Onwards and Upwards

The 1st Division Women become Premier Women; the 1st Division Men climb the standings in Times Cup play; and the Junior program is representing the black and green with pride across the BCRU!

Games this Weekend

Saturday, November 7

Premier Women @ Burnaby Lake RFC, 11:30 am K/O
1st Division Men host Comox RFC, 1:00 pm K/O

Sunday, November 8

U-14 Boys host JBAA,  11:00am K/O
U-16 Boys host Bayside, 12:00pm K/O
U-18 Men host Abbotsford, 1:15pm K/O

 

Premier Women

Women’s rugby in the valley is taking the big step and joined the BCRU Women’s Premier League this season. The women have been competitive this fall and hope to raise their game to the competitive level needed to play at this level. Cowichan’s Premier season kicks off this weekend against Burnaby Lake over in Burnaby. Burnaby is a rock solid club with a sound women’s program. Good luck this weekend!

Game Report – 1st Division Men 25 Nanaimo 13 

Cowichan RFC fields were in pristine shape last weekend as we hosted the Nanaimo Hornets.  It rained for about 5 minutes then were blessed with mostly clear skies and a solid field.  Kudos to the Mike Moss and Paul Grantham, our volunteer “field masters” who look after 5 acres of turf and keep it rugby playable year round!  Piggie Park never closes!

Cowichan last played Nanaimo in September up at May Bennett field and the results were less than flattering for the Green & Black – a 41-12 “kicking”.  This past weekend was expected to be a tough one.  The resurgent Hornets recently beat the formidable Norsemen, who until that point were undefeated in almost two seasons, only a few weeks earlier.

Cowichan plays a game that is not pretty but uses our strength on defence and a stable scrimmaging platform to launch the attack.  The game started with old rivals testing each other mid-field when an errant Nanaimo drop goal attempt from the 35m line saw the ball do a silly bounce, deflect off the surprised Cowichan fullback and out through the end zone. The 5m scrum was awarded to Nanaimo who easily scored off the dysfunction created on the Cowichan side. Nanaimo lead 5-0 at the 15 min mark.

It only took about 5 minutes for Cowichan mustered it’s druthers and from that point, took control. After being held up in the Nanaimo end zone, the Piggies were awarded a 5 meter scrum, which turned into a powerful maul resulting in prop, Dan James, squeezing in for the try.  Cowichan then struck for 3 on a penalty goal shortly thereafter – a good sign that our kicking is slowly improving.  Robbie McDonnell rumbled over for one more try at the end of the half. Cowichan lead 13-8 at the half.

Cowichan quickly got onto the board just after second half kick-off by a quick move off a scrum by #9 Jenner Teufel.  Cowichan lead 18-8.

Nanaimo weren’t done however.  The Hornets executed a cheeky little chip and go inside their 22m, picked up the ball off the bounce, and then their speedy center dodged a tackle to sprint the length of the field for a try.  Cowichan still lead 18-13.

Cowichan struck back with a try up the middle by center Andrew Gudmundseth who converted his own try, 25-13.  Peter Budina had another sharp game and was rewarded with a nice try – or so we thought – only to be called back by the touch judge who said that the ball and hand were separated when the ball was placed down.  Video evidence later would indicate that the try was good.

The game finished 25-13, including a bonus point for Cowichan.  This is the 3rd bonus point victory in a row for the Piggies and as a result, moves us into second place in the Times Cup standings behind the Norsemen. This Saturday will see Comox Kickers at the Piggie Dome for an exhibition match.

Times Cup Competition

The VIRU is going to decide the Times Cup by a play-off this season instead of awarding it to the best season record,  as as been the case in the past.  November 28th will see 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd, and the final the following weekend.  

The Norseman are the only team whose position is secure in the standings, the remaining teams only have 4 points seperating them – Cowichan 19, Port Alberni 19 (we have the tie breaker), Nanimo 15.   We won’t likely know where and who we play on November 28 until all the results are known from November 21.  Stay tuned!

Junior Rugby Game Results 

U-18 Men: Lost a squeaker to the Capilanos 15-10

U-16 Men: Beat Meralomas 20-0

U-14 Men vs JBAA: Postponed due to field closure in Victoria

 

The “Other” Football  

Cowichan RFC congratulate Piggie Brock Gowanlock on his selection as a CFL All- Canadian for the CJFL.  Brock is a product of the Cowichan Football and Piggie Rugby programs. The 6′-3″ 265 lb. Prop/Defensive lineman had a great year with the Langley Rams of the BCJFL and was the Sack Leader in the CJFL.  Brock looks to be on track for a career in football (sadly for us). He is entertaining football scholarships and has been on the practice roster with the BC Lions of late. (Too bad for rugby!)

Liquid Gold – Sponsorship Opportunity 

You can now support the club by coming to a game or the purchase of liquid gold!

The two options are:

#1: Purchase bottles of Piggy Pale Ale in your local liquor store. The club receives 25 cents from every bottle sold. Piggy Pale Ale is available in all liquor stores in the Cowichan Valley, several Private Liquor outlets in Victoria and two stores in Vancouver. 

#2: Donate a Keg: Purchase a keg of Piggie Pale Ale or other beer from Red Arrow Brewery on Chaster Rd. (south of Duncan on the business by-pass route next to Aqua-Fun Hot Tubs.)

The cost for a keg is $112. The keg is then donated to the rugby club. Each keg holds 60 mugs of beer and returns about $300 to the Club. To date 25 kegs have been purchased for donation.  Red Arrow Brewery, upon purchase, will add your name to the CRFC Supporter’s Club plaque that hangs in the brewery.

Great way to support rugby and thanks Red Arrow Brewery (Lance and Liz) for this great idea!

More sponsorship options are being developed by the Club.  Stay tuned for information on that front soon

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