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He coached young men, not just football players  July 7th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It wasn’t supposed to go like this. It was supposed to be a walk in the park, easy as pie. There was no reason to feel intimidated, just because I was covering my first Queen’s football game, everybody told me. They were right. I’d reported about... [Read More]
To buy or not to buy  March 2nd, 2016
I guess we’ll see. When the brochure arrived the other day with information about renewing season tickets for the coming Queen’s University football season, the eye of the Commerce grad cum thrift monger went, as you may expect, directly to the price. People had been wondering... [Read More]
Three former Golden Eagles invited to regional CFL combindes  February 28th, 2016
Two graduates of Sydenham High School and four former Kingston Grenadiers juniors are among players selected to participate in three regional Canadian Football League scouting combines next week. Sydenham grads Jay Dearborn, of Holland College, and Hayden Peters, of St. Francis Xavier... [Read More]
Vanier Cup returning to Hamilton  January 25th, 2016
Eight years after it was last held in the Steel City, the Vanier Cup football game is returning this year to Hamilton. Tim Hortons Field, the 24,000-seat home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, will also be the site of the 2017 Vanier Cup game, Canadian... [Read More]
Gaels to host Western in maiden game at new stadium  December 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They’re smiling today at the site where the new Richardson Stadium is being built. That’s because the folks who write the Ontario University Athletics football schedule just gave them a three-week cushion for a Christmas present. The schedule, released... [Read More]
Ceremony marks start—and progress—of stadium project  December 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Stu Lang was excited Saturday to see the progress that’s been made on a project he was instrumental in creating. “It’s farther along than I thought,” he said. “It’s great.” Lang, the former Golden Gaels football and hockey player,... [Read More]
Curtis Carmichael wins Russ Jackson award  November 27th, 2015
Curtis Carmichael of the Queen’s Golden Gaels has been named winner of the Russ Jackson award, given to the Canadian university football player who best displays athletic ability, academic achievement and citizenship. An academic all-Canadian last year, Carmichael, a fourth-year... [Read More]
St. F.X., Guelph both go down to defeat  November 21st, 2015
Montreal and British Columbia will compete for the 51st Vanier Cup next Saturday in Quebec City, after the two visitors both emerged from the national university semifinal football games with victories Saturday. In Guelph, the Quebec and defending Vanier Cup champion Carabins defeated the... [Read More]
Western upset by Guelph; St. F.X. captures first Atlantic title in 19 years  November 14th, 2015
An interception by Hayden Peters in the final minute of the game Saturday punched the ticket of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men to the national university football semifinals. Peters, the former Sydenham Golden Eagle and Kingston Grenadier, picked off a Brandon Leyh pass at the St. F.X. 40-yard... [Read More]
Western dominates OUA football all-stars; two Gaels, Mitch O'Connor named to second team  November 11th, 2015
Eight members of the regular-season champion Western Mustangs have been named to the Ontario University Athletics football all-star team, which was announced Wednesday. Quarterback Will Finch, who led the Mustangs as they became the highest-scoring team in the history of Canadian university... [Read More]
Gaels receiver Chris Osei-Kusi named to all-rookie team  November 11th, 2015
Receiver Chris Osei-Kusi is the only member of the Queen’s Golden Gaels to have been named to the Ontario University Athletics football all-rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Osei-Kusi, an arts student from Brampton, dressed for five games this year and caught three passes for... [Read More]
Status doubtful for Western QB Will Finch to play in Yates Cup game  November 8th, 2015
Though the games stayed closer than many people expected, for longer than anyone might have suggested, ultimately the teams that were favoured both prevailed Saturday in the Ontario University Athletics football semifinals. The undefeated regular season champion Western Mustangs led the... [Read More]
Laurier upsets McMaster, advances to OUA semifinals  November 1st, 2015
Dillon Campbell rushed for a school-record 295 yards Saturday as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks upset the defending Yates Cup champion McMaster Marauders 29-15 in an Ontario University Athletics football quarter-final game in Hamilton. The win gives the Hawks a berth in a conference... [Read More]
Requiem for a stadium  November 1st, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY They came not to celebrate Richardson Stadium Saturday, but to bury it. The last  game at a stadium that, for 44 years, had been home to one of the most storied football teams in the land was attended by 1,234 souls, many of them there to watch their Carleton... [Read More]
Carleton 39 Gaels 8  October 31st, 2015
First Quarter Ctn—TD, Bennett 2 run (Domagala convert) 3:04 Ctn—TD, Birch 45 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 6:56 Ctn—TD, Behar 42 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 11:18 Second Quarter Ctn—Single, Domagala 65 punt 7:30 Ctn—Battistelli 2 run (Domagala... [Read More]
Gaels bow meekly from playoffs  October 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Some days, you can analyze and parse and abstract an athletic event to try and understand why what happened, happened. On this day, it’s not necessary. The reason why the visiting Carleton Ravens were allowed to take a 39-8 football playoff victory out of Richardson... [Read More]
Matt Lapointe coming back to Queen's seeking one more fond memory  October 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When Matt Lapointe thinks about today’s football game, it’s not so much in the context that it could be his last. It’s not so much about the fact that the fifth-year lineman for the Carleton Ravens will be coming home, in a way, to play against his former... [Read More]
Today we learn where football Gaels truly stand  October 30th, 2015
It was a catch phrase from a long-ago television game show of which current members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels likely have never heard. On Saturday, though, they’ll be asked to respond to it, nonetheless. Will the real Queen’s Golden Gaels please stand up. The show was... [Read More]
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Stadium starts to come down, good news out of X, new appointment for ex-Gael  October 29th, 2015
If only those rascally engineers had known, perhaps the one of the bathrooms at Richardson Stadium might have one day been the subject of an April Fool’s prank. That’s because, it seems, they weren’t tied down. That tidbit emerged from the first day of demolition on the... [Read More]
Records fall on final weekend of OUA season  October 25th, 2015
The editors were busy Saturday night, updating the Ontario and Canadian university football record books after play was finished on the final day of the Ontario University Athletics season. Derek Wendel, the former Kingston Grenadiers quarterback, established two national records as his... [Read More]
Gaels beaten by Golden Hawks; will host playoff match vs. Carleton  October 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Two things the defensive unit of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks did Saturday were vital to that team’s victory over the Queen’s Golden Gaels. Most obviously, the Hawks’ defence recovered a fumble for a touchdown, and took an intercepted pass for... [Read More]
Laurier 49 Gaels 26  October 24th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—TD, Pataki 6 run (Wamsley convert) 1:54 WLU—Safety, Wamsley concedes 4:34 WLU—FG, Mesher 25 9:54 WLU—TD, Henry 38 fumble recovery (Mesher convert) 10:52 Second Quarter WLU—FG, Mesher 15 1:46 WLU—FG, Mesher 14 12:45 WLU—TD,... [Read More]
OUA football playoff structure still to be resolved  October 18th, 2015
One wonders what Ontario University Athletics football coaches are thinking anymore. Saturday in London, where the Western Mustangs were putting the finishing touches on a 63-19 rout of the Ottawa Gee-Gees, there was running back Yannick Harou scoring his team’s last touchdown with... [Read More]
Gaels get a scare from lowly Lions, escape with 33-32 victory  October 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO, Oct. 17—Sure, you came from behind to win the football game. Yeah, you denied the other guy’s last gasp attempt to force overtime. OK, so you clinched a payoff spot. Still, can the Queen’s Golden Gaels possibly feel good about any of those things... [Read More]
Gaels 33 York 32  October 17th, 2015
First Quarter Yrk—TD, Amankwaa 5 run (Naylor convert) 3:03 Qns—TD, Pataki 48 run (two-point convert failed) 4:13 Qns—TD, Corby 103 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 9:18 Yrk—FG, Naylor 8 14:33 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Pataki 2 run (Wamsley convert)... [Read More]
Playoff berth on the horizon for football Gaels  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen’s Golden Gaels can clinch a playoff berth Saturday afternoon when they visit the York Lions in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Toronto. A win would give the Gaels, 4-2, five victories, and not only put themselves out of reach of the bottom five... [Read More]
Calgary remains first in football poll; Queen's still in at No. 10  October 13th, 2015
With all but two of the nation’s Top 10 university football teams idle last week, there was not much capacity for change in the weekly ranking—and as a result, there was none. For the fifth week in a row the Calgary Dinos are the top-ranked team in Canadian Interuniversity... [Read More]
Re-born Ravens clinch first football playoff berth  October 10th, 2015
Carleton Ravens clinched the first playoff berth of their modern era—and the first since 1996­—when they whipped the York Lions 52-0 Friday night in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Ottawa. The win lifted Carleton’s record to 5-2, and moves them two... [Read More]
Mustangs, Marauders post lopsided wins  October 9th, 2015
It was difficult to tell which football teams had more to be thankful for Thursday night—the Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders, for the decisive victories they posted, or the Toronto Blues and Waterloo Warriors, that the terrible beatings they were being given finally stopped. In... [Read More]
Another stirring victory for Carleton in the Panda Game  October 4th, 2015
This time, the Carleton Ravens outdid themselves. A year after a 55-yard, last-play touchdown gave them a victory in the annual Panda Game, they overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit Saturday to defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 48-45 in the annual football game between the two teams from the... [Read More]
Gaels stun Guelph with 23-15 victory  October 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The seeds of the Queen’s Golden Gaels’ stunning 23-15 victory over the Guelph Gryphons Saturday were sown about 53 weeks ago. To say the memory of the 66-0 whipping they took at Guelph a little more than a year ago lingered as this week’s rematch... [Read More]
Gaels 23 Guelph 15  October 3rd, 2015
First Quarter Qns—Safety, Ferraro concedes 6:14 Qns—TD, Pataki 1 run (N. Dowd convert) 8:36 Second Quarter Gph—TD, Augustine 3 run (Ferraro convert) 12:22 Third Quarter Qns–TD, Del Brocco 108 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 10:13 Fourth Quarter Gph—TD,... [Read More]
Race to the top of the CIS poll getting ugly  October 1st, 2015
It would appear that the prestige of being ranked highly among the university football teams in Canada has begun to trump the sportsmanship that should be implicit in intercollegiate sport. The weekly list of the Top 10 football teams in Canada shows that it’s becoming not just a... [Read More]
Guelph, Western remain undefeated; playoff picture coming into focus  September 27th, 2015
The top teams continued to win and the playoff picture came into surprisingly sharp focus for just the fifth week of the Ontario University Athletics football schedule Saturday. The No. 3-ranked Western Mustangs had their way with the Carleton Ravens, sending a Homecoming crowd of 10,291... [Read More]
Gaels 37 Toronto 18  September 27th, 2015
First Quarter No scoring. Second Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley 46 punt 2:02 Qns—TD, Hannon 6 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 12:46 Qns—TD, Corby 54 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 14:51 Third Quarter Tor—TD, Hobbs 1 run (Iafrate convert)... [Read More]
Gaels get a scare, score late to clinch victory over Toronto  September 26th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO, Sept. 26—It was not, the Queen’s Golden Gaels seemed to conclude, what they wanted to see: a scoreboard that showed them just four points ahead of the Toronto Blues midway through the fourth quarter of their football game. Two impressive Toronto drives... [Read More]
Blues aim to end 40-year drought against Queen's  September 26th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a long time ago. The price of oil had just cracked $13 per barrel, as North America felt the pinch of its first energy crisis. Pierre Trudeau was prime minister; Gerald Ford was the U.S. president. If your had an average income, $14,100, you could probably afford... [Read More]
York gains first win, McMaster suffers first loss  September 20th, 2015
