Kickers on a roll to start season
Comox Valley Kickers outside centre Daris Tendler broke a Castaway Wanderers player's tackle in women's rugby action last weekend. (Supplied by Jesse Ramsay)
Story by Natalie Nguyen
The Comox Valley Kickers women’s squad put the boots to Victoria’s Castaway Wanderers over the weekend.
The Kickers kept their win streak intact with a 45-29 win over the Wanderers at G.P. Vanier Secondary on Saturday.
The Kickers started off strong with an interception by Chloë Speed in the early minutes of the game which helped to set the tone.
The backline utilized their speed and capitalized on opportunities with Natalie Nguyen, Daris Tendler and Speed adding a try each and Paula Simpson scoring twice.
It was a very competitive game with a lot of back and forth action.
With some hard hits and offloads, forwards Jessica Leck and Karli MacFarlane also added points on the board.
Simpson kicked five successful conversions.
“We have several returning players this season which has made it easy to continue where we left off last spring. The new players on the squad fit right in and are already making a difference,” Kickers Coach Thyssen de Goede said.
“This was a hard team to play against; they were very fast and had some long runs, but our team kept it cool and always answered back. Our game flow was great, and we kept the pressure on the opposing side. I am excited to see how the team continues to improve and grow. This has been a great start to the season.”
Both senior women’s and men’s teams travel to Cowichan next Saturday.
This will be the men’s first game of the season.
Both teams are still recruiting players for the season.
No experience is needed.
The teams practise at Cumberland Village Park Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00.
For more information, visit comoxvalleyrugby.ca.