Flock of Eagles soar into Summer Games

Football: Ten foothills athletes to hit the gridiron in Airdrie

By: Remy Greer

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 06:00 am

Jude Oh of the Foothills Bantam Eagles is one of 10 foothills area athletes to make the Zone 2 football squad for the Alberta Summer Games this week in Airdrie.
Jude Oh of the Foothills Bantam Eagles is one of 10 foothills area athletes to make the Zone 2 football squad for the Alberta Summer Games this week in Airdrie.
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In a game of stops and starts there will be little to no rest for the weary this weekend.

Such is life on the gridiron at the 2014 Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie where the traditional weekly football format is scratched for a condensed three-games in three-days slugfest for provincial bragging rights.

“Usually you’re used to a good two-three days of recovery time before you even have a next practice, and (here) the next morning you have another game,” said Priddis’ Brigham Wilson, one of 10 foothills athletes suiting up for Zone 2. “It’s going to be a lot to be able to recover and then if we make it to the finals, to be prepared for that after two games in a row.”

Zone 2 combines athletes from as far as Crossfield to Drumheller, stretching from Didsbury to Okotoks. However, familiarity shouldn’t be an issue for at least eight members of the squad.

There will be a flock of Eagles wearing the Zone 2 colours in Airdrie. Foothills Bantam Eagles athletes Blake Klotz, Payton Price, Tyler Going, Ben Tighe, Jude Oh, Evan Bruynzeel, Ajay Chatta and Nick Wiebe are joined on the roster by Will Downey of Priddis.

Price, who lines up at safety, said the considerable Eagles content on the roster should be advantageous for Zone 2 in game situations.

“Most of the Eagles players have played together for several years and they know how everyone works,” he said.

“The coaches have been really good at preparing us for it.

“We’ve just got to be pull our weight.”

Eagles head coach John Price will be assuming the same duties for the Zone 2 outfit. He said the focus at pre-tournament sessions has been around team building and preparing for its tournament opener versus Lloydminster’s Zone 7.

“We’ve been guessing what they’re going to do defensively, what they’re going to do offensively,” said coach Price.

“And putting those kids in game-type scenarios the other team might play so it’s not a surprise to them.

“We’re focused on getting the kids working together ... That’s a big thing about what the Games are about, it’s not always about the competition itself, it’s about growing these kids into mature adults.”

Wilson, a defensive end, said he’s most looking forward to the on-and-off the field team bonding that’s as much a part of the celebration of summer sport as the medals.

“A lot of my friends that are in CIS right now, they all tell me about their Summer Games experiences and it sounds like a great time,” said Wilson. “We have a team with a lot of heart and we will be able to pull together and win some of the individual mental battles where we would lose physically. I think we have a really good chance.”

The Alberta Summer Games are July 24-27 in Airdrie with the football competition held at Genesis Place Stadium and East Lake Field.

For more information go to 2014airdriegames.ca


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