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Friends Of The Bowl Look To Finish The Job

With football season gearing up in Saskatchewan, the Friends of the Bowl Foundation revealed success to date with SMF Field and the need for a final push to complete the SMF Clubhouse.

The new Saskatoon Minor Football (SMF) Field turf is already seeing incredible use. Tackle football, flag football, soccer and conditioning camps are reaping the benefits of the ability to play on a top quality field, under the lights with a first class score clock and sound system. “This is exactly what we envisioned happening” says Johnny Marciniuk, Operations Manager of Saskatoon Football Inc. (SFI), who manages the facility.

For the 2015 season, the new SMF Field already has over 1,000 hours of rentals booked in all levels of football. This equates to over a 600% increase in hours of usage compared to the 2013 season with the grass field. But a revitalized field is only a piece of the Friends’ vision.

The Friends stated the need to fundraise the remaining $1.5M to complete the clubhouse to their full vision. “The 12,000 square foot multi-sport performance centre will be an anchor at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex,” says Marciniuk. “It will act as an educational training centre for five sports, 7 months a year, hosting coaching, official and player clinics; sports science seminar; video training sessions; and league meetings, amongst other training.”
“We have had incredible support from the community for this campaign,” says Bryan Kosteroski, Chair of Friends of the Bowl. “Now, to complete the full facility, we need the final $1.5 million. This is the final stretch.”

Hilltops Helping High School Players

Saskatoon Hilltops Football Club’s 2015 Champions Commit Football Camp

May 22nd and May 23rd 2015 at Ron Atchison Field 1530 Kilburn Avenue, Saskatoon, SK.

Take your game to the nest level with expert coaching from the Hilltops Coaches who have over 100 years of CJFL coaching experience.

Cost $90.00 for players currently in Grades 9,10 or 11.

Hosted by the Saskatoon Hilltops Football Club

You can register online at the Hilltops Website at www.saskatoonhilltops.com

What you can expect:

High quality instruction from the Saskatoon Hilltops Coaching Staff

Hilltops Release 2015 Schedule

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The Saskatoon Hilltops will open defense of their PFC and Canadian Bowl Titles on the road, August 16th in Calgary in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

The teams’ home schedule kicks-off two weeks later when they host Winnipeg August 30th at Saskatoon Minor Football Field.

Also of note will be the teams’ annual In The End Zone Fundraising dinner that is set for September 5th when they host Regina in a night game at SMF Field.

Here is the complete schedule:

From the Playground To The Pros! Done In Style:

A few years back I had an intriguing conversation with Brian Guebert, then of Football Sask, about a program he was developing. Fortunately there was some small support that I could lend the program through and support that I could lend through Saskatchewan Roughrider broadcasts. The program was called: From the Playground to the Pros.

The premise was simple, all players that went on to play professional, college or junior football all started in the same place, on a playground or open field with their friends. At that time numerous athletes, coaches and administrators shared their love of the game and their passion for the sport not to mention their goal of having participants succeed on and off of the field.

Today that program has morphed into a camp that is being held this week,

Hilltops Looking Forward To Defending Their Crown:

The Saskatoon Hilltops off-season workouts are well underway and the team has their eye on a repeat.

About 100 players took to the turf at the Sasktel Sports Centre on Sunday with a wide array of players. Athletes varied from veterans looking to supplement their off-season regime to hopefuls trying to make an impression on the coaches, all were put through the paces in individual and team drills.

Head Coach Tom Sargent was impressed by what he saw especially from his leaders. He noted the confidence that his core group displayed and the upgrade in their football IQ over a year ago.

You can hear

Sarge Back In Charge In 2015

PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock

The 14th Head Coach in Saskatoon Hilltop history will return to the sidelines for an 18th season.

The reigning Canadian Bowl Champions, confirmed that Tom Sargeant will return to the sidelines in 2015. Hilltop President Jeff Gould made the announcement to the media at the team’s clubhouse on Monday afternoon.

Sargent was named the Prairie Football Conference’s Coach of the year in 2014 and then went on to cap off the season with his 10th national championship (8 as a coach and 2 as a player) with the Hilltops.

Guebert/Yausie Going International

Football Canada is proud to announce its Junior National Team coaching staff which will guide Canada at the 2016 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U-19 World Championship in addition to the 2014 and 2015 International Bowls.
WARREN CRANEY returns for his second term as Junior National Team head coach after leading Canada to silver at the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship in Kuwait.

In addition to Craney, the coaching staff returns three as BRIAN GUEBERT (special teams coordinator / defensive line) and KAMAU PETERSON (receivers) return for their third respective U-19 World Championships while KEVIN MACNEILL (defensive coordinator) returns for his second worlds, inheriting the defensive coordinator role from Craney. Accompanied by the three returnees are JOE D’AMORE (offensive coordinator), CHRISTOPHER AUGER (quarterbacks), DANNY DESRIVEAUX (running backs), JEAN-FRANÇOIS JONCAS (offensive line), and JEFF YAUSIE (linebackers).

“The coaching staff we’ve assembled includes some of the top coaches in Canada,” head coach, Warren Craney said. “Returning three assistant coaches from 2014, including Brian and Kamau with two previous world championships under their belts are huge assets to the team.”

“With a coaching staff now in place, we will turn our attention to preparing for the 2014 International Bowl and work towards the 2016 world championship.”

Craney believes that the annual International Bowl series in late January or early February between Canada and the US will help acclimatize the team to international play.

“The International Bowl will be a great opportunity for the new staff to get used to working together and familiarize themselves with the US style of play and the differences in rules. I feel international play is very important for the Junior National Team program leading up to the 2016 World Championship and gives the opportunity for a greater number of kids to represent their country.”

Hilltops Win 17th Title: COMPLETE Game Summary

For the fourth time in five years and the 17th time in franchise history the Saskatoon Hilltops are tops in Canada.

The Toppers won the 107th Canadian Bowl Saturday in Langley, British Columbia with a 39-14 victory over the host Rams.

Here is the complete game summary:

Saskatoon Hilltops at Langley Rams at McLeod Stadium, Langley, BC

Game Weather: Partly cloudy
Played Outdoor on Artificial Turf

Temp: 10 C Wind: From Southeast 5 km/h

Hilltops/Rams Set To Renew Hostilities In 2014 Canadian Bowl

For the second time in three seasons the Saskatoon Hilltops and the Langley Rams will meet in the Canadian Bowl for Junior Football supremacy.

The Rams are looking for their first national title while the Hilltops hope to win their 17th.

Saskatoon finished the regular season with a 6-and-2 record atop the Prairie Football Conference while the Rams were 7-and-3 in the regular season finishing second in the BCFC.

Saskatoon earned a berth into the Canadian Final with a 27-7 victory over the Calgary Colts while, Langley defeated the top ranked Okanagan Sun in the BC Final.

Hilltops Handed Hardware

Saskatoon Hilltops Running Back Wayndel Lewis was one of the Canadian Junior Football League’s major award winners on Friday night in Langley, B.C.

The Warman native was named the Outstanding offensive player of the year at the CJFL’s annual banquet of champions.

Unfortunately, due to injury Lewis will miss the Canadian Bowl on Saturday with the Rams.

I had a chance to catch up with Lewis shortly after picking up the award: