In the only match held over Family Day weekend, the Comox Valley Kickers Men’s rugby team faced off against the Nanaimo Hornets. It was a physical showdown from start to finish, with bone-jarring tackles and fierce collisions that defined the intensity of the game.

The match started slowly for the Kickers as they found themselves under immense pressure from the opposing side for the first 15 minutes of the game, requiring them to put up a stout defense to keep their rivals at bay. Despite the early onslaught, the players remained composed and gradually settled into their rhythm.

As the game progressed, the Kickers began to assert their dominance, showcasing their offensive prowess and capitalizing on scoring opportunities. With precision passing and strategic plays, they managed to breach the defense of their opponents, putting crucial points on the board.

By halftime, the Kickers had established a commanding lead of 21-0, leaving the Hornets trailing in their wake. However, any hopes of a one-sided victory were quickly dispelled as the second half got underway. The Hornets refused to back down and launched a spirited comeback attempt.

The intensity on the field reached a fever pitch as both teams battled fiercely. Despite the relentless efforts of their rivals, the Kickers remained unfazed, demonstrating composure and teamwork to weather the storm and maintain their advantage.

In a thrilling conclusion to the match, the Kickers emerged victorious with a final score of 38-28, securing a hard-fought victory. Tries were scored by Jesse Ramsay, Kai Mills, Trent Johnson, Nick Gilmore, Derek McCubbin, and Ryan Beauchamp with 3 successful conversions from Kyle Hall and one added by JB Nikkel.

Coach Tim Quek praised the resilience displayed by the team, emphasizing the importance of staying focused and composed under pressure. “I’m proud of the hard work that the players have poured into every practice and every match; this victory is the result of their commitment.” He commended the players for their exceptional performance and urged them to carry the momentum forward as they continue their journey in the season.

Next week is a league-wide bye because of the Vancouver Sevens tournament.  More information can be found here: The Comox Valley Kickers RFC are back in action on March 2, with the men’s team off to the mainland to face off against United RFC and the women’s team hitting the road to Victoria to play against the Castaway Wanderers.  

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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

Photo courtesy of Kevin Wells.