PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Offense – Alex Charette
Defense – Tristan Doughlin
Special Forces – Ryan Nieuwesteeg
The big performance that Nieuwesteeg had on Saturday [punt returns of 62, 48 & 38 yards, plus a 52 yard Kick off return] didn’t go unnoticed as he was not just the Gryphons’ Special Forces Player of the Game but also the OUA’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Charette also earned double honours for his 8 catch, 61 yard, 3 TD performance as he was also named UofG’s Male Athlete of the Week. And from Gryphons.ca … Third-year Tristan Doughlin (Toronto) was a terror on the field for the Gryphon defence Saturday in their 50-18 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues. Doughlin finished with three solo tackles and one assisted tackle before leaving the field in the third quarter after suffering a dislocated elbow.
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I’m a little late sharing these links related to Saturday’s game, but in case you’re still interested … the Guelph Mercury’s story – Gryphons ride fourth-quarter outburst to victory; Gryphons.ca’s game story – Gryphons Drop Varsity Blues 50-18 at home opener; and from UofT’s Sports Info people – SECOND HALF STRUGGLES DOWN BLUES.
Also, the Mercury’s round-up of the weekend’s OUA games – OUA football report, week 2 .
Today’s Week 2 Football Writers of Canada’s CIS Top 10 poll:
1. Laval (1)
2. Calgary (2)
3. Western (3)
4. McMaster (5)
5. Montreal (4)
6. Saskatchewan (10)
7. Guelph (8)
8. Ottawa (NR)
9. Sherbrooke (NR)
10. Mount Allison (NR)
Other teams receiving votes: Regina (25), Manitoba (21), StFX (10), UBC (9), Queen’s (4), Concordia (1).
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I’ve attended a lot of Gryphon football games since 2007. One of the very significant and very positive changes I’ve witnessed is the growth of the pre-game social events. [Yes, the school would prefer that we not call them tailgate parties.] The Mother-of-all-Tailgates each year is the one at the Homecoming Game. I fully expect that at the upcoming Homecoming Game against Queen’s [Sept 20 FYI. Have you bought your tickets yet?] will be the biggest to date. At least, on the Guelph campus. At the 2012 Yates Cup more than 500 Gryphon fans ignored the harassment of McMaster Security and turned the parking lots behind Ron Joyce Stadium into a huge Guelph party zone.
Anyway, for a non-Homecoming game the “pre-game social event” before the UofT game was great. As always it featured an abundance of great food. But as with many things it is the people who make the event. There was an excellent turnout of players’ parents, family members and alumni. Among the alumni were 15 players from the 1969-1970 teams. Most of them are pictured above but other players from that era who attended the game were Ric Repta, Dan Cornwell, Don Westlake, Dr. Steve Stewart and Pat Lett. Some of the regulars present were former Friends of Gryphon Football President Ian McQueen plus former teammates Dan Conroy and Gerrit Stam, and their families.
There was also a large group of special guests this week – Coach Glen Mills and many of the members of the Football Canada Cup Gold Medal winning Team Ontario squad and their families. The team was honoured in the Stadium during the game. Another new feature was a live band – The Aisles out of Kitchener.
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Highlights from the game: