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1st Division Women

After a couple of weeks off for the Senior sides, the club is back at it this weekend with a full slate of games on Saturday. Cowichan will start the day off at 11:30 with the Women starting their BC Wide Division 1 League season by taking on arch rival, Nanaimo Hornets. The Hornets stung the Piggies a month ago up in the Hub City, but with lots of new faces and veterans back in the fold, the women look to compete well with Nanaimo this weekend.

1st Division Men

The Men kick off the Cowichan Cup series at 1pm this Saturday by hosting the Nanaimo Men’s Hornets. The Piggies came away with a squeaker up in Nanaimo a month back (28-27).  This weekend’s game is anticipated to be another barn burner.

The men, 3-0 to date with wins over Nanaimo, Velox and Port Alberni in Times Cup play, start the BCRU Championship countdown this weekend. The goal of winning the Cowichan Cup (Island Championship) and then moving onto the BCRU Div. 1 Championship Semi Finals.

The numbers are starting to get better at training with players coming back from their summer work commitments. Great news that forward Scotty MacLeod is back into the fold after a “lower body injury” last December. The former Canada U-20 standout is a welcome addition this fall.

BCRU Play-Off Picture

The island champions will host the Seattle Sarcerens, who by pre-determined defaults, are guaranteed a spot in the semi finals. Six of the Okanagan Springs Mainland League teams refuse to play Seattle, so Seattle was awarded 12 default wins. The BCRU replaced some of the missed Seattle dates by having them play each Premier side once.  The two Division One teams who will play Seattle are Meralomas and Abbotsford. We would love to host Seattle at home in a semi final, but we’ve got to get there first!

Cowichan to Canada

This past Monday, the CRFC Juniors & Minis hosted Rugby Canada at the club.
Eight Canada players came up, including Pat Kay, and put on a skills camp for Juniors and thrilled the parents who also showed up despite the rain.  A particularly funny moment was when the Team Canada manager introduced Patrick to a group of 20 odd U-12’s as being from Victoria and all these voices in unison all quickly to corrected him by saying that Pat was in fact from Cowichan!

Those of the Piggie Nation who attended the America’s Rugby Championship at City Center Park in Langford last weekend would have very proudly seen two full Cowichan Mini Rugby U-12 teams on the pitch at half time. The one team tied the Castaway Wanderers crew and the other team came away with a convincing win over the Velox squad. Good job to the Cowichan Mini Rugby organizor who mustered the teams!  Overheard in the stands was a fan from Velox say to his buddy, “How do these people at Cowichan do it. Look at all of them out there!”  Cowichan to Canada!

It was also nice to see that 3 Canada players on the field (starters) came through the Cowichan program. Two as Juniors (#15 Pat Kay: Cowichan Mini Rugby through to U-19; #14 Sean Ferguson: Cowichan U-17 and U-19; #3 Doug Wooldridge: Senior Men (2008-2011) All three started the game for Canada and played well. I see they are all to start again against the US Wednesday evening.

Club Honour Board

We are in the process of updating our honors board in the clubhouse so over the next month or so will be trying to get pictures of the missing players.

Over the 10 years the Cowichan Rugby Junior program has produced at least 28 players to a Junior National side (U-17 to U-20 Men/Women), a feat not matched by any other island club. Kudos to those who have and continue to provide managing, coaching and mentoring of our young charges!

Kyle LeClerc, Matt Evans, Ian Manly, Alex Hull, Pat Fraser, Thomas Kay, Scotty MacLeod, Andrew Gudmundseth, Katelyn Gibbons, Mike Berg, Sherri Spence, Brandi Van Eeuwen, Dan James, Jordy Roy, Brett Beukeboom, Sean Ferguson, Tyler Siceloff (USA Eagles U-20), Casey Cavers, Dustin Dobravsky, Tye Hamblin, Carlin Hamstra, Nick Phillipson, Will Phillipson,  Michelle Moore, Sean May, George Barton, Pat Kay, Lucien Nel.

(need pictures of those in bold)

Also, Kyle Joe and George Barton are both at the Canada West U-17 camp this week so let’s keep our fingers crossed for these young athletes.

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