Courtesy: Brandon University News Release
BRANDON – The Brandon University Bobcats and Assiniboine Community College Cougars are teaming up to host a soccer spectacle this weekend.
The cross-town rivals square off Saturday at the Healthy Living Centre Field with a big crowd expected for the soccer showdown. The Bobcats and Cougars are welcoming members of the Westman Football Club for the first annual WFC Day.
WFC consists of sevens teams and 114 players aged 10-16 from Brandon and the surrounding areas. The club is using the contests as a year-end celebration with the event including a free BBQ.
"This is a great opportunity for our members," said WFC president Terri-Lynne Hlady. "Our young talented players aspire to be future Cougars and Bobcats and this is a wonderful way to cap off our season."
"It will be nice to have WFC here," said BU women's co-captain Bailee Ploshynsky. "They look up to us as role models and that makes us feel good. It is a great way to continue to build our program too."
Saturday's fun-filled soccer extravaganza starts with the women's game at 1 p.m. followed by the men's game at 3:15 p.m.
The contests also kick-off the prestigious third annual Prowler Cup series in the battle for Brandon bragging rights.
BU has captured the Prowler Cup the previous two seasons. This year, the trophy will be handed out to the program that picks up the most head-to-head wins over the course of the season.
"I am looking forward to Saturday's match ups," said ACC Athletic Director Beth Clark. "It is a great opportunity to expose the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference to the Brandon community and get people invested and involved."
"It is good to have a cross-town rivalry for sure," said BU men's co-captain Osian Edwards. "When you go against a cross-town rival it is definitely competitive. We go out there and compete and work hard and it is a lot of fun."
The Bobcats and Cougars will clash again on October 16 to cap off the Prowler Cup series at the HLC field.