Chess As Part Of Paris 2024 Olympics

Recently the FIDE chess association and the French Chess association have been working to promote chess as an Olympic sport for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Chess has now become a candidate for the Olympic Games and to potentially become a sport. Chess becoming an Olympic sport can only be confirmed by the International Olympic Committee. The last time chess was considered a candidate for an Olympic sport was just after the match played between Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue. Although it was considered at that time not as much effort was being put into making it an official sport as it is now.

Should chess be an Olympic sport? Well, chess is physically demanding in ways most people don’t realize. Some claim playing chess for 2 hours is the equivalent of running 8 kilometres. As stated from the IOC and the FIDE association.

Back in 1927 the world championship match between Capablanca and Alekhine took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. World championship time parameters were 2.5 hours for 40 moves, if the game did not end then it would be continued the next day. The player to get 6 wins becomes world champion and draws do not count. Capablanca had been champion for quite some time, he did little to no preparation before the match in 1927. Alekhine gave up smoking, drinking and did a serious physical training regime as well as analyzing games. By game 34 Alekhine had worn down his opponent so much that Capablanca resigned the next game before it even started. This stands to show that high level chess players must have the physical and mental stamina to play major league games for extended periods of time.

As for popularity in chess, back in 1972 the Fischer v. Spassky match was literally the most popular event in all of the world. It was even being watched by people who didn't know how to play the game! After Fischer won, upon his return to New York he was awarded a medal by the mayor of the city. If almost 50 years ago chess could reach this level of notoriety, it certainly has the potential to become popular like that again. To quote from Fischer, “Chess is a great game. A game and a sport for the mind. I never thought I’d see the day when chess would be all over the front pages.” 


One argument for why games like Chess and Go should be part of the Olympics and not games like Fortnight is because of the history. Chess has been played for at least 2000 years by some of histories greatest minds. Another argument is that chess is an entirely skill-based game except for the chance of which colour pieces you get. In almost every other game, except Go and Draughts, there is a serious luck-based component. Most sports in the Olympics are not based on luck at all. Do you think chess should be part of the Olympics? I think so!


Bobcats Volleyball: National silver Medalists

After bringing home a win during the Canada West conference championship, the Bobcats mens team suffered a loss at the hands of the Trinity Western Spartans at the national championship game in Quebec City back on March 17th. The men had just most recently beat the Spartans at home when they played them for the title in the west. This had been the fourth game the Spartans and the Bobcats faced off, and this time the Spartans took a clean sweep over the men.

Trinity Western won each of the three sets scoring 25-23, 25-21 and 25-19. It was through careful planning and execution that the Spartans changed up their serving strategy and kept Brandon on their heals throughout the whole game. The men were not prepared for this technique nor were they able to properly counter it as even BU coach, Grant Wilson, mentioned the Spartans “did it to a T.” 

The Spartans scored 8 aces alone and had a total of 45 kills, almost 20 more kills than the Bobcats. Despite this the men still had a great season overall and achieved some truly miraculous feats through hard work and dedication. Seth Friesen scored the team high with 10 kills and Elliot Viles was close behind with 7. The co-captains Brady Nault and James Weir were also great in their final matches as Bobcats, Naut had 8 digs and Weir had 4 kills on six swings.

This is the second time Brandon has brought home the silver medal from nationals when in 2011 the men lost to the then home town Trinity Western Spartans.

Congratulations on the phenomenal season gentlemen, best of luck with your studies and farewell to those of you who will be leaving the Bobcats team for good. We all appreciate the games you guys put on for BU and the enthusiasm you filled the HLC with. Best of luck next year.

Bobcats Volleyball: Canada West Champions

Brandon University Boabcats have won the Canada West conference title in the U-Sports realm of men’s volleyball. If you haven’t seen or heard yet you may have been somewhere under a rock this past week because the news has spread everywhere across the community. My cousin doesn’t even go to school here and he was telling me about it. Truly a remarkable feat that the men have accomplished.

