We are down to the final week in the 2016 WMBL regular season and no team is hotter than the Yorkton Cardinals. The Cardinals have rattled off a 13-2 record over their last 15 games to move into 2nd place in the East, 3.5 games behind Swift Current for 1st and 2 games clear of Regina for 3rd in the division. It has been a fantastic run for the Cardinals who will look to remain hot as play closes out this week, and we head into the playoffs. If the playoffs were to start today the Cardinals would be hosting the Red Sox at home in round 1.
In the West Okotoks has also been on a roll. The Dawgs now boast a 30-13 record, 1.5 games clear of Medicine Hat who relinquished the top spot for the first time since early on in the season. The Dawgs and Mavs will play on the final day of the season this Friday in what could determine the top two seeds in the West. Keep an eye on that game as the winner of the division will play Edmonton, and 2nd place will most likely take on the defending champion Lethbridge Bulls.
There are some hotly contested races in the league leader categories. If you would like to read more in depth on some of the individual performers in the league please click here to check out this week’s players of the week.
Swift Current still has the most wins in the league at 31, but Okotoks holds the best winning percentage. Top spot in the WMBL could go either way. The Indians will certainly be the favourite to come out of the East, but with Yorkton playing so well, and Regina always a contender in the playoffs it could go anyway. This years WMBL playoffs are sure to be exciting. There are a handful of teams that could hoist the trophy come the middle of August.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this league. As of Tuesday July 26th we have passed the 200k mark for fan attendance. The league is already 32,000 + fans ahead of the total from all of last year. With one week left we will only add to the new attendance record. Okotoks is closing in on 70,000 attendees, which would eclipse the 68,000 fans that attended games at Seaman Stadium last season. Edmonton has had a fantastic season for attendance as well with over 38,000 fans so far. Last year 24,000 fans took in Prospect games. A jump of nearly 15,000 fans! Lethbridge has also broken the 20,000 fan mark, and Medicine Hat is only 1200 fans behind the 20k. All in all it has been an incredible season for fan attendance, and we cannot thank you enough. Lets put one last push together this week, and support your local team.
Starting next week we will be following the playoffs in depth, as we look to crown the 2016 WMBL Championships. Good luck to everyone as we finish out the season!