Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
Velox Valhallians Field was a hub of activity on Saturday with four BCRU games on the slate. The marquee matchup pitted the Velox Valkyries against the Burnaby Lake RFC for top spot in the Women’s Adidas Premiership.
Velox and Burnaby went into the game undefeated with Burnaby holding a three point lead but Velox had a game in hand.
Velox came into the game determined to get redemption from last year’s loss at the Harris Memorial Cup final when Burnaby intercepted a pass and scored in the dying seconds to win 17-13.
Valkyrie Carmen Sund gave the Burnaby Lake tacklers all they could handle in a 26-8 Velox victory. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The 1st half went all Velox’s way as they controlled the ball and play. Some penetrating runs from Sarah Levson, strong drives from the forwards and strong defence kept play in the Burnaby Lake end for most of the half.
Velox’s Sarah Levson had a strong game peircing through the Burnaby defenders and gaining valuable field advantage for the Valkyries. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
A pair of tries, one of them converted saw the Valkyries head into the break up 12-0.
Burnaby showed why they are the reigning champions and undefeated on the season early in the 2nd half when they scored a penalty kick then added a try to narrow the Velox lead to just 4 points.
Burnaby Lake mounted a short lived come back in the 2nd half cutting the Valkyrie lead to 4 points. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
But Velox would not be denied as they regrouped and scored another pair of converted tries, one off a spectacular blocked kick by Natalie Tam who then collected the ball and went into the end zone uncontested, to take the game 26-8.
Natalie Tam races across the line uncontested after blocking a clearing kick deep in the Burnaby Lake end. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Jesse Olynyk remains on top of the league in tries scored adding another to sit at 10, while Burnaby’s Julia Sugawara added 3 points to her league leading total with a penalty kick and now sits at 60 points 10 ahead of Olynyk.
Velox also got tries from Britney Sims and Amanda Campbell who also added a pair of conversions. Burnaby’s lone try came from Kim Donaldson.
Britney Sims continued her fine play, scoring a try and helping her Velox Valkyries defeat Burnaby Lake 26-8. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Valkyries are now in first place with 29 points after 6 games while Burnaby is at 28 points after 7 games.
Earlier in the day the Velox Velites lost a close game to Burnaby 19-14 in Women’s Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two action. Angelika Wipler and Allie White crossed the goal line for the Velites with Irene Broeckey and Courtney Sims adding conversions. Try scorers for Burnaby were Alya Govorchin and Geneieve Gratton with two. Rebecca Queridido added two converts.
The Velox Valhallians Tier II Division 2 side had a testy affair with Richmond but when the dust settled they came out on top 29-27 for their first win of the season. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
In Men’s action the Velox Valhallians got their first win of the season in Okanagan Spring Brewery Tier II League 2 action downing Richmond in a testy match 29-27. While in Okanagan Spring Brewery Tier II League 1 action the Valhallians lost 20-18 to Richmond.
To view more images from Saturday’s games please visit my ISN Gallery.