Cowichan Valley Football Association

Jamboree a great start to the season for Cowichan football

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Cowichan football is in for a big season following its spring camp that got players into high gear. — image credit: Don Bodger/file

Cowichan football is in for a big season following its spring camp that got players into high gear.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

Cowichan Bulldogs football players were champing at the bit to start the season and that enthusiasm showed at the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association’s spring Jamboree.

Head coach Devon Lawrence led his Atom Bulldogs into battle and they put on a strong performance.

“The Jamboree is a way for  teams to get game time in 20-minute half mini games where each team plays four opponents from their division,” he explained.

“The Jamboree not only gave the team their first game experience, but it also lets the coaches see where we need to make some adjustments in both positions and plays. It was a good way to kick off the season and the GVMFA did a great job organizing the Jamboree.”

The atoms came together as a team and showed they’ll be a force this season.

Running back William Hardman used his quick feet to gain yards for the Bulldogs on offense. Hardman and Aiden Lawrence give the Bulldogs a great one-two punch at quarterback.

Centre Ethan Giles and linemen Wyatt Atkinson and rookie Jake Swejda did a great job opening holes for the running backs.

On defence, end Aslan Farbound got into the opposition backfield to halt plays from getting started and linebackers Larminay and Riley McFarland were powerful at the line of scrimmage.

The Pre-Atom Bulldogs got the first game butterflies out of their system and then played some fantastic football, according to coach Ted Harris.

“All our running backs were rookies and all scored touchdowns,” he noted.

“Our offense settled in and our defence was relentless in crashing through and tackling opponents.”

Bulldog family members and supporters cheered loud and proud for the team.

“It was a fabulous first experience for the mostly rookie team,” Harris indicated. “We got an opportunity to see other teams that we will be playing later on in the season. I think all the players and fans had a lot of fun.”

All three Bulldog teams, led by the peewees, play Sunday against the Gordon Head Raiders at Victoria’s Windsor Park.