Standout Bantam MLB and Captain Kurtis Schaefer is named NCAFA Player of the Week in week 3 of the 2013 NCAFA Bantam Season.
The overall NCAFA Player of the Week and Offensive Player of Week in week two of the NCAFA season has been announced and the honour goes to Bell Warrior Bantam captain and QB Quinn Stewart on the strength of his 3 throwing TD’s and 2 running TD’s this past weekend. Defensive Player of the Week is dominant first-year Bantam MLB Andrew Beattie.
WELL DONE GENTLEMEN!!!
What a day! Big crowd of like-minded Warrior supporters hit the links at the Richmond Centennial Golf Course for a great day of fun. This has been going on for decades thanks to the vision of Jim Wagdin our immediate Past-President. Tim Sheahan, VP of Operations, is running the program now and we had an excellent day. THANKS to our many parents who lined up gifts and to our many generous supporters who donated prizes. We had a first this year a 3-Way Tie! The put-off came up with an undisputable winner – TEAM PAPALIA: Joe Papalia, his faher (the ringer), Dan Crabtree and Richard Baylin. A big THANK YOU to the Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery for donating the awesome Winning Team Prize! CONGRATS LADS!!!!
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
Close to 100 youth interested in playing football came out to the Richmond Fair Grounds for the 2013 Bell Warriors Football Club’s 2nd Annual “Warrior Day”. The football clinic also included registration for the upcoming 2013 tackle football tryouts and a Punt-Pass-Kick competition. The Warriors have also added some value-added programs this year for their supporters which were launched at the event. The Club introduced their Hand-Me-Down Program which encourages supporters to recycle their cleats and Warrior Wear clothing. Also new this year is the Warrior Foodbank Program. At every practice, event and game this year the Bell Warriors will be accepting non-perishable food for local food banks.
“We have a small army of supporters who are dedicated to make a difference in our young players’ lives and in our community. Our Hand-Me-Down Program and Foodbank Program are both programs that we have wanted to do for years and we are proud to have implemented them this year. Warrior Day was a perfect time for these programs’ launch. The event was a huge success with close to 100 youth in attendance to learn more about football and have some fun. The Punt-Pass-Kick competition grew again this year and is a fun way to wind up the day-long event.” – Paul Stewart, Bell Warrior Football Club President
Tryouts start just after the long weekend in May and it is not too late to register to try out and have some fun playing football. For more details, go to www.bellwarriors.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Punt-Pass-Kick Competition Results:
Bantam (ages 15-16)
1st Quinn Stewart 139 yards (Richmond)
2nd Jacob Stuart-Lafleur 105 yards (Bells Corners)
3rd Liam Cochrane 99 yards (Nepean)
Pee Wee (ages 13-14)
1st Tyler Brohman 107 yards (Ottawa)
2nd Noah Hunt 94 yards (Stittsville)
3rd Malik Yusuf 91 yards (Stittsville)
Mosquito (ages 11-12)
1st Kyle Crabtree 69 yards (Stittsville)
2nd Braiden Dinelle 67 yards (Stittsville)
3rd Lucas Quattrocchi 61 yards (Stittsville)
Tyke (ages 8-10)
1st Duncan Kemp 55 yards (Richmond)
2nd Curtis Brohman 54 yards (Ottawa)
3rd Alex Miles 48 yards (Barrhaven)
In October of 2012, Josh Sacobie joined the Carleton Ravens football coaching staff as Receiver Coach and Manager of the Ravens community outreach programs. Josh brought firsthand knowledge of CIS from his experience as an All-Canadian student-athlete. Josh had an impressive five-year career as quarterback of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and was a 2008 Hec Creighton CIS Player of the Year finalist, along with being named OUA Player of the Year. Josh and a number of Carleton Ravens players the Warriors at our 3rd week of our Warrior Winter Workouts to have some fun with our players and lend their expertise.
