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...
2022 Summer Touch Rugby

2022 Summer Touch Rugby

Summer Co-Ed Touch Rugby is back! We are running on Tuesdays at 6:30PM and Saturdays at 10:00AM at Lake Trail Middle School Lower Field. Everyone welcomed. No experience needed. Please follow us on Facebook (Comox Valley Kickers RFC) for the latest...
2021-2022 Kickers Awards Banquet

2021-2022 Kickers Awards Banquet

The Comox Valley Kickers RFC celebrated the end of a great season this past Saturday at the year-end awards banquet held at the Dove Creek Hall. There were more than 50 people in attendance and the evening comprised of socializing, dinner, speeches, a musical performance to Enrique Iglesias’ Hero from the men’s team and the presentation of awards. Kickers Women’s Award Winners: MVP: Natalie NguyenBack of the Year: Natalie NguyenForward of the Year: Dara DeMarceRookie of the Year: Christina Green-SpeckMost Improved: Erin RautenbergMost Tenacious: Chloe SpeedMost Sportsmanlike: Jessica LeckCoach’s Award: Lauren Sargent Kickers Men’s Award Winners: MVP: Kyle HallBack of the Year: Kyle HallForward of the Year: Kyle ChristensenRookie of the Year: Craig WhileyMost Improved: Raffael TonazziMost Tenacious: Justin ThomsonMost Sportsmanlike: Joe Goldes & Scott WellsCoach’s Award: Trevor McGuire For outstanding contribution to the Comox Valley Kicker RFC, Natalie Nguyen was awarded the Phil Koester Award.  It was a fun evening had by all and we look forward to the 2022-2023 rugby...
Kickers Women’s Team Captain named 2022 Gilbert Champion

Kickers Women’s Team Captain named 2022 Gilbert Champion

Natalie Nguyen, Captain of the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Rugby Team is a 2022 Gilbert Champion!  From Gilbert Rugby Canada: “These incredible folks are working to grow the game of rugby in Canada. We have a diverse group of athletes, coaches and community builders who are inspiring the next generation of rugby players. At Gilbert we truly believe that rugby makes your life better - through not only the team work, fitness and confidence grown by playing, but by the community and support that rugby is uniquely known for.” Please check out her biography and the other champions here:...
Kickers Women Fall Short in Quarter-Finals

Kickers Women Fall Short in Quarter-Finals

The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team hosted James Bay Athletic Association (JBAA) this past Saturday in the quarterfinals of the BCRU Division II League. In a very physical, fast-paced game, the Kickers fell 34-58. Karli MacFarlane (3), Danelle Campbell, Dara DeMarce and Neila Schaad scored tries for the Kickers with Jessica Leck adding two conversions. “JBAA scored in the first opening minutes, which resulted in feeling like our backs were against the wall right from the get-go. It took a bit before we were able to get into our groove. Our tackling needed to be better as we let some breakaway tries through, which you cannot do in a game this important,” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “Definitely not the result that we wanted, but still proud of the season we had. After a two-year hiatus from rugby, to be able to play rugby again is the absolute best feeling. Everyone improved from the first practice and we will continue to build upon this season. I am excited to see our team come September when the league starts up again.” The Comox Valley Kickers RFC run a Rugby Touch League during the off-season. Everyone welcomed. No experience needed. For more information, please visit...
Positive end to regular season

Positive end to regular season

Both Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Teams were on the road to face off against the Nanaimo Hornets at May Bennett Pioneer Park this past Saturday. The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team beat Nanaimo, 37-19. Tyra Schaad (2). Karli MacFarlane (2), Lauren Sargent, Yui Okada and Maddie Yule scored tries for the Kickers with Christina Green-Speck adding one conversion. “It was a very back and forth game with a lot of physicality. The tone was set early on that this would be a hard-hitting game. Both teams played hard and wanted to win, and it came down to who wanted it more” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “I’m proud of how the team played. Everyone has improved so much from the first practice and things that we have been working on all season were being executed.”   The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s team narrowly lost to Nanaimo, 26-30. Devon Moore, Joe Barker, Trevor McGuire and Brandon Hudson scored for the Kickers, with Kyle Hall adding three conversions. “It was a hard fought and physical game, that was well played on both sides. The tides turned against us when the scrums went uncontested due to Nanaimo not having a replacement front row player,” said team captain Kyle Hall. “We were quite dominant in the scrums and going uncontested did not allow for us to utilize our strength.” There is a league-wide bye for Easter, with playoffs beginning April 23. Both the women’s and men’s teams are continually recruiting players.  No experience necessary. For more information, please visit...
Mixed results in Cumberland vs. Chilliwack Crusaders

