I had to add again on there because this will be the sixth match of the season for the Kickers and the third time they face off against Lansing. The other two times were defeats for the Kickers but I’m expecting a much better result this game.
Weather Forecast from Weatherbug.com:
THREE THINGS TO KICK ABOUT
- Laundry Time – It’s all about those clean sheets and the Kickers defense is getting it done, which is good because the offense is doing just barely enough. Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald has had to come up big a few times but the entire defense has stepped up.
- Joey G. Show – Joe Gallardo has slotted home two game winners. The Kicker though need to start scoring more goals. One goal wins are the narrowest of margins and vanish in an instant. A two or dare I say three goal cushion would be a nice change of pace from the heart-attack wins. We’re not the only ones paying attention to Joe. He won USL League 1 Goal of the Week honor for week four and is up for Player of the Month. You should give him a vote at that link.
- Mitten Boys – The only wins Lansing Ignite have this year are against Richmond. The only goals that Richmond have allowed have been by Lansing. At first, glance that seems scary but the Kickers team Lansing faced the first two times is not this team. The boys from up north are in for a surprise.
The Kickers are finding their mojo and Lansing is can’t even find their mo right now. The weather will play a factor in this one and prevent the Kickers from getting another clean sheet.
Kickers 2 – Lansing 1
Prediction rate to date: 60%
The Richmond Kickers (2-2-1) continue their home stand Saturday night against Lansing Ignite FC at 7:00 p.m. The party gets started at 5:30 p.m. for Star Wars Night, with happy hour drink specials for the first 30 minutes after the gates open with craft beer on tap and selections of wine, live music. The players will come out for warm ups in limited edition Star Wars pregame jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit Sportable. This match will be available to stream live on ESPN+. Tickets are available now at RichmondKickers.com.This match will mark the third and final meeting between the two clubs for the 2019 USL League One regular season. Lansing has had the better of the Kickers, taking two wins in the first two meetings of the season.LIFC claimed a 3-2 win over the Kickers to open up the 2019 season at City Stadium March 30. Maxi Rodriguez and Joe Gallardo scored for Richmond in the second half trying to make the comeback after first half goals from Tumi Moshobane and Xavier Gomez, followed by a goal right out of halftime by Kevin Coiffic.An early red card doomed the Kickers on the road in Lansing April 14. Rodriguez was shown the red card after two yellows in 27th and 34th minute, reducing the Kickers to 10 men for the remainder of the match. LIFC capitalized on the advantage in the second half with goals from Nick Moon, Alex Bruce and Grant Stoneman. Dennis Chin made his debut in this match, coming on in the 54th minute and netting his first goal in a Richmond shirt just 12 minutes later.Richmond comes into this match riding a two-match win streak following a 1-0 victory over Chattanooga Red Wolves SC last Saturday night at City Stadium. Joe Gallardo put Richmond on the board in the 52nd minute following a brilliant run up the right wing by Mutaya Mwape to get to the endline and serve up a perfectly placed pass for Gallardo to put away. The Kickers backline lead by Wahab Ackwei and Akira Fitzgerald worked towards their second straight shutout and third of the season. Ackwei and Mwape were named to the USL Team of the Week for their performances.A midweek match up for Lansing has them riding a two-match losing streak, falling to FC Tucson on the road Tuesday night, 0-2. Devyn Jambga and Devin Vega gave the home side the win with goals in the each half respectively. Nick Moon stood out for LIFC, completing 81.6 percent of his passes.The Kickers are back at City Stadium this Tuesday, May 7 to open up the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against amateur side Virginia United. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Food Truck Night, featuring a variety of RVA food trucks. It is also Two for Tuesday, where you can get two tickets and two beers for just $22. This match and the entire Open Cup will be available to stream live on ESPN+. Get tickets now at RichmondKickers.com.
