For those that took in the first Edmonton Eskimos exhibition game of the 2013 season on TSN’s Friday Night Football, you probably enjoyed a spirited match. Nice to have football back on the tube. For local football fans, the return of football had added significance. The odds of a Canadian football player making it all the way to the CFL are slim at best. To have two local players, who both played for the same minor football team, make it to the football summit and play for the same CFL team is unheard of. Well it happened this past Friday, June 14th with the Edmonton Eskimos for Scott Mitchell of Ottawa and Kyle Norris of Stittsville. Where did they start their football careers you may ask? Ends up both Eskimos players started the football playing days for the our Bell Warriors Football Club.
“It was a great game to watch and I dare say it was an unprecedented CFL event. This is a phenomenal piece of history for our Bell Warriors Football Club. It truly reinforces our goals as an organization and is a great motivator for are many young future stars. Until the Red Blacks are on the field we may have some Eskimos fan wearing Warrior Blue and Gold.” – Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President
The Bell Warriors are still looking for more players for the 2013 Football Season. With all 4 clubs playing in the 2012 Championships, the Warriors are excited for the upcoming season. For more details, contact the Warriors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Since 1955, the Bell Warriors Football Club has offered football programs for boys and girls ages 8-16 in the communities of Britannia, Bayshore, Bells Corners, Richmond, Munster and Stittsville.
The Bell Warriors Football Club were part of a 200+ player contingent representing the National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) at the launch of Ottawa’s new CFL franchise – the Ottawa Red Blacks. 15 Bell Warrior players joined Warriors President Paul Stewart to represent the local football club at the Ernst & Young Centre Saturday afternoon. More than 3,000 were on hand to celebrate the return of the CFL to Ottawa.
“It was a phenomenal event. I’m sure there has never been anything quite like it in Ottawa. Even league the CFL Commissioner Mark Cohen was caught off guard by the resounding support shown by local football and CFL supporters. Our 15 Warrior players will never forget it.” – Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President
Bell Warrior Players Pictured L to R: Quinn Stewart, Eric Conley, Andrew Fullerton, Ross Polito, Grant England, Shayne Forsythe, Steven Schwartz, Josh Streng
The Warriors also made the most of the opportunity to approach Ottawa Rough Rider and Renegades alumni to sign CFL footballs to help raise important dollars for the football club. “We’ll be offering up the signed memorabilia at our Bell Warrior Silent Auctions in January. In addition to signatures from ex-CFL greats like Russ Jackson, Jerry Organ, and Tony Gabriel, Ottawa Red Blacks GM Marcel DesJardins and co-owner Jeff Hunt signed to show their support of NCAFA, the Warriors and amateur football. It was a huge day for our city and the football community”, continues Mr. Stewart.
President Paul Stewart with CFL Hall of Famer and Ottawa Rough Rider great Tony Gabriel.
Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President) with Ottawa REDBLACKS co-owner Jeff Hunt.
“All signed and ready for this year’s 2nd Annual Bell Warriors Silent Auction”
Since 1955, the Bell Warriors Football Club has offered football programs for boys and girls ages 8-16 in the communities of Britannia, Bayshore, Bells Corners, Richmond, Munster and Stittsville.