In two games where something had to give Saturday, the York Lions won their first game of the season and the ranks of the undefeated fell by one in Ontario University Athletics football play. At Waterloo, the Lions took an 18-point lead in the first half and hung on to defeat the similarly... [Read More]
Silver linings for Queen's in the clouds that hung over Western victory  September 19th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY LONDON, Sept. 19—It was perhaps a measure of the relative maturity of the two teams. Queen’s Golden Gaels, a team that remains among the youngest in Canadian university football, committed two turnovers early in their football game here Saturday, and the... [Read More]
Western 48 Gaels 25  September 19th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley missed 30 FG 4:41 Wes—TD, Taylor 6 run (Kelly convert) 6:31 Qns—Safety, Kelly concedes 9:51 Wes—TD, Colerile 63 interception return (Kelly convert) 13:56 Second Quarter Wes—FG, Kelly 11 3:14 Wes—TD, McMaster 3 pass... [Read More]
Despite victory, Laval bounced from top spot  September 16th, 2015
It’s difficult to imagine how winning a football game can hurt a team, but that’s what the deep thinkers of the University Football Reporters of Canada panel collectively did to the Laval rouge et or this week. Laval, which won its game Saturday 27-24 in overtime at Sherbrooke,... [Read More]
Ex-Grenadiers having impact at St. Francis Xavier  September 16th, 2015
It’s not always a good thing when defensive backs are two of the top three tacklers on a football team, but that was the case Saturday when the St. Francis Xavier X-Men dropped a 31-15 decision to Acadia in the opening game of the Atlantic conference university season in Wolfville,... [Read More]
Football league leaders remain undefeated  September 13th, 2015
Western Mustangs served notice Saturday night that it doesn’t matter who you are, or how good you might be—they’ve got an ass-kicking reserved for everyone. This time it was the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, a .500 team that gave the Guelph Gryphons all they could handle a... [Read More]
Gaels stumble along the way, but still gain victory over Waterloo  September 12th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was wet, it was chilly and it was windy at Richardson Stadium Saturday afternoon, the kind of stuff to make even the most obedient frosh stay away from a game that is usually one of the best attended of the season. Stay away they did, and the way his team was playing in... [Read More]
Gaels 47 Waterloo 24  September 12th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 15 run (Wamsley convert) 14:27 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 11 run (Wamsley convert) 1:42 Wat—TD, Diing 20 pass from McConnell (Girard convert) 11:22 Qns—TD, Hobbs 1 run (Wamsley convert) 14:37 Wat—TD, Fassulo 39 pass from... [Read More]
Queen's could have done better by its football Hall of Fame inductees  September 11th, 2015
It’s happened very seldom in a career of more than 40 years. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times when I was covering an event and was struck by the thought that I didn’t want to be there—not there, as in at the event; but there, as in a press box,... [Read More]
Gaels hope for rebound performance Saturday  September 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In one sense, it’s a football game no one expects the Queen’s Golden Gaels to lose. It's also going to be one that's difficult for them to win, in the sense that even if they prevail, it may be difficult for them to emerge with the euphoria that typically... [Read More]
Laval climbs back into top spot  September 8th, 2015
After one week out of the top spot in the national ranking of university football teams, the Laval rouge et or are back on top of the weekly Canadian Interuniversity Sport football Top 10. Laval began the year ranked No. 2 to defending national champion Montreal, but a 12-9 victory over the... [Read More]
Late interceptions preserve Guelph victory over Laurier  September 8th, 2015
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks scuttled their own comeback attempt as they dropped a 30-19 decision to the Guelph Gryphons in one of three Ontario University Athletics football games played Monday. Playing at Guelph, the Hawks, 1-1, closed to 30-17 early in the fourth quarter when Dillon... [Read More]
Gaels falter in decisive defeat at Ottawa  September 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA, Sept. 6—In the final six minutes of the first half of their game Sunday afternoon, the Queen’s Golden Gaels ran nine offensive plays, gained yards on two of them, took two penalties, allowed two sacks, shanked a punt, gave up a safety and threw an... [Read More]
Ottawa 41 Gaels 17  September 6th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—FG, Wamsley 18 9:22 Second Quarter Ott—TD, Bailey 13 pass from Wendel (Ward convert) 1:20 Ott—FG, Ward 46 8:19 Ott—TD, Wendel 5 run (Ward convert) 12:00 Ott—Safety, Wamsley concedes 12:44 Ott—TD, Baines 42 pass from Wendel (Ward... [Read More]
Importance of Gaels game belies the time of year  September 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Most years, it would be beyond trite to speak of a football game eight days into the season in terms of its potential impact on the playoffs. To overstate the importance of a match about to be played before the student body so much as arrives on campus normally would be an... [Read More]
Quarterback debuts  September 5th, 2015
Performances by quarterbacks since 1989 in their first start for the Queen’s Golden Gaels: Tim Pendergast, Sept. 9, 1989—6-for-17 (.353), 92 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; Queen’s defeated Ottawa 13-9. Steve Othen, Sept. 11, 1993—7-for-14 (.500), 142 yards, 2... [Read More]
Second-half rally sparks McMaster past Toronto  August 31st, 2015
McMaster Marauders nipped what would have been a stunning upset in the bud Sunday afternoon, scoring 24 points in the third quarter of a 55-33 defeat of the Toronto Varsity Blues on the opening day of the Ontario University Athletics football season. Toronto led the defending Yates Cup... [Read More]
Gaels shine in come-from-behind victory over Carleton  August 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If the Queen’s Golden Gaels displayed anything Sunday afternoon, it was that they seem better equipped to overcome adversity than they were a year ago. Certainly, there were enough occasions where that kind of resiliency was required, even in a game that ultimately... [Read More]
Gaels 34 Carleton 24  August 30th, 2015
First Quarter Ctn—TD, Brown 16 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 5:21 Ctn—TD, Behar 74 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 8:50 Qns—TD, Corby 10 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 11:36 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 1 run (Wamsley convert) 8:27 Ctn—FG,... [Read More]
Gaels open the season against Ravens Sunday  August 29th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There are very few secrets in football anymore, and it’s certainly not a secret that the last time they met, the Queen’s Golden Gaels ran the Carleton Ravens into the ground. As they beat Carleton on the final day of the Ontario University Athletics... [Read More]
New quarterback had his eye on Queen's for a long time  August 29th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Sunday afternoon, Pat Sheahan begins to see if the stuff that caught his eye three years ago about a young quarterback from Mississauga was truly the portent of something special. Nate Hobbs, the young man who intrigued the Queen’s Golden Gaels coach that day, will... [Read More]
Guelph, Western the teams to beat this year in OUA football  August 28th, 2015
Typically, when a football team loses its quarterback, it can expect to take a step backwards relative to the pack, no matter how promising the new man may be. In Ontario University Athletics, this is not a typical year. Quarterbacks have graduated at an unprecedented rate, introducing an... [Read More]
New stadium project is on schedule  August 27th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Fans at Sunday’s football game at Richardson Stadium won’t be able to see any of the work that’s been done for the new facility these past six weeks. But they will be able to park on it. All people at the Ontario University Athletics season opener will... [Read More]
Gaels edged by Concordia in preseason test  August 23rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MONTREAL, Aug. 23—They really didn’t look like two rookie quarterbacks. Not quite a rookie—he took a handful of snaps last year, mopping up in a few games as a freshman—Nate Hobbs of the Queen’s Golden Gaels looked terrific in his first... [Read More]
Concordia 21 Gaels 18  August 23rd, 2015
First Quarter Con—FG, Treloar 42 1:21 Second Quarter Con—Safety, Wamsley concedes 0:05 Qns—TD, Del Brocco 25 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 3:39 Qns—Safety, Johnson tackled 8:18 Qns—FG, Wamsley 41 13:12 Third Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley 80... [Read More]
Nick Romanchuk eager to play football again  August 21st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Nick Romanchuk finds himself in an interesting situation. By virtue of it being his fifth year with the Queen’s Golden Gaels, it would be incumbent on him to be a leader among the team’s offensive linemen, and Romanchuk is eager to embrace the role.... [Read More]
Gaels camp holds the key to answering many questions  August 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It doesn’t happen very often around the Queen’s Golden Gaels. In fact, this is just the second time in the last 10 years that the football team has gone into a training camp without an incumbent quarterback. A five-year run by Danny Brannagan ended in 2009 with... [Read More]
Nine ex-Gaels open the season in the CFL; Regi grad Cory Greenwood is with the Argos  June 27th, 2015
Three former members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels will be on the field Saturday night when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the opening game of the Canadian Football League season for both teams. Receiver Rob Bagg and defensive back Matt Webster will be... [Read More]
Ex-Gael Brad Smith lands gig as Food Network host  June 23rd, 2015
Brad Smith, the former Queen’s Golden Gaels football star, is the new host of Chopped Canada, a culinary competition series on the Food Network, the specialty channel announced Tuesday. Smith, an all-Canadian receiver in his rookie season with the Gaels in 2002, and again in 2006, went... [Read More]
Wait was worth it for Queen's football recruit Brodie Latimer  June 20th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There were some anxious moments in the Latimer household this spring. His heart set on coming to Queen’s and playing football for the Golden Gaels, Brodie Latimer waited to hear whether the university had anything similar in mind for him. As his Sydenham High School... [Read More]
Masters neuroscience student can play a little, too  June 20th, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY Allen Champagne might be the answer to a football coach’s prayer, but make no mistake about it. “I’m an academic guy,” Champagne says. “I’m here for school.” Specifically, that’s to pursue graduate studies in... [Read More]
Football Gaels name new offensive co-ordinator  June 8th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels have named Alex Vertuello as the football team's new offensive co-ordinator. Vertuello replaces Ryan Sheahan, who took the job of offensive co-ordinator of the Calgary Dinosaurs in April. A graduate of Bishop’s University, Vertuello coached for two years in... [Read More]
Gaels announce preseason football game at Concordia  May 25th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels will play the Concordia Stingers in an exhibition football game Sunday, Aug. 23, in Montreal, the Queen’s Athletics Department announced Monday. The game is a rematch of last year’s preseason contest in Kingston, where the Stingers won 25-18. Concordia... [Read More]
Brendan Morgan only Gael selected in CFL draft  May 13th, 2015
They had only two chances to see him play last year but apparently that was enough to convince the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to spend a second-round pick on Queen's Golden Gaels defensive back Brendan Morgan in Tuesday night's Canadian Football league draft. The Bombers chose Morgan with their... [Read More]
Doug Corby's record-breaking performance leads East to victory  May 10th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels receiver Doug Corby set an East-West Bowl game record with three touchdown receptions, leading the East to a 29-21 victory over the West in the 13th annual exhibition football game Saturday in Montreal. Corby caught four passes for a game-best 131 yards, and he... [Read More]
Football Canada pulls plug on senior national team  April 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Canada will not be represented at July’s International Federation of American Football world championship. Football Canada made the call late Wednesday to pull the plug on the team that won the silver medal at the last tournament, four years ago. “We... [Read More]
University football at a crossroads: Some things to think about  April 26th, 2015
No one has ever described the leaders of university sport in Canada as adventurous. Cautious, yes; hidebound, even? Perhaps. Progressive? Seldom. Consider the powerhouse Laval football team. At a time when teams across the land were having financial difficulties, along came Laval with a... [Read More]
The best versus the best: The way to grow university football in Canada?  April 25th, 2015
Today, in the second of a three-part series on the future of Canadian university football, Pat Sheahan of the Queen's Golden Gaels, the dean of Ontario football coaches, talks about the proposed Northern 8 conference, a plan to increase interest in the game by creating a format to have... [Read More]
