Coach Dave Werrett, from left, his son Brennan Werrett, Sawyer Lange and Brady Fetch are just a few of the midget Prince Albert Fury that have spent the better part of 10 years playing lacrosse together. This weekend at Kinsmen Arena, they attempt to do something they've never done before: Win minor lacrosse provincial gold. Herald photo by Marty Hastings.
It's the last hurrah for Dave Werrett and a core group of midget-age lacrosse players he's been coaching since they were little tots.
All but four of the midget Prince Albert Fury's 17 players have played under Werrett's tutelage on and off for about 10 years.
They've come close to winning the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association championships at various age levels, but never staked claim to gold medals.
This weekend at Kinsmen Arena, Prince Albert hosts the provincial midget championship. It's the last shot at minor lacrosse glory for many Fury members.
"It's our last kick at the can," Werrett said Friday. "I think some of these kids will move up to (the Saskatchewan) Swat and the rest will move into the (junior B Prince Albert) Predators' spots that are available."
The Fury's road to a provincial title runs through some of the toughest competition at this weekend's tournament - the Saskatoon Hornets and Regina Bandits.
Seven members of the Fury have spent time in the Prairie Gold junior B league this season, where they've done battle with other midget-age players from Regina and Saskatoon.
"I think, once they figure out who's on the other teams, there's going to be some clashing going on out there," Werrett said. "The PGLL has been so tight this year."
The Fury, Bandits and Hornets make up Pool A. They play each other once, and the top two teams advance to the playoff round.
"I'd like to win the first game (today) to take a little pressure off," Werrett said.
Prince Albert faced off against the Hornets this morning in the tournament opener.
The final is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday.
Pool B is made up of the Melfort Wings, Regina Blue Devils and the Saskatoon Fubar.
The importance of advancing to the playoff round - and the fact it's the last time the team has a shot at provincial gold - isn't lost on the Fury's players.
"I think this is (Dave's) last year, so I'm sure he wants to win just as bad as we do, if not more," said Sawyer Lange, one of Werrett's many longtime players.
"Dave deserves one here. He's been goin' for a while."