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Premier Women 29 – Capilano 17

Cowichan’s Premier Women’s team played a hard fought game against a very strong Capilano team last weekend.  The first half was very back and forth, with Cowichan opening the scoring with a push over scrum, pressed down by number 8 Kelly Russell.   After that, the Piggies got into penalty trouble which allowed Capilano to capitalize and close the gap.  Cowichan struck again before the half, with newcomer Natasha Smith scoring a try and converted by Kelly Russell.  The half time score was 17-12 in the Caps favor.

At half time Cowichan put on a couple subs, one which was vet Carolyn Gudmundseth.  Newly recovered from knee surgery, straight out of the gate pulled off one of her classic 60 meters runs, dodging and fending off players to score early in the half and tying the game.  She followed that up with another killer run, dishing to Natasha Smith and then to Jamaina Mcleod for the try.   Natasha Smith finished the day with a hat trick of tries.   Final score 29-17 Piggies.

Player of the game went to Natasha Smith and Kelly Russell.  BCRugby News choose Carolyn Gudmundseth as MVP of the game.

Next Game, November 5:  hosting Burnaby Lake, 12:00 pm k/p
1st Division Men 14 – Port Alberni Black Sheep 48

15 guys traveled up on a borrowed bus from Cowichan Old Timers Hockey (with thanks to the hockey guys).  The mood was high with it being the Halloween party later at the club and costume bus ride home.

Not unlike the previous game, the Piggies stayed with Port for the first have scoring a try by Jordan McGarvey and converted by Jenner.  Score at 7-17 to Port.

The Piggies started the game with 15 but by the 2nd half, were down to 13.  In spite of playing short handed, they fought through and managed to squeeze out a few more points.   Randy Barton put a try over and Jenner convert for the last score of the game.  Final 14-48.

You may be wondering why the Piggies had to borrow the Old Timers bus last weekend.  Well the old “Grace Point” bus packed it in last spring.  The Club is currently looking around for a suitable replacement, and last weekend it was discovered that Port has a spare bus.  So in the spirit of rugby brotherhood and generosity, the Black Sheep have loaned us their spare unused bus until we replace ours.  It goes without saying that there has always been a strong bond between the Piggies and the Black Sheep, this gesture is yet another affirmation of our strong friendship.  Thank you.

The Piggies have two games left with a possible make up game with Comox.   Comox is unable to come down this weekend for the scheduled exhibition game.  As such, all the boys will be on hand to cheer the Premier Women against Burnaby.

Next Game November 12:  hosting Castaway-Wanderers, 1:00pm 

Junior Girls

The Juniors Girls (North Island – Cowichan & Comox) played their first 15s games vs South Island last weekend.  North Island was short of players but fortunately the South Island had extras and loaned us a few.   The North Island came out strong in the first half, leading 12-0.  The South Island turned the game around in the second half and came away with the game 34-12. 

There was also a developmental game played which was a mix of all the girls who are new to the game.

The girls have an exhibition game down south at Windsor park this Sunday. North Island is hoping to make it to the BC Finals with both our experienced and developmental teams; however, much work needs to be done first.  The girls have 4 weeks to make that happen and we’re all looking forward to it!

Junior Boys

Boys traveled down to CW for the last game of the regular season.  Missing several key players due to midterm break at Shawnigan and running into trouble with yellow cards in the second half the boys fell 69-5. 

Cowichan’s try was scored by Ciaran Breen. 

We look to regroup during our bye weekend and wait to see who we fave in the first round of playoffs.   All things are pointing towards a rematch against CW on the 13th.

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