Roster limits come to OUA football  April 24th, 2015
Today, in the first of a three-part series on the future of Canadian university football, Pat Sheahan of the Queen's Golden Gaels, the dean of Ontario football coaches, talks about the implications of soon-to-be-imposed limits on rosters and—of all things, uniforms—in the OUA. By... [Read More]
Canadian university football at a crossroads  April 24th, 2015
Tomorrow we begin a series on the future of Canadian university football, as seen through the eyes of the dean of Ontario University Athletics football coaches, Pat Sheahan of the Queen’s Golden Gaels. Part 1, Friday: A look at the OUA new rules on limiting roster sizes. Part 2,... [Read More]
Queen's to host evaluation camp for football recruits  April 18th, 2015
Queen’s University will host the first stop in the Ontario University Athletics Top Recruit Football Combine Series Thursday at Tindall Field. The camp will start at 6 p.m. The nine camps are touted as opportunities for high school students with designs on playing university football... [Read More]
Canada's participation in world football championship in doubt  April 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It appears Canada’s participation in July’s International Federation of American Football world championship is uncertain. In a phone call Friday afternoon, Football Canada technical director Shannon Donovan said she wouldn’t be able to say anything for... [Read More]
Ryan Sheahan named offensive co-ordinator at University of Calgary  April 15th, 2015
The search is on for a new offensive co-ordinator for the football team at Queen’s University, after the announcement Wednesday that Ryan Sheahan will be leaving his father’s coaching staff to become the offensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach with the University of... [Read More]
Ex-Gael Scott Valberg returns to Team Canada  April 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Ask Scott Valberg what it was like to play football for Canada at the world championship, and he’ll tell you it was terrific—except for one thing. After reaching the gold-medal game, he said, “we got pounded.” “I don’t know what the... [Read More]
Doug Corby, Dillon Wamsley named to play in East-West Bowl  April 13th, 2015
Two members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels have been named to the East team for the 13th annual East-West Bowl football game, May 9 at Molson Stadium in Montreal. Receiver Doug Corby and kicker Dillon Wamsley will play in the game, presented as a showcase for players entering their senior... [Read More]
Receivers high on the list of Gaels football recruits  March 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY With the receiving cupboard starting to look a little bare, the Queen’s Golden Gaels went shopping this recruiting season for people who could catch the football. It seems they were successful. Fully one-third of the young men who formally signed their letters of... [Read More]
Chris Osei Kusi eager to get on the field at Queen's  March 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Things remain civil in the Osei Kusi household in Brampton. So far, big brother Ricky, the all-conference defensive end of the Western Mustangs, hasn’t made much of a fuss over the fact that kid brother Chris has chosen to cast his football lot with the arch-rival... [Read More]
Ex-quarterback Jeremy Pendergast happy to be a receiver  March 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY You might find some people who grow up playing quarterback who regret the day when someone tells them they’re no longer going to be the guy doing the talking in the huddle. Jeremy Pendergast wouldn’t be one of them. “Very happy,” is how the former... [Read More]
Carter Matheson bound for Ottawa U—to play football  March 27th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Who’d have thought that six months after a restless Grade 13 student decided to play football for the first time in his life, Carter Matheson would be heading to the University of Ottawa to cast his lot, not with the basketball team, but with the football... [Read More]
Gee-Gees linebacker suspended for doping violation  March 25th, 2015
A linebacker from the Ottawa Gee-Gees football team has been suspended for two years by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Dylan Auty, who appeared in three games as a rookie in 2014 and made five tackles, has been barred for evading an out-of-competition test Oct. 7, the Canadian Centre for... [Read More]
Football Gaels to open at home against Carleton  February 10th, 2015
After two failed drafts—and about two months later than usual—the Queen’s Golden Gaels finally know that they will open the 2015 football season at home on Sunday, Aug. 30, against the Carleton Ravens. Now Queen’s can get down to the more important consideration: When... [Read More]
Challenges remain before stadium work begins  December 9th, 2014
Paul Hand is absolutely right. The co-chair of the committee raising money for the new stadium at Queen’s University says the board of trustees’ weekend approval to commence the $20.27 million project is “a good first step.” Without a doubt, it is, but that’s... [Read More]
Queen's trustees approve new football stadium  December 8th, 2014
  By CLAUDE SCILLEY Construction will begin on a new stadium at Queen’s University immediately after the 2015 football season, the university announced Monday. “It’s a good first step,” said Paul Hand, who, with his wife, Vicki, is co-chair of a subcommittee... [Read More]
An awkward time for Marshall Ferguson  November 30th, 2014
It’s an awkward in-between, Marshall Ferguson says. “It’s a weird spot to be in, to want to celebrate your career at the moment of your most crushing loss,” said Ferguson, the McMaster Marauders quarterback, a day after his team was defeated 20-19 by the Montreal... [Read More]
Scratch Gaels' poor season and you'll find lots of bon chiffres to celebrate  November 12th, 2014
There's not a lot to suggest that Arthur Balfour knew anything about football. A Scottish aristocrat and Britain's prime minister at the turn of the 20th century, Balfour was apparently something of a tennis player. He's also one of the earliest to be quoted as suggesting there are three kinds... [Read More]
Mike Moore, Jason Shamatutu named to OUA all-rookie football team  November 11th, 2014
Though the Queen's Golden Gaels likely started as many freshmen throughout the Ontario University Athletics football season as any team in the league, just two of them found spots on the conference's all-rookie team, announced Tuesday. The two unquestionably deserved the recognition. Linebacker... [Read More]
Mitch O'Connor OUA special teams football player of the week  November 11th, 2014
Rookie Mitch O'Connor of the McMaster Marauders is the Ontario University Athletics special teams football player of the week. O'Connor, the former Frontenac Secondary School star, blocked a punt at a critical point in the Marauders' 42-31 semifinal victory Saturday over the Ottawa... [Read More]
Ottawa posts quarter-final upset; Western narrowly avoids one  November 2nd, 2014
For three quarters of the football game Saturday, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks had an upset within their grasp. Unfortunately for the Hawks, a splendid defensive performance couldn't be matched by their offence, and they eventually succumbed 25-10 to the Western Mustangs in an Ontario... [Read More]
Ottawa, Laurier catch final two football playoff berths  October 26th, 2014
As the fog cleared around a complicated playoff picture Saturday afternoon, it revealed that the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks had caught the Ontario University Athletics football playoff boat, while the Carleton Ravens were left looking forlorn on the shore. The Gee-Gees... [Read More]
Gaels 37 Carleton 15  October 26th, 2014
First Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 27 4:52 Ctn-FG, Domagala 28 8:06 Qns-Safety, Domagala concedes 13:31 Second Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 34 7:29 Qns-TD, Wiggan 20 fumble recovery (Wamsley convert) 8:55 Qns-TD, Carmichael 15 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 14:50 Third Quarter Ctn-Safety,... [Read More]
Gaels defence shows signs of promise in season finale  October 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They may not have balanced the ledger, but the Queen's Golden Gaels defence made enough positive entries in it Saturday as they defeated the Carleton Ravens 37-15 to make the books look promising for next year. The Gaels have struggled mightily this year to defend. They gave up... [Read More]
Gaels end season with victory at Carleton  October 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA-Jesse Andrews wasn't about to let this one get away. The Queen's Golden Gaels running back was determined that his graduating teammates would end their intercollegiate careers with a victory Saturday against the Carleton Ravens, so at a point in the game when he suspected... [Read More]
Decision to bar Queen's Bands from Carleton game misguided  October 25th, 2014
It used to drive coach Doug Hargreaves nuts. It seemed like every time the Queen's Golden Gaels went on the road in the old Ontario-Quebec conference, it would be the other team's Homecoming game. Queen's would often play against the other team's biggest, most exuberant crowd of the year. It... [Read More]
Gaels treating season finale 'like a playoff game'  October 23rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They don't sound like a bunch that's playing out the string. "It's the last game of the season. You treat it like a playoff game," Queen's Golden Gaels defensive back Colton Ballou was saying yesterday. "After this, the season's over. You want to bring your best effort." Such... [Read More]
Playoff scenarios abound as OUA heads into final weekend  October 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Lots remains to be determined Saturday on the final day of the Ontario University Athletics football schedule. Only two teams are locked into playoff positions-the McMaster Marauders, 7-0 going into their game at Ottawa, will finish first; the Guelph Gryphons, 6-1, will finish... [Read More]
Are there still 10 teams that deserve to be ranked?  October 22nd, 2014
There's nothing new going on at the top of the weekly ranking of Canadian university football teams. The only interesting stuff is what's going on-and what's not going on-in the middle. As long as nobody is able to touch Laval, the rouge et or will continue to be ranked No. 1-as it is this week,... [Read More]
Gaels have their way with York  October 18th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As Billy McPhee walked off the Richardson Stadium field for the final time Saturday-after completing the 462nd pass of the second-most prolific career in Queen's football history-those who remained of a Homecoming crowd of 8,151 rose to give him a standing ovation. A tip of the... [Read More]
Gaels 57 York 10  October 18th, 2014
First Quarter Qns­—TD, Carroll 85 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 1:52 Qns—TD, Andrews 3 run (Wamsley convert) 8:24 Qns—FG, Wamsley 10 11:10 Second Quarter Yrk—TD, Ricottone 17 pass from Bennett (Naylor convert) 2:32 Qns—TD, Andrews 13 run (Wamsley... [Read More]
Homecoming primer: What you need to know about the football game  October 17th, 2014
Theories abound for why the Homecoming football game retains its charm, long after football ceased being the focal point for campus spirit at Queen's University. The fact, however, is undeniable. "I've had more requests for tickets in the last 48 hours than any time in my 15 years here," coach... [Read More]
Laurier out, Windsor in latest Top 10 football poll  October 14th, 2014
After a week when four of the nation's top 10 football teams didn't play, it shouldn't be surprising that not a lot has changed in this week's ranking of the country's top university football teams. As they have each week this year, panelists from the Football Reporters of Canada have Laval at the... [Read More]
Gaels gain first win of the season  October 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Never mind that the opponent was a team that Queen's habitually beats. Never mind the circumstance, that the game had no playoff implications for either side. "It feels good to finally win," Queen's Golden Gaels linebacker Mike Moore said Saturday, after the Gaels defeated the... [Read More]
Gaels 48 Toronto 27  October 11th, 2014
First Quarter Qns-TD, Carmichael 42 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 6:26 Qns-FG, Wamsley 18 7:46 Tor-FG, Hewitson 35 10:09 Tor-TD, Isakov 7 pass from Nassar (Hewitson convert) 14:30 Second Quarter Qns-TD, Carroll 23 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 1:26 Third Quarter Qns-TD, Gleben 3... [Read More]
With a load off their shoulders, Gaels are ready for Varsity Blues  October 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As the Queen's Golden Gaels began to prepare for their first meaningless football game in 10 years-meaningless in that no matter what they do, they can't make the Ontario University Athletics football playoffs-coach Pat Sheahan stood in front of his players early this week and... [Read More]
Gaels long for a quick start against the Varsity Blues  October 10th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There's more, Alex Carroll believes, to scoring early in a football game than just the obvious competitive advantages it provides. "It's a huge thing for the offence, to think, 'OK, we can do this,'" the Queen's Golden Gaels veteran receiver said. "It's about belief in... [Read More]
For two ex-Gaels, Homecoming comes early this year  October 8th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Homecoming comes early this year for a couple of former Queen's Golden Gaels football players. While the banners, tams and paddy wagons won't officially come out for another week, Aaron Gazendam and Boris Isakov will be revisiting Richardson Stadium Saturday, playing against... [Read More]
