Ready for the gridiron: The Shuswap Bantam Chargers

Football season set for kickoff

These three words will soon be replacing the sounds of soccer at SASCU Little Mountain Sports Fields

Down. Set. Hike!

These three words will soon be replacing the sounds of soccer at SASCU Little Mountain Sports Fields as the Shuswap Bantam Chargers minor football team are set to kickoff their season this Saturday.

This year will be a little different for the Chargers compared to their past seasons.

For the first time, the Bantam Chargers will be taking part in the Vancouver Mainland Football League, instead of the Southern Interior Football League.

“Unfortunately there was no Bantam division in the Interior league this year, but luckily the Mainland league took us in and are able to accommodate us,” said Rob Ellis, Shuswap Minor Football vice president and Bantam coach.

The Chargers will start their season at 1:30 p.m. on home turf versus the Meadow Ridge Knights from Maple Ridge.

The Chargers will play 10 games in total. Six will be in the Lower Mainland while the other four will be home games at SASCU Little Mountain Sports Fields.

“The only time we have played teams from the Lower Mainland is in provincials, so this year will be a very challenging but fun year for us.”

Ellis says the Chargers have a fast and big squad with lots of returning players that will allow the team to be competitive in the new league.

“These are the best teams in the province, the competition level will be higher than last year, but I know the team is up for the challenge.”

Also hitting the gridiron this weekend are the Jr. Bantam Broncos and the Peewee Colts as they take on the Vernon Magnums in Vernon on Sunday.

“The Broncos look like they will be very competitive this year. They are 30-men strong this year and they have good size and speed,” said Ellis.

On the other hand, the Colts are “brand-spanking new” says Ellis.

He says there are only two or three returning players to the Peewee roster this year.

 

The Broncos and Colts first home game of the season won’t be held at Little Mountain until Sunday, Sept. 20.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Okanagan and Shuswap MPs want federal funds to help stop invasive species

Concerns raised that spending favours Eastern Canada.

Homeowners arrive in North Shuswap to find thieves busy breaking in

Chase RCMP request assistance from public in tracking down suspects

Driver in North Shuswap observed vomiting after crashing vehicle, then running

Chase RCMP say woman was impaired, given 90-day driving prohibition

RCMP called in North Shuswap about vehicle with U.S. licence plates

Police summoned on July 4 regarding car parked with California plates

Motorcycle rider seriously injured in collision with vehicle southwest of Pritchard

Chase RCMP report that motorcycle was attempting to pass when crash occurred

Horgan says B.C. restart making gains as more people come out of their homes

B.C. announced the easing of more restrictions on businesses, recreation and travel last month

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

Ryga Arts Festival to include virtual and in-person events

Arts festival in Summerland will run from Aug. 15 to 23

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Man drowns while swimming in Okanagan Lake

The incident happened off the shores of West Kelowna on Thursday

Conservatives say police should be called into investigate WE charity scandal

Trudeau is already under investigation by the ethics commissioner for potential conflict of interest

Most Read