Cowichan Piggies senior teams both earn big wins on home turf

Cowichan’s senior rugby teams both earned wins in home games at Piggie Park last Saturday, with the men downing the Port Alberni Black Sheep 43-17 and the women beating Comox’s second-division side 47-17.

The Comox women brought just nine players down for the game, so Cowichan captain Sherry Spence switched sides along with Bristine Gibbons and Angie Davies to balance the teams and make it a 12-a-side game. Nenagh McCulloch and Michelle Moore were named Cowichan’s Players of the Game by Comox.

A week earlier, the Cowichan women had travelled to Nanaimo with just 14 players, and despite a penalty to Quinn Battie that left the team at 13 players to Nanaimo’s 15 for 10 minutes, they managed to escape the first half with a 26-26 tie. Nanaimo scored twice in the second half, however, to pull away. Battie’s three tries earned her Player of the Game honours, which she shared with McCulloch.

The Cowichan women will wrap up the exhibition schedule with a tough test against Velox’s premier side in Victoria this Saturday.

The Cowichan men, who had their scoring kicked off by Peter Budina’s impressive try against Alberni last weekend, will also visit Velox on Saturday.