News & links – Jan 28/13

From the Guelph Mercury, back on Saturday, a story looking at recruiting:

Defence is the main focus for the Guelph Gryphons on the OUA football recruiting trail this off-season.

“There are a couple of areas that are very important for us to fill,” Gryphon head coach Stu Lang said. “The defensive backfield, we lost a lot of talent and, probably more importantly, experience.”

“On the offensive side, we’re pretty good, but we’re looking for another running back,” Lang said. “Someone coined the term ‘Thunder and Lightning.’ In Rob Farquharson, we have the thunder, now we’re looking for the lightning. We’ve got as many as three people on our recruitment list that are very fast running backs, which would give us another weapon that we’ve not had.”

The article lists eleven veterans who will not be returning in 2013 and notes that Gryphon recruiters hope to keep several local Division 10 players at home. The Gryphons had ten former D10 players on their roster in 2012. [See more on D10 below.]

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From today’s Globe & Mail:

With Hamilton’s football stadium under construction, this might have been an ideal year for the Toronto Argonauts to finally play host to the annual Labour Day game against the archrival Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre.

However, the Blue Jays, who are playing at home that weekend, claim the stadium cannot be converted in a single day for one of the marquee games on the CFL calendar. The dilemma underscores the need for the Argos to come up with a plan for long-term viability in Toronto.

Many people had assumed that the Labour Day Classic would be played in T.O.. I don’t know where this leaves the Ticats as the Gryphons host the Windsor Lancers on Labour Day.

And when it comes to issues of scheduling Drew Edwards writes today on his Scratching Post blog:

I’ve also heard the league and the Ticats are working hard to get all the Guelph games scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays so that Hamilton fans will have an easier time getting to games (a 7:30 start on a weeknight makes it tough to get there after work.) The CFL schedule is usually released in mid-February…

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On Jan 16 the Guelph Gryphons Football program hosted the District 10 Football Awards Luncheon at the Cutten Fields Country Club. The major award winners were:

Nick FitzGibbon Award winner [Most Oustanding Player] and Outstanding Offensive Player – Charles Carrier [JF Ross]
Outstanding Defensive Player – Stewart VanderMade [Lourdes]
Lineman of the Year – Blake Aram [JF Ross]
Rookie of the Year – Xavier Dowle [Lourdes]

The Guelph Mercury’s story here. View the 2012 District 10 football all-star team here.

D10 Trophies

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