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Mixed results for Cowichan Valley athletes at Commonwealth Games

Breen suffers concussion early in rugby sevens tournament
Duncan product and national team member Sara Goodman signs autographs for young fans during a field hockey camp at the Cowichan Sportsplex earlier this summer. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

The two Cowichan Valley athletes who represented Canada at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, had mixed results.

Mill Bay’s Ciaran Breen, a graduate of Shawnigan Lake School, suffered a concussion in Canada’s second game of the men’s rugby sevens tournament, and missed the remainder of the tournament. He came in as a second-half sub in Canada’s first two matches, a 31-0 win over Wales and a 19-12 loss to Fiji, the eventual silver medallists.

Without Breen, Canada went on to beat Zambia 24-12 in its final pool game, then lost playoff games against South Africa and Samoa to finish sixth out of 16 teams.

Duncan’s Sara Goodman, a graduate of Cowichan Secondary School, helped the Canadian women’s field hockey team to a 2-2 record in round-robin play. Canada defeated Wales 4-0, then lost 1-0 to England, and beat Ghana 8-1 before falling to India 3-2 in a game that would have sent them to the medal round. Finishing third in their pool, Canada then beat Scotland 3-1 in the fifth-place match.

The teams who beat Canada in pool play, England and India, went on to take the gold and bronze medals, respectively.

Kevin Rothbauer

About the Author: Kevin Rothbauer

Kevin Rothbauer is the sports reporter for the Cowichan Valley Citizen
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