Mixed results in Cumberland vs. Chilliwack Crusaders

Both Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Teams welcomed the Chilliwack Crusaders to Cumberland Village Park this past Saturday. The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team beat Chilliwack, 102-0. Karli MacFarlane (6), Lauren Sargent (3), Natalie Nguyen (2), Maddie Yule, Chloë Speed and Béatrice Sylvain scored tries with 9 successful converts by Christina Green-Speck and 2 by Jessica Leck. “Our team played well today, with an increased focus on rucking and tackling as that was our main takeaway from our previous game. This is Chilliwack’s first season in the league and that inexperience led to the lopsided score,” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “This is a confidence booster leading up to our last game of the regular season when we travel to Nanaimo. We need a win to secure home field advantage during playoffs.”   The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s team lost to Chilliwack, 7-48. Justin Thomson scored the lone try for the Kickers and Kyle Hall successfully made the convert. “It was a very tough and physical game that was close in the first half, but we had some tries called back due to penalties. That kind of undiscipline, along with Chilliwack’s well-execution of their mauls and offloads, lead to us not being able to stop their momentum,” said team captain Kyle Hall. Both the Comox Valley Kickers Men and Women travel to Nanaimo next week to face off against the Hornets at May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park. Both the women’s and men’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...
Doubleheader @ Langley Rugby Club

Doubleheader @ Langley Rugby Club

This past weekend saw both Comox Valley Kickers teams travel to the mainland with a doubleheader against the Langley Rugby Club. The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s team beat Langley, 24-21. Levi Friis, Kyle Christensen, Nick Gilmour, and Justin Thomson scored tries with 2 successful conversions by Kyle Hall. “It was a gritty back and forth game, and well-contested from both sides. Our team defended the goal line for several phases during the last 10 minutes and did not allow Langley to score. That drive and determination resulted in a hard-fought victory, and I am very proud of how the team played,” said Coach Dan Mills. The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team lost to Langley, 31-44. Lauren Sargent (2), Liz Adams, Chloë Speed and Dara DeMarce scored for the Kickers, with Christina Green-Speck adding 3 conversions. “There was an accident on the highway on the way to Langley which unfortunately ate away at our warmup time. Because of that, we were slow to get going and Langley took advantage,” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “We were then able to score in quick succession and had the lead but were ultimately unable to maintain that momentum and allowed Langley to claw back in the final minutes. We had good moments and can be proud of how we played, despite the final score. We have two more games left in the regular season and hope to close out the season on a high note.” Comox Valley Kickers Men host the Castaway Wanderers at Cumberland Village Park next week; the Comox Valley Kickers Women have a bye. Both the women’s and men’s teams...
Snow Rugby in Cumberland

Snow Rugby in Cumberland

Saturday’s a rugby day…even in snow! It was a cold yet picturesque day at Cumberland Village Park, with a doubleheader for both Comox Valley Kickers teams. The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s team won their first game of the season, 39-5 against Nanaimo. Levi Friis (2), Ben Bekk, Brandon Hudson, Craig Wiley, Devon Moore and Dom Cantwell all scored tries with Kyle Hall successfully making one conversion. “We have been building our chemistry these past few games and it is nice to see the hard work finally pay off with a win. We followed our game plan and players made great individual efforts.” said team captain Brandon Hudson. The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team were handed their first loss of the season, losing 20-54 to a strong Capilano side. Lauren Sargent (2), Natalie Nguyen and Kasey Munro-Johnson scored for the Kickers. “We were tied at half-time but then Capilano scored a few tries in quick succession, building up momentum that we could not stop,” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “We were playing in adverse weather conditions and made some bad decisions. Capilano with their depth and skill took advantage and ran away with the game at the end of it. We have to learn from this game and keep building our skills.” The Comox Valley Kickers Women are away to the Vancouver Rowers next week; Comox Valley Kickers Men have a bye. Both the women’s and men’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...
Momentum continues for the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Team

Momentum continues for the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Team

The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s team played their second game of the season in the BCRU Division II League and hosted a combined side from Richmond/Delta at Cumberland Village Park. The final score was 51-15 for the home team. Jade Baker (3), Kasey Munro-Johnson (2), Dara DeMarce, Lauren Sargent, Chloë Speed, Hannah Putterill scored for the Kickers with Christina Green-Speck successfully making three conversions. “We had a somewhat slow start, and the score was close in the first half, but the game today was a true team effort. Everyone on the pitch worked hard and really supported each other,” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “Everything really started to come together for us in the second half. Our rucks were strong, and we made some great tackles and offloads. We scored a few tries in quick succession which helped to buffer the lead.” The Comox Valley Kickers Men’s game was postponed to the following weekend. They will play the Castaway Wanderers on February 19th; Comox Valley Kickers Women have a bye. Both the women’s and men’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...