The Earl Marriott Mariners may have missed their senior varsity game Friday night (Oct. 13) in Abbotsford, but they were lucky to escape without serious injury after their bus was involved in a collision.
The football squad was en route to their game vs. the Abbotsford Panthers at Abbotsford Senior Secondary when the collision – with a semi truck – happened near 16th Avenue and 236th Street in Langley.
“Everybody is fine. They just had a minor fender bender,” Earl Marriott Secondary athletic director Russ Heggie confirmed on Sunday (Oct. 15).
While a few people went to hospital, it was as more of a precaution, as any reported injuries from a likely sudden stop were minor, he noted.
“Luckily, there were no serious injuries, really.”
Head coach J.C. Abbott said a handful of people, including two players and the team manager, went to hospital as a precaution.
“We’re very lucky and very thankful that everyone is OK,” he said Sunday, noting that most everyone else took a bus back to the school, as their game was cancelled.
“They’re a remarkably hardened bunch. They were already making jokes about it on the way back to the school… they were in good spirits,” Abbott said.
“We’ll be back in action next week.”
The Mariners team will have to reschedule their game, but with the school’s 50th anniversary coming up in April 2024, the school is focusing on celebrating all of its students and athletes, Heggie said, with football and volleyball already well underway, basketball practice and wrestling starting up, an upcoming – and rare – boy’s home soccer game and a girls volleyball tournament with Semiahmoo Secondary, among other events.
“We’re resurrecting the curling team with the Peace Arch Curling Club,” he noted, and added the school has also started a dance and cheer team that has been well-received, meant to celebrate all the school’s sports and activities.
“We’re just trying to be as inclusive as possible, so everyone has a chance to contribute.”