THE CITY’S OWN VERSION of the ‘Labour Day Classic’ will take place Saturday night at Maple Grove Park. In a tilt between the rival football cities of Winnipeg and Regina, the Winnipeg Rifles host the Regina Thunder at 7 p.m. in Canadian Junior Football League action.
“This will be undoubtedly the most physical game we’ll play all year,” said Winnipeg head coach Geordie Wilson. “It’s our Labour Day Classic, and it’ll be smash-mouth old-school football.”
St. Vital Mustangs Field at Maple Grove Park is expected to capture an electric atmosphere for a prairie rivalry bout between Canada’s No. 7 and No. 8-ranked junior football programs.
“This is a very important game. We need the win going into our bye,” said Rifles quarterback Riley Naujoks, who had three touchdowns in Winnipeg’s 47-8 win in Calgary on Sunday. “We’ll never settle, but we want to get to 2-1 on the season.”
The grill will be fired up with full concessions, and beer and cocktails are available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for youth, while all Manitoba Minor Football players are free in their jerseys