Saturday is a Rugby Day!

Games this Weekend:

Saturday, March 28: 

1st Division Men host Velox RFC, 1:00 pm @ Piggie Park

1st Division Women at Kamloops RFC, 11:30  @ Kamloops RFC

3rd Division VIRU North vs VIRU South,  TBA @ Powell River RFC

1st Division Men

With a Black Sheep victory over Nanaimo last weekend, the play off picture is set with the Piggies finishing in 3rd place and thus will travel to Port Alberni for the Island Semi-Finals.  The Piggies pushed hard to take 2nd place but those pesky bonus points Port collected through the season gave them the edge.  However, this weekend is still an important test for the Piggies as they host 1st place Velox.  

Coming off their hard fought win in Port, the Piggies are looking to finish their regular on a strong note by knocking off Velox for the first time this season.  The Piggies did beat their Academy side before it was folded but has since struggled with a Velox side that have their eyes on the Premier division.

The boys need the Piggie Nation out, loud and proud tomorrow as the Velox supporters will, no doubt, be in tow.

3rd Division Men

Tomorrow the VIRU has schedule a VIRU South vs VIRU North in Powell River.  The idea is sort of like a jamboree, recognizing that not many clubs can string together a full side to make the trip to PR.  And most importantly, to breath some life back into Powell River rugby.  

As Port Alberni has a bye tomorrow, they are leading the charge and will be taking the Black Pearl across.  They have extra seats for anyone who would like to catch a ride.  Please contact Jas for more information.

1st Division Women

 

Last Saturday the 1st Division Women had the opportunity to avenge a loss suffered at the hand of Meralomas last fall…  and the ladies were eager to get a chance for revenge.  And revenge they did take, prevailing 68-12.

It was a slightly different Meralomas team took the field then last November.  The Piggies went out with a score to settle and they never really put up a fight. Our strong defence and their total lack of defence is what won the game.

National team player Laura Russell tore the Meraloma defence apart for five tries, while Carolyn Gudmundseth and Jenna Bugden each scored twice, and Rebecca Kerswell, Rikki Wylie and Nenagh McCulloch added singles. Kerswell and Michelle Moore each slotted a pair of conversions.

Standout performances came from the hard running of Russell and Bugden and the defence of Tanya Ness and McCulloch out of the back row.  Kaelyn Palmer and Kimberley Garside had strong outings at second row, and Sherry Spence showed no ill-effects coming off a back injury as she picked apart the Meraloma front row.

The Piggies are now firmly atop the First Division standings with a 4-0 record with a massive point differential of +187 in their back pockets.

This Saturday the ladies are on the road to Kamloops.  The ladies are traveling Friday evening to be rested and ready to take on the always-tough-at-home Kamloops.  Let’s hope their trip up the Coquihalla is less eventful than last year

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