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Selects make it a battle

It takes two usually pretty strong women to bring down Carolyn Gudmundseth and that’s the case again during women’s rugby action at the Cowichan Rugby Club. - Don Bodger
It takes two usually pretty strong women to bring down Carolyn Gudmundseth and that’s the case again during women’s rugby action at the Cowichan Rugby Club.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Rugby is always in season in the Cowichan Valley.

A couple of boys’ touring teams from the United Kingdom have already been through the valley this summer.

And the intensity of the women’s game was in the spotlight again when the B.C. senior women’s team took on the B.C. Selects at the Cowichan Rugby Club.

Five Cowichan players suited up for the Selects — Sherry Spence, Brandi Van Eeuwen, Nenagh McCulloch, Carolyn Gudmundseth and Michelle Moore. All played extremely well, but the B.C. team ended up winning 21-12.

“They scored two on us in the corners,’’ noted Spence. “And their fullback picked off a pass and ran it in to score.’’

The Selects also consisted of 13 other players from Lower Mainland and Island clubs. The team only had an hour to train together before the game.

Van Eeuwen scored a try for the Selects.

The B.C. team was heading to nationals so it was an important tune-up game to get ready for its upcoming matches.

“Even though it was just for fun, we needed to make it a hard game for them,’’ Spence indicated.

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