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28
Sep

Meet our NEWEST PLAY BALL Pat Woodcock

No stanger to the local sports community, PAT WOODCOCK co-owner of Elite Performance Academy is the Warriors NEWEST PLAY BALL SPONSOR!
 
Some of our very best Warriors alumni have gone on to be trained by Pat & his EPA TEAM.  He not only gets them ready for the next level, he doesn’t forget where they started.  Pat donated a bag of cleats for our Cleat Exchange Program last night.  “We have a lot of young players that come from financially challenged families and they rely on our Cleat Exchange Program for their cleats each year.  To have someone like Pat step up and make such a generous donation means a lot to our Warriors players, families and our club”, observes Paul Stewart, Warriors President.
 
Pat’s list of accomplishments is too long to outline fully but here are some highlights:

 

L to R: Pat Woodcock of Elite Performance Academy, Paul Stewart (Warriors President) and long-time Warriors volunteer and Bantam team manager Veronica Papalia

Pat Woodcock meets two Bantam standouts Ethan Ryan (in black) and Trey O’Brien in yellow.

 

On behalf of the Warriors Family, THANK YOU Elite Performance Academy (EPA) and our friend Pat Woodcock, our newest PLAY BALL SPONSOR!

27
Sep

REDBLACKS Overdeliver Again!

We are SO LUCKY to have the Ottawa REDBLACKS in our community and ultimately, in our lives.  The REDBLACKS joined our Warriors at practise tonight at Bell H.S.  and starting D-lineman Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio over-delivered.
 
We started the two CFL stars down with our Tyke team (ages 7-9) to encourage our youngest level’s players.  Tyke is an introductory developmental level to football and making sure they are having fun playing football is Rule #1.  Both Zack and Ettore get that and weren’t long before they were down at the young Warriors’ level getting them to show their stuff to the two REDBLACKS’ players.  “Both Zack and Ettore are exciting guys who have played football from a young age.  They get it and love to share it”, states Paul Stewart, Warriors President.

Say HELLO to Ottawa REDBLACKS DLmen Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio Warriors!!! Starting D-Linemen Zack Evans (in black) & Ettore Lattanzio (in red) greet our Warriors Tyke players.

Warriors starting QB Louis Turpin looks a bit “Star Struck” between the two towering REDBLACKS Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio (who is also a NCAFA alumni).

Avery Stuart who is 8 years old enjoying the time of his young life with our REDBLACKS guests Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio.

Jordan Devost’s 1st year playing football has been a fantastic experience and we’re sure tonight will be a memory he will not soon forget. THANKS ZACK and ETTORE!!!

Our excited TYKE team with our Ottawa REDBLACKS guests Zack Evans (huge guy in back) and Ettore Lattanzio (huge guy in front).

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

The REDBLACKS guests then went to work with our Bantam team (ages 14-15).  The Bantams are undefeated this year and have a number of players who undoubtedly will play at the next level so they were eager for some professional advice.  The Bantam coaches basically handed the reins over to Zack and Ettore and stood back to take in the instruction and drills.  “It was literally awesome.  Every single player that took part in the drills picked up some great tips.  The coaches were taking it all in as well.  They weren’t just coaching the players, they were coaching the coaches too.  FANTASTIC”, summarizes President Stewart.
 

Bantam players, coaches (and parents) couldn’t be more thankful for Zack Evans, Ettore Lattanzio and the Ottawa REDBLACKS for supporting our team!

 

THANKS SO MUCH to the Ottawa REDBLACKS, the coordinator Michael Nimmo (great guy) & our two guests Zack Evans and Ettore Lattanzio.  We may have to make these guys Honorary Warriors For Life!

14
Sep

Our WARRIORS are off to see the REDBLACKS!

