Wow! I can’t believe that August is already here. Training camp is less than 2 weeks away, while the season opener is less than 4 weeks. And there is so much that I wanted to share on the blog that I haven’t written yet. Mostly about the 2016 recruiting class. But another example from a CFL game this month …
♦ The Friends of Gryphon Football annual golf tournament tees off this Friday, August 5. Registration closes in the next 24 hours if it doesn’t sell-out first. You can register on-line here. In recent years organizers have been happy to break the 100-mark with registrations. Hitting the maximum of 144 golfers is a possibility this year. There will over $3,000 in prizes to be won.
At this point I’m intending to head to Guelph Lakes for the post-tournament awards banquet/dinner. Mind you I haven’t registered yet. Another unregistered guest I fully expect to be there is … Mr Yates.
In recent years the FoGF Golf Tournament has become the unofficial kick-off of a new season for the Gryphon Football program. Players report on August 12 or 13. They hit the field for training camp on August 14.
♦ On the same day as the Golf Tourney, the Gryphons successful, 3-day Tackle Football Camp for high school players gets underway. This camp has grown over the past 6 years and become a key part of Guelph’s recruiting efforts. It attracts top prospects, not just from southern Ontario, but from all across Canada. If you know a high school age player who wants to get ready for his upcoming season, and possibly catch the eye of Gryphon recruiters, share this link with him – https://fitandrec.gryphons.ca/camps-kids/sport-camps/tackle-football
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The Summer football season is wrapping up. The OVFL Championship game is this Saturday in Hamilton while the OFC holds their semi-finals this week and their Championship next week. There will be 3 incoming Gryphon recruits playing in the OVFL title game – RB Harry Robinson with the Kingston Grenadiers and offensive linemen Spencer Andrews and Ben Petrie for the Cambridge Lions. Both Robinson and Petrie were named to the OVFL All Star team.
Other incoming recruits named to the OVFL All Star team were Niagara WR Jordan Terrio and Mississauga WR Kian Schaffer-Baker. Schaffer-Baker is a two-time All Star at the Varsity level having also been named to the team in 2015. Another 2016 recruit, Niagara Spears receiver Jack Gelbart, was an OVFL All Star in 2015.
If they are two recruits who I really wasn’t familiar with who have impressed me this summer, they would be the above-mentioned Harry Robinson and linebacker Alex Jafs [Newmarket HS] of the York Region Lions. Both players frequently were listed among the Weekly Top 10 performers in the OVFL. In fact, they finished among the Top 10 in the OVFL regular season stats.
Robinson rushed for 575 yards on 92 carries with 5 TDs. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry for the surprising Grenadiers. Jafs was 5th in defensive points among all the defenders in the 20 team league. Jafs was involved in 76 tackles [21 solo], had 3 solo sacks & to more assisted sacks, a blocked kick, 2 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries and a return TD.
♦ I always find it more difficult to find information about recruits playing in the OFC. I’m not even certain how many recruits were playing for OFC teams this summer. What I do know that I did hear some very positive words about a former Gryphon All-Canadian who has been a long-time coach for the Huronia Stallions. Jeff Hale was commended for his outstanding work as an O-Line Coach, including some games where he fielded a unit that played well in spite of not having a single backup player dressed.
♦ The Ottawa RedBlacks / Rough Riders honoured their 1976 Grey Cup winning team. A number of former Gryphons with Rough Rider connections were there. They included Gryphon Hall of Famer Gerry Organ, a member of of that 1976 team. Former Gryphon Head Coach Tom Dimitroff Sr. was the Offensive Coordinator of that team, two years before he came to Guelph.