Women’s side closes out with heads high

Cowichan’s senior women’s rugby team ended the season on a high note last Saturday.

Cowichan’s senior women’s rugby team ended the season on a high note last Saturday with a 53-17 trouncing of the Bayside Sharks at Piggie Park.

“It was a beautiful day out and it seemed as if everything was finally coming together,” Cowichan forward Sherry Spence said. “Which is unfortunate, now that we are done our season.”

Shanise Gelaude took the ball up the wing to open the scoring, and before the first half was over, Rebecca Kerswell added two tries and Ashley Smith scored once, with Quinn Battie kicking a conversion. Cowichan held a comfortable 22-7 lead at halftime.

Kerswell scored two more in the second half, equalled by Carolyn Gudmundseth, and Tyson Beukeboom rounded out the offence. Battie converted three second-half scores. Bayside picked Kerswell and Beukeboom as Cowichan’s Players of the Game.

With four wins, nine losses and one tie, Cowichan ends the Premiership season sixth in the nine-team league, while the top five teams are all battling for four playoff spots.

“When you look at our season, we had some very competitive games against those teams,” Spence said.

Cowichan’s record included a win over playoff contenders Burnaby Lake, and a draw with league-leading Westshore.