The final whistle on Saturday night , from Montreal, marked the end of the 2018 NCAFA and Montreal civil Football seasons, as the 2nd Annual Inter-Provincial Bowl Series came to a close.
The feedback from parents, coaches and the greater Ottawa and Montreal Football communities was overwhelming to put things modestly. The hospitality shown by the Montreal league representatives and their volunteers was nothing short of first class and definitely raised the bar for this new annual season ending celebration.
Firstly, the game day facilities at Stade Hebert were spectacular, offering both the visiting and host teams fully functional change rooms, showers and amenities provided by the host hospitality services. Finished rest rooms were available for all spectators and players which went a long way to make the traveling Ottawa / NCAFA teams feel right at home during their Inter-Provincial experience.
The on field results were clear - as Montreal took the series 4 games to none and increased their all -time series score (over two years) 6-1. The clean sweep in the 2018 Bowl Series has raised questions about how Football is structured in Ottawa and has also provided a good goal to work towards in developing local community teams capable of competing at a provincial calibre level.
MOSQUITO - 76 - 00 ( St. Lazare Stallions > Nepean Eagles)
PEEWEE - 48 - 33 (I'll Bizarre Vikings > Cumberland Panthers)
BANTAM - 32 - 14 (La Salle Warriors > Cumberland Panthers)
MIDGET - 37 - 7 (Sun Youth Hornets > West Ottawa Knights)
Like Ottawa, The Montreal teams competing in the Bowl series were the local championship teams at the city level and are not all-star teams composed of out of territory players much like the Ottawa's NCAFA representatives are. Unlike the summer football programs in Ontario, NCAFA has always stayed true to developing it's local territories, promoting Football in these districts and keeping Football accessible through subsidized league fees and player registration costs. The result is more, not less players playing the game of Football in both these cities and developing average ability players into high level players capable of not only playing at the higher levels, but also of becoming quality coaches in the these league themselves one day.
NCAFA would like to personally thank Renzo Fraraccio (QMFL) and all their volunteers, Linda Bennett (QBFL) all their volunteers, and Scott MacDermott (MRFL / LFRM) all their volunteers for all their had work and dedication to Football this weekend and beyond.
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