It was a great day for the Whistler Saints on Sunday (Sept. 15) as the flag football squad put together an impressive victory in league action and later had a chance to line up on B.C.’s biggest field.
The Saints were one of a handful of minor football teams that hit the field at B.C. Place during halftime on Sunday’s CFL contest between the Lions and Montreal Alouettes. Coach Ralph Forsyth said it was a memorable experience for the team’s players.
“It was fantastic,” said Forsyth. “We’ve been fortunate in that this is the third time we’ve done it with the teams I’ve coached over the past seven years, but every time is so special and none of these kids had had the chance to go on the field and do that. So it’s really cool for them and really special.
“It’s really wild when you get a real scale of how big the field is and how loud everything is.”
The Saints were involved in one of four minor-aged games being played across the width of the field during Sunday’s halftime. They matched up against the North Vancouver Vikings, a team they had dispatched 34-6 earlier in the day during North Shore Football League play in Squamish.
“It was a perfect day,” said Forsyth.
The Saints had lots of players involved in the scoring in Sunday’s win, as Quinn Goertzen, Benyon McKeen, Josh McKenzie and Liam Forsyth each scored touchdowns for the Whistler offence, while McKeen also reached the end zone on a kickoff return. McKenzie and Forsyth each recorded interceptions for the Saints, Goertzen had a team-high four flags and Logan Anderson booted a pair of conversions.
The Saints have opened their season at 2-0 and return to action on Sunday (Sept. 22) in North Vancouver. Forsyth said some of the early success is partly due to having several players who have been with the team for as many as four years.
“They’re really enjoying it, and it’s really cool to see how they really used to look up to the older flag boys, but now they’re the older flag boys and leading the younger boys, showing them what’s happening and helping with coaching,” he said.
Iron Man, Maiden crowned
The Whistler Golf Club held its fourth annual Iron Arnie tournament on Tuesday (Sept. 17), giving players a chance to test themselves against the course’s toughest setup.
For the event, all 18 greens feature some of the most difficult pin placements imaginable, giving a true test to all 77 players who entered Tuesday’s tournament.
Club general manager Alan Kristmanson took home the Iron Man title with a 3-over round of 74. Ru Mehta took home top net score honours, firing a 68.
In the women’s event, Cris Fernandez was named the Iron Maiden after her round of 99.
Whistler Secondary seeking coaches
Whistler Secondary School is looking for volunteer coaches to help out with volleyball and rugby programming for the fall season.
No coaching experience is necessary, though playing experience is required. The seasons begin shortly and will run until mid-November. Coaches can expect to commit to two or three days per week, each lasting about two hours, which includes practices and games. Current coach Laura Wetaski can also offer a 90-minute clinic to any individuals interested in coaching volleyball this season.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Whistler Secondary athletic director Georgina Titus at 604-905-2581 or by email at email@example.com.
Disc golf provincials coming
Some of the B.C.’s best disc golfers will be coming back to Whistler for this year’s provincial championships, which will take place Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 21 and 22) at the local course.
This weekend will mark the second year in a row that Whistler Disc Golf has hosted the provincial championships. Participants will play two rounds on Saturday and the third and final round Sunday. More than 100 players were registered for the event as of Tuesday (Sept. 17).
Coquitlam’s Dave Ross is the defending champion in the open division, having recorded a one-shot victory over Nanaimo’s Matt MacDonald last year. Both players will be back in the field this weekend.
There will be a number of local players involved in this year’s provincials as well. Iain Warren, Morgan Rosato, Bruce Rowles and Steve Laski are among the Whistler-based competitors who are registered to play in one of the several divisions to be contested at the event.
B.C. Disc Sports will also hold its annual general meeting in conjunction with the event. The meeting will take place Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Myrtle Philip Community School.