Depleted squad gives Seattle a run

Missing five starters, Cowichan gave one of the top teams in the BC Rugby Women’s Premier League a challenge.

Missing five starters, including a trio of national-level players, Cowichan nonetheless gave one of the top teams in the BC Rugby Women’s Premier League a challenge last Saturday.

With Brandi Van Eeuwen, Laura Russell and Tyson Beukeboom all attending the national team camp at Shawnigan Lake School, and Jenna Bugden and Carolyn Gudmundseth sidelined with injuries, Cowichan played host to Seattle, and gave it their all in a 48-10 loss to the American side.

“I would say a 48-10 score is a good score on that given day,” said Sherry Spence, who was named player of the game along with Rebecca Kerswell.

Quinn Battie and Nenagh McCulloch provided Cowichan’s tries in the defeat, while provincial U18 player Mckenna Haz of Brentwood College stepped in at fullback for her first senior women’s match.

Cowichan is off this weekend, then away to UBC on April 2. The team will close out the season with a home game against Bayside on April 9.