Football BC's The Huddle Newsletter
November 2012 | Issue #164  Governing Body for Amateur Football in BC

Final Team BC camp 
date set

Team BC’s Trim Down camp will be held on Friday, December 7 at the BC Lions Training Facility in Surrey.

At the conclusion of this camp, the final selection for the 36-player roster to participate with Team BC at the FBU International Games will be made.

All players who have registered for the Team BC Trim Down camp will receive an email with further information including a special hotel offer for those coming from out of town that require an overnight stay.

If you are registered for the camp but do not receive an email from us, please contact us at communications@playfootball.bc.ca .

Players are also reminded that they need to send in a scanned copy of their passport as well as a headshot photo to communications@playfootball.bc.ca.

Football BC’s website has a dedicated page for all Team BC related news. Click here to see the page now.

Team BC will be competing at the FBU International Games in San Antonio, Texas in early January 2013.

Subway All-Star Awards Banquet

The 2012 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet, which honors elite high school student athletes and recognizes provincial academic scholarship winners, first-team AAA and AA All-Stars, and all teams participating in the AAA and AA championships, will take place on Tuesday, November 27 in conjunction with the BC High School Football Association championship playoffs.

This year's event will be held at the Italian Cultural Centre located at 3075 Slocan Street in Vancouver and will be hosted once again by Team Radio personalities Bob "The Moj" Marjanovich and Giulio Caravatta.
Tickets are now available for purchase online from the Subway Awards Banquet page.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's event by donating a table to the BCCFA to support a group of 10 elite student athletes, please click here or email Lui Garcea at lgarcea@telus.net.


   

Nominations now open for the 2012 Community and Scholastic Coaches of the Year

The nomination form for the 2012 Coach of the Year awards is now available online here

As per usual, there will be two awards you can nominate your respective coaches for: The Community Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a Community team or BC Junior team) and the Scholastic Coach of the Year Award (open to a coach of a BC High School team or University team).

The award is open to any coach responsible for coaching a football team (not limited to only head coaches) who has resided or whose primary coaching responsibility was in BC during the 2012 calendar year. Nominees will be considered on the basis of coaching amateur performance only. The full list of criteria can be found on the nomination form.

The deadline to nominate a coach is Friday, December 14, 2012.

The winner will be honoured at the 2013 Orange Helmet Awards banquet. The date and location of the event will be announced at a later time.

                      

BC Community Football Games of the Week

For more information on VMFL teams and the Midget Division playoffs, visit www.vmfl.ca 

For more information on VCFL teams, visit www.allprosoftware.net/vcfl/ 

For more information in SIFC teams, visit www.allprosoftware.net/SIFC_Schedule 



Midget

Only four teams remain in the chase for the Midget Division championship but they aren't necessarily the teams most had envisioned would be among the final four when the playoffs began.

Langley Stampeders (#10) vs Meadow Ridge Knights (#2)

The Stampeders are the biggest surprise to still be alive in the Midget Division playoffs after scoring a major upset over the top-ranked defending champion White Rock Titans on Sunday with a 22-7 win.

If the Stampeders hope to continue their Cinderella run, they'll have to get past the second-ranked Meadow Ridge Knights this Saturday.

The Knights barely squeaked by the eighth-seeded North Delta Longhorns last weekend with a 22-21 win.

The game will be held at Samuel Robertson Technical School on Saturday, November 24 at 2 pm.


Coquitlam Falcons (#6) vs Cowichan Bulldogs (#4)

The Falcons are another team that wasn't necessarily favoured to reach the final-four but they earned their spot after getting past the third-ranked Victoria Spartans last week with a 16-14 win.

The Bulldogs had managed to out-last the fifth-ranked Chilliwack Giants last week earning a 22-21 victory setting up this somewhat surprising match-up against the Falcons.

The Bulldogs may be the higher-ranked team but the Falcons are the ones with more recent experience of making it to the provincial final after doing so last year only to fall to the eventual champion White Rock Titans.

Game time is 1 pm on Sunday, November 25 at McAdam Park in Cowichan.


