Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
April 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Velox Valkyries may not have played the prettiest game of the year on Saturday but they did what needed to be done, destroying the SFU Clanswomen 41-5, to make it back to the British Columbia Rugby Union’s Provincial Championship for the 3rd straight year.
Kelsey Oetting had a strong outing for the Valkyries scoring the opening try and putting together numerous runs down field. (photo by Glenn Ivens -ISN)
Velox’s Sam Robb came to play in Saturday’s BCRU Semi Final matchup with SFU. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Valkyries opened the scoring in the first 5 minutes of play when Kelsey Oetting found an opening and took full advantage to put Velox up 5-0. That would be all the scoring in the first half as the teams struggled to find any flow.
“Our defense was strong but offensively we seemed frantic and panicky, we just weren’t organized in the 1st half” remarked Lynzi Anderson “we settled down in the 2nd half and played as a team, listening to our leaders and played our game.”
Lynzi Anderson of the Velox Valkyries breaks through the tackle of SFU’s Erin Grant during Saturday’s Semi Final game of the BCRU Women’s Adidas Premiership. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Monique Boag lead all scorers on Saturday with a try and 3 converts as the Velox Valkyries downed the visiting SFU Clanswomen 41-5 in BCRU Semi Final action. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Velox’s Kelsey Oetting looks past SFU’s Jessica Mah to the goal line in BCRU Semi final game won by Velox 41-5. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Indeed they did as they scored 36 points in that 2nd half, with 3 of the tries being highlight reel worthy.
Lynzi Anderson would slash through the SFU defenders and find some open field then dish to Courtney Sims, who had broken her nose earlier in the game, who dotted down for 5, Monique Boag, who had a stand out game, broke free from a kickoff and raced down field to score under the posts and Anderson would again find an opening, break to the outside and use her speed to race down the sidelines beat one defender and touch down in the corner. Also scoring for Velox in the 2nd half were Frédérique Rajotte, Brittany Sims and Davine Burton, with Boag connecting on 3 converts.
Valkyrie’s Frédérique Rajotte races down the field on way to try against the SFU Clanswomen during Saturday’s Semi Final match. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Velox’s Lynzi Anderson turns on the jets as blows through the SFU defense in 41-5 victory. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
SFU would break through the stingy Valkyrie defense late in the game with Lillian Chung crossing the line for the only SFU points of the game.
Veteran Marlene Donaldson who has been a guiding force on a young Valkyries squad had this to say about this years team, “We started the season on a bad note, playing short in the 1st game, but we knew going forward that we were going to improve so we set the bar high knowing we were going to get some players, everyone we have has been key to our success so far. I know going into the finals we will be prepared for whom ever we face.”
Monique Boag outdistanced herself from SFU tacklers to score a try duriing a kick off return in one of several highlight reel tries by the Valkyries. (photo by Glenn Ivnes – ISN)
Velox’s Kelsey Oetting fights through the tackle of SFU’s Christina Burnham during Saturday’s BCRU Semi Final playoff match. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
That opponent will be last season’s ‘Gordon Harris Memorial Trophy’ runner up, Burnaby Lake RFC.
#3 seed Burnaby Lake upset #2 seed United RFC 13-5 on Saturday, to set up a rematch of the last two Provincial Championships.
The Valkyries will be looking for their 3rd career Championship and 2nd in a row when they take to the field on May 11th.