Cowichan’s Zoe Mycroft zips past a Comox defender during last Saturday’s U16 girls game at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan’s Zoe Mycroft zips past a Comox defender during last Saturday’s U16 girls game at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Season kicks off for Cowichan junior girls rugby

Mixed results as several players get their first taste of XV or 10-a-side rugby

Following a season-opening jamboree late last month the Cowichan Rugby Football Club’s junior girls rugby teams got the regular season underway with a busy slate of games on their home pitch last Sunday.

The U19 girls played their first XV match as a group and performed well in a 36-15 victory. Erica Kissinger and Sherlyn Fernandez each scored twice and Morgan Davidson and Elle Douglas had one try apiece, with Douglas slotting three converts.

The U16 girls faced Comox in their first 10-a-side game, losing 35-17.

“Out of the 11 players, five are new to rugby this season, so I couldn’t be more proud of them,” coach Sherry Spence commented. “There’s lots to learn, but so many great things to take out of the game.”

Speedster Georgia Baker scored all three Cowichan tries, and Maggie Mycroft kicked the lone convert.

The U14s also played host to Comox, playing on a half field. As with the U16s, it was the first game for the majority of the players.

“The girls played hard, and made some big tackles,” Spence commented. “It’s exciting to see the growth of female rugby at all ages.”

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Cowichan’s Lily Clarke pushes aside a Comox defender during last Saturday’s U16 girls game at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan’s Lily Clarke pushes aside a Comox defender during last Saturday’s U16 girls game at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)