Junior Bantam

Abbotsford Falcons vs Coquitlam Vikings

The VMFL's Coquitlam Vikings will host the VCFL's Abbotsford Falcons this Saturday with the winner moving on to the provincial championship contest on December 2 in Langley.

The Vikings were crowned the VMFL champion after taking out fellow Coquitlam team, the Raiders, by a 16-3 score last Saturday to keep their undefeated season alive.

The Falcons punched their ticket to the provincial semi-final by capturing the VCFL title with a 28-20 win over North Langley last Saturday.

Game time is 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 24 at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam.


West Kelowna Sundevils vs Victoria Renegades

The Sundevils spoiled the Kelowna-Mission Lions' bid to defend their provincial championship by pounding them in the SIFC championship game by a 60-23 score to earn a berth in this year's provincial semifinal.

If the Sundevils hope to do what the Lions did last season and advance to the provincial championship game, they'll have to get past the Victoria Renegades this weekend. The Renegades captured the Island championship by beating the Cowichan Bulldogs by a 12-6 score and have yet to lose a game all season.

Game time is 5 pm on Sunday, November 25 at West Hills Stadium (formerly Bear Mountain Park) in Victoria.


Pee Wee

Kelowna-Mission Lions vs Abbotsford Falcons

The Lions were somewhat surprising champions of the SIFC after stunning the unbeaten Vernon Yellow Jackets last week.

They'll have to get by another undefeated team this Saturday in the Abbotsford Falcons, who rolled through the regular season in their league and then captured the VCFL title by defeating Meadow Ridge Gold.

The winner moves on to the provincial championship game on December 2 in Langley.

Game time is 11 am on Saturday, November 24 at Samuel Robertson Technical School.


Coquitlam Wildcats (#5) vs Cloverdale Bobcats (#3)

There aren't many people who would have picked the Wildcats and Bobcats as the last two teams standing considering the final-four in the VMFL included the top-ranked Westside Warriors and the second-ranked North Surrey Hawks but that is indeed the case after a day full of upsets in the Pee Wee division last Sunday.

The Wildcats shocked the number one Warriors by handing them a 14-11 defeat while the Bobcats did the same to the number two Hawks by shutting them out 6-0.

Both teams will look to continue their surprising run in this Saturday's contest for the VMFL Pee Wee championship with a spot in the provincial final also on the line.

Game time is 10 am on Saturday, November 24 at Cloverdale Athletic Park.


Atom

The top-two Atom teams in the VMFL will battle for the league championship this Saturday when the number one ranked Richmond Raiders host the number two ranked Coquitlam Lions.

Both the Raiders and Lions finished with 9-1 records during the regular season. They did not meet head-to-head during the regular season. Richmond squeaked out a 36-30 win over the North Delta Longhorns in their semifinal to earn their spot while the Lions scored a 24-16 over the Royal City Hyacks Black in their semi-final to make it to the league championship.

Game time is 10 am at Minoru Park in Richmond. 

Elsewhere in Atom football, congratulations go out to the Abbotsford Falcons who won the VCFL Atom title with a 24-0 win over North Langley last Saturday.

The VMFL also crowned the Atom Cloverdale Lions as the inaugural Presidents' Cup winners and the Atom North Surrey T-Birds as the inaugural Commissioner's Cup winners.


Bantam Division 12-man and 9-man

The Bantam 12-man Division provincial final match-up is now set as the Abbotsford Falcons will play the South Delta Rams on Sunday, December 2 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.

The Bantam 9-man Division champions were crowned this past Sunday as the Richmond Raiders completed their perfect season with a 41-6 win over the North Delta Longhorns to earn both the VMFL championship as well as the provincial championship.
      

BC High School Football Games of the Week

If you're looking for one stadium to plunk down at this Saturday and catch a full day of football from morning to night then there's no better place to be at than UBC Thunderbird Stadium which will be the site of five games on November 24 including one championship game and four semifinal contests.

Here's a look at all the games taking place this Saturday.


10 am - Frank Hurt Hornets vs G.P. Vanier Towhees (Tier 2 championship)

The Towhees earned their way to the final by upsetting the top-ranked Timberline Wolves in their semifinal while the Hornets are into the final after knocking off the Howe Sound Sounders in their semi-final.


