Just a little more time…

Games this weekend:

Saturday, November 26

  • 1st Division Men hosting Comox Kickers, k/o 1:00 pm – Exhibition

Sunday, November 27:

  • U18s Boys @ Capilano, k/o 2:00 pm – BC Semi-Final
  • Junior Girls/North Island @ Bayside, k/o TBA – BC Bronze medal game

Keg Donors

We have been remiss in saying THANK YOU to our keg donors this fall.  

  • Nenagh McCulloch – Modern Coastal Interiors
  • John Wrafter
  • Gary Dukelow
  • Granny & Rhonda Grantham (2 kegs!) 
  • Mark Chabot
  • Craig Harman – Glenora Creek Meats
  • John & Barb James  – Heritage House Awards
  • Lynn Hundseder/Sam Couture
  • Doug Solloway

Every dollar from every glass sold from these kegs stays at the Club!  If you’d like to purchase a keg for the club, you can do it a few ways:

1. Online:  http://www.cowichanrugby.ca/shop/
2.  Phone:  Call Red Arrow: 250-597-0037

Premier Women 34 – Castaway Wanderers 38

Cowichan Scorers:
Carolyn Gudmundseth: 1 try
Natasha Smith: 4 tries
The Forward Pack:  1 try
Avi Sharabi: 2 converts

Five minutes longer and it could have been a different out come.

Cowichan went to play CW in a make up game from the begining of the season.  The first half had CW jumping out to a quick lead but the Piggies kept it close with scores from Carolyn (1) and Natasha (2) a convert by Avi Sharabii.  The Piggies also got themselves into some penalty trouble, and had to play without with Quinn Battie for 10 minutes while she served time in the sin bin.  Half time score: 31-17 favoring CW.

The Piggies started turning up the heat in the second half.  A huge turning point was when Carolyn chased down CW’s centre into the try zone, tackled her, forcing the CW player to  knock the ball on.  The Piggies did what Piggies do best, dominated the scrum, resulting in a penalty try.  The Piggies kept pressing right until the end, with Natasha adding two more in the dying minutes of the game.  Sadly, like their male counterparts across town, the girls just ran out of time to complete the come back.

Player of the games went to Rebecca Saari and Rebecca Kerswell

Finals score 38-34, and two bonus points for Cowichan.   The bonus points are essential as it keeps the Piggies in the top four in the division, just a single point behind 3rd.  The Premier Women are now on Christmas break and will resume in January.

1st Division Men 26 – Westshore 29

Cowichan Scorers:
Noah Dobson: 2 tries
Scotty McLeod: 1 try
Cory Bellis: 1 try
Jenner Teufel:  3 converts

Frustrating is the best description to describe this game.  Frustrating opponents, frustrating game management, frustrating mistakes and frustrating finish.

It was a chippy game from start to finish.  Westshore’s success was largely tied to Cowichan mistakes – be it missed tackles, knock-ons or balls lost in contact.  And yet, the Piggies had the bulk of the possession.   It wasn’t until the last 10-12 minutes that the Piggies turned that possession into a threat, scoring 3 unanswered converted tries.   Unfortunately just as the Piggies got Westshore on the back foot, time ran out…. and so did the Piggies Times Cup season.

Disappointing as that is, several players are banged up and the rest will be beneficial.  The guys will play an exhibition match against Comox tomorrow at home before they shut it down for the Christmas break.  

U16 Boys 44 – Castaway-Wanderers – Island Finals / BC Semi-Finals

Cowichan Scorers: 
Carter Blaikie:  1 try
Matt McDougall:  1 try
Ciaran Breen:  6 tries 
Jamin Hogkins:  2 converts.

It finally all came together. After two lopsided loses to CW earlier in the season the boys were ready for the challenge.

Penalty trouble early, and often, in the game put the Piggies down 19-12 going into half time.  The break gave the boys time to regroup and focus.  Some creative kicking and hard running by everyone lead to several brilliant tries scored in the second half.

The boys played a strong defensive game, turning over several rucks and stealing line outs consistently allowing the backs to play an expansive game to the outside.

Our Island Championships now move to the BC Finals on December 4th at UBCOB Ravens.  Kick-off time is TBA.

Junior Girls/North Island 0 – South Island 20

This year the BCRU decided to make rugby available for as many Junior girls as possible by changing the format of play.  The Island teams embraced this change and have had a very exciting season.

The girls trained hard over the fall, first starting off playing 7’s against the rest of the island teams.  With the excitement of the Olympics, the choice to start with 7s was a very good fit and excited the girls.   Following a month or so of 7s, the various club teams were put together to make up a 15 games.  

Cowichan and Comox joined together to form the North Island team.  The distance between the two made it impossible to practice together and the team only really got together on game days.  Nonetheless, the girls still produced some exciting rugby.  
This last weekend, North played South for a chance at the BC Finals.  It was tight first half, with the South holding a narrow 5-0 lead at half time.  Alexie Pusch was a stand out player for Cowichan/North Island she was a Co-Captain for the game.

The North came close to scoring many time but South was just too strong and held the North out. When the final whistle blew the finals score was 20-0.  

The season is quiet over for the girls.  Because the whole idea is to get as many rugby games as possible, North Island will be travelling over to play Bayside for the BC bronze medal game this coming Sunday.

Christmas Celebration

The annual club Christmas celebration is coming up on December 3, from 7 pm onward.

Please bring non-perishable food items to donate along with an appetizer to share at the party.

This is a semi formal event.

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