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21
Jan

2016 Warriors AGM Date Set

This year’s AGM will be at the Richmond Arena on the 1st level in the Senior’s Room. Welcome to all members of the Bell Warriors Football Club.  There will be Director and Executive reports, a financial year-end presentation and elections of officers for the 2017 season.  Afterwards, 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.  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!

8
Jan

Carl-André Potier – Our NEWEST FOTW SPONSOR!

University of Western Mustangs alumni and ’16 Bantam Special Teams & DB Coach Carl-André Potier has just become our newest Friend of the Warriors Sponsor!  Not only did Coach Carl-André dedicate his summer and fall coaching our Warriors Bantams, he donated a signed Edmonton Eskimos jersey to our 5th Annual Bell Warriors Silent Auction.  A very respectful and valued young man, Mr. Potier also took the occasion to present our Bell Warriors with a cheque to formally become a FRIEND OF THE WARRIORS Sponsor.

Coach Carl-André Potier (who works as an Advisor for Sun Life Financial) donates a cheque to the Bell Warriors to become our 1st Friend of the Warriors Sponsor of 2017. Picture L to R: Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President), Carl-André Potier (Sun-Life Financial Advisor)

Carl-André’s donation to our 5th Annual Silent Auctions Fundraiser an official Edmonton Eskimos Jersey signed by Calvin McCarty.

THANK YOU for giving back to our community’s youth and our Warriors Club Carl-André!
8
Jan

Bell Warriors Banquets – A Celebration of Greatness

Two sold-out Bell Warriors Team Banquets were held Saturday, January 7th and the spirit of celebration couldn’t have been better.  The event was hosted for the 1st time at The ALE – Amberwood Lounge & Eatery in the heart of Stittsville.  The food and atmosphere couldn’t have been better for our 2016 year-end awards ceremony.
 
The 2016 Bell Warriors Tackle Football Major Award winners were:
 

Tyke Major Award Winners Front Row from L to R: Nolan Dulmage (Offensive Player of the Yr), Josh Olubajo (MVP), Mason Jude (Coaches’ Choice). Back Row L to R: Tyler Davies-Gordon (Defensive Player of the Yr), Jack Ellis (Best OL) and Louis Turpin (Most Improved Player). Missing from photo: Mason Quinn (Rookie of the Yr), Jesse Arts (Most Versatile Player) and Quinn McLeod (Best DL)

Tyke Head Coach Brian Patterson with Tyke MVP Josh Olubajo. CONGRATS JOSH!

Mosquito MVP Avery Osborne with Mosquito OC George Stengel (far left), Head Coach Geoff Forsyth (middle) and Don Osborne Mosquito DC (far right). CONGRATS Avery!

Pee Wee Major Award Winners: Front Row from L to R: Tobi Gale-Fields (Most Improved Player), Joshua Chambers (Most Versatile Player), Matt Sheehan (Best DL), Dakari Baskin (Outstanding LB), Jacob Dugas (Offensive Player of the Yr). Back Row from L to R: Kai Padamshi (Best OL), Seb Ismail (Outstanding Offensive Back),Brandon Graff (Coaches’ Choice), Armando Pascual de la Cruz (Best DB), Trey O’Brien (MVP), Ethan Ryan (Warrior Award), Daniel Briere (Special Award). Missing from photo: James Pendlebury (Rookie of the Yr), Shyreek Phillips (Defensive Player of the Yr),

Pee Wee Major Award Winners: Front Row from L to R: Tobi Gale-Fields (Most Improved Player), Joshua Chambers (Most Versatile Player), Matt Sheehan (Best DL), Dakari Baskin (Outstanding LB), Jacob Dugas (Offensive Player of the Yr). Back Row from L to R: Kai Padamshi (Best OL), Seb Ismail (Outstanding Offensive Back),Brandon Graff (Coaches’ Choice), Armando Pascual de la Cruz (Best DB), Trey O’Brien (MVP), Ethan Ryan (Warrior Award), Daniel Briere (Special Award). Missing from photo: James Pendlebury (Rookie of the Yr), Shyreek Phillips (Defensive Player of the Yr),

From L to R: Head Coach Mike Polito, Jason Mousseau, Trey O’Brien (MVP), Don Wallace, Dan Crabtree (VP of Finance), Brendan Stack and Tremayne Rockburn

Bantam MVP with Coaches from L to R: Paul Stewart (Head Coach), Joe Papalia (DC), Scott Statham (DL), Tim Sheahan (OC), Carl-André Potier & Jesse Card (DB) CONGRATS NICK!

