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Raiders set to kick off season

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 08/10/2018 11:36 AM

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The Eastman Raiders will kick off their regular season with four games in Winnipeg this weekend.


The Eastman Raiders will kick off their regular season with four games in Winnipeg this weekend.


The work has been put it in, several weeks of practices over the summer are complete and now it is time to play football for real as the Eastman Raiders will kick off their regular season with games on the road over the next two weeks.

Fielding four teams this season, down one from last year, the new look Raiders, resplendent in their newly designed uniforms, will open play on the season this Sunday in Winnipeg.

The Atom Raiders will kick things off as they are at the Eastside Eagles at 11:30 a.m. And then the Raiders two crunchers teams will follow with the Crunchers Teal taking to the Eastside Eagles field at 2:00 p.m. and Crunchers Black to follow at 3:10 p.m.

The Eastman Pee Wee Raiders will open their season Sunday afternoon on the grandest of stages as they will face the Greendell Falcons at 3:45 p.m. at Investors Group Field.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, Crunchers Teal will be at North Winnipeg Gold at 5:45 p.m. and then on Sunday, Aug. 19 the three remaining Raiders teams will be in action against the Sunrise Coyotes at Oakbank. The Pee Wee Raiders will open things up at 9:00 a.m., the Atom Raiders at 2:00 p.m. and the Crunchers Black at 4:30 p.m.

The remainder of the schedule will be released shortly.

Raiders’ president Charli Champagne says although they were not able to field a bantam team this year, overall the numbers are similar to last year, including 30 players on the pee wee team.

She is also excited about the new 1st Down Program they are offering this year in conjunction with Football Manitoba.

It is a program focused on developing movement skills and physical literacy in a football environment. It will include non-contact games and drills with a focus on fun and skill development that will be of benefit, regardless of any sport they choose to participate in as they grow.

Age groups include 4 & 5 and 6 & 7, based on the year of birth, not the age of birth at time of registration.

There will be two, one-hour sessions per week, August through October. The program begins Tuesday, Aug. 14 in Steinbach, running Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the football field at A.D. Penner Park.

Cost of the program is $59 plus GST, which includes a t-shirt. To register go to the Football Manitoba website.

Champagne says additional volunteers for the program are always welcome. If interested email

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