Western falls one spot in football Top 10  October 7th, 2014
Members of the national university football ranking panel are still in love with the Laval rouge et or, which tops the weekly Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 list for the sixth week in a row. Laval gained its national intercollegiarte record 23rd victory in a row Sunday, 32-16 over No.... [Read More]
McMaster hands Western first defeat; Queen's officially eliminated from playoff picture  October 4th, 2014
As the door opened for the contending football teams in Ontario University Athletics Saturday, it closed for good on the Queen's Golden Gaels. In a match of undefeated teams in London, Marshall Ferguson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Max Cameron in the final minute of the game to give the... [Read More]
In a week of turmoil, football rankings remain unchanged  September 30th, 2014
Amid a week of turmoil off the field, nothing has changed with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport ranking of the country's intercollegiate football teams. In the poll of Football Reporters of Canada, Laval once again appeared at the top of all 30 ballots after they defeated McGill 70-3. It was... [Read More]
Panda hangover afflicts Carleton as Ravens bow 53-3 to Laurier  September 28th, 2014
Apparently the hangover of winning the Panda Game in dramatic fashion a week ago still lingered with the Carleton Ravens Saturday, as they were whipped 53-3 by the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Waterloo. A week after a last-play touchdown gave... [Read More]
Gaels rebound well in loss to McMaster  September 28th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY HAMILTON-You'd think that shaving 57 points off the margin of defeat, and doing so against the No. 4-ranked team in the nation, would leave the Queen's Golden Gaels feeling a little better about themselves. Not necessarily. "It was close," quarterback Billy McPhee said, after... [Read More]
McMaster 28 Gaels 19  September 28th, 2014
First Quarter McM-TD, Vandervoort 23 pass from Ferguson (Crapigna convert) 10:38 Second Quarter Qns-Safety, Crapigna concedes 4:14 McM-Safety, Wamsley concedes 9:30 McM-FG, Crapigna 41 12:26 Qns-FG, Wamsley 20 15:00 Third Quarter Qns-TD, Carroll 17 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert)... [Read More]
Next year starts tomorrow for the Golden Gaels  September 26th, 2014
The season began with some apprehension. Almost all of the players who had achieved all-star status the previous year were gone. The one star player who came back ultimately "did neither him nor the team much good." If that sounds familiar to followers of the Queen's Golden Gaels, perhaps it's... [Read More]
Record-tying win keeps Laval at No. 1  September 23rd, 2014
A simple victory would have been enough for the Laval rouge et or to maintain its place atop the weekly ranking of Canadian university football teams, but the two-time defending national champion put an exclamation point on it. For the fourth week in a row Laval lives at No. 1, leaving no doubt as... [Read More]
Dramatic last-minute score gives Carleton victory in Panda Game  September 21st, 2014
A stirring finish has put Pedro the Panda back at Carleton University for the first time since 1994. In perhaps the most dramatic finish in the history of the annual cross-town match between the Ravens and the Ottawa Gee-Gees, Carleton scored on the final play of the game Saturday for a 33-31... [Read More]
Gaels suffer all-time worst defeat at Guelph; fall to 0-4  September 20th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY GUELPH - It's hard to believe that on a campus where they still house dairy cattle, there was something here Saturday that smelled worse than the back of the barn. It was the Queen's Golden Gaels, playing a game that was, by at least one parameter, the biggest stinker in school... [Read More]
Guelph 66 Gaels 0  September 20th, 2014
First Quarter Gph-FG, D. Ferraro 40 4:28 Gph-TD, Lindsey 11 run (D. Ferraro convert) 10:36 Gph-TD, Lindsey, 1 run (D. Ferraro convert) 15:00 Second Quarter Gph-Spagnuolo 27 pass from Lindsey (D. Ferraro convert) 6:50 Gph-Single, D.Ferraro misses 29 FG 10:32 Gph-TD Farquharson 6 run (D.... [Read More]
Gaels already facing a playoff-sensitive football game  September 18th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It's not that Pat Sheahan necessarily has anything against mathematicians. He just doesn't want them involved when the time comes to determine his football team's fate at the end of the year. "I don't think we're out if we lose this weekend, but I would say if there are any... [Read More]
Record-breaking win keeps Laval at No. 1  September 16th, 2014
Its school-record 20th victory in a row has kept Laval in its familiar place atop the weekly ranking of Canadian university football teams, released Tuesday. The rouge et or haven't picked on any soft touches, as both of its victories have come against Top 10 teams: Montreal in the first week of... [Read More]
Decisive wins define league's great divide  September 14th, 2014
With each passing week, the societal lines are becoming more distinct between the haves and the have-nots in Ontario University Athletics football. On a day when four of the five games were decided by a margin of 31 points or more, only the Carleton Ravens were able to muster a credible... [Read More]
Western 43 Gaels 12  September 14th, 2014
First Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 10 6:06 Wes-Safety, Wamsley concedes 14:29 Second Quarter Wes-Safety, Wamsley concedes 5:37 Wes-TD, G.Sanvido, 11 pass from Finch (Medeiros convert) 7:07 Wes-Single, Medeiros 74 kickoff 7:07 Wes-TD, G. Sanvido 1 run (Medeiros convert) 13:22 Third... [Read More]
Gaels fail to take advantage of opportunities in 43-12 loss to Western  September 13th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY From the misfortune of the Queen's Golden Gaels Saturday afternoon, the Western Mustangs extracted good fortune for themselves. From the misfortune of the Mustangs, the Gaels managed to extract nothing but more misery. With a performance that was as dreary as the weather,... [Read More]
Gaels hoping youth will serve them well against powerful Western  September 12th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Folks have lamented for weeks about the tremendous turnover in personnel suffered this year by the Queen's Golden Gaels. To be sure, among the 25 departed from the varsity roster, there were some truly fine players. What people may not remember is that, as good as those guys may... [Read More]
Brendan Morgan identified as academically ineligible player at Queen's  September 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The football player declared to be academically ineligible by Queen's University Wednesday is described by his coach as "a model citizen, ever since his arrival at Queen's." Brendan Morgan is a pleasure to work with and a fine young man, Pat Sheahan said. "He just happens to... [Read More]
University won't be revealing name of football player who was declared ineligible  September 10th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen's University won't be disclosing the name of the football player who was found to be academically ineligible to play this year, athletics director Leslie Dal Cin confirmed Wednesday night. "We are not," she said. Even though, it was suggested, the name will become... [Read More]
Football Gaels forfeit victory for using an ineligible player  September 10th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels have forfeited their Ontario University Athletics season-opening football victory at Windsor after the university discovered a player who participated in that game was academically ineligible to do so. The violation was verified Wednesday. The university has not identified the... [Read More]
Late touchdown allows Windsor to subdue Laurier  September 7th, 2014
A touchdown with 30 seconds left in the football game gave the Windsor Lancers a 39-34 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in an Ontario University Athletics match Saturday in Windsor. The score, on a 58-yard pass from quarterback Austin Kennedy to Evan Pszczonak, completed a dramatic... [Read More]
Gaels succumb to fourth-quarter rally  September 6th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It happened once, and the Queen's Golden Gaels responded magnificently. It happened again, and the Gaels had no answer at all. A 14-point first-quarter blitz by the Ottawa Gee-Gees was overcome with 30 points in the middle two quarters of the Gaels' Ontario University Athletics... [Read More]
Ottawa 37 Gaels 30  September 6th, 2014
First Quarter Ott-TD, Campbell 37 pass from Wendel (Ward convert) 5:52 Ott-TD, Tommy 11 run (Ward convert) 12:50 Second Quarter Qns-TD, Carmichael 25 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 1:43 Qns-FG, Wamsley 29 7:03 Qns-TD, Pataki 11 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 9:21 Ott-Safety, McPhee... [Read More]
League gets early introduction to Gaels rookie Jason Shamatutu  September 5th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Indeed, Jason Shamatutu confessed, he's had his welcome-to-university-football moment. "Yeah," he said sheepishly. "I did." It came early in the third quarter of last Monday's football game at Windsor, when the Lancers' fifth-year all-star receiver, Evan Pszczonak beat him for... [Read More]
Jesse Andrews may miss Saturday's game  September 4th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels running back Jesse Andrews may not be in the team's lineup Saturday when they host the Ottawa Gee-Gees for an Ontario University Athletics football game at Richardson Stadium. Andrews, who rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his first two intercollegiate starts in 2012... [Read More]
It ain't Western, but the Queen's rivalry with Ottawa has had its moments  September 4th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY While the old guard of the Queen's football faithful love to wax nostalgic about the old rivalries with Toronto and McGill, and those who currently reside in Gaels Nation love to hate Western, for generations in between the arch nemesis was none of the above. This bunch loved to... [Read More]
Gaels begin football poll at No. 9  September 3rd, 2014
The panelists went way out on a limb to select the top team in the first Canadian Interuniversity Sport football ranking of 2014. The group of University Football Reporters of Canada collectively chose the defending Vanier Cup champion Laval rouge et or, who have won five of the last six national... [Read More]
Ravens get first victory of their second incarnation  September 1st, 2014
Carleton Ravens version 2.0 got its first win since returning to Ontario University Athletics Monday, defeating the Waterloo Warriors 33-14 in Waterloo. The Ravens, winless in their maiden season last year after a 15-year hiatus, scored the only 10 points of the first quarter and led 12-11 at... [Read More]
Gaels open season with come-from-behind win at Windsor  September 1st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY WINDSOR-Queen's Golden Gaels didn't score a point in the third quarter Monday afternoon. They lost ground on three of their five running plays and they had just three first downs, never more than one in a series. And yet, that's precisely when they won the football game. Some... [Read More]
Gaels 39 Windsor 30  September 1st, 2014
First Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 24 6:09 Qns-Andrews 2 run (Wamsley convert) 9:14 Qns-Safety, Malandruccolo concedes 10:44 Qns-FG, Wamsley 37 13:42 Second Quarter Wsr-TD, Pszczonak 90 pass from Kennedy (Malandruccolo convert) 3:27 Wsr-TD, Whitfield 11 pass from Kennedy (Malandruccolo convert)... [Read More]
Gaels happy to end training camp, even if it means going to Windsor  August 30th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It may be necessary but it doesn't quite fit anyone's definition of fun. "Training camp," Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan said Thursday, "sort of saps the life out of you. "I'm sure the players would reiterate we've just about had enough of training camp. We'd like to... [Read More]
Knocking Western off the top of the mountain won't be easy  August 30th, 2014
In the old schoolyard game, the biggest and the strongest gets to the top of the mountain. A few others may get a hand hold, but most of the players end up clamouring around the base, struggling to get anywhere.That's what it will be like this year in the Ontario University Athletics football... [Read More]
West turf field to be named for two Queen's coaching legends  August 25th, 2014
It took a long time for the tall foreheads at Queen's University to get around to putting a name to the facility, but in the end they wound up exactly where they should be. Many months after the board of trustees approved it, the university announced Monday the upper turf athletic field at west... [Read More]
Young defence shows promise in preseason defeat  August 24th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Does the outcome of an exhibition football game matter? Apparently not. It didn't even matter that much to the guy whose team won Sunday afternoon. "To be honest with you, our goal wasn't to come in and win," Concordia Stingers coach Mickey Donovan said after his team defeated... [Read More]
Concordia 25 Gaels 18  August 24th, 2014
First Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 26l 11:11 Second Quarter Con-TD, Asare 21 interception return (Treloar convert) 10:31 Qns-Safety, Green concedes 13:48 Third Quarter Qns-TD, Hannon 17 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 6:01 Con-FG, Treloar 22 12:17 Qns-FG, Wamsley 35 14:24 Fourth... [Read More]
Different kind of year begins Sunday for Gaels  August 23rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEYFor sure, Billy McPhee says, it's going to be different this year.Different, in this case, isn't a synonym for bad, the Queen's Golden Gaels quarterback insists, even for a fellow who said good-bye to so many teammates and returns for his final season of intercollegiate ball... [Read More]
