Sunday , 26 September 2021

Eye to Eye

Photo Credit: Tiffany Smith 
I think it would be great if every kid could give Football a try at least once, it’s a great way to get into shape, body and mind.. Practise everyday takes a huge commitment and determination. Lining up across from the other guy, staring him in the eye takes courage. I played the football in high school and college and know first hand; only the strong survive .
I think it’s safe to say, the Bengal’s are off to a banner year. They’re having a terrific start to the season, winning the first three games by huge scores. This past Saturday was no exception, when they won again 34 to 0 on the road against Lloydminster Mustangs. It’s a little too early to talk about winning the league championship; especially after seeing how the Edmonton Eskimos started the season 6 and 0 and then lost the last four. You know, anything can happen, but they are looking really strong and it’s partly because of the Elk Point talent that is part of the squad.
‘Danny Boy’ Cardinal getting an off side penalty then making up for it on the very next play with a huge tackle. Charlie ‘Chuckles’ Rogal with some big tackles too, including one that would have changed the game early on when he hauled down a receiver that was wide open and would have made the end zone if not for the speed of ‘Chuckles’. Team captain Odin ‘the Wall’ Smith will always in the middle of the pile. Lineman ‘Bazooka Joe’ Cardinal and Chayse ‘Big Papa’ Pankiw doing some really great blocking for the running backs.
This coming weekend they will play against the other Lloydminster team, the Chargers at home. Then have the Thanksgiving weekend off before playing against Bonnyville. The Bonnyville boys have the same 3 and 0 record as the Bengals , but they had beaten the Bengals in the preseason Jamboree. This may be the best team in the league and Bengals’ biggest test of the year.
Nothing to report for St Paul Lions, who also have some very talented players from Elk Point, ‘Hank the Tank’ Rogal, Ty Cobb’ Smereka and ‘Silent Sam’ Henderson to name a few. They have been having problems getting teams to play this year, some of the teams have moved to a different league and others have had to fold due to lack of players.
There was some really good news for St Paul football  last week, they received a cheque for $110,000, grant money to help  pay for lights on their field.  This will not only allow them to play Friday night under the lights games, it’s also good for later practices. The lights will benefit the track and field club as well. Still short about 40 to 50 thousand dollars to complete the job, the teams are pushing hard to get enough money so to have them up for next season. You can help by picking up their discount cards and watching out for other fundraisers; so give them a hand if you can.
More awesome news from fall ball, Elk Point’s awesome  Austin ‘ the Wizard’ Stafford allowed only one run, striking out 5 batters,  in 4 inning pitched this past Sunday when they played a double header against the F X Academy at the Wally Footz field in Edmonton winning both games.
And still in baseball a big happy birthday going out to Elk Point Minor Ball president Dennell ‘Nelly’ Anderson today, She’s really done a terrific job of building our minor ball system up and is in the process right now with some grant money from Baseball Alberta and the Town of Elk Point of building a brand new diamond for the little mosquitoes, squirt, peewee level players. Dirt work in underway as we speak.
And lets not forget about hockey? The ice plant was fired up yesterday. We will be starting to make the ice, but as usual there is still lots of clean up work to be done before the start of the season , so come on out and give us a hand.
And now for the K.A. Campbell quote of the week. ” If winning isn’t every thing ,why do they keep score ? ” – Vince Lombardi NFL coach.

About Doug Bassett

As Elk Point's resident sportshound, Doug Bassett has been actively involved in the local sports scene for over 30 years. He's been writing sports reports on local amateur sports starts for 20 years. Down-to-earth honest sports reporting, Doug will bring you updates on the sports that matter the most; your kids! Known for giving every kid on the team a unique nickname and highlighting their attributes, Doug will make sure you're up-to-date with scores, games, and locker room antics!