Playoffs for SARFC teams and exhibition games for midget 15 Flyers and female Raiders and Sharks

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Rugby semifinals

Today’s semifinals at St. Albert Rugby Football Club kick off at 2 p.m. for the division two women and 4 p.m. for the premier men.

The SARFC women scrum down against the LA Crude and the premier men battle the Strathcona Druids.

The winner between SARFC (8-1, 437 PF/154 PA) and the Crude (6-3, 307 PF/175 PA) plays the Lep/Tigers (8-1, 445 PF/138 PA) or the Clan (7-2, 454 PF/114 PA) in the Edmonton Rugby Union final next Saturday at 12:45 p.m. at Ellerslie Rugby Park.

The Crude are the defending champions, and the last division two playoff cup for SARFC was 2014.

In league play, SARFC lost 35-31 to the Crude on June 27 in St. Albert.

The sixth victory in a row for SARFC was 45-29 against the host Lep/Tigers on Wednesday.

The premier men’s Ken Ann Cup north semifinal is a rematch of last year’s playoff, 23-15 Druids at SARFC.

The premier teams wrapped up the Alberta Cup fixtures last weekend with the Druids winning 35-32 on Cameron Hall’s penalty kick on the final play of the match in St. Albert.

The 5-5 records for both clubs include the 46-15 win for SARFC (297 PF/289 PA) against the Druids (268 PF/314 PA)  June 23 in Sherwood Park.

The Ken Ann Cup final next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Ellerslie will determine the ERU provincial qualifier against the Calgary Rugby Union rep Sept. 29 in Calgary.

The Nor’Westers, the defending champions, play the Lep/Tigers in Saturday’s north semifinals.

Midget 15 Flyers

The St. Albert Flyers skate into the pre-season Monday against the Sherwood Park Squires.

Puck drop is 6:45 p.m. at Akinsdale Arena.

The midget 15 Flyers also face off against the KC Centennials at 8 p.m. Wednesday and the Leduc Oil Kings at 8:15 p.m. Friday at Millwoods Arena.

The Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League regular season for the Flyers starts Sept. 29 in Grande Prairie against the Storm and the home-opener is Oct. 3 against CAC United Cycle at 7:45 p.m.

AFHL exhibitions

The bantam elite Raiders and midget elite Sharks face off against the Edmonton Pandas in exhibition action in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Game times at Callingwood Arena are 7:30 p.m. tonight for the Sharks and 6:30 p.m. Sunday for the Raiders.

Sundays’ AFHL exhibition between the Sharks and Fury in Sherwood Park starts at 7 p.m.

Next weekend the Sharks are in Calgary for the Firestarter tournament at Great Plains Arena.

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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.