After a brief hiatus (due to operational
commitments and schedules), the annual BATUS Lions vs the Calgary
Highlanders Oakleafs match-up was played with the Highlanders hosting
the event this year. The game was preceded by the usual meet and greet
in the Junior Ranks Mess where some drinks were consumed and trash talk
was delivered in the usual joking tone between the two teams. As with
previous matches, once we hit the ice it was all business with the Lions
and Oakleafs determined to come out victorious. Lieutenant Colonel
(retired) Lynn Moffat piped the teams out onto the ice for the warm-up.
Now, as the guy who organizes the match
between the Lions and the Oakleafs I am always humbled at the turnout of
the Lions. This year was no different. I looked across the ice at the
Lions' hockey sweaters with matching socks with great envy as I compared
them to our ragged bush league sweaters. To all, the sad state of the
dress and deportment of the team will change as we will clean things up
for next year.
As the game played on, some battles were won
and some were lost, but both teams kept their cool and no one dropped
the gloves, keeping in tune with the whole sportsmanship principle of
the game. A special thanks goes out to the ringer who came out to give
the Oakleafs the advantage to take the match: 10-year old Cameron Reaper
laced-up the blades for the Oakleafs to give us that extra offensive
edge to pull ahead of the Lions this year. Thanks, Cammy! Finally, I
need to thank Corporal Darren (Daz) Jones from British Army Training
Unit Suffield for helping to bring this event together and for sending
me the pictures.
In closing, BATUS has been kind enough to
invite the Oakleafs to the football pitch in Suffield for a soccer
match. If they play like Englandís national team in the world cup we
might have a shot, but sadly I fear the BATUS Lions are better than that
and we will be on the receiving end of a proper beat down.
WO Tucker CT #18