Raiders get rematch with first-place Sun

NANAIMO – The V.I. Raiders, back from a bye week, host the Okanagan Sun this Saturday (Sept. 7).

The V.I. Raiders feel like they’ve got a fresh start and a chance to match up with the league’s best teams.

The Raiders, back from a bye week, host the Okanagan Sun this Saturday (Sept. 7).

The rivals met back in Week 2, a 17-3 Sun win that had the Raiders “disgusted” with themselves, said coach Matthew (Snoop) Blokker.

“It’s the here and the now. What happened in Week 2, we’re a different club completely; they’re a different club,” he said.

In that game, the Raiders’ offence couldn’t stay on the field and put too much onus on their defence. There were also some problems with protecting the kicker on special teams.

“If we limit those mistakes, then I think it’s going to be a closer game and a better battle,” Blokker said.

Hayden Mebs, Raiders defensive back, said the Sun’s passing offence will be a big test for the Raiders D.

“We need to be physical, get off the ball and we just need to make more plays,” he said. “We’re there, we’re in the right spots, we just need to make the plays now. No more excuses.”

Ashton Galloway, Raiders fullback, said his team is excited about the challenge of taking on the first-placed Sun.

“Obviously they have some kind of bragging rights, but we’re going to go out and we’re going to take that from them. That’s our goal,” he said. “Our goal is to compete every single play and our goal is to win.”

Galloway said the Raiders intend to take advantage of playing at Caledonia Park this weekend.

“We play way better at home; our focus is a lot better,” he said. “So we’re going to play a better, sharper game this week.”

The intensity should be as high as it gets for a mid-season matchup – these are the kinds of rivalry games that teams love to win and hate to lose.

“Big games like this, it’s always about pride,” said Blokker. “We want to make sure that we even the score up.”

GRID BITS … To read the Kelowna Capital News’ preview of the game, please click here … The Raiders and Sun kick off Saturday at 2 p.m. at Caledonia Park. Tickets will be available at the gate.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Nanaimo author B.S. Thompson has released his debut novel, ‘The Book of Nodd.’ (Photo courtesy Nora Funk)
Nanaimo author invites readers into dangerous world of dreams in debut novel

B.S. Thompson unveils ‘The Book of Nodd’ with online launch June 20

Potters Virginia Dunseith and Ruth Porter present their joint exhibit ‘Dig It’ at Art 10 Gallery until the end of June. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Potters show pieces for home and garden at Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery

Virginia Dunseith and Ruth Porter’s show ‘Dig It’ on display until end of June

Construction work continues on the City of Nanaimo’s new Fire Station No. 1 on Fitzwilliam Street. (News Bulletin file)
Next phase of borrowing approved as Nanaimo fire hall construction ongoing

City of Nanaimo CAO says construction on Fitzwilliam Street hall on schedule and budget

Nanaimo Fire Rescue firefighters at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Tenth Street near Southside Drive on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Driver OK after crashing vehicle off the side of Nanaimo’s Tenth Street

Crews say wet roads a factor a crash Sunday, June 13

Emergency crews on scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of Cranberry Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway on Sunday, June 13. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Crash blocks Cranberry intersection in Nanaimo, no one injured

Incident blocks both southbound lanes of Trans-Canada Highway

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

Most Read