By Kevin J. Sabo For the Rimbey Review
Football is returning to Rimbey.
Losing over a year’s worth of play due to the pandemic, the Rimbey Spartans six-man football team is ready to get back on the field. The team, which started practicing in the spring for the fall season, is the number two ranked team in the Football Alberta six-man division.
“The league is growing in Alberta,” said Rimbey Spartans Head Coach Bill Bramfield. “It makes us competitive because we are playing against schools of equal size.”
The Rimbey Spartans have a full roster, with all players working on the defensive and aspects of the game.
“The 14 to 15 players we have on our roster are into (the game),” said Bramfield.“Their dedication means I think we will be a very strong team.”
With the school year back in full swing, the Spartans will be practicing two to three times per week. The season is getting off to a late start, due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, but the Spartans are scheduled to have their first game on Sept. 24 in Sedgewick.
The team’s first home game will take place the following week on Sept. 28, where the Spartans will play the reigning provincial champions, the Hanna J.C Charyk Hawks.
The Rimbey Spartans team is composed of players from Grade nine to Grade 12, and the team has been competing in the six-man division of Football Alberta since 2007. Since that time the team has taken four provincial titles, a statistic that they hope to build on this season.
“I feel we are capable of making a push for the provincial title,” said Bramfield.
Currently, because football is played outside, spectators are welcome to come cheer on the team at their home games. The season will run from September until the end of November, with the championship scheduled to be played on Nov. 26.