Home Opener, Saturday September 20th

Home Opener, Saturday September 20th

  • 1st Division Men vs Port Alberni Black Sheep, K/O 1:00 pm
  • 1st Division Women vs Comox RFC, K/O 11:30 am

Tomorrow is the home opener at Piggie Park when the Piggies welcome the Black Sheep and Kickers.  The forecast is calling for a lovely 20 degrees, the pitch is in lovely shape and the grounds and clubhouse are spotless thanks to Lance and Hazel.

If the lovely surrounds of Piggie Park on a beautiful fall day aren’t enough to rouse your enthusiasm, have a look at this beautiful short documentary written and produced by our very own Amoray Aloisi and her classmate Jane Stewart (granddaughter of Howard and Marina) called CRFC:  52 Years of Family

Piggies Split in the Hub City

1st Division Men

Cowichan 28 – Nanaimo 27

Despite numbers at training being a little low, the Piggies have a strong core group returning this year who started the season with the squeakiest of victories in the Hub City.  Some key position changes saw Peter Budina stepping into the #10 spot; Scotty McLeod on the flank; Mike Rea in the centres; and Studee stepping into the front row.

Although Nanaimo seemed to be bigger, we were a bit more organized defensively and were able to put the tackle on most of Nanaimo’s offensive thrusts.  Set pieces were very strong with the return of Scot McLeod, and Sturdee replacing Malcolm who was off to a new job which is an opportunity of a lifetime (Congrats Malcolm).  Bruce Moss & Robbie McDonnell were furious in their tackling and at the breakdowns that saw lots of ball stealing and turnovers.  Playing out of position, but maybe a new found talent, was Mike Rea who teamed up with Andrew Gundmundseth in the centers. David Cowie also was strong from his wing position marking the ex-CFLer on the opposing side.

Quietly going about his business was Jenner Teufel at #9 who has the perfect body size for that position and who had a steady, make no mistakes, performance on the day. The unsung hero was Gregor Granthan who quietly, but steadily, went about his business at hooker, making tackles, pretty good throwing, stealing ball in the sets, getting to breakdownsl. Ty Jones also returns and is maturing into a very good rugby player. Mark Bryant of BC Rugby News, who has a keen eye for talent, not only was impressed by the Nanaimo winger who has CFL experience but underutilized in the game, was also impressed by Ty’s play throughout the game.

1st Division Women

Cowichan 33 – Nanaimo 57

The reigning BC Champions had a less-than-successful trip to Nanimo last weekend.  The ladies were short on bodies due to a game time change but fought valiantly nonetheless.

The 1st Division Women team will play a few games against other Island teams this fall and then will join a BC-Wide league following Thanksgiving.  While the travel dimension of this league is difficult and expensive, it is a more appropriate level of play for our Club.

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