The Perfect Weekend

Cowichan Rugby had a good weekend with all teams in action coming away with a perfect 6-0 record.

Junior Rugby

The club’s Junior program is on the rebound with full robust teams in all categories.

On Wednesday evening, in the driving rain, the young Cowichan U-16 boys hosted King Edward School from the UK.   The final score was 25-10 for the Piggies. The club then hosted the opposition for dinner and festivities in the Club house.

The U-16 & U-18 Boys hosted Bayside on Sunday under sunny skies and perfect playing conditions.  Our volunteer field crew has done a super job with the ground and both pitches are in the best shape they have ever been.  Cowichan may have to change the name from Piggies to something else as no one gets muddy anymore when playing at the Piggie Park (NEVER!).

Not surprisingly, the Piggie name was derived years ago from the quagmire-esque conditions that the fields used to present to all who came forth to the Valley to play rugby… how things have changed.

The U-18 game was a barn burner with the home side taking the win 34-25.  Cowichan’s U-18 Junior Men’s program has rebounded from last year’s disappointment of not being able to field a squad.  With 22 players now registered and good coaching in place, the club is pleased to back contending in the Junior Men’s Division.  This weekend coming, the boys will host the always strong Capilanos at Herd Rd.

The U-16 Men have some very skilled players.  Many players are as a result of Cowichan’s perpetually robust Mini program, but kudos must also go to Frances Kelsey High School, Cowichan High School, Ladysmith High School, Brentwood College and Shawnigan Lake School whose programs have all contributed young athletes to this side. The boys came away with a 46-0 win over Bayside on the day.

U-18 Junior Women’s program is also a success within the club.  This past weekend the girls played CW.  The game featured some great back and forth play, and Cowichan came away with a 24-12 win.  We are very pleased to see some growth in Women’s rugby in Victoria with both Velox and CW now fielding competitive Junior Women’s programs.  For many years Cowichan would have to travel to the mainland to play U-18 Women’s Rugby.  With the growth of Women’s Rugby in Canada and the commitment by several more local clubs in this area, junior women’s rugby is certainly on the rise.

1st Division Women

Cowichan hosted arch rivals Nanaimo last Saturday.  The first match between the two sides saw Nanaimo slice through the Cowichan defense for 9 tries in a 54-27 victory.  This past weekend saw a reversal of fortunes in the first BC Wide League game that features clubs from all over the Province.  The game started out fairly even but Cowichan’s speedier backs vs Nanaimo’s larger forwards favored the green and black on the day.  Final score was 51-21 for Cowichan.

1st Division Men

The Senior Men started the season with a strong core of returning players.  Although overall player numbers are down this season compared to last season, the club is able to field a fairly strong side that is competitive in the VIRU 1st Division League.  The won/loss record to date is promising at 4-1 with the only loss being to a mainland Premier side early in the season – 3-0 in Times Cup competition, 1-0 in Cowichan Cup competition.

Cowichan and Nanaimo have always been bitter rivals on the field and great hosts off. Nanaimo is the second oldest club in BC with their start being just after James Bay AA in 1888.  Nanaimo is the only club in BC to win the McKechnie Cup and had a tour of the UK in the early 1880’s. Their history is strong, very blue collar and steeped in the coal mines of the Hub City.

Cowichan’s history dates back to 1919 when the fledgling club kicked off in the valley known for it’s Logging Industry.  Cowichan RFC is the only club outside Vancouver or Victoria to win the Rounsefell Cup (Premier Champions ’97 & ’98).  An incredible feat when you think of how rugby is structured in BC these days.

Saturday’s game was no different the many other hard fought battles these between our two clubs.  Can you imagine a bunch of Coal Miners vs a bunch of Loggers back in the day?  Those matches would have been fun to watch!

Things are a little different today in both regions but the on field battle is no less fierce. Cowichan jumped out to an early 5-0 lead with a try from Prop Dan James after some successful mauling.  The next to score was Nanaimo when their big center carved his way through the Cowichan defenders in a run from just outside the 22.  Nanaimo converted successfully to take the lead, 7-5.  Cowichan’s Peter Budina scored the next try after some nice passing combinations after a strong Cowichan scrimmage, 10-7 for Cowichan. The half ended almost in a dead heat with each club trading late 1st half tries – Scott MacLeod scoring for the Piggies.  Cowichan ahead 15-12 at half time.

The second half saw Cowichan pull away, scoring 4 tries from David Cowie, Dan Smith, Jenner Teufel, Cam Jervis, to Nanaimo’s single making the final score 35-19.

Man of the Match for Cowichan was Dan James.

Games this Weekend

The club schedule this weekend is very busy:

Saturday
11:30 am:  Senior Women @ Kamloops
1:00 pm:  Senior Men @ Port Alberni

Sunday
9:45 am:  Island Mini Rugby Jamboree, 6 Island Teams @ Cowichan
11:30 am:  U18 Women: Cowichan vs Campbell River/Comox location TBA
11:30 am:  U14 Boys: Cowichan vs Castaway Wanderers @ Cowichan
1:00 pm:  U16 Boys: Cowichan vs. Meralomas/Rowers @ Cowichan
1:00 pm:  U18 Men: Cowichan vs. Capilanos @ Cowichan
1:00 pm:  3rd Div Men vs Powell River @ Powell River

Piggie Wear

Cowichan in conjunction with Kukri has opened an online team shop for a limited time.   Various pieces from shorts to training tops are available for purchase.

Please note, there must be a minimum number of items ordered and the team shop will only be open until November 4th.  Order early and order often!

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