Team Canada shuts out Great Britain Lions, advances to gold medal game in Women’s World Championship

Team Canada earned a berth in the gold medal game in the 2017 Women’s World Championship at McLeod Stadium in Langley, B.C., Canada, after blanking a feisty Great Britain squad 35-0.

The Great Britain Lions started the game fast, recovering a Canadian fumble, and intercepting Aimee Kowalski. The Canadian defense was just as effective at stopping the British.

Canada scored first in the second quarter when Casey Brick caught a Kowalski pass for 18 yard touchdown. Carly Dyck’s extra point failed due to a bad snap. Then Kowalski began to exploit a weakness in the British secondary by hitting Laurence Pontbriand in stride for an 80 yard score with 8:06 left in the second, and Dyck made the PAT.

Kowalski and Pontbriand hooked up again to reach the British 15 yard line, and Brick caught a Kowalski pass from there to add the third TD with 1:05 left in the half. On another busted play, Dyck took the ball in for the 2 point conversion. The score at half was Canada 21 Britain 0.

With 8:39 left in the third, Julene Friesen caught a TD pass from Kowalski, and Dyck converted. After Britain blocked a Dyck field goal attempt, second Canada QB Maude Lacasse took a QB keeper in for a 17 yard touchdown, and Dyck added the extra point to make the score 35-0.

Britain had one last chance to score, but failed to convert a 4th down from at the Canadian 4 yard line.

The players of the game were LB Phoebe Schecter for Britain, and Emma Goldsney for Canada.

Russ Crawford is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH. He has published three books: Women’s American Football: Breaking Barriers On and Off the Field (2022), Le Football: The History of American Football in