Local presence felt in cup games

Bolstered by Cowichan players, Vancouver Island sides won two of three games last Sunday as BC Rugby Cups Competitions kicked off at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club.

The Island senior women beat their Fraser Valley rivals 24-12 in the first game of the Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup tournament, while the Island U20 men trounced the Fraser Valley side 78-12 in the Dunbar Keg opener.

The only loss for an Island team came in the senior men’s match as Fraser Valley won 29-16 to take the lead in the McKechnie Cup competition.

"Fraser Valley took hold straight from the start," Vancouver Island Crimson Tide head coach Ken Goodland said. "They took advantage of everything and scored two quick tries. We got off to a slow start and defensively laid off some of our tackles."

The Cowichan club had no shortage of representation in the three games. Suiting up for Vancouver Island in the U20 match was Sam Anderson, along with Shawnigan Lake School grads Olly Nott and Haydn Evans, and Cowichan Secondary grad Noah Dobson. Cowichan captain Sherry Spence played with the Vancouver Island women, alongside teammates Amelia Bieling and Cassy Stevens and former CRFC junior Kara Galbraith. In the senior men’s game, Cowichan was represented by Malcolm Sacht, Andrew Wright, Cam Hall and Peter Budina.

The Cups Competitions will continue with games in Burnaby on June 7 and 14.