Cowichan Cup Resumes

Next Up:  Saturday, January 31st:  1st Division Men vs Port Alberni Black Sheep, k/o 1:00 pm @ Piggie Park

Game Report

Last weekend’s game saw the Norsemen from U-Vic arrived at the Piggie Dome with a 28 players and athletes.  U-Vic has a very good 2nd team and are near the top of the Ceili’s 1st Div. League.  U-Vic has always been known for a couple of things:  fitness and speed.  The game ended up 29-15 for the students, with 3 of their 4 tries resulting in capitalizing on Cowichan turnovers as well as being on the ball with quick tap-and-goes on penalties.  Other than that the game was pretty even.

The Piggies scrimmaging was again dominant as it was the week before against JBAA. We stole 4-5 “heads” from U-Vic and won all Cowichan ball.  The Lineouts were about even on the day.  Mauling and defending the maul was again a highlight.  Both teams had and even amount of penalties in and around the breakdown (not releasing the tackler being the biggest infringement on both sides)

To me, that rule, releasing the tackler, is a problem with rugby as it’s so hard to interpret.  It’s clearly a penalty meant to speed up the game yet as no one can seem to get it right, referees included, it only creates about 15 additional whistles a game; which, in effect slowing the game down.  I can understand not releasing the ball but there always seems to be a fine edge in that gray area of when the ball is released by the tackler and when the tackler actually releases… oh yea… and makes an attempt to roll away.  It really comes down when does a tackle start and more importantly when does the tackle end?  

 But I digress…

The winner of this game was to be the Times Cup Champions as Cowichan was only 1 point behind the Norsemen in the standings. But with the Norsemen bonus point win, they were presented the historic Times Cup at the end of the gam.

Men of the Match for Cowichan

Forwards: Dan James

Back: Peter Budina

Scoring for Cowichan

Bruce Moss: Try

Peter Budina: Try

Danny Hamstra: 1 Penalty 1 Convert.

NOTE: One of the U-Vic players lost his wallet and cell phone at the club. If anyone sees it please turn it in.

Game Preview

Port Alberni are having a good season to date.  They pipped us back in November 20-7 up in Port and were the only island team to defeat the U-Vic Norsemen.  The Black Sheep have also beaten every team at last once including JBAA in JBAA before Christmas, Castaway Wanderers last weekend and Velox also before Christmas. They are on a good roll, but have not beaten Cowichan at Cowichan in a few years so they will be coming down with intentions of victory.

It should be a good battle up front as both Cowichan and Port Alberni have probably the best front row combinations on the island right now.  So an interesting area of focus for sure. Ty Shannon and his group of good backs will also present a dangerous foe for Cowichan but our guys are up to the challenge.

In addition of the return of Pat Fraser, German Lamothe, and Patrick Large, the Piggies have several new welcome additions this spring:

Michael Henderson: 6′-5″ 215lbs, 18 years old, Junior Piggie graduate. Mike was the captain of his high school team, has a big body and is a welcome addition to the pen.

Brock Gowanlock: 6′-3″ 270lbs, 18 years old, Cowichan High School graduate. Brock is a natural athlete, had a good season last year with the Thunderbirds (15’s & 7’s) and then spent the fall playing Junior football for the Langley Rams as a defensive linemen.  The Rams won the BC Championship then went onto the Canadian Championship vs Saskatoon Hilltops where they lost in the final.  They played the championship game in Langley and had 3500 fans out to that game last fall.

Laani Llyoyd: A teacher at Dwight School via New Zealand has been out training. He’s a flanker and looks pretty good so far.

3rd Division Rugby

Coach Gord is trying to rally enough bodies to resume some 3rd division games.   Thirds is a great entry point for young players, players who haven’t laced up the boots in a long while and even beginners. All are welcome!  Games will be on Sundays.

Anyone interested in a game of three, please contact Gord.

1st Division Women

In case you’re wondering what has become of our lovely 1st div women’s team, games will resume in February 21 after the Vegas 7s ‘break’.

The schedule is online.

The ladies had a success fall and will be looking to continue their BC Championship defence, starting with a road trip against Burnaby

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