Rugby outcomes not the full story
Saturday’s trip to Port Alberni didn’t go according to plan for either the Cowichan Rugby Club’s First Division men or senior women.
The Cowichan women arrived in Alberni to find only seven members of the Lady Blacksheep had showed up to play. Cowichan loaned Alberni six players to make it a 13-aside game.
Nenagh McCulloch, Amoray Aloisi, Richelle Williams, Kaycie Mosley, captain Sherry Spence and Jessica Wilton joined the Alberni side and made it an even game.
The remaining Cowichan players banded together to win the game 15-10, with Audrey Park scoring two tries and Janelle Kerrone adding another.
McCulloch crashed over the line to score one of the Blacksheep’s tries.
Officially, the game went in the books as a 5-0 Cowichan forfeit victory.
The men took the field afterwards minus some regulars due to injury and suspension and lost to the Blacksheep 21-17.
“It wasn’t what we were hoping for,’’ conceded Cowichan coach Ian Murray.
Louis Gudmundseth and Owen Wood both didn’t play while Rob McDonnell sat out the first of a two-game suspension from a previous meeting with Velox.
“We were putting guys in new positions and it didn’t quite work out,’’ said Murray. “We made some adjustments at the half and changed things up.’’
Andrew Gudmundseth converted his own try. Patrick Large and Mike Fransen added tries for Cowichan.
The men and women are both at home again Saturday against Nanaimo.