Valkyries set to battle Riot
By Sean Trembath, The StarPhoenix
Anything less than a title would be a huge disappointment for the Valkyries, who have yet to lose a game in their two years in the league. So far this year they've outscored opponents 212-34.
As with all of their games this year, one of the main focuses going into Sunday will be not getting overconfident.
"Our coaches have been telling us the Regina girls want this bad. They want it more than us, because we've been winning and everyone wants to beat the winning team," said Valkyries linebacker Beth Thomson.
Saskatoon and Regina met twice during the regular season this year, with the Valkyries winning 36-6 and 35-16. According to Thomson, the Riot improved noticeably between the two contests.
"They've been practicing hard too. They've improved a lot," she said.
The Valkyries have been studying film from their previous meetings with Regina, and developed a game plan based on what they saw.
"Their quarterback, Aimee Kowalski, is probably their best player. We want to try to keep her in the pocket. If we can keep her in the pocket, and force her to throw the ball, we're in a way better situation, because whether we're in zone or man we'll have pretty good coverage downfield," said Jeff Yausie, head coach of the Valkyries. Read more...