YOUNG RUGBY PLAYERS from all over the Island enjoyed the jamboree hosted by the Comox Valley Mini Kickers.

Young rugby players enjoy jamboree

Comox Valley Mini Kickers hosted teams from all over Vancouver Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past Sunday, over 150 young rugby players braved the elements to play the game they are learning and loving.

The Comox Valley Mini Kickers hosted the Investors Group Strathcona Jamboree at Village Park in Cumberland. Clubs travelled from Campbell River, Nanaimo, Cowichan and Victoria.

In the British Columbia Rugby Union’s Youth Program, children are separated into co-ed age groups, U6, U8, U10, and U12, and are taught the basic skills and rules of the game beginning with simple, non-contact, touch rugby on a smaller field. By the time the children are moved to the U12 category they are running games in full contact with modified scrums and lineouts.

“The children are often mixed with the other clubs and the focus is always the love of the game and camaraderie,” said Kickers’ spokesperson Lindsay Mallette. “We had several U8 aged children playing in their first jamboree and they did such an admirable job learning the ropes. Everyone kept smiles on their muddy faces and they are looking forward to their next set of games in Victoria on Oct. 6,” Mallette said.

“Our U12 squad played a gruelling four games, and some of our newer players tried out full contact for the first time in a game situation and certainly held their own! Our veterans worked out the first-game jitters and managed to get back into the groove after a long summer off.”

This group of boys and girls are also set for their next matches in Victoria. The Comox Valley Mini Kickers (ages six-12) practise on Wednesdays at 5:30 and Sundays at 12:30 at Village Park in Cumberland and are always welcoming new players.

After age 12 comes the U14 category, where the groups are split into boys and girls, and the field size gets larger. “Our Valley boys in the U14 age group teamed up with the boys from Nanaimo and north forming a squad to take on the teams from the south of the Island,” said Mallette.

“Although the team didn’t have a lot of time to practise as a unit, they played well together, and look forward to giving it another go.

“When our young ruggers hit age 14, they graduate from Mini Rugby and move up to the Junior designation. Junior Rugby on the North Island were able to join our Jamboree this year and play a couple of games in the afternoon after the Mini’s fun. They didn’t have to brave the weather that they younger ones did, but they did put on an excellent show.”

The U18 Comox/Campbell River girls took on the Cowichan squad. The team put up a strong fight and held them off to finish at 29-10. The full day of rugby ended with the Comox U18 boys taking on the Langford squad, and although the score of 66-0 for Comox may not tell the whole story, there were some huge strides made, and lessons learned in this match-up, Mallette said.

The Junior girls practise at 6:30 on Wednesdays at Village Park in Cumberland; for more information contact aimeeburley@hotmail.com. The Junior boys practise Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30, also at Village Park; for more information contact chappellcd@gmail.com.

“As always, The Comox Valley Kickers would like to thank our Mini and Junior sponsor, Investors Group, and invite anyone interested in rugby in the Valley, no matter your age, to visit our website at www.cvkickersrugby.ca or e-mail us at cvkickers@gmail.com,” Mallette added

 

– Comox Valley Kickers RFC

 

 

Just Posted

Comox Valley Regional District seeking input on development of Tsolum River Agricultural Watershed Plan

This fall, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is inviting the community… Continue reading

Lane closure in Courtenay at Lewis Centre

The City of Courtenay will be working on the water distribution system… Continue reading

Comox Valley’s Rainbow Youth Theatre hosting 30th birthday party

Join Rainbow Youth Theatre for a 30th anniversary celebration at the Sid… Continue reading

Hear from the Comox Valley’s female candidates at Person’s Day lunch

Candidates will have opportunity to present, distribute election materials and meet women voters

Comox Valley frontline resource fair upcoming

Did you know that for the past 12 years your local AHERO… Continue reading

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

Joint inspection planned for missing journalist at Saudi Consulate

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Washington Potst reporter Jamal Khashoggi

Courtenay’s Dingwall Road to be temporarily closed for construction

Next week, the intersection of Dingwall Road and McQuillan Road will be… Continue reading

Sears files for bankruptcy amid plunging sales, massive debt

The company started as a mail order catalogue in the 1880s

BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation from royal watchers

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in B.C.

An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal: ‘I would have signed a better one’

Conservative leader says he wouldn’t have signed USMCA

Matheson will have NHL hearing after Canucks rookie Pettersson hit

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy after the hit

GUEST COLUMN: A better way to manage B.C.’s public construction

Claire Trevena responds to Andrew Wilkinson on NDP union policy

Most Read