Bantam Award Winners: Front Row from L to R: Shayne Forsyth (Outstanding Defensive Player), Josh Streng (Most Versatile Player), Connor England (Best OL), James Keenan (Most Outstanding Offensive Player – for the 2nd straight year!). Back Row from L to R: Cedrik Rumbold (Best DL), John Lubemba (Rookie of the Year), Andrew Fullerton (Coaches Choice Award and Leadership Award), Cameron Campbell (Best DB), Nick Simms (MVP) and Tyler Courtland (Most Improved Player

Sadly Carmen Schwartz (VP of Administration) and her husband Ken Schwartz (Director of Equipment) are stepping down in 2017. Both were recognized at the event and will be sorely missed. Pictured from L to R: Paul Stewart (President), Joe Papalia (Bantam DC), TIm Sheahan (VP & Bantam OC), Carmen Schwartz (VP), Ken Schwartz (Director of Equipment), Jesse Card (President, HESN) and Carl-André Potier

 

To everyone in attendance, we hope you enjoyed our event(s) and Celebration of Greatness!
8
Jan

Silent Auctions set New Record

The 5th Annual Bell Warriors Silent Auctions were held in conjunction with our annual team banquets Saturday, January 7th at The Ale – Amberwood Lounge & Eatery.   The new location for our banquets combined with a very competitive group of parents led to a record-setting two events.  In all, when we took in revenues from the Raffles and Silent Auctions from our Tyke/Mosquito Awards Brunch and Pee Wee/Bantam Dinner, the Warriors brought in over $6,000 which will be set aside to ensure we keep our club and sport Affordable for All“.

1st of two Silent Auctions are set up and ready for the onslaught of excited bidders.

The competitive scrutiny begins at our Record-Breaking Silent Auctions!

Some of our many door prizes which included a really-nice Warriors Helmet signed by the entire Warriors Mosquito team. What a great keepsake!

Some late items for our annual Raffle which included this very nice basket from Coach Normand Fortier (or Pattison Outdoor Advertising) and a terrific “Warriors Cake” made especially for our event by The Sweet Room Bakery and Boutique (of Stittsville)

Our RAFFLE which included a fantastic BBQ donated by Brown’s Independent Grocer in Stittsville

To everyone who helped line-up donations, organize the auctions, donated to our fundraiser and bought items, we say a huge THANK YOU!    #warriors4life
8
Jan

Local Community Youth Football Legend Passes Away

It is with profound sadness that we pass on news of Sandy Ruckstuhl’s passing last night.   Sandy has been a fixture in the Ottawa football community, serving nearly 37 years as President of the Myers Riders Football Club.  To say that he will be missed is an understatement.  Condolences to Linda and the entire Ruckstuhl and Myers Riders families.  

Visitation will be Thursday,  January 12 at the Kelly Funeral Home, 3000 Woodroffe Avenue (2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.). Location of the funeral Friday (January 13) is still to be determined.
Sandy, you will be missed.  RIP Sandy!
31
Dec

Happy New Years to our Warriors Family.

Happy New Years to our Warriors Family.  Here is to a great 2017!

24
Dec

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas

The Bell Warriors hope this finds you all well, safe, healthy, happy and surrounded by family and friends.

Thank you for all you do for our club and our Warriors.  Our success is a product of all we put into our program.

16
Dec

NCAFA Press Release

NCAFA Press Release:  our league held a vote this past week to discuss re-aligning our age groups as part of a plan to grow our sport while aligning with Football Canada direction.  The league understands that this will have many long-term benefits but it will affect families & volunteers especially in this upcoming transitional year.  The league will be gathering feedback from league Presidents and the league’s Officials Association to use as the backbone our our 2017 Implementation Plan.  A report will be tabled at January’s NCAFA Board meeting.  We will communicate the Implementation Plan as soon as details are available.  If you have any questions, please email president@bellwarriors.ca.

2
Dec

Quilt Made by Diane Forsyth Raises over $1,400!!

Diane Forsyth, whose husband Geoff is the head coach at our Mosquito level, spent over 100 hours last fall making a hand-made queen-sized quilt which she has aptly named “Warriors Pride“.  Blazen in Warrior colours, this magnificent keep-sake was independently appraised at $1,000!
 
The quilt was donated to the Warriors last Christmas to help raise funds to offset player fee shortfalls and the Warriors sold raffle tickets for it all season.  “The support for the raffle was fantastic.  I think the club and community recognized the effort it took to make this quilt and wanted to make sure that our fundraiser was a huge success….and that it was!  At the recent Volunteer Appreciation Night, Warriors’ VP Dan Crabtree announced that over $1,400 had been raised with the raffle!  We couldn’t be happier with the way the raffle went” states Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President.
 

