Introduced for the first time last year

Stettler Wildcats rugby team to raise the bar this season

Stettler Wildcats girls’ rugby team has started training and preparing for the season as they look forward to playing some big games.

This year Stettler Wildcats girls’ rugby team has already started training and preparing for the season as they look forward to playing some big tournaments.

The initial information session and sign up meeting was this past week with 40 names, of which six were Grade 9s.

“Getting at least 35 or more was what we were hoping for as that still allows for a lot of playing time with games being 80 minutes long with 15 players on the field at a time,” said Coach Josh Elliott. “Carrying a large roster I think will have a lot of payoffs as older players can help teach younger players and build better athletes as we grow.”

According to Elliott, it is important to get as many girls involved in the game as possible, not only for the positive outcomes like self-confidence and being part of a team, but one never knows which players would evolve into rugby die-hards and adopt the game into adulthood.

“The amazing thing about rugby is how vibrant it is beyond high school and developed at the club level for adults, socially and competitively,” Elliott explained. “Female athletes on women’s rugby teams in Red Deer, Edmonton, and Calgary can range from age 18 to late 40s.”

Elliott said that he had met middle-aged mothers still playing rugby and enjoying being physically active alongside multiple U of A Pandas teammates at the club level.

“I think that is an awesome pathway for adults to stay physically active as they get older, and I hope this program helps open a window for these girls when they get older if they choose,” Elliott stated. “Our big mantra last year with the girls was that they were changing perceptions of what girls can do and would be affecting the lives of the younger generation of girls in Stettler.”

Elliott said that through role modelling, rugby can have a profound effect on the younger siblings, neighbours and people in the community, of what they are capable of.

“Rugby has already opened up new possibilities for the Grade 10s and current students, as they are now coming to the high school excited to join the already existing rugby team,” Elliott added. “We will be growing from 19 girls to around 35. But, we still need to decide on our team goals this year as we start our first practices this week.”

The girls finished fourth in the league last year out of nine teams in Central Alberta.

“I think it is realistic to shoot for top four again and even getting third in the league would be amazing as a second-year program,” Elliott said. “If we can crack top two, that would be a great accomplishment and I don’t think we’re that far off with the roster we have, but we want to keep our goals realistic and achievable. And perhaps compete for a spot to go to 3A provincials.”

 

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

Just Posted

Synchronized Skating National Qualifying Event hosted in Red Deer Alberta Jan. 25th-26th

The 2020 Mountain Regional Synchronized Skating Championships are part of the National qualifying system

The Stettler ATOM female team will be having a Hockey Fights Hunger Food Drive Feb. 8th

Drop off locations will include Canadian Tire, No Frills and Sobeys from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

County council approves “challenging budget”

Provincial government cuts affect County’s revenue sources

Stettler’s Big Brothers Big Sisters has plenty of events lined up for the first part of 2020

January is Mentoring Month across Canada and throughout North America

VIDEO: WHO says China virus not global health emergency

The decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday

Blackfalds RCMP investigate fatal motor vehicle collision

Collision occurred at the intersection of Highway 11 and Burnt Lake Trail

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

Alberta privacy watchdog investigates ID scans at liquor stores

Alcanna Ltd., based in Edmonton, runs Liquor Depot, Wine and Beyond and Nova Cannabis stores

Survey finds support among Canadians for broader assisted-dying law

The survey was conducted Jan. 17 to 21 among 1,552 Canadians eligible to vote

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

Canadian public health agencies ramping up preparations in response to new virus

Health officials have said there are no confirmed cases of the emerging coronavirus in Canada

‘Naughty boy’: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

The comedian has been suffering from a rare form of dementia

Most Read