Penultimate Weekend

Games this weekend

Saturday, March 30

  • 1st Division Women host SFU at Westshore  (Westshore Parks & Rec), k/o 11:15 am
  • 1st Division Men @ Port Alberni, k/o 1:00 pm

1st Division Women

After an insanely long break of 5 weeks, the CowShore women’s side were finally able to play at match on March 16 against United RFC.  A rare road double header, the CowShore ladies started the day with a statement win, beating United 73-22.

While most of the team was coming back from a five-week furlough, Brandi Van Eeuwen was making her return to the pitch after three years on the sidelines, and picked up right where she left off, making huge tackles and massive runs to score two tries. Van Eeuwen shared Player of the Game honours with Carolyn Gudmundseth, who scored five tries in the match.

Tyson Beukeboom had three tries, Laura Russell added two, and Marlene Donaldson (WS) contributed one in her first game back from an injury. Russell and Beukeboom also slotted two conversions apiece.

The ladies will host SFU this weekend with play-off implications on the line.  CowShore is currently sitting in 5th place having fallen to Nanaimo last weekend and now trail the Hornest by a single point.  The final two games are must wins if they hope to keep their play-off hopes alive.

1st Division Men

The second game of the road-double was a different matter.  Cowichan went over with just 13 players, including two who hadn’t played rugby since high school.  The Piggies lost veteran Sean Williams and Scrum-Half Colten Smith in the first half, forcing coach Wright into the game… who scored a try for his efforts, as did newcomer Brendan Porter.  
Despite the score of 60-12, and the three-headed monster of being undermanned, plus inexperienced players, and traveling to the mainland, the Piggies were proud of their effort.   The Piggies played with physicality and left everything they had on the pitch.  

This weekend the Piggies travel to Port.  Spectators are welcomed – encouraged to come along for the last road trip of the season. 

Junior Rugby

7s Rugby

Congratulations to the Junior Piggies who represented BC at the Las Vegas 7s Invitational:

U16 Girls:  Jaxon Baker, Matisse Ward and Macy Wiebe
U16 Boys:  Tom Morrissey and Ryan Smith 
U18 Boys:  Joel Cook and Abdullah Hammawa 

Elementary School Rugby

Cowichan Juniors are looking for assist with introducing rugby to local elementary schools this spring.  More information:

Tset’suw Suwa’lum

means by the shore, beach, or coast and Suwa’lum means games
Last Friday BC Rugby, with help from Gord McGeachy, introduced rugby to a few dozen children from several Tset’suw nations. The kids did some drills and played some touch under a blue bird sky. 

Much fun was had by all and it was a wonderful opportunity to introduce the Tset’suw children to the game!

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