NEW PLAYER PROFILE: Alex Iskender
Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? How did you end up playing at the ARFC?
I grew up in Ontario. I’ve followed work from there to Banff, to Edmonton, Cold Lake, and now to here. I was looking for friends and an excuse to stay in shape. ARFC has a fantastic reputation for being a great club, so it was an easy decision to show up at training. The lads helped me make everything work from there.
Tell us about your previous rugby playing experience?
This is my 12th season, which feels like an entire career to me but is probably still pretty new out here. I didn’t start playing rugby until I was in college, played a season in Banff, then Cold Lake. I’m still learning new things about rugby every time I step on the pitch.
What is your favourite rugby memory? On/off the field?
My favourite rugby memory on the field... there’s so many, honestly it’s tough to pick just one! But if I had to choose I would say my first win as a player-coach with the Penguins in May 2016. The weather was horrible, rain, wind, hail, thunder and lightning and it was a dogfight right to 80 minutes. We held them off and managed to get the win by 2, I’m pretty sure. I was so proud of our lads and how they conducted themselves. Off the field... I shouldn’t post it publicly but I’ll tell you if you come find me
How are you finding the first few months of rugby at the ARFC?
So far the club has been excellent to me. Everyone has made me feel welcome and I’ve made great friends already. Everything I heard about ARFC has been true so far and I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to lots of happy years here.
Any goals for the season?Goal for the season is to help this club win a championship, however I can. Everything else will take care of itself.
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