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Kickers Women Win Season Opener

It didn’t take the Comox Valley Kickers women’s rugby team long to find their legs Saturday at Cumberland Village Park.

The Kickers downed Cow/West, a combined side from Cowichan and Westshore by a 33-10 score to start the second half of the season off strong.

Fittingly enough, the Kickers kicked off to start the game.

It was a very competitive contest with a lot of back and forth action.

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Comox’s first try came from outside centre Daris Tendler, who managed to sprint and deke her way around the several defenders. Utilizing her speed, Tendler had a dominating game, scoring four tries in total with winger Michelle Hamilton adding a single try to the scoreboard.

Fly half Paula Simpson kicked four successful conversions.

“We are coming back from a two-month break and we look like a different squad. There are lots of new faces on our team for this half. I wasn’t sure how the first game back would go, but all the ladies stepped up and played hard,” said Kickers captain Natalie Nguyen.

“We made a handful of errors which resulting in penalties against us, but we were able to overcome those mistakes through our physical play. Our forwards had great set pieces; the scrums and lineouts were strong. Our backs had great chemistry and we ran our plays well. I am excited to see how the team continues to improve and grow. This was a great start to the season.”

The women’s team has a bye next week.

The Kickers men’s team will host the UVic Saxons in their season opener this Saturday, Feb. 2.

Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. at Cumberland Village Park.

Both teams are still recruiting players for the season. No experience is necessary. The teams practice at Cumberland Village Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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