BC Finals Bound

BCRU 1st Division Women’s Championship Game

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Cowichan RFC 1st Division Women vs United RFC
Brockton Oval, Stanley Park Vancouver
Kick off:  12:30 pm

Bus leaves the Club at 6:50 am for the 8:30 am ferry.  Returning on the 5:00 pm ferry.  Spectators welcome but please confirm a spot with Sherry.

Cowichan 33 vs Nanaimo 29

Cowichan Scorers:
Carolyn Gudmundseth:  3 tries
Ricky Wylie:  1 try
Laura Russell:  1 try
Michelle Moore: 4 converts

Well the return to the BC Finals was anything but easy.  Cowichan entered the game with a handful of injuries at key positions and faced a hungry Nanaimo side.   Our ladies had to fight for every inch, every call and every point.

Cowichan came out strong but was unable to capitalize until the 13th minute when Laura Russell broke through after several phases to score under the posts.  The try was converted by Michelle Moore. 7-0 Piggies

Nanaimo answered back with their own try after several phases and several minutes camped on the Cowichan goal line.  Cowichan’s defense was strong but in the end, penalties gave Nanaimo the edge they needed to score.  Convert unsuccessful, 7-5 Piggies.

As the half was winding down, the Piggies went over for two more tries – both scored by Carolyn Gudmundseth, one converted by Michelle – and it appeared the Piggies were starting to pull away.  19-5 Piggies.

The Hornets were not ready to roll over just yet and scored a sneaky one between the posts. Convert good,  19-12 Piggies at the half.

Nanaimo’s try scored at right before the half gave them the momentum going into the second half.  They tallied twice more and took the lead 22-19 about half way through the second half.  Tensions were rising but the Piggies remained calm and reasserted themselves one phase at a time.  Eventually Carolyn crashed through the middle to score under the posts.  Michelle continued her what-would-be a game deciding-performance as kicker and converted, Piggies back in the lead 26-22.

Speedy rookie Ricky Wylie took her turn at scoring but burning the Nanaimo backs from her side of centre.  Michelle again converted. 33-22 Piggies.  By this point, no one was sure how much time was left and with every whistle, the Piggie Nation held it’s breath hoping the next would be the final.

But we weren’t done yet.  Nanaimo wasn’t done.  Breaking the midfield defense, the Hornets scored under the posts and converted, closing the gap 33-29 Piggies.

The final 5 minutes were played mostly in the Nanaimo side of midfield.  True to form, Cowichan kept the ball in the forwards and ground down the remaining time.  When the final whistle blew, the celebration followed the exhales of relief.  The defending BC Champions would travel to Vancouver to defend their title!

The Piggies will face United this Saturday in what they expect to be a bruising affair.  The Piggies are experienced, they are fit and they are fast.  Will it be enough to topple United against?  We’ll find out Saturday.

For those who will not make the game, the scores will be updated on the Club’s Facebook page and via our Twitter feed, @CRFCPiggies

Go Piggies Go!

Another kind of victory

Congratulations to Shaye Anderson on winning a seat in the Alberta Legislature this week.  Shaye (and his now famous beard) will represent the riding of Leduc-Beaumont (south of Edmonton) as a member of the newly elected Rachel Notley government.

Shaye was a member of the mid-90s 2nd Division BC Championship team, a Cowichan Secondary T-Bird Rugby Alumni, and is usually the first person to post good luck wishes on the Club’s Facebook group every Saturday morning.  He’s the finest example of a Piggie4Ever!

The people of Leduc-Beaumont will be well served by Shaye – his wicked sense of humour, work ethic and belief in the doing right for the community will take him a long way.  Congratulations Shaye, the Piggie Nation is proud of you

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