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The Glendale Lady Raptors pounded the Austin Valkyries 32-12 to improve to 1-0 in Competitive Region Two Saturday.

Glendale led the entire match and 17-0 at halftime. It wasn’t until the game’s final minutes, with all Glendale subs made and a player lost to injury, leaving the Raptors with 14 on the field, that Austin got on the board with a pair of tries.

“We put our last three players on the field with still about 20 minutes left in the game,” said Glendale head coach Lisa Rosen.

“We wound up losing one of them and playing the last 20 minutes with only 14, and they pretty smartly were able to, when our fullback covered the blindside wing position, kick through.”

Glendale has a large contingent of new faces this fall, thus prompting a less structured a game than Rosen usually prefers, but it worked in the Raptors’ favor.  

“We went into it to constantly playing a real loose game plan to just see what would work with us, and we planned to tighten things up after that. For the most part, we made most of our line breaks by trying to play as much fast ball as possible and really trying to get as many people involved in the dynamic running game as possible,” she said.

“There was risk. We turned over a few more balls than we would have liked…but we did a pretty good job of penetrating the centers and then waiting until the subsequent phase to move it wide.”

Eagle forward Jillion Potter made her return from injury and played well, as did center Bethany Humphrey, two-try scorer Bethany Wilson and scrumhalf Sara Edwards.

With the bonus-point win, Glendale joins the St. Louis Sabres atop the CR2 table with five points.