Rebels Weekend Wrap-Up: Oct 22-23

October 24, 2016

Action packed weekend for Rebels Athletics with all three 3 varsity sports in action, including volleyball home openers, basketball season opener, and soccer regular season finales.

Soccer: The women’s soccer team, defending MCAC champions, finished their regular season undefeated and secured 1st place with a win and tie this weekend. The Rebels defeated ACC on Saturday 5-0, Julia Friesen score a hat trick along with goals from Nadine Reimer and Claire Soubry. The Rebels then tied 2nd place Brandon University at home on Sunday 1-1, with Friesen scoring the lone goal. The Rebels will now begin preparations for championship weekend, facing PUC at noon on Saturday in a semi-final.

For the men’s team, a bittersweet feeling on Sunday, losing their final game regular season 3-1 to BU, Aziz Zerrouki with the goal. However, the loss was tempered with the knowledge that they return to the playoffs after a one year absence with a sparkling 6-3-1 record, and a second place finish. The Rebels will now try to earn their first MCAC championship, starting at home on Saturday at 2:15pm against CMU in a semi-final.

Final 2016 Regular Season Soccer Standings

MCAC Women’s Soccer W D L P
Red River College Rebels 8 2 0 26
Brandon University Bobcats 7 3 0 24
Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges 5 1 4 16
Providence University College Pilots 3 1 6 10
Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 2 3 5 9
Assiniboine Community College Cougars 0 0 10 0


MCAC Men’s Soccer W D L P
Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges 7 2 1 23
Red River College Rebels 6 3 1 21
Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 5 1 4 16
Providence University College Pilots 4 1 5 13
Brandon University Bobcats 4 1 5 13
Assiniboine Community College Cougars 0 0 10 0

2016 MCAC Soccer Final Fours, October 29th & 30th, hosted by Red River College Location: Norm Konowalchuk Field (RRC Notre-Dame Campus) 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Saturday, October 29th, Women’s Semifinals

12:00 PM – #1 Red River College  vs #4 Providence University College
12:00 PM – #2 Brandon University vs #3 Universite de Saint-Boniface

Saturday, October 29th, Men’s Semifinals

2:15 PM– #1 Universite de Saint-Boniface vs #4 Providence University College

2:15 PM – #2 Red River College vs #3 Canadian Mennonite University

Sunday, October 30th 

Women’s Final – 1:00 PM Men’s Final – 3:00 PM

Volleyball: After struggling the past few years, it looks like the women’s volleyball team might be turning the corner with a pair of victories this weekend. The Rebels won two hard fought games over USB W 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-15, 20-18) and UW W 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 14-20, 15-11) improving their record to 2-1 on the season.

The men’s team, last year’s MCAC finalist, have been slow out of the gate this season. Losing to USB on Saturday 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-14) and UW on Sunday 3-0 (25-9, 25-22, 25-8). Their overall record on the season is 0-3. Both teams return to play, hosting UW Friday November 4th.

Basketball: Finally, the defending champion men’s basketball team opened their regular season at PUC, downing the Pilots 104-87. They next face the CMU Blazers, at CMU on Friday November 4th.

Julia Friesen named Week 6 Athlete of the Week

October 20, 2016

After logging her second hat-trick of the season in a 7-3 win over Providence University College Saturday, Red River College’s 5’7” winger Julia Friesen scored again the following day against Universite de Saint-Boniface to help lift her Rebels to a 3-1 win over Les Rouges. The wins give Red River a 7-1-0 record so far in 2016, and maintains the Rebels’ first-place ranking within the conference.

A rookie winger scoring ten goals in her first season played in the MCAC would be a welcome surprise to any roster. But Friesen, a Nursing student originally from Niverville, already had high expectations from head coach Doug Lawrie coming into the Rebels’ 2016 campaign.

“Julia’s play isn’t a tremendous surprise as she was an MHSAA Rural Championships All-Star twice with the Niverville Panthers.  I have also seen her play in women’s senior club (Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League) several times this year, so I knew what she was bringing to the team”.

Friesen’s four-goal weekend brings her total to ten scored on the season. Having only given up five goals in 2016, the Rebels sport a whopping +17 goal-differential.

“What I am impressed with is her rapid adjustment to the higher calibre soccer in the MCAC than what she had faced before”, says Lawrie.

Friesen and the Rebels head to Brandon this weekend to finish off their season against Assiniboine Community College on Saturday and Brandon University on Sunday. BU held the Rebels to a draw earlier this season and currently sit just two points back from Red River in the MCAC. Friesen will then get her first taste of MCAC postseason play on October 28th when Red River College hosts the 2016 MCAC Final Fours

Story courtesy MCAC/Kelly McGuiness

Rebels Weekend Wrap Up- Oct 15-16

October 17, 2016

Women Soccer

Saturday Oct.15 @ PUC: Rebels defeat the Pilots 7-3
Sunday Oct.16 at USB. Rebels defeat Les Rouges 3-1
Currently sit in MCAC first place with a undefeated 7-1-0 record.

Men’s Soccer

Saturday Oct.15 @ PUC: Rebels defeat the Pilots 5-1
Sunday Oct.16 @USB. Rebels tie Les Rouges 1-1
Currently sit in MCAC first place with a undefeated 5-3-0 record.

