Cowichan Valley Football Association

Football stars sparkle

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by  Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
posted Apr 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Brock Gowanlock receives two honours for his defensive football prowess. — image credit: Don Bodger

Brock Gowanlock receives two honours for his defensive football prowess.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Star Bowl is where football players put themselves to the test against the best of the Vancouver Mainland and Valley Community Football Leagues.

Two weekends of practice in Vancouver led up to the big game and Cowichan was well-represented during the event in Langley, with players stepping up to the level of intensity.

Cowichan Midget Bulldogs’ Brock Gowanlock was the leader of the pack in his third Star Bowl appearance. He was named the defensive player of the game for his team for the second straight year.

“It was pretty special to do that two years in a row,’’ Gowanlock said.

He said he owes it all to coaching.

“Everything I’ve ever learned is definitely putting forward right now. This year, I definitely think I tightened up my technique a lot and listened to a lot of coaches which helped me prevail in the year.’’

Gowanlock used his previous Star Bowl experience to advantage.

“I was more educated,’’ he said. “I already knew a couple of the coaches from previous years. We already had a relationship before so it’s better than the first time, for sure, once you’ve gone a couple of times.’’

Gowanlock, a Grade 12 student at Cowichan Secondary School, stands six-foot-two and weighs 265 pounds but faced bigger guys than that on the offensive line.

“A couple of the guys at the practice were definitely over 300 pounds that I had to go up against — quite a bit bigger than me,’’ he said.

Gowanlock is also the recipient of the defensive player of the year in the VMFL for midget.

Other Cowichan players at the Star Bowl and the preceding practices included: Cory Lewis, Adam Marchetti, Landon Conville, Wyatt MacWatt, Nick Thomas and R.J. Piche on defence. Offensive representatives were: Eric Williams, Mackey Singh and Eric Maslen.

Liam Palcu-Johnston and Drayson Price were selected but unable to attend. Price has a broken hand and Palcu-Johnston had commitments with his school studies.

“Everyone played a great and hard-hitting game, showing the league that Cowichan football is producing some high calibre football players,’’ noted Doug (Opie) Williams, who coached all the players during the regular season with the Midget Bulldogs.

Williams cannot wait to get started for next season already, but won’t have the luxury of some standout players who have graduated from midget. He’s been receiving plenty of inquiries about his players, even those with another year of midget eligibility.

Maslen has verbally committed to Moore Park Junior College in Burbank, California; Palcu-Johnston has signed a letter of intent with Simon Fraser and Price is bound for UBC.