The Airdrie Irish will close the book on their first season in the Alberta Football League (AFL) this weekend.
The Senior Men’s Football team is wrapping up their inaugural season in the league and will do so on a two game winning streak.
Matt Squires, President of the Airdrie Irish and the AFL says this past weekends game against the Calgary Wolfpack was tough, but the team managed to claw out a 37-7 victory.
“There’s about a dozen guys on my roster that were ex-Calgary Wolfpack players, a lot of common friends between the two teams so it was definitely a sensitive game. A lot of stress and a lot of pressure on a lot of individuals, but the game went on really well, both teams played really hard, very little penalties and both are really good, clean, classy organizations.”
2-5 on the season, the Irish will now head into battle against the Central Alberta Buccaneers.
“We have a few guys on our organization that used to play for the Buccaneers including myself at one time so it’s definitely going to be a really tough battle,” says Squires. “The Bucs are sitting third in the conference right now so they’re bringing a really really strong defense at us which will be a great challenge.”
While the team will be focused on the game come kickoff, both squads are also taking part in the first annual Real Men Wear Pink Game fort the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
“Both individual organizations are raising pledges and raising funds, to the individual players trying to raise money for the charity as well but at the game we’ll be doing lots of things.”
Squires says the team will be selling roses while the Irish wives or, “The Blarney Babes” will be doing a bake sale with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Toad and Turtle will be giving away some of their profits from after the game and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will also be in attendance raising funds.
Entering their final regular season game of the year, the Irish are confident and looking to end the season with another win.
“Coming off with two wins back to back is great, the guys are in great spirits, we’re going to be coming out firing and great positivity.”
“It’s been great for team morale,” adds Squires. “When you’re going through a losing streak it can really get you down and it can really get you into a slump but now that we’re coming off of the two wins, everyone is in a high mood.”
Kickoff is at 3 pm at Genesis Place.
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