Looking forward to the 2011-2012 Season

Cowichan RFC kicks of the 2011-2012 season this evening vs the Port Alberni Black Sheep at Herd Road.
 
The game will begin at 6:30pm and plans have for camping/food and revelry during and after the game with the always great group from Port Alberni.

Tonight’s game will feature a full on Cowichan hospitality including a meal of “Lamb” (Black Sheep) and “Pork” (Piggies). The fishing crew are mustering up around 10 gallons of fresh prawns and crab…the old piano will be going later on and we’ll have lots of International Rugby on the screen…..so if you’re doing nothing and want to have some and good food and see some good rugby, for a small fee, come on out and revel in club rugby at it’s best!

Focus for 2011-2012
 
Cowichan’s numbers have slipped over the past year from a variety of reasons, most of which are out of our club’s control. Clearly there has to be changes as apparently there are more than a few BC Rugby Clubs in this position. The club will move forward with an emphasis on very competitive rugby with a lot of fun added.

Coaching Staff

Cowichan now has a complete coaching staff which is headed up by long time member Ian Murray.
 
Ian has played/coached rugby most of his life and his father, Bill, now in his 80’s, was a founding member of the club back in the early 60’s. Ian has been involved at all levels and will bring his enthusiasm to bear on the young players.
 
Ian, who will concentrate on the Head Coaching duties and back Division will be joined by Gary Dukelow, Gudy Gudmunseth and Jerry Kusters who will run specialized sessions at the club that will focus on front row, scrimmaging, line outs and the like.  John Tait will be involved as an advisor and specialist coach for the club’s teams.
 
Women’s rugby at the club is being headed up by Lee “Taffy” Burridge. Taffy was instrumental in taking the women to their last BC Championship a few years back. Cowichan is also pleased to have John Tait, Coach of the Women’s National Team, who will make himself available as an advisor and  be helping with the women’s program at Cowichan.
 
The club will concentrate on making rugby fun for the players again and will keep the strong traditions so valued in rugby of yore.

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