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Ravens thrive with no spares

Ball falls out of the grasp of both Veronica Smith of the Ravens and Ginette Bilina of the Wild in Sunday’s women’s football action at McAdam Park. - Don Bodger
Ball falls out of the grasp of both Veronica Smith of the Ravens and Ginette Bilina of the Wild in Sunday’s women’s football action at McAdam Park.
— image credit: Don Bodger

Ravens made a strong start to the Cowichan Women’s Football League season after a bye week despite limited players with a 40-6 win over the Wild Sunday at McAdam Park.

They actually began the game one player short and managed to score two early touchdowns before Kelsey Scholz showed up to give them seven. With no subs, all the players had to go both ways throughout the game.

Lonnie-Lee Peters had a huge game for the winners with three TDs, one that went 60 yards on a slant pattern on the third play from scrimmage and another on a 30-yard interception return. She also had a convert.

Rookie Lauren James ran 45 yards for her first-ever TD and added a convert while Rikki Wylie snared two interceptions and recorded a TD. Veronica Smith scored the other TD while Dana Thorne and Morgan Rogers accounted for converts.

Sue Glenn replied with the Wild’s lone TD and also grabbed an interception, along with Keri McKelvie.

Marika Richard did a great job for the Wild in just her second game at quarterback, displaying a strong arm.

“Ravens will be different this year and we will have great games, OK games and bad games,’’ noted Thorne, who has stepped back from running the team. “It’s hard to gauge how we’ll do in the league because we haven’t had many practices as a team due to field closures and individual schedules.’’

Rogers is now doing the organizing and Thorne’s husband Drew vacated the coaching position so the team will be operating game plans on its own.

“Ravens are still competitive but want to have fun and keep a good chemistry on and off the field with one another,’’ Dana Thorne pointed out. “On Sunday, we had no idea what the score was and just played and had fun. We were laughing and teasing one another the whole game.’’

The team actually has a lot of rookies and a full roster of 16. Wylie continues to improve every year and with each game at quarterback, distributing the ball well among all members of the team.

In other action, the Roofco Sirens notched their second victory in a row by edging Moo’s Law 20-13.

Deanne Mearns, Janet Lindstrom and Shelly McKay scored TDs for the Sirens. Conversions were added by Mearns and Tara McCaffery.

The defence was led by three sacks from Sabrina Desrochers. Carmen Brown, Mearns and Jessica Kato-Koch all had interceptions.

Law TDs came from Rachel Hastings and Leanne Closson, with Crystal Grotto making a conversion. Britnie Hearsey came through with a pair of sacks on defence.

The Crew rolled to a 32-0 victory in a shortened game against the Storm.

The Storm forfeited the game at halftime, with several players suffering from injuries sustained prior to and during the game.

Janelle Mould was the scoring star with three TDs and made an impact on defence with an interception for the Crew. Alita Mattin and Marilou Sullivan contributed the remaining TDs, with one-point converts from Jess Wikkerink and Mattin.

Blue Steel Brew had the bye.

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