The men’s team had won the Canada West league title back in 2012-2013 and since then it is has been a series of close encounters but never a solid finish. This is truly a remarkable time for the men as not since members like Sebastien Steigmeier, Sam Tuivai and Roy Ching have been on the team have the men done so well. That 2012-2013 year the men had a record of 26-13 while the men of 2018-2019 have a record of 25-3. This is not the final journey for the men this year though as they will soon be travelling to Quebec City to face off with the other U-Sports competitors. 

Nationals will be no small challenge for the men but if they play as well as they did against the Spartans this past weekend everyone is sure in for a show! The men’s most recent game went back and forth in 5 intense sets that continually built upon one another till the men finished off their opponents with damning blow’s from Seth Friesen, Elliot Viles and Robin Baghdady. Each of the hitters had a wicked streak of kills totaling 43 points altogether. The co-captains Brady Nault and James Weir each did amazing too as Nault had 11 digs and Weir had a match high of 5 blocks. Reece Dixon is credited with 43 assists and was a vital part in setting up the Bobcats offence.

The mens next games will take place on March 17th-18th in Quebec as the men go to play the best of the best. Good luck men!


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MCAC Athlete Of The Week

Dan Harrison of the men’s futsal team has been named the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) athlete of the week. This is added onto the long list of achievements which Dan has gained over his years as a Bobcat!  Harrison has been a key piece to the men’s defence as a goal keeper who refuses to give up. Making some incredible saves and showing excellent leadership on the team, Dan has shown time and time again why he is deserving of awards like these.

The men have played 11 games so far this year and won all but two, where one ended in a tie and one ended in a loss. The mens next games will take place at home at 1:00 p.m. on March 2nd. The futsal Final Four tournament (Copa De La Paz Championship) takes place on the weekend of March 9-11th and will be hosted out in Winnipeg.


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Bobcats VolleyBall: The Road Forward

Your Brandon Bobcats are on a bit of a hot streak as they crush the Calgary Dino’s chance in the playoffs! The Volleyball team won both sets of games, defeating their prey with a clean sweep 3-0 on Thursday and finishing their rivals on Friday 3-1. This was no walk in the park however and every point was fought over with desperation and deliberate planning, both teams offering different moments against one another.

The Bobcats are ranked No. 1 in the league and the Dino’s were ranked No. 8. This latest set of victories however will lead the Bobcats on towards the semi-finals. It has been a long road for the Bobcats but it  has certainly been another successful year. This regular season the men won 20 out of their 22 games. Last year the men played 24 regular season games and lost 7 of them.

This past set will hopefully propel the men going forward in the Canada West playoffs. Although this latest battle wasn't a cake walk the Dino’s were not able to push the series to a third round of games on the Saturday. The Brandon offence was just too good for the Dino’s defence as all three of the Bobcats starting outside attackers scored in the double figures. Seth Friesen scored 17 kills, robin Baghdady had 13 and Elliot Viles had 10. Reece Dixon had 47 assists and libero Brady Nault finished with 13 digs.

The mens next games will be played in Brandon as they take on the Mount Royal Cougars. These two teams have played each other before in the past and it has not turned out the best for Brandon, as those games resulted in the Bobcats only 2 losses during the season. The game will be taking place at the HLC on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and with the second game on Friday. Dependant on the results of those matches the teams may have to play again Saturday if necessary. Best of luck in your games Bobcats, way to go!


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BU Big Band Dance

This coming Friday BU students are encouraged to come and enjoy the BU Big Band dance at Forbidden Flavours from 8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. The BU Big Band takes to the stage for a community dance in celebration of Black History Month. Music will feature high-energy jazz and swing music to get students excited and out onto the dance floor. There will also be other music such as contemporary R&B and Soul hits to help soothe the mood and offer smooth flowing music to slow things down and give wild dancers a break.

