The renaming of the Riel Recreation Park artificial turf facility as Larry Olexiuk Field will be celebrated today during Minor Football Day in St. Albert.
The ceremony begins at 11:45 a.m. with opening remarks by St. Albert Minor Football Association president Micah Seon-King, followed by the naming announcement by Mayor Nolan Crouse.
Olexiuk will address the audience that will include former players of Coach O from the bantam St. Albert Palmer 49ers, St. Albert Storm and Bellerose Bulldogs and the current Bellerose junior and senior teams.
A special presentation to Olexiuk by “The Philosophers” will also take place.
SAMFA’s 186 players and 52 coaches and staff members will huddle up with Coach O and Crouse for a group photo.
Refreshments and social with Olexiuk and his wife, Colleen, as the guests of honour starts at 1 p.m. at the Celtic Knot.
The Minor Football Day in St. Albert event marks SAMFA’s 55th anniversary and the four games scheduled involving the local peewee and bantam teams are as follows:
10 a.m. peewee junior varsity Colts versus Edmonton Seahawks.
12:30 p.m. bantam junior varsity Fury versus Seahawks.
3 p.m. bantam senior varsity Palmer 49ers versus Stony Plain Bombers.
5:30 p.m. peewee senior varsity Riders versus Stony Plain.
The St. Albert Rugby Football Club hosts a playoff doubleheader today and the kick-off times are 2 p.m. for the third division men and 4 p.m. for the premier men.
The SARFC thirds (8-2) play the Parkland Sharks (7-4) and the winner tackles the Clan (7-3) or Edson Axmen (8-2-1) in the Visser Cup final next Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ellerslie Rugby Park.
The Edmonton Rugby Union champion advances to the Digby Dinnie Cup provincial final Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at Ellerslie.
In the premier north semifinal, SARFC (9-4) and the Strathcona Druids (6-7) battle for the right to challenge the Nor’Westers (11-2), the top team in the Alberta Cup, in the Ken Ann Cup north final next Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at Ellerslie.
The Labatt’s Cup provincial final between the north and south playoff winners is Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Ellerslie.
SARFC is seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive Labatt’s Cup and the thirds are looking to sweep the ERU and provincial finals for the second time in three years.