The Bell Warriors are going to see the Ti-Cats take on our REDBLACKS at a very special price of only $35 – a savings of over 30% off of the ticket price!!!! This is also a MAJOR FUNDRAISER for the Warriors….and the first 45 players will be able to take part in the Pre-Game On-Field REDBLACKS Warm Up Experience!!  Your team manager will have more details.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR REDBLACKS vs HAMILTON TICATS TICKETS
WHEN:  Friday, October 27, 2017
TIME:  7:00 p.m.
WHERE TD Place Stadium, 1015 Bank Street
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Details:
You can also contact your Warriors Team Manager to reserve & pay for your tickets with Cash, Visa or Debit but NO cheques.   Tickets sold on a FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE basis.  Email info@bellwarriors.ca if you have any questions.  For players who are part of the limited-access Pre-Game On-Field REDBLACKS Warm Up Experience, you are asked to meet at the top of the stairs at Gate 4 inside the stadium after you have scanned your tickets 45 minutes before kickoff (6:15 p.m.).  You’ll be instructed their on the rules….and make sure to wear your Warriors Jersey!

It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN and it will be a great night.  DON’T MISS OUT!!!

6
Sep

2017 Jim Wagdin Scholarship Winners Announced!

It’s official – the 2017 Jim Wagdin Bell Warriors Scholarship winners have been announced and this year’s winners are Jack Rabb of Richmond and Stefano Napolitano of Stittsville!
 
Jack Rabb said of his experience with the Warriors, “I played football with the Bell Warriors for 6 years, from Mosquito to Bantam. I am extremely grateful for the values this organization has instilled in me as a person, and for the fundamentals I developed as a player. In being given so many opportunities to lead my teammates, try new positions, and be taught advanced concepts, I was incredibly enriched. The leadership skills I gained spilled over into my school life, where I became the co-president of my school and organized a camp dedicated to teaching my peers the same leadership skills I had been taught by my coaches. The athletic skills I honed allowed me to sign on to Queen’s to continue my football career. I am very appreciative of the Warriors for encouraging both of these facets of my life to improve.”
 
Jack is currently in his second year at Queens University where he is a member of the Gaels football club.  Since graduating from the Warriors organization, Jack has spent time volunteering with Motionball, a charity that hosts Marathons of Sport.  These events group together student athletes and Special Olympic athletes for a day dedicated to competing in a variety of sports, with funds raised going towards supporting Canada’s Special Athletes.  Further, Jack participated in Gaels Care, a community outreach initiative that consisted of spending time talking to and playing sports with children from low-income neighborhoods.   Most recently, Jack volunteered assisting with the Warriors Winter Workouts and the Warrior’s newly-revived flag football program.  CONGRATS JACK!!!
 
Stefano Napolitano says of his time with the Warriors, “I attribute much of this success to the Bell Warriors Football Club as I learned many, many skills and characteristic in my 7 years there which has helped me along every step of the way.  Each and every year I seem to notice more and more that all of those years were so much more than just football.  Football was a big part of it, and I really do miss those days, but the intangibles that we were taught every single day at practice and at games are simply invaluable.  As I think about these intangibles, 3 main things stick out to me.  Those 3 things are teamwork, discipline and perseverance.  I have tried to keep and improve on these qualities in my time at Carleton, and I will never stop to improve them as they can be applied to almost everything in life.  I am so thankful for the little things I learned from 2005-2011 with the Warriors.”
 
Stefano’s list of community service is impressive to say the very least and he is going into his fifth and final year of eligibility with the Carleton Ravens.  He is also unique in that he has been a team captain in all five years of with the Ravens.  Stef is trying to use these qualities that I have acquired with the Warriors and from other chapters of his life to help lead his team to a conference and national championship this year.   CONGRATS STEFANO!!!
 
For more information about the Warriors scholarship program, go to our Scholarship page.
 

4
Sep

#ZackStrong – Support his Battle

Many of you are familiar with Zack Statham-Souliere who played for us from tyke through bantam playing his last year with the Warriors in 2015.  His mother and father Karin Statham and Guy Souliere were huge contributors to our world-famous canteen for years.  Uncle Scotty has coached multiple levels for years.  His son Logan (Zack’s 1st cousin) played as well all the way through our program and still helps out with our bantams.  Scotty’s wife was a team manager and an unreal volunteer while her and Scotty’s daugther Makayla was our inaugural Volunteer of the Year!
 