Both teams travel to Brandon to face the ACC Cougars Saturday Oct.22, followed by hosting the BU Bobcats Sunday Oct.23 at noon.

RRC also hosts a pair of volleyball games this week, Wednesday Oct 19th is the season home opener against the PUC Pilots, followed by hosting Les Rouge of USB Saturday Oct.22. Women’s games start at 6:00pm, men’s game follow at 7:30pm.

Rebels Invitational Men’s Volleyball Tournament Results

October 10, 2016

Rebels Invitational Men’s Volleyball Tournament Results

Friday Oct 7th
1st draw
Rebels 2 ACC 0 (25-22,25-18)
PUC 2 UWinnipeg 0 (29-27,25-23)
CMU 2 St.Boniface 0 (25-23,25-22)
2nd draw
UWinnipeg 2 ACC 0 (25-21,25-16)
St.Boniface 2 Rebels 0 (25-21,25-22)
CMU 2 PUC 1 (25,23,23-25,19-17)

Saturday Oct 8th
3rd draw
UWinnipeg 2 Rebels 0 (25-19,25-20)
USB 2 ACC 0 (26-24,25-23)
4th draw
@cmublazers 2 Rebels 0 (25-9,25-18)
@PUC_Athletics 2 @LesRougesUSB 0 (25-14,25-23)
5th draw Providence Pilots 2 ACC Cougars 0 (25-21, 25-14)
6th draw 
@Wesmenathletics 2 @LesRougesUSB 0 (25-23, 25-20)
@cmublazers 2 @CougarsACC 0 (25-17, 25-22)
7th draw 
Rebels 2 @PUC_Athletics 1 (20-25, 28-26, 15-13)
@cmublazers 2 @Wesmenathletics 0 (25-23, 25-18)

Final Standings
1) CMU Blazers
2) Providence Pilots
3) UW Wesman
4) USB Les Rouges
5) RRC Rebels
6) ACC Cougars

Brittany Derkacz named MCAC Female Athlete of the Week

October 6, 2016

The Red River College Rebels are rolling with a 5-1-0 record so far this season, good for first place in the MCAC. They’ve kept their record tidy so far through the protection of their own net, which belongs to rookie Brittany Derkacz.

“She earned two shutouts last weekend to bring our total to four on the season”, says Head Coach Doug Lawrie.

“Brittany is full-value for her two shutouts last weekend. In a tight game against CMU she was called on to make two athletic, fingertip saves in the second half to protect our lead and earn the shutout.  Against Universite de Saint-Boniface there were several scrambles in the box where Brittany was able to secure the ball with pressure all around her.”

A 5’6” first-year Business Administration student from Winnipeg who previously played for Miles McDonnell Collegiate, Derkacz has also played for Wolves United in the Winnipeg Women’s Senior League for the past two seasons.

“Brittany has earned the confidence of her teammates and is a big reason we have only conceded 3 goals-against in six games”, adds Lawrie.

The Rebels’ record is a full-on streak now, having conceded only one draw so far this season that came against BU back on September 17th. They have yet to drop a game this season, featuring a +13 goal differential and a stranglehold on first place in the MCAC.

RRC to Host Rebels Invitational Men’s Volleyball Tournament This Weekend

October 6, 2016

The Red River College Men’s Volleyball team will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving weekend tournament starting this Friday October 7th with all six MCAC schools competing. This two-day round robin exhibition tournament will allow each team opportunity shake loose some of the fall rust as they prepare for the start of the MCAC tournament. Below is the weekend schedule, each game is a best of three sets. Admission is free for all. Follow the Rebels Blog and Rebels Social Media for updated results.

Date Time Court Court Court
Friday October 7 6:30PM Main RRC vs ACC Small PUC vs UW South Gym CMU vs USB
Friday October 7 8:00PM Main PUC vs CMU Small USB vs RRC South Gym ACC vs UW
Saturday October 8 9:00AM Main RRC vs UW Small ACC vs USB
Saturday October 8 1030AM Main PUC vs USB Small RRC vs CMU
Saturday October 8 12:00PM Main ACC vs PUC Small
Saturday October 8 1:30PM Main UW vs USB Small CMU vs ACC
Saturday October 8 3:00PM Main CMU vs UW Small RRC vs PUC




Rebels Weekend Wrap: Oct 1-2

October 3, 2016

The Rebels Soccer teams hosted two games a piece this weekend and were able to remain undefeated.

Defending MCAC Women’s Soccer Champions Rebels sneaked by a tough CMU Blazers team on Saturday, Winnipeg 1-0. Julia Friesen scored the lone goal while keeper Brittany Derkacz secured the shut out. The Rebels followed with another shutout on Sunday against St.Boniface. The Rebels spread the scoring around with Friesen, Nadine Reimer and Clare Soubry all scoring for the Rebels. The women’s team currently sit in first place in the MCAC with a 5-0-1 record.

