In a thrilling doubleheader at Cumberland Village Park, the local men’s and women’s rugby teams showcased their skills, passion, and determination in front of a cheering home crowd. While the women’s team fought valiantly but fell short in a narrow 15-17 loss, the men’s team dominated the pitch, securing a resounding 86-0 victory.
Women’s Match: A Hard-Fought Battle
The afternoon began with an intense showdown between the Comox Valley Kickers versus James Bay Athletic Association (JBAA). From the opening whistle, it was evident that both sides were determined to leave everything on the field. JBAA scored early in the game due to a quick breakaway from their winger, but the Kickers answered right back. Tries were scored by Ava Perkins, Sienna Stigant, and Cali McKay. It was a back-and-forth game with neither team willing to concede ground easily. Tackles were fierce, runs were powerful, and every point was hard-earned. As the clock ticked down, the tension in the air was palpable, with supporters holding their breath.
Despite their best efforts, the Comox Valley Kickers Women narrowly missed out on victory, falling short by just two points with a final score of 15-17.
Coach JB Nikkel said, “Though the result was not in our favor, it was a great game of rugby. We will continue to work on our extras and focus on our system and structure. This is just a minor setback, and we will continue to move forward.”
Men’s Match: A Dominant Display
Following the women’s spirited match, it was time for the local men’s rugby team to take center stage. From the game’s opening moments, it was clear that the Kickers wanted to erase last week’s game and showcase what they could do. The men quickly asserted their dominance in the game, demonstrating their superior strength, speed, and precision over the Vancouver Rogues.
With each possession, the men’s team executed flawlessly, easily maneuvering past their opponents. Their offensive prowess was unmatched as they relentlessly drove towards the try line. Among the standout performers were Trent Johnson, Cody Steeves, Nick Fielding, and Derek McCubbin who each scored two tries apiece. Not to be outdone, Kai Mills, Devon Moore, James Dubois, Ryan Beauchamp, and Jimmy Brazier showed impeccable timing and strength to contribute points to the team’s commanding lead with Fielding adding 8 successful converts. On defense, the Kickers were equally formidable, shutting down any attempts by the opposing team to gain ground. By the time the final whistle blew, they had amassed an impressive 86 points while keeping their opponents scoreless.
“After the disappointment of our previous match, today’s bounce-back game was exactly what the men needed. This lopsided victory is a confidence booster for us moving forward, but we remain humble and focused on continuously improving,” says Coach Dan Mills.
The men are back in action this Saturday, February 17th hosting the Nanaimo Hornets at Cumberland Village Park with the kickoff scheduled for 1:00PM. The women have a bye.
Play with us!
The Comox Valley Kickers RFC is continually recruiting players. No experience is necessary. Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cumberland Village Park. Everyone welcome. No experience is necessary. For more information, please visit comoxvalleyrugby.ca.
Photos courtesy of Kaitlyn Card Photography.