Gaels eager for preseason test  August 21st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It wasn't done with specific benefit to the Queen's Golden Gaels in mind, but redrafting the Ontario University Athletics football schedule last spring certainly did the Gaels a good turn. What football team preparing for a season without 18 players who started in the Yates Cup... [Read More]
Building new offensive line first order of business for Gaels  August 18th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Can you imagine Ford without the Mustang? Dodge no longer with the Caravan in its line? What if Chevrolet suddenly decided to do without any of its old marques and ushered in five new models, all at once? That's kind of what the Queen's Golden Gaels will do this fall, when they... [Read More]
Former Gael Scott MacDonell thrilled to be part of history in the making  July 16th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They'll play the first professional football game in Ottawa since 2006 on Friday night, and in his first professional season, Scott MacDonell is pretty pleased with the idea that he's going to be part of it. "It's starting to get a little crazy," the former... [Read More]
Queen's gets noise-bylaw exemption for west campus athletic fields  July 16th, 2014
Kingston city council Tuesday night unanimously granted an exemption to its noise bylaw to Queen's University, allowing ancillary sound from athletic events played at the school's west campus sports fields. The vote was 12-0. The temporary exemption, running through 2015, allows... [Read More]
So much noise about noise at the stadium  July 11th, 2014
Some might find it a tad ironic that so much noise is being generated in the debate about whether to permit noise at the west-campus athletic fields of Queen's University. Indeed, there's enough disingenuous palaver to float a battleship. In this corner, we have the university, seeking a... [Read More]
Shomari Williams makes his way back into Roughriders lineup  July 4th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO - Shomari Williams says that before this year, he would never have described himself as a patient person. "Definitely not," he said. "You always want instant gratification and you always want instant results, so it's tough having to sit back and wait for them." That's... [Read More]
Old and new dreams come true for Gaels in CFL draft  May 15th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY One man has harbored a dream of playing professional football for years. The other came upon the notion much later in life, oddly enough while setting up props at Montreal Alouettes games last summer. On Tuesday, both Queen's Golden Gaels got their wish when they were selected... [Read More]
Andrew Lue, Scott Macdonell, Max Caron among top 16 players chosen in CFL draft  May 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Andrew Lue spent Tuesday evening at home in Markham, hanging out with his family. A few old friends popped over for a visit. "A few guys I used to play football with," Lue said, "so there's going to be a lot of reminiscing on the good times, I'm sure." Doubtless there was some... [Read More]
Four Gaels in Saturday's East-West Bowl  May 9th, 2014
Four members of the Queen's Golden Gaels will be playing Saturday in the 12th annual East-West Bowl football game in London. Game time at Western's TD Stadium is 1 p.m. The game is a showcase for players from Canadian universities who are entering their CFL draft year who are nominated by their... [Read More]
Gaels introduce 11 more members of freshman football class  April 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In a room full of promising football players, one young man gave Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan reason to pause Friday. "If you watch his highlight tape," Sheahan said, quietly, as he prepared to introduce Nelkas Kwemo, "you'll hold your breath for a second." Kwemo was... [Read More]
'Top defensive back in the city,' Farhan Imtiaz commits to play football at Queen's  April 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As Farhan Imtiaz took a seat Friday before the news conference that would introduce him as one of the latest crop of football freshmen at Queen's University, there was something familiar about the chap beside him. "Coach Sheahan said, 'A Frontenac guy next to a Lorne Park guy? I... [Read More]
New and improved Jeff VanderSpank introduced as new recruit for football Gaels  April 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Not so long ago, for Jeff VanderSpank, Queen's University was a place you drove through on the way to the hospital. It was not someplace to hang his academic hat. After he was introduced Friday as one of 11 new recruits for the Golden Gaels football team, VanderSpank explained... [Read More]
Queen's pledged $5 million more for new stadium  April 23rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen's University's campaign to rebuild Richardson Stadium got a $5 million boost Wednesday from the Richardson Foundation, the charitable arm of James Richardson and Sons, the company founded by the family of the man who gave $50,000 to build the original Richardson Stadium on... [Read More]
Campaign to replace Richardson Stadium gets $10 million boost  March 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Work to replace Richardson Stadium could begin as soon as the end of the 2014 season if a $10 million gift from a football alumnus provides the spark for a fundraising campaign that its co-chair believes it will. "It's great to jump-start things," Paul Hand said of the donation... [Read More]
Circuitous route lands recruit not far from home  March 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Two years ago, Avery Baker began his pursuit of a dream to play American college football. He uprooted himself from his Oshawa home and headed off to Salisbury, Ct. Friday, Baker's quest for a university football career instead wound up in a town just down the road from where he... [Read More]
Gaels introduce seven football recruits  March 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Seven new prospects were inducted into the Queen's football freshman class of 2014 Friday, and whether its members yet know it, they're already generating high expectations. "This is a good group," Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan said after the recruits - five from Ontario, one... [Read More]
Time to end the drama about the new defensive co-ordinator at Queen's  March 9th, 2014
It was interesting last week that, at a time when Queen's football players, parents, fans and alumni - not to mention the greater Canadian university football community - were eagerly awaiting news of the Golden Gaels' new defensive co-ordinator, instead we got an announcement of who will be... [Read More]
Justin Chapdelaine signs pro contract with CFL team in Ottawa  March 2nd, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels receiver Justin Chapdelaine has signed a contract with the CFL's newest team, the Ottawa RedBlacks. After attending the Canadian Football League scouting combine in Toronto last March, Chapdelaine was not drafted. He returned for his fifth and final intercollegiate season and... [Read More]
Kingston man has impact coaching football at an inner city school in Chicago  February 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When a boy from small town, white-bread Joyceville, Ont., transplants himself not only in Chicago but, as Jim Croce wrote, in the baddest part of town, you might suspect there'd be a day or two at the beginning of his adventure when he'd collapse at the end of the day and think,... [Read More]
No word on new stadium, defensive co-ordinator at Queen's  February 9th, 2014
TORONTO - Memories and good cheer were shared in abundance Saturday night in Toronto but there was no white smoke emanating from either of the Queen's football team's chimneys when players past, present and future, parents, coaches and alumni gathered for the third annual Gael Force fundraising... [Read More]
Palmer Simpson destined to play football at Queen's  January 31st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Somewhere in Palmer Simpson's family there's someone with unrivaled clairvoyance. "When I was young, I had a sweater," Simpson said. "I wasn't even a year old, and it said 'Queen's recruit of 20??'" The prophecy came true Friday when Simpson, a defensive lineman from Sault Ste.... [Read More]
Queen's close to naming new defensive co-ordinator  January 24th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen's Golden Gaels will have a new defensive co-ordinator before too long, coach Pat Sheahan said Friday. "We'll probably have it done by the first couple of days of February," he said. The Gaels have been in the market since Pat Tracey left Queen's in December after 15 years... [Read More]
Football Gaels introduce prize recruit  January 24th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For years Pat Sheahan has, at times, felt like the boy without a nickel, gazing into the window of the candy store, before coming home empty-handed. After having coached at two universities in Montreal and raised a family there, he had developed impeccable contacts. He knew his... [Read More]
Frontenac's Nolan McGreer signs to play football at Carleton  January 15th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a cold, blustery, grey, late-November day the afternoon the Frontenac Falcons played in their OFSAA Bowl football game in Toronto, and Nolan McGreer remembers it well - not so much for the outcome, but for the number of people who wanted a minute of the young man's... [Read More]
Three Gaels, Max Caron on list of top prospects for this year's CFL draft  January 14th, 2014
Three members of the Queen's Golden Gaels, as well as Frontenac Secondary School grad Max Caron, are among those listed in the Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau's top 15 prospects eligible for this spring's draft. As he was in the autumn list, defensive back Andrew Lue is the eighth-ranked... [Read More]
Pat Tracey leaves Queen's for CFL coaching gig in Winnipeg  January 7th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Whenever Mike O'Shea has needed something at an important point in his football career, it seems Pat Tracey has been there. When it came time for the new coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to go looking for someone to co-ordinate his team's specialty units, it was perhaps only... [Read More]
A loyal supporter of the football team, John Matheson will be missed at Queen's  January 6th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For years he was a fixture at Queen's Golden Gaels football games, most recently in a familiar spot on the track at the southwest corner of Richardson Stadium. When the 2014 season begins in September, John Matheson will be missed. Widely known as a veteran of the Italian... [Read More]
Guelph football player suspended for positive drug test  January 5th, 2014
Mackenzie Morrison, a rookie receiver with the Guelph Gryphons football team, has been suspended for two years by Canadian Interuniversity Sport for testing positive for a prohibited substance. The athlete's urine sample, collected during an out-of-competition test on Sept. 24, revealed the... [Read More]
Gaels to open 2014 football season at Carleton  December 4th, 2013
After a 16-year hiatus, the Queen's Golden Gaels will renew their football rivalry with the Carleton Ravens when the 2014 Ontario University Athletics season opens on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Ottawa. The Gaels and Ravens last met in 1998, when visiting Queen's thumped Carleton 40-8 in the 51st meeting... [Read More]
Lue, Wiggan named first-team all-Canadians  November 22nd, 2013
Two members of the Queen's Golden Gaels are first-team all-Canadian football players. Defensive end Derek Wiggan and cornerback Andrew Lue were named to the national university all-star team that was announced Thursday night in Quebec City. A three-time conference all-star who just completed his... [Read More]
Calgary ends Western's football season with decisive win in Mitchell Bowl  November 16th, 2013
A week too late for it to do the Queen's Golden Gaels any good, the mighty Western Mustangs played a dreadful football game Saturday. On a windy, snowy, minus-10 degree day in Calgary, the Mustangs, the heretofore No. 1 team in the land, was humbled 44-3 by the Calgary Dinosaurs in the Mitchell... [Read More]
Western posts decisive 51-22 Yates Cup victory over Queen's  November 9th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY LONDON - When a good football team plays well, sometimes you just have to concede the inevitability of the outcome. If, at the same time, you don't play your best, the result can be the kind of crushing loss the Queen's Golden Gaels suffered in the Yates Cup game Saturday. In... [Read More]
Yates Cup: Western 51 Gaels 22  November 9th, 2013
First Quarter Wes - FG, Hajrullahu 23 3:22 Qns - Safety, Hajrullahu concedes 6:31 Qns - FG, Wamsley 30 10:56 Second Quarter Wes - FG, Hajrullahu 2:53 Wes - TD, Harou 3 run (Hajrullahu convert) 8:09 Wes - Single, Hajrullahu 85 kickoff 8:09 Wes - FG, Hajrullahu 48 10:43 Wes - TD, Uren 15... [Read More]
Cloudy but chance of rain just 20 per cent for Yates Cup game  November 9th, 2013
LONDON - It's cloudy in the Forest City an hour before game time for today's Yates Cup championship football match between the Queen's Golden Gaels and Western Mustangs. The temperature is 9 degrees and the wind is 6 km/hr but gusts out of the east are forecast by The Weather Network to reach... [Read More]
Peters, Caron named to conference all-star teams  November 8th, 2013
