Set­s4Sup­per raises funds for River­side Mis­sion All-star char­ity vol­ley­ball games fea­ture im­pres­sive ac­tion

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The Set­s4Sup­per vol­ley­ball char­ity matches at Vanier Col­le­giate on Satur­day af­ter­noon saw world-class ath­letes like for­mer Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers Chris Get­zlaf and Jeremy O’Day play­ing.

More than 100 pa­trons filled the Ned An­dreoni gym­na­sium for the event, which fea­tured a celebrity all-star game that in­cluded mem­bers of the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers foot­ball team, as well as a high-school all-star game with some of the top play­ers from the lo­cal boys and girls leagues.

Both games were plenty en­ter­tain­ing and filled with laughs, and both fea­tured some im­pres­sive vol­ley­ball, es­pe­cially the celebrity game as it pro­gressed.

“I think it was just a mat­ter of us all get­ting go­ing and then we all wanted to win,” said Team Yel­low player Fraser Tolmie, who moon­lights as the mayor of Moose Jaw.

Tolmie was one of the stand­outs in the con­test, draw­ing kudos from the gym com­men­ta­tor through­out the match and even pulling off an im­pres­sive back-tofront row save on a near cer­tain point for Team Blue in the first set.

Given how close the match was – Yel­low ended up tak­ing a 2-1 (25-23, 19-25, 15-12) vic­tory – that point was cru­cial.

“It was good to have a cou­ple nice lit­tle plays to show I was wor­thy of be­ing on the team,” Tolmie said with a laugh. “It was a lot fun to get out there, brush some rust off some old skills.” Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili was on the los­ing side, but was quick to point out how en­joy­able the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was.

“It’s pretty cool when you get a bunch of peo­ple who don’t re­ally know each other, ath­letes, cops, politi­cians, and ev­ery­one gets re­ally into it,” said Meili, who is mem­ber of the Vanier Col­le­giate Class of 1993. “I’m used to speeches and dull re­cep­tions, but to­day we got to have a lot of fun.” In ad­di­tion to Get­zlaf and O’Day, who played on Team Blue and Yel­low re­spec­tively, the Roughrid­ers were rep­re­sented by leg­endary de­fen­sive line­man Scott Schultz, who coached Team Blue with his usual gusto.

Lo­cal lu­mi­nar­ies were out in force on both teams, in­clud­ing Snow­birds pi­lots Kevin Domon-Gre­nier (Snow­bird 5) and Sarah Dal­laire (Snow­bird 2) as well as a host of play­ers from emer­gency ser­vices and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

It was all for the best cause pos­si­ble – sup­port­ing River­side Mis­sion and spread­ing aware­ness of world­wide home­less­ness and poverty.

“I’m very pas­sion­ate about our youth, and just to see our youth stand up and four awe­some young girls (see side­bar) want­ing to do some­thing good in their com­mu­nity,” said Tolmie. “That’s the kind of com­mu­nity we want to live in, one that de­vel­ops fu­ture lead­ers and I’m re­ally proud of them and our com­mu­nity as a whole to rally to­gether and help those who are less for­tu­nate and in need.”

The high school all-star game fea­tured play­ers from Vanier, Pea­cock and Cen­tral, with Team Blue tak­ing a 25-23, 23-25, 15-9 vic­tory.

The event also fea­tured a silent auc­tion and penny pa­rade, fea­tur­ing a host if items do­nated by sup­port­ing busi­nesses.

The fundrais­ing to­tals were still be­ing to­talled as of press time.

Mem­bers of the Set­s4Sup­per Blue and Yel­low high school all-star teams gather for a group photo.

While Team Yel­low won the Set­s4Sup­per celebrity game, ev­ery­one was a win­ner.

The Vanier Col­le­giate or­ga­niz­ers of the Set­s4Sup­per char­ity vol­ley­ball games – Aimee Dum­lao, Madi­son DeCorby, Al­li­son Gra­jczyk-Jelin­ski and Jenna Meili -re­ceive ap­plause for their hard work.

For­mer Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers re­ceiver Chris Get­zlaf shows his ver­ti­cal leap while get­ting a kill in front of for­mer Roughrid­ers line­man Jeremy O’Day.

Moose Jaw mayor Fraser Tolmie passes a serve to the front row.

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