A diverse range of talent and skill sets from across the province were assessed in Football Alberta’s Super Weekend camp, held from Jan. 12-14 at Foote Field in Edmonton.
With more than 40 top coaches running the camp and close to 400 players in attendance, only the best 100 of all those present have been handpicked to progress into the next round of training.
This is the first step for Football Alberta in selecting their Team Alberta U18 that will compete in the Football Canada Cup this summer to be hosted in Calgary from July 15-22. The Football Canada Cup is a National Championship featuring provincial teams from across Canada competing at the U18 level.
The selected athletes will now be expected to attend winter camps at the Foote Dome at the University of Alberta in February and March with the final selections of the team scheduled for April 20-22 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. NOTE: The actual number is over 100 with the addition of the Alberta players from Team Canada West U16 who were in Texas over this past weekend for a National Team training camp and unavailable to attend. Team Canada West U16 defeated both Mexico 24-6 and the USA 14-12 in a round robin jamboree at the International Bowl yesterday.
At the Calgary Camp in April the Top-40 will be selected for the final roster of Team Alberta U18, while a 40 man Team Alberta U17 will also be selected, which will head to Maui in August to partake in the Pacific Challenge featuring Team Saskatchewan U17 and local Hawaiian high schools.
Here is the list of selected players advancing in the process listed alphabetically by position (NOTE: Team Canada West U16 players indicated with a *):
Melchis Ilunga (Ross Sheppard, Edmonton)
Ty Thompson (Ross Sheppard, Edmonton)
Mikhail Biggs (Austin O’Brien, Edmonton)