Remembering the past, celebrating the future

Remembering Ivor Ford – a true Cowichan gentleman

Last Saturday, October 22, long time Cowichan player, supporter and mentor Ivor Ford passed away while playing his beloved piano.  

A graduate of Oxford University, Ivor taught English and Latin at Brentwood College from 1963 to 1996.  Shortly after his arrival at Brentwood, Ivor was quickly recruited by the school’s Headmaster David Mackenzie to play for Cowichan.  

Ivor was not a “Castaway” and stuck with Cowichan through all the lean years as a player, first fifteen coach, and the infamous Jazz Band leader that played every month at the club for years!

Ivor was a true gentleman with a wonderful way with words.  His life long love of rugby was manifested in his generous support of the Cowichan junior program through monthly donations to the program every month till his passing for many, many years.

Ivor was our first piano man and taught us the value of the post game singsong.  Which is now, undoubtedly, one of Cowichan RFC’s strongest traditions.  

We send our thoughts and condolences to his wife Dunca and children Sasha and Nicholas.

Piggies Representing Canada

Cowichan will be well represented in the two senior Canadian touring sides this fall.  

On the women’s side current Premier Women players Tyson Beukeboom, Laura Russell and Kelly Russell will be traveling to the Ireland and the UK in late November.  

On the men’s side, Piggie alumni Aaron Carpenter, Brett Beukeboom and Maple Bay’s own, Matt Evans will be travelling to Ireland, Romania and France in late November.  

Congratulations to all!  

1st Division Men 18 – Nanaimo Hornets 26

The Piggies had a much better outing than last weekend against Port and a big improvement from their first match against the Hornets.  The boys stayed neck and neck with one of the top teams of the league finishing the first half tied at 10-10.  Both teams swapped scored and it remained close until the end when Nanaimo pulled away with a couple of late penalties.  

With four games left in the fall season, injuries are starting to creep in. Coach Wright’s goals are twofold, keeping the team as healthy as possible while bringing the Piggies back to the win column.  Cowichan travels over the Hump this weekend to face the Black Sheep.  The team will be definitely be looking for a better result than their last match against the Sheep.  They will have to do this without the services of two of our upcoming talents – Peyton Eager and Kyle Joe.  Both will be attending the Canada camp this weekend and we wish them the best of luck.

Cowichan Scorers:

Gregor Grantham – try

Andrew Gudmundseth – try

Darren Sage – try

Jenner Teufel – penalty

Next Game:  October 29 @ Port Alberni Black Sheep, 1:00 pm k/o

2nd Division Women 10 – Westshore Velox 15

Last Saturday the Cowichan Women second division senior rugby team made its way over the Malahat to play Westshore, the second-ranked team in the division. It was a greatly improved effort from their last match.  

Cowichan’s tries were scored by Sydney Smith and Jackie Wrigglesworth with a brilliant run down the sidelines.

Players of the match were Wrigglesworth for her pace and Smith for her defensive play.

Next Game:  October 29 @ Comox Kickers in Nanaimo, 11:30 am k/o

Premier Women 5 – Westshore Velox 54

Cowichan Women Premier side took on Westshore this past weekend, their first actual league game.  Scheduling hasn’t made a lot of sense for the Premier Women’s league this season.  The first two games were considered exhibition, one of which was cancelled.  Then the rain closed most of the municipal fields last weekend – with the opposition refusing to switch fields in spite of the fact Piggie Park was open.  So three weeks on, the Piggies finally hit the pitch. 

It was a hard hitting game from both sides.  Both sides has their full allotment of national players.  Not unlike CW, Westshore’s national team players are mainly backs and they used that to their advantage.  Their big strong runners that sucked in the Piggie’s defence and capitalized on our mistakes.

It was one of those game where the score was definitely not reflective of Cowichan’s efforts in spite of having a short bench.  The Piggies were in the game right until WestShore put in a national player named Emily Belchos for the last 30 minutes and that was the game changer.   We were lucky to have Nenagh McCulloch ( who killed it in div2) come in for us when Jenna Bugden got nailed in the air when she was jumping for a ball. 

This wasn’t the result we were hoping for, but there were some great things to build on. Its a long season and we will move forward. 

Players of the game went to Kelly Russell and Jenna Bugden.

Next Game:  October 29 host Capilano, 11:30 am

Junior Girls

This past Sunday was the final day for the Junior Girls 7-aside league and we ended it with a great day Comox.  Comox was only able to bring 5 girls so we mixed them in with Cowichan girls and played a 10’s game.  This combination worked out really well as the girls got a lot of quality playing time of three 15 min periods and then finished off with some 7s.

After the match we had Olympic Bronze Medalist Kelly Russell put on a kicking clinic for about 30 min and then took the time to speak to the girls and get photos with every single one of them.  Thanks again Kelly for giving back to the girls and to the sport!

The girls will be moving on to 15’s rugby for the remainder of the fall.  As none of the other north island clubs have enough for a full 15s Cowichan is going to combine with Comox to make up a North Island team.   

Next game:  Cowichan-Comox host (@ Piggie Park) South Island, So October 30, 11:30 am k/o

Junior Boys

U16s Boys 28 – Abbotsford 24

The U16s pulled out a great win against Abbotsford. They boys playing with only 14 managed to come from behind to win 28-24. Tries were scored by Matt McNally (2), Lochlain O’leary, and Torren Kaiser. All were convert by Jamin Hogkins. 

Next Game:  October 30 @ Castaway-Wanderers Windsor Park, 1:00 pm k/o

U18 Boys 66 – Westshore 10

Boys playing their second match against Westshore were the better team on the day with a very decisive victory.  A solid defensive effort and strong running by all, it was a great team win. 

Next Game:  October 30, BYE

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