The Westshore Rebels made headlines this week with a story in the Goldstream News Gazette about a funding shortfall. There isn’t cause to panic in the Victoria suburb if you are a Rebels fan. The club’s financial woes are not news to those in the inner circle of the BCFC as the organization has been in a financial repayment plan to the conference the past 3 seasons after parents stepped in to save a franchise that was on the verge of folding. New President Doug Kobayashi was brought in this season for his business expertise in another step in the right direction.
The team will finish the season and will be on the field in 2017. The upcoming home play-off gates will be a welcome site to the Rebels as this is when a junior football team turns a break even or $ losing season into the black. The story was an effort by the Rebels to let the businesses in their city, as well as the ticket buying public know that they still have a way to go financially and this is the perfect time to “jump on the bandwagon” so to speak.
If you haven’t been to a Rebels game at Westhills Stadium or others in the conference, you are missing out. The junior stadiums and fan atmospheres are the best in the country when the stands are even close to full.
Now that the commercial is out of the way, what does this game mean? Technically to both teams nothing in the standings. The first place Rebels and 5th place Broncos are not going anywhere in the standings.
Pride is on the line for the Broncos, and a real opportunity to steal a win in an upset as these teams match up pretty well. It was a shootout when they met in Kamloops. Home field advantage is worth something of course, but if there was ever a game where a team might be looking past its opponent this is it.
Rebels running back Jamel Lyles would establish a new conference rushing record with 147 yards Saturday. You can bet the Broncos defense would love to leave him short of the mark. They can likely expect a healthy dose of Lyles early as Rebels head coach JC Boice will be looking to get his star out of the game as soon as possible with the play-offs looming.
Players to watch
Rebels receiver Nathaniel Pinto – The Rebels offense is rolling right now. The running game really isn’t on the same plane as the others in the conference and the passing game seems to be reaching new levels the past few weeks. Over the past 3 games Pinto has 12 receptions for 440 yards (36.7 AVG) and 4 touchdowns.
Broncos DB Jordan Angrove – Angrove’s name will likely come up in defensive player of the year conversation as he has been outstanding in the Broncos secondary this season. A sure tackler, he leads the BCFC in interceptions with 8. The Broncos will need a big day from him in both facets if they are to come away with a win Saturday on the island