New regional soccer association created

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

Youth soccer across the Westman region will have a dramatically different look to it in 2018. Earlier this week, the local governing bodies in Brandon, Neepawa, Minnedosa and Rivers approved amalgamating into the newly created Westman Regional Soccer Association (WRSA). Discussions on this partnership have been going for five years, as the Manitoba Soccer Association worked to further develop soccer in all parts of the province. This is the first regional governing body of its kind for soccer in Manitoba. 

Read more: New regional soccer association created

Loss to Winnipeg hampers hopes of 7th place finish for Neepawa Natives

1-C-vs-Wpg-Jan-15

Jeremy Link makes one of his 43 saves on the night, as Winnipeg defeats Neepawa 6-3, on Saturday, Jan. 13.

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

The hopes of a seventh place finish in the MJHL standings for the Neepawa Natives took a serious hit on Saturday, Jan. 13, with a 6-3 loss to the Winnipeg Blues. Whether or not this loss impacts their chances for eighth place remains to be seen.

Read more: Loss to Winnipeg hampers hopes of 7th place finish for Neepawa Natives

Arden Bonspiel winners

IMG 0385web

Submitted Photos
The Annual Arden Mens Bonspiel was held Jan. 4-7. Above picture: The First Event winners - sponsored by Enns Bros. Left to right: skip Kyle Forsyth, Jarvis Whyte, Trent Hill and Darius Vendramin.

Read more: Arden Bonspiel winners

Deadline deal brings new goalie to Neepawa

Benoit

Goaltender Brendan Benoit (33) is moving from the Portage Terriers to the Neepawa Natives. Photo property of and used with permission from Heather Jordan

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

While the Neepawa Natives made just one deal at the MJHL trading deadline, it’s expected to have a significant impact on the team for years to come. On Wednesday, Jan. 10 the club traded the MJHL list rights to goaltender Miles Minor, as well as future considerations to the Portage Terriers in exchange for goaltender Brendan Benoit.

Read more: Deadline deal brings new goalie to Neepawa

Gladstone Lakers cool the Jets

Eoin Devereux
Neepawa Banner & Press

A five point performance from Garrett Johnston (3 goals - 2 assists) powered the Gladstone Lakers to an 8-3 win over the Wawanesa Jets on Saturday, Jan. 6.
Along with the solid outing from Johnston, teammates Jesse Hall (2G - 2A) Sean Kubas (1G - 3A) each had four point efforts, while Josh Kobelka was the leading scorer for Wawanesa, with two point (1G -1A) of the night.

Read more: Gladstone Lakers cool the Jets