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Everyone is invited to the event! The BU Big Band is directed by Michael Cain and features 25 members of the Brandon University faculty of music. These talented young artists are sure to wow and impress anyone walking by the mingling area that evening. Raffle prizes and pizza will be sold for $2.00 each.

Tickets are available for advance purchasing or at the door should you be a little late to the party. Advance tickets are $12.00 for BUMS members, $15.00 for non-members or $20.00 at the door. In order to find some advance tickets you will need to check in with music building foyer or talk with BUMS members.

Capacity and therefore tickets will be somewhat limited due to the large number of band members. It should be quite the performance and is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in jazz or swing music.

Bobcats Basketball End Of Season Wrap Up

What a year it’s been for the Bobcat basketball teams as they’ve gone through hardships and had a few shares of good fortunes along the journey. Both men and women struggled in parts of the season and neither would end up with a positive record against their opponents. The men would finish the season with a record of 4-16 and the women’s team would end slightly better with a 5-15 record. Neither team would make it onto playoffs and both concluded this past weekend with games here at home.

Compared to the rest of the teams in the USports arena, the men’s Bobcats team would land on the rankings at 15 of 17 in the Canada West division. It would not be enough to make it into playoffs and the men’s dreams will be stifled for another year. It is the top 12 teams which enter the playoffs and the team which clung onto the final position was the team the Bobcats most recently played, the Mount Royal Cougars. The Mount Royal Cougars placed 12 with a record of 8-12 and the top team, the Calgary Dino’s, would clean sweep the league with a record of 20-0. 

The women’s overall ranking in the Canada West league would place them at 14 of 17. Again not high enough ranking to make playoffs but still onto a solid path for the future of the program. The final team to just make it into the ranking was the Winnipeg Wesmen who had a record of 8-12 and the team which placed first was the Regina Cougar’s who finished with a record of 17-3.

The men’s team would finish the season with a PCT (winning percentage) of .200 and the women’s team would finish with a PCT of .238. The men’s team longest losing streak would be for about 8 games in the middle of the season and the total amount of games they won, both in and out of the conference, was 6 games. The women’s team longest losing streak was 7 games and their total amount of wins in games that were both in and out of the regular season was a total of 8.

Compared to last year the women won an extra two games. The 2017-2018 year they would have a record of 3-17, 2016-2017 would end with a record of 8-12 and 2015-2016 record would be 7-13.

Compared to last year the men won 5 more games with their 2017-2018 year ending with a 9-11 record. During 2016-2017 the men’s record was 9-11 and in 2015-2016 their record was 1-19.

A congratulation goes out to the teams for the entertaining games they provided for us and hopes that they will be able to make it into the playoffs next year! 


Men’s Basketball

4-16

3-8 home

1-8 away

PCT .200


Womens Basketball

5-15

2-9 home

3-6 away

PCT .238




Looking For A Sports Reporter

Since the beginning of time The Quill has looked for its own sports reporter. We have searched high and low for someone who is interested in both sports and the art of writing. However every time I seem to find one person who considers themselves interested in one subject or the other it seems to be mutually exclusive, as if to say people can’t be interested in both subjects simultaneously. It’s as if as soon as I bring up one subject some people seem to get super excited and interested in talking with me. “Oh you like sports, you must have an opinion on how the local hockey teams are doing this year.” “Oh you’re a writer, you must be great with grammar and proper punctuation.” (Both statements are not true about myself, just for the record.) 

But as soon as I try to bring up the idea of both subjects and the possibility of being a sports reporter it seems as if people skulk away. Like as if to say “Pfft I would not be caught dead with that group of individuals who like that subject.” People will often say they either dislike or don’t understand sports or claim they are not strong writers. I cannot possibly comprehend either of those points of view. Why can’t I understand them? First of all, sports are entertaining. They have a goal, a purpose and are based on real life/real time events. Second, writing is amazing. You can express yourself, share your ideas and opinions and it is a crucial piece of life.

