With one day left before their opening tilt at the FBU International Games, Team BC returned to the football field for their third practice on Wednesday albeit with several differences compared to their first two sessions.
First, the team utilized a much nicer facility as their practice took place on the artificial turf field at the Wheatley Heights Sports Complex as opposed to the soggy natural grass field at Concepcion where they had been the first two days.
Second, the practice did not take place in full gear as it had the first two days and also included a lengthy controlled scrimmage towards the end.
With practice starting bright and early, Team BC concluded their official duties by the early afternoon leaving the players with a healthy amount of free time which was filled up by some team bonding with a team trip to the historic Alamo which is located just minutes away from the hotel.
Now all that’s left is one more sleep before Team BC can finally take to the field for real in a game situation.
Thursday’s game against Europe kicks off at 5 pm CST/3 pm PST from Heroes Stadium and can be seen live on FBUtelevision.com.
LOOKING FORWARD TO EUROPE
Looking ahead to Thursday’s game against Team Europe, several Team BC personnel shared their thoughts on their opponents including head coach Tom Kudaba who was quite impressed with just how much the Europeans seemed to grasp the sport of football despite it being a non-traditional sport where many of their players come from.
“It wasn’t like they were talking about football in a very elementary sort of manner,” said Kudaba referencing a meeting his staff had with the European coaches earlier in the week on Monday. “They certainly knew the terminology and demonstrated to the coaches on our side that they knew what they were talking about as well.”
Although Team Europe will feature several players who are college-aged, Kudaba is confident that his group will be able to overcome the age difference and have success on Thursday.
“I kind of feel, especially against the Europeans, that they may be a little bit older and perhaps stronger in some areas, that the fact we’ve been playing longer with our group of kids, or all of them individually for their various programs, that we will be able to negate their advantage of being older and perhaps stronger.”
Coach Kudaba’s sentiments are echoed by receiver Marcus Davis who stated that: “It will make a little bit of a difference but not much to us. It’s football. We’ve just got to go out there and play hard and hopefully get a win.”
Team BC wide receiver Adrial Sellers probably still has to pinch himself in order to believe he’s down here in Texas with Team BC and about to have a chance to play in front of many family and friends he has down here in the Lone Star State.
Sellers was initially named to Team BC’s stand-by roster when the 36-player roster was announced and did not get the call to join the club until just days before departure.
“It was actually pure enjoyment and excitement,” said Sellers describing his emotions when he learned from Team BC head coach Tom Kudaba that he would be joining the team. “I was joyful beyond explanation.”
“This opportunity only comes along, honestly, once or twice in a lifetime and you need to grasp it.”
Being in Texas is even more special for Sellers, however, as he has local roots with his grandmother, father and half-sister residing in Dallas. His family is expected to make the trek out to catch him action giving him even more added incentive to perform well.
“It’s amazing because I get to represent my family,” said Sellers. “It’s really an amazing opportunity especially for the fact that my family down here can actually see the football that I’m playing compared to just watching it online.”
Sellers isn’t the only Team BC player who will have family supporting him in the stands come Thursday.
Other Team BC players with parents spending time with the team include Liam Mahara, Ashton MacKinnon, Brian Dowds and Andrew Pauls.
In Andrew’s case his father, Doug, has been lending a hand to Team BC staff as well and essentially has integrated himself into Team BC’s coaching staff. Doug is currently the VMFL’s coordinator for Spring Flag Football as well as a coach with BC High School Football’s Vancouver College Fighting Irish.