Guelph will face Queen’s in Yates semifinal

In a completely unsurprising result Queen’s Golden Gaels blanked Laurier 34-0 in one of yesterday’s OUA quarterfinals. In the other quarterfinal the Western Ontario Mustangs downed Windsor Lancers 56-35. So this Saturday’s Yates Cup semifinals are set:

Guelph Gryphons will host Queen’s Golden Gaels @ 1 p.m.

McMaster Marauders will host Western Ontario Mustangs @ 4:30 p.m.

Both games will be broadcast live on TheScore. In good news, after a week of rain the forecast for Saturday is sunny and dry with seasonal temperatures. So we should have a nice fall day for a football game.

This will be the biggest game hosted by Guelph since the 2007 Yates Cup final. That 2007 game was played before a soldout crowd of 8,500 at Alumni Stadium. I know people who attended the game, including Western fans, who still describe it as the best atmosphere for a CIS game they have ever been a part of. Gryphon fans need to replicate that for the game this Saturday with a big, loud crowd.

From what I’ve heard it sounds like we can expect to see the biggest tailgate party in Gryphon Football history with more people and an earlier start than ever before. Make sure to buy your game tickets in advance.

Gryphon Box Office: playoff tickets

This youtube video from the 2007 halftime show includes lots of shots of the crowd:

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9 Responses to Guelph will face Queen’s in Yates semifinal

  1. birddawg says:

    Couldn’t ask for a better matchup. If I recall it correctly, the Gryphons have outscored this opponent 30 – 0 over the last 30 minutes of the last game they played against each other. That should be the most lopsided half of football that just about any team in the CIS has had. Welcome our gusts properly boys! Go Griffs!

  2. birddawg says:

    Thanks 30 points in 32:25 – more than just impressive. Gyphons need to show dominance in this game. Their road to the Vanier Cup is their’s to take…Mac, Calgary, and Laval are next, so lets have at ‘er and take the game to the Gaels early and often. Go Griffs!

  3. Dave says:

    I’ve only attended one homecoming at Guelph and I agree Peter it is/was a tremendous atmosphere.

    To Birddawg – one game at a time

  4. Bob from Burlington says:

    2007 Yates one of the best games I have attended(rooting for Western who went 0-4 to start the season) for some time. Game at Alumni Stadium on sunny but cool day forcing some of us to gravitate to the grassy side to follow the warmth of the sun as stadium side bitter cold in fourth quarter that game. Revenge for 1984 game at JW Little Stadium in London(Yates) that Guelph won with infamous Blake Marshall fumble in last seconds on the Guelph one or two yardline.

    The 2007 title game had further intrigue as Guelph and Western in the 5 and 6 spot/seeds with Guelph winning that epic game at Laurier a week earlier being down 24- nil with missed FG by WLU and runback by Gryphs. Guelph had game well in hand in last few minutes with stunning comeback until they coughed over ball back to Laurier in last minute giving them chance for the win. Guelph wins and voila- two underdogs meet for Yates!

    Yates in 2007 very close until even the last minute or two I recall. Thankfully many of us, 20 plus years older( several potential university bound offspring in tow), tearing of the goalposts like in 1984 by Guelph nutbars(I was jealous in fact back then) was not in the offing. Besides – the campus police and regular cops reluctantly let Western fans on the field- but protected the posts in that 2007 game aftermath.

    Regrettably as weather calling for still wet weather, I will pass on attending both in the Saturday double header this weekend and go to the Mac/Western game- but I do think that the Queen’s/Guelph game likely the far more exciting game to attend in person.

    Great blog Peter.

  5. birddawg says:

    Peter….a prediction on the out come of the game please


  7. Bob from Burlington says:

    As a full out Western fan I hope that Guelph wins and Western win. Rematch of 2007 Yates on now turf field as opposed to grass. Queen’s will be looking at the last game at Alumni Stadium this year as the one that has put them on the road for this game instead of a rain soaked grass/much filled field that favours Gaels against almost all opponents dating back to 2009 including Gryphons, Mac, Western and Laval.

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