There are entire companies dedicated to reporting on sports news. Thousands of people who both like journalism and sports and realize they are not mutually exclusive. And yet here I am begging someone, anyone who considers themselves a writer and a fan of sports to report on stories that surround the sports community. 

Why you should join The Quill team? Well there are several reasons and I will lay them out for you. The Quill is focused on reporting news all across campus and in the Brandon community. If you ever wanted a chance to be involved in a community The Quill is a great option and connection to finding out what is going on locally. The Quill also offers payment through tuition rebates. Your wages would be based on the total word count you write. For example writing 2000 words (roughly 5-6 articles) might be as much as 2% of the total content The Quill posts, then that 2% is worth a portion of the tuition rebate which might total $100. It’s not a lot but the experiences that are offered are worth far more than the wages themselves. Experiences such as meeting celebrities who come to Brandon, going to certain events and outings and getting to interview some truly incredible people.

The Quill can offer you a place to study in our office, a place to meet people and a resume booster. The skills you would learn include some time management and communication skills. Even then if you’re worried about either of those I would gladly sit down to help out and mentor you through this process. 

I started out my career at The Quill by taking on the sports reporter position. I covered games and events hosted by the Bobcats and even interviewed former NHL players like Theon Fleury. I also went to all sorts of HLC classes and clubs like yoga and floor hockey. It got me out of my comfort zone and put me in the thick of being social and expanding my writing skills. My first boss taught me a lot about writing and helped me really come into my own as a reporter. To date I’ve made well over $2000 since working here and making this a vital piece of my life. To think it all started with reporting on sports. It really is a great opportunity and I would feel awful if no one ever held out the hand and invited me to join. 

Bobcats Sports

In the world of sports the Bobcats have been busy on all fronts this past weekend. The Bobcats teams of the volleyball, basketball and soccer each had their own battles across western Canada. The men’s volleyball team was the only team with no game this past weekend but they will be back on the court in the coming week. 

Starting out in Regina with the results of the women’s volleyball games, the outcomes were not good for the Bobcats. The women lost both games against the Cougar’s, taking two losses, L 0-3 and L 1-3. Both Friday and Saturday were tough games for the Bobcats. The worst game they lost was 25-15 and their victory was 22-25.

In futsal both men and women were able to walk away with at least one win. The women’s team was able to beat Red River 5-1 and lost to CMU in a close game 2-3. The men’s team won both their games 10-6 against Red River and 7-5 against CMU.

In basketball both the men and women went out to BC to play games against the UBC Thunderbirds. Sadly each game was lost by the Bobcats as they could not keep up with the T-birds. The women lost their matches 50-77 and 56-85. The men lost their matches 81-98 and 74-94.

Next week the sports teams will have games throughout the weekend. The futsal and volleyball teams will have games here and in Winnipeg and the basketball teams will be out in Edmonton. Best of luck in your next games Bobcats!


Volleyball

Women L 0-3, 25-23, 25-17, 25-15   L 1-3 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18

