Proud to be a Piggie

Two decisive victories and honouring our 96/97 Rounsfell Champions – last weekend exemplified what it means to have Piggie Pride!

Games this Weekend

Saturday, November 21, 2015

  • Premier Women host Westshore Velox, K/O 11:30 am
  • 1st Division Men host Westshore Velox, K/O 1:00 pm

Sunday, November 22, 2015

  • U-18 Men: Cowichan @ Castaway Wanderers @ Windsor Park, K/O 2:30 pm
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  • U-16 Men: Cowichan host Capilano 2, K/O 1:30 pm
  • Minis hosting Jamboree @ 10:30 am

Game Reports

1st Division Men 37 – Castaway-Wanderers 0

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Ryan Spooner – 1 try
  • Mike Rea – 1 try
  • Kieran Laurdson – 1 try
  • Peter Bundina – 1 try
  • Bruce Moss – 1 try
  • Matt Melgaard – 1 try
  • Cody Milne – 1 try
  • Jenner Teufel – 1 convert

The Piggies made a statement with their forth consecutive bonus point win against a young CW team.  The game started with early pressure from CW, though rarely did they venture below the Piggies 22.  After an early penalty attempt was missed by CW, the Piggies took control of the game and didn’t look back. 

The pack was utterly dominate, the backs were swift and steady.  Scoring was spread evenly among the backs and forwards, the substitutions were impactful and if we could have squeezed of at least half of our conversions, the score would have been even more brutal.  

Like the Ladies before them, the boys executed their game plan  to near perfection…. much to the delight of the many Piggies alumni in attendance.   

The Times Cup Standings did not move last weekend as Nanaimo beat Westshore Velox 38-17 and Port Alberni beat JBAA 46-12 – both bonus point wins. 

The North Island teams, plus the Norseman, are running away with the Time Cup this fall.  As predicted a few weeks back, the final standings will come down to this last weekend of regular season play.  If Cowichan is to secure a home date for the play-offs, they will need another bonus point win this weekend and hope for an upset victory by JBAA over Nanaimo (or a close game) and that the Norseman hold off the Black Sheep. 

1st Division Women 33 – Burnaby Lake 12

For the ladies it was a heroic team effort in turning the tables on a big, athletic and talented Burnaby side who were BC finalists last year and champions the year before. They were full strength apart from their #10 and fully expecting to continue to run over us as they had the previous week in a downpour at Burnaby. Our girls had other ideas, however, which was evident to us as coaches as early as Tuesday’s training session, when we were proud to see a full turnout and a positive commitment to work hard in preparation for the rematch. Those of lesser character may have said the Premier League was a mistake and would have stayed home on a miserable rainy night. Not our intrepid and brave Cowichan girls! In both sessions this week, the players raised the level of intensity and concentrated on improving our defence, speed to the breakdown and continuity in attack.

These factors were evident early on, as the girls showed a tenacity and stubbornness in defence that surprised the hard-driving Burnaby women and we were able to break out of our own end to score three brilliant tries. Laura Russell , Jemaina McLeod , Jenna Bugden, Nenagh McCullough, Barndi Van Eeuwen and Carolyn Gudmunseth were the leaders in getting us going forward, but the whole team stepped up to support the attack and everyone made tackles in blunting one Burnaby attack after another.

First half tries by that tireless dynamo, #8, Laura Russell, and newly-minted second row forward Brittany Brown, off a tap penalty and the still speedy and ever -so-determined Carolyn Gudmundseth, off a long break out of our own end set the pace. All were converted by the mIghty “Squirrel”, #9 Michelle Moore. Though Burnaby was able to answer with a try (off an ill-advised penalty run out of our own end which led to one of our few turnovers) we were ahead 21-5 at the half. The Piggie Women had a growing confidence that we were every bit as good, indeed better, than our formidable adversaries in blue.

The second half saw Burnaby control possession and territory and test our sturdy defence time and again, but for long periods of time we bent but refused to break. On the other hand, our girls were able to make clean breaks out of our own zone and put several phases together to finally spring #12 Jenna Bugden  for two superb tries. One of those tries came after Burnaby had finally crashed over from close in off a scrum steal and brought the score to 21-12. With Burnaby pressing, Sherry Spence stole a ball and went blind to Courtenay who had a classic “underlap”. Outnumbered by the defence, she cut back and accelerated through a gap to sprint forty metres into their half, where, after a couple of phases to the right, we spun the ball open and Laura Russell hit a speeding Jenna Bugden who burst into the clear for an emphatic try that stifled any chance of a Burnaby comeback. A second “Bug” tally, made the final score 33-12 – a clear announcement that the Cowichan women had arrived in the Premier Division.

Laura Russell was a deserving winner of the BCRugby News “Player of the Match” recognition, but Jenna Bugden had what coaches like to call “a blinder” and was the outstanding back on the field for either team. Of course we know that success at any level starts with defence and the tackling of a host of players, Nenagh, Bristine, Jess, MIchelle and Jemaina, for example, must have made ten tackles each, kept the bigger Burnaby players off the scoreboard for long stretches. Credit must also go to the front row of Sherry Spence, Brandi Van Eeuwen and Ashley who were under immense pressure but made adjustments to solidify our scrum and get crucial possession. Our stinginess as a team in refusing to turn the ball over – single digit turnovers in contact (8 only by my count)- meant that Coach Coos is down for a Keg of Red Arrow Piggie Pale Ale this week.

The match official, Ashley Anderson, did a credible job managing the game, but without official touch judges and considering the pace and level of the game(Premier level rugby), it was clear that sideline management could have been an area of improvement.

Junior Game Reports

  • U-16 Men: Cowichan 76 vs Meralomas 5
  • U-14 Men: Cowichan 22 vs Westshore 30

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