League balance evident during season openers
Change is inevitable in the Cowichan Women’s Football League and it seems the latest roster shuffling has created great parity among the seven teams.
All three season-openers played Sunday at McAdam Park — delayed by one weekend by the weather — were close contests, with two touchdowns the largest margin of victory. And that was accomplished by the Sirens, who seldom won many games in past seasons.
“I think it’s going to be a good year,’’ said Chris Mann, who’s coaching the new Storm team that evolved from a split with the Wildfire, leaving the Wild as the other half of the initial group.
The Storm even won its first game with just seven available players, 13-12 over Moo’s Law.
“We’ve got a bunch of other rookies we’ve been working on,’’ said Mann.
“We basically had enough. The rest of them were sitting out there with a couple of injuries and stuff like that.’’
The Storm was quick on defence with interceptions by Andrea Kucherawy, Joanne Angus and Miranda Mann, but the Law got on the board first with a TD from Daneve Mackie in the second quarter.
Angus and Lana Mann added interceptions in the second half for the Storm.
The Law got its second TD from Mackie, but the Storm turned up the intensity and was rewarded with a TD from Angus to pull within six points.
With time running out, Storm rookie Elia Zanon caught a pass in the back of the end zone to tie the score and quarterback Rachel Paddle hit Miranda Mann for the one-point conversion that decided the game.
The newly-revamped Sirens were impressive in their season debut, beating the Wild 20-6.
Deanne Mearns, Tara Brooks and Christine Cronin scored TDs in the win. Mearns, Cronin and Jessica Kato-Koch had interceptions and Sabrina Desrochers added a sack.
The Wild’s lone TD came from Keri McKelvie. Defensive prowess was shown by Marika Masters with two interceptions, Val Larson with an interception and Jen Lewis with a sack.
Blue Steel Brew defeated the perennial powerhouse Crew 18-13.
Elija Espeseth led the way with two TDs, Mila Main had a TD and an interception and Heidi Padjen contributed an interception.
Janelle Mould scored a TD in the second quarter and a convert in the fourth. Jennie Hittinger recorded an interception in the first and a TD in the fourth while Morgan Kinahan came up with an interception and rookie Darci Zibin got a sack and blocked a punt in her first game.