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Games this weekend:

Saturday, November 19
11:15 am:  Premier Women @ Castaway-Wanderers
12:15 pm:  1st Division Men @ Westshore 2

Sunday, November 20
11:30 am:  Junior Girls (North Island) vs South Island – Island Final
1:00 pm:  U16 Boys @ Castaway-Wanderers – Island Final/BC
2:30 pm:  U18 Boys

1st Division Men 46 – Castaway Wanderers 19
 

Cowichan Scorers:

Peyton Eagar (2 tries)
Alucious (2 tries) 
Drew McCarthy (try)
Amish Dobson (try)
Jenner Teufel (Try, 4 Converts, 1 Penalty)

The Cowichan youth movement stood tall last Saturday for the Piggies with a resounding bonus point win over CW.  The young Piggies team took the field last Saturday in decent conditions and executed a game plan that took advantage of their speed.  

The game started with CW putting the Piggies under pressure for several minutes, coming close but never breaking through the Piggies defense.  Slowly and surely, the Piggies started to gain momentum, gaining yardage and ball possession.  

Once the Piggies settled in, the youth and speed took over.  Tries came from Peyton , Alucious and Drew, with two conversions by Jenner for an early 19-0 lead. CW regrouped and got on the board with an unconverted try to close the gap but that momentum would be quickly halted by another barrage of Piggie scoring.  Peyton went over for this second, Jenner joined in and converted both.  By half time it was 31-5 for the Piggies.

In the second half, the scoring slowed down for the Piggies as got themselves into penalty trouble, with two men in the sin bin for a time.  CW was able to score with the man advantage but so were the Piggies, which had a very deflating effect on CW.    

Second half scoring came from Alucious added his second of the game, Jenner slotted a penalty goal, and Amish Dobson.  

With this bonus point win – and keeping CW from securing a loser bonus – the Piggies gave themselves a chance of making the Times Cup play-offs.  The Piggies are currently sitting in a 5th place tie with Westshore, with 12 points each.  Owing to an uneven number of games, the final results will be decided by a calculation of total points divided by total games.  The 4th place team CW will end the season with one extra game than both CRFC or WS.  This means that this weekend’s game must be a bonus point win if Cowichan (or WS for that matter) wants to control their destiny and not have to rely on a CW loss or a CW straight win.  If CW wins their last game with a bonus point, they will hold 4th.

The scenario for the last Times Cup play-off spot stands as follows:

4th:  CW with 15 points.  Last game is November 26 vs JBAA.
5th:  CRFC with 12 points.  Last game is November 19 vs Westshore.
5th:  Westshore 2 with 12 points.  Last game is November 19 vs CRFC.

For the Piggies to make the play-offs, the following must happen:

  • CRFC BP win: 17 points divided by 8 games = 2.125
  • CRFC straight win:  16 points divided by 8 games = 2.0

And: 

  • CW loses, possibly with 1 or 2 BP:  15, 16 or 17 points =  1.88 is the max they can earn
  • CW straight win:  19 points divided by 9 games = 2.11

If CW wins with a bonus:  20 points divided by 9 games = 2.22 and they hold 4th.

Sufficed to say, the Piggies are aiming for the bonus point win.  This will be the first and only match up between Cowichan and Westshore this fall.  The last time we met, it was April in the thrilling Cowichan Cup final.  This will be a different Westshore team than we met last spring as that team is currently competing in the Island Elite division and will be playing across town against CW Saturday.  Nonetheless, it’ll be great to match up against an old foe with play-off implications on the line, as the above noted scenario applies to both teams.  It should be a fun one!  

Premier Women 10 – Seattle Saracens 63

Cowichan Premier women made the long trek down to play Seattle Saracens the top team in the division, without any national players, last weekend.  The girls knew it was going to be a hard game, and by the end of the game we felt they could of had a better game – but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  The game was played on artificial turf, and it may sound funny but it really is a different game playing on that surface.  We will take the soft grass and mud of Piggie Park over turf any day!  In the end Seattle’s ability to capitalize on our mistakes was the difference in the game.

Cowichan’s try scorers were Carolyn Gudmundseth and Angela Davis.

Player of the game went to Natasha Smith and Ashley Smith for the second weekend in a row. Ashley had some strong runs on the penalty plays and stayed solid in the scrums.  Natasha with her hard and powerful running style is hard to take down and she made some solid tackles in the back line.

The “new” bus is amazing, and the team was so thankful to have it this past weekend.  Some great team bonding happened and CHEERS to Taffy for taking the wheel on this Epic road trip. 

The Prems will wrap up the fall season this weekend with a make-up game against CW, in Oak Bay.   This should be an interesting battle as neither team will have their national team players – all of whom were very impactful in the last match.  Cowichan is happy to have the return of Avi Sharabi, a former Junior who went to play for UVic for the first part of the season. 

Junior Boys

U18 Boys 44 – Westshore 0 – Island Final

An impressive win for the boys last Sunday’s quarter-final playoff match.

The boys displayed poise and patience against a very determined and passionate Westshore team.  With varied field conditions throughout the pitch, the Piggies controlled play up the middle, in the forwards with the ball in-hand, and stretched it wide when the opportunity presented itself.  Their continued hard work on defensive systems was evident throughout the match and was a testament to their commitment to each other and their coach, Shane Thompson.  

A big shout out to our opposition, their coach, Muavae Va’a  and the Westshore RFC. A class act with a tremendous passion for the game of rugby.

Always a pleasure.

Cowichan Scorers:

Mitch Crompton (try)

John-Henry Morten (try)

Dean Mason (2 tries)

Colten Smith (try)

Ty Benson (try)

Kieran Marrett-Hitch (2 tries)

Ethan Yeun (convert)

Santiago Guardarrama (convert)

The Junior Piggies will be working hard to fine tune for our semi-final match on November 27th. Awaiting the quarter-final result of Surrey vs. Capilanos (Nov. 20th) to determine the venue.

U16 Boys 

The U16s hope to follow up on the success of the U18s this weekend against CW in their Island Final/BC Semi-Final play-off match.  The boys have had a decent season, though struggling with player availability from time to time.  Last year’s Spring U16 BC Champions will be looking to add another plaque to the clubhouse walls and that journey starts this weekend!  Good luck boys!

Junior Girls

The Cowicahn Junior Girls will be hosting the Island Finals at Piggie Park this Sunday at 1130.  The combined North Island team – Cowichan & Comox – will face the South Island team – Westshore, CW & James Bay!

Come and cheer on the girls! Winner goes on to BC Finals and loser will go and play for 3rd!

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