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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens

March 11, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Velox Valkyries, who began defense of their 2012 Harris Memorial Trophy with a loss to runner up Burnaby Lake RFC on the road last weekend, took on the Bayside Sharks in their home opener of the Women’s Adidas Preimership season on Saturday.

The Valkyries seemed to correct some commitment issues and came out in full force on Saturday downing the Sharks 35-0 and looking like they may take another run at the Championship.

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New Valkyrie Aysa Bartley (ball carrier) drives forward during Saturday’s Adidas Premiership game against the Bayside Sharks. (photo by Glenn Ivens) 

With Marlene Donaldson and Sarah Levson taking on the coaching duties during the Fall season they posted a record of 8-1. Oli Scott has now taken the helm and seems to have the ladies focused and prepared for the season ahead.

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The Valkyries will be looking to Chelsea Minter (left) and Carmen Sund (right) to provide veteran leadership. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Velox came out fired up and controlled the play for most of the game. Their defensive game was top notch throughout never allowing Bayside to gain any momentum. The Offensive side, while not as polished as last season, proved that it can put up the points when needed.

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Newcomer Frederique Rajotte dives across the line for one of her two trys on the day as the Valkyries down the Bayside Sharks 35-0 on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

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Sam Robb will be looking at getting the Valkyries back to the Harris Memorial Championship final for the 3rd straight season. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

It won’t be an easy task repeating as Champions, but if the Valkyries continue to play like they did on Saturday they just may make their 3rd straight appearance in the Provincial Final and bring the trophy back to the Island.

Velox 35 – Bayside 0

Scorers for Velox Valkyries

Chelsea Minter – try

Tanysia Komers – try

Lynzi Anderson – try

Cherisse Du Preez – try

Frederique Rajotte – 2 trys

Caitlin Beaton – try