BC Championship Game Report

Game Report by Captain Sherry Spence

Kamloops had a very good team and we knew not to take them lightly.  When we played them 2 weeks ago, they had some speedy players and were strong in the scrums. We knew they were missing a few players; and with 2 weeks of preparation with our full team, tweaking a couple things to help us defend again the strong Kamloops team, we felt prepared to play in the big game.

An early Saturday start got us to Brockton early enough to get settled, watch a bit of the Div 2 finals and get in a good warm up.

We started the same starting line up as the week before in the semi-finals game against Ridge-Meadows, with very capable substitutes on the bench ready to play.

The opening whistle blew and Kamloops booted the ball right to the forwards – a clean catch and game was on!

The actions was back and forth for the first 30min.  Kamloops got on the board first with a converted try, 0-7.  Not long after Carolyn Gudmundseth did one of her long runs to score, and Michelle Moore got the convert 7-7.  Kamloops answered back when their fullback popped into the line and with playing with the advantage got past the try line, while being tackled by Carolyn Gudmundseth in the end zone, 7-12.

Those would be Kamloops last points.

A huge run by Michelle Moore and conversion put us over the top 14-12.  An unfortunate injury to Veteran and leader Jamaina McLeod saw a switch of Stacey “Badger” Collison stepping up in the big role of Fly half and flanker Laura Russell going to the centres.  We didn’t miss a beat as 3 minutes before the half Laura Russell scored, and then again with 30 seconds left on the clock, Carolyn Gudmundseth split the defence and ended the fist half on a high note 24-12.

Going into the second half, we felt a little less anxiety but we knew we had to keep pressing.  Carolyn had some inspiring words for us and we launched into the second half.  Scrum half Tanja Ness drop kicked the ball high in the air and Sherry Spence, who was going for the catch changed her mind and decided instead to crush the receiver at the 10meter line.  Laura Russell cleaned up and ran over half the field, before being brought down at the 5 meter line.  A ruck formed, Kamloops passed it out and as their player attempted to kick the ball away, she was tackled. Laura Nutt pounced on the ball to score the first points of the second half, 29-12.  Final person who scored was Brandi Van Eewan, who also held the scrum together. Final score 34-12

Kamloops threw a huge defensive effort at us and it was by far the hardest game we’ve played in a while.

Annie Zurrer had a stormer of a game, she was all over the pitch with making big tackles, and numerous runs.  Unfortunately she was unable to cross the line, but in our minds, she was the player of the game without doubt.

Kamloops could not get through the punishing defence of our centres Bristine Gibbons and Laura Russell.  The one time they came close, Carolyn Gudmundseth tackled the player, pulling her backwards to stop her from getting over the line.

Cowichan never lost any balls in the scrum, playing with a full 8 and Lauren Nutt hooking, we were also able to steal at least 5 balls.  Hannah Lauridsen came in as a replacement and continued the good work.

After such a long season its so nice to cap it off with this big win. We had so many games where we didn’t have a full side, but the players who were out gave it everything they had.  There were players who helped us make it to the BC Finals that were injured or unavailable to play but they still deserve the recognition of being a part of the team.  Even though it is just one big game, it’s the months of training and games that make all the difference.

I couldn’t be more proud of all the people who wear the green and black.

~Captain Sherry

Club & Other Rugby Related Events Upcoming

May 17, 11 am – 4 pm:  Cowichan Secondary Girls Rugby Team Fundraising Car Wash @ Cow High.  All proceeds go to help off-set the cost of traveling to the BC Championships.

May 22, 8:30 pm:  CRFC Annual General Meeting @ Piggie Park.  All members in good standing are strongly encouraged to attend.

May 30, 6:30 pm onward:  CRFC Annual Awards and Dinner Night @ Piggie Park

May 31, 7:00 pm onward:  Cowichan Junior Rugby Society Burger and a Beer Fundraiser @ the Oak and Carriage

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