Ladysmith Steelers Reme Conway and Felice Toscano grab a quick drink of water during a break in practice at Forrest Field last week. After two undefeated seasons

Steelers ready for challenge

Ladysmith football team prepares for more competitive Vancouver Island league

  • Sep. 13, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Rick StiebelThe Chronicle

Coming off of two straight undefeated seasons, the Ladysmith Steelers junior bantam team will face a much tougher  challenge this year.

This season marks the team’s first as a member of the Vancouver Island Community Football Association.

The Steelers now play in a more competitive Football Canada-recognized league that includes more teams, with three from Nanaimo, two from Victoria as well as teams from Campbell River, Comox, Oceanside and Cowichan.

The junior bantam team is made up of players 12 to 14 years of age, while the peewee squad consists of players nine to 11 years of age. The Steelers opened on the road on Saturday against the Victoria Renegades, with the junior bantam Steelers losing 52-16 and the peewee team falling 44-0.

Jeff Pinckney, in his third year as head coach of the Steelers junior bantam and peewee teams, said the new league is definitely more challenging.

Both teams will play nine games in a 10-week schedule that includes a bye, with the first home game Saturday against the Campbell River Eagles at Forrest Field.

Pinkney, who also serves as vice-president of VICFA, said the increase in teams will be more challenging for the junior bantam team to duplicate past success.

“Fortunately, a few players on the bantam team have been together since they were eight, so we have a solid core, including a couple of Vancouver island all stars,” he said. “When we started three years ago we had 16 kids, and now we have 45.”

He also lauded the efforts of Ashford Slowley, the defensive coach for the peewees and junior bantams.

“I couldn’t do it without him,” Pinckney said.

Pinckney is pleased the team will be acknowledging the work of former coach Demetrious Bourdemous, who passed away this winter, with the installation of a bench in his honour at Forrest Field.

“Coach B, as everyone called him, was my high school coach,” Pinckney noted. “He was a huge influence on the way I coach.”

For more information on the team or registration, check out the Facebook page at VICFA Ladysmith Steelers, or email ladysmithsteelers@gmail.com.

“We’re always looking for more kids,” Pinckney added.

Just Posted

Caps fall to Clippers in Nanaimo on Friday night

Clippers’ tying and winning goals come in less than a minute

Cowichan school district approves women’s winter shelter

The Cowichan Valley School District’s board of education has approved in principle… Continue reading

North Cowichan is Canada’s hot spot on Wednesday

The Warmland lives up to its name

Ladysmith Secondary School improv still groovy after 20 years

Catch performances Nov. 15th, 16th, 17th and 22nd, 23rd and 24th

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

Most Read