Key Matchup in WWCFL as Regina Looks to Make Statement Against Saskatoon

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIMay 8, 2013

Morgan Modjeski, Metro Saskatoon
Morgan Modjeski, Metro Saskatoon

In what has quickly evolved as the signature rivalry in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League, the Regina Riot and Saskatoon Valkyries will clash on May 12.

Historically, these two cities have always been rivals and that has translated on to the gridiron. While it is only the second week of the 2013 season, both franchises are looking to make key statements.

An intriguing subplot in this contest is the fact that six players from Regina were named to the Canadian National Team that will compete in the Women’s Tackle Football Championships. Saskatoon had nine players named to the roster, giving fans the opportunity to witness some of Canada’s finest take to the field.

Having never lost a game in WWCFL history, the Valkyries are eager to maintain that streak. To snap Saskatoon’s undefeated streak would be a significant milestone in Riot franchise history. With the city of Regina hosting this year’s WWCFL championship, an early season win would provide Riot fans with the belief that the mighty Saskatoon dynasty can be toppled.

Playing with remarkable drive and ambition, the Regina Riot are ready to prove that they are worthy of championship consideration. Despite having two seasons of .500 football, a newfound confidence has injected the franchise. With an offense riding the rifle arm of Aimee Kowalski, a win against Saskatoon would be nothing short of historic.

Their opening match of the season was a convincing 35-0 drubbing of the Manitoba Fearless. Kowalski played with perfect precision  as she provided great presence on the offensive side of the ball. Defensive back Adrienne Zuck (one of the Riot players named to the National Team), had 6.5 tackles and a punt return for a touchdown. Her special teams heroics will be required again when opposing a dominant adversary like Saskatoon.

During Saskatoon’s first game of the season, the powerful legs of Julie David (with 128 yards rushing) carried the victorious Valkyries to an astounding 52-12 win. The margin of victory is testament to the talent on Saskatoon. Boasting the finest offensive line in the WWCFL, Saskatoon will test Regina’s defense early and often.

In 2012, the Riot were defeated by scores of 36-6 (on May 13, 2012) and 35-16 (on June 17, 2012) at the hands of the Valkyries. Even if the losing streak were to continue, the ability to keep the score close would reflect on the quantum leap that this franchise has taken. The most important match to win comes in the postseason, and any lessons learned in a regular season loss might pay championship dividends.