Entering the final match of the fall rugby season, the Comox Valley Kickers Women’s Rugby team delivered a resounding performance against the Cowichan Piggies, winning 39-5.
Cali McKay (two), Ashlin Speed, Hazel Bice, Tyra Schaad, Danelle Campbell, and Kristin Johnson scored tries with McKay and Lauren Sargent adding one convert apiece.
Tension crackled in the air as both teams vied for early dominance, highlighting their speed and sheer power through a series of exhilarating plays. Cowichan put pressure on early in the game and each possession was fiercely contested, with turnovers and tackles echoing across the field, illustrating the evenly matched nature of the encounter. However, as time marched on, the Kickers’ strategic approach began to take its toll on their adversaries, gradually shifting the balance in their favour. With growing momentum and their cohesive gameplay, the Kickers asserted their authority, creating a wave of scoring opportunities that stemmed from their newfound control of the match.
Coach JB Nikkel couldn’t contain his pride.
“This win encapsulates the dedication and hard work these athletes have put in throughout the season,” he said. “We’ve been running two practices a week since September and have been emphasizing the importance of doing all the extras outside of practices. Their unity as a team, coupled with their individual talents, has propelled them to this remarkable point.”
The victory not only marked the end of the fall season but also affirmed that the Comox Valley Kickers are a team to be reckoned with.
“The game was not just about securing a win; it was about making a statement, and that’s precisely what we did,” said captain Natalie Nguyen. “By remaining undefeated on our home field, we enter the winter break with confidence and optimism about the second half of the season.”
The Kickers currently sit second out of 14 teams in the BCRU Women’s Division 2 league. The Comox Valley Kickers RFC is continually recruiting players. No experience is necessary. During the winter break, the women’s team will be running practice one day per week. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.comoxvalleyrugby.ca. The spring rugby season starts on February 3, with the Kickers travelling to face off against the Chilliwack Crusaders.