It’s always an exciting affair when Island rivals Cowichan and Nanaimo square off on the rugby pitch, and last Saturday’s First Division women’s match was no different.
The teams battled back and forth, but when it was all said and done, Cowichan prevailed 38-27.
Nanaimo opened the scoring, but Cowichan responded soon after with an unconverted try by Nenagh McCulloch. Kaelyn Palmer gave Cowichan the lead shortly after that, with a try that was converted by Tyson Beukeboom. Cowichan managed to stay ahead of Nanaimo for the remainder of the match, Thanks largely to three tries from Carolyn Gudmundseth.
Jenna Bugden had a great supporting run to set up one of Gudmundseth’s tries, and scored one of her own as well. Beukeboom finished the game with four conversions.
The Cowichan men also played in Nanaimo, with just 15 players battling to a hard-fought 57-21 loss.
“We had a good start,” Cowichan coach Andrew Wright said. “It was still a strong, physical game.”
The 15 players who dressed played every minute of the match.
“They had the pride of the club, playing right to the final whistle,” Wright said.
Danny Hamstra and Peter Budina had tries, Owen Wood kicked two converts. Cowichan was also awarded seven points on a penalty try.
The Cowichan women will host Comox for their first home game of the seasom this Saturday at 11:15 a.m. The men will play an exhibition against Comox at 1 p.m.