Updates on women’s rugby playoff at SARFC, bantam AAA Sabres exhibition and St. Albert Men’s Soccer League semifinals

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Women’s rugby

The St. Albert Rugby Football club hosts the Rockers in today’s second division women’s playoff match at 4 p.m.

Two points separated fourth-place SARFC (5-5, 11 bonus points) and the fifth-place Rockers (6-4, five bonus points) in the Edmonton Rugby Union table.

In league play, the Rockers beat SARFC 17-10 June 10 in Leduc.

The winner scrums down in the Sept. 16 semifinal at the first-place Grande Prairie Sirens (9-1) or second-place Lep/Tigers (8-2).

The Edmonton Rugby Union final is Sept. 23 at 12:45 p.m. at Ellerslie Rugby Park.

SARFC won the ERU championship in 2014.

For the first time in several years, SARFC fielded two women’s teams and a number of second division players rucked and mauled in the SARFC (2-8-1) debut in the Alberta premier league.

Bantam Sabres

Today at 3:30 p.m. the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres and Sherwood Park Flyers face off in exhibition action at Go Auto Arena.

The teams played Sunday in Sherwood Park and the Sabres won 9-1.

The preseason continues next week with four games in five days at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, starting Wednesday against the SSAC Southgate Lions at 7 p.m.

The Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League season opener is Sept. 23 against SSAC at 1:45 p.m. at Akinsdale Arena.

SAMSL playoffs

Sunday’s semifinals in the St. Albert Men’s Soccer League will determine the finalists for the playoff cup and third place trophy in the two-game aggregate format.

Kickoff times at Larry Olexiuk Field are 1 p.m. between the Forest Park Rangers (14-2-1) and DV Youngmen (7-8-2) and 3 p.m. between the Impact Alumni (12-3-2) and Chester City (8-9).

The finals are 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Salisbury field and Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. (third place) and 3 p.m. (playoff cup) at Larry Olexiuk Field.

A new SAMSL champion will be crowned as Prestige Worldwide failed to qualify for the semifinals after finishing third in pool A in the playoff round robin.

Meanwhile, Forest Park is coming off a 0-3 showing at the Alberta Soccer Association Tier III championship last weekend in Calgary.

Last year’s playoff cup finalist failed to score a goal in losses of 3-0 to the Gladiators (11-2-1 in division 3B in the Edmonton District Soccer Association), 8-0 to Evolution FC (silver medallist from Calgary) and 3-0 to Calgary Celtic FC (bronze medallist).

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Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.