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AJHL releases 2018-2019 league schedule

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While we are literally only days into summer, Dragons fans can start looking forward to the 2018-2019 AJHL season.

The league has released the coming season’s schedule. This will be the 55th consecutive season for the league and it all starts August 19 where teams will be playing a 50 game preseason.

The Dragons will get a taste of preseason action in a tournament in Camrose, August 29-31, taking on Sherwood Park,  Fort McMurray, and Drayton Valley.

    On September 5 the Dragons host an interleague game versus the Kindersley Klippers of the  SJHL.

   Opening night for the Drumheller Dragons is Friday, September 14 when the team hosts the Brooks Bandits.

September will conclude with the 12th Annual AJHL Showcase in Camrose, Alberta from September 27– 29.

In February 2019, the AJHL will celebrate Family Day with seven games scheduled for Monday, February 18th.  Host teams will provide great family day entertainment, post-game skates, special in-game promotions and pre-game activities.

   The 2019 Inter Pipeline AJHL Playoffs will open on Thursday, March 7th, 2019.   The top team in each division will receive a first-round bye. The Viterra AJHL South Division and Viterra AJHL North Division will playoff to determine a divisional champion at the conclusion of Round Three.  The North Division Champion and the South Division Champion will then compete in the Inter Pipeline Cup Final.


Drumheller Reds undefeated champs at weekend tourney

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The Drumheller Reds steamrolled over the competition at a Crossfield tournament this weekend, sweeping four teams on their route to gold.

The team of 10-11 year olds beat Carstairs 10-4, Crossfield 11-1, Didsbury 10-7, and Delburne 8-1 in the finals.

Coach Kim Moulton says the team has a 9-1 record with one game of the season remaining.

“We’ve been pretty strong this year and it’s been working well with lots of improvements,” Moulton says. “They’re real good teammates who don’t get down on each other and are always helping each other out.”

Badlands Bulldogs undefeated at home

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The Badlands Bulldogs/Red Deer Titans are undefeated at home after beating the Calgary Knights on a stormy Saturday night.

After a delayed start due to lightning, the Bulldogs braved rainy conditions against the Knights on June 23. The game started off slow with a 7-5 score at halftime but the squad cruised to a 22-5 finish and won their third straight home game of the season.

“The knights are always a very tough team and as expected they brought a good side. Fortunately we were up to the task. We were happy to come away with a win considering their skill and physicality” said coach Sean Tindall.

This was the first game for Bulldogs player Garrett Copp, who previously played university-level football. The game also saw Ron Silva return to the field for the first time following a shoulder injury. Originally from Sri Lanka, Silva previously played professional rugby in Canada and overseas and recently coached the Stettler Wildcats girls’ rugby team through an undefeated season, which ended with a silver medal at the provincial championships.

“I was concerned joining a new team and it was my first game following my injury but the team welcomed me and gave me the courage to play my first game back...we played as a unit” said Silva.  

The team also donned their new jerseys at the game, supported by their 2018 gold sponsors Cervus Equipment of Trochu and Drumheller.

“We’re so thankful to Cervus for supporting the club” said April Harrison from the Bulldogs, “we have 4 players from Three Hills and Trochu, which just underlines that this team is open to anyone from the area that’s interested in giving rugby a try.”

The squad also wishes to thank the Aquaplex for staying open late for players to shower and to Big Country Graphics for their work on the jerseys. The Hanna Hawks football club also donated post pads which made the game possible. EMR Morgan Miller also volunteered her time to provide medical support on the sidelines.

The Bulldogs/Titans face the Calgary Irish for the return game in Calgary on Saturday July 13 at 7:30 pm.


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