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Game Report – October 17

Cowichan 36 v JBAA 17

After a disappointing game against Nanaimo, the Piggies came ready to play against the Bays.  The Piggies first victory of the season was 6-try, bonus point statement.  

JBAA has seen a resurgence of their program with strong numbers at training and lots of youthful new bodies playing rugby.

Men of the match were the two #8’s from each side and both enjoyed there Piggy Pale Ale in the boat race.

Cowichan Scorers:
Mike Rea – 1 try
Dan James – 2 tries
Bruce Moss – 1 try
Rob McDonnel – 1 try
Kieran Lauredson – 1 try
Jenner Teufel – 1 convert
Andrew Gudmundseth – 1 penalty

U-14 Boys

Hosted Shawnigan Lake School’s young side and the game was competitive with the number of tries being scored even at the final whistle. A big thanks go to Shawnigan Lake School’s staff for making this fixture happen (Wes Plater & Andrew Doyle). Cowichan currently sits in 1st place in the four team U-14 Island League with a record of 2-0. 

U-16 Boys

Hosted the always strong Capilano #1 this past Sunday and although battled hard, were at the short end of a 41-0 score. The Cowichan side are new graduates from the U-14 program, so are a fairly young side and to date have been competitive in their first 3 games this season. Close losses in away fixtures, 27-14 to Westshore and 26-12 to Abbotsford. 

U-18 Men

Travelled to the mainland and came away with a hard earned 17-15 victory over the UBCOB Ravens at Jericho Park. The Cowichan U-18 Men have started well so far this season with a close loss to Castaway Wanderers (35-28) and their 1st win on the weekend. Cowichan are in 4th place in the BC Wide League just behind Capilanos and with a game in hand. Castaway Wanderers lead the league with 3 wins Cowichan sits at 1-1. 

3rd Division Men

The 3rd travelled to Castaway Wanderers this past Sunday for a 10 a-side jamboree.

The VIRU is trying to resurrect the once strong Island 3rd Div and it’s slowly coming – tell your friends, everyone and anyone who would like to play rugby or return to rugby!

Game this Weekend

Saturday, October 24

1st Division Men @ Port Alberni Black Sheep, 1:00 pm K/O

The 1st division men will travel to Port Alberni for their first rematch game of the season.  The first match up between the Sheep and Piggies on Piggy Pale Day ended in a 25-25 (and one hell of a good party).  

This was a game that the Piggies should have won – multiple points were left on the board by missed convert and penalty kicks.  The Piggies have shown some improvement in this area which will hopefully continue.  

Games in Port are always tough, the boys expect this weekend to be no different. Port Alberni sits in 2nd place with a 3-0-1 record just behind the Norsemen from U-Vic. Cowichan sit in fifth place with a 1-2-1.  The VIRU 1st Div Men is very competitive this season with 8 teams.

1st Division Women @ CW, Windsor Park, 11:30 K/O

This weekend Cowichan’s Women head to Windsor Park for the VIRU Island semi-final match vs the Castaway Wanderers.  The winner of this will take on the strong Westshore Valkyries for the coveted BC Rugby News Bowl and Island Championship. 

Sunday, October 25

U14 Boys vs Westshore @ Piggie Park, 11:30 am K/O

U16 Boys @ Bayside, 11:30 am K/O

U18 Boys @ Westshore, 1:00 pm K/O

**All kick off times should be confirmed with team coaches 

3rd Division Jamboree @ Piggie Park, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Cowichan will host the second VIRU 3rd Division Jamboree this weekend.  Last weekend’s experiment at CW was successful so Cowichan has stepped up to host another.   

Cowichan is very committed to bringing 3rd division rugby back to the Island.

Everyone is welcome – young, old, experienced and new!

1st Division Women to Premier

The biggest news from the club is that the Senior Women’s side have decided to enter the BC Women’s Premier League this season.

Cowichan has had success in the lower division over the last few years with 2-3 Championships and a 2nd place finish last season. Coupled with the addition of a few more key players, better turnout at training, the realistic competitive value already seen between Cowichan and the two Victoria based Premier Clubs (Westshore & Castaway Wanderers) this fall, and the new rule that only 3 Rugby Canada players per team on the field at any time were all reasons for the decision for step up.

Cowichan is coached by Club President, Leigh “Taffy” Burridge and Steve “Coos” Cowie, led by team captain, Sherry Spence, a solid core of returning and new players with National level experience.

The club is very excited to welcome Premier level rugby back into the Cowichan Valley and having 3 premier sides on the island will match the Men’s Premier competition and certainly make for a much more balanced schedule for Island Clubs

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