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Wednesday , 5 October 2022

Cold Lake to host national championship football on Saturday

The national championship is on the line.

The quest for a perfect 9-0 season will be put to the test for the Cold Lake Fighter Jets who will host the GTA All-Stars.

It’s been a quick rise to the top for this franchise, born from the ashes of the Lloyd Vandals program, the Fighter Jets have quickly become the best squad in the AFL, punctuated by a dominating 55-0 shellacking of the Airdrie Irish in the league title game.

Not just on the field, as Cold Lake gathered several 1st team league honours including having the MVP in Teague Sherman and Most Valuable Offensive Player in quarterback Raishaun Provo, it’s also an opportunity to put Cold Lake on the map.

“It’s very unique having a Cold Lake team host a national eventm” said Mayor Craig Copeland, who is putting full support behind the squad. 

“Council and administration in designing the field, we really wanted it so that when big showcase events like this happen, the seating that we have, not only the stands, but also the berms that we have, you could put in a lot of people here and it’s gonna be a great game Saturday.”

Gates open at Thomas Varughese Field at 5:00pm and the big game kicks off at 6:00pm.

WATCH: Interview with Fighter Jets and AFL veteran Glen Dembicki

Lakeland Connect will be covering the game with pre-game, halftime, and post-game reaction Saturday night.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.