Windsor Star

Green Griffins have motivation on their side

Saints host Vikings in hoops final

- MARY CATON

HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFFS

London Catholic Central is the only team that stands between the Herman Green Griffins and a return to football’s OFSAA West Bowl.

The two teams battle for a spot in next Wednesday’s bowl game tonight in a regional playoff at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Field at 7 p.m.

“It’s fitting that we’re playing them,” Herman coach Harry Lumley said.

The Griffins beat the Cru- saders in the 2008 regional to reach the West Bowl and they also downed Catholic Central in the inaugural OFSAA bowl game in 2000.

“We’re the only team London Catholic Central has never beaten so that’s a lot of motivation for them,” Lumley said.

The Griffins have their own motivation­s heading into the contest.

Veterans such as Beau Lumley and Darnell Girard were part of the 2008 team that lost the West Bowl 21-14 to Kitchener Resurrecti­on. They also bear the memory of last year’s embarrassi­ng 4-3 loss to Sarnia Northern in the regional game.

“The goal all year has been to get to Toronto and win,” Lumley said. “We honestly believe we should have won the last two years.”

The three-time Newman Conference champs are ranked No. 4 in the country according to CanadaFoot­ballChat.com while the Crusaders upset St. Thomas Aquinas in London’s city final.

Alumni Field will host three games today with Arnott Conference semifinals set for 2:30 p.m. (Brennan vs. Sandwich) and 5 p.m. (Cardinal Carter vs. Massey).

The Cardinals (1-3-1) upset L’Essor (6-1) last week to reach the semis and they’ll be looking to play giant killer again against the unbeaten (6-0) Sabres.

On the hardcourt tonight, the five-time WECSSAA champion St. Anne Saints host the Sarnia Northern Vikings at 7 p.m. in the SWOSSAA senior girls’ AAAA final. They met at the Hamilton St. Thomas More tournament a month ago where the Vikings edged them at the buzzer, 53-51. According to hooptown.gta rankings, the Vikings are No. 5 in the province and the Saints are No.6.

“It has the makings of a great game,” St. Anne coach Andy Kiss said.

The Holy Names Knights and the Walkervill­e Tartans hit the road tonight for their respective SWOSSAA senior boys’ volleyball finals.

The Knights are in Chatham for an AAAA final against Ursuline College at 6 p.m. and the Tartans are there to take on John McGregor in the AA final at 7 p.m.

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