Regina


Soccer

Women W 5-1 Red river L 2-3 CMU

Men W 10-6 RRC W 7-5 CMU

Basketball

Women L 50-77 L 56-85

Men L 81-98 L 74- 94

UBC

Football: NFL And CFL Update

After an exciting finish to week 11 which saw the dynamic Monday Night battle between young quarterbacks Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes, this week’s NFL games started with a bang on Turkey day as longtime rivals Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys faced off in an intense NFC East divisional battle. The game quickly turned into a battle of the defenses as both offenses continued their struggle getting points on the board. It was not till midway through the third quarter that the Cowboys began pressing their advantage with a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Dak Prescott to newly acquired speed demon, wide receiver Amari Cooper. Unfortunately for the Redskins, things never looked up offensively. Playing behind a beat-up O-line, backup quarterback Colt McCoy could only do so much. Throwing a blatant interception late in the third quarter as the Cowboys led by 11, the Redskins sealed their own fate as the Cowboys took the W leading to a wide-open division where both teams now sit at a 6-5 record. Turkey day football continued as the Detroit lions faced the Chicago bears in a low scoring yet action-packed game that ended in a 23-16 Bears victory. The night was capped off as the blazing hot New Orleans Saints, led by veteran quarterback Drew Brees dominated the Atlanta Falcons in a 31-17 blowout. Nonetheless, this week’s action is far from over as many exciting games are still to come on Sunday. These games include more action from the NFC East as the New York Giants with rookie sensation running back Saquan Barkley host the defending super bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. The New York Jets are also set to clash against the New England Patriots in a bitter rival match that is guaranteed to be worthwhile in addition to the battle of Ohio between the Cleveland brown and Cincinnati Bengals. Not into the NFL? No problem! This Sunday will also be the 106th Grey Cup between the Calgary Stampeders and the Ottawa Redblacks. So, there you have it! Something for everyone! Don’t you just love football! Gee Wilikers!


Bobcats Female Athlete Of October

Lauren Anderson is a forward for the Bobcats basketball team and is a strong and consistent player on and off the court. She has started a streak of 5 straight double double performances and is sitting with some of the best players in the league in the multiple stat categories. This is just the information that comes from statistics, in reality she is an even larger asset to her team. 

In the conference Lauren has a reputation to do it all out on the court, score, rebound, pass etc. She is constantly at the forefront with her teams top scorers and shows the crowd every night why she deserves to be recognized as an athlete of the month.

Volleyball: Bobcats VS Dinos

Your Bobcats volleyball teams were at home this weekend, facing off with with the University of Calgary Dinos. The games ended with some mixed results for the Bobcats, some matches ending with clean sweeps in favour of BU and others ending in being swept away. All in all, it was a good weekend for sports and the Bobcats put on a tough battle for each match up.

The women’s team would lose both games on the weekend, being swept away in some extremely tight matches on Friday losing 0-3, and losing 1-3 on Saturday with some equally intense games. The first night at home the Bobcats got off to a rough start with the Dinos losing the first set 16-25. This is understandable as the Dinos are the #1 nationally ranked team, however this did not falter the women’s spirits. The Bobcats pushed hard in the next two sets and pushed the matches to 27-29 and 25-27. Coach Lee Carter was impressed with the Bobcats defence and was happy with the blocks and digs that came out of the game, he thought with some minor improvements his team would take the next day by storm. Although the women did play better than Friday, the Bobcats were still unable to come away with the win. The leaders on Friday include Nikala Majewski with 18 kills and Shayne Nichols with 18 digs. Saturday’s game once again showed why the #1 ranked team in the league would go on to an 8-0 record after the weekend. The Dinos had done extremely well with their serving against the Bobcats and it showed again on Saturday as they scored 13 aces alone. Although the Bobcats did take the first set of the evening 25-23, the Dinos quickly found their rhythm and their hitting percentage went from a .067 in that first set to a .252 by the end of the evening. The Bobcats fought hard each set but lost 1-3 with their record slipping to 2-6. Bobcats players who stood out include Nikala Majewski again with the match high kills at 16,  Michelle Egger who had a double-double contributing 10 kills and 11 digs and Caitlin Le who finished with 19 digs.

The men’s volleyball team had a far different encounter with the Dinos compared to the women. The men won each set they played against the Dinos, with the scores ranging from 25-20 to 25-7. The Bobcats truly dominated this series with the Dinos and made quick work of their defence. The men are undefeated on home court this season! Friday night the men followed solid planning through with great execution. They served and passed well, helping the offence flow smoothly as the Bobcats cruised to victory. Brandon’s hitting percentage was .568 compared to Calgary’s .192. The Bobcats were lead on Friday by Elliot Viles who would score 16 kills, Robin Baghdady with 11 kills and Seth Friesen with 10 kills. Although the scoring was a bit better for the Dinos on Saturday, their men could not keep up with the Bobcats intensity. Elliot Viles had another amazing night, scoring again the highest number of kills with zero errors, something which is super impressive and rare when the rallies are moving at this speed. The Bobcats made half the errors as the Dinos and had double the blocks. The Bobcats often surged forward in their sets against the Dinos and after establishing a lead would maintain it for the rest of the match. Bobcats who played some big roles in the match up include Seth Friesen who had 9 kills and 3 blocks, Mason Metcalfe who had 6 kills and 6 blocks and Reece Dixon who delivered 29 assists.