The Warriors just learned recently that Zack is in a battle with leukemia and started the chemotherapy the day after he found out.  Warriors are all about supporting our players on and off the field.  We will be combining a fundraiser with our Warriors Annual Homecoming Day this year October 15.  More details will follow.   We also want to bring your attention to a Go Fund Me account that has been opened up to help the Zack and his family with costs that will surely be incurred while he fights his battle.  Click on this link to show your support for Zack and his family:  #ZackStrong Leukemia Fight
 
Thanks for showing you care!
 

12
Aug

Pat Kilmartin – a TRUE GEM!

For those that know Coach Pat Kilmartin this will not surprise you, but to be honest, we never cease to be amazed when someone who gives so much digs a little deeper to give more.
 
Meet our Mosquito DC and NEWEST FRIEND OF THE WARRIORS SPONSOR! Pat is fun to be around, respectful, supportive and just a brilliant man to have influencing our young Warriors players. THANKS PAT for stepping up with all of your time and this time with a signed personal cheque!!!
 
#ClassAct #Values #GiveBack #Warriors4Life
 

Coach Pat Kilmartin has been coaching with the Warriors since 2014. Abundantly respectful, instructive with our players, supportive, positive, reliable and good to be around, we are proud to announce that Coach Pat Kilmartin is our NEWEST Friend of the Warriors Sponsor. NICELY DONE COACH!

27
Jul

Beautiful day for the 22nd Annual Golf Fundraiser

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for 22nd Annual Bell Warriors Golf Tournament Fundraiser on July 22nd.  The annual event was held at the Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club in the heart of Stittsville again this year.  Although our numbers were a little down this year, our corporate support couldn’t have been better and a great time was had by all.
 
Special thanks has to go out to Dan Crabtree, this year’s fundraiser event organizer, who accumulated more corporate sponsorship than we’ve ever had before.  Dan also added some special features that really made for a special day for those in attendance including a very nice cigar sale and raw oyster hole.   That was awesome.  This year’s generous hole sponsors were:

B and B Drywall
Central Building Corporation
Holliswealth – Greg Clarke & Dan Crabtree
Jennifer McGahan Interiors
King’s Independent – Chris King
M and M Drywall
Normar Drywall Inc.
Ontario Iron Works Ltd. – The Schwartz Family
Scotty’s Corner Diner – Scott Statham
Sunlife Financial
The Glen – James  Clarke
TMSI – Darrin McCorriston
Turpin Kia – Fern Turpin
United Building Products
Zito Plastering & Stucco Ltd. – Joe Panuccio
 

See you next year!

The Harris and Adams families are always smiling and in attendance.

Admittedly not a golfer, Chrisitine Lavigne isn’t afraid to step up to help out whenever help is required. A great Warriors mom!

A Warriors event wouldn’t be the same without the Schwartz family. Youngest Steven, who turned 17 that day, was enjoying the day with his dad Ken and mom Carmen who was behind the camera. What a great family!

L to R Jake Papalia, Tim Sheahan (VP), Carl-Andre Potier (Coach) and Paul Stewart (bad golfer)

Thanks to everyone was able to make it out!

The winners after a final-death putt-off: Tim Sheahan, Carl-Andre Potier, Jake Papalia and Paul Stewart

 

21
Jul

Our condolences to the Papalia family

Peacefully at Villa Marconi on Friday, July 21, 2017, in her 79th year, beloved wife of Giuseppe (Joe Sr.) Papalia passed away.   Many of you know Joe Sr. from visits on our Warriors sidelines or at our annual Warriors golf tournaments and we are certain you all know Coach Joe, his caring wife Veronica and two boys Giuseppe and Jake (both of whom are Warriors alumni).
 

Fortunata PAPALIA, matriarch of the Papalia family.

Our thoughts, prayers and very sincerest condolences go out to the Papalia family.

Friends may pay respects at:
Kelly Funeral Home Barrhaven Chapel
3000 Woodroffe Avenue
Nepean, ON 613-823-4747
on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Interment Capital Memorial Gardens. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Fortunata, please consider the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

22
Jun

22nd Annual Warriors Golf Tournament Tickets

Super door prizes, a great BBQ lunch & relaxing day golfing with friends, family & our Warriors and an outstanding sit down dinner to finish the great day.

Saturday, July 22nd      Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club (Stittsville)
BBQ Lunch 11:00 A.M.       SHOTGUN START AT 1:00 P.M.

Open to anyone.  This is a major fundraiser for the club so the more the merrier but on a first-come-first-serve basis. We’ll be looking for Hole Sponsorship opportunities that will also qualify you as a FRIEND OF THE WARRIORS SPONSOR. 100% of monies raised go to support player fees.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

$99 per player.   We are looking for local businesses to donate prizes. Contact Dan Crabtree at 613-794-6716 or email dan,crabtree@holliswealth.com for more details.  Don’t Miss Out!

21
Jun

Our Condolences to the Rodney Moors & his family

Paul Stewart, President of the Warriors, says “My friend since grade 7.   Rodney Moors stopped by tonight to talk about the Girl’s Touch Football Championship this weekend even though he and his family are dealing with the loss of his mother after an amazingly fruitful life at the age of 90 yesterday.  Rodney coaches and oversees the Girl’s program for our team and the entire league.  Read this obituary to get a glimpse of what the Moors family is all about.  Rodney is a teacher, elite athlete but most importantly a caring father, husband and relentless volunteer in our community. ” 

Joan Moors obituary

Our sincerest condolences to you and your family Rodney.

27
May

10 Years but worth the wait – FLAG IS BACK!

It’s been over a decade since the Warriors hosted their successful Spring Flag Football Program but it’s back and with great enthusiasm! “I wouldn’t have been involved with the club if it wasn’t for flag nor would my past DC Terry Schaefer or current OC  and Club VP Tim Sheahan.  It was a very important program to get youth introduced into our great sport back then.  Unfortunately over time, we lost some key volunteers and it fell by the wayside”, states Paul Stewart, Warriors President
 
This past winter Charlie Keenan reached out to the Warriors.  Charlie is attending Queens University but had some time that he wanted to dedicate to giving back to his old club.  Charlie not only started playing football with our flag program but he became one of the very best players our club had at the time.  “Charlie was athletic, ultra-intelligent and driven”, states Stewart.  “I had the fortune to coach Charlie and when he chose to reach out to help our club, I was determined to find him a job.  Together we soon landed on Charlie being an instrumental volunteer to re-introduce our Spring Flag Football Program.”
 
The league started Saturday morning and fielded 7 full teams ages 7-13 with over 60 players.   Another key component of the re-launch was the use of Warriors alumni as coaches and referees for the program “We couldn’t be happier with the re-launch.   We volunteer to set an example for our youth and to see Charlie and so many Warriors alumni return to do the same is simply amazing”, concludes Stewart.

Tyke players Avery Stuart (left) and Louis Turpin are reunited week 1 of the Warriors 2017 Spring Flag Football Program. They were buds last year and will be leaders on our Tyke Tackle Football team this year.

Wariors Alumni Jack Rabb is one many ex-Warriors that have returned to coach our program. Gotta luv the way our Warriors are giving back! Class Act Jack!

THANKS CHARLIE KEENAN for taking on the task and making our re-launch of our Spring Flag Football Program a resounding success!

25
May

Largest Turn out for Girl’s Touch Football Yet!

Year after year after year, the Warriors’ Spring Girl’s Touch Football program continues to set new records. “I say there are two key factors that are driving the programs growth” , states Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President).  “Our boosting of our communications with social media certainly have played a significant role in increasing the awareness of our program.  The primary contributing factor however is our own Rodney Moors.  Rodney has so much drive and determination to grow girl’s football in Ottawa.  He’s a teacher.  He’s a Canadian champion as a player and a coach and his passion for the sport is driving the growth of our Girl’s Touch Football Program without a doubt“, sums up Stewart.
 
