Women’s rugby side climbs to top of B.C. First Division

The Cowichan Rugby Football Club’s senior women’s team vaulted to the top of the provincial First Division standings thanks to a 34-12 win on the road against Ridge Meadows last Saturday.

Ridge Meadows had previously postponed the game due to snow, although it wasn’t until after the Cowichan players got off the ferry that they found out.

Cowichan travelled to the Ridge Meadows pitch with just 14 players, not knowing what to expect from the Fraser Valley club.

“We made it there with a team of forwards,” captain Sherry Spence reported.

After a quick warm-up, Cowichan got on the scoreboard early when Laura Russell, playing centre, crashed over the line for the first of her three tries. Russell also kicked two conversions to account for 19 of Cowichan’s 34 points.

Also scoring for Cowichan were Spence with two tries and Carolyn Gudmundseth with one. One of Spence’s scores came after she managed to get the ball on the ground after a driving maul carried her across the line.

Russell and Jessica Wilton were named Cowichan’s Players of the Game.

Also playing last weekend was Cowichan’s Third Division men’s team, which retained undefeated status with a 57-19 win over Castaway Wanderers in Victoria last Sunday.

The senior women will play at home this Saturday against Kelowna, kicking off at 11:30 a.m. The First and Third Division men will hit the road to play Port Alberni and Comox, respectively, with both games in Alberni.

Also on Saturday, Cowichan’s youth teams will play host to a touring team from Cochrane, Alberta. The U14 Piggies will play Bow Valley RFC at 1:30 p.m., and the U16 Piggies will play at 3 p.m.