Morinville Sports Shorts – Football Camp & Jets Pre-Season

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Coach Ryan Brown receives a tackle from a camp participant during last Thursday’s wrap up to a four-day football camp program put on by the Town of Morinville.

Football camp deemed a success

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IMG_3393-webPhotos by Stephen Dafoe

The Morinville Community High School field served as the venue for a four-day introduction to football last week. Organizers say the camp drew roughly two-dozen local youth to learn the warm ups, techniques and complex rules of Canadian football.

Coach Ryan Brown said he was pleased with the camp. “I’m super thrilled with the effort, the turnout, and the amount these kids picked up in four days,” Brown said, adding the event included actually playing a game of football. “Football is a complicated sport, but for this to be an introduction for most of these kids who have never played a down before – it’s been an awesome experience as a coach and I hope it has been an even better one as a player.”

He is hopeful the success of last week’s camp could kick-start a renewed interest in football in Morinville. “I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens,” Brown said. “I can see after getting the program launched and off the ground Morinville being a very strong football town.”

Above left: Participants do their warm up running at the start of Thursday’s camp.

jetslogoJets take to ice for hometown tourney this weekend

The Morinville Jets will follow the final two days of their training camp with a weekend pre-season tournament at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre this weekend. The club will take on the Leduc Riggers Sept. 6, Wetaskiwin Icemen Sept. 7 and the Stony Plain Flyers Sept. 8. Friday and Saturday game times are 8:45 p.m. The Sunday night game is at 6:45 p.m.

The Jets open the 2013/2014 regular season in St. Albert against the Merchants Sept. 20 and play their home opener Sept. 22 at 6:45 p.m. The Jets home game will be against the Wetaskiwin Icemen.

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