Swift Current Minor Football preparing for third season

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Swift Current Minor Football is busy preparing for its third season of football in September. Saturday SCMF hosted their Jamboree at Riverside Park where players where put through the paces.

Swift Current Minor Football preparing for third season

Swift Current Minor Football is busy preparing for its third season of football in September. Saturday SCMF hosted their Jamboree at Riverside Park where players where put through the paces.

League President Rod Siemens explained the purpose of the Jamboree.

"One is just to get the season started, let the kids have some fun, and get back into the sport of football. It is also a time to do a little assessment because we will divide our teams up according to our assessments today. We obviously want to have equal teams so we are doing a little bit of assessment too. The number one thing is to let the kids have some fun out here and get a good start to the season."

The league will be divided into three divisions this season, the Co-operators Atom Division, the Meyers Norris Penny PeeWee Division, and the South West Oilman's Bantam Division.

"We have been very pleased with our numbers, they are around 70 in each of the three divisions, so having over 200 players again this year we are excited with that number," said Siemens.

Football involves plenty of contact, but Siemens says the league has avoided any serious injuries.

"We have been fortunate so far, I guess it is a contact sport and there is always that risk of injury. We always promote fundamentals and again with our sponsorship and the quality equipment we use we feel that we have done a lot of things to prevent those serious injuries from occurring. Saying that the risk is always there."

The SCMF season is set to get underway September 7th and concludes October 19th.

Amongst the many volunteer coaches on Saturday was Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

"I think this is about the third year that I have had a chance to be assistant coaching because I kind of can't do justice to the team perhaps so the other coaches have to be very patient with me," said Wall. "I get to a lot of it and it is a great sport with a lot of interest, the kids enjoy it, and I have a ball too. I think us coaches have as much fun as the kids.

Wall also weighed in on the Saskatchewan Roughriders who are busy preparing for the Labor Day game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after losing their past two games.

"You know we have to give the defense a break. The defense has been on the field a lot because the offense is doing the old Roughrider waltz, one-two-punt, one-two-punt. It is time to sustain some drives like they were. They are 6-2 and in first place so it is no time to panic, they have had a lot of injuries but guys are slowly coming back and I think we have a great coaching staff and just a different team and attitude that they are going to win. It is great attitude that the Riders have and I think that the whole province has a bit of that positive attitude right now."

Thoring joins Mudbugs

Former Swift Current Bronco and Frontier native Clay Thoring has joined the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs for the 2008-09 Central Hockey League season.

Thoring, 27, joins the Mudbugs after playing four years in the Western Hockey League and five years of university hockey.

The 5-11, 195-pound defenseman has played the last four seasons for the University of Regina, serving as an assistant captain for the past two years.

Thoring tallied eight goals and 41 points to go with 173 penalty minutes during his four-year, 106-game career with the Cougars. He also played one season at Acadia University before enrolling at Regina.

Thoring played 134 games from 1998-2001 with the Broncos and registered nine goals and 13 assists. Thoring also played 53 games in 2001-02 with the Vancouver Giants before moving on to Acadia University for one season.

Organizations: Meyers Norris Penny PeeWee Division, Acadia University, Winnipeg Blue Bombers Central Hockey League Western Hockey League University of Regina Cougars Vancouver Giants

Geographic location: Riverside Park, Saskatchewan

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