After four years of suffering a loss to the eventual WWCFL champion Saskatoon Valkyries in the Prairie Conference championship game, the Regina Riot persevered and have arrived at the level that eluded them for so many seasons. A convincing triumph against the Edmonton Storm has provided the proud franchise with its first WWCFL championship in franchise history.
Gracing the gridiron at Investor’s Group Field in Winnipeg (which also hosted the eventual champion United States in preliminary round play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup), an historic chapter in Canadian women’s football took place. From the outset, the Regina Riot and the Edmonton Storm had never played each other before.
During the WWCFL’s preseason jamboree, the Riot had competed against the Calgary Rage. Considering that the Rage qualified for the Western Conference championship game, a rematch between the two seemed possible.
Subsequently, neither of these teams had won a championship before, marking a rare occurrence when both contestants have clashed for the chance to win a first title. Having been vanquished by the Valkyries in two previous title game matchups, the Storm were aiming for a better outcome with the Riot.
Instead, it was the Riot that rode a whirlwind of momentum. Quickly capitalizing on the chance to gain a significant lead against their Western Conference opponents, jumping out to a 14-0 advantage, Edmonton could not mount a comeback.
From offensive superstars such as Aimee Kowalski and Carmen Agar dominating through the air and on the ground, the lead grew to a 30-0 margin by halftime. Kowalski would not only connect with her sister Alex for a touchdown, she would also find backup quarterback Sami Bray in the end zone.
Agar would complete the game with a sterling 104 rushing performance. Perhaps more impressive was the fact that she only touched the ball 10 times as she led all players in rushing yardage in the 53-7 triumph.
Although the jubilation of the championships brings with it the all-too obligatory retirement (charter member Angie Douville decided to hang up her helmet), the presence of future stars such as Mira Trebilcock, a two-sport star in hockey and soccer, adds to the confidence of a bright future ahead.
Having spent so many seasons in the shadow of the Valkyries, the first dynasty in the history of the WWCFL, the Riot are poised to build on this unprecedented success. With All-World quarterback Aimee Kowalski not ready to retire yet, the chance to establish a new dynasty is highly likely.