Try Rugby

The rain didn’t stop our minis and junior players from getting on the field for the Try Rugby sessions held at Lewis Park this past Sunday, September 9th.  From 10AM - 12PM, there was a co-ed Mini Rugby session for children ages 4 -12 followed by a Junior Women session ages 12 - 18 from 1PM  - 3PM. Thank you parents, athletes and coaches for braving the storm.  We are excited for the upcoming season.  Regular practices start on Thursday, September 13th from 5:30PM - 6:30PM at Lower Lake Trail field.  Everyone welcomed.  No experience...

Fundraiser at The Prime!

Please join the men, women and youth that make up the Comox Valley Kickers at The Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar on Wednesday, September 19th from 5PM - 9PM.  This is the first fundraiser of the season. Enjoy a beer and burger with part of the proceeds going to the club, as well as bid on some awesome silent auction items.  Thank you to everyone who donated.  If you love food, drink, friends and supporting your fabulous local rugby club, swing by!  Hope to see you there! The Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar is located at 1089 Braidwood Road, Courtenay, BC, V9N...

Kickers Women’s Rugby Team Wins Season Opener

CUMBERLAND, B.C. – The Comox Valley Kickers women’s rugby team started the season off with a bang this weekend. On Saturday, the squad hosted Victoria’s Castaway Wanderers at Cumberland Village Park. It was a competitive game with lots of back and forth action. Natalie Nguyen, Paula Simpson, Kristianna Bouwers and Tyra Schaad each scored a try.  Karli MacFarlane, Taya Gagnon and Keely Orrick added points on the board. The Kickers came away with the 39-21 victory. “We have new coaches this year, JP Lussier and Thyssen de Goede and lots of new faces on our squad. I wasn’t sure how the first game would go, but all the ladies stepped up and played hard. The practices have been paying off. Our passing was on point and we kept the pressure on the opposing side. I am excited to see how the team continues to improve and grow. This is a great start to the season,” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. Both the senior women’s and senior men’s teams travel to Cowichan next Saturday. The men will play in their first game of the season. Both teams are also recruiting new players. Practices are held on Mondays and Thursdays at Cumberland Village Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00...

Kickers women, girls victorious again

The home opener for the senior teams of the Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Club was a mixed affair on Saturday. The ladies team started the day with a decisive win over an over-matched and under-prepared Cowichan team. The women had already chalked up the match with a win, as the opposing team arrived with a short roster. Comox loaned five players to Cowichan and played an impressive match, coming out on top 55-10. Natalie Nguyen had an impressive game at scrum half, and the always solid Paula Moore, Kristianna Bouwers, Dana Beirnes and Karlie MacFarlane put some points on the board. Player/coach Aimee Burley and prop Jenn Lund gained some hard yards throughout the game in their signature ruck and roll style. “We have been on the receiving end of these types of games so many times that it’s awesome to see the growth and we are excited to see how we match up against some of the solid mainland teams,” Burley said. The men on the other hand were the ones on the back foot. The first 10 minutes of the game was a frantic hard scrabble of a game with Cowichan pressing the attack and Comox standing firm on defence. When Comox did get the ball in hand they were able to relieve the pressure well and advance the ball across midfield only to spill the ball forward and be under pressure again from the hard-charging Cowichan side. Cowichan was eventually able to capitalize on their opportunity, putting two quick tries across the line. After those two tries Comox was able to regroup and again mount some...

Kickers women, junior girls win season opener

The Comox Valley Kickers opened the season on the weekend with a trio of games. The men’s side, coached by Jesse Ramsey, Aaron L`Arrivee and Brandon Hudson, were in tough against an experienced Westshore side in Nanaimo. The first 20 minutes saw a pitched battle between the 22’s with neither side establishing dominance. In the 25th minute after a penalty advantage and six phases of hard defence, Westshore broke the line for the opening score of the match. On the ensuing kick Westshore knocked it on after three phases of possession. Recognizing an opportunity, Comox went to work putting in eight hard phases before getting a penalty which was taken quickly by Hudson, who passed out of the tackle to a hard running Curtis Card, who crossed the line just right of the posts making an easy kick for Alex Parsons. The game continued mostly in that manner with Westshore getting some lucky breaks on penalties and backing the Kickers right to the goal line, making for a second try for Westshore. In the second half down by a score, Andrew Hextall received a nice inside pass from flyhalf Curtis Card, broke two tackles and put the ball down for Comox’s second of the day. Unfortunately that would prove the end of the Kickers’ scores as they gave some more penalties, allowing Westshore to escape from May Bennett Park with a 24-12 victory. The Kickers women moved up to division 1 this season, and had their first game against the Hornets in Nanaimo. The game was back and forth for the first 10 minutes. A yellow card early in...