Game Report – November 5 & 6 – Updated

Cowichan 1st Division Men beat the U-Vic Norsemen today down at Wallace Field 35-33.

Not bad considering Cowichan had only 16 players dressed and the same U-Vic team beat us a couple of weeks ago at Herd Rd. dressed up as the Jutes 33-14.  The game was forfeited after wards due to the switch of teams without telling anyone.

U-Vic is currently a powerhouse right now with lots of national caliber players and very good talent. The Vikes hammered UBC in the boot game today 82-0, so this win for our boys is especially sweet.  The game was fraught with yellow cards, but, the boys came away with the last try and game winning convert for the victory.

Next week the Piggies will host the very good Port Alberni Black Sheep who also beat the Norsemen at home by 10 points last week.  It would be great to get a full squad out for training this week so the coaching staff can organize and prepare for this very important game.  The goal here is the Times Cup. In the history of island championships, the Barnard Cup and Times Cup are the sought after hardware.

Cowichan has won the Barnard Cup 4 times since 1912. The first win was in 1988 followed by a big win 1993 where Cowichan, as Island Champs, went on to play the UBC Old Boys for the Rousefell Cup.  The Old Boys won on boot of John Graf, 9-5. Cowichan won the Barnard Cup in 1997 and 1998 and both those years the club won the Rousefell Cup, beating Burnaby and Capilanos, emblematic of the top rugby club in BC.  No club outside Greater Vancouver or Greater Victoria has won the Rounsefell Cup EXCEPT COWICHAN.   It appears from the way the league is structured, the Rosunsefell Cup will be safe within it’s big city confines for the near future anyways.

The Times Cup has been around since the ’30’s depression. Cowichan has won this award 4 times. 1937-38, 1993, 1998 and 2004.  The North Island has only won the Cup 7 times total with Nanaimo winning it twice and Port Alberni winning it once.  This season is an opportunity for the club to win this thing for the 5th time.   All being well, there could be the first all North Island Times Cup Championship game.  So let’s get out to training and sort this out!

Other Scores from around BC

Other scores today were all lopsided.

CW hammered Abottsford over in the Fraser Valley 45-15 and CW’s second team also pummeled Abby by a score 41-3. (we played them last week and won quite easily).   Abottsford was very competitive this fall with the other top mainland clubs. Is this a sign that the island Premier Clubs are that much better as CW was actually 3rd behind JBAA and U-Vic this fall? I guess we’ll see as Abottsford will play JBAA at MacDonald early in the Prem season.

JBAA beat CW by 50 pts. last week.

Velox was outgunned by Burnaby 44-6. Velox 2nd XV were dealt a 69-0 defeat in JBAA (JBAA’s Prems were idle).

Rowers were mashed by Bayside 78-21 and UBC was beaten as aforementioned, by U-Vic, 82-0.

Cowichan could be in this Spring.  The official BCRU Tier 2 league will have 6 teams in it and from what we have seen to date, our opposition will be Velox, Rowers, Seattle, Richmond, and either Burnaby or Bayside.  Of the two latter teams, the team that gets dropped will see their top players most likely move onto a Premier team.  There was a bit of controversy this past week when it was announced that the 4 teams trying to qualify for the last Premier position had added some top players (who cares as most of these players were club guys anyways).

What the club needs to do is come together as a group and move forward for this Spring.  Cowichan will only field one team this Spring.  We would really like to get two teams together but without the numbers at training, we will not commit to playing two games on any one day.

So, the call is going out for players to muster at the club to form that 2nd team.

3rd Divsion Men

The 3rds won a tough match against Saanich 22-0 Sunday.   We had very good numbers at the last game in Saanich with a usual mix of very young and also some well-aged players (like a fine wine)!  Saanich has definitely improved as a team since our last meeting and they put up a good battle.  Ty Jones scored 2 tries and Brick Anderson added the other.

This coming Sunday we will be hosting the Castaways at home at 1pm. We are currently looking very strong as a team and we should be in contention to win the Island 3rd Div if we manage to get a little bit more of a consistent turnout for the rest of this season’s games. We are currently 3rd in the league with a game in hand.

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