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Fans show pride in Lions football club

B.C. Lions coaching staff and players discuss strategy between drills Monday afternoon.
June 04, 2013 - 8:27 AM

KAMLOOPS — The B.C. Lions have been in Kamloops for less than a week and fans are flocking to Hillside Stadium daily to get a glimpse of the football club in action.

This is the fifth year the annual training camp is being held in the Tournament Capital and a portion of nearly every day of the three-week camp fans can sit in the stands and watch the team practice. On Monday afternoon fans enjoyed watching quarterback Travis Lulay hit his mark with nearly every throw while running back Andrew Harris put on a show with his speed. Newcomer quarterback Joey Elliott, signed by the Lions only a week before camp started, also showed his potential Monday afternoon as he connected with the team off the field and during practice drills.

The training camp began with a rookie camp from May 30 to June 1 and then on Sunday, June 2 the entire squad took the field together for the first full day of training. For the first time in the team is alternating between two per day and one per day on-field practices during training camp and will use the additional time for classroom sessions.

June 14 the team will be in Calgary for a preseason game against the Stampeders and will then return to Kamloops for more training camp before hosting the Edmonton Eskimos in a second preseason game on June 21. Regular season play will begin for the team in Calgary on June 28.

Fans hoping to get a bit closer can spend Sunday on the field with the Lions as the team hosts FanFest, which will run from 1-5 p.m. Following a practice from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday the players will sign autographs before holding a football clinic. The Felions, the team cheerleaders, and mascot Leo the Lion will be on hand throughout the event. Inflatable games, face painting, prizes and a barbecue lunch will also take place at the stadium during FanFest.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (250) 819-3723 or message through Twitter @JennStahn.

No tackling does not have to mean no action; the B.C. Lions kept fans on the edge of their seat during practice Monday afternoon.
No tackling does not have to mean no action; the B.C. Lions kept fans on the edge of their seat during practice Monday afternoon.

The B.C. Lions are at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops for a three-week long training camp.
The B.C. Lions are at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops for a three-week long training camp.

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