Valkyries open with romp
By Don Rice, The StarPhoenix May 6, 2013
The first play of the Saskatoon Valkyries women’s football team home opener provided a great preview of what was to come.
Valkyries’ defensive back Carisa Polischuk picked off a pass on the first Winnipeg offensive play and ran it in for a 33-yard touchdown. It was downhill from there for the Winnipeg Nomads Wolf Pack.
Valkyries running back Julie David went on to score three first-quarter touchdowns en route to a Valkyries’ 52-12 victory at Griffiths Stadium in Women’s Western Conference Football League action on Sunday in Saskatoon.
“I figured our offence is pretty scary and they certainly are,” said Valkyries head coach Jeff Yausie. “We’re a big-play offence. I thought our running game was awesome. I thought Julene Friesen and Julie David played really well.”
David ended up with 128 yards rushing with touchdowns of 29, 23 and 35 yards. Friesen had 114 rushing yards and added the Valkyries’ fifth touchdown of the day on an impressive 64-yard gallop in the second quarter. The Valkyries led 35-6 at the half.
Arielle Popick hauled in a 36-yard pass from quarterback Candace Bloomquist for the only aerial touchdown of the day, while Bloomquist added a three-yard sweep for the final Valkyries’ touchdown. Saskatoon added a punt single and safety. Jill Fast’s 16-yard run and quarterback Amy Mohr’s two-yard rush accounted for the Winnipeg scoring. Both convert attempts were blocked.
The match was the season-opener for both teams, but also the first chance at game action this year for several players named in March to represent Team Canada at the International Federation of American Football women’s world championship in Finland in June and July.Read more...