Cowichan’s Emma Denner pushes a Castaways player aside during the battle for first place on the Island in U19 girls rugby on Nov. 23. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan’s U19 and U16 girls rugby teams finish in top three

Understaffed U19s do club proud against No.1 Castaways

The Cowichan Rugby Football Club’s junior girls teams wrapped up their respective seasons on Nov. 24, with the U19 side finishing second on the Island and the U16s placing third.

The U19s were in a tough battle against Castaway Wanderers, the top Island team, who ended up beating Cowichan 49-17.

“It was a very tough game for the girls, starting the game short on numbers due to injuries from the season,” Cowichan junior girls coach Sherry Spence said. “But we were able to pick up a couple girls to play, so the 15 girls dug deep to play the whole 60 minutes, never giving up. As a coach there is nothing more you can ask for from a group of athletes.”

Skye Koyote got Cowichan on the board halfway through the match, with a conversion by Deanna Cvitanovich, and Mia Eagar added a couple of late tries in the corner.

“You can’t take away the fact that CW had a very strong team,” Spence commented. “But the score line does not reflect the game. CW was very good at taking advantage of our errors, but when it comes to set pieces, it was an even match.”

The U16 team finished their season on a strong note with a 27-20 win over Comox for third place on the Island. A young team for their age group, most of the side played U14 rugby last year, and two players — Loryn Roberts and Bella Anderton-Teasdale — opted to play U16 this year despite being eligible for another year at U14.

“Looking forward into the future, this group of rugby players has a lot of potential,” Spence said.

Paige Clarke led the way with three tries, and Anderton-Teasdale and Emma Turner had one each, with Sophia Beech adding a conversion.

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Cowichan’s Tamara Knight-Robinson keeps control of the ball under pressure during the battle for first place on the Island in U19 girls rugby on Nov. 23. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

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