Players on the block

Usually, when the Hyacks deck somebody, they take a while to get up.

But this quartet of high school players will help you set up your very own Rose Bowl as part of the Hyack Football Tailgate Auction.

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Quarterback Tommy Robertson is among the four varsity players to volunteer their services for the auction package nicknamed “Hire-a-Hyack” for this year’s football fundraiser.

Robertson, offensive tackle Harper Sherman and running backs Angelo Tanjuaquio and Julian Ramirez provide the muscle in the “Details to the Deck and Yard Beautiful” live auction package. It also includes plants and shrubs from Mandeville Gardens, a three-piece patio set and a two-hour landscaping consult with master horticulturalist and designer Claude LeDoux.

“If these kids work half as hard for you as they do for us, you will get your money’s worth and then some,” said Hyacks head coach Farhan Lalji.

“The auction is always a very fun event enjoyed by all, and our committee has done a fabulous job to make sure this is the best one ever.”

The 11th annual Hyack Football Tailgate Auction sponsored by River Market at Westminster Quay will take place Oct. 26 at La Perla Ballroom at the Quay. This year’s fundraiser features a wine tasting reception hosted by Pacific Breeze Winery, live music and an appearance by B.C. Lions “Felions” cheerleaders as part of a salute to the Leo’s 60th anniversary.

Prizes on the auction block include a Hawaiian holiday donated by Westland Insurance and a Caribbean cruise donated by Odenza Carnival Cruise. There are also draws for prizes like tickets to the Nov. 1 game between the B.C. Lions and the Calgary Stampeders, which includes a sideline visit with general manager Wally Buono.

“The Hyack Football River Market auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is a major part of what makes our program special,” Lalji said. “This event allows us to give the student-athletes of our community the best and allows everyone to take part.”

Tickets are $70 each or $500 for a table of eight. All proceeds go directly to the Hyacks football program to pay for equipment, training and ensuring that every child, regardless of their financial situation, gets to play football.

The auction supports both the New Westminster Secondary School varsity and junior varsity teams (ages 14 to 18) and the Royal City Hyacks Football Club for boys and girls aged five to 13. There is a website with more information on the auction at

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