Campbell River Athletic Association sent a strong contingent of young rugby players to the Comox Kickers’ stop in Vancouver Island Rugby Union’s Mini Rugby Jamboree Series, held in Cumberland on Sunday.
For many participants it was their first taste of competition. As in all mini-rugby events, nobody actually keeps score, though reports of many Campbell River tries were leaked to parents and supporters.
The U8s play tag or touch rugby, while the U10 gradually move to tackle rugby under the guidance of coaches who put fun and safety as top priority.
The mixed U12/U14 divisions saw a close double header of matches, with multiple tries scored by Campbell River’s Megan Gonsky, Kenzie Braden, and Jenna Beauregard.
Campbell River’s U14 Boys joined Nanaimo North in a match at the Velox Valhallians in Victoria and contributed a large part of Nanaimo’s offence in a 40-40 draw. Tries were recorded by Riory Young and Kyle Watson, with tough defensive play from Quinn Golobar.
New players ages 10 to 13 are welcome to try rugby under the lights on Willow Point #3 on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 pm while ages six to nine are welcome to try rugby on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Southgate Middle School.
For more info call 250-202-7642 or check out www.campbellriverrugby.webs.com