AGM Announcement

The Regina Riot’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00pm. The meeting is open to the general public.

At the meeting, four Board of Director positions will be voted on: Vice-President, Secretary, Member-at-Large and Director of Sponsorship & Community Relations. Vice-President, Secretary & Member-at-Large will each be two-year terms. Director of Sponsorship & Community Relations is a new position this year, and will be a one-year term. Descriptions of each of the available roles can be found below.

If you’re interested in applying for a board position or would like to learn more, send an e-mail with your resume & cover letter to reginariotboard@gmail.com. Please specify the position you are interested in applying for.

 

Vice-President Job Description

Secretary Job Description

Member at Large Job Description

Director of Sponsorship & Community Relations Job Description

Fall Camp Announced For October 14th

The 2017 Regina Riot Open Camp presented by Evolution Fitness will be taking place on Saturday, October 14th at Mosaic Stadium. The camp, which has become an annual tradition for the Riot, is used to help scout potential talent and spread the game of football to women who might otherwise never get the opportunity to play.

If you’ve attended one of these camps in years past, you might notice that things are being run a bit differently this year.

“The camp will start off in the morning by giving players who are new to the game a chance to learn the basics of football,” explains Head Coach Olivier Eddie. “They’ll rotate through stations pertaining to different player positions, which will be run by our coaching staff.”

In the afternoon, the new athletes will participate in a Regina Riot limited-contact practice where they will learn and execute the Regina Riot offense and defensive plays.

“We look forward to welcoming new athletes to our camp each year,” elaborates Eddie. “Whether these athletes have played the sport before or not is irrelevant. At the end of the day we want to give them an opportunity to feel what it’s like to be part of our organization.”

The event offers an exciting opportunity for women to learn the game of football, but the coaching staff isn’t only focused on fun. The camp is also a prime opportunity to scout potential recruits for the 2018 season.

“It’s fun to meet new & get to know the new athletes,” explained Eddie. “Each year, we seem to identify 5 to 10 new recruits who we believe have a strong chance of making our roster.”

Camp will be held at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday, October 14th. Things get started that morning at 8am with registration. Practice will be broken up into two sessions (morning & afternoon), with lunch provided in-between. That meal, along with a camp t-shirt, is included in the registration fee of $40. Female athletes of all skill levels, who are of the age of 14 or older, are welcome to attend.

If you’re interested in attending and have questions, please reach out to reginariotfootball@gmail.com. Or, you can register today by clicking here.

Riot Awards Banquet Results

Friday, September 22nd marked the Regina Riot’s annual Awards Banquet. Held at the Ramada Hotel after a well-earned summer break, it was a night for the team to get together and celebrate their second championship victory in team history.

 

OVARIAN CANCER SOCIETY

The evening began with the presentation of a $2,000 cheque from the Regina Riot to their partners the Ovarian Cancer Society. The partnership between these two groups has grown significantly over the past few years, with members from both sides volunteering at each other’s events. This culminates each season with the Riot’s annual Teal Game, at which portions of game day event profits are donated to the OCC. It’s a partnership that both sides look forward to continuing for years to come.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Next up was the Paige Mitchell Memorial Scholarship, which was being handed out for the first time this year. Paige Mitchell is a former Riot player who passed away suddenly in the fall of 2016. Members of Paige’s family were on-hand to award the scholarship, which goes to a Riot player who is going to school to become a tradesperson. Baillie Jo Koszman, a third year defensive lineman for the Riot, was the lucky recipient.

The Regina Riot Alumni Association also awarded additional scholarships to Riot players Adrienne Zuck & Payton Kuster.

 

COACHING TRIBUTES

Players took the stage throughout the evening to pay tribute to their positional coaches. These presentations ranged the spectrum from short speeches to elaborate game shows, but it was obvious to all in attendance the great love and appreciation the team has for their coaching staff.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS

2017 Championship Rings were also handed out to members of the Riot that evening. Passed out by General Manager Alicia Dorwart and Board of Directors President Clarke Westby, the rings are customized to each individual player, leaving them each with their own unique memory of an incredible season.

