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.