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Lady Gridders host first spring game of 20222

Drop contest to visiting Vipers
girls football May 17
The Melville Vipers wrap up Yorkton ball carrier Kaitlyn Becker in action May 17.

YORKTON - The Yorkton Lady Gridders played their first of three spring games Tuesday.

The Gridders hosted Melville, dropping a 28-14 decision to the visiting Vipers in the only home game of the spring for Yorkton.

“Melville came out and had some big plays on us,” said coach Tyrell MacLean.

The loss isn’t of huge concern though, since spring football for the team is about skill development more than wins and losses, offered MacLean.

“This was more of a learning experience for us,” he said. “We had a lot of turnover from last year.”

With a number of players graduating out of the program, it’s time for others to get bigger, or different roles.

And for some, it’s simply getting to play football.

“For some of the girls it was their first game,” said MacLean. “. . . It was experience for them.”

MacLean said while the game was essentially “a scrimmage” with coaches on the field helping set plays and defences, it was “a chance to actually play against somebody that’s not us.”

The Gridders head to Melville to play the Vipers May 25.

“It will be a different story now that we know what to work on,” vowed MacLean, then tempering the bravado by noting Melville will be studying film too, and making adjustments.