Regals and Chargers to meet in A final
by Randy Pascal
Only the Confederation Chargers now stand between the Marymount Regals and a sixth straight SDSSAA flag football championship.
A 13-1 win over the Lo-Ellen Park Knights may seem, at a glance, like a comfortable victory, yet it was anything but. Not until Allison Byrnes
weaved her way into the end zone, from three yards out, with 6:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, could Regals supporters finally breathe easy.
Marymount looked to be well on their way in the early going, dominating the battle of field position through much of the first quarter, and rewarded with
a nine yard touchdown run from Carli Parker for a 6-0 lead.
The second twelve minute frame, however, was much more back and forth, as penalty issues for the Regals and a Lo-Ellen attack that freed up speedy
Sammi Whitehead created some challenges for the flag football juggernauts.
The defenses on both sides were making their presence felt, as the only other scoring before half came courtesy of a 26 yard single, on a punt, from
Lo-Ellen kicker Ashley Prince.
With the likes of Victoria Suotaila and Kate Dugdale disrupting the Regals offense for the Knights, and Tyanna Soucy, Tiffany Hodgins
and Hope Joly doing the same on the oher side, neither squad could mount much in the way of sustained offense, until Marymount finally broke through
with their insurance TD late.
Allowing just a single point, the Regals' defense would see their season long total climb to just eight points against in seven games played. "We're very
close friends and teammates, so we try and have as much fun as we can on the field, and work as a unit," noted four year veteran and grade 12 senior
"We work together and help each other. If I miss a flag at one point, I know in complete trust that my teammates have my back and are behind me 100%."
Though their season of defensive dominance included a 7-0 win over Lo-Ellen at the end of September, the Regals knew they were in for a fight the second time
"We had to be confident in ourselves, but we have to always remember that the teams that we are going against have earned their position," said Millar.
"When it's the final four, any team can win."
A native of England who is blessed with a naturally outgoing and clearly charismatic personality, Millar is prone to the occasional outburst of
excitement upon successfully trapping an opposing runner behind their line of scrimmage.
"I have a group of friends who always try and make signs and support me, so when I hear them calling my name, I try to wave or do a little hip shake,"
she said with a smile. The Regals will now do battle with a Confederation team that appears to be really hitting their stride at just the right time.
The Chargers blanked the Lasalle Lancers 15-0 in the second semi-final, taking advantage of their big play abilities. Kaitlyn Walker
bolted 50 yards for a major in the opening half, with Kayleigh Coufal adding the point after, as well as a single before the half ended.
The final 24 minutes of play again featured the talented tandem, as Walker returned a punt 45 yards to paydirt, and also chipped in with a pair of
interceptions on defense, while Coufal sailed a second straight convert attempt through the uprights.
Both flag football finals are scheduled for this coming Tuesday (November 1st) at the James Jerome Sports Complex, as the Lockerby Vikings and
Horizon Aigles meet in the "B" matchup at 5:00 p.m., with Marymount and Confederation taking to the field at 7:30 p.m.