For the second year in a row, the Crew have claimed the two big prizes in the Cowichan Women’s Football League, and they will be looking this weekend to complete the Triple Crown with another win at Sun Bowl.
Already the league’s regularseason champions, the Crew were handed the playoff title last Saturday after the Ravens were forced to forfeit the league final. One Ravens player had been injured in a work accident, another had her spouse injured, and some players had other commitments, making it impossible for them to field a team.
The Ravens didn’t go home empty-handed, however, as quarterback Rikki Wylie was named league MVP, and speedy newcomer Lauren James was selected as Rookie of the Year.
Last year, the Crew became the first team to win the CWFL’s regular season and playoff titles and then win Sun Bowl. They’re hoping to repeat the rare trifecta by emerging as the best out of 18 teams that will contest the Pacific Northwest Women’s Football Championships at McAdam Park this Saturday and Sunday.
Along with seven teams from the CWFL, Sun Bowl XXIX will include squads from Vancouver and Victoria. Games begin Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Besides the Crew, teams to watch include the Chargers out of Vancouver and the Extreme from Victoria, according to organizer Chris Mann.
"There’s no telling how strong the teams are going to be," he said. "We have several strong teams, but in Vancouver, it’s a different ball game. There’s no telling at what level those teams are playing."
The two days of football will wrap up with the final at 4 p.m. on Sunday.