Valkyries Claw their way to the ‘Ship

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens

May 3,2014 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Velox Valkyries overcame a 26-10 deficit at the half to post a 27-26 win and a trip to the 2014 British Columbia Rugby Union Provincial Championship next weekend in Vancouver. Joining the Valkyries will be the reigning Gordon Harris Memorial Trophy holders, Burnaby Lake RFC.

This will be the fourth consecutive year these two have met in the finals with Burnaby winning in 2011 and 2013 and Velox in 2012.

Things looked dicey for the Velox squad on Saturday as they took on 4th seed Capilano. The Valkyries, in what can be described as their worst ½ of the season, fell behind early and would sink deeper in to hole as they struggled to maintain possession, losing numerous balls at the breakdown.

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Devine Burton and the rest of the Velox Valkyries had their hands full in the first half as a determined Capilano side jumped out to and early lead. Photo by Glenn Ivens (ISN)

Velox’s Randi Hunter was able to drive over the line in the final minutes of the first half to cut the Capilano lead to 16 points.

A little motivational speech from Coach Oli Scott along with the guidance of veterans like Sarah Levson, Marlene Donaldson and Britany Sims and the Valkyries came out inspired and determined to make a game of this.

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Lynzi Anderson (top) was quick to the ball forcing Capilano to make plays under pressure.

Cherisse DuPreez (bottom) was all over the field on Saturday helping the Valkyries to a berth in the Adidas Women’s Premier championship. Photos by Glenn Ivens (ISN)

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Some costly penalties by Capilano allowed the Valkyries to close the gap to 26-22 thanks to try’s from Chelsey Minter and Randi Hunter. Capilano opted to go for goal on a pair of penalties that would have put them up by 7 points but failed to make on both attempts. Velox would take advantage and pushed hard into the Capilano zone and finally showed off their skill set moving the ball out to the wing and Samantha Keeger crashed over for the try and a 27-26 win.

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Velox’s Sam Robb shows her face of determination as she drives through the tackle during Saturday’s BCRU Semi-final against Capilano. Photo by Glenn Ivens (ISN)

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 Lynzi Anderson gets set to pass to the backs during BCRU Women’s Adidas Premiership Semi-final action. Photo by Glenn Ivens (ISN)

Valkyries Michelle Helmzechi finished the day with 2 converts and penalty kick. 

The Valkyries will now travel to Vancouver’s Klahanie Park to battle the Burnaby Lakers RFC for the Gordon Harris Memorial Trophy. If the last three years have been any indication the fans should be in store for one heck of rugby game. 

 

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