With spring upon us and local sports fields drying up, the area’s football clubs would normally be running full steam ahead, preparing for their 2020 outdoor gridiron competitions.
However, as we all know, this is not a normal year.
Football, like all sports, remains in limbo due to the COVID-19 isolation requirements. The Cornwall Wildcats are doing their best to remain connected to players during this time, recently launching video workouts via the club’s Facebook page.
Football Canada, the nation’s oversight body for the gridiron game, yesterday issued a recommendation to leagues and clubs across the country to consider “suspension of practice or play until further notice.”
The Cornwall Wildcats had begun pre-season training camp for the OFC provincial team under new head coach Alex Labonte. As well, the club was running speed and agility training, along with NCAFA teams pre-season practices. All of these activities are suspended, effective March 13.
Labonte adds, “It’s a temporary stop, hopefully.” At the OFC level, players are being encouraged to work out on their own. The head coach is also looking at holding meetings online, via FaceTime.
The Glengarry Gaels football club hadn’t yet begun its spring activities, president Ian Parent noted in an online post. The focus currently is on player registration for the spring outdoor tackle season.
Tackle football tryouts for the Cornwall Wildcats of the OFC and for Team Ontario at the U18 and U16 levels will be held in March.
The Wildcats, for ages 16 through 19, start March 1, at the Cornwall Fieldhouse, at 7 p.m. The club invites players to pre-register online.
Here’s the complete schedule for the team’s training 2020 camp.
The Wildcats play in a provincial league for U20 players. Home games take place at Joe St. Denis Field in Cornwall, with road games in various parts of the province. The season runs from late May through early August.
The club’s top team, which competes in the provincewide OFC, will have a new head coach for the 2020 season, as Alex Labonte takes the reins. (Check out my previous story on this announcement.) The OFC Wildcats have scheduled their open tryouts to begin Sunday, March 1, at the Cornwall fieldhouse, 7 to 9 p.m. This program is open to athletes aged 16 through 19.
The 2020 football season kicked off at the Cornwall fieldhouse over the weekend, as youngsters ages 7 through 13 began an eight-week winter skills camp led by coaches from the Cornwall Wildcats Football Club.
At a season-capping banquet in December, the Cornwall Wildcats Football Club celebrated the top athletes from its 2019 OFC squad.
The December 15 gathering saw team staff and players gather to reflect on the season that saw the Wildcats reach the East Division final, before bowing out to the Huronia Stallions in Barrie.
Despite the loss, it was a positive season for the club, with the team finishing at 6-3-1 on the season.
The highlight was winning the east semifinal, the first playoff win for the Wildcats FC since 2014.
Graduating players are Nick Longchamps, Steffon Lee, Keighlan Thompson, Tyler Murray, Mello Mundy, Cody Brammal, Alex Este, John Davis, Connor MacMillan, Jordan Millward, Brady Seguin, Morgan Kane, Jordan Lalonde, Nick Lupien, and Rylan Duhart.
Brody Fairbairn was honoured with the team MVP award. Jordan Millward was named offensive MVP, and Yannick Lafrance won defensive MVP honours.
Other awards: Morgan Kane (offensive line MVP), Connor MacMillan (defensive line MVP), Brady Seguin (offensive rookie), Codie Brammall (defensive rookie), Max Sabourin (special teams MVP), and Jeremy Latour (coaches’ award).
The Cornwall Wildcats OFC team will play its 11th season in 2020 with a new head coach, as announced in this previous post.
The Cornwall Wildcats, which play in the province’s top junior football league, will have a new head coach for the 2020 spring gridiron season.
Bainsville’s Alex Labonte has been named to the post.
The 28-year-old played his junior football in Quebec’s CEGEP league, before moving on to suit up at the university level for the Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Labonte was named to the top job earlier this month and tells me he has already started working, particularly on the recruitment front. On his role as head coach, he says, “It’s gonna be a good challenge.” He had served over the past few years as an assistant coach.
At a Wednesday evening dinner in Alexandria, the Glengarry Gaels football club celebrated the 2019 fall high school season and its top individual athletes.
The November 20 evening saw Spencer Fitzpatrick named the team’s most valuable player, while Logan Keurentjes was honoured as the offensive MVP. Jesse Taylor Rawlings, who wasn’t able to attend, was recognized with the award for defensive MVP.
Nathaniel Noel received the honour as lineman of the year, and Alexander Urquhart was named the recipient of the Gaels Heart Award.
The Glengarry Gaels high school football team is run by community volunteers, fielding players from GDHS and VCI. The team competes in the SDGAA league. This season, the Gaels had a record of 1 win (La Citadelle) and 3 losses (Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s twice).
The high school football season officially came to an end for the SD&G champion St. Joseph’s Catholic High School Panthers on Thursday in Kingston, as the boys took silver in a 35-7 loss to Holy Cross in the EOSSAA final.
Played in chilly conditions at Queen’s University’s Richardson’s Field, the game was 27-0 at halftime. The Panthers got on the board late when quarterback Brodie Fairbarn connected with Bruce Nicoll for a touchdown. Cole Fraser-Dupuis booted the PAT.
Holy Cross will move on to represent the region at OFSAA, in Hamilton.