Manitoba, Canada win inaugural CFFL Championships
By Ameeta Vohra
Dyce, Rein, Geier, and Woo named tournament MVPs
Saskatoon, SK (July 28, 2019) – After months of excitement about the new national pathway for the flag program, the first Canadian Flag Football League (CFFL) champions were crowned on Sunday.
In the male’s gold medal game, Manitoba’s Most Wanted edged Montreal Braves 40-39 in a dramatic game from start to finish. Tristen Dyce found Stevie Trinder who got into the end zone to seal the victory for Manitoba.
The Braves claimed silver at the tournament and they came so close after Alex Pilon scored to tie the game at 33-33. After Manitoba’s score to put them ahead 40-33, Serge Pilon found the ball in the end zone to pull the Braves within one but it was too little too late.
In a provincial battle for the bronze, Saskatchewan South defeated Saskatchewan North 40-33. For Saskatchewan South Andrew Kuski tallied four majors, . Joel Lipinski tallied two majors for Saskatchewan North while Mitch Friesen had two, while Mitch Thompson and Charlie Ringland each had a score.
Tournament MVPs were Manitoba’s Trysten Dyce (offense) and North Saskatchewan’s Taylor Rein (defence).
On the female’s side, Team Canada scored a 25-6 victory over Saskatchewan North to win gold. Kaitlyn Martin scored two touchdowns while Haley Girolami, Blake Geier each scored one for Canada. Samantha Matheson did tally a major for Saskatchewan North.
Despite the loss, Saskatchewan North claimed silver. Meanwhile, Fleur de Lys cruised to a 25-12 win over the District in an all-Quebec game for the bronze medal. Emma Racine tallied two majors while Melissa Rochefort had a touchdown for Fleur de Lys. Genevieve Gaudet and Emilie Badoux each had a touchdown for District.
Tournament MVPs were Canada’s Blake Geier (offense) and Olivia Woo (defense).
Not only did Manitoba and Canada win gold, they also received $2000.00 in prize money and earned the right to represent Canada at the 2020 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Flag Championships to be hosted in Denmark. Chad Palmer and Francois Bougie return as coaches for these squads.
Additionally, the Braves and Saskatchewan North won claimed silver medals take home $1500.00 in prize money.