Two Kingston high school products are among players named this week to their respective conference all-star football teams. Sydenham High School grad Hayden Peters, in his second season with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, is the all-star punter in the Atlantic conference. A former member of the... [Read More]
Mike Sullivan may be the most thankful Gael at the Yates Cup  November 7th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As he tries to explain the importance to his team of Mike Sullivan, Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan shares a story. "(Assistant coach) Phil Roberts was talking to another coach," Sheahan said, "and he was asking about practice organization. One of the things Phil said,... [Read More]
Kingston's Aaron Gazendam is Ontario nominee for Russ Jackson Award  November 7th, 2013
Aaron Gazendam of the Queen's Golden Gaels is the Ontario University Athletics nominee for the Russ Jackson Award, one of the major individual honours in Canadian Interuniversity Sport football. The award is presented annually to the player who best demonstrates athletic skill, academic... [Read More]
Seven Gaels named to OUA football all-star team  November 6th, 2013
Seven members of the Queen's Golden Gaels - including three members of the defensive secondary - have been named to the Ontario University Athletics football all-star team. The team, chosen in a poll of the league's coaches, was announced Wednesday. Corners Yann Dika-Balotoken and Andrew Lue and... [Read More]
Western brushes McMaster aside to advance to Yates Cup game  November 3rd, 2013
Any football team that can hold the powerful Western Mustangs to just two touchdowns in a game should be in a good position to win it. You'd think. To do so, however, you'd have to score some points yourself and clearly the McMaster Marauders weren't up to that Saturday afternoon in London, where... [Read More]
Gaels 34 Guelph 17  November 3rd, 2013
First Quarter Qns - TD, Granberg 1 run (Wamsley convert) 5:05 Gph - TD, S. Lindsey 15 pass from J. Lindsey (Ferraro convert) 8:15 Qns - FG, Wamsley 38 14:05 Second Quarter Gph - TD, Fraser 32 pass from J. Lindsey (Ferraro convert) 9:22 Qns - FG, Wamsley 29 6:13 Gph - FG, Ferraro 23... [Read More]
Halftime adjustments spur Gaels' defence to masterful second-half performance  November 3rd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Losing running back Rob Farquharson to an injury in the third quarter didn't help the Guelph Gryphons' chance of coming back against the Queen's Golden Gaels in Saturday afternoon's Ontario University Athletics semifinal football game. It wasn't necessarily the reason they... [Read More]
Brilliant fourth quarter sparks Gaels past Guelph  November 3rd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was, as Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan described it, an interesting decision. "If you come back and win the game nobody ever asks you about it." Indeed, as it turned out, the Guelph Gryphons' choice to give up a safety that put the Gaels into the lead of their... [Read More]
Senior Gaels looking forward to what could be their last home game  November 1st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It's been neglected by administrators, condemned by engineers and the notion of hot water in the public facilities lives only in folklore. It is venerable or decrepit; it evokes nostalgic thoughts of antiquity or the kind of disdain associated with decay and obsolescence. For... [Read More]
No strangers on the field for Yates Cup semifinal Saturday  October 31st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When you prepare to face a team for the second game in a row - indeed, for the fourth time in 13 games over the last 12 months - one thing is certain. "There's no mystery to it," Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan said Thursday, of his team's sudden-death Ontario University... [Read More]
Queen's fourth in final Top 10 football poll  October 30th, 2013
Western Mustangs head into their conference semifinal Saturday as the No. 1-ranked university football team in Canada. The Mustangs, who will host the McMaster Marauders, were ranked first for the fifth week in a row in the final poll of the season released Tuesday by Canadian Interuniversity... [Read More]
Stingers coach Gerry McGrath retires  October 27th, 2013
The man who replaced Pat Sheahan as coach of the Concordia Stingers is retiring. Gerry McGrath made the announcement Saturday after his team ended a winless season with a 28-21 loss at Sherbrooke. McGrath, 54, served eight years as the Stingers offensive co-ordinator under Sheahan and he took over... [Read More]
Gaels will host Guelph in OUA football semifinal  October 27th, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels will host the Guelph Gryphons Saturday afternoon in an Ontario University Athletics football semifinal match at Richardson Stadium. The semifinal opponents were set Saturday night after the Gryphons defeated the Windsor Lancers 31-21. Earlier, the McMaster Marauders whipped... [Read More]
Queen's moves up one spot in national football poll  October 22nd, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week's ranking of Canadian university football teams, announced Tuesday by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The Gaels, 7-1, traded places with Guelph after their 38-23 victory over the Gryphons at home Saturday. For the fourth week in a row... [Read More]
Record books take a beating on final day of OUA season  October 20th, 2013
The Ontario and Canadian university football record books took a beating Saturday on the final day of the regular Ontario University Athletics season At Toronto, where the Varsity Blues defeated the Waterloo Warriors 50-18 to complete their first .500 season since their Vanier Cup year of 1993,... [Read More]
Billy McPhee plays 'best game at Queen's'  October 19th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If there was a play that embodied the performance of Billy McPhee Saturday afternoon, it would not be any of the three touchdown passes he threw against the Guelph Gryphons. It may not be the splendid sideline pass the Queen's Golden Gaels quarterback completed to Doug Corby... [Read More]
Gaels claim second place with 37-23 win over Guelph  October 19th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It may not have been a perfect football game for the Queen's Golden Gaels Saturday afternoon, but the good things they did so greatly overshadowed the bad that their 37-23 win over the Guelph Gryphons somehow seemed darn close to flawless. There was very little with which to... [Read More]
Gaels 37 Guelph 23  October 19th, 2013
First Quarter Qns - TD, Macdonell 7 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 4:05 Gph - Safety, Chapdelaine concedes 8:36 Second Quarter Gph - TD, J. Lindsey 6 run (Ferraro convert) 1:03 Gph - TD, Trivieri 8 pass from J. Lindsey (Ferraro convert) 3:59 Qns - TD, Gazendam 16 pass from McPhee (Wamsley... [Read More]
Perseverance pays off for Jacob Harpell  October 18th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For three years, he never saw a football field, except at practice. For three years, he spent two hours each autumn weeknight getting beaten up by his team's first stringers. For three years, Jacob Harpell stuck it out - and now he's being rewarded for his patience. The Holy... [Read More]
Gaels mum on status of Sabourin, Aprile for Saturday's game  October 18th, 2013
As Guelph Gryphons coach Stu Lang was confirming Thursday that his injured middle linebacker wouldn't be able to play in Saturday's football game at Queen's, and that his all-star running back would, Gaels coach Pat Sheahan was leaving his team's fans to wonder about his middle linebacker and... [Read More]
Gaels, Gryphons prepare for crucial football match  October 18th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If the weather forecasters are correct - and, certainly, they're due - there's a chance that rain Saturday might turn the last remaining natural grass football field in the OUA into a soggy, slippery surface not especially conducive to the kind of ball played by teams whose games... [Read More]
Gaels still No. 5 in Canada, will host Guelph Saturday in national marquee match  October 15th, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels remain the fifth-ranked university football team in Canada heading into the final game of their regular schedule Saturday against the Guelph Gryphons. None of the teams in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 changed positions after a weekend of play where teams in the... [Read More]
Gaels 78 Waterloo 21  October 12th, 2013
First Quarter Qns - TD, Heslop 42 run (Wamsley convert) 2:49 Qns - TD, Aprile 63 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 4:45 Qns - TD, Corby 53 punt return (Wamsley convert) 6:00 Qns - TD, Dyer 5 fumble recovery (Wamsley convert) 6:44 Qns - Safety, Smith concedes 8:04 Qns - FG, Wamsley 52... [Read More]
Gaels thump hapless Waterloo; improve to 6-1  October 12th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY WATERLOO - It was just the kind of game the Queen's Golden Gaels needed, not so much to impress anyone but themselves. On a clear, calm, unseasonably warm night, the Gaels took it to the hapless Waterloo Warriors, beating them 78-21. No adjectives or colourful verbs are... [Read More]
Banner weekend for hometown boys in CIS football programs  October 11th, 2013
It's a red-letter weekend for three former members of the Kingston Grenadiers of the Ontario Varsity Football League, two of whom will be starting their first intercollegiate games and another who will be dressing for his first.Nick Dowd, the La Salle Secondary School graduate, will be starting at... [Read More]
Gaels anxious as they prepare to face Waterloo  October 10th, 2013
They haven't beaten Queen's since the Bush administration, they've only ever beaten Queen's twice, Queen's has outscored them 179-43 and shut them out twice in the last four meetings and they lost their most recent game 66-3. And the Waterloo Warriors have the Queen's Golden Gaels scared... [Read More]
Gaels hold fast at No. 5 in national football poll  October 9th, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels remain the fifth-ranked university football team in Canada, according to this week's Canadian Interuniversity Sport listing. The Gaels, who many believe were fortunate to escape their Saturday game with the 1-6 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks with a 40-34 overtime victory, were... [Read More]
Western, Guelph stay undefeated in OUA football play  October 6th, 2013
Western Mustangs remained undefeated Saturday with a 51-23 Ontario University Athletics football victory over the Windsor Lancers. Will Finch completed 22 of 34 passes for 362 yards while Yannick Harou rushed 15 times for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the No. 1-ranked Mustangs, who posted... [Read More]
Gaels 40 Laurier 34  October 6th, 2013
First Quarter Qns - TD, Granberg 54 run (Wamsley convert) 4:00 Qns - Single, Wamsley 80 kickoff 4:03 WLU - FG, Pfeffer 8 8:17 Second Quarter Qns - Single, Wamsley misses 31 FG 1:13 WLU - TD, Nyhof 21 pass from Fracas (Pfeffer convert) 4:16 WLU - TD, S.Campbell 56 pass from Fracas (Pfeffer... [Read More]
Gaels survive game with makeshift defence  October 6th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a day, Queen's coach Pat Sheahan said, of modest expectations. Missing four starters on defence, Sheahan said, made it "one of those days where the coaching staff decided that to try and gut this one out, just get through it." The Gaels defeated the Wilfrid Laurier... [Read More]
Odd play gives Gaels overtime win over Laurier  October 5th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Of the 10,000 or so people in the stands, on the field and along the sidelines at Richardson Stadium Saturday, likely only a handful had the faintest idea of what was going on. Fortunately for the Queen's Golden Gaels, one of them was the guy who mattered. Thinking quickly,... [Read More]
Fortuitous encounter helped bring Ryan Granberg to Queen's  October 4th, 2013
Little did Pat Sheahan know, when he embarked on a teaching career in Montreal 35 years ago, that one day a seed planted at Loyola High School might one day grow into a record-breaking running back. "I taught a young man when I was an elementary school phys-ed teacher in Montreal," Sheahan was... [Read More]
Gaels reunite to celebrate 35th anniversary of 1978 College Bowl victory  October 4th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If it's possible to capture the essence of a football team from one play in a storied season, for the Queen's Golden Gaels, 1978 edition, it just may have happened one late October afternoon. It was the first round of playoffs and the Carleton Ravens were the opponents. Two... [Read More]
Laurier quarterback has 'great football genes'  October 4th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was as good an opportunity as a young quarterback could want: A competitive training camp on a team coming off a losing season with no heir apparent at the position. Of high hopes can come bitter disappointment, however, and at the end of Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks' training... [Read More]
Gaels, Laurier on course for crucial test  October 4th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEYThey're like two neighbours who take turns annoying each other, one with the cat that yowls late at night, the other with the aspiring teenage drummer.The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks have pinned on the Queen's Golden Gaels some of the Tricolour's most bitter defeats in recent... [Read More]
Gaels fall two spots in national football poll  October 1st, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels fell two positions in this week's Canadian Interuniversity Sport ranking of intercollegiate football teams, released Tuesday. The outcome of a game Saturday in London, where the Western Mustangs handed the Gaels their first defeat of the season, 50-31, not only kicked Queen's... [Read More]
Western 50 Gaels 31  September 29th, 2013
