Kickers Keep Momentum Rolling

Kickers Keep Momentum Rolling

In the only match held over Family Day weekend, the Comox Valley Kickers Men’s rugby team faced off against the Nanaimo Hornets. It was a physical showdown from start to finish, with bone-jarring tackles and fierce collisions that defined the intensity of the game. The match started slowly for the Kickers as they found themselves under immense pressure from the opposing side for the first 15 minutes of the game, requiring them to put up a stout defense to keep their rivals at bay. Despite the early onslaught, the players remained composed and gradually settled into their rhythm. As the game progressed, the Kickers began to assert their dominance, showcasing their offensive prowess and capitalizing on scoring opportunities. With precision passing and strategic plays, they managed to breach the defense of their opponents, putting crucial points on the board. By halftime, the Kickers had established a commanding lead of 21-0, leaving the Hornets trailing in their wake. However, any hopes of a one-sided victory were quickly dispelled as the second half got underway. The Hornets refused to back down and launched a spirited comeback attempt. The intensity on the field reached a fever pitch as both teams battled fiercely. Despite the relentless efforts of their rivals, the Kickers remained unfazed, demonstrating composure and teamwork to weather the storm and maintain their advantage. In a thrilling conclusion to the match, the Kickers emerged victorious with a final score of 38-28, securing a hard-fought victory. Tries were scored by Jesse Ramsay, Kai Mills, Trent Johnson, Nick Gilmore, Derek McCubbin, and Ryan Beauchamp with 3 successful conversions from Kyle Hall and one...
From Grit to Glory: Women’s Heartbreak, Men’s Triumph in Rugby Doubleheader

From Grit to Glory: Women’s Heartbreak, Men’s Triumph in Rugby Doubleheader

In a thrilling doubleheader at Cumberland Village Park, the local men’s and women’s rugby teams showcased their skills, passion, and determination in front of a cheering home crowd. While the women’s team fought valiantly but fell short in a narrow 15-17 loss, the men’s team dominated the pitch, securing a resounding 86-0 victory. Women’s Match: A Hard-Fought Battle The afternoon began with an intense showdown between the Comox Valley Kickers versus James Bay Athletic Association (JBAA). From the opening whistle, it was evident that both sides were determined to leave everything on the field. JBAA scored early in the game due to a quick breakaway from their winger, but the Kickers answered right back. Tries were scored by Ava Perkins, Sienna Stigant, and Cali McKay. It was a back-and-forth game with neither team willing to concede ground easily. Tackles were fierce, runs were powerful, and every point was hard-earned. As the clock ticked down, the tension in the air was palpable, with supporters holding their breath. Despite their best efforts, the Comox Valley Kickers Women narrowly missed out on victory, falling short by just two points with a final score of 15-17. Coach JB Nikkel said, “Though the result was not in our favor, it was a great game of rugby. We will continue to work on our extras and focus on our system and structure. This is just a minor setback, and we will continue to move forward.” Men’s Match: A Dominant Display Following the women’s spirited match, it was time for the local men’s rugby team to take center stage. From the game’s opening moments, it was...
Chilliwack Clash: Contrasting Results for Kickers

Chilliwack Clash: Contrasting Results for Kickers

The Comox Valley Kickers RFC embarked on a trip over to the mainland this past weekend to face off against the Chilliwack Crusaders for their spring season doubleheader opener. The outcome, however, couldn’t have been more divergent as the women’s team emerged victorious in a dominating display, winning 68-0, while the men’s team faced a setback in a 5-58 defeat. Women’s Team Dominates the Field: The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Team secured an emphatic victory, displaying complete control throughout the whole match.  Lauren Sargent and Danelle Campbell notched an impressive three tries each, showcasing their exceptional attacking skills and knack for finding the try line. Close on their heels, Cali McKay and Tyra Schaad demonstrated their scoring prowess with two tries apiece, contributing significantly to the Kickers’ offensive efforts. Adding to the scoreboard were Jess Nikkel and Erin Rautenberg with a try each with Sargent and McKay having two successful conversions each. This game highlighted the team’s well-rounded offensive strategy, utilizing the strength of the forward pack and the speed of the backs. Coach JB Nikkel expressed his satisfaction with the performance, saying, “It was a great way to start the season. Our women played with energy, heart, and determination. They executed the game plan, and it’s due to the hard work they’ve been putting in at training. We are building something special here, and this win is just the beginning. We need to keep this momentum going forward.” Men’s Team Faces Uphill Battle: This was a highly anticipated game as it marked a rematch of last year’s intense quarterfinal showdown. The Kickers won the last match-up but couldn’t...
Comox Valley Kickers Merch Store – Now Open!

Comox Valley Kickers Merch Store – Now Open!

Get your Kickers Gear! From now until Jan 24th at 11:59 pm, you can order Kickers gear and clothing from two shops. There are a lot of options, for yourself or the avid rugby supporter!  Lionheart Rugby Gear Heritage Jersey, Athletic Hoodie, Windproof pullover top, extra shorts, extra socks Lionheart Web Store Get Bold Sweatshirts, T-shirts, Sweatpants, Soft Shell Jacket Get Bold Web Store Details You will order and pay online, then all the items will be shipped to the club and members of our Executive will distribute the gear out. Please note that once an order is purchased, there can be no refunds or exchanges after the closure of the web store. Illustrations are for visual reference only; actual product may vary.  Thank you for supporting the Comox Valley Kickers...
Stalemate on the Field: Kickers and CW battle to a thrilling tie

Stalemate on the Field: Kickers and CW battle to a thrilling tie

Cumberland Village Park became the battleground for an intense clash between two Vancouver Island teams this past weekend, as the Comox Valley Kickers and Castaway Wanderers (“CW”) from Victoria went head-to-head in a highly contested match that culminated in an unexpected and nail-biting tie, 26-26. Tries were scored by Trent Johnson, Brandon Hudson, Devon Moore, and Derek McCubbin with JB Nikkel adding 3 converts. Excitement filled the air as spectators filled the sidelines. This marked the teams’ second encounter this season, with the Kickers securing the win during their previous clash. From the opening whistle, it was evident that CW was looking for redemption. CW put pressure on the Kickers with a flurry of calculated attacks and strategic kicking placements and was able to score two quick tries within the first 15 minutes of the game. After mainly being on defense for the beginning of the game, the Kickers finally found their rhythm and settled into the game. They regrouped with a renewed sense of determination and their passes grew crisper, their communication improved, and they exploited gaps with strong runs. The initial setback seemed to fuel their drive, propelling the Kickers to mount a formidable comeback and bringing the score within 2 points at halftime. In the second half, both teams emerged from the break with renewed intensity, matching each other blow for blow, neither side not wanting to relent an inch. Cheers and gasps echoed throughout the sidelines with every bone-crunching tackle, lightning-fast breakaway, and strategic set pieces. As the match progressed, each score was quickly answered by the opposing side. With time running out and the...