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Training pays off for Badlands Rugby players

the squad

Four Badlands Rugby Football Club (RFC) players joined the Bow Valley Barbarians, also known as the ‘Ba-Baas’, for their game on Friday evening against the Calgary Saracens on July 14.

The game was held on field one at Calgary Rugby Park, the same field where just last month the Canadian national team hosted Georgia.

“Imagine centre court at Wimbledon, well this would be the Rugby equivalent in Calgary, not bad for our first game,” remarked April Harrison, a club member.

The weather was polar opposite to that game, with clear skies and temperatures soaring to 27 degrees for the 6:30 p.m. kick off.

The Ba-Baas, a developmental team out of Bow Valley RFC, welcome players from multiple teams that might be new and in need of some game experience.

Six Badlands players from both the Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s teams, attended training at Bow Valley on Thursday ahead of the Men’s game.

Short enough players for a full side, the Saracens agreed to a ‘friendly’ game of 10’s, playing 25 minutes each way.

For three of the four Badlands players, this was their first ever game of Rugby, but the training had clearly paid off as two of them scored Trys! You score a ‘try’ when you move the ball into the in-goal of the other team and “ground” the ball. That is the only place a try is scored.

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The Ba-Baas put in a great effort and a last minute Try from Dustin Clark, one of the Badlands boys, brought the score to within one point.

“Despite our inexperience and a narrow loss, the Badlands players fit into the Barbarians side comfortably. The other three guys have never played rugby before and they performed well beyond my expectations,” said Andrew Beattie, Badlands RFC player/coach.

“The experience the four of us gained at the training session and in the game on Friday is immeasurable," he added.

The other Badlands Try came from ‘Left Wing’, Brady Kaiser, who showed his pace when he saw a gap in the Saracens’ defence and sprinted for the try line early in the first half.

“I was a little wary of joining the team at first because I literally didn’t know a thing about the sport but the guys and gals in Drumheller and Cochrane really make it fun,” he said. “It’s a great chance to get out for some exercise and forget about the weekly grind for a night. I’m super excited to keep playing rugby for years to come.”

Salen Prasad rounded off the Badlands cohort and put in a resounding effort at ‘Loosehead Prop’.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group of rugby newcomers that left it all out on the field,” said Salen Prasad. “The Bow Valley squad welcomed us with open arms and even though we came up one point short, we won’t be hanging our heads anytime soon! There’s a big future for rugby here in the Badlands.” 

Badlands players are planning to join the Ba-Baas for more games in the coming weeks. Beattie encouraged people from Drumheller and the surrounding communities to think about joining in Canada’s fastest growing sport.

“We’ve already had a couple of clubs ask if we’d be interested in setting up an exhibition game. We get new players along to training most weeks and if we could get say, five more, we could for sure do that,” encouraged Beattie.

DGSA finishes season strong

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The Drumheller Girls Softball Association (DGSA) season finally came to an end on July 7, 8, and 9.

“They had a lot of fun and it was a learning experience for some and it was great for all. I’m sure they are all going to come back next year,” said DGSA president Kent Jensen.

Starting from top to bottom in age, the U16’s placed 5th at their provincial tournament in Stettler.

The girls had played four back-to-back games in weather easily over the 30-degree mark.

“They lost the tiebreaker to get into the final four so they ended up in fifth place overall,” said Jensen.

The U14’s lost three games and won one at their provincial tournament. As for the U12’s, they lost to Innisfail.

So far, four to five girls will be moving on to the U19 team next year.Registration for the league will start in September at the Sports Expo.

Strong registration for Dinosaur Half Marathon

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One of Drumheller’s premier sporting events appears to be bucking the trend. While many other events are seeing a decline in numbers, often due to the economy, the Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon is seeing strong registration.

The road race, which includes a 5 km family walk and run, a 10k run and a half marathon, is set for Sunday, September 10. There are already 169 registered for the eighth annual race.

“Registration is up above last year so everything is going good,” said race director Morgan Syvertsen.

“We just have a great race. I have been talking to people and they make it a point of coming here.”

This year’s race will follow the same courses as last year’s race. Syvertsen explains the routes have been certified by Athletics Canada.

“We spent a day with a court measurer, using special devices, and now everything is exactly the right distance,” he explains.

This means that the Dino Half could apply to become a qualifier for other high profile events.

He says one of the reasons for the success of the event is the dedication of the race organizers, and the volunteers leading up to the event and on the day of the event.

“All the ducks are in a row, everyone is committed, we have the volunteers in place …now all we need is really good weather.”

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