The Comox Valley Kickers hosted their first-ever Co-Ed Touch Rugby Tournament this past Saturday, delighting players and spectators alike. Lewis Park provided the perfect backdrop for a day of fierce, fun, and friendly competition, setting the stage for what is sure to become an annual tradition.
Excitement was in the air as players descended onto the field for a day of thrilling rugby action. Registrants included individuals from all across Vancouver Island - Comox Valley, Campbell River, Hornby Island, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Ladysmith, Cowichan, and Victoria were all represented.
Tournament Organizer, Natalie Nguyen was very pleased stating, “This tournament was the perfect blend of competitive and fun, and a great way to end the Summer Touch Rugby season. It was lovely to see people from across Vancouver Island travel to participate in this. It really means a lot. This tournament embodies the fact that rugby is more than just a sport; it’s a community.”
The tournament format, designed to encourage participation, communication, and teamwork, saw individuals be placed onto four teams where different skill levels, from novices to seasoned veterans, came together for a display of rugby’s inclusivity and fun-loving spirit. Each team was designated a colour and competed in a series of 20-minute touch rugby matches, playing a total of 5 games. Touch rugby, a variant of the traditional game, places a strong emphasis on agility, speed, and teamwork while removing the more physical aspects, making it accessible to all ages and fitness levels.
The event’s success was also a testament to the commitment and hard work of the Kickers’ community. Current players, alumni and supporters rallied around the tournament to ensure everyone enjoyed the day.
The bronze match saw “White Hawks” succeed in the comeback victory over “Black Rhinos.” The championship match featured “Blue Steel” taking on the “Red Raiders” in an intense battle that had spectators on the edge of their seats. In the end, the Blue Steel emerged victorious, but the real triumph of the day was the sense of community and sportsmanship that prevailed.
Comox Valley Kickers RFC President, Aaron L’Arrivee was on hand to witness the event and said, “It’s great to be able to provide a format that is accessible to many. This tournament helps grow the love for the game. We look forward to welcoming people back to this tournament in future years, as well as welcoming new players for our regular contact season starting up in a few weeks.”
The inaugural Co-Ed Touch Rugby Tournament hosted by the Comox Valley Kickers RFC was a resounding success, showcasing the club’s commitment to growing the sport, building community, and having a fun time doing it. In the Comox Valley, the spirit of rugby is alive and well, and it’s bringing people together like never before.
The Comox Valley Kickers men’s and women’s teams are currently looking for players for the 2023/2024 season. The men’s team is the reigning BCRU Division 3 provincial champions and the women’s team is currently building a championship calibre team. No experience needed. Everyone welcomed. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30PM - 8:30PM at Cumberland Village Park. For more information about the Kickers, please visit https://comoxvalleyrugby.ca/.