The Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Rugby Team roared to victory in their highly-anticipated home opener at Cumberland Village Park, defeating the Nanaimo Hornets with a final score of 31-17. Tries were scored by Cali McKay (2), Jenn Lund, Hazel Bice, and Jess Nikkel with McKay adding 3 successful converts.
After a minor delay due to frost on the field, the game began with enthusiastic fans and supporters on the sidelines waving banners and cheering on the home team. From the kickoff, the game promised an intense showdown, with both teams exhibiting exceptional skill and determination.
The Kickers displayed impressive teamwork, dominating the field with their strategic plays and cohesive coordination. Their relentless efforts on offense and defense were evident, creating opportunities and effectively capitalizing on them throughout the game.
The first half of the game was a closely contested battle. The score remained tight as the players showcased their athleticism and tactical manoeuvres. However, as the game progressed, the home team gained momentum, executing precise passes, strategic runs, and solid defensive plays that kept the opponents at bay.
The second half of the game was filled with intensity. The Kickers’ resilience and unwavering determination became increasingly evident as they surged forward, widening the score gap with a series of tries.
The Hornets fought valiantly to regain control of the match, but the Kickers resolve and exceptional performance proved to be a tough challenge to overcome. Despite the formidable competition, the Kickers maintained their lead until the final whistle, emerging victorious with a well-deserved 31-17 win.
Co-Captain Natalie Nguyen, expressed her admiration for the players’ performance and teamwork. “This win is a testament to the hard work and commitment of every member of our team. We’ve trained hard and I couldn’t be prouder of how everyone gave their best on the field today.”
The Comox Valley Kickers are now 1-1 for the season, and this victory sets the tone for the games to come. Unfortunately, the men’s game was cancelled due to a Nanaimo forfeit from a lack of numbers.
Both Comox Valley Kickers rugby teams are back in action with a doubleheader at Cumberland Village Park on Saturday, November 4. Women play Castaway Wanderers (Victoria) at 11:15AM; Men play Brit Lions (Delta) at 12:45PM.
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.