As an Edmonton sports fan there are things to look forward to this summer. FC Edmonton are back on the pitch training, albeit in small groups, for what we hope to be some sort of season. Real Canadian Wrestling have announced the first public sporting event I’m aware of since the pandemic started with a show on Saturday June 20th.
Unfortunately the Edmonton Stingers and Edmonton Eskimos are in a different situation as they both play and train out of City facilities, the Expo Centre and Commonwealth Rec Centre respectively, whose fields of play remain shuttered due to the pandemic. Former Edmonton Eskimo offensive lineman with a recent tweet that reminds us fans that any frustrations we may feel about the progress, or lack thereof, about sports information is felt at a different level by the athletes:
We had already discussed baseball and lacrosse being cancelled but the discussion today is a look in the rear view mirror at how the sports scene looked one year ago. Let’s set the time machine back to June 14, 2019.
This was the season opener for the new look Eskimos featuring the Ottawa connection of Trevor Harris at quarterback and Greg Ellinson at receiver. In front of 25,263 fans, Harris threw for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns (Kenny Stafford with 2, CJ Gable with 1) leading the Eskimos to a 32-25 win over the Ottawa REDBLACKS.
After starting the season with a 2-1 victory over Valour FC (highlights above), the Eddies fell upon some tough times. After securing a nil-nil draw in their second game of the season, FC Edmonton had dropped three consecutive matches including a 1-0 loss in a home rematch versus Valour FC. Cavalry FC came to Edmonton on June 15th for the first edition of the Al Classico rivalry at Clarke Stadium, which unfortunately did not end well for the good guys.
Basketball fans at The Hive witnessed their first home loss as the team record fell to .500 at 4-4. The Stingers had lead 73-71 going into the final quarter. The week before, The Hive faithful witnessed their team defeat the Fraser Valley Bandits 93-88.
Returning from a 3 day road trip to Saskatchewan, the Edmonton Prospects who left with a 4 game winning streak, saw their record drop to 8-7 while away from Re/Max Field. Their first home game back in Edmonton on June 15th, video above, would see the good guys get a happy ending.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LACROSSE LEAGUE
The Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) has nine levels of play and more local teams than I can ever hope to cover. Currently the focus will be on the sole Edmonton and Area Jr A team and the three Sr B teams. Let’s see how they were doing at this point last season (alphabetical order).
Jr A Miners:
A club that had only won one game each the past two seasons already had three under their belt. A 5-game losing streak put their record at 3-6. A Braedan Duckworth sock-trick (6 goals) on Sunday June 16, 2019 would help end the Miners losing streak.
Sr B Miners:
After losing their season opening game, the Miners extended their winning streak to seven games with an 11-9 road win over the Warriors. Graedon Cornfield led the way with 4 goals and 6 assists.
The Outlaws were 6-3 at this point. Their season started with back-to-back wins versus local foes they had recently struggled against. The Outlaws were the only team to defeat the Miners and their early season win versus the Warriors helped catapult them ahead of their rivals in the standings for the first time since 2015. Chris Britton, who led the Outlaws in points in 2016 and 2017, reclaimed top spot in 2019 with 70 points.
Sr B Warriors:
The Warriors lost their first six games. The Club then won their next three games prior to a loss today. Greg Bourret led the Warriors with 54 points.
Until we can enjoy live sports again, I hope you enjoyed this look back. Cheers!