The Regina Riot women’s football team could have a new look for their upcoming playoff game, but it’s not a choice of their own.
According to a release sent out by the team, the team manager’s van was stolen Sunday night in the city’s south end with the uniforms inside.
Head coach Olivier Eddie said they have backup jerseys in place for their playoff game this weekend.
“Only because the Regina football community stepped up,” Eddie said. “Various high school teams and other teams locally have stepped up and said ‘Hey, you can use our uniforms’ so we’re very, very thankful for that.”
He said this is just another distraction the team has to overcome this year. The team had to reschedule their home opener and lost two games after the Winnipeg Wolf pack folded.
“We still get to go out on Sunday, play at home and hopefully perform well.”
Eddie said it would cost between $10,000 and $15,000 to get replacement jerseys if they can’t be found.
The van is a white 2016 Chrysler Town & Country with a riot sticker on the back window and two Riot magnets on the sides of the van. The team does believe the magnets have likely been removed.
The uniforms were inside two KOHO hockey bags — one black and red and the other is black and orange.
The team believes the bags and uniforms could have been thrown into the trash bins or have been ditched on the side of the road.
Please help! Our uniforms were in our team manager’s van, which was stolen last night. We are in search of two hockey bags – one is black and red and one is a black and orange KOHO bag. If you have seen these or our uniforms, please contact us. More info below. pic.twitter.com/RxRGc2qcX3
— Regina Riot Football (@ReginaRiot) June 11, 2018
Eddie said the community support has been great during the aftermath of their jerseys being taken. He said many people have shared their social media posts to help find the stolen van.
“We’re very fortunate in how it’s turning out, we’ve got to try and make the best out of this situation.”
If anyone notices bags matching the description provided or the uniforms, they are asked to contact the Riot at ReginaRiotFootball@gmail.com.
Any information about the van is asked to be provided to Regina police at 306-777-6500.