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Spring into a new football season

Mike Williams mans the helm amid bunches of bananas as the Lusty I sails around the Marquesas. “The two foods we were never short of were coconuts and bananas,” Williams recalled. - Mike Williams
Mike Williams mans the helm amid bunches of bananas as the Lusty I sails around the Marquesas. “The two foods we were never short of were coconuts and bananas,” Williams recalled.
— image credit: Mike Williams

Youngsters interested in playing minor football have one more chance to explore the sport before donning the pads and being placed on teams for the 2007 Greater Victoria Minor Football Association spring season.

This Thursday (Feb. 15) at locations from Sidney to Sooke, the association is holding the final free non-gear practice before the gear-up session this weekend.

All required equipment except cleats is provided by the association. The atmosphere is one of participation and team-building, with a spot open for every child aged 7 to 14, regardless of experience or skill level.

Certified coaches guide the boys and girls through the various skills, techniques and formations and aim to offer a positive and supportive learning experience. Players are slotted into one of three divisions based on their birth year: Pre-Atom (1997-1999), Atom (1995-1996) and Pee Wee (1993-1994).

The season runs from mid-February to mid-June, with teams representing Peninsula, Saanich, Gordon Head, Oak Bay (which includes Victoria and Esquimalt), West Shore and Sooke. The schedule includes one or two road trips to Duncan to play the Cowichan Bulldogs.

A round robin icebreaker tournament runs March 2-4 at Royal Athletic Park and league play begins the following weekend.

Registration continues through mid-March and can be done online at http://www.victoriafootball.ca. For more information, including practice locations, check the web site or call 479-6888 or 704-1295.

Rebels skills camp

For players wishing to get the jump on the spring season, the Victoria Rebels junior team is hosting a two-day mini-camp led by Rebels coaches and players. It will be held at Royal Oak school from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25. Cost is $50 and includes a practice jersey and one adult season ticket for the Rebels games at RAP. Sign up at the gear-up weekend or go to the aforementioned website for more information.

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