Island Rivalries

Last weekend was Castaway Wanderers, this weekend it’s JBAA.  Our paths don’t cross often but when they do, memories of the past battles return and the rivalries are reignited!

Games this weekend

Saturday, November 10

  • 1st Division Men @ JBAA, k/o 1:00 pm 
  • Paint Night at CRFC!  Starts at 6:00 pm

1st Division Women

The ladies hosted Castaway Wanderers in the first of two games between the Piggies and CW.  Bolstered by some national team players who wanted extra preparation for their upcoming UK tour, the Piggies pushed CW hard.  It was a positive experience for our young team to play alongside and against some of Canada’s best players.  

Best of luck to Canada on their tour, especially our own Tyson and Laura!

3rd Division Men

Cowichan Scorers

  • Blaire Grant 3 tries
  • Bruce Moss 2 tries
  • Thomas Webber 1 try
  • Tyler Garside 1 try
  • Tom Molyneaux 1 try 
  • Owen wood 1 try and 7 converts

The mighty 3rds hosted Castaway Wanderers last weekend.  it was only the second match of the season for the 3rds and they made the most of the opportunity.  The Piggies scored early and they scored often. 

The team was a nice mix of youth and experience.  The Piggies worked on those aspects of the game that they have struggled with over the fall and hopefully will take that experience forward.

1st Division Men

The 1st XV had last weekend off to rest and regroup.  This weekend they will line up against perpetual rivals James Bay in Times Cup action.  The Piggies have a long standing record of defeating JBAA in Times Cup games and will be looking to defend that streak while securing their first victory of the season.  

Kick off is 1:00 pm at MacDonald Park.


Under sunny skies the Nooky Woods hopped on the bus for a Sunday clash with the Twits in Burnaby.  With 12 on the bus and another 7 Yoos To Bees waiting for us in Nanaimo, we were certainly a force to be reckoned with.  Though a tad short on numbers in the backs, we more than made up for with half a dozen lined up in the pack… though we were one shy in the front row.

Reaching Burnaby early, we were delighted to see the park awash with tiny rugby gear.  The Minis were in full force at a Jamboree. One wondered aloud how many of these kids would be donning their club jerseys in the Old Boys division 30 years from now.

12:30 kickoff saw the visitors receiving the kickoff, after multiple phases slowly grinding up the field the ball was spun out to the backs and Woody our Nanaimo speedster lofted a kick straight into his opposite #”s welcoming arms.  The Forwards regained possession after a few solid Twit phases and once again the ball was spun out to the backs on a clear overlap to Steve Hardman Hale all the O.C had to do was pick up his feet and he did. 5-0 to the visitors.

The Twits Forwards were a very tidy lot themselves and it became obvious early on that a victory for us would be easier on the outside.  Both teams were tackling ferociously, neither side giving an inch until our inside half, Akira, went blind out of the loose and after couple of passes saw Louis touch in goal after a lengthy gallop and the half ended 10-0 North Island.

The second half found us on our heels.  The Twits forwards cobbling phase after phase together, were rewarded when their centre crashed over for a lovely try to put the Twits on the board.  North Island 10 Twits 5.

The Twits had a 60 year old in red shorts and a 75 year old in gold shorts which they strategically substituted on the wing.  North Island being new to the Old Boys game tried to run through them on a number of occasions only to be whistled back for a scrum.  Gold and Red did not shy from the contact.  We finally got the hang of it and started banging it up with the inside backs and loosies.  Akira passed to our hard charging outside half Rob who found a seam to score the last points of the day.

Without a doubt the Twits were the finest opposition we’ve faced to date, and luckily our boys were up for the task as we had to make a couple of sustained goal line stands to deny the opposition the in goal.  We retired to the clubrooms where we regaled on days of old while quaffing a few sodas.

Man of the Match went to 60 years young Michael “Scar Tissue” Moss on his debut for Nooky Wood this season.  We were treated to a fine cheesy sausage pasta with Caesar salad and plenty of beer to wash it down.

I’d like to take this time to thank Precious for not only reffing but also running the bar.  Luckily for us the prems brain trust couldn’t see fit to cut him loose for the Old Boys tilt and we were glad of it.  I want to thank Gold shorts for organising the vittles, the Twits for some fine hosting, and finally, to the Yoos To Bees and Nooky Woods that made the trip.
Coach Ian Murray

Swag Sale 

Urban Valley Tees will be set up in the clubhouse next Wednesday, November 14, to size up members for Club swag! Items available include jackets, hoodies, tees, sweats, cleat bags, blankets, umbrellas, scarves … phew … and more!

Gotta come get your Piggy kit!  Order on site, pick up the following week!

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