The Comox Valley Kickers Rugby Rascals were in Nanaimo last weekend for their first Jamboree of the spring season.
The U8 squad consisting of Koen Rose, Eli Burley, Hunter Froelich, Clarke Breuer, Jacob Grootendorst and Novah Burley really showcased their developing skills against the southern island clubs. First-time try scorers Hunter, Jacob and Clarke had that extra accomplishment to be proud of. Our “veteran” U8 Novah put five tries over the line.
At this age level points are not officially accumulated and the focus is on teamwork and sportsmanship, a Kickers’ spokesperson noted. The sport is played without contact using flags or tags to replace the tackle.
Comox Valley U12 players Faith Love, Jayden Samuels, Jade Froelich and Aubree Mallette headed up a North Island squad that took on teams from Cowichan, Oak Bay and Victoria.
The boots looked a little rusty on all accounts, but after warming up they were back to their pre-winter break form! Hard hitting, intense running and smart plays were the name of the game for these kids.
To round of the day at the Nanaimo Hornets RFC, an all-girls game took place where players from all over the Island took on the solid U14 girls squad from Oak Bay. Another Valley player, Maren Carter joined the squad.
The talented Comox Valley girls stole the show and Maren, Faith, Jade and Aubree each put one or two tries on the board for the Island team.
Next up for the Comox Valley Rugby Rascals is an Island and Mainland Jamboree taking place at Shawnigan Lake school on April 12, and hosted by Cowichan Piggies Rugby Football Club.
New players are always welcome. Practices are held at Village Park in Cumberland at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and 11a.m. on Sundays. For more information visit comoxvalleyrugby.ca or search Comox Valley Rugby Rascals on Facebook.
– Comox Valley Kickers RFC