Click Here for Full Wsoccer Standings and Results

The Rebels men’s soccer team also avoided their first lost of the season this weekend. On Saturday they defeated CMU 3-1 in a spirited contest. Aziz Zerrouki, Anderson Pereira, and Mohamed Haida scored for the Rebels. On Sunday against the defending MCAC Champions from St.Boniface, the Rebels settled for a 1-1 draw. MJ Alnafie scored for the Rebels early in the first half, and they were able to hold the lead all the way until the final minute of the 2nd half until Les Rouge scored on a header, ending the game in the draw. The men’s team sits in 1st place in the MCAC with 4 wins, 2 draws and no losses.

Click Here for Full Msoccer Standings and Results

Both soccer teams have the upcoming weekend off, returning to action on the 15th at Providence.

The Rebels Volleyball teams were also busy with non league play this weekend. The women’s team competed in an exhibition tournament at PUC, losing to CMU and the ACC Cougars but gaining valuable experience for the upcoming season.

run-for-the-cureThe men’s team did not see any court action, but deserve congratulations none the less. As a team bonding outing, they took part in the CIBC Run for the Cure raising $680 in the process. Excellent work men’s volleyball!

Coach Erik Hansen on the event ” We participated in the run for multiple reasons, bring us as a team closer together in a fun event outside the gym being a big one. The run represents a great cause, many of us having someone close to us battle breast cancer and we were all glad to help in even in a small way. Hopefully the athletes will remember things like that and continue to participate in similar events and fundraisers far beyond their time at Red River.”

They will now prepare to host the Rebels Invitational Exhibition Tournament this upcoming weekend, Oct 7 and 8. Staring at 6:30pm Friday night in the North and South Gyms.


Rebels Inservice Day Sports Camps Registration is Open!

September 27, 2016

Next school inservice day, keep the kids active and bring them to work with you. While you work, they’ll be taking part in a fun-filled day of sports activities!

Participants will partake in various sports and recreational activities during their day at the RRC Notre Dame Campus including soccer, curling, basketball, ultimate, low-organized games and other fun activities.

Drop-off at the North Gym at the Notre Dame Campus starts at 8:15am, with pick-up at the North Gym until 4:45pm. Camp participants should bring their own lunch and snacks (please no peanut products, in respect to those with allergies).

Note: children must be 6-11 years old on December 31, 2016.

2016-2017 Inservice Sports Camp Dates

Friday October 21

Friday November 18

Friday February 3

Friday March 17


For more information please contact Cole Skinner at 204.632.2397 or

Anderson Pereira named MCAC Male Athlete of the Week

September 21, 2016


Story by Kelly McGuinness/MCAC

Anderson Pereira

In just his second season in the MCAC, forward Anderson Pereira has made a name for himself in the 2016 season.
As the captain of a young Red River team, the 5’8” Pereira has already buried five goals in four games to help give the Rebels a 3-1-0 record good for first place in the conference. Rebels Head Coach, Yiannis Tsalatsidis, is more than pleased with the timeliness of his forward’s production so far this season.

 “Two of his goals were game winners. And one was a free kick late to tie it up, on the road in Brandon. His leadership as well as his gameplay have been top class”, says Tsalatsidis.

Originally from Santa Vitaria do Palmar, Brazil, the Business Information Technology student was also a key player in the Rebels’ run to last season’s futsal Championship Final.

The Rebels drew 2-2 with the Bobcats last Saturday, September 17th, and won’t see another game in the conference until October 1st when they matchup against CMU.

*Due to scheduling in the MCAC, Weeks 1 and 2 are combined for Athletes of the Week

Rebels Weekend Wrap: Sept 17-18

September 20, 2016

Defending MCAC women’s soccer champions, the Red River Rebels have started their season without a loss, putting the league on notice that they are more than capable of keeping their title. With a 2-0 record coming into the weekend, the Rebels travelled to Brandon to face their stiffest test yet, the Brandon Bobcats. Last year’s finalists gave the Rebels all they could handle, and forced them to a 2-2 tie. The Rebels rebounded back into form on Sunday at home, defeating the ACC Cougars 5-0. Forward Julia Friesen led the team with a hat trick, while Nadine Reimer and Kendra Moen each chipped in for the Rebels. The Rebels sit atop of the MCAC standings with a 3-0-1 record.

The men’s Rebels soccer team also atop of the MCAC standings after week 2 with a 3-0-1 record. This comes to surprise for many across the league, as the Rebels missed the playoffs last season. New Head Coach Yiannis Tsalatsidis hoped his team would get a fast start this season, and winning their first season two matches achieved that goal. The Rebels remain unbeaten after a tough 2-2 draw in Brandon against the BU Bobcats on Saturday, then the men’s team went all offense against an overwhelmed ACC Cougars squad on Sunday, cruising to a 4-0 victory. The Rebels used a balanced attack, with Konrad Wazny, Mohammed Reda, Anderson Pereira, and Alex Castro all scoring. Pereira has lead the Rebels this season in scoring with 5 goals in 4 games, including 2 game winners and the game tying goal at Brandon.

Both teams have the upcoming weekend off. They return to action with a pair of home games, Saturday October 1st vs the CMU Blazers and Sunday October 2nd against Les Rouge of USB. All games start at 12:00pm.