Family connection clicks for CWFL’s Storm

The expansion Storm may not have scored a lot of points thus far in the young Cowichan Women’s Football League season, but their family connection is showing a lot of promise.

The Storm lost 39-6 to the Blue Steel last Sunday, with their lone touchdown coming when three family members clicked. Lana Mann snapped the ball to niece Rachel Paddle, who pump-faked before going deep to cousin Miranda Mann for the touchdown. Of the four players on the field for the Storm, four were CWFL rookies, all of whom made contributions.

The Blue Steel got two touchdowns each from Roby Clement and Jessica Knowles, and one each from Shelby Wilcox and Sam Stinson. Sam Miiller had three converts and two interceptions, while Clement, Stinson and Heidi Padjen also had picks. Padjen, Mila Main and Kirbee Crisp recorded sacks.

Like the Storm, the Ravens also fielded a large batch of rookies last weekend, with five newcomers on the field, including three who had to learn the sport on the fly. The rookies adapted well, and the Ravens beat the Sirens 27-20.

Rookie Sarah Russ scored two touchdowns, but it was veteran Rikki Wylie who came up with the biggest play of the game, intercepting a red-zone pass and running it 100 yards for the gamewinning touchdown shortly after the Sirens came back from a 20-0 deficit to tie the score.

Other Ravens to get on the scoresheet were Morgan Rogers with an interception and Dana Thorne with a convert and a rouge. The Sirens got two touchdowns and an interception from Deanne Mearns, a touchdown and a convert from Shelley McKay, a touchdown from Christine Switzer, a key interception from Kaelyn Corbin, a convert from Carmen Brown, and a sack from Sabrina DeRochers.

Also on Sunday, the Law beat the Wild 26-18. Jackie Poznecov had three touchdowns for the Law, with the fourth from Crystal Gotto. Poznecov also had a convert and in interception, and Gotto added a convert. Kim Scafe recorded two picks and Jaimie Olson had one, while Kelly Hall had a sack.

The Wild, meanwhile, played their "best game yet" according to player Val Chambers. Sue Glenn had an interception and a touchdown in the first half, then had a 75-yard interception touchdown in the second half. Rhiannon Kemmler also had a touchdown, and Chambers recorded an interception.