Central Alberta Bucs look forward to spring with indoor tryouts

Central Alberta Bucs are preparing for their upcoming season in Alberta Football League

The Central Alberta Buccaneers who play in the Alberta Football league, are more than just a community football team, they’re a brotherhood.

A second family practically, according to third year defensive back Ryan Miller, who is originally from Ontario but has found a home with the Bucs.

“For myself, moving from Ontario I didn’t really know anyone out here, didn’t have any family or friends out here. Being able to welcome new guys in and make them feel comfortable and part of the family is really big,” Miller said.

The team held their first free, open indoor tryout on Feb. 4 and will host two more, one on Feb. 12 and the other on Feb. 26.

Miller said the tryouts are laid back, and just designed to help people to get out and see how close knit the football community is.

”It’s just to get the guys out, get them together and get them running around for the guys that have been on the team before,” Miller said.

“For new guys, chance to come out, meet some of the guys. See what we’re all about. We’re really big on creating a brotherhood and a family having that bond together.”

Coming off an undefeated regular season in the AFL, the team’s only blemish came in a devastating 32-23 championship game loss at the hands of the Fort McMurray Monarchs. They will need to make a few replacements on the offensive side of the ball, Miller said the core of the team is still intact.

“It’s hard to match the talent we had last year. We did lose a couple guys,” Miller said, noting top receiver Jamal Henry will not be back this season.

“I think we’re still going to have a good team. The main core guys coming back. Defensive wise, we all know the system well. The numbers our offence put up last year, that’d be hard for any team to match. We should have a pretty good team, we’ll definitely be contending.”

The tryout this Sunday is from 8-10 p.m. at Westerner Park, anyone is welcome and no pads or helmets are required to participate.


Just Posted

Canadians told to brace for a ‘classic’ Canadian winter with lots of snow

TORONTO — One of Canada’s high profile weather forecasters is warning Canadians… Continue reading

Nebraska set to vote today on fate of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

CALGARY — Five commissioners in Nebraska are set to vote today on… Continue reading

Hippie cult leader Charles Manson dead at 83

LOS ANGELES — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the… Continue reading

Tie new affordable housing money to outcomes, former watchdog tells Liberals

OTTAWA — Parliament’s first budget watchdog is warning the federal government to… Continue reading

WATCH: Christmas Wish Breakfast toy donations almost double

All toys donated Sunday will be given to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau and Red Deer Salvation Army

VIDEO: Replay Red Deer: Nov. 19

Watch news highlights from the week of Nov. 13

CP Holiday train to stop in Ponoka for another year

The popular train will feature entertainment from Colin James and Emma-Lee

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

VIDEO: ‘Party bus’ goes up in flames in Vancouver

Fire crews responded to the late night blaze

Chicken crosses B.C. road, stops traffic

Rooster makes early morning commuters wait in Maple Ridge

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

100+ Women Red Deer donate to Christmas Bureau

About $14,000 will help with Christmas hampers and toys

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month