Valkyries Come Within a Whisker of 3rd Consecutive Provincial Title
by Clancy McDonnell
Westshore 19 - Capilano 20
The Valkyries came within a whisker of taking home a third consecutive provincial title on Saturday, but came up against a Capilano team that timed their run perfectly.
Capilano had the run of the opening exchanges, winning a couple of penalties as the Valkyries were under the pump. A tap and go from about 15 metres out led to the first converted try, and they added another later in the half to go up 17-zip.
The Valkyries couldn't quite get out of 2nd gear, as the Capilano defence repeatedly thwarted the attack. The Valkyries probably would've made a couple of different decisions if they had their time again - a tap and go inside their own 22 jumping to mind.
But the incumbent champions weren't finished. They fought back and scored three tries to go up 19-17 with ten or fifteen minutes left. The hung on for a while, but couldn't get out of their own half. Eventually they conceded a penalty and the Capilano centre - surely the best place-kicker in the competition - duly slotted it to edge the Caps in front.
The Valkyries spent the last eight minutes or so throwing the kitchen sink at the North Vancouver team, but couldn't advance down the field. The Caps gave away numerous penalties in this time, including a couple of yellow cards, but they held firm enough in the end for a hard-fought win over the Valkyries.
It was a tough way to end the season for the hitherto undefeated Valkyries. Indeed, by my count they've lost about four games in 5 years - two of them being provincial finals. They probably hadn't found themselves in dark places often during the season, typically leading games from the front and sometimes running up large scores. Nevertheless, they were the standard bearers for the competition until the last game of the season, and did the club and jersey proud.
Next step is to attend the banquet this Friday then enjoy the summer. We'll check in periodically.