Sudden scoring surge not enough to get a win for Cowichan women

An offensive surge last Saturday kept Cowichan’s women’s rugby team in the game, but it wasn’t enough to win.

An offensive surge late in the first half of last Saturday’s season opener kept Cowichan’s senior women’s rugby team in the game against Westshore, but it wasn’t enough for the host team to earn a victory.

“Westshore was previously the Velox club, so [we knew they were] a very strong team,” Cowichan captain Sherry Spence said. “So even though we lost our game in the end, we are all very proud of what we did for our first game together.”

Canadian international player Laura Russell and Michelle Moore scored late in the first half to narrow the gap with Westshore, and Rikki Wylie added a try in the second half, but the final score favoured Westshore 34-15.

Despite the loss, Cowichan is anticipating a strong season, thanks in part to some veterans who are back in the Cowichan fold after time away: Ashley Smith, Brandi Van Eeuwen and Jamaina McLeod, all of whom had great games last Saturday, with Van Eeuwen joining Moore as Players of the Game.

The next three games for the senior women’s team will be played on the road, beginning with a match in Comox this Saturday.