Monday, 9 July 2012

Valkyries in the news

Valkyries headed back to WWCFL final

 By Sean Trembath, The StarPhoenix
 
 
The Saskatoon Valkyries are going back to the Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL) Championship after defeating the visiting Regina Riot 35-21 in the WWCFL Prairie Conference Final at Griffiths Stadium on Sunday.
It was the hardest fight the undefeated Valkyries have had to face this year, with a back-and-forth first quarter and a late surge by the Riot.
The Saskatoon Valkyries are going back to the Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL) Championship after defeating the visiting Regina Riot 35-21 in the WWCFL Prairie Conference Final at Griffiths Stadium on Sunday.
It was the hardest fight the undefeated Valkyries have had to face this year, with a back-and-forth first quarter and a late surge by the Riot.
“It’s neat for the girls to be able to experience that. Every game is not going to be easy, and you need to be able to react to that and figure out a way to win,” said Jeff Yausie, head coach of the Valkyries.
In the first quarter, Regina’s defence looked to have found a solution to a Valkyries offence that had outscored opponents 212-34 coming into Sunday’s game. Two of the first three Valkyries drives ended with turnovers on downs after Regina read the home team’s running plays perfectly and stuffed them.
On the other side of the ball, Regina had some good opportunities, but their receivers missed a few easy catches that would have been first downs, forcing them to kick the ball back to Saskatoon.
“Our receivers just weren’t catching the balls. I don’t know. They just didn’t play like they played in previous games and in practice,” said Jon Baxter, head coach of the Riot.Although they weren’t able to get out to their usual great start, the Valkyries didn’t get frustrated.
“I think that collectively we have enough sports experience behind us not to panic. If we would have panicked it would have been a completely different game. We didn’t come out firing like we have in the past, but you just kind of have to wait that lull out and get after it as soon as you can,” said Valkyries receiver Marci Kiselyk.
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