The Interlake Thunder travelled to Shoal Lake for their first road game of the young 2019 Rural Manitoba Football League season and it seemed like business as usual for the visitors.
The Thunder went off for a 34-0 lead after three quarters of play and while they took their foot off the gas pedal in the fourth, Interlake still came away with a 41-16 victory over the Park West Outlaws on Sept. 14. The Thunder scored seven points in the first quarter, six more in the second for a 13-0 lead at halftime and then exploded for 21 points in the third. Game statistics were unavailable at press time.
With the win, Interlake remains undefeated since entering the RMFL prior to the 2018 season, improving its regular season record to 2-0. The Thunder defeated the Moosomin Generals 77-6 at Stonewall Collegiate Institute on Sept. 7.
The Outlaws fell to 0-2 this season.
After 62 years of operations, the Midget Football League of Manitoba announced that it was folding on Sept. 14.
Maggie Yestrau, the president of the league, said that the MFLM was shutting down due to lack of player and club involvement and support. Last season, there were only three teams in the league: Falcons Football Club, St. Vital Mustangs and North Winnipeg Nomads.
“It is unfortunate that this long standing league can no longer provide opportunities to this age group,” Yestrau said in a statement posted on Instagram. “As Football Manitoba has just recently announced it’s Manitoba Sixes program, there will be numerous opportunities for players of this age group to continue playing. We wish the Manitoba Sixes much success and growth in the future … This program was only able to operate since 1957 due to generous contributions of the people who believed in Midget football. Thank you so much for your efforts.”
The Thunder competed in the league from 2011 to 2017, but never reached the championship game.