Special to the Record
This summer has been an exciting time for rugby in Canada.
Our senior men’s team has secured their spot in pool D at the 2015 World Cup by trumping the USA side in two qualifier matches. Canada’s women took home the Nations Cup in the Senior and U20 divisions.
Closer to home, the Comox Valley was represented in the boys U18 and U16 provincial squads, as well as on the girls U16 team as they played at the national championships in Vancouver.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics welcoming seven-aside rugby, there has never been a better time to learn, or maybe even re-learn, the sport of rugby. Members of our local rugby club, the Comox Valley Kickers, are gearing up for the fall season and are looking for new recruits in all divisions.
Our Mini Kickers squad, 6-11 years, co-ed, held their first practice and registration this past Sunday at Village Park in Cumberland. We invite you to bring your kids and give it a try, and learn a little bit about what we do.
This growing division teaches kids the fundamentals of the sport and fosters sportsmanship and teamwork above all else. Our Minis will be gearing up to host the Investors Group Strathcona Jamboree at Village Park on Sept. 22 and will be welcoming clubs from up and down the Island.
We have Junior players, boys and girls ages 12-17, that are practising Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Village Park. The Junior program builds on the fundamentals taught in the Minis program and adds some individual skill and game strategy to the mix. Junior Kickers will play other teams from across the Island on a weekly basis. All Junior teams are set to attend a kick-off tournament at Shawnigan Lake School on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Our men’s side will be competing in the Vancouver Island Rugby Union’s first division, after a close third-place finish last year. Our women, who also finished in third place last season, are competing in in the second division. Both teams are looking for new recruits, with the men and women practising at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Fallen Alders Field on Cumberland Road. For more information, visit our website at www.kickersrugby.ca, contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or join our group on Facebook under the name ‘Comox Valley Kickers RFC’.
As always, the Kickers thank our generous sponsors: AFC Construction, Investors Group, Cummins Fencing, Green Earth Carpet Cleaning and Wedler Engineering.
– Comox Valley Kickers