Some post Canada Day news – July 2/14

Carabins logoGood news for Gryphons fans planning to attend the pre-season game at the Universite de Montreal. You won’t be alone. Plans are already set for Gryphons fans to tailgate with les Carabins fans, and for accomodations in Montreal.

The Parents-of-Players group arranged for a block of rooms to be set aside for Gryphons families and supporters at Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa at 1740 Rene-Levesque West. The original block of rooms was fully booked before the June 30 deadline. But that brings me to the other part of the good news.

Rooms at the Le Nouvel Hotel have been added to the block for anyone still looking to book.  The rooms will only be available until next week on Friday, July 11, so please book ASAP. After that, you’ll be on your own.

Let me add, these rooms are still available at the $108 per night price. Use this link to book your room: on-line reservations

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Also on a positive note, as Coach Mike MacDonald predicted, Cam Thorn didn’t waste too much time getting onto the BC Lions dress roster. Just days after the CFL cut-down date Thorn was elevated to active roster and played in the Lions season opener against the Edmonton Eskimos. At the 10 second mark of this highlight clip you can see Thorn, #58 lined up at LG, drive an Eskimo defender right out of the play on a BC touchdown.

Thorn #58 handles Edmonton defender Source: cfl.ca video

Thorn #58 handles Edmonton defender
Source: cfl.ca video

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I also heard some sad news today. Jane Ravensdale,  the wife of former Gryphon quarterback Bruce “Crow” Ravensdale (1969) has passed away.

Bruce and Jane are great supporters of Gryphons and have been true pillars to many of the older Gryphons.

There is a memorial gathering on July 13, 2014 in Raven Golf Club in Thornbury at 1:30pm.

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On another sombre note, a memorial service for Coach Tom Mooney will take place at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home, 206 Norfolk St, Guelph on Saturday July 5, 2014 from 1-4pm. The Mooney family invites friends and colleagues to attend the service as they share memories and stories.

In Lieu of flowers, the family of Tom Mooney has asked friends and family to make a donation to the already established scholarship in his name at the University of Guelph, Department of Athletics.

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