First Quarter Wes - TD, Sinclair 11 pass from Finch (Hajrullahu convert) 2:44 Second Quarter Wes - TD, Sinclair 24 run (Hajrullahu convert) 2:24 Wes - TD, Huggins 54 interception return (Hajrullahu convert) 7:13 Wes - Single, Hajrullahu 65 kickoff 7:13 Wes - Single, Hajrullahu missed 36 FG... [Read More]
Guelph stays unbeaten with win over Waterloo  September 29th, 2013
All at once Saturday, the Queen's Golden Gaels fell from battling for first place to a fight for third in the Ontario University Athletics football conference. The Gaels entered their game at London undefeated in four games but they fell to the Western Mustangs, 50-31. At Waterloo, meanwhile, the... [Read More]
Ryan Granberg is new all-time rushing leader at Queen's  September 29th, 2013
LONDON - With his best game of the season, Golden Gaels tailback Ryan Granberg Saturday became the best ball carrier in the recorded history of Queen's University football. Granberg, a phys-ed student from Sherwood Park, Alta., in his fifth year with the Gaels, entered the game at TD Stadium in... [Read More]
Queen's taught painful lesson at Western  September 28th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY LONDON - Western Mustangs were full value for their victory Saturday afternoon. They never trailed and they never let the Queen's Golden Gaels get too close in a football game they put into the books as a 50-31 decision. At the same time, the Gaels were, to a large degree,... [Read More]
Gaels will face top QB Saturday at Western  September 26th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When two of the top three ranked teams in Canada meet Saturday afternoon in London, all eyes and much attention will be focused on the performance of a sophomore quarterback from Nelson High School in Burlington. So it should be. Will Finch of the Western Mustangs could be the... [Read More]
Queen's hangs onto No. 3 spot in football ranking  September 24th, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels remain the No. 3 university football team in Canada this week, as they prepare for their game Saturday in London against the second-ranked Western Mustangs. In the weekly list of the nation's Top 10 teams released Tuesday by Canadian Interuniversity Sport, none of the top... [Read More]
Three undefeated teams all retain their perfect records  September 22nd, 2013
Two of the league's three undefeated teams got a scare Saturday afternoon but ultimately all three emerged from a rainy day with their unblemished records intact. Western Mustangs spotted the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks a 10-point lead before coming back for a 45-24 victory in Waterloo. The... [Read More]
Gaels 36 Ottawa 21  September 22nd, 2013
First Quarter Qns - TD, Andrews 2 run (Wamsley convert blocked) 6:51 Second Quarter Qns - Single, Wamsley missed 27 FG 0:11 Qns - TD, Andrews 1 run (Wamsley convert) 3:14 Ott - Safety, Wamsley concedes 9:25 Third Quarter Qns - TD, Granberg 4 run (Wamsley convert) 7:27 Ott - TD, Mireault 6... [Read More]
Gaels improve to 4-0 with victory over Ottawa  September 21st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA - On a dog of a day that was dreary, rainy and windy, two football teams played a dog of a game that suited the inhospitable conditions. Amid dropped passes, missed throws and general misadventure, the Queen's Golden Gaels and Ottawa Gee-Gees combined to provide such... [Read More]
Gaels look to establish running game today in Ottawa  September 21st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It can be challenging for an athlete, Jesse Andrews allowed the other day, to be a good teammate when you're dying to get back in the football game yourself. "At times you think, 'OK, I got the team rolling there and now my couple of series is up,'" said the Queen's Golden Gaels... [Read More]
Team still smarting from Western whipping presents challenge for Gaels  September 19th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When you're the next opponent for a team whose most recent contest ended with having 83 points scored against it, what exactly is the expectation? Do you lick your lips in anticipation of being next in line for that buffet? Or do you fear the angry guy who's preparing... [Read More]
Western climbs in football Top 10 at Queen's expense  September 18th, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels slipped one place in this week's national ranking of Canadian university football teams released by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.Their punishment from the 20-member panel of the University Football Reporters of Canada for having a bye week was to fall to No. 3, behind No. 1... [Read More]
Kingston connection strong to football team at St. F.X.  September 15th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MONTREAL - Just because they're the last remaining undefeated team in their conference, don't start booking bands for the parade along West Street. Never mind that a team that allowed an average of 39 points in losing its last seven games last year has allowed just 28 in its... [Read More]
Western pounds Ottawa; improves to 4-0  September 15th, 2013
Western Mustangs got six rushing touchdowns from five different players Saturday afternoon as they hammered the visiting Ottawa Gee-Gees 83-27 in an Ontario University Athletics football game. The Mustangs, who have scored 262 points in compiling their perfect 4-0 record - 65.5 points per game -... [Read More]
Daniel Heslop keeps one eye on the ball, the other on med school  September 12th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY He's a thoughtful young man and you can tell that even after two years away from the game, Daniel Heslop is still passionate about playing football. If you want to discuss a subject that really excites him, however, ask him how his schoolwork is going. "My classes are great,"... [Read More]
Football Gaels hold steady at No. 2 in national poll  September 10th, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels remain second in this week's ranking of Canadian university football teams released Tuesday by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. As it has been all season, Laval is No. 1 in this week's nation-wide poll of 20 members of the University Football Reporters of Canada. However, for... [Read More]
Western whips McMaster as defending champs fall to 1-2; big day for Hayden Peters in Antigonish  September 7th, 2013
Western Mustangs served notice Saturday that they belong in the conversation with the best university football teams in the country, as they pummeled the two-time defending Yates Cup champion McMaster Marauders 58-15 in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Hamilton. Western led 10-6... [Read More]
Gaels exact better bargain on turnovers; defeat Windsor 49-34  September 7th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In a football game laced with mistakes, the Windsor Lancers were called to pay dearly Saturday afternoon. From four turnovers, the Queen's Golden Gaels exacted a stiff price of 24 points. The Gaels were just as clumsy - they fumbled the ball four times in the first 22 minutes of... [Read More]
Gaels 49 Windsor 34  September 7th, 2013
First Quarter Qns - TD Chapdelaine 40 pass from McPhee (Wamsley conert) 2:33 Wsr - TD Kennedy 4 run (Cerino convert) 6:49 Qns - TD Granberg 1 run (Wamsley convert) 9:41 Wsr - FG Cerino 29 13:10 Second Quarter Qns - TD Macdonell 35 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 8:47 Qns - TD Pataki 5 fumble... [Read More]
No need to worry about these Gaels getting complacent, veteran says  September 6th, 2013
A sage football man once proclaimed that fifth-year players "are a pain in the ass." He was, of course, talking about those who return for the final year of intercollegiate eligibility largely because they have nothing better to do. You can't discourage them, he reasoned, because their experience... [Read More]
Learning football by the glow of a TV screen  September 6th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It's not uncommon for newcomers in a foreign land to turn to television to acclimate to the language of their new home. That's what Yann Dika-Bilotoken did in July, 2007, when his family arrived in Toronto from France. Naturally, the 14-year-old Yann, eager to fit in at his new... [Read More]
Gaels reunite to celebrate remarkable 1983 season  September 6th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Lots of things can happen in 30 years. People move, change careers, have children, send them to university. Thirty years on, however, some things don't change. "I'm totally fine to live my life normally," John Corrigan says, "and then somebody mentions that Vanier Cup game and... [Read More]
Lancers quarterback presents dynamic challenge to Gaels  September 5th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Austin Kennedy is back - the real Austin Kennedy, that is, the one for whom great things were predicted two years ago, not the one who gamely limped through 2012 on heart and a bad knee. Saturday, it will be the Queen's Golden Gaels' turn to deal with him. "He's a very dynamic... [Read More]
Gaels eager to revive ground game against Windsor  September 5th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY People shouldn't dwell too much on what the Queen's Golden Gaels haven't been able to do in the young Ontario University Athletics football season, coach Pat Sheahan says. "When you don't beat a team for three years and you finally beat them," Sheahan said of the Gaels' win... [Read More]
Queen's still second-ranked football team in Canada  September 3rd, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels retained their spot in the weekly Canadian Interuniversity Sport national ranking of  football teams, released today. The Gaels, 31-24 winners Monday over No. 6-ranked McMaster, remain second, behind Laval, in the poll of 20 university football reporters from across the... [Read More]
Last-minute field goal gives Guelph one-point win over Windsor  September 3rd, 2013
A 17-yard field goal by Daniel Ferraro with just three seconds remaining in the game gave the Guelph Gryphons a 24-23 win over the Windsor Lancers in an Ontario University Athletics football game Monday at Guelph. The Lancers, leading 23-21, appeared to be in good shape when Guelph took the ball... [Read More]
Gaels 31 McMaster 24  September 2nd, 2013
First Quarter No scoring. Second Quarter Qns - Single Wamsley missed 31 FG 1:13 Qns - FG Wamsley 33 6:39 McM - TD Vandervoort 73 pass from Ferguson (Crapigna convert) 7:42 Qns - TD Corby recovered fumble in end zone (Wamsley convert) 10:37 Third Quarter Qns - FG Wamsley 45 1:56 Qns - TD... [Read More]
Gaels get long-awaited victory over McMaster  September 2nd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was an odd kind of a football game. On a ridiculously humid day, there were penalties galore and players were dropping to injury and dehydration like apples off a tree on a windy autumn day. Neither team could rush the football. In the entire first quarter two teams that are... [Read More]
Frontenac quarterbacks make themselves at home at McMaster  September 1st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It's not a coincidence, McMaster Marauders coach Stefan Ptaszek says, that quarterbacks have worn a veritable path from Kingston's Frontenac Secondary School to his football team. And it isn't because McMaster is so desperate to make sense of why a team called 'Marauders' has a... [Read More]
More of Gaels' running game likely to see light of day against McMaster  August 31st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Suffice to say the York Lions didn't see the full brunt of the Queen's Golden Gaels running game last week. As a result, when they watched the film of that game this week, neither did the McMaster Marauders. You can expect them to see more of it Monday, when they visit... [Read More]
Senior Gaels playing so others can savour a championship  August 30th, 2013
Make no mistake. Few things would provide as much satisfaction to the Queen's Golden Gaels as a victory over the McMaster Marauders in their Ontario University Athletics football game Monday. It's not for the reason you might think, however. They don't appear to be consumed by the kind of emotion... [Read More]
Weary of losing to McMaster, Gaels get first big test Monday  August 29th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Touts might tell you it's not a good idea to bet against the team from the blue-collar town on Labour Day. It may not always be that simple but it would have been sound advice two years ago, when the Queen's Golden Gaels last hosted the McMaster Marauders in their home-opening... [Read More]
Football Gaels debut at No. 2  August 27th, 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels are No. 2 in the preseason national ranking of university football teams, announced today by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. It's the highest the Gaels have ever been ranked in the preseason poll, conducted among members of the University Football Reporters of Canada. The... [Read More]
McMaster opens season with win; Windsor sets school record with 78 points vs. Waterloo  August 26th, 2013
Defending Yates Cup champion McMaster Marauders survived a late first-half scare Sunday on their way to defeating the visiting Ottawa Gee-Gees 51-24 in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Hamilton. Before a crowd of just over 3,000 on the opening weekend of the season, McMaster scored... [Read More]
Gaels 52 York 1  August 26th, 2013
SUMMARY First Quarter Qns - TD Aprile 26 run (Wamsley convert) 7:02 Qns - FG Wamsley 43 11:30 Qns - TD Aprile 58 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 14:32 Second Quarter Qns - TD Aprile 55 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 2:02 Qns - Safety Naylor concedes 2:51 Qns - FG Wamsley 15 Qns - TD... [Read More]
