Comox Valley beats Victoria to kick off rugby season

The Comox Valley Kickers women’s team kicked off the season with a 45-29 win over Victoria’s Castaway Wanderers, Saturday at Vanier Secondary. The victory continued the team’s winning streak.

The Kickers started off strong with an interception by Chloë Speed in the early minutes of the game which helped to set the tone. The backline utilized their speed and capitalized on opportunities with Natalie Nguyen, Daris Tendler and Speed adding a try each, and Paula Simpson scoring twice. It was a competitive game with a lot of back and forth action. With some hard hits and offloads, forwards Jessica Leck and Karli MacFarlane also added points on the board. Simpson kicked five successful conversions.

“We have several returning players this season which has made it easy to continue where we left off last spring,” coach Thyssen de Goede said. “The new players on the squad fit right in and are already making a difference. This was a hard team to play against; they were very fast and had some long runs, but our team kept it cool and always answered back. Our game flow was great, and we kept the pressure on the opposing side. I am excited to see how the team continues to improve and grow. This has been a great start to the season.”

Both senior women’s and men’s team travel to Cowichan this Saturday. It will be the men’s first game of the season.

Both teams are still recruiting players for the season. No experience is needed.

Practices are at Cumberland Village Park, Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30—8 p.m.



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