Cow High girls lock up B.C. berth

A 28-17 win over G.P. Vanier last Wednesday gave the Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds first place in the AAA Island girls rugby league and a ticket to the provincial championships.

Denise Roy scored twice and Olivia Najera and Brigitte Reid had one try each, while Hannah Morten kicked three conversions and Mariah Fontana added one.

"We were strong for the majority of the game, but in the last 15 minutes of the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, we played very good rugby," coach Brad Skene said.

Cowichan will likely play Vanier again in the Island final this coming Saturday, and Skene doesn’t want his team to read too much into last week’s win, because, for the second time this season, Vanier was unable to put its full-strength team on the pitch against Cowichan.

"I would have preferred to play Vanier’s best team last Wednesday so that we could judge ourselves against them," the coach said.

The AAA Island final will be played at Brentwood College this Friday, kicking off at noon, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the AA final.