After 3 months of hard work, our four tackle teams competed for the NCAFA championships. Our Tykes battled basically to the last play of the game in the B-Cup Semi-Finals but came up just a little short with a 18-14 loss to the Kanata Knights which went on to be the B-Cup Champions. Coach Brian Patterson continued to run our Tyke program as he had for the past 15 years. He is a true gem that we are lucky to have volunteering for our Club.
Our Mosquito squad, led by head coach Pat Kilmartin, were in a building year this year. As the season progressed however, the Mosquito team continued to get better and better and ultimately, they became the Sullivan Cup C-Cup Champions with a convincing win over the Bel-Air LIons 42-18. Congratulations!
Our Pee Wee team who finished the regular season with a solid 6-2 record, went on to win their A-Cup Quarter-Final convincingly 59-8 against the Bel-Air Lions. Head Coach Paul Gowans had his team primed and ready for the A-Cup Semi-Finals and they beat out our Nepean neighbours the Myers Riders in a tough-fought battle 14-2. This led to a birth in the City Championship against the Cumberland Panthers. We scored early to put us up 7-0 but ultimately fell 28-7. Getting this far is quite an accomplishment and our young Warriors deserve a lot of credit for a great season.
Our Bantams were short on numbers this year but certainly not on heart or talent. We finished the season with a respectable 5-3 record and home field advantage in the playoffs. In the A-Cup Quarter-Finals, we handled the Bel-Air Lions quite handily with a convincing 43-0 win. Our next opponent, the Kanata Knights, beat our Bantams 23-9 earlier in the season so we knew we’d have a battle. It was a tough game but our Bantams handled the Kanata Knights in the A-Cup Semi-Finals coming out with a solid 20-6 win to catapult our Bantams into the A-Cup Championship. Despite going into half-time only down 7 points, we came up a bit short and lost 35-0 to the Cumberland Panthers. So much was accomplished by this small roster team and they deserve a tonne of credit for what they accomplished.