The Stettler Minor Football Association (SMFA) hosted a jamboree for all three home teams – Atom Bobcats, PeeWee Panthers and Bantam Cougars – on Saturday, June 10.
There were 13 visiting teams, with two teams cancelling from the original 15.
“Our jamboree went well, even with the rain all the teams were having fun and had a chance to see their league counterparts and showed what true sportsmen they are,” said Desmond Ansorger, SMFA president and Stettler Cougars Assistant Coach. “It was a busy day with four games going every hour from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Besides, all three of our teams participated in the Stampede parade, while some of the coaching staff took part in Association of Communities Against Abuse (ACAA)’s campaign, ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes;’ we couldn’t have had such a successful jamboree without such community support.”
Speaking of the Stettler Atom Bobcats’ performance, Devon Mappin who stepped in for Head Coach Mark Neitz said, “We did very well on Saturday, more importantly the kids had fun. Several players were given the opportunity to carry the ball, and it was exciting to see them grow as a group during the fall.”
For the Stettler PeeWee Panthers, Kevin Shuckburgh said that the jamboree was a great opportunity for coaches to evaluate where their players were at after a month of spring camp.
“For the most part we were pleased with the effort our players gave on the field, that said we as a coaching staff were able to analyze what areas need focus and improvement come fall,” Shuckburgh added. “It’s a great group of kids, coaches, and parents we are working with.”