Strong start to the season for the Kickers Women’s Team

This past Saturday, the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Team hosted Cow/West, a combined side from Cowichan and Westshore at Cumberland Village Park and earned a 33-10 win to start the second half of the rugby season off strong. Fittingly enough, the Kickers kicked off to start the game.  It was a very competitive game with a lot of back and forth action.   Comox’s first try came from Outside Centre Daris Tendler, who managed to sprint and deke her way around the several defenders.   Utilizing her speed, Daris had a dominating game scoring 4 tries in total with Winger Michelle Hamilton adding 1 try to the scoreboard.  Flyhalf Paula Simpson kicked four successful conversions.     “We are coming back from a two-month break and we look like a different squad.  There are lots of new faces on our team for this half.  I wasn’t sure how the first game back would go, but all the ladies stepped up and played hard,” said Kickers Captain Natalie Nguyen. “We made a handful of errors which resulting in penalties against us, but we were able to overcome those mistakes through our physical play.  Our forwards had great set pieces; the scrums and lineouts were strong.  Our backs had great chemistry and we ran our plays well.  I am excited to see how the team continues to improve and grow.  This was a great start to the season.” The after-game festivities continued at the Cumberland Hotel, the Kickers Sponsor Bar & Clubhouse. The Women’s team have a bye next week.  The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s team will host the UVic Saxons in their season...

New Year’s Day Toilet Bowl Game

The Comox Valley Kickers celebrated the new year by playing some touch rugby at Cumberland Village Park.  Teams were split Over/Under 31 with the Overs taking the win.  We finished the celebration by visiting our Sponsor Bar, the Cumberland Hotel for some well-deserved...

A Kickers Christmas

The Comox Valley Kickers celebrated the holidays with a Rugby Christmas Party at our Sponsor Bar, the Cumberland Hotel on December 16th.  The evening was filled with good food, good drinks, and great company!  Gifts were exchanged and we were also treated with a special comedic performance from our very own Erin Rautenberg! From all of us to all of you, we wish you a happy holiday season and a fun-filled...

Tough losses for both clubs

It was a tough weekend for both rugby clubs, as both fell in their respective matches. The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s team hosted Westshore RFC at Cumberland Village Park, losing 20-10. Curtis Card and Brandon Hudson scored tries for Comox Valley. “We’ve definitely improved since our last game.  Our scrums were strong, and we ran the ball well.  It was very much a back and forth game filled with hard hits,” said team captain Brandon Hudson. “We had one try that was held up in the end zone and were unable to score from the resulting scrum.  We missed some key tackles that allowed Westshore to score a breakaway try.  Those two plays would end up being the difference maker.  All in all, I am very happy with how the team performed.  We have a ton of potential and look forward to playing more rugby games.” The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team suffered their first loss of the season, losing 34-7 to the Nanaimo Hornets.  Karli MacFarlane scored the lone try for the Kickers, with Paula Simpson successfully kicking the convert. “It was a cold and rainy rugby day, making it difficult to pass the ball out wide and use our speed.  We were within 5 metres of scoring a few times during the game but were unable to capitalize.  Those missed opportunities really hurt us, ” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “We made too many mistakes and conceded too many penalties. At the end of the day, Nanaimo played a better game and deserved the win.  The big takeaway for us is how will we respond.  We have a hard schedule...

Kickers Men’s face off against UVic Saxons

VICTORIA, B.C. – It was a hard fought contest, but the visiting Comox Valley Kickers men’s rugby team couldn’t get past the home team Uvic Saxons on Saturday. This was the Kickers second game of the season. Previous matchups were cancelled due to low numbers of opposing players. Curtis Card and Brandon Hudson scored tries for Comox Valley. The Saxons came out on top 52-10. “After a month of not being able to play rugby, it felt good to get on the pitch,” said flanker Jesse Ramsay. “We were stronger in the scrums and ran well when we had possession but at the end of the day, we got beat by their speed. They swung the ball wide quickly and we were unable to adjust our defensive line.  As we get more games under our belt, we can continue to build our team chemistry and work out the kinks.” Player recruitment for the team is ongoing. Practices are held Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cumberland Village Park. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary....