2023/2024 Comox Valley Kickers RFC Awards Banquet

2023/2024 Comox Valley Kickers RFC Awards Banquet

The Comox Valley Kickers RFC celebrated the historic 2023/2024 rugby season this past Saturday for the highly anticipated year-end awards banquet hosted at the Comox Legion, located above our sponsor, the Beaufort Ave Pub. A pleasant surprise was when the Beaufort Ave Pub donated an additional $1,500 to the club, an unexpected gesture of generosity from our steadfast sponsor, symbolizing a reaffirmation of community support.  With over 70 attendees, the evening was filled with delicious food, provided by the players and guests potluck style, heartfelt speeches, and memorable entertainment. A standout moment of the evening came with a performance of Smash Mouth’s “All Star” by the men’s rookies done with inspiration from Shakespeare, adding a unique and unforgettable flair to the festivities. The crowd was in awe of the performance - the production value! the acting! the singing! the glitter! –  erupting into thunderous applause and enthusiastic cheers, setting the perfect tone for the evening. After announcing his retirement from coaching, Men’s Coach Dan Mills received a heartfelt standing ovation, a testament to the profound impact he had on the team, club, and sport. The pinnacle of the evening unfolded during the awards ceremony, where players, recognized for their exceptional performance and unwavering dedication throughout the season, were celebrated with well-deserved accolades.  Kickers Women’s Award Winners: MVP: Cali McKayBack of the Year: Danelle CampbellForward of the Year: Dara DeMarceRookie of the Year: Ava PerkinsMost Improved: Tanya GarneauMost Tenacious: Audrey JonesMost Sportsmanlike: Jess Nikkel Kickers Men’s Award Winners: MVP: Brandon HudsonBack of the Year: Devon MooreForward of the Year: Derek McCubbinRookie of the Year: Nick FieldingMost Improved: Tom GregoryMost Tenacious:...
History Made: Comox Valley Kickers Clinches Senior Club Rugby Championships in Women’s and Men’s Divisions

History Made: Comox Valley Kickers Clinches Senior Club Rugby Championships in Women’s and Men’s Divisions

The Comox Valley Kickers RFC experienced a historic weekend, clinching not just one but two championships in two closely contested and hard-fought matches. The women’s team secured the first of a memorable Cup double with a victory over United RFC, 19-12 while the men’s team successfully defended their championship title against Chilliwack Crusaders RFC with a score of 24-21. Ged Griffiths Cup comes to the Comox Valley for the first time The BCRU Senior Club Finals started with a clash between the top two ranked teams in Women’s Division 2. Spectators, both in person and those viewing via live stream, were treated to an electric game of rugby, with moments of brilliance from both sides lighting up the field. From the first whistle, the Comox Valley Kickers and United RFC engaged in fierce battles for possession and territory. As the game unfolded, it became evident that neither side was willing to cede ground easily, resulting in most of the game being played predominantly between each team’s 22-metre lines for much of the first half. Inside Centre, Danelle Campbell scored the first try for the Kickers by chasing down a short penalty kick attempt which Fullback Cali McKay then converted. United quickly answered back with a converted try of their own. United managed to edge ahead by halftime scoring another try, only for the Kickers to stage a spirited comeback in the second half. Winger Sienna Stigant tied the game up with a burst down the sideline. With the match finely poised at 12-12 heading into the final minutes, the Kickers delivered the decisive blow that would shatter United’s dreams...
How to Watch or Livestream the Finals

How to Watch or Livestream the Finals

The 2023/2024 rugby season has been an incredible journey filled with sweat, passion, and many hard-fought matches. The commitment from our players has paid off as for the first time in club history, both the women’s and men’s teams have advanced to the BCRU Senior Club Finals in the same season.   The women’s team will look to earn their first championship by facing off against United RFC at 11:00AM. The men’s team will be defending their championship title against Chilliwack Crusaders RFC at 11:30AM. View the Game In Person The 2024 BC Rugby Senior Club Finals will be a ticketed event, with all attendees who are 19+ years old requiring a ticket for entry (admission is free for under 19s). Online Presale tickets will cost $15, with in person tickets costing $20 for admission. https://www.tickettailor.com/…/thebritishcolumb…/1191046# Watch the Livestream Both games will also be livestreamed. Here are the steps to watch the game online: 1. Download the VEO Live App 2. Create a free VEO Live Account 3. Search “BC Rugby” and follow the profile 4. Select which stream you wish to watch Hope to see you there for what is going to be an epic day of rugby! Go Kickers! Thank you to our 2023/2024 sponsors: Courtenay Nissan Beaufort Ave Pub Comox BC The Buddery House Ramsay Lampman Rhodes Pemberton Holmes Real Estate Speedpro Signs Courtenay Coastline Real Estate Group (Chelsea Varney Realtor) Kitto Real Estate Team Mowi Canada West Nelson Roofing & Sheet Metal  ...
Both Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Teams Advance to Finals for the First Time in Club History

Both Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Teams Advance to Finals for the First Time in Club History

In a stunning display of skill, determination, and teamwork, the Comox Valley Kickers women’s and men’s rugby teams have secured their place in the BCRU Senior Club Finals after winning their respective semi-final matchups. This marks a historic moment for the club, as it is the first time in club history that both teams have advanced to the finals in the same season. Commanding Performance on Home Field by the Women In a thrilling showdown at Cumberland Village Park, the Comox Valley Kickers women’s rugby team showcased their dominance with a resounding 27-7 victory over the Nanaimo Hornets. The Kickers overcame an early deficit to secure a memorable win and advance to the finals. The game kicked off with a burst of speed from the Nanaimo Hornets, as their winger executed a lightning-fast break along the sideline to score the opening try, catching the Kickers off guard. However, minutes later the home team rallied, led by their Captain Natalie Nguyen, who responded with a game-changing interception try, leveling the score and killing Nanaimo’s momentum. From that pivotal moment onwards, the Kickers seized command of the game, showcasing their skills in both attack and defense. Nguyen added another try to the scoreboard by capitalizing on a brilliant sequence of offloads and quick hands from her teammates. Not to be outdone, Winger Jess Nikkel made her mark on the match with a stunning interception at the halfway line, showcasing her speed and agility as she raced past defenders to score, adding to the Kickers’ lead. The team’s forwards were a formidable force in the scrums and lineouts, providing crucial possession and...
Comox Valley Kickers Victorious Over Richmond RFC in Exciting Rematch

Comox Valley Kickers Victorious Over Richmond RFC in Exciting Rematch

In a gripping rematch of last year’s finals, the Comox Valley Kickers clinched a hard-fought victory over Richmond RFC with a final score of 34-29 in the 2023/2024 BCRU Division 3 Men’s Quarterfinals. The rivalry between the Kickers and Richmond RFC has been steadily brewing, and Saturday’s encounter only served to fuel the competitive spirit between the two sides. Having experienced a regular-season loss against Richmond, the Kickers used that setback as motivation to elevate their game and came into the match better prepared. The game itself proved to be a nail-biter, with momentum swinging back and forth as each team fought tooth and nail for possession on the field. Adverse weather conditions including strong winds added a layer of challenge to the match, testing the players’ skills and adaptability. However, amidst the fierce competition, a heartwarming display of sportsmanship unfolded. Richmond RFC, in an unfortunate oversight, forgot to travel with their game jerseys. The Kickers exemplified true sportsmanship by lending their opponents jerseys to wear, albeit inside out. This gesture not only showcased the camaraderie and mutual respect between the two teams but also underscored the values of sportsmanship and fair play that are at the core of rugby. The game day experience was elevated with the addition of a beer garden, food sales, and merchandise sales which would not have been possible without volunteers. Despite the challenging conditions and the evenly matched contest, the Comox Valley Kickers emerged triumphant, clinching a well-deserved victory over their rivals. Tries were scored by Derek McCubbin, Brandon Hudson, Nick Gilmour, Will Perry, Joe Barker, and Kyle Hall with Kai Mills adding...
Comox Valley Kickers RFC Set to Host Thrilling Quarterfinals Showdown

Comox Valley Kickers RFC Set to Host Thrilling Quarterfinals Showdown

The excitement is palpable as the Comox Valley Kickers RFC gear up to host the highly anticipated 2024 BC Rugby Senior Club Quarterfinals. After 8 grueling months of the regular season, both the women’s and men’s teams have secured home-field advantage for the quarterfinals. The stage is now set, and the stakes are high. On Saturday, April 20 at Cumberland Village Park, the women’s team will face off against the Kelowna Crows while the men’s team will have a rematch against Richmond RFC. “We’ve been training hard and fine-tuning our game plan for this moment,” said Women’s Coach JB Nikkel. “The quarterfinals are where champions are made, and we’re ready to give it our all out there on the field.” The quarterfinal matches promise to be a spectacle of skill, determination, and raw athleticism with both teams vying for a coveted spot in the semifinals. For the Comox Valley Kickers RFC, the home advantage adds an extra layer of motivation as it is the first time both the women’s and men’s teams have hosted a playoff game together. “We’re incredibly grateful for the support from our club, community, and sponsors. We’re determined to make them proud,” remarked Women’s Team Captain Natalie Nguyen. “The quarterfinals are a chance for us to showcase the work we’ve put in, and we’re ready to leave everything on the field.” At the game, spectators can indulge in a variety of food and drink offerings as well as stock up on rugby gear and Kickers branded merchandise to show their support in style both on and off the field. The club is looking for volunteers...
Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Team finish the regular season with a resounding victory

Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Team finish the regular season with a resounding victory

The Comox Valley Kickers travelled to Duncan and delivered a commanding performance in their final game of the regular season, overpowering the Cowichan Piggies with a 55-14 victory. From the outset, it was evident that the Kickers came prepared to dominate on the field. Their relentless offensive onslaught and a rock-solid defense proved too much for the Cowichan side to handle. Despite the home team’s valiant efforts, the Piggies found themselves continually on their back foot and scrambling on defense. The Kickers executed their game plan and showcased exceptional teamwork throughout the game, moving the ball well and executing their plays with finesse. Their fluid passing and relentless pressure allowed them to consistently break through Cowichan’s defense. Setting the tone early was Lock Kristin Johnson who scored the first try of the game. Fullback Cali McKay’s spectacular performance of three tries and four conversions earned her Best Back of the game. Strong scrums and powerful runs earned Jessica Leck the Best Forward of the game. Additionally, Jess Nikkel and Sienna Stigant demonstrated their prowess as formidable wingers, utilizing their speed and evasion skills to cross the try line three and two times respectively. However, it wasn’t just individual brilliance that propelled the Kickers to victory. Every member of the squad contributed to the team’s success, whether through solid set pieces, precision passing, or hard tackles. Despite the lopsided scoreline, Cowichan never lost their fighting spirit. They continued to battle tirelessly, scoring a few tries of their own and keeping the game competitive. The atmosphere at the Cowichan Valley Rugby Club was electric, with fans from both sides cheering on...
2023/2024 Jersey Presentations

2023/2024 Jersey Presentations

The Comox Valley Kickers RFC’s new jerseys have finally been unveiled! The Comox Valley Kickers women’s team recently held a jersey presentation ceremony on their road trip to Richmond on the BC Ferries deck.  The atmosphere was electric as players stepped up one by one, proudly showcasing the vibrant and innovative jerseys that would be their armor for the battles ahead. Designed with a nod to tradition yet infused with some Comox Valley flair, namely the image of the Comox Glacier on the back of the jerseys. Captain Natalie Nguyen expressed her delight at the unveiling, highlighting the meticulous planning and dedication that went into creating the new designs. “Our jerseys are not just pieces of fabric; they represent the spirit and identity of our club. We wanted designs that would inspire our players and resonate with our supporters, and I believe we have achieved that.” The jersey presentation also provided an opportunity for the club to express gratitude to its jersey sponsors, Courtenay Nissan, RLR Lawyers, The Buddery House, and Beaufort Ave Pub whose support was instrumental in making the new designs a reality.  With the jerseys unveiled and anticipation running high, one thing is certain: the stage is set for the Kickers to finish the season in...
Comox Valley Kickers Seize Nail-biting Road Victories

Comox Valley Kickers Seize Nail-biting Road Victories

In a tense battle against the Nanaimo Hornets, the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s rugby team emerged victorious with a narrow 20-15 win, securing the prestigious Gudmundseth Shield. Despite the challenging weather conditions of rain and mud, the Kickers displayed resilience, with Ava Perkins, Cali McKay, and Hazel Bice scoring critical tries, including a dramatic winning try on the last play of the game.   This is the first time the Kickers Women have held the Gudmundseth Shield. They will retain it until another Vancouver Island Rugby Union team defeats the Kickers on their home turf. The Hornets had previously held The Shield since November 2022.   Coach JB Nikkel lauded the team’s defensive prowess, stating, “Defense was definitely our game. Despite the soggy conditions, our players remained disciplined and focused, ensuring our defensive line held strong.” He also acknowledged the efforts of the backline, though hampered by the weather, in making significant runs.   Looking forward, Nikkel emphasized the importance of maintaining momentum, stating, “With this victory, we turn our focus to the next challenges ahead.” The Kickers Women’s team has secured home field advantage for the first round of playoffs, scheduled for April 20th at Cumberland Village Park.   Men’s Team Extends Winning Streak to Six Games   In a hard-fought contest against Burnaby Lake Rugby Club, the Comox Valley Kickers Men’s rugby team emerged triumphant with a 34-17 win in damp conditions. Despite trailing 17-15 at halftime, the Kickers rallied and pulled ahead in the second half. Tries were scored by Jimmy Brazier, Ben Bekk, Devon Moore, Craig Rice, and Riley Gaudet. Kai Mills added 6 points...
Total Domination: Kickers Women and Men Secure Convincing Wins

Total Domination: Kickers Women and Men Secure Convincing Wins

In a display of sheer dominance, the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s rugby team delivered an impressive performance as they traveled to the mainland to clash against RichLions, a combined side from Richmond RFC and Delta’s Brit Lions. The opposing side had a shortage of players which means that the game format had to change from 15-a-side with two forty-minute halves to 12-a-side with three 20-minute periods. The change to the game format did not phase the Kickers as from the opening whistle, it was abundantly clear that the women were focused and determined. Their start was nothing short of overwhelming, as they swiftly seized control of the match and left no doubt as to the outcome, securing a remarkable victory with a final score of 83-7. The match showcased an impressive display of skill and teamwork, particularly in the art of offloading, which proved to be instrumental in creating scoring opportunities. Captain Natalie Nguyen had the game’s opening try from a beautiful series of offloads. This try served as a catalyst, igniting a spark that opened up the floodgates for a deluge of scoring opportunities. Tries were then scored by Outside Centre Jess Nikkel and Winger Sienna Stigant. The period ended with a great half-field run from 8-man, Audrey Jones. Cali McKay successfully added 3 converts. The Kickers held a commanding 26-0 lead, leaving Richmond struggling to find their footing. Early in the second period, RichLions scored their lone try. In response to the opposing side putting points on the board, the Kickers surged forward with renewed intensity.  Their relentless attack and formidable defense propelled them even further ahead,...