Women suffer second loss of the season

Women suffer second loss of the season

The Comox Valley Kickers Women were on the road again, this time to Nanaimo to face off against the Hornets at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park. The Kickers lost 10-36 with Yui Okada and Lauren Sargent scoring a try each. “There are positive takeaways from this game, despite the end result. The score was 5-10 at the half, but Nanaimo’s experience made the difference in the second half, and they were able to score a few quick ones. We’ve made improvements from our last game and will continue to build momentum,” says Coach Jean-Pierre Lussier. “I’m proud of our team. The most important thing was that we never gave up.” On Saturday, October 1st, there will be a doubleheader at Cumberland Village Park where both the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s and Men’s will host the Castaway Wanderers. Kickoff will be at 11:30AM for the women and 12:45PM for the men. Both the men’s and the women’s teams are continually recruiting players. No experience necessary. Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cumberland Village Park. Everyone welcome. For more information, please visit...
Strong home stance for the men and tough loss on the road for the women

Strong home stance for the men and tough loss on the road for the women

The Comox Valley Kickers Men hosted Simon Fraser University RFC (“SFU”) at Cumberland Village Park this past Saturday, winning 50–10. Devon Moore (2), Brandon Hudson, Jesse Ramsay, Justin Thomson, Kyle Hall, Nick Gilmour and Tosh Wilmott scored for the Kickers with Hall adding successful 5 converts. “SFU had experienced players but travelled light, so we were able to take advantage of the lack of numbers. We had a game plan of testing their defense with our forward pack while our strong back line were able to execute on plays. Defensively, we were able to shut them down out wide. We are building momentum and things are looking up from here,” says Hook Jesse Ramsay. The Comox Valley Kickers Women travelled to Victoria to face off against the Castaway Wanderers II (“CW”) at Windsor Park, losing 22-91. Yui Okada (2), Tyra Schaad and Jenn Lund scored for the Kickers with Lauren Sargent adding 1 convert. “The score doesn’t reflect it, but it was a great game. We played well with minimal subs, but CW had a few speedsters that we could not stop. We have a few key areas that need improvement, but we will continue to build on this game. We will look for redemption when CW I travels to us in two weeks,” says Co-Captain Lauren Sargent. On Saturday, September 24th, the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team travel to Nanaimo to play against the Hornets at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park; the Comox Valley Kickers Men’s have a bye. Both the men’s and the women’s teams are continually recruiting players.  No experience necessary.  Practices are held Tuesdays and...
Great start to the rugby season for both Comox Valley Kickers teams

Great start to the rugby season for both Comox Valley Kickers teams

A new rugby season kicked off this past weekend! The Comox Valley Kickers Men play in the BCRU Division III League and traveled to Victoria to face off against the Castaway Wanderers RFC (“CW”), winning 51-35.  Jesse Ramsay, Kyle Hall, Nick Gilmour, Craig Whiley (2), Devon Moore (2), Derek McCubbin (2) scored for the Kickers, with Hall adding 3 conversions. “It was truly a team effort in our victory this weekend. Our field coverage and support lines were the difference maker in this game,” says Scrumhalf Kyle Hall. “We maintained possession for most of the first half, though CW was trying to mount comeback early in the second half which we nipped by being quick to the breakdowns. Our rucking was sound and when a player had a breakaway, there was great support. With so many options provided, it is very tough to defend.” The Comox Valley Kickers Women play in the BCRU Island League this fall and started off the rugby season with a mini tournament held at the Cowichan Rugby Club.  Teams in attendance included James Bay Athletic Association, Nanaimo RFC, Cowichan RFC, and Castaway Wanderers I and II. “There was some rust in the first game, and it took a bit to get going. Our defense was not as tight as it could be, and we were beat out wide in the first game we played. A highlight was that we were strong in the breakdowns and continued building momentum going into our other three games. We were able to execute more attacking plays which resulted in some big gains. We improve greatly from our first...
Kickers represent at the 2022 Comox Valley Strength Festival

Kickers represent at the 2022 Comox Valley Strength Festival

Four members of the Comox Valley Kickers RFC participated in the 2022 Comox Valley Strength Festival. Coinciding with the Strongman & Strongwoman competition at Lewis Park, Natalie Nguyen, Brandon Hudson, Danelle Campbell and Ben Bekk took part in the Courtenay Crossfit Challenge which was hosted by Stronghearts Fitness: School of Movement. The event consisted of three workouts in a co-ed partner format going head-to-head with another team. The pairs were Natalie and Brandon (PYG) and Danelle and Ben (Fun times with Ben & Nelle). Workout 1 (5 min time cap): Wheelbarrow your partner 100m, switch positions, and wheelbarrow back. Deadlift (225lb for men/155lb for women) for reps while partner does burpees.   Workout 2 (20 min time cap): One partner rows for 400m; both partners have to carry the rower 400m x 4 rounds.   Workout 3 (5 min time cap): One partner had to flip a tire, jump in and run around while the other partner had to hold a plank. Once the form went on the plank, partners had to switch positions.   PYG won all 3 of their matchups, taking home 1st place and Fun times with Ben & Nelle were on the podium in 3rd place. It was a tough but fun experience. Thanks to everyone who came and cheered. We hope that more ruggers will sign up next...