Giovanni Aprile scores four TDs as Gaels thump York in season opener  August 26th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY ETOBICOKE - It doesn't seem like Giovanni Aprile will be easily satisfied this season. "In the second half, I was shaky," Aprile said Sunday, after his Queen's Golden Gaels throttled the York Lions 52-1 in the Ontario University Athletics season-opening football game. "I don't... [Read More]
Kingston's Tyler Filson to dress for first game with McMaster  August 24th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston's Tyler Filson will dress for his first university football game tomorrow in Hamilton. Filson, a freshman at McMaster, will be the backup to fellow Frontenac Secondary School alumnus Marshall Ferguson when the defending Yates Cup champion Marauders host the Ottawa... [Read More]
It says here Queen's will finish first in the OUA  August 24th, 2013
You don't blow a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter of an important football game and have it not affect you. You don't give up the game-winning touchdown in overtime of a playoff match you had in the bag and ever approach a football game the same way. The Queen's Golden Gaels have had nine... [Read More]
York coach sees Gaels as the team to beat  August 23rd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A year ago, the York Lions lost six of their eight Ontario University Athletics football games. They lost three of them by a total of nine points. That's heart-breaking, to be sure. Turn those outcomes around and the Lions are 5-3 and solidly in the playoffs. Looking back,... [Read More]
Ben O'Connor welcomes brother to McMaster program  August 22nd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY HAMILTON - Mitch O'Connor knows how lucky he is. "If I do something wrong, he's going to be the first one to come and tell me what to fix and what to do," said the rookie McMaster receiver whose big brother, Ben, preceded Mitch to the Marauders football team two years... [Read More]
Ryan Granberg ready to go  August 22nd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Pavlov made his dogs salivate by showing them meat. You don't need to be a psych major to make a university football coach drool like that - just show him a depth chart of the Queen's Golden Gaels backfield and receiving corps. Eight receivers who played last year are back,... [Read More]
Gaels will tend to their own knitting in Sunday's opener against York  August 22nd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For most of the football season, teams will devote the majority of their time to studying what opponents do, and plotting how to defend or exploit it. For the first game of the year, however, coaches tend more to be anxious about how their own players are going to behave. "This... [Read More]
Marshall Ferguson ready for the spotlight at McMaster  August 21st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY HAMILTON - There may be people around the province wondering what will happen this year with the McMaster Marauders now that the quarterback who took them to back-to-back Vanier Cup games is gone. You won't find any of them here. Marshall Ferguson is more than the understudy... [Read More]
Gaels' Matt Kendrick getting comfortable with new position  August 20th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As things go, the transformation of Matt Kendrick, veteran tackle, to Matt Kendrick, novice centre, is progressing probably as well as one could hope. "It started out rough," said Kendrick, on arriving at the Queen's Golden Gaels' training camp to find a new position waiting for... [Read More]
Last training camp something special for Justin Chapdelaine  August 18th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When a fellow gets to his fifth intercollegiate football training camp, there's a lot of stuff that's familiar. "It gets old," Justin Chapdelaine allowed. "It's what makes you better but it becomes routine. Going into my third year as a receiver, it's simple. It's pretty much... [Read More]
Same foundation, different parts for Queen's offence under new co-ordinator  August 16th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Quite simply, Ryan Sheahan says, it defies description. "I really don't have the right words," said Sheahan, asked to reflect on a chilly November afternoon in Ste-Foy, Que., almost four years ago when the Queen's Golden Gaels won the Vanier Cup. Sheahan was the quarterbacks... [Read More]
Football Gaels open training camp  August 15th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Other than the way it ended, the first day of practice went well for Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan. "On the first day there's bound to be some highs and lows because we're spilling a lot of information in," Sheahan said Thursday, after he excused his players earlier... [Read More]
No hiding the shame of stadium debacle  July 31st, 2013
So, Leslie Dal Cin was asked Wednesday, what word would she use to describe the sad state of Richardson Stadium? What was it like to learn that engineers had condemned most of the stands at the home of the last two Golden Gaels teams - football and women's soccer - to win national intercollegiate... [Read More]
Fans can enjoy a beer in the stands at Gaels football games this fall  July 31st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For the first time in the history of Richardson Stadium, patrons will be able to imbibe - legally - in the stands at Queen's Golden Gaels football games this fall. That's one of the tangible fallouts from the discovery this spring that most of the permanent seating at the... [Read More]
Toronto storm provides adventure for Queen's lineman  July 14th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Even for a guy who was there, John Miniaci says, it's hard to believe. "You look at the neighbourhood and it's like nothing happened," he said. "People with pretty much their entire basement on their front lawn, and large bins in their driveway trying to clean up the mess, but... [Read More]
Ex-Gael Surya new receivers coach at Laurier  July 10th, 2013
Mark Surya, a member of the Queen's Golden Gaels 2009 national championship football team, has been named to the coaching staff of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. Surya had 24 catches during the 2009 season, and five more in the Gaels' playoff run to the Vanier Cup. He had 44 receptions in his... [Read More]
Nine more recruits commit to football Gaels  May 26th, 2013
A quarterback, two players from the Maritimes and an ex-pat Kingstonian are among the latest group of incoming football freshmen announced by the Queen's Golden Gaels. Chris Sharanewych, a quarterback from Etobicoke Richview, was among nine players introduced by Gaels coach Pat Sheahan at a news... [Read More]
Four Gaels prominent at all-star game  May 12th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY LONDON - The week passed quickly for Andrew Lue. "It was a flash, to tell you the truth," Lue said after the East-West Bowl, several minutes after the West secured its 18-17 victory. "I still feel like we're warming up right now. It all happened very fast - too fast." The week... [Read More]
Max Caron leads East team in tackles  May 12th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY LONDON - Being part of the East-West Bowl football game was a terrific experience, Max Caron said, once his luggage caught up with him. "I didn't have a lot of my things for the first couple of days," said Caron, the Frontenac Secondary School grad now playing with the Concordia... [Read More]
West edges East in annual showcase football game  May 11th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY LONDON - With 66 seconds left in the football game, McMaster Marauders kicker Tyler Crapigna took the field and booted a 42-yard field goal to give the West team a one-point lead in the East-West Bowl football game. A minute later, he was back on the field to try and take that... [Read More]
Stadium report an opportunity for Queen's to create 'wonderful' new facility, former trustee says  May 8th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A man who eight years ago unsuccessfully floated a plan to build a new football and soccer stadium on the main campus of Queen's University is confident university administrators appreciate the urgency of building one now. "It's pretty hard to have a 10,000-person Homecoming in... [Read More]
Fixing old stadium a waste of money, fundraising co-chair believes  May 7th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY An engineer's report that last week declared the upper stands at Richardson Stadium unsafe may eventually be seen as fortuitous, says a man who played football there during its first season more than 40 years ago. "It's a blessing that it was discovered now rather than having... [Read More]
Former Bayridge player chosen in first round of CFL draft  May 6th, 2013
Former Bayridge Secondary School player Hunter Steward was selected Monday in the first round of the Canadian Football League draft, chosen sixth overall by the British Columbia Lions. Steward moved to Virginia Beach, Va., before his final year of high school and he subsequently enrolled at the... [Read More]
Football stadium condemned at Queen's  May 3rd, 2013
Ticket agents in the athletics department at Queen's University are scrambling today to deal with the fallout of an engineer's report that has condemned half of Richardson Stadium. Both upper tiers at the 43-year-old facility have been declared unsafe. It's unclear whether the university has plans... [Read More]
Young lineman joins his brother at Queen's  May 1st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Is it painful, Bob Sauer was asked, for a man who played football at McGill to have not just one, but two sons pursue the game in the colours of an old arch rival? "That's two daggers in the heart now," Sauer said, with a grin. "I want to say you can see the resilience that... [Read More]
Receiver repays mother for giving him a chance  May 1st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For three years, Munashe Masawi didn't see his mother. She was half a world away, trying to establish herself in a new land, where she hoped her children could one day hope for a better life. It was with a broad smile that Masawi gave his mother the first piece of fruit from... [Read More]
Highly touted running back among seven new recruits at Queen's  May 1st, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Jonah Pataki is fully aware of what awaits him this fall, when he arrives for his first training camp with the Queen's Golden Gaels. There's not a lot of room at his position, where the incumbents include Ryan Granberg, a tailback with all-star credentials, and Jesse Andrews,... [Read More]
Ex-Gael helps to steer Kyle O'Hara to Queen's  April 16th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The first time Kyle O'Hara visited the Queen's University campus, it had nothing to do with football. "I was in middle school and we came to Kingston for a basketball tournament," O'Hara said. While he was here, his coach took the team on a tour of the campus. "That was my... [Read More]
Brendan Ginn comes home to go to university  April 16th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Usually it works the other way around. Typically young men graduating from high school are tempted by the lure of leaving home for college. Not often, Brendan Ginn admitted, do they go away for a year and come back home to attend university and play football - as he formally... [Read More]
Nick Dowd follows brother's footsteps to Queen's  April 16th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Nick Dowd has played one game of football with his brother, Aaron. "I'd like to add to that," he said Tuesday. Come this fall, he'll have that chance. Dowd was one of four recruits introduced today by Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan and when he gets to training camp,... [Read More]
Three days after being accepted, Matt Pendergast commits to play football at Queen's  April 16th, 2013
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Kingston's Max Caron bound for East-West Bowl  April 7th, 2013
Kingston's Max Caron is among the players who have been invited to play in the 11th annual East-West Bowl football game next month in London. Caron's name was inadvertently omitted from a posting earlier this week (my apologies to his family and friends). A linebacker at Concordia in the Quebec... [Read More]
Frontenac grad Marshall Ferguson, four Gaels named to play in East-West Bowl  April 3rd, 2013
Four members of the Queen's Golden Gaels have been named to the East team that will play in the 11th annual East-West Bowl football game, May 11 in London. Kingston's Marshall Ferguson, a quarterback with the McMaster Marauders, was chosen to play on the West team. Three members of the Queen's... [Read More]
Gaels pleased with their performance at CFL Combine  March 24th, 2013
CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO - The hardest thing Josh Prinsen had to do on the weekend was nothing. "Both mornings we were up early for testing," said the Queen's Golden Gaels offensive tackle, who spent the weekend under the microscope of Canadian Football League scouts and coaches at the annual... [Read More]
Chapdelaines experience Combine from both sides of the equation  March 24th, 2013
CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO - Getting a chance to perform for coaches from every Canadian Football League team Sunday was an opportunity Justin Chapdelaine won't soon forget. "You're competing against all the elite athletes in Canada, so you get to compare yourself to them," said Chapdelaine, the... [Read More]
Three Gaels strutting their stuff at CFL Combine  March 22nd, 2013
Three members of the Queen's Golden Gaels are among 98 of the nation's top draft-eligible university football players who will be taking part in this weekend's Canadian Football League Combine in Toronto. Defensive lineman John Miniaci, offensive lineman Josh Prinsen and receiver Justin... [Read More]

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