2018 – 2019 Awards Banquet

On Saturday, June 15th, the Comox Valley Kickers celebrated a great 2018-2019 season with an Awards Banquet held at the Elks Hall in Courtenay. All of the following awards were voted on by the players, making the results very representative. Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Award Winners: Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award – The player who contributes the most to the team’s success. Winners: Paula Simpson & Natalie Nguyen Best Back Award - The player who is the pivotal piece in the back line and played in the positions of Scrumhalf, Flyhalf, Inside Centre, Outside Centre, Right Wing, Left Wing or Fullback.  Winner: Daris Tendler Best Forward Award – The player who is the pivotal piece in the forward pack and played in the positions of Loosehead Prop, Hooker, Tighthead Prop, Lock, Blindside Flanker, Openside Flanker or Number 8. Winner: Audrey Jones Rookie of the Year Award – The player who accomplished the most on and off the field in their first season with the Kickers.  Winner: Hazel Bice Most Improved – The player whose hard work resulted in the biggest improvements in their rugby game throughout the season.  Winners: Carlie Beaulieu & Carrie Weekes Taco Award (Most Tenacious) - The player who is the most unwilling to yield or give up on the field.  This player has the biggest heart and works hard to hit the rucks, make big tackles and run plays while always hustling to gain and maintain possession of the ball. Winner: Danelle Campbell Pink Bra Award (Most Sportsmanlike) - The player who best embraced rugby’s values of integrity, passion, solidarity, discipline and respect. Winner: Natalie Nguyen Comox Valley Kickers Men’s...

Kickers Women Fall Short

That’s the end of the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s rugby season. This past Saturday, the Kickers were on the road to face off against their Island rivals, the Nanaimo Hornets in the BCRU Division 1 semi-final match. The game started with great intensity with a lot of back and forth action. Defense was strong on both sides of the field. In the first half, the Kickers had strong scrums, were quick to the rucks and ran the ball well.  In the second half, two key injuries in the Kickers forward back changed the game.  Momentum favored Nanaimo who scored several unanswered tries. Kickers points were scored by Outside Centre Daris Tendler and Fullback Tanya Timmons, with Paula Simpson adding a successful conversion. The final score was 12-39. “It was a very tough, physical game. Both teams came to play. We started out well but at the end just couldn’t find an answer to Nanaimo’s attack,” said Kickers Captain Natalie Nguyen. “The game didn’t go our way this time around but all in all, we had a phenomenal season. I am proud of the hard work and effort that all the ladies put into practices and at the games. The camaraderie between the players on and off the pitch make it all worth it. I am excited for what the next season brings.” Join the Kickers for their Burger & Beer fundraiser on Thursday, May 2nd at the Cumberland Hotel. The event starts at...

Kickers advance to semi-finals

The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s rugby team had a dominating game in the first round of playoffs, knocking out the defending champions. This past Saturday, the Kickers hosted Vancouver’s Meraloma RFC in the BCRU Division 1 quarterfinal game at Cumberland Village Park in front of a huge crowd of community supporters and fans.  The Kickers scored a frenzy of unanswered tries to start the game off strong. With the forward pack gaining the hard yards by crashing the ball and the back line utilizing the opportunities given, the Kickers were consistent in their offensive attacks throughout the whole game. There was a lot of back and forth action, but the Kickers demonstrated solid defense, only allowing one score against. Inside Centre Natalie Nguyen and Flyhalf Paula Simpson both had a strong game with a hattrick of tries a piece with Outside Centre Daris Tendler and Winger Tanya Timmons each scoring once. Simpson was perfect with her kicks, adding 8 conversions. The final score was 56 – 5. “We played with an intensity that was hard to match. We’ve improved from the last game as what we practiced on during the week, we executed during the game. Everyone did their job and contributed to the win,” said Kickers Captain Natalie Nguyen. “Our back line had great line speed and ran our plays well which allowed us to exploit their defense. Once we were able to break the line, it was very difficult to catch us.  Our forwards were quick to the rucks and were strong in the scrums and lineouts. Overall, it was a very well-rounded game for us.  We...

Kickers finish the regular season on a strong note

  This past weekend, the Kickers hosted Burnaby’s Simon Fraser RFC (“SFU”). In the first half, the Kickers spent most of the time inside SFU’s 22-metre line hungry to score.  SFU demonstrated exceptionally sound defense and thwarted off several attacks before surrendering a try mid-way through the half. Once the Kickers were on the scoreboard, it was difficult to contain them.  Hard hits, fast rucks and line speed were the main themes of this rugby game.  In the second half, the Kickers were able to hit their rhythm and used their opportunities to make big plays.  Inside Centre Natalie Nguyen, Outside Centre Daris Tendler and 8-man Karli MacFarlane each scored two tries while Lock Hazel Bice scored once. Flyhalf Paula Simpson added one try and four conversions. The final score was 48 – 5. “This game was the culmination of all of our practices and trainings since the start of the season in September and was a great game to end the regular season on. I am so proud of the hard work that the ladies have put in and the improvements from the start of the season to now,” said Kickers Captain Natalie Nguyen. “Our forward pack contested every scrum and lineout and demonstrated great strength. Mauls were especially on point this game. Our back line executed plays well and used our speed to our advantage. We need to continue this momentum going into the playoffs, which start next week.” The Kickers finished 3rd in the BCRU rankings which will have them hosting 6th ranked Meralomas for the quarter-final playoff match held over Easter weekend. For more information about...