12:30 pm - Mission Roadrunners vs Ballenas Whalers (AA)

The defending champion Roadrunners are one win away from returning to the title game for a second straight season but the Whalers aren't about to let them just waltz back to the title game.

Mission knocked off Windsor 21-7 in their quarterfinal game last week while Ballenas pounded Robert Bateman by a 56-26 score last week.


3 pm - South Delta Sun Devils vs John Barsby Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are looking to book their third straight trip to the championship final and for a shot at regaining their title while the Sun Devils are seeking their first trip to the final since 2008 when they won it all.

John Barsby made short work of Pitt Meadows last week in the quarterfinal round by pummeling them to the tune of a 58-9 win while South Delta needed a huge fourth quarter to avoid being upset by Rick Hansen as they ultimately emerged as 29-14 winners in their quarterfinal contest.


5:30 pm - Mt. Douglas Rams vs W.J. Mouat Hawks

This re-match of last year's Subway Bowl final might be the highlight of the weekend.

Both teams have had tremendous seasons to date but only one will get the opportunity to make a repeat trip to the final. The Rams may be the defending champions but the Hawks certainly will have revenge on their minds.

The Rams earned their way to the semi-final by taking out Terry Fox by a 45-20 score while the Hawks were equally impressive in their quarterfinal win last week against West Vancouver defeating them by a 55-22 score.


Note: This game will be webcast on www.bchighschoolfootball.com. (Webcast schedule is subject to change).


8 pm - St. Thomas More Knights vs Vancouver College Fighting Irish

The Knights and Fighting Irish head into their semi-final showdown on a roll but the dream of competing in the Subway Bowl will come to an end for one of these clubs by the time the dust settles on Saturday night.

Both teams were convincing winners in their respective quarterfinal contests with the Knights taking out Notre Dame by a 40-14 score while the Fighting Irish easily handled Mt. Boucherie on the road winning 42-17.

Vancouver College is hoping to return to the Subway Bowl for the second time in three years while St. Thomas More is looking to get to the Subway Bowl for the first time since 2007.


Ticket Information:

Tickets are available at the gate at Thunderbird Stadium. One ticket gets you in for all five games. Please note that only cash is accepted for games at Thunderbird Stadium. Prices are as follows:

Adults: $15
Students: $10
Children 7-and-under are free

Visit www.bchighschoolfootball.com for more information on the playoffs and the 2012 Subway Bowl.

                             

BC-born players in the Grey Cup

The 100th edition of the Grey Cup goes this Sunday, November 25 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The game can be seen live on TSN with kickoff slated for 
3 pm PT.

Football BC would like to acknowledge the following BC-born players on the two teams that will be competing for the Grey Cup.

Calgary Stampeders:

Eric Fraser - Burnaby (Burnaby Central Wildcats)

Jon Cornish - New Westminster (St. Thomas More Knights)

Corey Mace - Vancouver (Port Moody Phoenix/Coquitlam Falcons)

Anthony Parker - Vancouver


Toronto Argonauts:

Joe Eppele - Brackendale (Vancouver College)

Spencer Watt - North Vancouver (Windsor/SFU Clan)

*Quincy Hurst - Vancouver (Centennial/Okanagan Sun)

*denotes practice roster player

Other Football BC connections in this year's Grey Cup game include the Stampeders' Rob Cote (Victoria Rebels) and Obby Khan (SFU Clan).

Best of luck to both teams in the 100th Grey Cup!

McMaster and Laval set to butt heads again in Vanier Cup

The 47th Vanier Cup played at BC Place last year was easily one of the most thrilling football contests of all time.

So nice, in fact, that they're doing it twice.

The McMaster Marauders and Laval Rouge et Or will once again meet in this year's CIS title game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario this Friday, November 23. The game can be seen live on TSN starting at 4 pm PT.

Last year, Abbotsford-native and WJ Mouat grad defensive back Allan Dicks was kind enough to talk with Football BC and share his thoughts of what it meant to play for a national title in his home province and, of course, the excitement after earning the championship after his team came away with a thrilling 41-38 double overtime victory.

