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Game Reports

Cowichan Women 23 vs Velox 47
Cowichan Men 23 vs Velox 13

1st Division Women

Cowichan Scoring:
Try scorers: Carolyn Gudmundseth, Laura Russell, Rebecca Kerswell
Conversions:  Rebecca Kerswell

The women’s team took on the Velox Premier women’s team.  Velox was minus a couple of their star players but remain a  very strong team nonetheless.  While the score does not favor the Green and Black, it also does not reflect how our ladies played.  When compared to the last meeting with Velox, the score is a vast improvement — a 50+ improvement in our favor.

Some key mistakes and missed tackles at inopportune times were capitalized on by Velox swiftly.  However, there was a lot of good things to take away from the game   Our goal line defence was solid for extended periods of time, for example toward the end of the 1st half that Cowichan kept the Velox ladies from scoring with solid low tackling and great rucking.

Unfortunately our pack was weakened by injures, forcing some ladies who normally play in the back to join the forwards.  As a result, Velox was able to push us off the ball few time… that is until Brandi VanEewen returned to front row.  She is a force to be reckoned with and the scrum was as strong as ever upon her return.

Player of the Match:

Backs:  Carolyn Gudmundseth

Forwards:  Brandi VanEewan

1st Division Men

Cowichan Men’s Scoring:
Andrew McPherson 1 Try
Peter Budina 1 Try
David Cowie 1 Try
Gregor Grantham 1 Try
Andrew Wright 1 Convert

Velox Scoring:
1 Try, 2 Penalty Goals, 1 Convert.

The Men’s game vs Velox Academy on Saturday down in Victoria was a solid one for Cowichan.  With the Velox #1 team idle on the day, Velox was able to field a strong 2 XV side which was largely made up of the 1st XV.  After coming close twice early in the game on what should have been sure forays into the end zone, Cowichan scored, slotted the convert.  Cowichan scored again to make it 12-0.  Then after being turned away by a solid Cowichan defence, Velox responded with a try under the posts toward the end of the half. Cowichan was then punished by undisciplined play and Velox rounded out the scoring with the penalty kick.  Score at half:  12-10 for Cowichan.

The second half saw Cowichan more or less camped in the Velox end of the field. David Cowie scored a nice try from the outside (17-10) and Velox responded with a penalty goal (17-13).  Cowichan went over again at 3/4 time (22-13) and controlled (2 penalty kicks went wide) play for the rest of the game. Cowichan was 1 for 6 from the kicking tee leaving 12 points off the board.  Velox was 3 for 3.

All in all good game, 4 trys to 1, no injuries and we won the after game boat race as well.  Thanks Velox for hosting and after game meal.

Men of the Match:
Forwards: Gregor Grantham
Backs: Peter Budina

2014 so far

Cowichan has started the 2014-15 with 3 straight wins in Times Cup play after a exhibition loss to the Burnaby Premier team the first week in September.

Burnaby Prems. 57 vs Cowichan 12 (Exhibition at Burnaby)
Cowichan 28 vs Nanaimo 27 (BP win)
Cowichan 43 vs Port Alberni 17 (BP win)
Cowichan 23 vs Velox 13 (BP win)

Cowichan performance on the field has been very solid to date although there is always room for improvement.  Clearly the clubs biggest issue to date is player availability with the number of players playing rugby significantly down from last year.  A key loss for the club was #10 Cam Hall moving to James Bay AA just last week.  We wish Cam a fruitful season with his new club.  We do understand that other clubs are disparate for players and as such, any player loss is significant to all clubs.

The BCRU has now implemented Development Fee Charges for situations where a club with a strong junior development program loses a player to another club. Cowichan has resisted applying for these fees in the past, but as of this season, Cowichan will be making application to the Competition Committee for compensation for player loss. The amounts that can be considerable according to the fee schedule published within the document. See schedule of fees below.

Despite the off field situation, the nucleus of players on the squad is very good, the coaching is very good and we are off to a good start!  The tight 5 is solid, the back row is hard hitting and mobile, and the return of Scotty MacLeod has been very helpful. Dan James anchors the front row and Gregor Grantham at Hooker has shown his vastly improving abilities by being named forwards “man of the match” 2 out of the 3 games we have played.  Robbie McDonnell is getting better every game and is hard for the opposition to handle when he is on the gallop.  Jenner Teufel is solid at #9 and despite the loss of Cam Hall at #10, we have had the very capable Peter Budina and Danny Hamstra take over at the pivot position. The centers are having a good season to date with Andrew Gudmundseth and John Ayre doing a fine job on defence as well as adding some scoring punch from the open field.  David Cowie, Andrew Wright and Bruce Moss (yes, a Mossy is playing the backs) round out the back three and have been solid to date.

Cowichan Men now have 2 weeks off to train and improve in all areas.  There maybe a potential exhibition game vs Port Alberni prior to the Saturday, Oct 11th ARC game in Langford. The game would be at Cowichan and then we all troop down to watch Canada play Argentina. Stay turned for this as it’s in the works.

Our next league game is a big one vs Nanaimo at home October 18th. This is the first Cowichan Cup game (we play in two leagues/competitions) and the Cowichan Cups is the competition that counts towards advancing to BCRU Championship play.

Tidbits

Other scores that we care about:
1st Div Men: Castaway Wanderers 43 vs JBAA 12
1st Div Men: Seattle 67 vs Abbotsford 20
1st Div Men: Port Alberni 29 vs Nanaimo 25
1st Div Men: Meraloma 29 vs Richmond 17
1st Div Women: Velox 47 vs Cowichan 23

  • A few players arrived back this week from their summer jobs so the club will look forward to their inclusion onto the roster.
  • If we win the island final (our goal) we would host the high octane Seattle Sarcerens in the BCRU final this Spring (baring any sort of catastrophe on Seattle’s part).
  • Velox report they will have their move to Colwood (Westshore Recreation Center) complete by April 30. After that no more fighting that traffic to get to game against Velox for the Piggie Nation.
  • Cowichan Men: 20 players registered. Last season we ended up with 53 men registered by season’s end. We have a ways to go.
  • Richmond RFC was forced to forfeit their first 3 games they had won due to a player on their roster that had been suspended last Spring for 6 games. (Apparently he had 2 more games to serve) A reminder to all players and managers that in order to play you MUST be registered.

BCRU Rules of Competition, Appendix C-Development Fees:

Range of fees to be considered at U-14 and up

-Nothing after 1 year

-$200 after 2 years (possible)

-$400 after 3 years

-$750 after 4 years

-$900 after 5 years

-After 5 years only $100 per year, as key development window as development window is often complete.

-Level of player is also a consideration.

The reason this was implemented was that clubs that were not investing in Junior Development were benefitting from clubs that do. The development of players is integral to the growth of rugby and the BCRU Board recognizes this and as a result thought that a compensation package was appropriate.

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