“The Ravens will be fielding their first team in years this fall and are proving their commitment to support the football community. It is all about inspiring young people to challenge themselves and to grow our great sport. Having the Ravens join our players and coaches is an awesome gesture and one that the Warriors are tremendously excited and grateful about. In addition, the Ravens are starting a new program for players 8-14 who haven’t been exposed to football before. The Jr. Ravens program is destined to be a big hit in the Ottawa region and will continue efforts to expose youth to football. Football in the region is clearly growing like never before.” – Paul Stewart, Bell Warrriors Football Club President.
The Bell Warriors Football Club has reached out to local companies and supporters. The response was fantastic Saturday night (January 13/13) 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) and a new feature this year was a Silent Auction that was held at each banquet. In all, the Warriors Club raised $3,200 which will go directly back towards football operations.
“Our Club is admired league wide for our commitment to our player’s safety. Being in a position to continually upgrade our equipment and re-condition our existing equipment is a one of our Club’s primary goals. Having said that, we also strive to keep our sport as affordable as possible. It’s a constant challenge to balance. Our Silent Auctions were both received with enthusiasm and will be a feature that we will continue to expand and improve,” says Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President and Bantam Head Coach.
Stewart continues, “We introduced the Bell Warriors Sponsorship Program two years ago and introduced two new fund raising efforts in 2012. One was our Silent Auctions which were a huge hit and the other was our Sponsor a Player Program or the Warriors Play Ball Program. With so much of our volunteers’ time dedicated to fielding four tackle football teams and 4 touch girl’s football teams , it does not leave much for hitting the streets to solicit local businesses to support our efforts. We were fortunate enough to solicit some new support including our Exlcusive Gold Sponsor of the 2012 Banquets – the Huntmar and Hazeldean CIBC and our first Play Ball Sponsor the Richmond Lions Club. Our challenge now is to get the word out to more businesses and individuals that value their youth learning the value of hard work by working hard. You’ll never succeed or inspire your friends to if you don’t challenge yourself and if you don’t challenge yourself, you’ll never succeed. Our motto is Warriors For Life and that’s exactly what our program is all about.”
Rodney Moors, the Warriors Girl’s Touch Program Coordinator, led our 4 teams to a Regional Championship at Pee Wee, a 4th at Pee Wee,a 8th at Bantam 8th and another Regional Championship with our Midget team. Last night’s banquet saw the celebration of our tackle program which saw all 4 teams in the City Championship
The 2012 Bell Warriors tackle program Individual award winners were:
Tyke: Most Valuable Player – Trey O’Brien; Coaches Choice – Max Johnston; Outstanding Offensive Player – Nathaniel Lawlor; Outstanding Defensive Player – Shyreek Phillips; Rookie of the Year – Owen Preston; Most Versatile – Jacob Smith; Most Improved Player – Andrew Decarie; Best O-Line – Thom Dulmage; Best D-Line – Eben Dibula.
Mosquito: Most Valuable Player – James Keenan (Stittsville); Coaches Choice – Shayne Forsyth; Outstanding Offensive Player – Josh Streng; Outstanding Defensive Player – Malik Yusuf (Stittsville); Rookie of the Year – Andrew Fullerton (Stittsville); Most Versatile – Kyle Crabtree (Stittsville); Most Improved Player – Kane Obas (Stittsville); Outstanding Offensive Back – Charlie Harris (Ashton); Outstanding Defensive Back – Jake Papalia; ; Best O-Line – Conor England (Stittsville); Best D-Line – Ryan Pacholik.
Pee Wee: Most Valuable Player – Dilan Perry; Coaches Award – Andrew Beattie (Richmond); Outstanding Defensive Player – Sheldon Thomas; Outstanding Offensive Player/ Warrior Award – Jack Rabb (Richmond); Rookie of the Year – Josh Howatt (Stittsville); Most Versatile – Brendan Sheahan; Most Improved – Tyler Brown (Ashton); Outstanding Offensive Back – Craig Dawe (Stittsville); Outstanding Defensive Back – Sam Roberts; Best O-Line – Liam Cochrane; Best D-Line – Theo Quattrocchi (Stittsville); Best Linebacker – Brad Cowan (Ashton).
