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 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.
The county’s Cumberbatch twins, Eric and Patrick, have signed letters of intent to join the Gee-Gees football team at the University of Ottawa for the 2020 season, following their graduation from Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais next June.
Familiar faces on local football fields, the boys grew up playing the gridiron game for the Glengarry Gaels, then the Cornwall Wildcats, most recently with the Seaway City’s OFC team. The Cumberbatch boys have also suited up for clubs in the national capital region, including the Orleans Raftsmen, which competes in Quebec’s midget league.
Alex Labonte, a member of the Ottawa Gee-Gees coaching staff, was instrumental in the signing, which officially took place at the high school on November 14.
Labonte coached the Cumberbatch twins, who both play the defensive back position, with the Wildcats, describing them as athletic, interchangeable, and exhibiting a similar style of play.
He encouraged senior Gee-Gees coaches to attend Wildcats games to scout the boys, and in time offers were extended to Eric and Patrick.
A signing ceremony in front of the student body included the twins, their parents, Labonte, and other Ottawa coaches.
The Cumberbatch boys have already begun training with the Gee-Gees, travelling weekly, with another recruit from Vankleek Hill, to Ottawa for sessions with the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
The expectation is that they will again play OFC Cornwall Wildcats football in the spring before attending the U-Sports Ottawa Gee-Gees main camp which is scheduled to begin the second week of August.
Yes, you’re seeing double! #GGnation is proud to welcome twins Eric and Patrick Cumberbatch to our program!
Ottawa Gee-Gees football club, on Instagram
As Labonte puts it, the Cumberbatch boys have all the tools to take their play to the next level.