The good people at Football Canada certainly knew what they were doing when they seeded the competing teams ahead of this week’s Canada Cup being held at Richardson Stadium. The top four teams in the tournament including Team Ontario will be featured in the semi-final games on Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2019.
With a full day of gameplay on Sunday, Jul. 7, the first three matchups of the day were lopsided affairs with number two seeded Team Alberta easily handling New Brunswick 39 – 6. Team Quebec, which is back in the tournament and seeded third, dominated Team Manitoba 31-7.
While the score of the third game appeared to be a blowout by number one seed Saskatchewan over Nova Scotia 37-0, the result flatters the winning team. After getting off to a lightning-fast start with a 67 yard completion on the first offensive play of the game, the Saskatchewan offense sputtered with unforced penalties and spotty execution. Despite that, the potential in this team is very obvious.
The best was saved for last as number four seeded Team Ontario held on to defeat fifth seed British Columbia 16-14 in a back-and-forth affair that had the many university football coaching staffs in attendance paying close attention.
Wednesday’s games promise to be much more competitive and entertaining with some excellent match-ups on both ends of the bracket. Games start at 9 a.m. and noon with those two games featuring the losers of Sunday’s games.
Semi-final one kicks off at 3 p.m. with number two seed Alberta taking on number three seed Quebec in what should be an epic battle. The 6 p.m. game features number one seed Saskatchewan against the host number four seed Team Ontario. If the team from the prairies play to their potential, Ontario will have a huge challenge in getting through to Saturday’s final.
For more information on the tournament tune into the Kingstonist podcast 15 Minutes With as we talk to Aaron Geisler Director of Sport for Football Canada.
Tim “The Coach” Cunningham has played every sport ever. His inside knowledge can be heard and seen on radio, television and in print across Canada. Follow him on twitter at @TheCoachTC.