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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.

U17 soccer strikes gold

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Saturday, June 16 was a good day for the U17 Drumheller Soccer team, after a tough season, they faced Carstairs once again, this time for the district finals. This game was a high scoring affair, and the Drumheller team took the victory and the championship 5-4.

Local swimmers shine at provincials


Canadian Badlands Aquatic Club members Nathan Dobell, Ava Harrington, Shane Issler and Annika Lassen attended Southern Alberta Provincials in Medicine Hat this past weekend, June 16-17. Annika Lassen placed 6th in 200m Breaststroke and 7th in 100m Breaststroke. Shane Issler claimed silver medals in both 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly, 4th in 200m Backstroke, 7th in 50m and 100m Backstroke and 8th in 50m Freestyle. Nathan Dobell received his first provincial medal with bronze in 100m Backstroke as well as 5th in 50m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly and 7th in 200m Backstroke. The coveted 4 x 100 Aggregate Award was given to Ava Harrington after receiving gold medals in 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle and 8th in 100 Breaststroke. Harrington came home with three other gold medals in 200m and 400m Freestyle and 200m IM, as well as a bronze in 50m Butterfly. Ava will compete in six events at Swim Alberta Championships in Calgary June 28 to July 1st. Ava was selected for the Zone 2 swim team at Alberta Summer Games and will travel to Grande Prairie with the team for competition July 19-22.

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