Travis Brown of the Cowichan Steelheads controls the ball during the masters derby between his team and the 49ers on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Travis Brown of the Cowichan Steelheads controls the ball during the masters derby between his team and the 49ers on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

49ers get by Steelheads in battle of Cowichan

Rematch set for Jan. 25

The first edition of the Cowichan Derby went to the 49ers.

Cowichan’s two entries in the Vancouver Island Soccer League masters A division squared off on the Sherman Road turf on Saturday night, with the favoured 49ers topping the upstart Steelheads 2-0.

The three-time defending Tony Grover Cup champions took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Richard Lord at 19 minutes, then waited until the 63rd minute to add some insurance in the form of a goal by Darcy Penner. Chad Bastian earned the shutout for the 49ers, while Preston Johnny had a spectacular outing in the Steelheads’ net, in spite of the loss.

Penner’s goal was his fifth of the season, tying Neall Rowlings and Stu Barker for the team lead, something Rowlings seemed to have a bit of an issue with.

“Penner has been on somewhat of a roll,” remarked Rowlings, who is also the manager for both Cowichan masters teams. “He might almost have too much confidence.”

As the low score would suggest, the backlines of both teams were solid. Adam Taft was an unsung hero as usual for the 49ers, while the Steelheads countered with a group effort on defence.

“The Steelheads seemed to cycle through defenders,” Rowlings said. “It was like speed dating — I could interact with so many of them.”

Rowlings blamed himself for the “miss of the game” as well, a breakaway on which he failed to capitalize.

“It was bad,” he admitted a day later. “I still wake up at night over it.”

The Steelheads’ went into the game with a significant edge in disciplinary infractions, but the 49ers were the “good squad” on Saturday, Rowlings admitted. Jai Irvine of the 49ers was assessed a red card for a double yellow late in the game, although his manager and teammate didn’t see it the same way as the referee.

“I don’t believe it warranted a send-off,” Rowlings said. “But that is how soccer goes.”

Rowlings did give credit to the Steelheads for their organization, and pointed to Marshall Wilkins and Travis Brown as standout players. As the home team, the Steelheads also cooked a postgame feed for both squads after the game, in the form of “gourmet hexagon burgers,” as Steelheads player and actual chef Dan Hudson called them.

Both teams are looking forward to the rematch on Jan. 25. In the meantime, the Steelheads will host Saanich Fusion this Saturday at 8 p.m., and the undefeated 49ers will visit the Cordova Bay Bobcats on Friday.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Cowichan Steelheads defender Jesse Grass keeps the ball away from 49ers striker Stu Barker during the local derby on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Steelheads defender Jesse Grass keeps the ball away from 49ers striker Stu Barker during the local derby on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan 49ers striker Neall Rowlings is shadowed by Steelheads defender Jesse Grass during the local masters derby at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan 49ers striker Neall Rowlings is shadowed by Steelheads defender Jesse Grass during the local masters derby at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Above: the Cowichan 49ers, in yellow, and the black-clad Cowichan Steelheads celebrate a successful local masters derby at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday night. (Submitted)

Above: the Cowichan 49ers, in yellow, and the black-clad Cowichan Steelheads celebrate a successful local masters derby at the Sherman Road turf on Saturday night. (Submitted)

49ers get by Steelheads in battle of Cowichan

Just Posted

Jim Neiser of Neiser Sales, Service & Rentals Ltd. died suddenly on Jan. 4. after suffering an apparent cardiac event at work. (Submitted photo)
Prominent Lake Cowichan businessman Jim Neiser dead at 63

Lake Cowichan Mayor Bob Day said the long-time laker will be missed.

The Judy Hill Gallery took home top prize for its window display during the Christmas season from the Downtown Duncan BIA. (Submitted photo)
Business notes: Judy Hill Gallery wins festive window display contest

A look at what’s going on in the Cowichan business community

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)
Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Duncan area this weekend

Snow to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Sorting food to deliver to community members isolating due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Back row from left: Philomena Wilson, Sosefina Aleck, Ethan Wilson and Lucetta Wilson. In front is Kennedy Aleck. (Submitted)
“Let’s share a meal even if I can’t sit with you”: Cowichan woman’s food drive helps feed members in isolation

Positive response to missing ceremonies and rising racism benefits dozens of households

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)
Vancouver Island smashes COVID-19 high: 47 new cases in a day

Blowing past previous records, Vancouver Island is not matching B.C.s downward trend

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

SD62 bus driver Kerry Zado said it’s common to see drivers lose their patience and pass by his bus while he’s picking up students during the morning commute. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Concerned Island school bus driver says people still pass while red lights flashing

All buses in Sooke School District outfitted with stop sign cameras

The cost of potentially counting deer regionwide was among the issues that prompted Capital Regional District committee members to vote against pursuing a greater CRD role in deer management. (Black Press Media file photo)
Expanded deer management a non-starter for Greater Victoria

Capital Regional District committee maintains current level of support

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Aquaculture employee from Vancouver Island, Michelle, poses with a comment that she received on social media. Facebook group Women in Canadian Salmon Farming started an online campaign #enoughisenough to highlight the harassment they were facing online after debates about Discovery Islands fish farms intensified on social media. (Submitted photo)
Female aquaculture employees report online bullying, say divisive debate has turned sexist

Vancouver Island’s female aquaculture employees start #enoughisenough to address misogynistic comments aimed at them

Most Read