Lauryn Bons, a new addition to the Cowichan Piggies women’s team this year, runs for a try during jamboree play earlier this season. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Lauryn Bons, a new addition to the Cowichan Piggies women’s team this year, runs for a try during jamboree play earlier this season. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan women’s side shares players with Comox to make rugby happen

Piggies loan 2 to Kickers and play 10s

Always the generous hosts, the Cowichan Piggies were happy to lend some players to the visiting Comox Kickers for Saturday’s First Division women’s rugby match at the Herd Road pitch.

The Kickers made the trip with only eight players, but rather than play a game of sevens, Cowichan sent two players over to the Comox side to play a competitive game of 10s. Cowichan captain Sherry Spence and Jenna Bugden played the first half for Comox, and Jessica Kamsteeg and Britnie Hearsey swapped sides for the second half.

“It was just good to finally get a game in,” said Spence.

It was the first proper match the Piggies have played in an unfathomably long time, having the 2020-21 season cancelled entirely, then having this year’s season opener cancelled when James Bay couldn’t field a team. That’s why Cowichan was happy to accommodate Comox however they could.

“It seems that women’s rugby is struggling for numbers all over the Island so we will do what we can to get the games played,” Spence said.

The senior women’s side is off to Westshore this Saturday.

The junior girls teams visited Castaway Wanderers last Sunday, with the U19s falling short 50-31 and the U16s playing a 10s game after defaulting due to a lack of players.

The U19 side showed a lot of heart, led by Players of the Match Morgan Davidson and Erica Kissinger. Davidson had some great runs in the forward ranks, breaking through the CW defensive line several times, while Kissinger brought the Cowichan backline together to play solid defence against the strong Castaways backs.

The U16s came away with a lot of positives from their 10s game. Maggie and Zoe Mycroft showed their versatility by moving from the backs to the forwards when the Piggies found themselves short up front.

All the junior girls teams will be at home against Comox this Sunday.

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