First Double Header of 2020

The Piggies welcome the Bayside Sharks this weekend in our first true doubleheader of the new year!  Grab your umbrella and pull on your rain gear, it’s going to be a wet one!  The concession and the house will be open to keep your belly warm and full!

1st Division Women 12 –  Abbotsford 47

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Laura Russel, 2 tries, 1 convert

The women started off the season playing in Abbotsford, the 2019 Division 1 BC Champions.  The game got off to a hard start.  Abbotsford dominated in the backline as they did last season.  At half CowShore found themselves down 0-35.

The ladies changed their defense to accommodate Abby’s speed and looping play, and those adjustment had a significant impact.  

CowShore had a great second half, particularly Sherry Spence who came off the bench and lit it up at #8.  This tactical sub gave coach Donaldson the opportunity to put Laura Russell into the backs, where she scored both Cowichan tries (and converted one of her own).  

Sherry and Laura were named players of the match.

This weekend CowShore opens the doubleheader, hosting the always steady Bayside Sharks.  The ladies will be looking to improve on their second half from last week and secure their first victory.

Kick off is 11:15 am at Piggy Park.

1st Division Men 14 – Castaway Wanderers 38

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Michael Fransen, 1 try
  • Robbie McDonnell, 1 try
  • Owen Woods, 2 converts

The men had a similar experience at the women’s side last weekend, showing their rust after a 2 month lay-off in the first half of the game.  The Piggies conceded the first try in less than a minute, and found themselves behind by three tries in under 10 minutes.  After the initial shock, the boys rallied and came close to scoring between CW’s first and second tries, spending several minutes close to the try line, but were unable to capitalize.

Like the women, the Piggies made adjustments at half and turned the tide.  Mike Fransen (aka Jesus) scored in the corner immediately after play resumed, and Rob McDonnell ran about 50 metres to score later in the half after picking off a CW pass. Owen Wood converted both scores.

The Piggies second half showed great improvements in their new attacking and defensive systems.  Another significant improvement for the side was numbers.  The new players for Saskatchewan, and critically, the Junior, now Senior, Piggies meant the team had several fresh legs in reserve.   This was the first senior game for several young players, and we’re very excited to have these young men taking the next step in their rugby careers in black and green.  

The guys also host Bayside tomorrow.  The Sharks have had the Piggies number for the last few seasons.  This season however, seems to have started slower for the reigning BC Champions as they sit below with the Piggies in the standings – same records but with a worse point aggregate.  Tomorrow’s game will surely be another battle as the two sides fight to get some positive momentum for the second half.

Kick off is 1:00 pm at Piggy Park.

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