This week, the Kings & Queens Soccer teams will travel down south and open the 2019-20 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season with a pair of road games. There is also non-conference hockey action at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which will give RDC fans an early look at the new rosters of the Kings & Queens.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics:
Queens Soccer | Saturday, September 7 | 2:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College
The RDC Queens have been preparing for months and Head Coach Esad Elkaz is thrilled about the group he has assembled. Eleven returning student-athletes are complemented by eight promising recruits.
"This year, we are deep in every position–from the defence, to the midfield to the forwards," says Elkaz. "I think everything is coming together."
The Queens will begin the ACAC season in Medicine Hat. Last season, the RDC Queens (8-2-2) finished second and the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (2-9-1) placed seventh in the south.
Returning defender, Kayla Nesseth Photo - Tony Hansen
Queens Soccer | Sunday, September 8 | 12:00 p.m. | Lethbridge College
In the second game of the young season, the Queens will compete against the Kodiaks in Lethbridge. The Kodiaks (6-4-2) finished six points behind the Queens (8-2-2) in the 2018-19 standings.
Kings Soccer | Saturday, September 7 | 4:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College
The Red Deer College Kings Soccer team has an even mix of 11 veterans and 11 new student-athletes, and returning midfielder, Theo Gill, likes the makeup of the squad.
"I see a lot of heart from our group and also from the new guys coming in. The rooks coming in are quality soccer players," Gill says. "The cohesion has really grown and grown. It's a really good mix and a really fun group to be a part of."
The RDC Kings will start the new campaign against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers on the road. The Kings (7-3-2) placed third and the Rattlers (4-7-1) finished fourth in the south last year.
Returning defender, Kyle Bett Photo - Tony Hansen
Kings Soccer | Sunday, September 8 | 2:00 p.m. | Lethbridge College
The RDC Kings will compete against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks to wrap up their two-game road trip. Last season, the Kodiaks (7-3-2) were second in the ACAC Men's Soccer South Division.
While the RDC Cross Country Running team won't compete until Running Room Grand Prix #2, there are still opportunities for High School teams and open runners to register for the event on Saturday, September 14 at RDC.
Queens Hockey | Friday, September 6 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The RDC Queens will host the MacEwan University Griffins in non-conference play.
Queens Hockey | Saturday, September 7 | 11:00 a.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Queens will face the SAIT Trojans.
Queens Hockey | Saturday, September 7 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Queens and Olds College Broncos will tangle in an evening contest.
More information about the RDC Icebreaker Tournament, including the full schedule, is available online.
Kings Hockey | Friday, September 6 | 7:00 p.m. | Father David Bauer Arena
The Red Deer College Kings will play the University of Calgary Dinos, of U Sports, in Calgary.
Kings Hockey | Saturday, September 7 | 2:15 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The venue will shift to Red Deer College, where the RDC Kings will face-off against the U of C Dinos. Tickets are available online.
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