from all different areas. Paulo continued to show no signs of his absence from VMSL league play confidently collecting balls when called upon and looking for a shutout in his first game back. The other returner Davies, showed no signs of coming off an injury with crunching tackles all over the pitch. Wilhelm, Arceneaux and Thompson showed off the ever increasing Rino’s chemistry with lots of intricate passing and skilled footwork which continued to frustrate the away-side. In the air, the backline was equally as dominant never giving the opposing team a chance to create anything and winning all aerial battles. In the 60th minute, the speedy Pritchard was too much to handle and was brought down in the box with a reckless challenge. The striker took matters into his own hands when he slotted it home confidently making it 3 with 30 to go. The home-side won many corners throughout the second half and the Olympics were finally put away with a dangerous ball whipped in from Wilhelm in the 80th minute. The shear curve and velocity of the cross baffled the nervous Olympics defenders who couldn’t deal with it and sent it painfully into the back of their own net, ending any chance of a comeback and putting the game to rest.

A post match interview with the classy as always Shawn Wilhelm had much to say about the great performance. “The lads played hard and we showed today why we are one of the dominating forces in the league.” When asked about the defenders blunder near the end of the game he said “I would love to of claimed that goal as my own but I know the dubious goal panel will surely rob me of my first of the season. The 3 points are enough for me.” Managers and fans alike were impressed with today’s performance and are looking forward to the remaining games in the Rino’s schedule. An upcoming game vs. the 1st place Westside FC “B” will be regarded as the most anticipated game of the season where the players will be looking for revenge after a early season loss and know it is an absolute must win. Next week is away at Surrey at 2pm.