Game Reports – March 19-20

Cowichan vs Velox on the weekend was a good match. We ended up losing 29-15 (I thought it was 29-18) The game was very close with Cowichan being ahead for most of the game. Cowichan was up by 1 point and carrying most of the play when Velox strategically put in several subs and this is what tipped the balance to Velox’ favor. Velox ended up scoring a couple of trys in the last 10 minutes to pull ahead for the win.

Cowichan was dominant in the forwards, particularly in the set pieces. I thought Carl Renner had a pretty good game replacing Scott Mcleod in the front row (Scott and Josh Hart were at the U-20 camp along with Cowichan Juniors at University, Carlin Hamstra, Ty Hamblin and Casey Cavers.) Andrew Gudmundseth had a steady performance in the backs and made some great tackles.

Great to see Doug Wooldridge out taking in the game and it looks like he’ll be back playing rugby soon. (He’s been training with the club lately)

3rd Division Men

The 3rd Division Men travelled to Saanich RFC on Sunday and ended up on the short end of a 24-15 score. Good on Saanich, who are new club this year. A win over Cowichan will most certainly bolster their first seasons performance.

1st Division Women

Excerpts from the Citizen – Kevin Rothbauer

The 1st Division Women team finally got to play on their home pitch last Saturday.

Although the Big Kahuna Women’s Division 1 league was in its sixth week of play, things haven’t been easy for Cowichan. The team forfeited its first fixture of the season, which was followed by two bye weeks flanking a cancelled game. The squad played its first match of the spring on the road on March 12 — a 22-5 loss to Simon Fraser University — followed by a rematch at home this past weekend.

“The schedule draw this season has been very discouraging for us to date,” commented coach Kristy Martin Hale. “Practicing since the second week of January and just now having our second match puts us up against teams that are five or six matches already into the season. We are ironing out kinks that they have already addressed.”

The rematch went much the way the first game did, ending in a 29-0 Cowichan defeat.

Next Game – March 26th

The club will host Seattle this weekend who generally travel light.  It would be great to be able to get the bodies out this week so the club can field two teams.  Game time will be 1 pm for this weekend’s game only.

The Women will be hosting United at 11:30.

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