This week there will be no leaving the preview to the last minute. In fact, there may be as many as three different parts to the preview. We’ll see how much time I actually can find to work on it.
Without a doubt this game has the potential to be significant on several levels. It is a rematch of last year’s Yates Cup final. It will hopefully set a new attendance record for a football game in Guelph – Ticats included! It will be important in determining playoff positions in the OUA. It could go a long way to answering questions about the status of the Gryphon football program – i.e. is this really a program on the rise? Or, was 2012 just one “lucky” season? A win pretty much makes that question irrelevant while a loss allows it to linger.
In the Marauders, Guelph faces the one OUA program they haven’t been able to defeat since Stu Lang became head coach in 2010.
McMaster is one of Guelph’s oldest rivals. The Gryphons, and prior to 1964 the Redmen and the Aggies, were playing Mac for decades in the old OQIFC long before the OUA [and the OUAA] were formed. Toronto, Western and Queen’s never appeared on a Guelph schedule prior to the 1970s. At the tailgate party before last year’s Yates Cup Robbie Keith [OAC ’58] was telling us a great story about a Guelph playoff win at Mac. I wish I could remember enough details to retell the story.
Previous eight meetings: Guelph is 1-7 against Mac since 2007. The one victory was a 2007 playoff game in Hamilton where the Kyle Walters-led Gryphons upset the Marauders. In spite of an advantage in the win column for the boys in maroon many of these games have been very close. From 2007 to 2010 all the games were decided by one score or less.
2007 – Mac 37-36
2007 – Guelph 25-21 [OUA quarterfinal]
2008 – Mac 32-31
2009 – Mac 32-29
2010 – Mac 43-35
2011 – Mac 37-13
2012 – Mac 50-9
2012 – Mac 30-13 [Yates Cup]
Point of Interest: The Guelph coaching staff has three former Marauders on it – Steve Viveiros, BJ Mallot and Adam Grandy. On the McMaster staff is former Gryphon Al Anonech along with Jason Kana, the Off Coord at Guelph in 2006 & ’07. Former WLU Golden Hawks hold key positions on both staffs – DC & OC at Guelph; HC, ST Coord & DBs coach at Mac.
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Last I heard tickets were still available. I will be trying to buy several more myself but I’m still trying to determine exactly how many. I know there have been some issues with respect to sale of assigned seats as opposed to general admission seats. But I think come Saturday all that will be forgotten and those with tickets will just be glad they’ve got them. The link to buy tickets is here. Use the password HOMECOMING. Student tickets can only be be purchased at the Gryphon Fieldhouse [or Mitchell Athletic Centre?].