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Sabres soccer win third at first ever tournament

soccer.jpg    The St. Anthony’s Sabres finished in third place at their first ever-senior girls soccer tournament.
    In fact, many questioned whether this was the first ever tournament of its kind in the province.
    The Sabres hosted teams from Chestermere, Strathmore, Okotoks and Canmore on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4 in Drumheller.
    “I was happy with the results of the tournament, looking at how teams played against each other, because I wasn’t sure how it was going to balance.  But just about every game was competitive and close which is good,” said Makse.
    The Sabres first went up against Canmore and claimed their first victory, winning 1-0, with the goal scored by Megan Duncalf. Their next game saw them play Chestermere to a 1-1 tie. The Sabres however won the tiebreak.
    Next they played Strathmore. Last week, the two teams met in exhibition play and last time Strathmore was victorious. This time the teams played to a nil-nil tie. Again the Sabres won the tiebreak.
    In their final game of the tournament they played Holy Trinity Academy of Okotoks. Again they played to a no-score draw. This time Holy Trinity Academy won in the tiebreak. They also went undefeated in the tournament to win first place overall. Chestermere claimed second.
    Makse was very happy with how the team played.
    “We never lost a game, and we conceded only one point for the whole tournament,” he said. The whole team improved immensely with every game; their individual play, their team play as well as the technical aspects of the game.”
    Goalie Kelsey Christal was the Sabres’ MVP for the tournament.
    “She was phenomenal. She made some great saves and some great plays,” said Makse. “In the shootouts she made some amazing saves.”
    Organizers hope to make the tournament an annual event, and are grateful to the Drumheller Dairy Queen for sponsoring the plaques and MVP medals. They are also grateful for the referees who officiated on short notice.
    The team is hoping to set up a couple of exhibition matches leading up to the zone final on October 24 and 25.

Innisfail fails as Senior Titans drive home victory

titans.jpgThe Senior Titans finally displayed the spirit and determination of last year’s team, and won their first game of the year against Innisfail.
Innisfail was three and zero coming into the valley, and carried a loss on the way out. On Saturday, September 27 the Titans played Innisfail and beat them 21-15.
“The team is finally getting it... we had a defensively outstanding first half, and our offense has seen an obvious improvement,” said head coach, Jason Rasmussen.
The first half of the period showed complete Titan domination of the field. As soon as Innisfail was on offense, Drumheller shut them down and regained possession. The team left two quarters with a lead of 21-1.
“Our offensive line did good, Braydon Mahon wasn’t called on a lot, but did a great job leading huddles and was a catalyst for running plays,” which ultimately led to running touchdowns.
Daulton Smith scored two touchdowns and Joa Markotic ran one into their zone. “Those two did a great job. They saw lines to run in, and read the other team. Darren Smylie stands out and had a phenomenal game, reacting to the backfield of the other team despite having a sore wrist,” Rasmussen said. “He made a lot of great hits, along with the rest of offense.”
There are of course improvements that need to be made, as the team is in a “rebuilding era.” One watching the game could see that the special teams need practice to have a clear view of their job in certain plays. “With a team with so little experience, we haven’t taught them the subtlety of an on side kick,” Rasmussen said.
The Titan’s next, and last home game is on Saturday, October 4, a double header with the Bantam Titans. The Seniors play the Bow Valley Wolverines at 2:00 at the Drumheller Composite High School field.  Rasmussen said, “they are going to give us a run for our money, it will be a very good game.”

Disappointing opening weekend

dragons-wk-37.jpgThe Drumheller Dragons played their first two games of the season last Friday and Saturday night, September 5 and 6.
The season’s opening night was a tense battle with the Sherwood Park Crusaders, with a crowd of 1273 at home. The Dragons were down in the first period, but evened it out 5-5 by the third. The Dragons fought valiantly, having over a dozen more shots, but Sherwood scored in the last half of the third, resulting in a 6-5 loss.
On Saturday, the Dragons played the St. Albert Steel at home, to a crowd of 723 people. Although there was no scoring in the first period, Sherwood scored five goals in the second, and two more in the third as well did the Dragons. The final score was 7-2 for the Steel. St. Albert’s goals did not come easy though, the Dragons did well in the first and third periods.
The Dragon’s next game is in Calgary, versus the Canucks on Thursday, September 11. The next home game is Saturday, September 13.

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