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Stefano Napolitano Chasing His Dream

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Warriors alumni Stefano Napolitano who has been invited to the 2017 CFL East Regional Combine.  Stef went all the way through the Warriors program and even played Midget with our sister club the Bel-Air Noresmen where he finished his NCAFA career by winning the league A-Cup Championship.  Since then, Stefano has been playing football for the Carleton Ravens as a fullback.  The last two-years, he has been named an OUA All-Star and his most recent honour is just one more notable step in his football journey.
When asked about the opportunity, Stefano said, “I am extremely grateful and honoured to be able to experience the combine.  It  was definitely an experience of a lifetime.”  Stefano has always been a driven, focused and competitive young man.  He’s a natural leader with a warm personality and unquestionable character which was formally recognized in 2013 by the Warriors when he was named a Jim Wagdin Post-Secondary Scholarship winner.

Keep excelling Stefano!  The Warriors are proud of you!


Pictured from L to R: Stefano Napolitano in his 1st year of football with the Warriors in 2005; Stefano with his parents Frank & Cathy Napolitano; Stefano in his last Warriors year; Past-President Jim Wagdin presenting Stefano with his Warriors Post-Secondary Scholarship cheque with Warriors President Paul Stewart


Teacher Paul Gowans Returns to the Warriors

The Warriors are excited to announce some great news for the upcoming 2017 tackle football season.  Paul Gowans will be returning to the Warriors to join our Pee Wee staff.  Paul is a Warriors alumni and coached with our program for years.  Most recently, Paul is the Athletic Director at South Carleton H.S.  He currently coaches their wrestling team and for many years, Paul was head coach of the football program at South.  Unfortunately, South no longer has a football program which is their loss but our gain.
Paul will be working on the offensive side of the ball for our newly named Pee Wee Head Coach Richard Baylin.   This will not be the first time the two men shared time on the gridiron for the Warriors.  Many years ago, the two played together with our Club.  “Rich is a class act.  His last stint as head coach was with our Mosquito club in 2015 where he oversaw an 8-0 season.  Rich was with our Pee Wees last year preparing for his transition to Head Coach.  We’re excited to have Rich in this new role and back together with his old Warriors teammate” – Paul Stewart, Warriors President
Rounding out our Pee Wee core coaching staff are Geoff Forsyth.  Geoff is a long-time Warriors coach and was our Mosquito Head Coach in 2016.  Joining the three men will be George Stengel who was our Mosquito OC last year.
Best of luck this upcoming season gentlemen!

Pictured from L to R: Paul Stewart (Bantam Head Coach & President), George Stengel (PW OC,) Richard Baylin (PW Head Coach), Geoff Forsyth (PW DC), and Paul Gowans (PW Assistant Head Coach)


Be a Warriors Program Recruiter

Our 2017 football programs poster is now available. Download it, send it out, print it off, post it.

2017 Warriors Football Program Poster


Whatever you do, know that we all play a role in getting boys to come out to play tackle football ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR.  Age changes mean that we will need lots of new players for our younger levels. TYKE STARTS at 7 years of age.  Friends, families & neighbours have always been our best recruiters.  Help get the word out.

BE A WARRIORS RECRUITER!! Email for inquiries.


Flag Football is Back for 2017!!!

The Warriors are excited to announce that we are reintroducing our immensely successful Spring Flag Football Program in May-June 2017!  For boys ages 7-13, this is a friendly introduction to football for new players and a challenging experience for experienced players.

The program will be running for 6 weeks in May-June at Bell High School (Nepean) on Saturday mornings.  Warriors alumni Charlie Keenan will be the Flag Football Program Coordinator.  Charlie was a tremendous athlete during his time with the Warriors and he now wants to give back to his community by taking on our Flag Program.  “Both my boys played in the program years ago and we became a Warriors family largely due to our experience with the program close to 15 years ago.  Kids should be running around, competing, throwing, catching and having fun.  That’s what Flag Football is all about.  Our Club is really excited to have Charlie stepping up to reintroduce this great Spring activity” ~ Paul Stewart, Bell Warriors President.



For more details, email


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!


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!

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!

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

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!

Happy New Years to our Warriors Family.

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


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.


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


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!


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