PLAYERS TO WATCHRichmond: Midfielder Mutaya Mwape (#80) was named to the USL League One Team of the Week for Week 5 following his performance in the Kickers 1-0 win over Chattanooga. The Zambian midfielder won nine of 15 duels and made 38 passes which included the assist to Joe Gallardo for the game winner. Midfielder and Captain Maxi Rodriguez (#21) scored in the opening match of the season against Lansing. The San Antonio native has made four appearances for Richmond this season, recording ten interceptions and three clearances. Defender Braeden Troyer (#31) has made two appearances for the Kickers this season coming off knee surgery that kept him out of action since last season. A product of the University of South Carolina, Troyer has made two clearances and had one interception in 59 minutes of play this season.Lansing: Midfielder Xavier Gomez (#10) had a goal and an assist in the first meeting between the two clubs back on March 30. Gomez made 13 appearances for Chicago FC United before joining LIFC in the off season. Midfielder Kyle Carr (#8) has made five appearances, all starts for Lansing this season. Carr has recorded eight interceptions and five clearances. Defender Nick Moon (#14)was the stand out player in the team’s last match on the road in Tucson. He completed 81.6 percent of his passes in that outing.
May the force be with you this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. when the Kickers host Star Wars night and Lansing Ignite FC. The Kickers players will come out for warm ups wearing limited edition Star Wars pregame jerseys, which will be auctioned off at City Stadium and all of the proceeds will go to benefit Sportable. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. when the gates open with drink specials for the first 30 minutes on craft beer, plus wine from New Kent Winery and live music from Fennario. Then, get loud with the Red Army when the Kickers take on Lansing for the third and final meeting of the season at 7:00 p.m.Any fans that come out in a Star Wars costume will get tickets for just $10 at the gates, plus a special on drinks inside the stadium.After the match, join the Kickers players, coaches and staff at Bingo Beer Co., located at 2900 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230 for the Official Post Game Party. Enjoy food and drink specials while mingling with the players.
Tips for Using the River Safely
As the temperature climbs so does river usage and not everyone is well-versed in river safety.
The following advice was submitted by avid whitewater boater Teresa Ann.
Here in Richmond, we have the great pleasure of easy access to the James River. Oftentimes, we feel confident that nothing can go wrong in the flatwater sections or in the relatively “easy” upper James section from Pony to Reedy.
As summer approaches and many folks are headed to the James to relax, kayak, paddle board, canoe, or tube, we need to be sure that some very important guidelines are followed by ALL, not just the whitewater boating community.
Too often, rescues are necessary, and they almost always involve recreational users who are not familiar with the river. The James is NOT a fun lazy river ride like at the parks. We can’t turn it off when things go south that users aren’t prepared for. I’ve found most recreational users only understand the large changes in river level but not the differences between 6ft and 8ft which are not easy to notice for an untrained idea but actually huge and dangerous.
- As you all may know, a man died on Monday at Z Dam and on Sunday, a young woman died on the Balcony Falls section further upstream. There were several factors at play here in both deaths. But most noticeable, neither was wearing a PFD. I’m sharing this information to educate not intimidate, and I hope you all will help spread the word.
All kayakers, paddle boarders, and river users (swimmers, tubers, etc) should use a PFD (personal flotation device. AKA: life jacket) whenever they are participating in water sports. While it is only legally required when the river is over 5ft, it’s a best practice to always wear one. Almost every death on this river involved a person who was NOT wearing a PFD. Accidents are just that – not intentional and unexpected. Your life jacket does no good on the back of your boat if you accidentally end up in the water. Even swimmers should be using PFDs. Several times a year there are swimmers drowning at levels under 5ft.
- When doing the Upper or Lower section (anywhere between Pony and 14th Street), all kayakers should be wearing a whitewater approved helmet. Not a bike helmet.
- Our river is a rocky bottom river, and while largely friendly geographically (no undercuts, major sieves, etc) there are still deadly features at all water levels – including strainers (woodpiles) and dams.
