Triple Win Weekend

Three games, three wins for the Piggies.  

Games the Weekend

Saturday, February 25

Premier Women @ Westshore, k/o 11:30 am

1st Division Men @ Westshore, k/o 1:00 pm

Premier Women 46 – Castaway-Wanderers 24

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Rebecca Saari – 1 try
  • Laura Russell – 1 try
  • Stacey Collison – 1 try
  • Natasha Smith – 4 tries
  • Kelly Russell – 1 try and 3 converts

The Premier women took on south island rivals Castaway Wanders last Saturday.  CW has come out on top in the two previous meeting last fall.  The Piggies were looking to swing the pendulum in their direction.

This was the ladies first game since November, a long break extended due to the snow.  It wasn’t fancy game but the Piggies tackled hard, moved the ball well, and turned the tables on CW for their first win of 2017.  

This weekend the ladies will travel to play league leading Westshore. 

1st Division Men 32 – Port Alberni Black Sheep 22

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Rob McDonnell – 1 try
  • Jenner Teufel – 1 penalty, 2 conversions
  • Danny Hamstra – 2 tries
  • Amish Dobson – 1 try
  • Owen Woods – 1 try

17 men loaded onto the bus and made the trip over the Hump last Saturday expecting a hard grinding battle against the Black Sheep.  With all the snow, games have been irregular so the trip gave the Piggies some much needed bonding time. 

The first half of the game was even with teams swapping penalties and tries – theirs converted, ours not.   Half time score was 10-8 for the Sheep. 

Though the score was close, there was no lack of excitement as Port was given a red card for a dangerous tackle mid way into the first half.  With Port a man down, the Piggies gained the momentum and carried it through into the second half, scoring 2 tries within the first 10 minutes.  The teams then traded tries as both team settled into the second half.  

Despite being a man down, the Sheep continued to pressure.  The Piggies withstood the pressure after a sustained 10 minute defence of their goal line.  The goal line stand boosted the Piggies confidence and turned the momentum in our favour.  The game was sealed with a great show of pace hands where the Piggies sheered the Sheep’s defence to score the last try of the game.   Final score 32-22 Piggies. 

The Piggies now turn their attention to Westshore.  The boys are focused and ready to meet their Cowichan Cup finalist foes.  

2nd Division Men 38 – JBAA 34

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Peyton Eagar – 3 tries
  • Taylor De Sousa – 2 tries
  • Kyle Joe – 1 try & 4 converts 

The Piggies hosted JBAA last Sunday following the Mini Rugby session.  JBAA arrived with a mix of old boys, lots of youth and a ton of spares.  The Piggies were a bit less organized but managed to get 15 guys on the pitch in time for kick-off.  

Cowichan dominated 3/4 of the game but the lack of subs took its toll, unsurprisingly.  JBAA with their deep bench had a late game surge, but in the end, the Piggies held them off for the win.  

Try (Mini) Rugby

Last Sunday CRFC held a Try the Game Free session last Sunday.  It was an amazing session with upwards to 50 new Piggies in attendance.   The kids had a blast and many thanks go to the Junior Society and all the coaches and helpers who put the event together.  

Fun Fact:  CRFC has had a mini rugby program for over 20 years (we are a pioneer in the province) and a consistent junior program since the mid 60s.  We now have the grandchildren of those junior Piggies from the 60s in mini and junior rugby program.  Many players who started as minis and juniors have gone on to represent Canada, including current senior members Andrew Gudmundseth, Brandi Van Eeuwen, pro-player Matt Evans, and mostly recently Peyton Eagar, Kyle Joe and George Barton, plus many more (and apologies for the commission of all of you).

The foundation of the club is a healthy youth base. CRFC has always been a family club and this rings as true as ever as the 3rd generation dons the black and green.

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