Flanker Keely Orrick looks to offload the ball. Photo by Jesse Ramsay

CV Kickers women beat Cow/West

The Comox Valley Kickers women’s team kicked off the second half of the rugby season with a 33-10 win over Cow/West, a combined side from Cowichan and Westshore, Saturday at Cumberland Village Park.

The game was a competitive one, with plenty of back-and-forth action. Comox’s first try came from outside centre Daris Tendler, who managed to sprint and deke her way around several defenders. Utilizing her speed, Tendler had a dominating game scoring four tries. Winger Michelle Hamilton added one try to the scoreboard. Flyhalf Paula Simpson kicked four successful conversions.

“We are coming back from a two-month break and we look like a different squad. There are lots of new faces on our team for this half. I wasn’t sure how the first game back would go, but all the ladies stepped up and played hard,” said Kickers captain Natalie Nguyen. “We made a handful of errors which resulted in penalties against us, but we were able to overcome those mistakes through our physical play. Our forwards had great set pieces, and the scrums and lineouts were strong. Our backs had great chemistry and we ran our plays well. I am excited to see how the team continues to improve and grow. This was a great start to the season.”

The women have a bye next week. The Kickers men’s team hosts the UVic Saxons in their season opener, Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at Cumberland Village Park.

Both teams continue to recruit players for the season. No experience is needed. They practice at Cumberland Village Park, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m.

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