In a tense battle against the Nanaimo Hornets, the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s rugby team emerged victorious with a narrow 20-15 win, securing the prestigious Gudmundseth Shield. Despite the challenging weather conditions of rain and mud, the Kickers displayed resilience, with Ava Perkins, Cali McKay, and Hazel Bice scoring critical tries, including a dramatic winning try on the last play of the game.


This is the first time the Kickers Women have held the Gudmundseth Shield. They will retain it until another Vancouver Island Rugby Union team defeats the Kickers on their home turf. The Hornets had previously held The Shield since November 2022.


Coach JB Nikkel lauded the team’s defensive prowess, stating, “Defense was definitely our game. Despite the soggy conditions, our players remained disciplined and focused, ensuring our defensive line held strong.” He also acknowledged the efforts of the backline, though hampered by the weather, in making significant runs.


Looking forward, Nikkel emphasized the importance of maintaining momentum, stating, “With this victory, we turn our focus to the next challenges ahead.” The Kickers Women’s team has secured home field advantage for the first round of playoffs, scheduled for April 20th at Cumberland Village Park.


Men’s Team Extends Winning Streak to Six Games


In a hard-fought contest against Burnaby Lake Rugby Club, the Comox Valley Kickers Men’s rugby team emerged triumphant with a 34-17 win in damp conditions. Despite trailing 17-15 at halftime, the Kickers rallied and pulled ahead in the second half. Tries were scored by Jimmy Brazier, Ben Bekk, Devon Moore, Craig Rice, and Riley Gaudet. Kai Mills added 6 points with three successful converts.


Coach Dan Mills praised the opponents for their tenacity and hospitality, stating, “Congratulations to Burnaby Lake Rugby Club for putting up a hard fight and being gracious hosts.” He credited the Kickers’ win to their structured gameplay, honed throughout the season.


Highlighting a standout performance, Mills commended Riley Gaudet for his impact late in the game, noting his crucial try that sealed the victory. Looking ahead, Mills emphasized the importance of the upcoming home game, stating, “The Kickers have clinched a playoff spot, but home field advantage in the first round is still up for grabs.”

Regular readers may have noticed the team wearing new jerseys this game. The Kickers would like to thank Courtney Nissan, RLR Law, The Buddery House and The Beaufort Ave Pub for their gracious sponsorship, which made these jerseys possible. 


Both teams have their final regular season games on April 6th. The Women will be on the road playing Cowichan Rugby Football Club, kicking off at 11:15am. The Men will be playing at home at Cumberland Village Park against Capilano with Kickoff at 12:45pm.

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 email