June 9th, 2018 Langford, BC ( ISN ) – The Island Football League finished their inaugural community minor football season yesterday with their sights set on an entertaining next weekend of semi-final playoff action, culminating in the Island finals to be held June 24th at Royal Bay Secondary.
The Island Football League, founded in 2018 by the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Football Association, pits teams from their respective associations, as well at South-Side Minor Football Association, all playing through a gruelling, nine week regular season to have the opportunity to play for the championship in their respective divisions.
In final weekend, regular season the Cowichan Bulldogs visited Westhills Stadium to take on three Victoria teams. The Dogs would see action against the undefeated Atom division Saanich Raiders, the second place PeeWee and Junior Bantam division Saanich Wolverine teams.
In the early, breakfast club game, the Saanich Raiders would defeating the Bulldogs 26-0 to finish their storybook season undefeated at 6-0 and win a automatic bye to the Island finals at the top seed.
In the PeeWee Division, the second place Saanich Wolverines played what was to be considered a rubber match against the third place Cowichan Bulldogs. In a match that had no playoff implications, this match was more about pride and a warm up to the semi-final match between these two teams. The Wolverines would be the victor in Saturday’s meeting, dominating the Bulldogs 34-8 on an outstanding, four touchdown performance on the legs of Saanich’s Heath White, which included an impressive pic-6 to cap off his efforts.
The 6-0, division-leading Westshore Warriors will sit idle next week as they await the outcome of another rematch between the two teams in a semi-final match-up to see who the Warriors will meet in the championship final.
In the Junior Bantam battle it was all Cowichan, as the Bulldogs would put the bite on last year’s Zone Bowl champion Wolverines 54-0 to punctuate their dominance this year over their competition. The Bulldogs, behind a big front line, would finish the season 7-1, there only mark in the “L” column coming from a game forfeiture this season according to the standings. Winning the regular season points race, Cowichan would post an impressive 210 points this season, the most in the island league.
The Bulldogs will await the decision between the Saanich Wolverines and the Westshore Warriors in a semi-final match up that scheduled to be played on Cowichan’s home turf at McAdam Field in Duncan next weekend at 1:00 pm.
The Island Football Association Championships are scheduled for June 24th, starting at 10:00 am at Royal Bay Secondary School.