2015 Warriors AGM Date is Set

All members of the Bell Warriors Football Club are invited to join us at our 2015 Bell Warriors AGM.  There will be Director and Executive reports, a financial year-end presentation and elections of officers for the 2016 season.
 
CONSTITUTIONAL NOTICE:  In 2015, the Warriors negotiated a realignment in our territory with our neighbouring club the Kanata Knights.  This realignment has been ratified at the league level and will require an ammendment of our Warriors Constitution at our AGM.

Previous wording:  “South on Huntmar Drive to Maple Grove Road; East on Maple Grove Road to Terry Fox Drive; South on Terry Fox Drive to Fernbank Road; East on Fernbank Road until Eagleson Road; South on Eagleson Road to Hope Side Road; East on Hope Side Road to Richmond Road”

Proposed wording:  “South on Huntmar Drive to Hazeldean Road; East on Hazeldean Road to Terry Fox Drive; South on Terry Fox Drive to Eagleson Road; Continue East on Hope Side Road to Old Richmond Road; North on Old Richmond Road 

AGM 2015

After the AGM, the Warriors will be holding a planning session to map out events, roles and goals for the upcoming Warrior season.
 
Those interested in showing a greater level of support and involvement in the Club are invited to contact president@bellwarriors.ca.  It takes many hands to host our football programs and we rely heavily on the dedication and expertise of our valued volunteers.  See you there!

… & the Winner is – THE WARRIORS!

The Bell Warriors Football Club has reached out to Warriors families, supporters and local businesses and the response was better than could have been expected Saturday (January 9/16) at their Team Banquets. Two Club banquets were held. One for the two youngest teams (Tyke ages 8-10 and Mosquito ages 11-12) and one for the Warriors two oldest teams (Pee Wee ages 13-14 and Bantam ages 15-16). In addition to the big day of banquets, the Warriors hosted their 4th Annual Silent Auctions, one with each banquet. In all, the Warriors Club raised over $5,000 which will go directly back towards purchasing new football equipment for our players and ensuring their sport is affordable for all.

Our first of two Silent Auctions of the day.

Our first of two Silent Auctions of the day.

“Football has never been bigger in Ottawa.  This increased awareness of our great sport has led to a paralleled increase of support of our Warriors football programs.  One of our primary goals as a club is to focus on player safety by upgrading our equipment and re-certifying our existing equipment annually.  Unlike other sports, keeping our sport as affordable as possible is essential.  What we offer our young players is far too important to have financial barriers limit enrolment. It’s a constant challenge to balance.  We introduced Silent Auctions to our banquets three years ago and with this year’s proceeds, we have raised approximately $20,000.  To put that into perspective, this could cover the purchase cost of over 60 new helmets or registration fees for over 60 player.” says Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President and Bantam Head Coach.
 
Stewart continues, We rely heavily on community support to offer our football programs.  Most people do not realize that less than 50% of our proceeds come as a result of player fees.  So much of our Warrior volunteers’ time is dedicated to hosting winter conditioning sessions; fielding our tackle football teams and girl’s spring touch football teams.  Over the last few years, more sponsors have recognized our financial challenges and have stepped up with financial and in-kind support.  We truly thank our 2015 Bell Warrior sponsors
 
 Gold Sponsors:  Scotiabank; Primo Self Storage; Ontario Iron Works;  The Glen Scottish Pub & Restaurant; Ottawa Valley Kitchens

Silver Sponsors: Yasmin Fues; RCMP Officer’s Mess; King’s Independent Grocer

Bronze Sponsors:  Jill Dulmage; Battle River Bison Co.; Bradley’s Commercial Insurance; Don Cherry’s Sports Grill; Danby’s Bar & Grill; BMO Global Asset Management; Rona; Stittsville News

Friend of the Warriors Sponsors:  Mike Polito; Janet & Mike Keenan; Susan & Rick Rab; Grant & Cathy England; David Rheaume; 1951 West Kitchen & Bar
 
The Warriors volunteer over 5,000 hours a year because we are committed to instill the importance learning the value of hard work, respect, responsibility, commitment, sportsmanship and leadership in our local youth.  Our motto, ‘Warriors For Life’, represents our dedication to be there for our youth on and off the field and long after their playing days are done.
 
