The Fort McMurray Monarchs are once again champions of the Alberta Football League.
The team defeated the Central Alberta Bucs 65 -7 on Saturday at Shell Place, capturing their second title in three years.
This win caps off a perfect AFL season which saw the team go 8-0 in the regular season while winning two playoff games.
Head Coach Jesse Maddox tells Mix News it feels like they finally put last year’s disappointing finish behind them.
“Going 8-0 and losing in the championship, it was nice to get it done this year and it’s nice to get that monkey off our shoulders.”
The Monarchs finished last season with a tough loss in the AFL Championship game to the Calgary Gators. Maddox says the biggest reason for the loss was rust, as they hadn’t played for six weeks before the game.
Now the team gets to celebrate accomplishing one of their season goals.
“The goal is to be where we are today and we ultimately achieved that goal in a big manner, I think that was the first time our team, all season, put together four quarters of football and actually got it done in all aspects of the game,” Maddox added.
The team is now focused on a rematch of the 2016 national game.
The Greater Toronto Area All-Stars are once again coming to Shell Place to play the Monarchs after a perfect season of their own.
In 2016, the Monarchs came away with their first National title, winning 59-45.
Maddox notes this will rightly be their toughest game of the year.
“Once you get into that game, you don’t know what you’re going to get – I mean they could come out here and be ten times better, we could be ten times better, they could be evenly matched but it’s going to come down to adjusting quick and taking advantage of what’s given.”
The cational game will be at Shell Place on September 15.