The Cold Lake Penguins and Lloydminster Reapers are hosting their first home game in Cold Lake this weekend. Both the men’s and women’s have games this weekend. There will also be a youth rugby clinic. All of this combines to make the title of Super Saturday.
Penguins excited to be home
The Cold Lake Penguins have played a total of three games this year. They sit 0-3 on the season. Their record only adds to the excitement of the weekend, and truly makes it a super Saturday. The team is in search of their first win. The women’s game starts at 1 p.m., and the men’s game starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
“We’re a little gun shy on making any promises any promises or commitments. We’ve been off for a month and that’s hard. We celebrated a long weekend in there. This core group of people is committed. We’ve had great attendance and efforts at practice. We were so close our last game… Maybe if the stars align we can get that first win.” President of Penguins Rugby, Dave Brown says.
The Penguins Rugby club has been building Saturday into a mega event. The youth rugby clinic starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The clinic is in partnership with Rugby Alberta. Jared Nichol, head of youth development for Penguins Rugby, is in charge of the clinic. So far 51 kids in the Lakeland area have registered for the clinic. Registration will remain open until 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
“There’s an interest in the game. We want to provide a free, fun, enjoyable experience for the youth. Give them a barbecue, and let them watch the adults if they want to.” Jard Nichol explains.
In addition to everything else, the Penguins are planning to make the afternoon enjoyable for the full family.
The rugby club is also hoping for the Super Saturday to benefit the community. They are asking any who comes to the games to bring a donation for the Food Bank.
“We want to help our community. We’re gathering food bank donations. We are challenging our players to bring in donations, and challenging the other teams to bring in donations. We are inviting anyone from the community to come out as well.” Brown adds.