COMOX VALLEY KICKERS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN, WOMEN, AND GOOD OL’BOYS

COMOX VALLEY KICKERS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN, WOMEN, AND GOOD OL’BOYS

The Comox Valley Kickers Senior (18+)  Men’s and Women’s and Old Boys Programs are recruiting for this season. All skill levels are welcomed, bring your friends! Rugby is a sport that aside being the most fun to play, offers a level of social engagement that keeps people coming back. The Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Club has been playing matches since as early as 1889 and continues with its proud tradition, and puts forward a mens and womens side that practice here in the valley and play on the island and sometimes on the mainland in the British Columbia Rugby Union. The season begins in mid-august with practices at Lower Lake Trail field. In September practices are held at Village Park in Cumberland as are the home games. The women begin  practicing on Aug.14th on  Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 at The Lower Lake Trail fields. For more information on the women’s team, contact Aimee Burley at 250-703-6677 or aimeeburley@gmail.com . The men begin  practicing on Aug.18th on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 at The Lower Lake Trail field. For more information on the men’s team contact Jesse Ramsay at 250-702-3087 or cvkickerssrrugbyops@gmail.com . For more information on youth rugby contact Ona 250-792-0717 or by email cvkickersjrrugbyops@gmail.com For more information on the Coal Miners Old Boys program which plays more casually, contact Chris Ostertag at 250-334-4701. Keep up to date by liking our Comox Valley Kickers RFC Facebook Page, and visiting our website at www.comoxvalleyrugby.ca.  The Comox Valley Kickers would like to thank our sponsors, Reliable Auto Body Ltd., Cummins Fencing, Wedler Engineering, AFC Construction, Green Earth Carpet Cleaning, Arctic...

Kickers Annual AGM and Awards Banquet

It is that time of year again when we invite all members and supporters to come together and celebrate the past season. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the evening will include our AGM with nominations for the openings on our Executive Board and a summery of the year. Followed by a catered Dinner from Cloves and lastly the presentation of Awards to those most deserving this year. Always a wonderful event, you are welcome to bring partners, family members etc. We look forward to see everyone there! Tickets are $25.00 (they will not be sold at the door). Deadline is May 26th.  Please send e-transfers to anitahross@shaw.ca. For more information see the Facebook...
Kickers vs. the Outback Barbarians – Celebrating Rugby

Kickers vs. the Outback Barbarians – Celebrating Rugby

On Thursday, 23 June Cumberland Village Park played host to a once in a lifetime rugby experience for the Comox Valley Kickers RFC, as they ran onto the field in opposition to a touring side from Australia - the Outback Barbarians. A well-sponsored but fairly new team, the BaaBaa’s (as the lads refer to themselves) followed a grueling first fresh-off-the-plane defeat against Capilano in Vancouver, with an introduction to island life the evening before the game, as some of the Kickers took the team tubing down the Puntledge and sampling some of the local tastes on offer. This clearly did not slow the touring team down as they gave the Kickers a taste of what rugby is like down under with a 64 - 5 defeat. As the team captain said later in the evening: “It’s great to see that the spirit of rugby is alive and kicking on Vancouver Island. Despite what the scoreboard says it was clearly evident that everyone was having a good time.” The Kickers showed the visitors some more island-style hospitality after the game, when club member Shayne Stuchberry of Coastal Trek prepared meatpies and mash for the more than 60 hungry players, support crew, family members, and others. The Aussies certainly appreciated the gesture and lifelong friendship between the two rugby clubs was cemented during an exchange of gifts, and some more nefarious penalties for friendly infractions throughout the day. The Kickers would like to extend their thanks to the Village of Cumberland, Shayne Stuchberry, the Outback Barbarians and their support crew, and everyone that came out to watch this historic...
FRANK BAULCOMB 1962 – ­2016

FRANK BAULCOMB 1962 – ­2016

Frank Baulcomb was born in Suva, Fiji on December 7th, 1962, when his father was stationed there as an employee of Air New Zealand. When Frank was a young boy his father’s job took the family back to New Zealand where Frank enrolled in a Catholic school that, like all schools in that rugby­mad country, had a strong rugby program and Frank took to it like a duck to water. Frank continued played all through his schooling and at 18 he followed his parents to Canada where he joined the Richmond Rugby Club. His no compromise playing style and physique quickly earned him a spot on the club’s First Fifteen. In Richmond, Frank met his wife Christine and on their wedding night, they attended the Annual Awards Banquet before flying off for their honeymoon. As time passed Frank and Christine had two daughters, Celina and Jackie, and both of them spent their childhood around the rugby club. It was like a second home to them and they would come home dirty and happy every Saturday from the club. Frank became a leader at Richmond Rugby and his brutal but honest play and words still resonate with his teammates even today. They respected him for he, as their player/coach, pushed them to be better players and when it became time to retire from playing Frank became the club’s head coach. In 2001, Frank and family moved to Nanaimo, where, missing rugby, Frank went down to the Nanaimo Hornets and watched a few games, but reluctant to join the club, he spent most of his weekends at home, feeling depressed. On Thursday evenings when he should have been at rugby training, Frank’s daughters began to ask: “Daddy...