June 17th, 2019

Steel down Rage, advance in WWCFL playoffs


By Woodard, Dale on June 11, 2019.

Dale Woodard

Lethbridge Herald

sports@lethbridgeherald.com

The Lethbridge Steel women’s football team is second-round bound in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League playoffs.

The Steel topped the Calgary Rage 27-21 in the conference quarter-finals Saturday in Calgary.

Following a 55-25 loss to the Rage in the second week of the season May 11 at the University of Lethbridge Stadium, a little bit of homework and a bit more familiarity with last weekend’s opponent has moved the Steel to the cross-conference semifinals against a to-be-determined opponent.

“Offensively and defensively we thought we were definitely a lot more prepared,” said Steel head coach Quintin Cheverie. “We watched film from that first game and we knew we played a bad football game. The tape didn’t lie and there were a couple of things that we needed to address right away. The defence knew what was coming and they understood what Calgary was trying to do, which was super important and a credit goes to our defensive co-ordinators, so they were ready to go for that. It was a good weekend.”

Thanks to a some solid ball control and keeping their offence on the field for the majority of the first half, the Steel were able to withstand a late Rage push.

“Later on at the end of the game Calgary had a couple of shots in the last 10 seconds of the game and the defence came up big,” said Cheverie. “They had a couple of really good athletes that we talked about.”

That prior knowledge came in handy on Saturday.

“We were confident going in, a little bit of nervous energy, but I think all of them knew they were the better football team and they came out and played as if they were the better football team,” said Cheverie. “We got on the scoreboard and Calgary just started to kind of panic and couldn’t get going.”

The Steel get the coming weekend off before getting ready for the cross-conference semifinals.

“We have some film to watch and break down,” said Cheverie. “This week will to be more of a walk-through practice. Some bodies are still getting healed and then we’ll ramp it up.”

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