- This brings me to the next point. Low head dams are deadly. Never, ever go over a low head dam. We have several – Z dam, Williams Dam (other side of Williams island from Z), Vepco Levee, Boshers. All are deadly. Avoid dams at all costs. Always portage (walk and carry your boat) around a dam.Watch this video for more information about low head dams:
- Know the river level. It can be found at this website: https://water.weather.gov/
ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage= rmdv2&wfo=akqUnder five feet is the best level for beginners on flat water and the upper. Hazards still exist. For instance, more rocks are out which actually leads to more kayak and boat flips, resulting in more people in the water unexpectedly (did I mention you should always wear a life jacket regardless of level?)Over five and under nine varies greatly. I can’t go into the complexities here. Here are some general rules.Inexperienced boaters should generally not be on the James River over 6ft. Flows increase quickly making self-rescue more difficult and swims much longer. Just this weekend, I watched two inexperienced recreational kayakers (sit on tops) on the upper at 7.9ft with no PFD and bike helmets. One flipped and pinned his boat. He had to swim off the river. His boat came loose after an hour. It was too heavy to flip over. He was nearing hypothermia as we got out after a mile swim. Another rec boat is still pinned under the Powhite bridge.Between 6-9 is all very different. It gets faster. Rocks disappear, but hydraulics form where rocks once were. Most will let you out eventually, but not all of them. There is at least one “terminal hole” on the lower section once the river gets to 7.5+Over nine feet is minor flooding and no one but advanced whitewater paddlers should be on the river at any point.
- Know the river temperature. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/
usa/nwis/uv?02035000You need a combined water and air temp of 120 to not become hypothermic. Most experienced white water boaters are still wearing dry gear when water and air temps are at 120. Cold water contributes to drowning. While 60 may feel warm in the air, water is another beast. Remember your body maintains a 98 degree norm. 60 and even 70 degree water shocks the system. Always dress for a swim. Cotton kills. It cools the body when wet and is heavy. Never boat in cotton.
- Always carry safety gear, including a throw rope to help if someone needs a rescue. But you have to learn how to properly use a throw rope because ropes on the river can be an entrapment issue.
- NEVER STAND UP IN MOVING WATER. If you are floating down stream because you’ve been flipped off your board, boat or tube, putting your feet down could lead to a deadly foot entrapment. Always float “Nose and Toes” nose points downstream and toes above the water. Float in your back or actively swim on your stomach. Never stand up.
I’m probably missing some stuff but these are basics. I would encourage anyone thinking of kayaking to take a swift water rescue class to learn how to rescue in the river. Someday, you may be glad you did.
Editor’s Note: To address some of the concerns Teresa has put up some homemade signs seen above and in the header image. The Parks Department is hoping to have permanent signage up at Huguenot Flatwater over the weekend. They are also planning to reinstall buoys but have to wait for the right water levels. They continually get washed away after high water events. Additional signage should be coming on the river as well and new portage signage on the island.
Black Bear’s Visit to Richmond Comes to a Safe End
No picnic baskets, bears, dogs, cats, or humans were harmed in today’s adventure.
A black bear decided to explore Richmond today. First spotted on the Northbank Trail he later headed into town. Previous reports earlier in the week had the bear up near Pony Pasture. The picture above is from RACC Instagram which reported on the sedation and transportation of the bear.
We just received a call about a bear-and it really was a bear. Sometimes we laugh and arrive on scene with a giant Rottweiler, but nope-this was a real bear. We named him Fuzzy Wuzzy. Shout out to @richmondpolice for helping keep us safe and to @virginiawildlife for tranquilizing and relocating the bear out of the City!
Here he is in town.
Critters of the Week
A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.
Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Blue Jay
Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata
Length: 8.7 – 12 in.
Weight: 2.3 – 3.8 oz
Wingspan: 13–17 in
Quick Facts (Courtesy of the Cornell Lab)
- Thousands of Blue Jays migrate in flocks along the Great Lakes and Atlantic coasts, but much about their migration remains a mystery. Some are present throughout winter in all parts of their range. Young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, but many adults also migrate. Some individual jays migrate south one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. No one has worked out why they migrate when they do.
- The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. These calls may provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or may be used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.
- Tool use has never been reported for wild Blue Jays, but captive Blue Jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside their cages.
- The pigment in Blue Jay feathers is melanin, which is brown. The blue color is caused by scattering light through modified cells on the surface of the feather barbs.
Kurt Cobain at Richmond SPCA
With the food out it’s less dangerous
Here we are meow, entertain us
I feel frisky and outrageous
Here we are meow, entertain us
Age: 8 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.