‘A Ball and a Stick’
Our documentary film is now in pre-production. ‘A Ball and a Stick’ tells the story of Edmonton’s North Glenora Blues Junior lacrosse team which represented Alberta at the first Canada Summer Games in Halifax in 1969. While taking place between 1966 and 1969, the story tells of the significant impact of the game of lacrosse on the players themselves and on subsequent generations of players who followed them.
As part of the re-introduction of lacrosse in Edmonton and Alberta in the mid 1960’s, the North Glenora Blues 1969 Canada Games Team laid a remarkable foundation between 1966 and 1969. Our documentary will celebrate the game itself and the accomplishments of a group of young men who influenced countless others to pursue excellence through the game of lacrosse. The documentary will serve to educate current and future generations of lacrosse players on the origins of the game in North Glenora and most importantly, inspire them to pursue their own levels of accomplishment and dreams of the future. It also explores the question of why sports matter and the universal themes of teamwork, collaboration, community, and love of a game.
The story is told through the narratives of former Blues players on the 1969 team as they describe and explain the impact of the game on themselves as individuals and as part of a team. Current members of the West Edmonton Blues are also featured and their voices heard alongside the original Blues. Artifacts such as newspaper articles and photos are used to support the story.
Filming of the documentary is taking place in Edmonton with segments filmed at Bill Hunter Arena (formerly Jasper Place Arena) and the North Glenora Community Centre. The West Edmonton Blues and the Greater Edmonton Lacrosse Council are strong supporters of the documentary
Filming takes place in Edmonton June 16-19, 2022.
Seven students from NAIT’s Digital Cinema program are working in collaboration with members of the North Glenora Blues History Project and their partners from pre-development to post-production.