The weather held out last Sunday with perfect rugby conditions for the third annual Island Wide Mini Rugby Jamboree. Hosted by Victoria’s Castaway Wanderers, the non-contact skirmish saw almost two hundred kids from the Comox Valley Kickers, Westshore Velox, Cowichan RFC, Nanaimo Hornets, Castaway Wanderers, and James Bay Mighty Bays teams. Ages ranged from five years old to eleven years old from the north and south Island squads. Ed Knaggs, Coach of the Castaway Wanderers Minis, was impressed by the turnout this weekend. It was a clear highlight for Knaggs, who said, “If they are coming, you are doing something right!”
Increasing involvement appears to be a common denominator at the team level as well. Over the past three years, Cowichan RFC has seen numbers rise in most teams, with steady growth in all mini age groups. When asked how Cowichan’s season is going so far, Minis Coordinator Chet Cowan said it’s going well, despite the weather cancelling previous jamborees. “We always have a great time playing the south island teams. They offer good competition and excellent coaches.”
One of the bigger surprises of the jamboree came at the very end: the all-girls U10 match. Wanderers’ Knaggs said it was “great to see so many girls playing and the numbers are growing.”
The Mini season runs from the beginning of September until April, with a break from December to January. Click here for more information on Rookie Rugby.
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Original Article by Claire Matthews, Image Credit Lindsay Lorenzo, Courtesy of BC Rugby