An unprecedented seven Cowichan Bulldogs football players will be part of Team BC selection camps in Richmond this weekend.
Offensive linemen Tyler Hudson and Ryan Hennig, defensive linemen Justin Young and Travis McDonald and wide receiver Kain Melchior will be vying for spots on the provincial U18 squad, while linebacker Bailey Lamont and offensive lineman Logan Swanson will be in the running for the U16 team.
The Bulldogs players will be among 260 athletes – 130 in each age group – from across the province who will be put through the rigorous process to determine who will represent B.C. in the national championships.
It will be an intense weekend. "In Richmond they will have two practices – two hours each – a day," longtime
Bulldogs coach Jeff McDonald pointed out. "Plus they will have film sessions, lectures, and team meetings to go over systems. Plus they will have lectures on fitness and nutrition."
The camp ends with a scrimmage on Monday afternoon. For the Cowichan players, it has already been a long journey. They’ve been in the hunt for spots on Team BC since the Island combine – one of several throughout the province – which took place on a cold, windy, snowy day earlier this spring.
"The combine is the start of the selection process to make Team BC," coach McDonald said. "At the combine, the players are tested on speed, athleticism, strength and positional skills."
The Bulldogs have had players make the cut for the provincial camp in the past, including Drayson Price, who is bound for UBC this fall, but never before has the organization approached seven.