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On Tap: Hockey, football and rugby

Game times for Merchants and Sabres hockey, Bellerose football and women's rugby
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MAKING TRACKS – Gage Froese of the Bellerose Bulldogs goes for a run against the LCI Rams of Lethbridge in exhibition action last month in St. Albert. Friday the Bulldogs host the Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds in division one Carr conference action in the metro Edmonton league. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Larry Olexiuk Field. The Bulldogs are coming off the 49-9 loss to the Harry Ainlay Titans in last weekend's season opener at Foote Field. JOHN LUCAS/St. Albert Gazette

Merchants hockey

The preseason ends this weekend for the St. Albert Merchants in the Capital Junior B Hockey League.

Faceoff times are 8 p.m. Friday against the Stony Plain Flyers at Glenn Hall Centennial Arena and Sunday against the Sherwood Park Knights at Jarome Iginla Arena.

Last weekend the Merchants doubled the Flyers 4-2 in St. Albert and lost 8-2 to the Edmonton Royals at Confederation Arena.

The Merchants skate into their 36th CJHL season in the Sept. 20 home opener against the Edmonton Mustangs at 8 p.m.

The pre-game tailgate barbecue begins at 6:30 p.m.

Bellerose football

Friday’s home debut for the Bellerose Bulldogs in the metro Edmonton high school football league kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Larry Olexiuk Field.

Bellerose hosts the Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds in the division one Carr conference match.

The regular season started last weekend with Bellerose losing 49-9 to the Harry Ainlay Titans at Foote Field and Shep beat the Jasper Place Rebels 44-20.

Ainlay, the Carr champion the last two years and 2018 Alberta Bowl Tier I (1,250-plus students) finalist, is listed sixth in week two of the Football Alberta rankings.

Rugby semifinal

Saturday’s division two women’s semifinal in the Edmonton Rugby Union starts at 4 p.m. at St. Albert Rugby Football Club.

The winner between SARFC and LA Crude plays the Clan in the ERU final next Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at Ellerslie Rugby Park.

SARFC (5-2, 267 PF/228 PA) and the Crude (4-3, 191 PF/142 PA) closed out round two in the ERU fixtures last weekend in Leduc to determine home-field advantage in the semifinals and tries were eight to four for visitors in the 46-29 victory.

SARFC also beat the Crude 34-29 in the round two opener July 10 in Leduc.

The Clan (6-1, 198 PF/85 PA), last year’s champion, has a bye into the final.

The overall round one/two records for the playoff teams are 7-5 for SARFC and the Clan and 6-6 for the Crude.

Sabres hockey

The John Ferguson Memorial Preseason Tournament continues for the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre.

Game times are 5:30 p.m. Thursday against the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, 12:30 p.m. Saturday against the Lloydminster Bobcats and 3:30 p.m. Sunday against the Sherwood Park Flyers.

The Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League’s lid-lifter for the Sabres is next Friday against the KC Squires at 8:15 p.m. at Callingwood Twin Arenas.

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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