With two key players missing from the lineup, Cowichan’s senior women’s rugby team got a full team effort from those who were in attendance, and nine players scored tries in a 76-12 win over Nanaimo last Saturday.
Laura Russell and Brandi Van Eeuwen were absent, but that didn’t stop Cowichan from delivering a full thumping to their rivals from up the highway.
Jenna Bugden scored three tries and Michelle Moore had two tries and kicked eight conversions in the big win. Also taking the ball over the line were Shanise Gelaude, Sherry Spence, Rikki Wylie, Rebecca Kerswell, Bristine Gibbons, Jamaina McLeod and Angie Davies.
After a strong start to the Vancouver Island First Division season, Cowichan has decided to move up to the B.C. Premier League for the spring.
“It was a tough decision, but with such a great group of players and having the Premier League have the rule of only three national players allowed on the pitch, it evens out the Premier teams,” Spence commented. “We have a lot of work to do but we feel if we work on the small things we will be able to compete with and be in the middle of the pack for the Premier League.”
The Cowichan women have the next two weekends off, then begin the fall season playoffs on Oct. 24 with a semifinal, likely against Castaway Wanderers.