Hosting their archrivals the Saskatoon Valkyries, the Regina Riot played with a strong sense of purpose. Of note, the club hosted their first-ever “Teal Game”, raising funds in support of the Ovarian Cancer Canada Regina Walk of Hope. Playing under the lights at Mosaic Centre, the contest finished in a 28-19 final for the Valkyries.
Elite signal caller Aimee Kowalski had built up strong momentum in the first half. Finding both Alex Kowalski and Claire Dore for touchdowns, her efforts were complemented by a field goal from Morgan Turner, as the Riot held a 16-14 halftime lead.
Making adjustments in the second half, the Valkyries retained their hold on first place in the Prairie Conference by mounting a comeback.
Despite the loss, there were some encouraging performances that will contribute to the Riot’s confidence in a May 30 rematch with the club. A blocked punt and a fumble recovery were confidence builders for the Riot, despite the victory.
In addition, numerous members of the Riot defense made some big plays. Katie Rogal, a veteran defensive lineman registered a sack in the contest while Mallory Starkey added an impressive tackle in the backfield. Rookie safety Mira Trebilcock is establishing herself as a star in the making with an interception on Valkyries quarterback Stacey Boldt.
The real victory was the money raised for a noble cause. As the Riot continue to extend their presence in the community, the joint initiative with the Regina Walk of Hope is testament to their role as sporting humanitarians.
After the game, sisters Amanda and Courtney Tafelmeyer brought some volunteers from the Regina Walk of Hope to the field for a photograph as a gesture of gratitude. Through efforts such as ticket sales, donations, merchandise and food sales, the Riot raised $1,507.