Lo­cal foot­ball stars earn spot on On­tario team

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A large con­tin­gent of lo­cal play­ers will rep­re­sent On­tario in two ma­jor foot­ball cham­pi­onship tour­na­ments in Wolfville, N.S. this month.

The Canada Cup for play­ers 18 and un­der runs from July 8 to 14 at Aca­dia Uni­ver­sity where for­mer Hamil­ton Tiger-Cat de­fen­sive tackle Jeff Cum­mins is head coach. From July 18 to 22, the four-team East­ern Chal­lenge for play­ers 16 and un­der will be held at Aca­dia.

Both events are run by Foot­ball Canada. The Canada Cup is es­sen­tially the na­tional cham­pi­onship for pro­vin­cial teams and the East­ern Chal­lenge in­volves prov­inces from only the east­ern half of the coun­try.

Kyle Quin­lan and Rob Un­der­hill from Greg Knox’s McMaster Ma­rauaders coach­ing staff will help coach the On­tario U-18 team, while Don Ed­wards, pres­i­dent of the On­tario Foot­ball Al­liance will man­age the U-16 team.

Lo­cal play­ers on the On­tario team in the Canada Cup in­clude re­ceiver Isaac McAlo­nan of Grimsby, run­ning back Nathan Lan­g­ley of Burling­ton, of­fen­sive line­man Adam Tat­tric of Hamil­ton, lineback­ers Ed­uardo De La Garza from Grimsby and Zachary Ihasz of Burling­ton, and de­fen­sive line­man Kyle Sam­son from Hamil­ton.

On­tario’s U-16 team will in­clude Stoney Creek lineback­ers Joshua But­ler and Nathan Con­dello, Hamil­ton run­ning backs Bray­den Kelly and Jawaun Smith plus Thomas Ber­rio of An­caster, Smith’s twin brother de­fen­sive back Jaylen Smith and of­fen­sive line­man Alex Don­ald­son of Hamil­ton.

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