From L to R: Tim Sheahan (VP of Operations), Paul Stewart (President), Diane Forsyth (who made and donated the quilt aptly named ‘Warriors Pride’) and Dan Crabtree (VP of Finance)

The winner of the Warriors Pride quilt raffle was none other than the long-time head coach of our Tyke team, our 2015 Volunteer of the Year Brian Patterson.  CONGRATS Brian and we can’t thank you enough Diane for your kind and thoughtful support of our Warriors. THANK YOU!

2
Dec

2016 Volunteer of the Year Announced

At the recent Volunteer Appreciation Night, the Warriors announced that Bantam parent Kelly Broad is the recipient of the Frank Napolitano Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016!  President Paul Stewart made the presentation noting that, “so many of the volunteers that were on hand that night could well be worthy recipients.  With this award we’ve tried to highlight volunteers that have taken on unique roles with the club and who’ve left a legacy with their selfless commitment to our players and club.  Although this year’s recipient may not be as recognized by everyone in the club, we wanted our Warriors to realize what a true inspiration Kelly Broad was.”
 
Kelly did not have an official role with the club but this did not stop her in any way from seeing work to be done and stepping in whenever possible.  Whether it was from supplying tents for our sidelines, warm and/or dry clothing for our boys or pre-game meals for our players, Kelly was on it.  When she heard players couldn’t afford cleats, she bought new pairs.  When she heard players needed drives to and from games, Kelly was on it and when she learned of the financial challenges that many of our young players faced, she chose to be part of the solution.  She approached the club early in the season with wishes to start a bursary to financially support players in need to honour the 5th anniversary of the loss of her husband Dion.  “With Kelly, it is about being selfless and being motivated to make a difference with her actions.  Seeing her caring and commitment for our players and club was nothing short of amazing this year.  We are very proud of the example of good will Kelly gave our players this year and couldn’t be happier with this year’s selection for Volunteer of the Year Kelly Broad.” ~ Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President
 

2016 Volunteer of the Year Kelly Broad accepts her award from Warriors President Paul Stewart

29
Oct

TYKES WIN! TYKES WIN!

In a nail biter at Millenium Park this a.m., our Tykes, coached by Coach Brian “Clutch” Patterson, pulled off a huge win against the Cumberland Panthers to advance to the NCAFA Sullivan Conferance Championship.

"The final score - 12-6 for the good guys"

“The final score – 12-6 for the good guys”

Watch this clip of the BIG PLAY for a TD and the victory!  Nicely done to all of our Tyke volunteers and our fantastic Tyke team!!!!

27
Oct

PEE WEE, MOSQUITO & TYKE PRACTICES CANCELLED Oct 27th

The Pee Wee, Mosquito & Tyke practices are cancelled tonight Thursday, October 27th. Watch for communications from your team managers about this weekend’s semi-final game. Best of luck this weekend Warriors!!!

BANTAM REMINDER:  We practice at Ben Franklin Dome at 6-7:00 p.m. tonight.  We only have an hour so don’t be late!  See you soon!!!

20
Oct

Oct 20 Mosquito & Pee Wee Practices Cancelled tonight

Bantams will be practicing. We’ll be starting in the classroom before we head out to the field. Tykes will also be practicing tonight. See you there!

28
Sep

Breast Cancer Awareness Month & In Rememberance

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in place of wearing pink clothing, the Warriors will all be sporting Pink Cancer Ribbons on their helmets.  As a club, we will be focusing our efforts on collecting monies at all of our home games in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  In addition, Grant and Cathy England of Stittsville have stepped up again to provide poppies for our helmets for Championship week to show our support and respect in remembrance of our fallen troops.

poppies-and-pink-ribbons

Grant and Cathy’s son Connor, who is an Offensive Lineman and captain on the Warriors Bantam team is in his final year as a Bell Warrior.  Additionally, the Englands are being recognized as Friends of the Warriors Sponsors for the second straight year.   THANK YOU GRANT AND CATHY for your thoughtful gesture!!

28
Sep

Friday Sept 30 Bantam Game Cancelled

The Cumberland Panthers have chosen to fold their team today for the remainder of the 2016 season.  The Warriors Bantam game for this coming Friday (September 30) is cancelled. accordingly.  The Warriors Bantams will be awarded a 1-0 win which will take their record to 6-0 on the season.

The Bantams play next Saturday October 8th against our neighbours the Kanata Knights.  This will be a home game so be sure to contact our Bantam manager Veronica Papalia to lend your support.