Cowichan are 2012 Women's First Div champions
Published Monday, May 7, 2012 11:00 am
by Cowichan Rugby

2012 Karen Moore Cup Final - Women's Big Kahuna Division One
Cowichan 29, Nanaimo 17

Wow what a whirlwind!  As per tradition, Nanaimo scored first -  it was off a lucky bounce, Cowichan got penalized for offside, Nanaimo attempted to kick the ball into touch but it didn't make it; however their full back snatched the ball off the bounce and went into score  A sneaky set play or a fortuitous bounce?  We may never know.  Nanaimo's try was converted, it was 7-0 for the Hornets.

From there, the game went back and forth.  The Piggies knew if they could keep the score down in the first 20min and wear down the bigger Nanaimo pack, they'd have the game - and that's precisely what they did.  In true Cowichan fashion, the hard working forwards were solid in the scrums, rucks and line-outs, and this effort delivered clean ball for Marika Posehn, who in turn sent the speedy backs off on huge runs, while providing support to one another all over the pitch.

The opening try came from Cassy Stevens, who after supporting Kara Galbraith on one of her many great runs, took the ball in to make it 7-5.  Before anyone on the sidelines had time to let out a sigh of relief, did Carolyn break free.  With the support of one of the most mobile Cowichan props in recent memory, Captain Sherry scored the second try of the game.  Caity Genereaux converted and the Piggies moved ahead 12-7.

After a sustained period of attack, Nanaimo tied the game with a try in the corner - uncover ted.  The half ended in a tie, 12-12.

Just as Nanaimo opened the first half with a quick try, so did Cowichan in the 2nd half with a mighty run from Kara G making it 17-12.   Shortly thereafter, Carolyn was rewarded with a try from one of her amazing break out runs (there were so many really) to make it 22-12.  The Piggies started to pull away... or so we thought.  Nanaimo, with an impressive crowd behind them, were not done.   After several phases, Nanaimo scored out wide to close the gap to 22-17.

It is truly difficult to explain the battle level between this two teams at this point of the game.  Both sides hammered away at each other at mid field.  Inches and feet were gained, yet yards were lost.  Tackles were made, big and small, but all critical.  Finally, after what seemed like an eternity of rucking and mauling, Nenagh popped out of the pack, scrambled down field for about 40 yards, where, as she was being hauled down by a couple of Hornets, made a beautiful off-load to Carolyn who hammered in the final nail into Nanaimo's coffin.  Caity G converted to bring the score to 29-17.  And there is stayed.

Your 2011-2012 BCRU First Division Women's Champions, by a score of 29-17, Cowichan RFC.

The effort on the day was utterly complete.  There was no one specific player of game, there were 22 Green and Black players of the game, everyone did their job, stayed positive, and worked extremely hard.  Even the fantastic ladies who didnít get in had an enormous roll in this win.  The hard work paid off, for the PERFECT season of 2011-2012.

Big cheers goes to Taffy for his dedication to the team, Muc, Guy, and Cos for coming out and helping.


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