The Bobcats will be heading out on the road for their nest few games before heading into the Holiday break. Next weekend BU will be playing out to Kelowna BC where they will be taking on the UBC-Okanagan Heat. The games are scheduled for the women at 6:00p.m. on Friday and 8:00p.m. for the men. If you want to catch up on the latest statistics and information of the Bobcats you can check out their website at gobobcats.ca. Good luck against the Heat next weekend Bobcats!

Bobcats Male Athlete Of October

Dan Harrison is the keeper for the Bobcats soccer team and in valiant fashion led his team to the Bobcats best record in the regular season along with their first finals appearance. Harrison earned his fourth consecutive MCAC all-conference award in two years as a Bobcat. 

With some big saves and crucial game determining decisions, Dan was able to lead his team to victory on several occasions and was often found uplifting his team with his leadership. It is through his vocal leadership and work ethic that this elite athlete is recognized as an athlete of the month.

Bobcats Volleyball

The volleyball teams were out in Calgary this past weekend to play against the Mount Royal University Cougars. Both men’s and women’s teams worked hard but were unable to sweep away their competition, only one game of the weekend was won.

In the women’s games they would lose 1-3 sets on Friday and win 3-1 on Saturday. Friday night saw the women on intense battle that would last throughout the weekend. Coming from behind in the first set the Cougars struck with a vengeance as the 3 point lead at 16-13 for the Bobcats quickly turned into a game of cat and mouse with the Cougars winning the set 25-20. Each set would be close during the night but the Bobcats would not be able to push the game to the fifth set, losing in the fourth 25-18. The leaders for the Bobcats would include Nikola Majewski with 13 kills and Michelle Egger with 11 kills. Saturday night was the bounce back for the Bobcats as they would win 3-1.  After an unsuccessful Friday the women were forced to fight hard for their win in order to earn the split of the weekend. The teams were well matched and a lot of the statistics show it was close game but the Bobcats certainly did come out on top with their consistent serving and kills. The games sets are 25-20, 25-16 and 22-25 and 27-25 in favour for the Bobcats and putting them at a record of 2-4.

The men’s volleyball team did not see any wins this weekend except for one set, which contributes to very little in the grand scheme of things. Although most games were within the 20’s and were quite close the Bobcats could not stop the Cougars advance. On Friday night the men were swept 25-23, 25-22 and 25-20, giving the men their first loss of the season. The Bobcats would have fewer kills, aces and assists compared to their opponents, and although the men clearly pushed each game tight with every rally, they were unable to snag a victory. The men were led by Seth Friesen with 10 kills and James Weir and Elliot Viles with 6 kills each. Saturday night the men would start strong and take the first set mixing up their offensive plays with different attack strategies. It would help push them to an early 25-23 victory in the first set but would not help them through the next three. The Bobcats almost doubled the number of errors made by their opponents and struggled with losing 25-23, 25-21 and 25-19. Seth Friesen once again led in kills with a total of 15 followed by Brady Nault and Elliot Viles who each had 13.

The Bobcats next games will be taking place here at the HLC against the University of Calgary Dino’s. The games are scheduled for the women at 11:30a.m. on Friday and 1:15p.m. for the men. If you want to catch up on the latest statistics and information of the Bobcats you can check out their website at gobobcats.ca. Best of luck in your next games!