Special Guest Speaker at this year’s Warriors Banquets was Justin Phillips of the Ottawa REDBLACKS.  Mr Phillips went to Laurier University where he won the Vanier Cup.  He went on to play for 7 years for the Calgary Stampeders where he won a Grey Cup before becoming the Ottawa REDBLACKS’ first free agent signing.  In his ninth year in the CFL this year, Justin started his playing career with the Bell Warriors Football Club.  In 2013, he became the Bell Warriors inaugural inductee into the Bell Warriors Hall of Fame.

Vanier Cup Champion, Grey Cup Champion, Bell Warriors Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee Justin Phillips of the Ottawa REDBLACKS

Vanier Cup Champion, Grey Cup Champion, Bell Warriors Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee Justin Phillips of the Ottawa REDBLACKS

The 2015 Bell Warriors tackle program Individual award winners were:
 
Tyke:  Bottom Row L to R:  Most Improved Player – Bryce Adam (Stittsville); Most Valuable Player – Owen Lavigne (Nepean); Coaches Choice – Jack Mackay (Nepean); Rookie of the Year – Donavyn Gonzalez-Lee (Nepean); Back Row L to R: Best O-Line – Daniel Houston (Nepean);  Outstanding Offensive Player – Julien Beaulieu (Perth); Outstanding Defensive Player – Ryan Morissette (Richmond); Most Versatile – Daniel Olubajo (Nepean); Best D-Line – Joshua Olubajo (Stittsville).

Tyke

Mosquito:  Most Valuable Player – Dylan Stengel (Bayshore); Coaches Choice – Ethan Morissette (Richmond); Outstanding Offensive Player – Liam Baglole (Ottawa); Outstanding Defensive Player – Curtis Brohman (Bayshore); Rookie of the Year – Avery Osborne (Stittsville) and Zachary Baylin (Crystal Beach); Most Versatile – Trevor Christie (Richmond); Most Improved Player – Jackson Welsh (Nepean); Outstanding Offensive Back – Andrew Howatt (Ashton); Outstanding Defensive Back – Chris Edouard-Williams (Bayshore); Best O-Line – Dylan Krout (Ottawa); Best D-Line – Liam Ryan (Carleton Place)

Tyke Mosquito

Pee Wee: Front Row L to R:  Most Valuable Player – Ben Williams (Bayshore); Middle Row L to R:  Best D-Line – Lucas Quattrocchi (Stittsville); Coaches Award – Jérémy Paré (Stittsville); Outstanding Defensive Back – Kyle Crabtree (Stittsville); Warrior Award – Nicholas Walter (Stittsville); Most Improved – Nolan Harris (Ashton);  Back Row L to R:  Outstanding Offensive Player – John Lubemba (Bayshore); Best Linebacker  – Michael Byrne (CarletonPlace); Best O-Line– Andrew Bagg (Perth); Outstanding Defensive Player – Ethan Ryan (Carleton Place); Rookie of the Year – Daniel Briere (Nepean); Outstanding Offensive Back – Jake Papalia (Bells Corners); Most Versatile – Jack Buckley (Stittsville).

PW

Bantam: Front Row L to R:  Outstanding Defensive Player – Malik Yusuf (Stittsville); Most Valuable Player and Leadership Award – Tyler Brohman (Bayshore); Most Improved – Aron Masalingi (Bayshore); Back Row L to R:  Rookie of the Year – Nick Simms (Carleton Place); Outstanding Offensive Player – James Keenan (Stittsville); Most Versatile – Andrew Fullerton (Stittsville); Coaches Choice – Sam Roberts (Nepean); Best Defensive Back – Nicolas Miller-Armstrong (North Gower); Best O-Line – Waylon Allan (Perth); Missing from photo:  Best D-Line – Keenan Broad (Kemptville)

PW Bantam

Tyler Brohman (Bantam MVP, Bantam Leadership Award winner) and Sam Roberts (Bantam Coaches' Choice Award winner)

Tyler Brohman (Bantam MVP, Bantam Leadership Award winner) and Sam Roberts (Bantam Coaches’ Choice Award winner)

L to R: Joe Papalia (Bantam DC); Malik Yusuf (Bantam Most Outstanding Defensive Player); Jesse Card (Bantam DB Coach)

L to R: Joe Papalia (Bantam DC); Malik Yusuf (Bantam Most Outstanding Defensive Player); Jesse Card (Bantam DB Coach)

L to R: Tim Sheahan (Bantam OC); James Keenan (Bantam Most Outstanding Offensive Player); Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President, Bantam Head Coach)

L to R: Tim Sheahan (Bantam OC); James Keenan (Bantam Most Outstanding Offensive Player); Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President, Bantam Head Coach)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bell Warriors Football Club would like to thank all of the donators to the 2015 Bell Warriors Silent Auction:

