Meghan Howat of the Westshore Valkyries finds an opening during BC Rugby Premier Women’s play against Burnaby Lake on Saturday at the Juan de Fuca field. The locals won the game 26-15 to push their season record to 9-0 atop the division. The teams play a return engagement on the mainland this Saturday.

Westshore women dominate B.C. league

Valkyries gear up for another run at B.C. Premier women’s rugby title

The Westshore Valkyries felt a sting of defeat last spring when their arch-rival Castaway Wanderers captured the B.C. Premier Women’s Rugby championship title.

So far this season, the Vals are showing signs that any challenge to the crown will have to go through them.

On Saturday at the Juan de Fuca field, Westshore reeled off its ninth straight win without a loss in league play, beating Burnaby Lake 26-15.

To date the Valkyries have amassed 430 points, with just 93 scored against,both far and away league bests.

Seattle has played well this season and sit in second at 6-3, but they’ve not been able to show the same level of dominance that Westshore has over opponents. Cowichan and Castaway-Wanderers sat tied to start the week at 5-5, while Capilano (4-6) and Burnaby Lake (0-10) round out the league standings.

With the league regular season champion slated to play the fourth-place team in the first round of the B.C. playoffs, there’s a very real chance that last year’s finalists may meet up. They’ll go head to head April 8 at Windsor Park in Oak Bay, but this Saturday, the Valkyries will travel to the mainland to face Burnaby Lake in the back end of a home-and-home.

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