PRESEASON GAME RECAP
The Regina Riot kicked off their first home preseason game in a number of years this past Sunday when they hosted the Manitoba Fearless at Leibel Field. The final score was closer than Riot fans may be used to, but the home team still managed to come out on top 22 – 17.
“The Fearless came out very strong” said Riot Head Coach Olivier Eddie after the game. “Kudos to them for the absolutely great match.”
Preseason is a time to evaluate the roster, and Coach Eddie took advantage by rotating most of his players onto the field at various points throughout the game.
“Preseason games give us the opportunity to get some new players valuable game experience,” said Coach Eddie. “It also allows us to evaluate our new athletes. Kristina McFadden is one of these new athletes that stood out to us on Sunday.”
It was also the first opportunity for the Regina Riot to implement their new defensive scheme in a game situation.
“We have a very different look on defense this season, and going through this first preseason game was an important first step” said Eddie.
At the game’s conclusion, Regina Riot WR Hope Jordens and Manitoba Fearless RB Hallie Eggie were named the Hillberg & Berk Players of the Game and each walked away with a new pair of Sparkle Ball Earrings.
HUMBOLDT BRONCOS TRIBUTE
Prior to kickoff of Sunday’s preseason game, a moment of silence was held at midfield in memory of those affected by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy of this spring. The Regina Riot have dedicated their 2018 season in memory of those who lost their lives in the accident, and the team will be taking donations to support the Humboldt community throughout this season.
WEEK 1 PREVIEW
The regular season kicks off this weekend, when the Riot will be making a trip to Winnipeg to play the Manitoba Fearless once again. It will be the one & only time the two teams meet in the regular season.
“Starting the regular season with a win is important to us,” stated Coached Eddie. “Manitoba proved to us this week that they will be a tough opponent, and we will need to be at our best.”
The regular season opener will take place in Winnipeg at Investor’s Group Field on Saturday, May 5th. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.