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Hard work pays off for Cranbrook soccer brothers

SAIT Trojans Jeff and Mike Hamm from Cranbrook, B.C. are bringing their brotherly love to the soccer field. - Andrew Crossett

The men’s soccer team is taking brotherly love to the next level this season with the addition of two new players, Mark and Jeff Hamm.
The Hamm brothers have successfully made the Trojan men’s soccer team this year after trekking the almost 800-kilometre roundtrip journey from  their hometown Cranbrook B.C. to Calgary on four separate occasions for try-outs all summer.
The brothers’ dad drove them back and forth each time. “Well, he loves watching sports and he didn’t mind if it’s for us,” said Mark.
Despite these long drives throughout the summer, the brothers’ relationship remains strong.
“We fight a lot, but all brothers do that…we’re pretty close,” said Mark.
The hard-work and dedication paid off for the two business administration students.
“It felt pretty good, after putting in all that work, going back and forth. It was a pretty big relief to actually make it,” said Jeff
Coach Grant Stevens hasnothing but good things to say about the Hamm brothers.
“(They are) exceptional and they play very well. They’re confident and they are technically sound.”
Travelling along with the brothers and their dad for soccer tryouts all summer was
friend, Riley Rennich, who also made the team.
“At first it was kind of different, we’d drive all night, get back at 1 a.m., sleep the next day, and pretty much just get up and come back again,”
said Rennich
Rennich held a full-time construction job all summer in Fernie, B.C. and said the late nights and long drives were
exhausting.
“I’d get dropped back off in Fernie, work a day and get picked up and go back out for tryouts again,” said Rennich.
Catch the Hamm brothers, Rennich and the rest of the Trojan men’s soccer team on Sept. 24 against the Lethbridge Kodiaks.

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