1951 West Kitchen & Bar, Bells Corners
Battle River Bison Company, Cheryl and Richard Allan, Perth
Benson Auto Parts, Doug Veltkamp, Bells Corners
Brown’s Independent Grocer, Stittsville
CAA North & East
Canadian Tire, Bells Corners
Chris Hyndman, Warrior Alumni
Complete Hockey Development Centre, Stittsville
Danby’s Bar & Grill, Munster/Richmond
Darlene Miller, North Gower
David Rheaume, Toronto
Deputy Jill Skinner,  Ottawa
Ettore Lattanzio (Ottawa REDBLACK D-Lineman)
Geoff & Diane Forsyth, Bells Corners
George Stengel, Bayshore
HESN Athletics, Jesse Card
Hosie &  Brown Auto Electric Ltd, Nepean
Jerome – Photographer, Ottawa
Keenan Sports Photography, Wanda Keenan, Stittsville
King’s Independent Grocer, Richmond
Kyle Norris, CFLer and Warrior Alumni
Mr Lube, Bells Corners
Ottawa REDBLACKS
Ottawa Valley Kitchens (Blair Howatt & Lucy Dasilva)
Primo Self Storage, Nepean
Riddell Sports, Andy McArdle
RONA, Stittsville
Rudy’s Barber Style, Kim Roscoe
Rukia Kyriazis
S & S Auto Centre, Richmond
Sit and Stay, Stittsville
Starbucks, Bells Corners
The Brew Table, Bells Corners
The Butchery, Bells Corners
The Keenan Family, Stittsville
The Sheahan Family
The Stewart Family
TMSI
Whiprsnapr Brewing Co., Bells Corners
Yasmin Fues, Grenville Guardian Real Estate Brokerage
Zolas, Bells Corners

Football Friend Gives Back

Decades ago, the Warriors President, Paul Stewart, played 5 years of high school football at Sir Robert Borden H.S. with a friend named David Rheaume.  His father was a well-known Cabinet Minister (Eugene Rheaume) and his large family have left quite a legacy in the Ottawa region especially when it comes to the artistic community.
 
Paul’s wife Darlene commissioned Dave to paint an original painting for his 50th birthday a few years ago.  Recently, the Warriors reached out to the award-winning artist to see if he’d donate a print to our Bell Warriors 4th Annual Fundraiser Silent Auction and he didn’t hesitate.

Paul Stewart with the original "The Touchdown" painting and the donated print by Dave Rheaume.

Paul Stewart with the original “The Touchdown” painting and the donated print by Dave Rheaume.

It is a signed original print of Dave’s painting “The Touchdown”.   The print is a “hand-embellished gyclee print on canvas” which gives it a very realistic impact.  David, who now resides in Toronto, continues to gain accolades as an artist and clearly still embraces the importance of giving back to community.  “The Bell Warriors work hard on the field to mentor our local youth and work hard off the field to raise funds to keep our great sport affordable for all. Having a talent like Dave Rheaume make such a valuable donation to our 4th Annual Fundraiser Silent Auction is impressive and very much appreciated” – Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors Football Club President.

 

Training Opportunity for Warrior Players

From Coach Rich (Mosquito Head Coach):  Greco (Carling and March rd in Kanata) has offered training sessions on Sundays at 11 a.m. from Jan 10th to March 8th.  9 sessions in total.  Really good circuit training for 50 minute sessions each Sunday.

If I get enough kids, we can do it for $11.50 per session per kid.  All sessions must be paid up front.  They are offering it to me knowing some of our players don’t usually have the $$ for this type of training.  I had 10 kids try it recently and the feedback was positive.  Tough workout.  Numbers are limited.  If interested, email ASAP to info@bellwarriors.ca and your email will be passed along to Coach Rich.  Being a Warrior means embracing fitness.

Banquets & Silent Auctions this weekend

Looking forward to seeing everyone again this weekend.  Banquets are now sold out.  Please give yourself time to check out our Silent Auctions at each of our Team Banquets.  Think of your purchase as a donation towards our Warrior Program.  You’ll not only be helping keep our sport affordable for all….you’ll also be going home with amazing donations.  

Team Banquets

We’ve brought the items to you …. …. now let’s turn that hard work into some valuable financial support for our program and players.  Let’s make our sport AFFORDABLE FOR ALL!  Bid high and bid often!!!

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