Ontario 7on7 Provincial Championship
On Saturday, April 23rd, the University of Waterloo and the 7on7 Association of Canada/MVP Football Academy hosted a world class event. The 7on7 Provincial Championship hosted 14 u18 teams and 6 u15 programs. The day was electric with most of Ontario’s top talent taking part in provincials.
The Brockville Elite 7’s experienced a day of immense highs and lows. Our talented u18 program drew pool C play which was by far the strongest of the day before the seeded single elimination playoff round. We were tested to our limits in all 3 games and ended up 0-3 with 2 games decided by one score, and one blow out loss (38-7) courtesy of MVP Black. We finished pool play seeded 12th, and ended up seeing MVP Black, seeded 5th after pool play once again.
U15 consisted of one pool of 6 teams in which we finished 1-1-1 after the 3 games. Following a slow start in game one (17-6 L) our u15’s bounced back with a 24-6 win behind 9th grade QB Mackie Holmes. Game 3 ended in a 22-22 tie with a talented Stamps team. After pool play Brockville was matched up with the Stamps again.
After an hour break our u18s kicked off Provincial playoffs against an explosive MVP Black squad. Our guys came out with a sense of urgency that was missing in games 1-3 and starting off the scoring party with a touchdown reception by Damien Nickerson (Nickerson an uncommitted 22' RB had a team high 4 TDs on the day). Our defence stepped it up and started making some plays in the playoff round. Evan Cordingley would score our 2nd and final TD of the quarterfinals. Brockville Elite led MVP Black 14-7 and on the last drive of the game MVP Black scored with 12 seconds remaining. Electing to go for 2-points and the win Brockville Elite came up with perhaps their biggest play of the game stopping the 2-point conversion and advancing the the semi finals. This win was a mental victory for our guys who fought hard all day and finally got the result they worked for.
Senior touchdowns for the day were scored by Damien Nickerson (4), Tristan Deschamp (1), Nathan Mboma (1) and Evan Cordingley (2). u15 touchdowns were scored by Jack Howell (2), Jack Broniszeski (1), Mattise (2), Matt Rebeiro (2) and Mackie Holmes (1).
Our u15s saw a familiar squad as well having tied the Stamps in the 3rd game of pool play. Ultimately, the u15s came up just short in the quarterfinals losing 16-14 against a very evenly matched Stamps team. The future is bright for our u15 program as we had 4 8th graders, 4 9th graders, and only 2 grade 10 athletes making us the tournaments youngest team. Keep your eye out for the Elite 7s in next year's u15 provincial finals.
The u18s lost their semi final match to a very well coached Team 905, who ultimately went on to win Provincials. As we wrap up tournament season our u18s have one more round trip May 6-8. We will play in the Pylon 7on7 tournament in Chicago as our first American opportunity.
Tryouts for next year's u15 and u18 7 on 7 programs will begin following OSFL summer tackle football. Please send all highlight films to firstname.lastname@example.org for early evaluation to join the Eastern Ontario Select 7s for 23’ season.