The Chieftains sent a strong panel up to Edmonton for the Western Canadians Edmonton's 40th Anniversary.
The Chieftains & Slashers represented in mens football, the hurlers assembled our strongest panel yet and the ladies had almost enough players to form 2 teams but instead made up one very strong unit.
Teams from Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Edmonton, Red Deer & Regina fielded teams in the largest Western Canadian tournament to date.
The standard was high from the get go in all codes, the newer clubs of Regina and Fraser Valley in particular caught the eye and were punching above their weight, Fraser Valley catching the Chieftains off guard in Football and Regina picking off Vancouver in the Junior Hurling final.
The Chieftain ladies had 2 tough games on the opening day, narrowly falling to Edmonton and succumbing to a very strong Vancouver team.
The Chieftains hurlers were in sensational form, the full range of skills was on display from sideline cuts to hooking and there were some fantastic scores taken.
The Slashers found themselves in the Junior Final against a strong Regina outfit and despite an admirable 2nd half fight back couldn't close the gap.
The ladies faced of in the semi final against Edmonton in what was the game of the weekend, it was a nerve wracking finish but the girls held out for a fantastic victory. They then faced Vancouver in the final but their earlier exertions led to injuries to key players and a Vancouver side containing several County players had enough in the tank to claim the silverware.
Chieftains male footballers will feel they underachieved, a very tight, low scoring game against Edmonton saw them come out on the losing side of the semi-final as we were left to rue missed opportunities.
The hurlers faced off against Edmonton in the final and dominated from early on to become the inaugural winners of the Western Hurling Championships.
All in all, a great weekend of sport and many thanks to Edmonton for hosting. We look forward to next year in Regina.