Hamilton Minor Football – 50th Anniversary

Fifty years of house league and rep football in Hamilton will be celebrated late October with a gala anniversary dinner for the Hamilton Minor Football Association.

The league puts about 500 boys and girls between the ages of eight and 18 on the football field each year, like Bantam-level Westdale Eskimos player Lee Higgins, below, who has pulled in 9 of 11 receptions thrown to him in three games so far for 140 yards.

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House-league players have an eight-game regular season schedule and are guaranteed to have playing time on the field. As well, recent regional expansion of house-league teams means teams are now playing an interlocking schedule with the Cambridge Minor Football Association and other regions as part of a broader association with the Ontario Varsity Football League.

Below, Nathan Jones rumbles down the field for a big gain in the first half…

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…then rumbles back the other way for more yardage in the second half, below.

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Oliver Pedersen kicks off following an Eskimos’ touchdown in the game they won 33-0.

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Invitations have gone out to current and former players, coaches and parents for the gala 50th-anniversary Halloween Dinner Dance, which is on Friday, Oct. 25 and held at Michelangelo Banquet and Convention Centre.

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Everton Frost, below, takes a serious stride as he breaks away from the line of scrimmage.

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Mud Bowl 2013

A 1977 NFC playoff game on Boxing Day between the Minnesota Vikings and the LA Rams; a 2007 Monday Night Football contest between the Steelers and the Dolphins; an AFC championship game between Miami and the NY Jets; and most famously the 38th Grey Cup in 1950 where the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13-0 at Varsity Stadium.

All refer to different examples of the term ‘Mud Bowl’.

Now you can add the 2013 OFC game between the Hamilton Hurricanes and the London Beefeaters at Mohawk Sport Complex on September 21st.

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The field started out green but very, very wet as almost 24 hours of showers fell before the game in the Hamilton area from a large system originating in the American Gulf a few days before.

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Referees were supplied with an endless supply of clean and dry towels to keep the football usable, but conditions deteriorated quickly and both team’s passing games were generally given up for a more secure ground attack.

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The Hurricanes triumphed in the mud by an 8-1 score and now lead their division with a five win and one loss record.

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And winning – whether it’s in sunny and warm conditions or in cool, wet and muddy muck – is always better than the alternative.

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