17, 18, 19 and 20th Warriors Commit!!!

The Warriors are proud to announce that the 17th, 18th, 19th and now 20th Warrior alumni from recent years have just committed to play football at the next level!

#17    Brad Cowan

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Brad Cowan was a standout Warrior player for years winning Outstanding Linebacker at Pee Wee and Most Improved Player his first year of Bantam.  An unfortunate ankle injury prohibited him from playing for most of his last year as a Warrior.  One thing I always appreciated in my years coaching Brad was that he had great football instincts and was very athletic and agile for such a big young man.  It was a shame he missed out on most of his final Bantam year but he worked hard in the off-season to be ready for his 1st year at Midget.  He made the most of his opportunity ultimately winning the Rookie of the Year with our sister club the Bel-Air Norsmen and the NCAFA League Championship while catching the eye of CIS recruiters.  The Warriors are proud of Brad and know he’ll thrive at Laurier University as a Golden Hawk.

“Hybrid” defender Brad Cowan a welcome addition to the Laurier linebacking corps.

 

#18    Jack Rabb

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Jack Rabb of Richmond has recently committed to play football at the next level with the  University of Queen’s Gaels.  Jack is a gifted student from South Carleton who has been awarded the Silver Medal which signifies an average of 90% or over.  It’s his prowess on the gridiron, however, which has earned him a coveted spot with the Gaels of Kingston.  Jack is another product of the Bell Warriors Football Club.  He started playing football 6 years ago at the age of 12 with the Warriors and soon became a reliable receiver, QB, punter and kicker.  “Jack was a great young man to coach. He is an immensely positive and cerebral player that competes hard and has a knack of making plays under pressure.  At 6’ 4” tall, Jack is a hard target to miss on routes.  He also has a CIS level leg already and it wouldn’t surprise me if he becomes a standout punter for the Gaels.  Playing football at the next level is a big opportunity for a young student athlete.  Jack is the 18th Warrior alumni to commit to play NCAA or CIS football in the past few years.  We’re proud that so many of our players have enjoyed success playing football and are being given an opportunity to continue playing the sport they love while getting a post-secondary education.
Stittsville News Story

#19    Ross Polito

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Ross Polito of Stittsville has just committed to join the York University Lions.  Ross was a major award winner at every level with the Warriors and capped his time with the club winning the inaugural Bantam Leadership Award in his last Warrior season.  At the Midget level (ages 17-19), the Warriors join with the neighbouring Bel-Air Club to field the Bel-Air Norsemen.  Ross played for the Norsemen this past year and was an important part of their NCAFA Championship team.  “I’ve known Ross for a long time and have had the pleasure of coaching him at all 4 Warrior age groups.  What he didn’t have in size when he started with us, he more than made up for with his courage, dedication, competitiveness and smarts.  You always knew you could trust him in pressure situations to make a play and he was like a coach on the field.  I couldn’t be happier for him to be able to play at the next level”  Ross makes the 19th commit from recent years from the Warriors.  He joins Jack Rabb of Richmond (Queens) and Brad Cowan of Asthon (Laurier) who were the 17th and 18th commits.
Stittsville News Story

#20   Quinn Stewart

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Quinn Stewart of Richmond has made the decision to commit to the St FX X-Men of Antigonish, Nova Scotia.   Quinn played 9 years with the Warriors and was a 5 time major award winner including a 3 time MVP.  The last two years he was with the Norsemen.  He finished his 11th year of football this year by winning the NCAFA Midget Championship with his Norsemen teammates Jack, Brad and Ross.  Quinn’s final NCAFA season was capped by being named to the NCAFA All-Star team (for the third time), the Norsemen’s MVP Award and NCAFA Midget Most Outstanding Offensive Player Award.  Tim Sheahan, Warriors VP who coached Quinn for years, states “Quinn Stewart was a decorated Bell Warrior, winning Defensive and Offensive Player of-the-year honours as well as MVP honours at several levels. He was one of only a small handful of players that played 9 years of football for our club. He was talented for sure; as a defensive player in his early years , he was responsible to his position and an outstanding form tackler. He excelled as an offensive player because of his “smarts “ for the game. Quinn has a strong arm and deceptive, powerful speed, which made him the obvious choice as our field leader at QB.  As Quinn matured as a player, his abilities grew, but his most outstanding quality is that of team leader.  His team mates followed his lead as he competed in practice every single night, and his polished skills allowed him to succeed on the field on game days.  Our club has graduated many players on to the CIS , but none with the number of wins that Quinn was part of in his 9 years.”
Stittsville News Story

Proud of you lads!!! Our 17th through 20th commits to play CIS or NCAA football in the last few years.  #Warriors4Life #WarriorPride

Our 60th Anniversary proved to be a Successful Year

2015 marked the 60th anniversary of our league (NCAFA) and the Bell Warriors Football Club.  We have much to celebrate and certainly have a great deal to be proud of.  On the field we had many successes but more importantly, we had successes in every drill, at every practice and we hope in every one of our players’ lives.  Football instills values and for most, reinforces commitment, dedication, sportsmanship, reliability and respect.  Players need to develop pride and learn what it means to become a leader.  In 2015 we saw this time and again.  I want to also draw attention to our growing allegiance of volunteers who gave selflessly to grow our club, grow our sport and add to the Warrior experience for our families.  Overall, it was a successful season on and off the field and I dare say  we did the Warriors proud in this celebratory year“, summed up Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President at the Warriors AGM held Feb 22.

