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Lions’ Bighill on clinic list

Jeff McDonald is an avid football coach and administrator. - Don Bodger/file
Jeff McDonald is an avid football coach and administrator.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

Camps, clinics and a new flag league will kick off the football season in the valley.

It’s going to be an exciting time with all the special events coming up, concedes Cowichan Valley Football Association president Jeff McDonald.

The spring camp March 9 and 10 — open to both girls and boys whether registered with the club or not — will feature an appearance by Adam Bighill of the B.C. Lions and members of the Vancouver Island Raiders, one of the most successful junior franchises of all time in Canada with three Canadian championships under their belt.

There will be both a tackle and non-tackle skills camp. Drills and scrimmages will be incorporated into the two days.

“There will be NCCP trained coaches to show everyone the proper techniques and fundamentals — emphasis on fun — of our great game,’’ noted McDonald.

The appearance of Bighill, a Canadian Football League all-star and the No. 2 tackler in the league. at the camp is a coup for the Cowichan association.

Spring registration is open and teams are beginning to take shape. Go to www.cowichanfootball.com for information.

Meanwhile, a record 16 players from last year’s Cowichan Midget and Bantam Bulldogs will attend an all-star game in Vancouver in April and six of those are going to the Senior Bowl.

Players going to the StarBowl and Senior Bowl are: Darrin Aitchison, Cory Lewis, Niko Ceska, Eric Maslen, Adam Marchetti and Mackey Singh.

Midgets going to the all-star game include: Blake Torok-Both, Liam Palcu-Johnston, Dusean LeBlanc, Brock Gowanlock and Brendan Gowanlock.

All-star players from the Bantam team are: Kain Melchior, Eddy Walt, Travis McDonald, Tyler Hudson and Brendan Lynch.

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