Kickers Women Win Shorthanded

After a very cold and snowy February, the rugby season resumed this past Saturday with the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team travelling to the mainland to face off against the Brit Lions, who are based out of Delta. Travelling with only thirteen women, the Kickers knew that it would take a Herculean effort to win shorthanded, but they were up to the task. The Kickers started off strong, scoring first and then never let up.  With high intensity throughout the game, the team utilized their strength and speed to score.  The forward pack crashed the ball with ferocious intent and gained the hard yards, which allowed the back line to shine by running some great plays. Outside Centre Daris Tendler lead the efforts with four tries with Inside Centre Carlie Beaulieu and Scrumhalf Natalie Nguyen each scoring once. Flyhalf Paula Simpson added two tries and four conversions.  The final score was 48 – 17.  “We are coming back from a one-month hiatus due to the weather and I was unsure of what the team was going to look like.  It was disappointing that we could not field a whole side, but I was so very proud of the ladies who made the trip.  Everyone played with tremendous heart and conviction in our ability to win.” said Kickers Captain Natalie Nguyen. “Due to the fact that we were playing short, we were very strategic in our game plan. Our forwards had great set pieces and contested every scrum and lineout, stealing possession on a few!  Our backs had great chemistry and ran some good lines.  As a team, we were...

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...