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PRAIRIE POST - Friday, September 9, 2011 - 23

Photos by Brad Brown

Above, Tristan Lockman (42) of the Swift Current Steel Steelers sacks the Swift Current Fabro Enterprises’ Falcons' quarterback in bantam action Monday, as Swift Current Minor Football teams took the field for the first time this year at Riverside Park.

Photo by James Lissimore Denaye Giroux is a pro on the SMX course. SMX making a name for itself

BY BRAD BROWN — The competition strolls into events with three or

four riders and a full-fledged entourage in tow. They fly in and stay at the fancy hotels. Some even pay their riders. Such is life with a $500,000 (or more) budget. None of the above applies to Swift Current’s SMX Racing motocross team. Not yet, anyway. Owned and operated by Jackie and Randy

Maffenbeier, SMX is a relative newcomer to and, on the surface, a perennial underdog story on the national motocross scene. Like any true underdog, SMX is making its name

by beating the odds. In 2011, its second year as an official racing team, SMX’s and Yorkton native Denaye Giroux claimed the team’s first-ever national championship, finishing first overall on the Canadian Motosport Racing Corporations’ Monster Energy MX Nationals professional women’s series. SMX’s other rider, Shawn Maffenbeier from Swift

Current, followed Giroux’s success by finishing sixth overall on the CMRC’s national MX 1 circuit – the top tier of pro motocross racing in Canada. “That’s what we’re working toward is to be the best in Canada,” said Jackie Maffenbeier. “But it’s not just Canada either. The international aspect of this national series is incredible.We were competing against South Africans,New Zealanders,Australians, Denmark, the Czech Republic, all over. It’s very exciting when you get to make a name for yourself. “With that, hopefully, comes sponsorship and the

chance to make a living at it.” Maffenbeier says SMX is already starting to see

the fruits of its labour in 2011. They are looking to hire a mechanic for next year, and may also consider taking on another rider. Earlier this year SMX acquired a semi and trailer for travel to and from events. Still, by necessity, the entire operation is geared

toward maximum efficiency. Sponsor logos are highly visible on the SMX rig,

which is then typically parked in a high traffic location at each event. It also includes living quarters,which allows everyone to eat and sleep on site, saving on hotels and meals out. For the last two years, Randy has handled

mechanic duties for the team. And yet Jackie doesn’t hesitate to suggest that

Calgary-based Blackfoot Racing may be the only team on the circuit with a more professional look and feel. “We do so much with so little it just looks like we

have a lot of money,” Jackie said with a laugh. “But the goal is for (Shawn and Denaye) to be paid

and, eventually, for us to be paid ... soon... hopefully.”

In the immediate future, SMX is focusing on the final Saskatchewan Motocross Association event of the season,which goes Sept. 17 in Swift Current. Both Giroux and Shawn Maffenbeier will be racing, before turning their attention to the Supermotocross event in Montreal the first weekend in October. Races on the 17th start at 10:30 a.m. and admission is $5. Close to 400 riders could be in attendance. “It’s cheap to get in and it’s a lot of fun,” said

Jackie. “There are a lot of great jumps, a lot of great racing, and it goes rain or shine.”

A penalty flag flies for a facemasking violation in atom action Monday between the Swift Current Pinacle FInancial Pirates and Swift Current Firefighters’ Inferno.

Hayden Bucheler (right) of the Swift Current Steelers had this interception return cut short by a Swift Current Falcons player in bantam action Monday.

Broncos split games at pre-season invitational CONTRIBUTED —

The Swift Current Broncos went 1-1 at the Edmonton Oil Kings Pre-Season Invitational this weekend as they fell 5-4 to the Red Deer Rebels in overtime Sept. 5. Trevor Cameron would open the scoring midway

through the second period on the power play with help from Zac Mackay and Tanner Muth. Late in the second, Dillon Wagner would be given a major for Checking from Behind allowing the Rebels an extended man advantage where Marc McCoy would capitalize and even the contest at one. In the third, Connor Bleackley and Brooks

Maxwell would add power play markers and put the Rebels up by two. Within a three minute span, Ryan Bloom would retaliate with two consecutive singles and even the game up at three. The contest would remain tied until the final minute of play when McCoy would score his second of the evening and give the Rebels a crucial one goal lead. But, no more than 20 seconds later Taylor Vause would score a much-needed goal for the Broncos and send the contest to overtime locked at four. In overtime both teams went to four-on-four play

for five minutes. Unfortunately, McCoy would score a hat trick, sneaking one past Bronco netminder Steven Myland and make it a 5-4 final.

The Broncos had 34 shots on net, whereas the

Rebels had 24. The Broncos were one for seven on the power play, while the Rebels were three for eight. The Broncos took their first pre-season win Sept. 4

over the Edmonton Oil Kings with a score of 4-2 at the Invitational. Adam Lowry scored twice while Shea Howorko and Andy Blanke added singles. Next action for the Broncos is Sept. 9 as they host Saskatoon at 7 p.m. They then visit Regina Sept. 10. They round out their schedule Sept. 16 when they visit Prince Albert and then host the Raiders Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in Shaunavon.


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