I’m almost wondering these days if I shouldn’t have been a travel writer. Or even better [as in more lucrative] the travel agent who is booking all the Gryphons trips. I’m not just talking about 100 flights to Montreal for the pre-season game in August against the Montreal Carabins. By the way I booked my room at Le Nouvel Hotel this past week to take advantage of the group rate for Gryphons fans arranged by Bruna Ferraro. Just 2 days left to book your room at the $108 per night price.
Just a few of the Gryphons on the move:
- Former Gryphon QB Donald Ziraldo is doing what he has done so well for the past 30 years – repping Canadian wines around the world. Last week Ziraldo was in London, UK promoting his own Ziraldo Estates Winery ice wines.
- Lucas Meschino came home last week from Sweden where he was playing football for the Gavle Red Devils. Unfortunately for Meschino it was an early return necessitated by a serious knee injury – torn ACL & MCL. Meschino was totally enjoying his Swedish experience up to that point. Best wishes on a full recovery Lucas!
- Football alums Andrew Oosterhuis and Glennn Tombia have just returned from two weeks of World Cup watching in Brazil. They went down to cheer on their teams – the Netherlands and Ghana. Recent grad Winston Green just arrived in Brazil this past week to take in the sights and some World Cup action.
- Four more Gryphons – 2014 recruits Nick Parisotto, Royce Metchie and Khaliel James, plus coach Kevin MacNeill – are headed to the hot temps of Kuwait for the 2014 IFAF World Junior Championships. I believe the National Junior Team’s training camp starts today. The tournament itself kicks off on July 7 and features the USA, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Austria and host Kuwait. Canada is the defending champ. Team USA won in 2009.
- Tristan Doughlin, Andrew Graham, Pat McGrath and Dave Rossetti recently travelled to Ecuador with Me to We Youth Volunteers. This quartet of Gryphons are following in the footsteps of Mackenzie McLaughlin and Taylor Palmer who went to Ecuador in 2013 to visit and support educational and development projects in the South American country. The players were assisted in part with the cost of the trips by the foundation operated by Stuart and Kim Lang. Check out this video where Inside Guelph [Rogers TV] hostess Trish Stevenson interviews Lang and Palmer.
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Several members of the Guelph Gryphons Women’s Varsity Soccer Team recently travelled abroad to volunteer with various organizations. Through their adventures, they were able to devote their time and efforts into important causes. Gryphons.ca will be releasing a 3-part series of ‘Gryphons Go Global’ over the next three weeks.
Two of the Gryphons Women’s Varsity soccer players who traveled to Guatemala as VIDA volunteers – second year defenders Bianca Ferlisi and Alexandra Lundhild.