Dicks, now in his third year, will have plenty of folks in BC cheering him on once again this year as he goes for a second straight title.

Dicks is one of two BC-born players on the Marauders' roster. Fellow WJ Mouat Hawks graduate and Aldergrove-native linebacker Jacob Heathcote (2011 Team BC) is also on the squad although he did not appear in a game this season.

Lawyer Milloy & Golden Tate Football Camp

The Lawyer Milloy and Golden Tate Football Camp will be taking place from July 14-17, 2013 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. 

Campers learn from outstanding veteran college and high school coaches and the staff is complimented with Lawyer Milloy and Golden Tate and current and/or former members of the Seattle Seahawks. 

Campers are grouped by age, position, ability and experience to allow coaches to progressively teach basic and advanced techniques to best benefit each group. Campers are taught at an approximately 10:1 ratio. 

Campers receive 6 hours of instruction each day. 

For more information, click here.

Sign up by December 15 and receive a $50 discount off of the Lawyer Milloy / Golden Tate Football camp. Use promo code [Team2013] to receive this discount. Visit their website to register or call 301-575-9400. 

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Okanagan Sun accepting submissions for new head coach

The BCFC's Okanagan Sun are accepting submissions for a new head coach.

All interested parties can apply in confidence to General Manager Jay Christensen at gm@okanagansun.ca or visit their website at www.okanagansun.ca for more information.


                    

Jay Prepchuk's position camps are back for 2013


The dates for the QB/Receiver Camp (with Jay Prepchuk and Geroy Simon) are as follows:

Session 1: JAN 16, 23, 30 & Feb 6 at Burnaby 8-Rinks
Session 2: FEB 13, 20, 27 & MAR 6 at Burnaby 8-Rinks
Session 3: April 30 & May 2 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver
Session 4: May 6 & 8 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver

The dates for the O-Line/D-Line Camp (with Angus Reid and Brent Johnson) are as follows:

Session 1: APR 30 & MAY 2 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver
Session 2: MAY 6 & 8 at Renfrew Park, Vancouver

See the brochures and registration forms for the camps here.

For more information, please visit Jay’s website at www.jayprepchukquarterbackreceivercamps.com.

Game Ready Fitness

Game Ready offers year-round support for football training and skill development. They are local football stars from the NFL and CFL using their training expertise to give back to our football community.

Game Ready will also provide assistance to Football BC with combines, Senior Bowl, Team BC, the annual Football BC Provincial Conference and the Play Football BC campaign which introduces the game to young, school-aged children for the first time in many cases.

For more information on Game Ready Fitness, visit their website at gamereadyfitness.ca or contact Will Loftus at 778-987-1818.



Check out the location closest to you.

  • North Vancouver

  • Vancouver/Burnaby

  • Port Coquitlam

  • Langley

  • Surrey

  • White Rock

  • Abbotsford

  • Chilliwack

Junior Varsity Program ($99 + tax per month) - for ages 10-14

This is an introductory level to fitness and explosive athletic movement. Program is geared to build speed, conditioning, muscle endurance, strength and to help develop position skills. Total of 2 hours per week.

Varsity Program ($249 + tax per month) - for ages 15 and up

This is an advanced level of explosive movement, strength and power. The program is geared to make our athletes pound-for-pound the strongest, most explosive and fastest possible. The training program also includes one day of plyometrics. Starting in March, the training program will include speed training on field: conditioning, agility, footwork, position work, 1 on 1's, and skelly. Total of 6 hours per week.

Football BC Events Calendar Update

Football BC's Event Calendar is your one-stop source for the best upcoming football skills camps and events. Visit http://www.playfootball.bc.ca/events today for the complete listing of camps and events in your area.

Here are some of the upcoming camps and events that are listed:
  • 2012 NCCP Clinics (various dates)
  • 2012 Subway All-Star Awards Banquet (November 27)
  • 2012 BC High School Football Subway Bowl championships (December 1)
  • 2012 BC Community Football 12-man provincial championships (December 2)


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