2010Sep 21

SPAD Kicks off the Year in Jerseys & Flags!

By: Brent Hurley, 3rd Year SPAD Student

L-R Tyler Stewart (Yankees) & Stephen Tihal (Leafs),3rd year SPAD students

This past weekend SPAD celebrated “Sports Day in Canada” with National Jersey Day Friday and our first event of the year, the SPAD Flag Football tournament spanning Friday and Saturday.  The event was organized by four upper year SPAD students, and was graciously sponsored by Gatorade, SGA, Vrab’s Independent Grocers and New Orleans Pizza and many others. A big thanks to all our sponsors – no SPAD event is possible without your support!!

On Friday as the tournament got under way, numerous SPAD students and staff could be seen wearing their team’s colours or their favourite player’s jersey in support of National Jersey Day and Sports Day in Canada.  With the hockey season just around the corner, a few NHL jerseys were spotted, including one of the new and beautiful Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.  Besides that, a couple New York Yankees jerseys were spotted as the MLB playoffs inch closer and obviously a variety of NFL team colours were seen around the field as the football got under way.

The tournament featured 12 co-ed teams vying for the SPAD Cup.  Under blue skies on Friday, the tournament kicked off with teams ranging from all engineers, to an almost all girls team, to a few SPAD teams.  Games were played eight on eight, with a minimum of two girls being on the field at all times.  As day one winded down, two of the SPAD teams (“Julien Salads” and “Swagger Daggers”) finished the round robin 3-0 and appeared to be on a crash course to meet in the finals when the playoffs got under way Saturday.

Although the weather did not co-operate Saturday and the field was turned into a mud pit, the competition was just as fierce as the teams battled on.  Sure enough, the finals featured the injury depleted Julien Salads taking on the Swagger Daggers.  Injuries aside, the Julien Salads opened up an early lead and never looked back on their way to a 48:14 win to capture the SPAD Cup.  Brendan Tracey was awarded MVP of the tournament, while Kendra Lilly was named the Best Female Player (both from the Julien Salads).

Gatorade & the SPAD Cup - Great Combo!!

With the win, the Julien Salads not only claimed bragging rights for (and within) SPAD, but they also will now be heading to Toronto on November 7th  to watch the Buffalo Bills host the Chicago Bears (what a grand prize!).  The Swagger Daggers won 12 tickets to any home Sudbury Wolves game for their efforts, while the third place finishers won 12 tickets to the SGA’s frosh concert “Mother Mother.”

A great way to kick off the year and a great way to celebrate sports in Canada all weekend!  Another year is officially under way, well done SPAD!

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