 

AWARD WINNERS

Perhaps the most anticipated portion of the evening, coaches took the stage one at a time to award players for the hard work and passion they showed during 2017 season. Many kind words were spoken, and in the end, Team MVP was handed out to running back Carmen Agar for her contributions on the field this year.

A full list of award winners can be found below:

Team MVP – Carmen Agar, Running Back

Offensive MVP – Carmen Agar, Running Back

Defensive MVP – Katie Hungle, Defensive Line

Special Teams MVP – Payton Kuster, Returner

Offensive Rookie of the Year – Jenna Koller, Receiver

Defensive Rookie of the Year – Kristi Jakubowski, Defensive Line

Most Improved – Taline Blakley, Offensive Line

Offensive Lineman of the Year – Celeste Schnell, Offensive Line

Defensive Lineman of the Year – Ashleigh Henrion, Defensive Line

Unsung Hero – Shelby Moran, Linebacker

Coaches Choice Award – Mallory Starkey, Running Back

Hard Hat Winner – Artemis Kouropoulou, Linebacker

Media Appreciation Award – Rob Vanstone

 

Riot Begin Search for Head Coach

Following a successful 2017 season that saw them win their second WWCFL Championship, the Regina Riot are searching for someone to fill the position of Head Coach. Why make a change after winning it all? Well, it all comes down to the situation that lead to 2017 Head Coach Olivier Eddie taking on the role back in February of this year.

Previously, head coaching duties had been handled by Shawn McCall. Coach McCall began with the team as Head Coach prior to the 2015 season, and that year lead the Riot to their first WWCFL Championship. He returned in 2016, but resigned from the position in February of 2017 for personal reasons. At that time, offensive coordinator Olivier Eddie was named as Interim Head Coach for the 2017 season. Eddie, of course, would then go on to lead the team to their 53 – 0 victory over the Calgary Rage in the league championship.

With the 2017 season complete and Eddie’s interim head coach role lifted, Riot administration has decided to proceed with an open call for all head coaching candidates. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in the position, the job posting is available below. The Riot are hoping to officially fill the position by September 1st, 2017.

 

Job Title: Head Football Coach

Reports to: General Manager

Starting Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Term End Date: July 31, 2018 (with possibility for extension)

 

*This is a volunteer position

 

Overview

The Head Football Coach is responsible for planning and directing conditioning, training, and performance of athletes for the Regina Riot football program. The Head Football Coach will also play a large role in athlete recruitment, though that is not their primary responsibility.

The Head Football Coach will direct a group of volunteers consisting of his assistant coaching staff, who have specific responsibility for offense, defense, linebackers, offensive/defensive line, quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, etc. This work may include coaching in outside areas, hot and cold weather, and exposure to elements such as rain, snow, dirt, fumes, and loud noises. The duties require moderate to active physical activity.

The Head Football Coach will report directly to the General Manager, but may also receive direct communication from the Board of Directors from time to time.

 

Examples of Duties

The following list provides an example of the most typical duties for this position. Not all duties listed may be necessary during the course of your term, nor does this list include all work that may be assigned.

  • Direct assistant coaches in the overall planning and execution of the football program
  • Recruit quality prospective athletes
  • Monitor and maintain the discipline and conduct of athletes to support the image and reputation of the Regina Riot football program
  • Plan coaching and practice sessions in accordance with WWCFL regulations
  • Coach team members individually and in groups, demonstrate game techniques
  • Develop and implement game strategy and position assignments
  • Oversee the strength and conditioning program of athletes
  • Promote the Regina Riot through community events, public speaking, fundraising, and marketing
  • Ensure adherence to all Football Canada, Football Saskatchewan, and Western Women’s Canadian Football League rules by athletes and supporting staff

 

Minimum Qualifications Required

This position requires a minimum of 5 years football coaching experience at the high school level or above.

 

All interested candidates are asked to apply via email with a cover letter and resume to reginariotfootball@gmail.com no later than August 4, 2017.

 

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Riot Win 2017 WWCFL Championship

Saturday, June 10th, 2017, marked a historic day for the Regina Riot, as the team took home their second WWCFL Championship. The championship game took place in Saskatoon, where the Prairie Conference Champion Riot went head-to-head with undefeated Western Conference Champion Calgary Rage.