Bantam: Most Valuable Player – Mitchell Henselwood (Stittsville); Coaches Choice – Charlie Keenan (Stittsville); Outstanding Offensive Player – Jesse Skucas; Outstanding Defensive Player – Mike Walsh (Stittsville); Rookie of the Year – Kurtis Schaefer (Stittsville); Most Improved – Nick Curran (Stittsville); Most Versatile – Tyler Scott; Best O-Line – Conor Redmond (Stittsville); Best D-Line – Tyrell Haye; Best Defensive Back – Tremayne Rockburn.
The Bell Warriors Football Club are proud to announce that Charlie Keenan has been selected as the Most Outstanding National Capital Amateur Football Association (NCAFA) Bantam Graduating Player. NCAFA is the largest amateur football association in Canada. Charlie recently played the NCAFA Bantam All-Star Game (on behalf of the Warriors) and was named the Offensive MVP of the 2013 All Star game. He’s a great young man and his commitment is compelling.
Jim Wagdin was bestowed two honours last night at the Bell Warriors Volunteer Appreciation Night. The Warriors have created a Bell Warriors Hall of Fame and the first inductee is Jim Wagdin of Richmond. Going forward, the Bell Warriors post-secondary bursaries will be known as the Bell Warriors Jim Wagdin Scholarships. Each year since Mr Wagdin introduced the Bell Warriors Scholarship Program, the Warriors have given up to two $1,000 scholarships. The three main selection criteria are Athletic experience, Academic achievement, and Community volunteerism. In all, the Warriors have given out $26,000 to ex-Warrior players in support of their scholastic goals and aspirations. On and off the field, the Warriors stand by our players and believe in giving back to our community.
A committee will be struck in the New Year to source out a suitable location for the Bell Warriors Hall of Fame. Jim started with the Warriors Club in 1989. Over his 24 years with the Warriors, Jim was involved with mentoring over 3,000 young boys and girls and won many Regional Championships. Jim also sat on the NCAFA (National Capital Amateur Football Association) Board of Directors. Jim was a VP on the Board and was the Chair of their Disciplinary Committee.
“Jim’s impact in our community with his commitment, his dedication, his resourcefulness and competence will be felt for years to come. He just didn’t do the work, he made it work. He has touched so many young peoples’ lives and that of their families. He understood that setting an example with your actions can be contagious. He has been a true leader in our community. He deserves every ounce of credit that comes his way. The Warriors family is proud to rename our Scholarship Program after Jim and to bestow Jim with the honour of becoming our Club’s first inductee into the Bell Warriors hall of Fame.” – Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President
All four Warrior tackle teams played in NCAFA’s region-wide championships this weekend. “It was a heck of a weekend for our players and Warrior families. It was an amazing two days and when it was all over, our Tykes and Mosquitos were crowned champions.” – Warrior President Paul Stewart
Tyke: The Bell Warriors Tykes played the biggest game of the year and the defense pulled through to win the Chorney Conference Championship over a tough Nepean Redskins squad 14-12. Led by defensive players Max Johnston, Andrew Decarie and Shyreek Phillips, who made several key tackles throughout the game, all led by example and played through some minor injuries. Offensively,the Warriors team played confidently with James Lawlor and Trey O’Brien scoring the two Warrior TD’s on impressive runs.
Mosquito: The Bell Warriors mosquito squad held off a tough Bengals side to capture the Chorney Conference Championship Cup this past weekend at Millenium field, the fourth straight Mosquito Division City Championship. Another multiple touchdown performance from Joshua Streng with strong performance at Quarterback from James Keenan. The defence was led once again by Malik Yusuf and Shane Forsyth.
Pee Wee: The Bell Warriors Peewee Team, in the third straight A-Cup appearance by the Warriors, fought hard against The North Gloucester Giants in a battle of the leagues 2 best offensive teams. Neither side giving in completely, bend but don’t break, the game needed OT to decide the outcome. The Giants prevailed 26 – 20 , with Dilan Parry (The MVP of the game ) amassing 266 yards rushing in a losing effort.
