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Fort Macleod rugby players in Alberta tournament

Haley Cervo, Bradi Feller and Sidney Wolff of the F.P. Walshe Flyers played for the Deep South team at the Alberta Regional U18 Sevens Rugby Championship.

Three F.P. Walshe Flyers were part of a bronze medal effort on the weekend at the Alberta Regional U18 Sevens Rugby Championship at Edmonton.
Haley Cervo, Bradi Feller and Sidney Wolff joined three players from Raymond, two from Lethbridge and one each from Calgary, Okotoks and Taber on the Deep South team that won the bronze medal.
The three players received invitations during the Christmas holidays to join the team for the rugby sevens championship tournament.
Fly half Haley Cervo was invited by Brittany Orr and Jane O’Connor while all three were playing in the F.P. Walshe alumni basketball tournament.
“I hope to make provincials this year with my high school team and possibly go on to play rugby in university,” Haley said. “I would like to continue to be involved in rugby whether it is playing or coaching.”
Bradi Feller, who played scrum half and wing, received an e-mail message from the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns coach asking her to play.
Feller wants to continue in rugby past high school as a player or coach.
Sidney Wolff, who played center and hooker, wants to play university rugby after high school for either the Calgary Dinos or Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The 11 players had two practices together before they entered the tournament to compete against club teams who play together on a regular basis.
The shortage of preparation time didn’t appear to have an impact on the the Deep South team.
The Deep South team took on the Edmonton Gold club team Saturday in heir first game of the tournament.
The Deep South players were aggressive and smooth with their plays and dominated Edmonton 39-10.
Buoyed with confidence from their first win the Deep South team faced off in their second game against Mavericks Black, one of two club teams from Calgary.
Deep South won 40-5, scoring six tries and kicking five converts.
The two wins put the Deep South team first in their pool, setting up a playoff match Sunday morning against Calgary Mavericks White.
The Deep South took a while to get going in their first game on Sunday against Mavericks White, but they squeezed out a 20-14 win.
In the semifinal the Deep South met the Athlete Academy from Edmonton, a team that plays year-round).
It was a low-scoring, tough and physical game that was decided when the Academy scored a long try late in the game when the Deep South was shorthanded due to a penalty. The final was 12-10 or the Academy.
The Deep South team dominated the bronze medal match, shutting out the Mavericks Black 29-0.
At this tournament there are also U18 boys teams competing as well as the Canadian sevens teams from Lethbridge, Calgary, UBC, Victoria, Thompson Rivers, Fraser Valley, Regina and Edmonton.
Each of these teams represent a college or university.
The main objective of this tournament is to showcase the abilities of the U18 players with an opportunity to be seen by the post secondary coaches with the potential of recruitment to their schools.

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