Bobcats Basketball

It was a tough weekend for the Bobcats this past weekend as both the men and women took losses to their records while facing the University of Regina Cougars. Both men and women could not keep up to the Cougars as they lost each game by between 15 to 48 points.

In women’s basketball the Bobcats were outscored in each quarter in their battle against the University of Regina Cougars. The Friday night game lead to the most agonizing defeat for the Bobcats, with a final score of 55-103. Right from the get go the Cougars jumped to take the lead by 15-0 points within the first four in half minutes. Five members of the Cougars team ended in the double digits with the most points in game being scored by Kyanna Giles with 21 points. The Bobcats were led by Adrianna Proulx who also met the most points at 21 and Kylie Wicked who scored 10 points. On Saturday it wasn’t much of a different game for the Bobcats as they lost 50-90. The highest scorers from the Bobcats were Lauren Anderson with 21 points and the next highest was Josie Degagne with 8 points. Once again, five members of the Cougars team scored double digits, with the teams average field goal percentage being almost double that of Brandon’s. The women’s record slips to 2-4.

Men’s basketball did result in closer scoring games, but the outcomes were the same as the women’s games. Regina outscored the Bobcats in almost each quarter and got up to 100 points on Friday night, taking the game 82-100. Friday saw the men start slow in the first half and surge in the third quarter, but not enough to tie the game and they were finally finished off in the final quarter when the Cougars scored 34 points. The men were led by Troy Grant and Jaleel Webb for scorers with 17 and 15 points respectively. Saturday night saw the men take another loss, this time 82-97. There was some pushing back and forth throughout each quarter with who would take the lead but Regina would maintain the gap of 11 points from the first half till the end of the game. The Bobcats top scorer was Tyvon Cooper who had 32 points. The men’s record slips to 1-5.

The Bobcats have a bye next week and their next games will be taking place in Saskatchewan on the 23rd of November. The games are scheduled for Friday with the women at 6:00p.m. and the men at 8:00p.m. If you want to catch up on the latest statistics and information of the Bobcats you can check out their website at gobobcats.ca. Best of luck in your next games athletes!

Bobcats Games : Soccer And Volleyball Triumphs

This past weekend was a busy one for the sports teams at Brandon University. The Brandon University women's soccer team was in action on Saturday, September 29th. The Bobcats played against the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers. The game was hosted in Brandon at the Healthy Living Centre field and saw an attendance of 155 people. Kickoff time was at 1:00 p.m. and the final score was 1-0 for the Bobcats! The sole goal was scored by Sarah Suchan in the first half.

The Brandon University men's soccer team was also in action against the Blazers. Their game started at 3:15 p.m. at the Healthy Living Centre field following the women's soccer game. The attendance was up slightly at 160 total attendees. The Bobcats ultimately took home the win with a final score of 3-2. The Blazer's two goals were scored by Parker Davis and Robbie Friesen, respectively. Going over to the Bobcats, goal scorers include Nolan Melanson, Osian Edwards and Taylor Blue.

The soccer teams weren't the only the Bobcats out and about this past weekend. The Brandon University men's volleyball team participated in a home tournament at the Healthy Living Centre. The Bobcats first saw action on Friday, September 28th where they went up against the University of Manitoba Bison's. The game started at 6:00 p.m. and ended when the set count was 3-0 for Brandon University. The next game was on September 29th at 11:00 a.m. This game saw the Bobcats beat the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 3-2. The Bobcats also played later in the day against the McMaster University Marauders and handed them a 3-0 score for Brandon University. The Marauders were back on Sunday, but the Bobcats continued the winning streak finishing strong throughout the weekend beating their opponents 3-1.

The women's volleyball team was away at the University of Winnipeg this past weekend. On Friday, September 28th the Bobcats fell to the University of Regina Cougars with a score of 2-3 but sought redemption in defeating the Universite de Moncton with a win of 3-0. On Saturday the Bobcats were up against the University of Winnipeg and managed to pull off another win taking the score of 3-1. Later in the day they faced the Universite de Moncton once again and, once again, defeated them 3-1. The final game for the Bobcats took place on Sunday, September 30th and saw BU lose to the University of Regina Cougars 1-3.

