Cowichan’s Meaghan McKenzie carries the ball for North Island during the Island final at Piggy Park, won by South Island. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan players spur North Island to B.C. final

North Island U16s will play for gold, U18s will play for bronze

Players from the Cowichan Rugby Football Club provided most of the offence last Sunday as North Island crushed South Island 47-5 to earn a berth in the U16 girls provincial championship match.

The U16 girls game was one of two Island finals played at the Herd Road pitch on Sunday, while a scheduled semifinal ended up as a sevens exhibition match.

Mia Eagar and Jaxon Baker had two tries each, Deanna Cvitanovich scored once, and Baker also slotted a conversion as Cowichan players accounted for 27 points in the win. Comox’s Amelia Gallow contributed three tries and Port Alberni’s Maddy May added one as North Island rebounded from a 25-15 loss to South Island a week earlier to claim the Island title.

North Island will face Abbotsford for the provincial U16 girls title at UBC this Sunday.

The North Island U18 girls came up short against South Island on back-to-back weekends, including the Island final. The North Island U18s, made up mostly of Nanaimo players with only a handful from Cowichan, will also head to UBC to take on Capilano for third in the province.

The Cowichan U16 boys team was supposed to play Port Alberni in an Island semifinal on Sunday, but Alberni conceded the match due to low numbers, and the teams played a fun sevens match instead. The U16 Piggies will host the Island final against Castaway Wanderers this coming Sunday at 1:15 p.m.

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