Saturday night in Regina, Rifles Defensive Back Andrew Ricard and Receiver Xander Tachinski made their debut in professional football for their home Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers played the Saskatchewan Roughriders in pre-season action at the brand new Mosaic Stadium. Ricard felt the experience overall was incomparable to anything else.
"The experience was like no other game I have played in. I'm not sure if I could compare a championship game to it even. The atmosphere of the fans being so loud, and vocal towards you as the player" said Ricard.
The boys are excited to bring some of their professional experience back to the Rifles as Tachinski mentions.
"Once my nerves calmed, the game was really an extension of what we've been doing in training camp. So the things I'll bring back to the Rifles include all the things I've learned throughout training camp such as attention to detail when learning the playbook, attention to detail when watching film, and other general themes that have been consistent throughout training camp" said Tachinski.
The Blue Bombers tied the Saskatchewan Roughriders 25 all and play their home opener in Winnipeg June 15th.
The Rifles signed their 2017 Rookies Saturday June 3rd at Investor's Group Field.
A group of our players spent their time in the community on Sunday June 4th with Pride Winnipeg. Our team helped with tear down and clean-up after the city's big parade. Check out their Shaw TV segment here.
A few of our Winnipeg Rifles players participated in Cycle on Life on June 4th, which raised just under $150,000 for the Riverview Health Centre! They boys had a great ride and helped raise money for an excellent cause.
L-R Samson Harper, KJ Whittaker, Sloane Scrivener, Glen Scrivener, Justin Kwitatowski and Curtis Krahn
The Winnipeg Rifles are excited for the upcoming season and now is your chance to get involved!
The Rifles are looking for billet families to host players aged 18 - 22 for the 2017 football season (July - November)
Becoming a Winnipeg Rifles billet family is a rewarding experience. You will become a big part of our players lives and many of those relationships last long after the players season comes to an end.
If you are interested in potentially opening up your home to players of our Rifles team, please contact our Head Coach Geordie Wilson or our General Manager Laurie Hoel to learn more about becoming a billet family.
Looking to support your home town junior team and proudly wear their logo? Take a look at the Rifles Custom Store and order your fan gear today! Online store will close on June 17th so don't delay, order today!
You will receive an email when your order is ready for pickup from Home Run Sports, 20 De la Seigneurie Blvd, Winnipeg, MB.
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800-565-2025 or email@example.com