Split Decision

1st Division Men 24 – Westshore 20

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Thomas Molyneux, 1 try
  • Robin Gusse, 2 tries
  • Noah Dobson, 1 try
  • Owen Wood, 2 conversions

The Piggies opened Times Cup play last Saturday with win at home over Westshore.  Games against Westshore high-octane, high-tempo, and high intensity.  This last game was no exception, within 10 minutes, both teams were given yellow cards.   

The teams eventually settled down, and Cowichan opened the scoring with a try by Thomas “Turbo” Molyneux on an open-field counter-attack, converted by Owen Wood. The match went into a stalemate after that until Westshore replied with an unconverted try around the 20-minute mark. Robin Gusse added to Cowichan’s lead with a try from a driving maul, and Westshore took a quick tap to score in stoppage time, making it 12-10 at halftime.

Westshore took their first lead of the game in the second half, making their way through the Cowichan centres from a set piece pretty far out. It stayed 15-12 for Westshore until the 70-minute mark when Noah Dobson scored, with Wood’s conversion making it 19-15. Gusse’s second try made it 24-15 before Westshore added one more from a penalty tap in the late going.

Cowichan played a man down for most of the second half after two yellow cards added up to a red.

The Piggies head to Port Alberni this weekend.  The Piggies bested the Sheep at their last visit and fully expect another tough, grinding match.

1st Division Women 29 – Westshore 37

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Carolyn Gudmundseth – 4 tries
  • Hannah McKevitt – 1 try
  • Tyson Beukeboom – 2 conversions

After a disappointing performance against Comox on September 28, the Cowichan Women continued to work on body position in contact, improved support in attack and connecting on defence throughout the week and their efforts paid off in a much stronger performance against  island women’s rugby powerhouse, the Westshore Valkyries.  Cowichan continued to be an attacking threat all the way to the last whistle but unfortunately fell just short of a game win in a much improved performance. 

A special shout out to some of the newest members of our team Hannah McKevitt, Chelsea Strandlund and Jerri-lyn Chisholm who are seamlessly picking up the game and putting in some standout performances on the pitch. Hannah and Chelsea are playing their 2nd and 3rd game of rugby respectively.  Hannah is a former gaelic football player and Chelsea is a recruit from flag football.  

There next game will be against local rivals, the Nanaimo Hornets on Oct 19 in Nanaimo at noon (note, this time has changed from the normal 11:15 am start).

Custom Mouth Guards

Dr Eric Meiner at Hilltop Dental is offering Cowichan members a discount on custom molded mouth guards for $50 (normally over $100).

Contact Hilltop Dental and mention you’re a CRFC member looking to have a custom mouth guard made.

CRFC Kit and Clothing

Various items of kit and CRFC are available at the bar or concession throughout the year. 

Current stock available:

  • Concession:  Girl’s & Boy’s Canterbury Shorts, Sizes XL, L, M & S. $45 each while supplies last
  • Bar:  Senior Socks and Shorts.  Check at the bar for sizes and prices

Gilbert CRFC-branded Balls – Coming Soon!

Both mini ($20) and senior size ($40) CRFC branded Gilbert rugby balls will be available for purchase in time for Christmas!  Balls with the Flying Pig and Club logo will be available.  For more details on what the balls will look like, please go to our website.

Ordering and payments details are being ironed out and we’ll let everyone know ASAP when we’re ready to take orders!

Special thanks to Robin MacDowell for donating several Gilbert training and game balls for the Senior Teams!

Remembrances and Condolences

Cowichan RFC would like to remember and celebrate of two great supporters who have recently passed. 

Jane Hourihan left the world on September 11, 2019 having lead an amazing life of adventure all over the world.  When she and Ed moved to the Cowichan Valley, they made a quick bee line to Piggy Park and became valuable members almost immediately.  We will miss her greatly.  

Terry Taylor was an early member of CRFC as a player and Director.  As educator, he had a profound impact on many young lives in the Cowichan Valley.  He was instrumental in bringing rugby to the elementary schools in the Valley, taking young teams on tour, and leaving a lasting impression on many young ruggers who later would become Piggies.  His legacy also includes two of his grandsons who represented Canada at the junior level and 7s – Thomas and Patrick Kay. 

CRFC would also like to send our condolences to Westshore RFC on the sudden passing their member Jody Haddow on October 10th, 2019.

Jody managed both Westshore U14 and the Crimson Tide U14 boys. He was a great role model to these young men and an immensely positive advocate for the game of rugby. He leaves behind his wife Amanda, daughter Emily and 2 sons, Caleb – a member of the Westshore U8’s and Carter – U14 Westshore, Tide, BC player and match official.

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