Soccer players at St. Anthony's School in Drumheller will be on their best behaviour today as they take on a team of priests from the Calgary Roman Catholic Diocese in a 'friendly' match.
"Our parish in Drumheller is actually celebrating its 100th anniversary, so it's one of the things that they're doing throughout the year to help celebrate and promote that," explained Gavin Makse, the Director of Athletics at the school. "It's also in collaboration with a Mountain Dew event for the Calgary Catholic Diocese priests to come here and participate in recreational activities."
"It's a great opportunity for us to play on our new school field, our staff and students versus the Roman Collar team," he outlined. "It's also a time just to interact with members of our parish and our school community as well as the priests that are coming from the Calgary Catholic Diocese."
The game will get underway at 1:30 p.m. today on the field just west of the school on North Dinosaur Trail.
"We're going to have all of our staff and students watching out there: our school has new bleachers," noted Makse. "Our staff and students, mainly our students, have made signs and posters to cheer on both teams."
And how, exactly, does one tackle a bishop if the game is on the line?
"I would be very careful how we challenge the bishop," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "I wouldn't want to be in trouble with him or the referees."