Premier Women Move On to Final vs Capilano with Win Over CW: Men's 3rds and Women's 1st Div Lose in Semis
by Clancy McDonnell
Women’s Premier: WRFC 67 – OBCW 7
Westshore’s Velox Valkyries hosted the Castaway Wanderers on Saturday and walked off with another convincing win under their belts. Despite the lopsided scoreline, the Valkyries took a while to crack the defence, with the visitors charging off the defensive line in a bid to shut down the attack. Eventually it came together for the Valkyries, as they moved the ball all the way to the right, all the way to the left, and finally back to the right for an overlap try to winger Maddy Aberg.
Thereafter the tries came more regularly, coming through both forwards and backs. The CW team ran hard all game, but a number of handling errors in the first half, and some inconsistent efforts in the tackle zone in the second half showed the gulf between the teams. They scored a try on the last play of the game to avoid the bagel.
Paige Farries scored the last try for the Valkyries (not her first), in the process netting both the club and the Dave Phillips consortium a good chunk of money raised through the player auction. The VVs now move on to face Capilano in the provincial final on Saturday at Burnaby.
Men’s 3rd Division: WRFC 21 – Richmond 26
The Mighty 3rd XV made it over the Strait on Saturday and took on a strong Richmond outfit. In howling winds they battled neck and neck, and the game finished at 21 apiece. Richmond managed an unconverted try in overtime, but as the second five-minute period came to a close, the VVs battered the line.
Dispatches are unequivocal – Ryan Waldriff slammed the ball down under the posts to score what would surely be the match-winning try, and in a desperate but delayed attempt to intercept the score, a Richmond player then kicked the ball away. Unfortunately, it’s the referee who is the sole judge of fact and law. It seems he wasn’t in a great position, and he ruled that there had been a knock-on, then blew the whistle for full time.
Having won the last two provincial championships, it was a tough way to end this campaign.
Women’s First Division: CowShore 24 – Abbotsford 70
The CowShore team hopped on the ferry on Saturday morning, and made it through Active Pass but were turned around and hang out for some time, before scuttling back into Swartz Bay hours later. They tried again on Sunday, and made it to Abbotsford to play the semi-final. They came up against a team in rich form and although the Island team scored some tries, the Abbotsford team was clearly the stronger. Nevertheless, it’s been a good season for this fledgling team.
There is a supporter's bus being arranged for Saturday (10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ferries). Contact Clay Panga by Friday morning if you're keen to support the Valkyries on their mission to win a third successive provincial title.