Oceanside Lions football teams reflect on successful season

Oceanside Lions junior bantam team against Westshore Warriors. (Michael Briones photo)Oceanside Lions junior bantam team against Westshore Warriors. (Michael Briones photo)
Oceanside Lions junior bantam team plays defence against Westshore Warriors. (Michael Briones photo)Oceanside Lions junior bantam team plays defence against Westshore Warriors. (Michael Briones photo)
Oceanside Lions junior bantam team executes a running play against Westshore Warriors. (Michael Briones photo)Oceanside Lions junior bantam team executes a running play against Westshore Warriors. (Michael Briones photo)
Oceanside Lions junior bantam team against Westshore Warriors. (Michael Briones photo)Oceanside Lions junior bantam team against Westshore Warriors. (Michael Briones photo)

The Oceanside Lions football teams said goodbye to a successful season.

The Lions peewee team, ages 10-11, played an intense playoff game but ended with a heartbreaking loss to the Saanich Warriors at at Victoria’s West Copley Field.

This fall season was the first time that the peewee Lions made it into the playoffs in five years.

“We’re seeing a real change in club culture,” said coach Karl Wall. “Our small group played hard all season, proving that you don’t need to play for a big city team to be competitive.”

The Oceanside Junior Bantam Lions, ages 12-13, had a huge turnaround season this fall as well, improving from 0-9 in the Spring season, to 5-4, and narrowly missing the playoffs.

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“It was so nice to have good numbers this time around,” said head coach Brendan Burns. “In the spring we would often have to call all of the kids the night before games to confirm we would have the minimum of 13 to play the upcoming game. So to have a roster of 25 in the fall was an amazing turnaround, and hopefully a sign of things to come for football in our community.”

Coach Colby Jack said they can’t wait for next season.

“We have a great core of kids, many of them rookies, so the future looks bright for the junior bantams,” said Jack.

The Oceanside Youth Football Association is always recruiting new players. Registration for the spring season will start in February and there will be a flag football team for atoms (ages six to eight).

For more information, check out Oceanside Lions Football Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OceansideYouthFootball

NEWS Staff

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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