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Clippers overcome weather conditions to beat Tigers


The Dauphin Clippers improved to 3-1 in the Rural Manitoba Football League, thanks to a 32-27 win over the Swan Valley Tigers, last Thursday in Dauphin.
Clippers head coach Scott Kish said it was a really good game between two evenly matched teams.
“I think we saw lots of different looks from them on offence that were challenging. And both defences played really well,” he said.
“The conditions, I think, were the hardest thing for both teams to be ready for.”
The Clippers at least had some experience of what the conditions would be like having practiced in the snow before game day.
At 3-1, the Clippers are second in the league behind the Interlake Thunder, who are undefeated at 5-0. Kish is pleased with his team’s play overall this season.
“I don’t know that we expected to be in this position before the season began. It’s a younger group, a little bit less experienced. But certainly, I think they’re playing very well. And we’ve thrown a lot at them in terms of the offensive playbook. So we’re very pleased so far,” he said.
The Clippers will look to improve their record when they travel to Neepawa today hoping to tame the Tigers. On Sunday, the host the Virden Bears at 2 p.m.
Kish hopes to see the Clippers continue their strong play in the two contests.
“Neepawa has had some tough breaks lately. I think they’re down a couple of key players. And so we’re hoping to be able to get some of our younger players into that game to get some experience. But we’ll have to see how the game develops. We certainly don’t want to risk any injuries or risk our standings,” he said.
“I’m not really sure what to expect from Virden. They started off the season really strong and so they look to have a much better team. So we expect a good game from Virden.”
Kish appreciates the efforts of the volunteers who helped to get the field ready for Thursday’s game.

Doug Zywina