Here are some highlights from the President’s report:

  • Team banquets in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Silent Auctions  (raised ~$5,000)
  • Warriors launch new enhanced Website
  • AGM 
  • Introduced our Friend of the Warriors Sponsor level
  • 6 week Indoor Clinic March 21 – April 25 which included Guest Coaches from the Carleton Ravens
  • VP Tim Sheahan presented the 2015 United Way Community Builder Award
  • NCAFA launched 60th Anniversary radio campaign
  • NCAFA TV launches ‘Best Memories of your days in NCAFA’.   The 1st memory was by Stefano Napolitano, Warrior alumni (currently with the Carleton Ravens)
  • 4th Annual Warrior Day Football Clinic and Registration Day at the Ben Franklin Dome
  • Upgraded our equipment by expanding our number of Youth Speed helmets and specialized shoulder pads
  • Trainer kits assessed and replenished for each level including Girl’s Touch program for the first time ever
  • Tryouts started May 19th : 129 players selected eventually (compared to 126 in ’14, 130 in ’13)
  • NCAFA Girl’s Touch Football Tournament where Warriors volunteered to run skill drills and man the BBQ
  • 1st ever Bell Warriors Insider newsletter was made for parents as a Club introduction and update of key dates, events and a call to action for volunteers and sponsors
  • Car Wash and BBQ Fundraiser was hosted by the Warriors at OK Tire in Bells Corners
  • Girl’s Touch Football Championship : June 21 Mosquito 5th, Pee Wee 2nd and 7th, Bantam 1st and 3rd, and Midget 1st
  • ‘Lend a Hand’ Sponsorship Program was introduced
  • NCAFA DAY 60th Anniversary City of Ottawa Recognition Ceremony at Ottawa City Hall
  • Warriors at the REDBLACKS (half time show)
  • 20th Annual Warriors Golf Tournament where we introduced hole sponsors for the 1st time 
  • Mosquito Madness / Friday Night Tykes – a showcase to the city of NCAFA football
  • Game Pants are Stolen and Found – You have to read about it to believe it!
  • 4-Game Home Stand – Introduced “One-Day-Only” promo item order and Inventory Clearance Sale which was a huge success
  • Ottawa REDBLACKS’ Zach Evans and Ettore Lattanzio guest coach at the Warriors Bantam/Tyke practice
  • Warriors presents 2 x $1,000 Post-Secondary Scholarships to Warriors alumni Tyler Scott and Sean Stoqua ($32,000 in scholarships has been given to date)
  • Warrior Wear Catalogue was presented to foster our Warrior Pride 
  • Warriors producedd a video (with NCAFA Films) to enter the REDBLACKS Carstar Promotion for a chance to win a van for the Warriors
  • Inaugural Homecoming Day saw all 4 teams compete at Ottawa U.  A great day was had by all.
  • Championship Week – Oct 29  Pee Wee make it to the A-Cup final for 6th straight year, Bantams to B-Cup final (with only 7 veteran players), Midget win A-Cup with 14 Warrior alumni players and 2 coaches.
  • All Star Games saw players from Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget compete in the annual NCAFA showcase
  • All of our helmets were sent off for Helmet Reconditioning a week later
  • 3rd Annual Volunteer Appreciation night was again held at our Gold Sponsor The Glen in Stittsville
  • NCAFA Past-President, Warrior long-time coach and VP Wayne Chorney was this year’s inductee into Warriors Hall of Fame
  • Brian Patterson received the Warrior Volunteer of the Year Award
  • President Paul Stewart was named NCAFA Volunteer of the Year (the third straight year for a Warrior to receive the honour!)
  • Our Sponsorship Program raised close to $6,000 for our program 
  • We finished the year with our Warriors volunteering for the Christmas Hamper Program for the Centretown United Church

Elections determined that the 2016 Bell Warriors Executive would be:

  • Paul Stewart, President
  • Tim Sheahan, VP of Operations
  • Carmen Schwartz, VP of Administration
  • Dan Crabtree, VP of Finance

Director positions are listed on our Contact page and supporters are encouraged to contact the Warriors at info@bellwarriors.ca if they are interested in applying to fill any vacant positions.

 

NEW DATE & Location for 2015 Warriors AGM

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE AND LOCATION!!!

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 

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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!