Cowichan captain Sherry Spence (left) takes a handoff from teammate Rikki Wylie during last Saturday’s game against Abbotsford. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan struggles at home against B.C.’s top women’s team

A shorthanded Cowichan team faced the top First Division women’s side in the province last Saturday, and the results were not in Cowichan’s favour.

“Abbotsford is No.1 in the league for a reason,” Cowichan captain Sherry Spence commented after her team’s 90-5 loss.

Due to low numbers for the home squad, Cowichan played 14-on-15 for the majority of the match. Cowichan’s lone try came from youngster Mia Eagar, who took a quick ball from Brigitte Reid, who recently joined the team after the end of the UVic season. Spence and Eagar were named the players of the game.

Cowichan expects to give Abbotsford more of a challenge next time, when Canadian internationals Tyson Beukeboom and Laura Russell should be back in the fold.

“Hopefully with the return of Tyson and Laura, who are away on tour, the next time we meet Abby we can put up a better fight,” Spence said.

The Cowichan women will head to Surrey this weekend to face Bayside.

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