On the May long weekend, 6 members of the Hanley Saber Football team took part in the Football Sask. Senior Bowl which is a showcase for the top graduating football players in the province. Alexander Mann, Steven Sira, Levi Lenius, and Josh Anderson along with Coaches Kirk and Anderson were part of the North 6-man Team. This was the first time that the Senior Bowl included 6, 9, and 12 man games and the new format was a huge success. In the 6-man game, the North team defeated the South 36-9 in the game that was held on Taylor Field in Regina. Steven Sira led the way on defense, shutting down the opposition after their first and only touchdown. Levi Lenius had a huge first down reception that helped get the offense in gear as well as hauling in a 54 yd pass for a touchdown. Alexander Mann played a strong game and chipped in with 6 points on converts. Quarterback Josh Anderson earning MVP honours throwing for 302 yds and 4 touchdowns.
Five younger members of the Saber Football club put their talents on display on May 26th in the Football Saskatchewan Roughrider Bowl held at Griffith’s Stadium on the U of S campus.. Reid Ashdown, Damon Prystupa, Kody Rowlett, Kirk Simonsen and Michael Lohrey were selected to participate based on their strong performances at an identification camp held in Outlook earlier in the summer. From this camp and others held around Saskatchewan, the top 100 players were selected from all the players trying out and were brought to Saskatoon to train and compete. After participating in practices on Friday and Saturday, the players were drafted into two squads that played in a controlled scrimmage on Sunday. All of the Saber players had strong games highlighted by Kody Rowlett and Damon Prystupa being invited to try out for the U18 Team Saskatchewan squad.
Finally, two of our graduating players will be competing on July 6th in Outlook in the Can Am bowl. This competition is between a Saskatchewan 6-man all-star team and an American squad of six-man football players. Based on their performances in the Senior Bowl, Steven Sira (linebacker) and Josh Anderson (quarterback) were selected to be on this team. Joining them will be Coach Kirk and Anderson who will be running the Team Canada offense.