This past Saturday, both Comox Valley Kickers teams traveled to Victoria to start their seasons. The men’s team secured a dominant 48-12 victory over Castaway Wanderers at Windsor Park, while the women’s team fell just short, with a final score of 19-12 against JBAA at MacDonald Park.
Men’s Team Triumphs with Impressive 48-12 Victory
The men’s team had a spectacular performance that firmly set the tone for the season ahead. Taking on their opponents with ferocity and precision, they secured a resounding 48-12 victory. Tries were scored by Devon Moore (3), Ben Bekk (2), Brandon Hudson, Kyle Christensen, and Kai Mills. Converts were added by Kyle Hall (2) and Mills (2).
Right from the kick-off, the men’s team established their dominance on the field. Their unrelenting offensive play and solid defense kept the opponents at bay, keeping them scoreless at half. CW attempted to mount a comeback with two quick tries to start the second half, but the Kickers were quick to answer back and continually shut them down, en route to a convincing win.
Captain Brandon Hudson expressed his pride in the team’s performance. “We’ve been working hard in the preseason, and it’s great to see our efforts pay off on the pitch today. Teamwork and intensity were the keys to our success,” said Hudson.
Women’s Team Shows Grit Despite Falling 19-12
In an intense and closely contested game, the women’s team demonstrated exceptional determination, even though they ultimately fell short with a final score of 19-12. Tries were scored by Cali McKay and Natalie Nguyen, with McKay adding 1 successful conversion.
The women’s team showed their mettle from the first whistle, going on the offense right from the start. It was quite a back-and-forth game, with both teams fiercely contesting every inch of the field. Though the scoreboard showed a deficit at the final whistle, with their strong performance, the women’s team remains optimistic about their season.
Coach JB Nikkel commended his players, saying, “We executed our game plan well – this is a performance to be proud of, and a great foundation to work with. Our team displayed immense character and resilience today. We’ll take lessons learned from this match and work on our weaknesses as we look forward to the upcoming games this season.”
Both Comox Valley Kickers Rugby teams are back in action with a doubleheader at Cumberland Village Park on Saturday, October 28th against the Nanaimo Hornets.
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. For more information, please visit comoxvalleyrugby.ca.