The Edmonton District Soccer Association released its men’s premier and division one fixtures after receiving its field permits last week from the City of Edmonton.
Today at 7 p.m. at Riel Park, both St. Albert Impact division one teams are in action. Impact 2 plays Punjab United in division 1A and Impact 1 tackles the Scona Blues in division 1B.
Impact 2 was promoted to division one after capturing the division 2A pennant last year with 11 wins, one tie and two losses. Impact 1 finished third in division 1B with nine wins, one tie and four losses.
At 7 p.m. Thursday the Impact Rangers mark their return to premier after a season in division 1A by hosting the Edmonton Warriors. The Rangers finished first in division 1A with 11 wins, two ties and one loss.
The last game before the playoffs for the St. Albert Storm in the midget spring league kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. against the Sherwood Park Wolverines (1-3) at Foote Field. Admission is $5.
The Storm (2-2-1) are coming off wins of 25-0 against the Parkland Outlaws (1-3) and 55-13 against the winless Millwoods Grizzlies after losing two in a row by a combined score of 88-31.
With a win the Storm would finish no worse than fourth place for a berth in the tier II final. The top two teams compete for tier I honours and the third and fourth place finishers play for the tier II title. Last year the Storm posted a 3-4 overall record as the tier III champions.
Meanwhile, Storm players and St. Albert Fury (2009 tier II provincial finalists) bantam products Garrett Meek, Dallas Moroz and Nathan Pytel made the zone 5 roster for the July 19 to 25 Alberta Summer Games in the Peace Region. Joining their Fury teammates on zone 5 are Ben Graunke and Carter Ganton.
The high school women’s rugby games postponed from last week’s snowstorm have been rescheduled for Thursday at the St. Albert Rugby Football Club.
The Paul Kane Blues and Sturgeon Spirits renew their rivalry at 4:45 p.m. Both teams were 2-0 in league play prior to Tuesday’s fixtures. Paul Kane scrummed down against Fort Saskatchewan (0-2) and Sturgeon played an exhibition against the Bev Facey Falcons but scores were unavailable at press time.
Sturgeon was coming off wins of 44-0 against O’Leary (0-2) and 56-0 against Fort Saskatchewan. The 2009 metro Edmonton premier champions and tier I (4A schools) provincial bronze medallists had not lost a league game since the 2008 premier final, a 10-5 victory by Paul Kane over the 2006 and 2007 premier winners. Last year Sturgeon crushed Paul Kane 51-5 and 48-0.
The Bellerose Bulldogs will also ruck and maul against Fort Saskatchewan at 4:45 p.m. Bellerose lost its league opener 22-0 to Paul Kane. The last match for Bellerose was the 43-0 exhibition win against Archbishop Jordan on April 27. Janna Slevinsky ran wild for four tries. Amanda Johnson, Dawn Kunz and Viveca Robinson also scored tries.