Valkyries quell Regina Riot
Although the Saskatoon Valkyries won their Western Women's Canadian Football League regular season finale at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon on Sunday, the biggest cheers at the end of the game originated from the Regina Riot sidelines.
That's because the Valkyries, who won an edge-of-your seat 48-45 thriller over the Riot, needed to win by eight or more points to secure a home playoff game. Instead, the Riot will now host the Valkyries in the WWCFL Prairie Conference final on June 9. The two teams finished with identical 3-1 records, but the Riot's 17-9 head-to-head win earlier in the season, coupled with the three-point loss, gives them the home playoff date.
"Obviously, it wasn't the goal that we had in mind," said Valkyries running back Julie David. "We wanted to come out in first place, but a win's a win. At least we got to prove to Regina that they can't just come in and walk over us."
The game featured the highest combined score in WWCFL history.
"Every time they made a play on us, we came back and made a play on them," said Valkyries head coach Jeff Yausie. "What a great game for the fans. It kind of shows how far women's football has come in three years here in Saskatchewan."
Fittingly, this back-and-forth game that featured seven lead changes came down to the final drive. Holding the ball and a 48-38 lead with 50 seconds to go, the Valkyries were stopped on a third-and-five gamble inside their 45-yard line.Read more...