Alberni sports briefs: what your favourite athletes got up to this week

Rugby begins and a tailgate party for the Bulldogs home opener.

Black Sheep rugby starts

The Port Alberni Black Sheep men’s Division 1 rugby club kicks off its fall season this Saturday, Sept. 19 with a home game against Nanaimo Hornets. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at the rugby club, at the top of Argyle Street.

“We play every weekend, which is fantastic,” head coach Jas Purewal said of the schedule released this week.

The Black Sheep play in the Vancouver Island Rugby Union and will compete for the Times Colonist Cup this fall.

Purewal is hoping the Black Sheep will also field a Div. 3 men’s team—they are only a few players short. It has been three years since the Black Sheep competed at that level.

Tailgate party for Bulldogs

The B.C. Hockey League regular season will kick off in the Alberni Valley with a tailgate party in the parking lot this Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. before the puck drops at 7 p.m.

Quality Foods has donated chili and hotdogs for a Raise-a-Reader fundraiser.

Blackmun heads to NAHL

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have transferred Drew Blackmun’s playing rights to the Aston Rebels in the NAHL.

They also signed local product Logan Savard last week.

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