It was another cold, damp game for the Riot, something they ran into on the majority of their road trips this season. Despite the weather, the team was able to jump to an early lead with when Jennilea Coppola caught a touchdown score from Aimee Kowalski. The Riot never looked back, taking a 36-0 lead into the second quarter. The final score of the game was 53-0.

“We are extremely proud of our team,” said Head Coach Olivier Eddie after the game. “We knew from day one that we had a group capable of accomplishing big things.”

There were some big numbers to come out of the game. Veteran Quarterback Aimee Kowalski threw for four touchdowns, two of which went to the rookie Coppola. It was also a big night for the Riot defense, who added Calgary to the list of teams that they shut out this season. For those wondering, that list includes every single team that the Riot played in 2017.

However, it was second year defensive back and kick returner Payton Kuster who had the biggest night of all. Kuster scored two punt return touchdowns and also caught two interceptions, which was enough for her to be named as the Riot’s championship MVP.

This was the team’s second league championship in the past three seasons, and as such Coach Eddie recognizes that this win was built not only on the hard work of thisyear, but on the foundation of past success as well.

“We have a phrase that we’ve used this season, ‘Hard Work Wins’” explained Eddie. “We’ve represented this through our Hard Work Wins Helmet, an award we hand out to a player who has gone above and beyond the call of duty each week. This week we had all of our five year veterans sign the helmet, as a symbol of the hard work of those who helped build this program seven years ago. We want to salute them as well, as they were a big part of what we accomplished this year.”

One of those veteran players was Claire Dore, a wide receiver who was on the original Regina Riot roster in 2011. Claire had announced before the game that this would be her last, as she plans to hang up her cleats this offseason.

“There isn’t much that makes me happier than seeing Claire end her career with a WWCFL Championship,” said the rookie Head Coach. “She’s been instrumental to our team’s success. She deserves to go out this way.”

As part of a pre-game ritual, Dore “passed the torch” to Payton Kuster and Hope Jordens, who followed behind the veteran with the team’s two flags as Dore lead the Riot onto the field before kickoff. Based on Kuster’s performance in the game, the Riot will remain in good hands for years to come.

The Regina Riot will begin their defense of the championship when the 2018 WWCFL season kicks off next spring.

Riot Advance to WWCFL Championship

This past Sunday afternoon, the Regina Riot locked in their spot in the WWCFL Championship game for the second time in franchise history. The victory came at Historic Mosaic Stadium, and is the last game of tackle football that will ever be played at the iconic venue.

The action on the field was as hot as the 30-degree temperature in the air. Saskatoon was able to jump out to an early 3-0 lead, after which Regina scored 21 unanswered. Before the Riot were able to completely pull away, the Valkyries put 13 points of their own on the board, leading to a score of 21-16 going into the fourth quarter. It was in the fourth that defensive back Courtney Tafelmeyer caught the game clinching interception for the Riot, returning it all the way down the sideline for a touchdown. The Riot would win the game with a final score of 34-24.

“We overcame a lot of adversity in practice this week, and for that I’m extremely proud of our athletes” said Head Coach Olivier Eddie following the performance. “It was fitting for the defense to seal this game for us with a pick-six. They played so well all year long, they deserved that moment.”

With the win, the Riot must look forward towards their championship matchup against the WWCFL Western Conference Champion Calgary Rage.

“Calgary is the only undefeated team in the WWCFL,” said Eddie when speaking about the upcoming challenge. “They are coming off a bye week and will be well rested and prepared. We need to be at our absolute best next weekend.”

But the first year Head Coach isn’t worried. He knows his team will be ready as well.

“We built this program based on hard work, and that’s exactly what we will continue to do this week leading up the Championship.”

The championship game takes place in Saskatoon at 8:30pm on Saturday, June 10th. A consolation game will be played between the Saskatoon Valkyries and Edmonton Storm beforehand at 5:15pm. Both games will be played at SMF Field.

Riot Clinch Home Playoff Showdown Against Valkyries

The Regina Riot closed out their regular season this past Sunday with a road trip to Manitoba to challenge the hometown Winnipeg Wolfpack. A win for the Riot would clinch first place in the WWCFL’s Prairie Conference, and lock in home field advantage for that all important playoff game with the Saskatoon Valkyries. And win is exactly what the Riot did.

