GMEN COMMIT TO PLAY UNIVERSITY BALLUpdated Wednesday January 25, 2017 by Alexandra Walsh.
Not only is this an exciting time for the organization, ten players have already committed to play university football next fall:
Wide receiver Nikolas Daniele-Reyes, Ottawa Gee Gees
Running back Josh Armstrong, Toronto Varsity Blues
Quarter back Brendan Steele, Queen’s University
Center Brayden White, Holland College
Centre Spencer Goodfellow, Toronto Varsity Blues
Offensive tackle Cisco Bower D'Cunha, Toronto Varsity Blues
Defensive back Taylor Stalkie, Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks
Defensive end Hunter Dickerson, Carleton Ravens
Defensive back Devon Parris, St. Francis Xavier X-Men
Defensive tackle Cody White, Ottawa Gee Gees
These players and current Windsor Lancer, Damon Fair, remain eligible to play for the Grenadiers’ 2017 season. Similar announcements are expected to continue throughout the spring and summer.
The Grenadiers announced in November it will play in the new Ontario Provincial Football League (OPFL). Offering AAA summer football at the bantam, junior and senior varsity levels, the OPFL has 12 teams playing in its augural season: Burlington Stampeders, Cambridge Lions, Cumberland Panthers, Durham Dolphins, Essex Ravens, Guelph Gryphons, Hamilton Jr. TiCats, Kingston Grenadiers, London Jr. Mustangs, Mississauga Warriors, Niagara Spears and the Ottawa Sooners.
“The Cambridge Lions defeated the GMen at the Provincial championship last season,” added Reyes-Walsh. "We look forward to a rematch when the Lions visit Kingston on June 10.”
The OPFL season will run from May through early-August and will utilize a combination of CFL, NFL and CIS football rules, including play four-down football in the bantam division, and three-down football in junior and senior varsity divisions.
The Grenadiers Football Club relies on support from the community and corporate sponsors to help offset costs to keep local football affordable for players and their families. Costs associated with running the three Grenadiers teams (bantam, junior and senior) include supplying equipment to all players, field and facility rentals, insurance, travel expenses, paying the team trainers and field officials, league fees and so much more.
“With your help registration fees can be kept as low as possible to encourage these athletes to remain active in football,” added Reyes-Walsh.
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