At Cumberland Village Park, in the torrential downpour this past Saturday, the Comox Valley Kickers Men’s Team hosted the Nanaimo Hornets.
The weather resulted in difficult playing conditions. The rain and wind resulted in a tighter field of play, with more tackles and simpler set plays. The game plan didn’t change though and the Kickers came up victorious with a score of 48-5. Nate Bice (2), Brandon Hudson, JB Nikkel, Joe Barker, Steve Hextall, Jimmy Robertson and Joe Goldes scored tries with Kyle Hall and Nikkel adding two successful conversions each.
“I’ve very proud of the heart the men showed today. Nanaimo really challenged us in the first half and we rose to the occasion. In the second half, we possessed the ball for a good majority of it which resulted in being able to put more points up on the board,” says Captain Brandon Hudson.
“We have been getting more consistent players out which has helped us gel as a team. Excited for the season ahead.”
The Kickers Women game vs. Bayside/Surrey was cancelled. Next game day is Saturday, February 11th. The Kickers Men travel to the mainland to play against the Scribes at Rupert Park and the Kickers Women host Langley RFC.
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 comoxvalleyrugby.ca.