Castaway Wanderers Women Roll Over Cowichan in Home Debut

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

September 26, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Castaway Wanderers Women’s Rugby club made an impressive home debut on Saturday morning, scoring early and often en route to a 50-5 thumping of the Cowichan RFC in Senior Women’s Rugby action at Windsor Park in Victoria.

Castaway Wanderer Charity Williams used her speed to leave Cowichan defender Rebecca Kerswell and others in her wake Saturday, scoring a pair of tries in the CW 50-5 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN).

The CW squad would dominate the first part of the game jumping out to a quick 19-0 lead on the strength of tries from Laura Crowe-Hutchen (7), Katie McNally (15) and Lauren Kerr (9), as well as a pair of converts from kicker Julianne Zussman (10).

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CW player Stefani Hangan rolls through Cowichan defenders Laura Russell (8) and Kaelyn Palmer during Saturday’s action. Hangan would score one of the CW tries in the 50-5 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN).

Cowichan would recover to dominate the latter part of the first half, keeping the ball well within the CW zone, but three big defensive stands from the CW women kept Cowichan off the board and CW took that 19-0 lead into the half.

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CW defenders Charity Williams (behind) and Paige Taylor (1) did a great job defending the late first half attack of Cowichan’s Sherry Spence (with ball) and Kaelyn Palmer (5), denying the green shirted opponents three separate times deep in the CW end (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN).

In the second half, CW’s Charity Williams showed off her blazing speed early, going for a huge run and resulting try to extend the lead to 24-0 and moments later, Stefani Hangan would move that up to 29-0.

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Cowichan put together a few good runs Saturday, including this by Rikki Wylie (11) who looks to avoid a tackle from the CW’s Erica Shaw (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN).

Cowichan would regroup to finally hit the board a few possessions later, but CW would come right back for another try, this time from Alya Govorchin – the sixth different player to score for CW on the day – and that moved the lead to 36-5.

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Cowichan runner Laura Russell found it tough going against the CW’s Marlene Nedved (8)  and other defenders during Saturday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN).

Two more tries from Crowe-Hutchen and Williams, their second each of the day, and two more converts from Zussman, rounded out the scoring in the decisive 50-5 win.

The win moves the CW women to a 2-1 record on the season, following a tough loss to defending BC Premier Champions Velox last weekend.

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Castaway Wanderers’ Charity Williams tries to escape the grip and avoid losing the ball to Cowichan’s Quinn Battie during Saturday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN).

“I was proud of the effort by our women against a very experienced Velox side [last week] and hopefully we learned some valuable lessons and can improve our level of execution against Cowichan,” said women’s head coach Jess Dovanne in a statement prior to Saturday’s game. “The main thing for us right now is to keep improving and coming together as a team.”

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CW’s Julianne Zussman (10), who would kick four conversions for the CW side, carries the ball upfield during Saturday’s game against Cowichan (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN).

The CW women certainly did as the coach predicted and the big win, against an older and more experienced Cowichan club, will hopefully spur them on to continued success as the season progresses.

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