Labour Day weekend marks the official start of the football season on many fronts for those in the Football BC family. Here's a rundown of some of the top games in our member leagues/associations.
As a reminder, all Football BC member leagues are invited to send us your "Game of the Week" for inclusion on our website and in our weekly e-newsletter, The Huddle.
BC Community Football Association
Midget: Vernon Magnums vs North Surrey Bears
For the third year in a row, the Midget Division of the VMFL will integrate their schedule with the Valley Community Football League resulting in a true British Columbia wide Provincial Midget league. Adding to this season is the entrance of the Vernon Magnums under the coaching tutelage of Head Coach Bill Tarr.
Last season the Bears finished sixth overall in the league. After winning their first round of the playoffs, North Surrey went on to a tough defeat against North Delta in the quarterfinals. This year, the Bears return with a younger and more rejuvenated team thanks to the fact that North Surrey now has two Bantam-aged teams to feed them.
As for the Magnums, this will be the first chance for the league to see what Vernon brings to the table.
Game time is Sunday, September 2 at Bear Creek Park in North Surrey. Kickoff is 3:30 pm.
For more information, visit www.vmfl.ca.
The game of the week comes from the Bantam Division where Chilliwack will battle Abbotsford at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford on Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 pm.
For more information, visit the VCFL website.
BC High School Football
The exhibition schedule in BC High School Football gets underway this weekend. Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com for a full list of games involving teams both locally and across the border.
The High School Football Game of the Week schedule will begin next weekend when the St. Thomas More Knights battle the Holy Cross Crusaders in an exhibition tilt on Friday, September 7 at Burnaby Lakes.
BC Junior Football
No games will take place in the BCFC in Week 5 of the regular season as all six teams have the Labour Day weekend off.
Games will resume on Saturday, September 8.
For more information, please visit www.bcjuniorfootball.ca.
The record books might show the UBC Thunderbirds as winless in the 2011 season but before a clerical error forced the T-Birds to officially forfeit all their victories they were enjoying a season that brought back memories of their glory days.
They’ll look to build on what was, in reality, a very successful season when they open the 2012 campaign this Saturday, September 1 hosting the University of Manitoba Bisons at Thunderbird Stadium.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm. You can also catch the game on CiTR 101.9 FM.
The T-Birds are led by third-year bench boss and reigning Canada West Coach of the Year Shawn Olson, as well as defending Hec Crighton Trophy winner QB Billy Greene.
Visit www.gothunderbirds.ca for more information.
The SFU Clan football team, now fully fledged members of the NCAA, will begin their third season of play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this Thursday when they open their 2012 regular season at Forest Grove in Oregon facing off against the Pacific University Boxers in a non-conference game.
Fans may recall that the Clan earned their first-ever NCAA victory last year against the Boxers defeating them by a score of 36-28 back in early September.
The Clan finished last season with a record of 3-7 (2-6 in Conference play).
For more information, please visit athletics.sfu.ca.