It will be a hard act to follow, but the Canada Cup final at Richardson Stadium on Saturday, Jul. 13, 2019 between Quebec and Saskatchewan promises to be a classic. The semi-final games that took place on Wednesday, Jul. 10 are games that will be talked about for a while.
In the first semi-final, Team Quebec squeaked by Alberta 29-27 in a wild affair that went to quadruple overtime. The four overtime periods were highlighted by special team play that saw both team have ample opportunity to put the game away. It was Quebec that scored the winning field goal to put the game away and secured a birth into Saturday’s final.
The late game saw Saskatchewan build up a comfortable 23-0 lead, only to see Team Ontario fight hard to narrow that lead to 8 points. Unfortunately for Ontario, the clock and a rough start turned out to be the difference in this one. Like they did on Sunday against Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan played as well as they needed to, but not completely up to their massive potential.
In the earlier consolation games, BC beat Nova Scotia 38-8 and Manitoba handled New Brunswick 36-16.
With the second day of competition in the books, the staff at Football Canada have to be pleased with the level of play at this year’s tournament. The future looks very bright for the development of the game in Canada.
Saturday’s schedule is as follows with seedings in brackets:
- 9 a.m. – Nova Scotia (8) vs. New Brunswick (7)
- Noon – BC (5) vs. Manitoba (6)
- 3 p.m. – Bronze Medal Game – Alberta (2) vs. Ontario (4)
- 6 p.m. – Gold Medal Game – Quebec (3) vs Saskatchewan (1)
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.