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...
2022 Spring Season Opener for Both Teams

2022 Spring Season Opener for Both Teams

A new rugby season kicked off this past Saturday which saw both Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Teams active at Cumberland Village Park. The Comox Valley Kickers Women play in the BCRU Division II League and hosted James Bay Athletic Associate (JBAA), winning 60-30. Lauren Sargent (4), Natalie Nguyen (3), Chloë Speed (2), Erin Rautenberg, Danelle Campbell and Jenn Lund scored for the Kickers. “With gym closures and the unusual amount of snow we’ve had in the past few weeks, there has not been a lot of opportunity to practice. Even still, we were able to continue where we left off from the fall season. On offense, we were able to spread the ball out wide and utilize the space. On defence, we matched up well and made our tackles,” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “It felt really good to be back on the pitch. It was a great first game, especially as we have team members who are still very new to rugby. I’m excited to see what this season brings. We have a great foundation to build upon when we host a combined side from Brit Lions and Richmond next Saturday.” The Comox Valley Kickers Men play in the BCRU Division III League and hosted the UVic Saxons. In a hard-fought game, they fell 47-22. Ben Julien (2), Brandon Hudson and Kyle Christensen scored for the Kickers with a successful conversion from Kyle Hall. “Our set pieces were very strong, but we were unable to capitalize on that mismatch. We made some unforced errors in the open field and they beat us with their speed on the outside,”...
Kickers Women on a roll!

Kickers Women on a roll!

This past weekend, the Kickers travelled to Victoria to face off against the Castaway Wanderers (CW) at Windsor Park. It was a very fast paced and hard-hitting game. The Kickers utilized quick ball handling to take advantage of a faster and more experienced backline. The forward pack was strong and out muscled the opposing side.  The Kickers had possession for most of the game, which allowed for numerous attacking phases and forced CW to always be on their back foot. Inside Centre Natalie Nguyen registered a hattrick of tries. Outside Centre Brenna Collicutt, Fullback Daris Tender and Flanker Danelle Campbell added a try each with Flyhalf Paula Simpson successfully kicking four converts. The final score was 38-0. The Kickers now have a 2-1 record for the season. “We continued where we left off last game with our teamwork. Offensively, we made use of our opportunities to score and defensively, we neutralized the opposition by putting constant pressure and covering very well,” said Kickers Coach JP Lussier. “If we keep playing with that intensity, we could upset the League’s top teams that we have to play in the upcoming weeks.” On Saturday, February 29, the Kickers Women will host the Nanaimo Hornets at Cumberland Village Park for an anticipated rematch against their Island rivals. The Kickers Men’s team will be travelling to Victoria to play against James Bay Athletic Association after having a bye this week. The Comox Valley Kickers are still recruiting players for the season.  No experience needed.  For more information, please visit comoxvalleyrugby.ca or email...
Doubleheader in Cumberland

Doubleheader in Cumberland

This past Saturday, Cumberland Village Park had double the rugby action as the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Team hosted Abbotsford RFC and the Comox Valley Kickers Men’s Team hosted Cowichan Piggies. Facing off against Abbotsford, the defending BCRU Division I Champions, the Kickers Women’s team was up to the challenge. The Kickers scored first and never looked back. The whole team played with unrelenting intensity from start to finish. The backline utilized their speed and capitalized on opportunities with Fullback Daris Tendler leading the charge with four tries, Flyhalf/Winger Paula Simpson had three tries and Winger Chloë Speed added one try. With some hard hits and quick rucks, Prop Jenn Lund and Hook Taya Gagnon scored one try each.  Flyhalf Kara Galbraith and Simpson had a combined six successful conversions, for a final score of 62 – 5. “This was a great win involving an incredible team effort. We played as a unit. On defence, we completely shut down the opposition and on offence, there was always someone in support to keep the ball alive,” says Kickers Coach JP Lussier. “To do this against last year’s league winners is no easy feat and was especially satisfying. This game is a good indicator of what we can achieve going forward.” Stepping on the field for the first time this season, the Comox Valley Men’s team found themselves playing defense more often then attacking downfield. It was a very punishing game of rugby, full of big hits and long runs. Flanker Brandon Hudson scored twice, and Winger Kai Mills added a try, for a final score of 15-78. “Cowichan is a...
Kickers Women Lose Season Opener

Kickers Women Lose Season Opener

After a long hiatus for the winter break, the Comox Valley Kickers rugby team were back at it, travelling to Nanaimo to face off against the Hornets this past Saturday. It was a quadruple header at May Bennett Park with the women’s game being one of the two games featured on the main field. There was definite rust showing from being unable to practice outdoors due to the unprecedented snowfall in the weeks prior to this match. It was an evenly matched game that saw more defensive stances than previous games. Kickers Outside Centre, Daris Tendler scored the lone try for Comox Valley, but it was the opposing side who came out on top by a score of 15-5. “We were our own worst enemy. We made too many errors and conceded too many penalties. We had several good phases and were within 5 metres of scoring a few times but were unable to capitalize.  Those missed opportunities really hurt us, ” said team captain Natalie Nguyen. “At the end of the day, I am still happy with how we played. There were some good things happening during the game and as we get more practices together under our belt, I am optimistic that the team will only get stronger as the season progresses. We had travelled light and had some players playing in different positions, but we were still competitive, and this game was very much within our grasp.” On Saturday, February 1, the Kickers Women will host Victoria’s Castaway Wanderers at Cumberland Village Park with a kickoff time of 11:15AM. The Comox Valley Kickers are still recruiting...