Westshore Rebels Pay “Touching” Tribute To One of Their Own

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Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – Westshore Rebels football team and its alumni played a round robin, touch football game Wednesday afternoon in the 1st Annual Ted Kissinger Memorial Alumni game.

The first Annual Ted Kissinger Memorial Cup was up for grabs as current Rebels and alumni played off for bragging rights – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The game, played at Copley field in Saanich, was the brainchild of current Westshore Rebels Special Teams coach and alumni Rudy Fjeldstad. He felt there was a need to pay homage to the unexpected passing in 20110 of a very special, and long time contributor to the organization in Ted Kissinger, who played for the local football team under the Dolphins moniker back in the late 60’s. He was 61. Ted Kissinger would receive the Most Valuable Player Award for his team in 1968.  After the Sr. Kissinger hung up his cleats, his son, Mike, would carry on the local football family legacy, taking top defensive awards in 1999 and 2000 under the supportive eye of the elder Kissinger.

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PeeWee Westshore Warrior Hunter Bowles and Westshore Rebels WR and 2014 BCFC Allstar Jordan Rodinsky pose together before the Alumni game. One day the two instead of playing on the same team, may play against each other in their own Memorial Alumni game. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Coach Fjeldstad, as a close friend to the Kissinger family, thought the Memorial game a fitting way to commemorate the 32-plus years involvement the Ted Kissinger had on the local football scene as an alumni.

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Rudy Fjeldstad, 2015 Special Teams Coach for the Westshore Rebels and organizer of the event, carries the ball into the waiting two-hand touch of Hunter Bowles (in red) – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Under less than ideal temperatures, players from the current 2015 Westshore Rebels team took time out of their demanding main camp schedule to take part in the holiday Memorial Alumni game. Perhaps to take a break from their grueling six-day camp schedule under the searing heat wave that has had a firm grip on the area of late, they appeared loose and ready to take on the senior alumni. With the season opener only a mere three weeks away against the Okanagan Sun on July 25rd, the fun game was a surely-welcomed break from the high intensity of a camp that has already seen it’s fair share of injuries on the roster.

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Alumni and Rebels DB Assistant Randy “the Jet” Mar looks for yards with the ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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Belmont grad and 2nd year Rebel Jordan Worth carries the ball with Rebels teamate Tyler Leader in chase – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Although a fun benefit game to the Alumni of the Rebels organization, at this time of the pre-season, it wouldn’t be fitting if Rebels Head Coach JC Boice wasn’t on the sidelines to offer his current players game advice and a few humorous quips to help them through the afternoon’s light-hearted play. A player’s coach he truly is.

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(Left ot Right, 2015 Rebel Riley Galloway, Alumni and Coach Rudy Fjeldstad, Alumni Brian Fournier) representing past and present as the 1st Annual Ted Kissinger Memorial Cup is displayed for the inaugural game – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Current Rebels receiver, and last year’s Offensive MVP and Passing Receiver of the Year for the Rebels, Jordan Rodinsky would stand out on the field with his catching and running skills, making early season predictions about his season’s ambitions. Westshore Warriors PeeWee Division and Football BC Team player Hunter Bowles, hoping to crack the Rebels roster one day and playing a few years ahead of his time, would also hold his own as substitute QB against the bigger and more experienced players. Also of note was a game playing appearance by WR Court Boice, son of the Rebels Head Coach JC Boice and new recruit to the Alberta Golden Bears.

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Westshore Warriors PeeWee Div Hunter Bowles prepares to throw the bomb down field with alumni Randy Mar bears down on the rushed QB – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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2014 BCFC Allstar WR reciever Jordan Rodinsky grabs the throw with sure hands that gave him last years title – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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Belmont grad and Alberta Golden Bear WR Court Boice gives up his normal position for QB during Memorial game action – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The current 2015 Rebels return to camp Thursday, at Westhills Stadium, 6:30-9:30 pm, with team camp closing Saturday July 4th at noon.

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