Junior Championship Tradition Continues

Cowichan RFC’s legacy of junior rugby champions continues strong in 2016.  The junior rugby program at CRFC has always been a source of pride for the Piggie Nation.  While other clubs field teams with players developed elsewhere (including CRFC), the Piggies develop our own.  Yesterday’s junior Piggies are today’s club leaders, and nearly every player on the Men’s 1st XV and many on the Women’s Premier XV are the product of our Junior Rugby program.  

Last weekend was just another example of this fine legacy.

U18 Boys 52 – Castaway Wanderers 21 – BCRU Championship Game

Everything came together for the U18 Cowichan Piggies last weekend in the BCRU Championship game at Oak Bay’s Windsor Park.  The Piggies dominated play from start to finish last Sunday as they rolled to a 52-21 win.

The Piggies peaked and played their best game of the season.  Castaways played a solid game but were no match for Cowichan unrelenting attack from both forwards and backs.  

Like the U16s, the Piggies consist of players from a variety of schools: Cowichan, Frances Kelsey and Nanaimo District secondary schools as well as Brentwood College School and Shawnigan Lake School.  With kids coming from such varied locations, training as a group was almost impossible, so Coach Shane Thompson had them focused on simply, selfless, straight forward rugby.  And it worked.

Conner Sinclair and William McDougall Percillier each scored a pair or tries, while Cole Dryer, Lucas Portillo, Colten Smith and Kieran Marrett-Hitch had one each. McDougall Percillier also slotted six conversions.

The conditions were cold and muddy, the intensity was high from start to finish.  The Piggies displayed maturity, composure and patience, which allowed them to execute the game plan at an exceptionally high level.   From the starting 15 players right through to our reserves, everyone kept their emotions in check, got down to the business at hand and contributed to the win.  

U16 Boys 24 – UBCOB Ravens 41 – BCRU Championship Game

The U16 boys traveled to Vancouver on Sunday for the BC provincial final hosted by the number one seeded UBCOB Ravens.

For the first time all season everyone of the boys was uninjured and available to play giving Cowichan a real good chance a winning gold two years in a row.  It was a heavily contested match with both teams trading scores early in the game and playing an expansive style.

Ultimately Ravens were able to capitalize on a few defensive errors to finish the game up 41-24; however the score doesn’t reflect how close of an encounter it was, with tries being scored right up to the final whistle by Cowichan.

Congratulations to Ravens on winning the provincial title – they were our toughest challenge all fall and played amazingly.

A big thank you to the parents, without you there wouldn’t have been a team.  Thank you to those who traveled over to support, to those who made sure everyone showed up to our games.

Also would like to say thank you to the boys not from the Cowichan Valley.  This season we took on several players from Nanaimo and north up to Campbell River.  These guys brought lots to the team and put in some serious miles every Wednesday and Sunday.

As coaches we couldn’t have asked for more.  These boys have come a long way since September and the future for the green and black looks very bright!

See you all in the summer for Tsunami Rugby.

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