Defending Champions Fall Short in Rugby Final Rematch

Defending Champions Fall Short in Rugby Final Rematch

The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s team traveled to the mainland this weekend for a highly anticipated showdown against Richmond RFC, rekindling the rivalry from the 2023 BCRU Division 3 Final. The showdown occurred at King George Park and the atmosphere crackled with anticipation. Last year’s final saw the Kickers emerge victorious in a nail-biting finish, but fate took an unforeseen turn this time, with the Kickers falling 10-42. Tries were scored by Kai Mills and Will Perry. From the outset, it was evident that this Richmond team was a different force altogether. They came into the match with renewed vigor and scored two quick tries back-to-back. They had a strategic game plan that kept the defending champions on the back foot. As the game progressed, the Kickers tried to mount a comeback but ended up having to play shorthanded due to an unfortunate yellow card, forcing the team to play with only 14 players for 10 minutes. Having to focus more on defense didn’t allow for many offensive opportunities. Momentum never seemed to be on their side. In their many attempts to surge forward, an unforced error such as an errant pass or dropped ball would erase their hard-earned meters. Captain Justin Thomson, expressed disappointment but remained optimistic, saying, “It’s a tough loss, but we’ll regroup, learn from this defeat, and come back stronger. We will work on the things we need to. This setback will only fuel our determination for the next game and for the spring season.” The Kickers currently sit third out of eighteen teams in the BCRU Men’s Division 3 League. The Kickers are back...
Women’s Rugby Team Caps Fall Season with Commanding Win

Women’s Rugby Team Caps Fall Season with Commanding Win

Entering the final match of the fall rugby season, the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Rugby team delivered a resounding performance against the Cowichan Piggies, winning 39-5. Cali McKay (2), Ashlin Speed, Hazel Bice, Tyra Schaad, Danelle Campbell, and Kristin Johnson scored tries with McKay and Lauren Sargent adding one convert apiece. Tension crackled in the air as both teams vied for early dominance, highlighting their speed and sheer power through a series of exhilarating plays. Cowichan put pressure on early in the game and each possession was fiercely contested, with turnovers and tackles echoing across the field, illustrating the evenly matched nature of the encounter. However, as time marched on, the Kickers’ strategic approach began to take its toll on their adversaries, gradually shifting the balance in their favor. With growing momentum and their cohesive gameplay, the Kickers asserted their authority, creating a wave of scoring opportunities that stemmed from their newfound control of the match. Coach JB Nikkel couldn’t contain his pride, stating, “This win encapsulates the dedication and hard work these athletes have put in throughout the season. We’ve been running two practices a week since September and have been emphasizing the importance of doing all the extras outside of practices. Their unity as a team, coupled with their individual talents, has propelled them to this remarkable point.” The victory not only marked the end of the fall season but also affirmed that the Comox Valley Kickers are a team to be reckoned with. Captain Natalie Nguyen remarked, “The game was not just about securing a win; it was about making a statement, and that’s precisely what...
Men’s and Women’s Rugby Teams Secure Spectacular Doubleheader Victories

Men’s and Women’s Rugby Teams Secure Spectacular Doubleheader Victories

The Comox Valley Kickers rugby teams were electric this past weekend in a thrilling doubleheader at Cumberland Village Park. Both women’s and men’s teams secured commanding victories that thrilled the many supporters on the sidelines. The women’s rugby team set the stage for the day’s success, demonstrating outstanding teamwork and strategic play against Castaway Wanderers from Victoria, winning 58-5. Tries were scored by Cali McKay (2), Chloë Speed (2), Danelle Campbell, Jess Nikkel, Kristin Johnson, Tyra Schaad, Hazel Bice, and Ashlin Speed with 3 converts made by McKay and Nikkel adding 1. The women’s team asserted their authority from the opening whistle with strong runs and offloads while also placing a strong emphasis on defensive play. Coach JB Nikkel praised his team for their commitment and hard work, emphasizing the significance of doing the extra work outside of practices. “The extra efforts that the players are putting in outside of the designated training sessions are starting to show and pay off on the pitch. It’s the relentless pursuit of improvement that will make the biggest difference this season.” Following the outstanding showcase by the women’s team, the men’s rugby team took to the field with equal fervor and determination. Their match was a display of raw athleticism and skill, as they fiercely battled Brit Lions from Delta in a contest that had the supporters roaring on the sidelines. With a blend of deft footwork, stout defense, and big tackles, the men’s team controlled the game, securing a 58-14 win. Tries were scored by Kai Mills (2), Nick Fielding (2), Devon Moore, Nick Gilmour, Marcus Alexander, Steve Hextall, Derek McCubbin,...
Community Champions: Partners for Life

Community Champions: Partners for Life

Some members of the Comox Valley Kickers RFC supporting the club’s first blood drive. The Comox Valley Kickers RFC has taken a significant step in supporting the most vulnerable members of the community by enrolling in the Canadian Blood Services’ Partners for Life program. On Wednesday, November 1, thirteen members, representing about a quarter of the club’s total, gathered at the Florence Filberg Centre to participate in a blood donation drive, a heartfelt effort to raise awareness and assist those in need. Derek McCubbin, a longstanding member of the Comox Valley Kickers RFC, championed this initiative.    “As the community supports our rugby club, we wanted to find ways we can give back to the community,” says McCubbin. “Organizing a blood drive amongst our members made sense. The need for blood is constant and can be lifesaving.” The blood drive served as a testament to the team’s collective dedication to making a tangible impact outside the rugby field. With some members reaching significant milestones, having donated for the 30th or 40th time, the event also welcomed four first-time donors within the group, setting an inspiring example for others to follow suit. Natalie Nguyen, Co-Captain of the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team, expressed, “Being part of a team is not just about what happens on the field; it’s about the values we uphold as part of the community. We are happy to support Canadian Blood Services and play our part in helping those in need.” This event not only served to bolster the local blood bank but also shed light on the pressing need for regular blood donations, especially in...
Women’s Rugby Team Triumphs in Home Opener

Women’s Rugby Team Triumphs in Home Opener

The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Rugby Team roared to victory in their highly-anticipated home opener at Cumberland Village Park, defeating the Nanaimo Hornets with a final score of 31-17. Tries were scored by Cali McKay (2), Jenn Lund, Hazel Bice, and Jess Nikkel with McKay adding 3 successful converts. After a minor delay due to frost on the field, the game began with enthusiastic fans and supporters on the sidelines waving banners and cheering on the home team. From the kickoff, the game promised an intense showdown, with both teams exhibiting exceptional skill and determination. The Kickers displayed impressive teamwork, dominating the field with their strategic plays and cohesive coordination. Their relentless efforts on offense and defense were evident, creating opportunities and effectively capitalizing on them throughout the game. The first half of the game was a closely contested battle. The score remained tight as the players showcased their athleticism and tactical manoeuvres. However, as the game progressed, the home team gained momentum, executing precise passes, strategic runs, and solid defensive plays that kept the opponents at bay. The second half of the game was filled with intensity. The Kickers’ resilience and unwavering determination became increasingly evident as they surged forward, widening the score gap with a series of tries.  The Hornets fought valiantly to regain control of the match, but the Kickers resolve and exceptional performance proved to be a tough challenge to overcome. Despite the formidable competition, the Kickers maintained their lead until the final whistle, emerging victorious with a well-deserved 31-17 win. Co-Captain Natalie Nguyen, expressed her admiration for the players’ performance and teamwork. “This win...