November’s travels

Games this Weekend

Saturday, November 16

  • 1st Division Women host Nanaimo, 11:15 a, k/o
  • 1st Division Men @ JBAA – POSTPONED (new date TBA)
  • Ol’Boys host Northwest Old Boys, 3:00 pm k/o

1st Division Men

The Piggies have faced two strong opponents from the mainland since the last edition of the Piggy Post.  Both games were strong efforts by the Piggies but both ultimately ended in loses – largely due to the impact of low numbers.

November 2:  Piggies 22- Surrey Beavers 43

Cowichan Scorers: 

Owen Wood – 1 penalty
Thomas “Turbo” Molyneux – 1 try
Danny Hamstra – 1 try
Cool heads & good discipline – 1 penalty try

Other than a brief lapse early in the second half of their match, the Piggies kept pace with one of the province’s top First Division men’s rugby teams at Piggy Park last November 2nd.

The Surrey Beavers scored three quick tries just after the midway break to win 43-22, but take away that rough patch and the game ends in a tie.

The teams traded penalty goals in the early going, Cowichan’s slotted by Owen Wood. Surrey scored an open-field try a few minutes later, but the Piggies took advantage of a yellow card to the Beavers to generate an open-field try of their own, finished off by Thomas Molyneux. At halftime, the Piggies were tied 8-8 with the bigger and stronger Surrey side.

It was after the break that things fell apart for Cowichan.  The Piggies missed too many open-field tackles, and we had a short bench and fatigue started to catch up with them.  However, the boys maintained their composure while their opponents got frustrated.  

Danny Hamstra scored on a quick tap, and the Piggies were awarded a penalty try, while Surrey racked up four yellow cards in a testy match.

Coach Wright pointed out “We just held our cool and kept trying to play… In the end, they got the better of us. The score didn’t dictate how close the game actually was.”

November 9:  Piggies 20 – Bayside Sharks 40

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Owen Woods:  2 Penalties, 2 Conversions
  • Colton Smith:  1 try
  • Grant Healy:  1 try

The Piggies traveled across the Salish Sea last weekend to face reigning BC Champions, the Bayside Sharks.  As seems to be the case more and more often, the Piggies side was slim in numbers, borrowing Louis Gudmundseth and Grant Healy of the Nooky Wood Ol’boys to fill the side.

The Piggies played the entire second half with 14 players, and were down to 13 for a while.  The half time score was 13-10 for the Sharks, with a try from Colten Smith and a penalty from Owen Wood.  The Piggies and Sharks traded scores through the second half.  Another penalty by Owen and a try from Grant Healy brought the score to 25-20 Shark with 10 minutes to go. 

The Piggies played this game with tremendous heart but again, their lack of bodies got the better of them.  The Sharks punched in 3 tries in the last 10 minutes to seal the victory.  One wonders what results a full side with a healthy bench will bring.  

Bayside recognizes Lou and Grant as men of the match…. and the old boys brought home the boat race!  

This weekend’s Times Cup game at James Bay has been postponed.  The rescheduled game time will be announced when known.  The next game for the Piggies will be at home against the Norseman, on November 30th.

1st Division Women 36 – Castaway Wanderers 38

Cowichan Scorers:

  • Carolyn Gudmundseth – 2 tries
  • Laura Russell – 1 try
  • Bristine Gibbons – 1 try
  • Hayley Berg – 1 try
  • Tyson Beukeboom – 1 try
  • Hannah McKevitt – 3 conversions

The lead slipped away from Cowichan in the dying minutes of the women’s match against Castaway Wanderers November 2, resulting in a 38-36 loss for the home team on the final conversion.

Coach Donaldson was very happy with the team’s performance and felt in some ways the Piggies played better than the game last weekend in terms of running lines and support play. However CW managed their bench players well and were able to come back a little stronger in the second half.

Cowichan hosts Nanaimo tomorrow.  The Piggies are hoping to improve the scoreline since their last encounter.  Kick off is 11:15 am at the Piggydome!

Shout out to Piggy Tyson Beukeboom on her selection with Canada on the November tour to the US.  Laura Russell has opted to stayed home to recover after injury.

Piggies Merchandise

Take care of your little (and big) Piggies’ Christmas presents early this year by purchasing replica CRFC rugby balls! Available in senior and mini sizes.

Orders can be placed via email and e-transfer will be taken for payment.

All the details are online:

Cowichan Sports Hall of Fame Induction – Patrick Kay

CRFC is thrilled that one of our own, Patrick Kay will be inducted into the Cowichan Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.  Patrick will be the second Cowichan Piggy to be inducted, joining 1996-1997 Premier Team BC Champions, who were inducted in 2015.

Congratulations PKay! 

In the prime of his career, Patrick has already reached extraordinary accomplishments in the Rugby world. He has already represented Canada on the national stage in 181 games and amassed 265 points and 41 tries. His awards include the 2010 Cowichan News Leader Young Athlete of the Year, 2014 Rugby Canada Young Player, and Stuart Pegg Scholarship Award. In 2014, Patrick was named MVP for Canada’s Under 20 Team and presented with the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence Player of the Tournament. In 2011, he represented Canada at the Youth Commonwealth Games and in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games.

Country Christmas Party

Christmas the Club will be country themed this year!  There will be a live band and plenty of cheer to go around!

When:  December 14, 7 pm onward
Cost:  $10

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