“It was important for us to play well in Winnipeg, which we accomplished” said Head Coach Olivier Eddie following the 35-0 performance. It was another fast start for the Riot offense, who ended their opening drive with a big touchdown run by Carmen Agar. The Riot took a 23-0 lead into the half, and added another 12 points in the second half before completing the defense’s third shutout of the season.

While it was exciting for the Riot to lock in another home game for their schedule, there was not much time for celebration. “We are quickly turning our attention to the playoff game this weekend,” said Eddie. “Having the chance to play on our home field is a great advantage, and we know that we will have great support in the stands. It’s going to be an exciting game.”

While home field advantage does play into the Riot’s hands this weekend, neither team was able to successfully defend their home turf against the other during the regular season. The home-and-home series was split 1-1 between the two rivals, with the Riot shutting down the Valkyries offense in Saskatoon and the Valkyries responding with a last minute victory in Regina just two weeks ago. The third meeting will not only be the rubber match between these two provincial rivals this season, but it will also catapult one of these teams towards the WWCFL Championship Game.

Despite the pressure, Eddie remains confident. “Everything we have worked for as a team since January leads to this weekend. Our athletes are motivated and prepared. We will be ready for June 4th.”

The game takes place on Sunday, June 4th at Historic Mosaic Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1pm. Tickets are available online at the Regina Riot website.

Riot Lose In Home Heartbreaker

Following a hard-fought road victory on May 13th, the Regina Riot played host to the visiting Saskatoon Valkyries last Sunday in the back half of a home-and-home series. It was the Riot’s 3rd Annual Teal Game in support of the Ovarian Cancer Society, a sponsorship that the Riot is very happy to be part of.

“We are extremely proud to have been able to work with the OCC team to bring awareness to the cause of ovarian cancer,” said first year Head Coach Olivier Eddie. The game ended up raising $1,750 in support of the cause.

An evening kickoff of 7:30pm meant that the lights at Historic Mosaic Stadium got to be fired up for game action one more time, something that I’m sure gave more than a few fans in attendance a slight chill (though that may have just been the breeze).

The game, like all games played between these two teams over the past few seasons, was a tightly contested affair. The Riot took a lead early in the first quarter, and did their best not to relinquish it for the remainder of the game. The strategy proved to be successful, right up until there were only 7 seconds remaining on the clock. It was at that point that the Valkyries scored their second touchdown of the game, giving the road team the 20-17 lead and ultimately the victory.

“I have to give it to them; they found a way to hang in there and get 10 points in the 4th quarter to win the game,” said Eddie after the game. “Thankfully for us, we won the plus-minus battle for the season and will keep hold of 1st place in our conference.”

That first place conference standing means that the Riot are the favourites to host a home playoff game, which would be taking place on June 4th. Before they can begin preparing for the postseason, however, the Riot need to set their sights on their regular season finale this weekend in Winnipeg.

“We need a win this weekend in Winnipeg to secure a home playoff game,” explained Eddie. “It’s been one of our goals since the beginning of the season to host this playoff game, and right now we’re one win away from doing so. I think our athletes will be ready to go and fight for it, and I’m optimistic about our chances of locking this up.”

This week’s matchup takes place on Sunday, May 28th at Nomads Field against the host Winnipeg Wolfpack. The game kicks off at 2:00pm Regina time. Be sure to follow @ReginaRiot on Twitter for live game coverage.

RIOT SHUT OUT VALKYRIES IN FIRST MEETING

It was a cold evening in Saskatoon on Saturday, May 13th, but the action on the field was red hot as the Regina Riot took on the defending WWCFL champion Saskatoon Valkyries. It was the first of two meetings this season between the rivals, a series that could decide home-field advantage in the WWCFL playoffs.

It was a tightly contested game throughout, but in the end Regina came home with a 16-0 shut out victory. It was the first time in league history that the Saskatoon Valkyries finished a game without scoring a single point. It was the second straight shut out that Regina has recorded this season.

