Cyclones taking aim at provincials
Hum and also tied Weyburn and Notre Dame.
All are contenders for the provincial championship on an annual basis.
“It was all the top teams in our division and we never lost a game, they were really even games the whole way through,” Rawlyk said. “It was definitely a good experience.”
And an experience the Cyclones are more than grateful to have after their close call last season.
The team was on the verge of folding after it was revealed that most of the players wouldn’t be able to afford to play the following season, leaving the team in dire straits. The Moose Jaw community stepped up in force, though, with donations both locally and from far-flung alumni bolstering the team’s coffers.
Then the Canadian Tire-based JumpStart program rode to the rescue the rest of the way.
“That’s been our savior,” Rawlyk said. “So the private donations and JumpStart have really paid off for us. Everyone who goes to Canadian Tire and drops into those Canadian Tire money things at the doors, this is one example where a local team really got the help from them.”
It all means a group of players from all corners of the planet get a chance to continue playing the game at a competitive level.
“If anyone wants to see some boys in their element, just come out to a game,” Rawlyk said. “These kids smile from earto-ear and it’s unbelievable.”
The Cyclones are back in action Wednesday when they travel to Swift Current.