Overall all the Bobcat teams had a busy and well rounded, successful weekend on the court and on the pitch. Brandon University's basketball teams are also getting set to kick off their season. On October 4th at 7:00 p.m. the men's basketball team takes on the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns at the Healthy Living Centre and the women's team heads to the University of Winnipeg on October 5th to take on the U of M Bison's at 2:00 p.m. As always, the entire University community is behind all of BU's teams. Go Bobcats!

Bobcats Intrasquad Games

The Bobcats season is ramping up and starting to get underway here at BU and throughout the surrounding communities. The soccer teams have started playing their first couple of games in the MCAC league, with the men currently sitting at a 4-0 record and the women sitting at a 1-1-2. The soccer season is short, with playoffs for outdoor soccer coming up by the end of October, where it will then switch to Futsal. Although the soccer teams have been playing for the past 4 weeks at this point the other Bobcat teams are just starting to kick off with some rural games against their selves.

The Bobcats of all the volleyball and basketball teams are putting on games in local communities across southern Manitoba. These games are friendly competition for the athletes as they take on each other and try honing in their skills for the coming season. What is also a benefit to the Bobcats, is the opportunity they are giving to local communities and high-school students to see fast paced university games. A little different pace for some people out in Shoal Lake or Killarney, who may be used to just seeing the local rec team.

It is definitely an exciting time to be close to one of these communities. The men’s volleyball team and women’s basketball team just recently played games in Shoal Lake and Killarney, respectively. Coming up the women’s volleyball team and men’s basketball team will be playing in Neepawa on Sep 26th and MacGregor on Oct 3rd.

In recent years the Bobcats have played these intrasquad games in Boissevain, Carberry, Carman, CFB Shilo, Dauphin, Deloraine, Gladstone, Glenboro, Hamiota, Melita, Souris and Virden.

Principals across the province have nothing but fond things to say about the program. With the Bobcats reaching out to rural communities and encouraging more students to try the sports or embrace the idea of being an athlete, each community glows a little brighter beaming for the day it produces its own BU Bobcat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try It For Free Week At The HLC

 Last week gave citizens of Brandon an extra advantage if they were looking to get active. From September 9th through to September 16th the Healthy Living Centre hosted its Try It For Free week. The Healthy Living Centre is Brandon University's Physical Education and athletics building. It also happens to be one of the newest and largest buildings on the campus. The Healthy Living Centre has over 79,000 square feet of space committed to healthy living and an active lifestyle. The centre includes an indoor walking track that spans 1 kilometer as well as a fully equipped fitness centre. A large open green space is, of course, also part of the facility as well as a mezzanine and two classrooms used in the physical education programs. Finally, the Healthy Living Centre also includes three gymnasiums. The HLC north gym and the HLC south gym are separated from each other by a full screen curtain. The Henry Champ Gymnasium is largest gym and plays host to a variety of events throughout the year. 

For a whole week BU staff and alumni as well as members of the general public had the opportunity to experience everything the Healthy Living Centre had to offer, for absolutely nothing. This means that the indoor walking track, the fitness centre and all gymnasiums were open to public use. However, it wasn't just the facilities that were open to the public for free last week. The Healthy Living Centre also offered their recreational programs to attendees, free of charge. Brandon University has a wide and diverse variety of recreational programs. Some of the programs offered last week included Yoga flow, Zumba and Floorball Leagues. 

If you are a student at Brandon University a fitness fee is included in your tuition therefore the Healthy Living Centre and its facilities are open to you year round. However, it should be noted that, like all individuals who use the facilities at the Healthy Living Centre, indoor running shoes are required at all times.  If you happen to have spare time or feel like getting into an active lifestyle, head down to the Healthy Living Centre and experience all they have to offer.