“The defense focuses on playing with confidence and being well prepared,” said Riot defensive coordinator Morgan Bunce. “The players made big plays when it counted most. The effort on and off the field this past week really shows the player’s dedication to the team.”

Head Coach Olivier Eddie gave some perspective on the Riot’s offensive performance, noting that the team gained over 400 yards on that side of the ball. “You expect to produce more than 16 points when you do that,” said Eddie. “We made a couple of crucial mistakes in the red zone that allowed them to stay in the game. We have to do a better job of capitalizing and taking the pressure off of our defense.”

With the victory, the Riot have taken a 4-2 series lead over their last 6 matchups with the Valkyries, further solidifying the Riot’s entry into the elite of Canadian women’s tackle football. The rematch takes place next week in Regina, but home field advantage provides no guarantees.

“Neither Saskatoon nor Regina has swept the home and home series since 2014” said Coach Eddie after the game. “That’s how evenly matched these two teams are.”

When asked what the key is to changing that trend, the head coach emphasized avoiding complacency. Bunce added, “We know each week will be a greater test than the week before. We’ll adjust our game plan to correct any issues and continue to work on building our fundamental techniques.”

The rematch takes places on Sunday, May 21st at Historic Mosaic Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30pm. It is the Riot’s 3rd Annual Teal Game, in support of the Ovarian Cancer Society. Tickets are available online at the Regina Riot website.

Riot Roll Past Fearless, Look Towards Valkyries Double-Header

May 7th has come and gone, and with it another season of Regina Riot football has officially gotten under way. Let’s take a look back at what happened last weekend, as well as look forward at what challenges face the Riot over the upcoming weeks.

 

WEEK 1 RECAP

The Riot kicked off the regular season at home this past Sunday, when the visiting Manitoba Fearless visited Historic Mosaic Stadium. It was great day for football (they all are, aren’t they?) with a bit of wind being the only possible complaint. The Riot matched these great conditions with an even better performance, defeating the Fearless by a score of 41-0.

The day’s events began with a special tribute to Paige Mitchell, a former Riot player who passed away suddenly in the fall of 2016. In honour of her memory, team members who played with Paige presented the Mitchell family with Paige’s former game jersey. It was also announced that Paige’s #79 will be retired by the Riot going forward. It was a touching tribute, which also included a musical performance of one Paige’s favourite songs, “Hey Jude”.

Following the pre-game ceremony, the Riot took to the field for the first time in their new uniforms. Adding to the excitement of the new jerseys was the home crowd. “It was great for us to get out there and play in front of our home fans for the first time this year” said Head Coach Olivier Eddie following the game. “Seeing how large the crowd was and how involved they were with the game was a great positive for us. It means a lot to our athletes to see this kind of community support.”

It didn’t take long after the opening kickoff for the Riot to take the lead, one which they wouldn’t relinquish for the duration of the contest. “We started off very explosively and put points on the board fast” said Eddie. “It helped us control the game from the onset.”

Particularly impressive was the Riot defense, who posted a shutout in the victory. “We were relentless and really got after their Quarterback” said the first year Head Coach. “This allowed us to snag four interceptions. Anytime you play defense like that, good things are bound to happen.”

 

WEEK 2 PREVIEW

Next on the docket for the Riot is a trip to Saskatoon on Saturday, May 13th to challenge the defending WWCFL champion Saskatoon Valkyries. This is the first in a back-to-back series with the Riot’s fiercest rival, as the series will return to Regina for a rematch on Sunday, May 21st.

The Valkyries and Riot have become the premier western Canadian women’s football teams over the years, with Saskatoon in particular earning five WWCFL championships since the league’s inception. The Riot, meanwhile, have shown steady improvement over the past number of years, on the way to putting together their own championship season in 2015. Despite the disparity in championships, the series has been more even as of late, with a 3-3 split between the two teams over the past three seasons.

The Riot recognizes that these games with the Valkyries are important in playoff seeding, and plan to prepare accordingly. “We have a short week of practice this week, so it will be important for us to be diligent in order to be prepared for Saturday night.”

The action starts this Saturday, May 13th in Saskatoon at SMF Field. Kickoff time for the game is at 7:00pm.