“Howe Happenings” ready for some football

Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff

July 9, 2021

A runner tries to avoid being tackled in a Kinsmen Football League game in the fall of 2020. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

Prairie Bowl Series comes to SMF, Valkyries back in action

Since 1960, Saskatoon Minor Football Field has been a home to all levels of football for Saskatoon and area.

In 2020, the revamped football stadium on the grounds of the Gordie Howe Sports Complex was one of the few places in Canada that hosted actual football games with the world stuck in the grips of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

That game action was made possible due to outstanding work by Saskatoon Minor Football. Due to that organization’s fantastic efforts, the main feature on this month’s upload for the “Howe Happenings” blog is about Saskatoon Minor Football.

On a national stage, the work by the crew at Saskatoon Minor Football did not go unnoticed.

This past April, Saskatoon Minor Football was named the winner of Football Canada’s Organization of the Year award for 2020.

The momentum of that award win carried over for Saskatoon Minor Football to this past spring. The minor sports body had very successful seasons for its Tykes on Spikes, flag football, six-a-side tackle football, Rush spring high school football female flag league and high school academy programs.

A running back takes off in a high school academy game in the fall of 2020. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

Saskatoon Minor Football is participating in a Prairie Bowl Series with Regina Minor Football.

In the Prairie Bowl Series, the under-16 and varsity high school all-star teams from Saskatoon Minor Football and Regina Minor Football will take part in respective two-game total-points series. The Prairie Bowl Series starts tonight in Regina.

It wraps up in Saskatoon at Saskatoon Minor Football Field on Saturday, July 17. The under-16 game is set for 6 p.m. and the varsity contest follows at 8:30 p.m.

On top of checking on the exploits of Saskatoon Minor Football, “Howe Happenings” caught up with the Saskatoon Valkyries, who are a powerhouse club in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League.

The Valkyries are set to play their first games in almost two years. They are slated to face the Regina Riot in a three-game series.

The first contest is set for Saturday in Regina. The two squads will face each other at Saskatoon Minor Football Field on Friday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. The final contest will be held on Sunday, July 25 at a place and time to still be announced depending on the total score of the first two contests.

You can find these items on the “Howe Happenings” blog at howehappenings306.blogspot.com. New content will be released on the ninth day of each month. We hope you will enjoy the stories that make up the posts on the “Howe Happenings” blog.

A receiver sets to catch a pass at a Valkyries practice. (Photo by Darren Steinke)