Category: League News

Multi-Sport Coaching Conference – Hamilton

The Ontario Coaches Conference has become a signature event on the provincial sports calendar since 2007, bringing together coaches from as many as 67 sporting disciplines, ranging from those who volunteer a few days a week in their community to teachers and high-performance coaches working to develop Ontario’s  youth through physical activity and sport.

While this isn’t an NFC sponsored event a number of teams have stated that this event is worth mentioning and are encouraging coaches to look over the conference. It’s a three-day event that is open to coaches of all levels.

Web link here: http://www.coachesontario.ca/conference/

 

2017 Preseason Report

The Northern Football Conference Executive meeting in Barrie over the past weekend revealed the path of the NFC for the 2017 season.

A tentative schedule has been worked out giving the teams opportunity to prepare for NFC week 1 on May the 27th.  The schedule will be posted to the site in graphic form and then in a week by week breakdown.

Two teams rejoin the NFC. The Toronto Phantom Raiders are back after a rebuilding year and make up the fifth team in the NFC East. They join the Invaders, Longhorns, Patriots and the reigning NFC champions the GTA All Stars.

The North Bay Bulldogs return after a 6-year league hiatus rebuilding their football program from the ground up. The Bulldogs look to make an impact in the NFC West joining the Steelers, Spartans, Outlaws and the Imperials.

The NFC Preseason is in full effect. The teams are recruiting and training for a great NFC 2017 season.

Bulldogs Return to NFC

The North Bay Bulldogs are returning to the NFC. The North Bay team is gearing up, signing players and ready to begin their new campaign in the NFC for the 2017 season. Their program ended it’s NFC run in 2010. The Bulldogs went back to the drawing board and began a new system that started at the Junior Varsity level. Then a Youth tackle league was created followed by a Bantam program – all successful in their respective divisions. With a culture of football transcending through the age categories a wealth of talent has emerged ready to play in the NFC.

The NFC welcomes the North Bay Bulldogs back into the league. More on the detail later.

Here is their press release and hype video:

From 1952 through 2010 North Bay has fielded Senior teams to compete provincially in the Northern Football Conference.

Since 1991 the North Bay Bulldogs competed in the NFC yet recognized the challenges of fielding a team. Several elements drove the success of the team from talent pool population, to injuries and player retirement.

“By identifying the gaps in fielding a successful team year over year it was decided to take a leave from the NFC in good financial standing and rebuild our talent pool,” stated Bulldogs President Marc Mathon in a release.

“Over the past 6 years the North Bay Bulldogs have focused on building their football club to generate additional football pedigree and hunger for the game.

“Almost 1,000 players later since 2004 through our fall youth and summer programs, our numbers have spoken & we have notified the Northern Football Conference that we will field a team the summer of 2017.”

The Bulldogs will suit up in new black, gold, grey and white jerseys, which was decided by the players.

“We are excited about the prospect of NFC football in North Bay… and so are the number of players asking us to move this project forward,” added Mathon.

To date Mathon says there are a couple dozen players who have formally expressed their intention to play and at a player fee cost of under $300 its going to be very affordable.

For more information please contact us at info@northbaybulldogs.com or visit www.northbaybulldogs.com

Patriots Website Rebuild

The Steel City Patriots are making offseason moves on the field and on the world wide web. With a renewed hunger the team is putting out a new home on the internet for their fans and team. This brand reconstruction is the beginning of a new effort to take a playoff contender and elevate the brand on all levels.

The NFC has pointed our links to their new site http://www.steelcitypatriots.com/. We encourage you to browse their site and take a tour of the Patriots Nation.

Their site includes ticketsSteel City Patriots merch, pictures, and videos.

Patriot’s fans can follow them on facebook .

Monarchs outlast All Stars to Capture National Title

Reported by Robert Murray at Fort McMurray Today

Three years ago, football players Jesse Maddox and David Bosch, both known for their defensive abilities, went on the offensive.Working to create a senior men’s football team in Fort McMurray, the duo didn’t just want to be good, they wanted to be the best.Saturday, the Fort McMurray Monarchs reached that pinnacle of excellence, capturing the Canadian Major Football League national championship with a 59-45 victory over the defending champion Greater Toronto Area All Stars. “This one’s not just about us, this one’s a community thing and I think this is a great storybook ending,“ said Maddox.

Saturday’s success was a testament to the bumps along the way in the three years it took to reach that moment. In year one, the team found its legs in a competitive Alberta Football League. A year later, the Monarchs added head coach Dave Spence and a wealth of offensive talents, improving their game by leaps and bounds.

In 2016, when it seemed as though everything was about to fall apart, it all came together. Forced from their home in May, just weeks before they were to play full-time at Shell Place, the Monarchs rebounded by making Spruce Grove their temporary home.

When the Central Alberta Buccaneers exposed the Monarchs in the second week of the season, Fort McMurray once again fought back, eventually topping the Bucs in the AFL Championship game.

For Maddox, it was the players cohesiveness that kept the team from fraying.

“At the end of the day, the camaraderie, the manhood, the family is there this year,” he added. “It’s deep this year and I think that’s why we’re able to overcome some things that we wouldn’t have last year.”

In Saturday’s championship game, it was one of those adjustments, the addition of quarterback Will Arndt, that made the biggest difference. His four rushing touchdowns led the way offensively, starting the scoring in the game on the Monarchs’ second drive and sealing the victory in the fourth quarter.

When it wasn’t Will Arndt rushing through a heavy All Stars defense, Jourdain Alexis came up with an interception on defense or a big return on special teams. Further up the field, Maddox and Bosch haunted All Stars quarterback Tommy Denison all night.

“There were a couple drives where we needed to get a score, they got some momentum and we found ways to grind out the drives,” said Arndt. “I think guys were getting a little complacent, but ultimately a really great, resilient effort by our guys.”

The win was a special one for Spence, who added his third national championship in three years and Maddox, who earned his second. With a shower of water for the second time in as many games, Spence could only help but reflect on what his team had gone through this season and where they were now.

“We’ve had practices when we first started out with 10 guys,” said Spence. “It grew and grew and we were all displaced and they really came together.

“To do it with this group after the adversity that we’ve had to overcome, it’s really special.”

It wasn’t the shutdown or cakewalk as the All Stars provided a significant challenge to the Monarchs. Trailing by 18 at the half, the visitors came out with a different intensity in the third quarter, bringing the game to as close as nine points in the third quarter, but never any closer.

“We fought with everything we had there,” said All Stars quarterback Tommy Denison. “They kept scoring, they put more points on us.

“Our defense was a little banged up; they kept doing everything we couldn’t. I’m proud of our guys, how hard they fought.”

As good as this Monarchs team was, it won’t be the same squad suiting up to defend their AFL title next year. For now though, the moment of being a national champion is one for the team savored as they drank from bottles of champagne moments after entering their locker room after the win.

“To be a champion in anything, it’s not easy to do in life,” said Arndt. “I’ve got a bond with these guys forever as national champions