Bantam: The Bell Warriors Bantam club just didn’t have enough to shut down the undefeated Myers Riders and came up short 40-2. The Warriors Bantam Club had an impressive 7 an 1 season and won both their sudden-death playoff games to appear in the A-Cup Gilchrist Conference Championship. As had been the case all season long, Mike Hoecht, Charlie Keenan and Jesse Skucas ran hard for the Warriors. Defensively, Josh Bailey and Mitchell Henselwood led the Warriors throughout the game.
Combined, our 4 levels had the best record in the league this year. We were #1 in the league for Points For (1205), #1 for Points Differential (+773 points), #4 for Points Against (432), #1 for Average Points Per Game (38) and all 4 levels can boast about winning seasons. With all 4 clubs competing in the City’s Championship and our Tykes and Mosquitos winning, this has certainly been a banner year for the Warriors.
The Bell Warriors partner with Bel-Air at the Midget level (ages 17-19) and the team is called the Bel-Air Noresmen. 14 Ex-Warriors played for the Norsemen this year and they went on to win the A-Cup Midget Championship over the Nepean Redskins 4-3.
A big congratulations goes out to the long-time Bel-Air President John Smith and the Norsemen’s fantastic head coach Tony Violante! WELL DONE!
Our Warriors Mosquito team (11-12 years old) and Pee Wee team (ages 13-14) won yesterday. Our Mosquito Club will go on to compete for the NCAFA Chorney Conference Championship for the 3rd straight year on Saturday. The Pee Wee Club will be competing for the Overall Championship (also for the 3rd straight year) or the Gilchrist Conference Championship on Sunday.
Our Tyke team (ages 8-10) won their sudden-death semi-final game today 27-6. They’ll be competing on Saturday for the Chorney Conference Championship and our Bantam team (ages 15-16) won our sudden-death final against the South Gloucester Raiders today 56-35. The Bantams will be competing next Sunday for the Overall NCAFA A-Cup Championship – the Gilchrist Conference Championship on Sunday. For some of our Bantam players this will be their 4th straight year competing for an A-Cup Overall Championship.
A few things for you about the regular season which finished up this past Sunday. Pee Wee Head Coach Tim Sheahan was presented with the NCAFA Western Conference Championship Trophy. Pee Wee players are aged 13-14. Our club had never won this trophy before until 2010. We have now won it for the past 3 seasons!!! Our Mosquito team, who won the league-wide B-Cup Chorney Championship for the second straight year last year, went on this year to be 8 and 0 in the regular season winning the O.C.M.F.A Western Conference Championship Trophy. Mosquito players are 11-12. Our Bantam team went 7 and 1 this year (ages 15-16). This is our best record at Bantam in the past 10 years ago. Our Tyke team had a winning season as well (ages 8-10).
All four clubs compete this weekend in the A-CUP Quarter-Finals!
Here are some 2012 season Aggregate Warrior Club stats that we are extremely proud of:
#1 in league Points For 1205
#1 in league Points Differential (points for vs. against) +773
#4 in league Points Against 432
#1 in league Average Points For 38 (average 5 TD’s for)
Average Points per game against 13.5 (<2 TD’s avg. points against)
#1 in league Wins 26
#1 in league Fewest Losses 5
#1 in league Overall League Points 53 (out of a possible 64, 32 games)
Undefeated Season, Western Conference Champions Mosquito
3-Peat Western Conference Champions Pee Wee
Winning Seasons Tyke, Mosquito, Pee Wee, Bantam
In 1999, the Bell Warriors Football Club introduced a Post-Secondary Scholarship Program. Every year since, the Warriors have given up to two $1,000 scholarships. The three main selection criteria are Athletic experience, Academic achievement, and Community volunteerism. This year’s two winners are two brothers from Stittsville: Sam Sabourin and David Sabourin. In all, the Warriors have given out $26,000 to ex-Warrior players in support of their scholastic goals and aspirations. On and off the field, the Warriors stand by our players and believe in giving back to our community.