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 13 – Yaletown FC

Kickoff: 8:00pm Friday, December 2nd at Andy Livingstone East.

In search of offense, Rino”s Fury opted for a 4-4-2 formation against Yaletown FC, and handed a surprise start on the frontline to Corby O”Genski.  The move paid big dividends as they had a dominant first half performance in which Corby drove the Yaletown defenders to distraction with his skill and tenacity, while the best chances fell to Francois Clark.  The breakthrough finally came when a poor lunge by an opposing defender brought down Shawn Wilhelm in what was likely the penalty area, but was awarded as a free kick just beyond it.  With Shawn standing over the ball as if to hit a right-footed curler, Francois struck it with his left and it dipped over the wall and past the bewildered Yaletown keeper.  The Fury continued to pressure their opposition, but were unable to strike again, and entered the half-time break with a 1-0 lead.

The second half turned out to be an extremely scrappy affair, with the ankle-biters on the home team adding to their diving tactics by attempting to provoke the Fury players with off the ball fouls.  Some cautions were issued, and amongst the stupidity were some real scoring chances.  Will Langford, back between the sticks after a long layoff shook off the rust and produced a match-winning save as he parried a well placed header onto the crossbar and out of play.  At the other end, substitute Declan Hill was unlucky to see his header ring off the goalpost.  Finally, speedster Yuda Shih was brought down on a breakaway, but the referee inexplicably waved play on.  As time wound down Rino”s men dug deep and hung on for the victory.

The final scoreline read Rino”s 1 – 0 Yaletown


Players: Will, Greg (Corby 80″), Brandon, Hawk, Travis, Vinny, Gur (Tommy 60″), Shawn (Declan 55″), Francois, Ben (Alessandro 65″), Corby (Yuda 45″)

Goals: Francois

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 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 3 – NVFC Campobasso

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of finish would be their nemesis, Rino’s got themselves a break when the Campobasso goalkeeper gifted Shawn Wilhelm the ball at the edge of the penalty area. Wilhelm took two touches to make him pay; the first to control the ball, and the second to calmly deposit it into the back of the net, thereby increasing both his own and the team’s goalscoring tally for the year to 2 goals.

Shortly thereafter, Tommy Nolan managed to position himself halfway to the top of the golden boot race, as he latched onto a Ben Cougny flick, held off a Campobasso defender, and deftly chipped the bouncing ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the gaping net. It was a masterclass finish that will surely hold up as one of the goal’s of the season. In the second half Tommy was unlucky not to bag his second when he drove a hard half-volley towards the net which forced Campobasso’s keeper into a spectacular diving save. The remainder of the match saw few real chances as Rino’s backline held strong, and their north shore opponents continued to get frustrated. It should be noted that Rino’s goalkeeper Will Langford registered his first clean sheet of the season, and was solid when called upon throughout the match.

Final Score: Rino’s 2 – 0 Campobasso

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”.