This Saturday, both RDC soccer squads will begin the 2018 – 19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season at home as they entertain the Ambrose University Lions. The Cross Country Running team will enter its first competition of the new season in Edmonton at Running Room Grand Prix #1.
In non-conference action, the Red Deer College Queens Hockey team will host the Ice Breaker Tournament in the world class Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris, and the RDC Kings Hockey squad will play the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns in a pair of road games.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.
Queens Soccer | Saturday, September 8 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC
The Red Deer College Queens will open a new ACAC soccer season against the Ambrose University Lions at the RDC Main Field. The Queens impressively earned a 4-1 exhibition record and showed signs of their depth and offensive flair.
This year's squad is comprised of seven returning student-athletes along with 12 talented new recruits and transfers.
Eight of the new student-athletes are from central Alberta which creates a lot of familiarity between the players and Head Coach Esad Elkaz. "All of the new student-athletes are all well trained and have played in the competitive stream from U12 to U18," said Elkaz. "The Queens who join us from central Alberta have had some tremendous coaches, and it is a huge benefit for me to know many of these players before. We don't have to spend time concentrating on the basics and I believe that will put us one step ahead."
Kings Soccer | Saturday, September 8 | 2:00 p.m. | RDC
Following the Queens, the RDC Kings will host the Ambrose University Lions in their opening conference game of the season.
The Kings have a slightly more experienced lineup this season with the return of nine student-athletes. Seven exciting, new players have been added to the roster and the RDC Kings demonstrated their quickness after going 2-1-2 during non-conference play.
Kings Head Coach Wade Groenewegen feels some key returning student-athletes along with speedy recruits will help boost the team's offence this season. "We definitely added to our forward ranks this year," says Groenewegen. "We brought in guys who are as good as anyone we had up front last year. The guys that we retained all improved. We are definitely better moving forward."
Cross Country Running | Saturday, September 8 | Grand Prix #1 | Concordia University of Edmonton
The RDC Cross Country Running team will compete in the first grand prix of the season, and Head Coach Kari Elliott likes the talent and potential of this season's blend of returning and new runners. "This year, we have many new faces but they are an exciting group of student-athletes," says Elliott. "As a coach, I am thrilled to be working with these high calibre competitors and I'm very pleased to see the progress they have made, especially our third-years."
Queens Hockey | Fri., Sept. 7 & Sat. Sept. 8 | Ice Breaker Tournament | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
This will be the perfect opportunity to get an early look at the Queens lineup and cheer on these dedicated RDC student-athletes in this state-of-the-art facility. Along with the RDC Queens, the MacEwan University Griffins, Olds College Broncos and SAIT Trojans will compete over two days in non-conference play.
Queens Hockey | Sunday, September 9 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In a Sunday exhibition contest, the Red Deer College Queens will compete against the Central Alberta Amazons on home ice.
Kings Hockey | Friday, September 7 | 7:00 p.m. | U of L
The RDC Kings will hit the ice against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, of U Sports, in an exhibition tilt.
Kings Hockey | Saturday, September 8 | 3:00 p.m. | U of L
In a non-conference rematch, the Pronghorns will host the Kings.
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