The Warriors will be fielding 6-7 full girl’s touch football teams this year and we have offered programs for girls 10-23 year of age.  As with our tackle football program, the Girl’s Touch Football Program is affordable and accessible to all.   We think it is the ideal sport for girls to play in the Spring.


Games started this past week and will continue until the beginning of July.  The Warriors can’t thank Rodney Moors enough for his drive and dedication.  Rodney gets it.  It’s all about growing the sport and Rodney is our not-so-secret weapon.  THANKS RODNEY!!!

14
May

6th Annual Warriors Day a Hit

The Warriors didn’t let a little rain dampen their enthusiasm  this past Saturday.  The event was moved to a new location this year which was the partial result of the wildly wet spring and restricted field access.  This year’s Punt-Pass-Kick Competition and Registration Day was held at Bayshore Park in the outdoor Sens rink.  The last minute switch worked out perfectly and when all was said and done, everyone left having had a tonne of fun.
 
Dan Crabtree, VP of Finance for the Warriors, said of the event, “we have to work hard to get word out about our programs.  This event has always been a great launch of our registration season so we were glad to find a new location that would allow us to host Warriors Day again this year.  It was a great day.

Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor came out to show his support. L to R: Dan Crabree (VP); Paul Stewart (President); Paul Gowans (Pee Wee Coach); Mark Taylor (City of Ottawa Councillor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyke Winners: 1st Overall – Louis Turpin (two footballs in the middle); 2nd Overall Avert Stuart (kneeling); 3rd Overall Kingston Pappas (far right) with Paul Stewart (President ) and Phil Laviigne (Pee Wee Coach)

Mosquitto Winners:
Paul Stewart (President with L to R: Mohammed Zayed (3rd Overall); Tyler Gordon (2nd Overall); and Mason Jude (1st Overall)

Pee Wee winners: L to R: Owen Lavigne (3rd Overall); Jonathan Humby (1st Overall); Daniel Buckley (3rd Punt); (Paul Stewart (President); Avery Osborne (2nd Overall)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone that came out.  BBQ was great and the free Warriors event saw lots of new faces which were getting exposed to our great sport.  Next up – Girl’s Spring Touch Football, the return of our Spring Flag Football after a 10 year hiatus and of course our Spring Tackle Football tryouts.  Never a dull moment with our Warriors!

29
Apr

6th Annual Warriors Day in Bayshore this Year

The 6th Annual Warrior Day will be held at the Bayshore Park Sens Rink this year, Saturday, May 13th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   The annual FREE event is always full of excitement and a lot of fun.   The event this year will combine a Free Punt-Pass-Kick Competition with our Flag and Tackle Football Registration Day.   In addition to a load of prizes that the youth will be competing for, every participant will receive a free BBQ hot dog and drink.

Warrior Day is a fun event that we host annually for free.  It’s a chance for young players to get introduced to our great sport and for those that already play, it is an opportunity to get registered for the upcoming season while competing with some friends. Warriors Day is a sure sign that spring is upon us and that means football is just around the corner.  We can’t wait. ” states Tim Sheahan VP of the Warriors.
 
Email info@bellwarriors.ca for more details.  DON’T MISS OUT!

29
Apr

Region-Wide QB Clinic a big hit!

Rodney Moors stepped up this year (to no ones surprise).  Rodney, who played 5 years as a QB at for the U of Toronto Blues, is a 8X Canadian Flag National Champion, 2X Nike Player of the Year and 5X Canadian Girl’s Flag Football National Champion as a coach.  He has been a renowned  QB coach in the local football community for years.  He not only organized our QB Clinic this year, Rodney donated his time to coordinate and coach at it.

NCAFA and Warriors Director of Non-Contact Football Rodney Moors donating his time to lend his QB expertise to some eager participants

Young players from across the region attended and profited from Rodney’s experienced instruction.  Can’t thank you enough Rodney for giving back to our football community. #ClassAct