By Ned Bekavac
It doesn’t look like any of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats games in Guelph this season will take place as part of TSN’s marquee Friday Night Football television programming.
The Tiger-Cats are playing most or all of their Canadian Football League home games at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium this season.
An item on the team’s web site says: “The schedule will be determined by the CFL and released in February, as usual, but the Tiger-Cats are pleased to announce we’ve been able to secure all of our home games on either Saturdays, Sundays or holidays in order to convenience our travelling season seat holders.”
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Speaking of the Tiger-Cats, auditions for the team’s cheerleading squad take place at the University of Guelph on March 3.
The club is looking for “fit, talented, enthusiastic women” and hopefuls must have a dance, cheer and/or gymnastics background.
For registration information visit http://www.ticats.ca/cheerauditions.
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The Guelph Gryphons football team will play its first night home game in decades this upcoming season.
Part of the huge upgrades to Alumni Stadium was the installation of new lights that will finally allow night tilts at the facility.
The lights aren’t operational quite yet, but people at Gryphon athletics hope they will be in the coming days.
The Gryphons host York on Friday Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in OUA action.
Gryphon folks say the football team’s last home night game was in the early ’80s.
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A whole host of local football talent is currently in Texas for gridiron action with a pair of Team Ontario Selects teams.
Guelph’s Nick Parisotto is on the under-19 Team Ontario Selects and the Royal City’s Graham Brodie and Kaden Jespersen are on the Under-17 team.
The coaching staffs of the teams are overflowing with local talent: Bill Brown, Alex Derma, Jeremy MacLeod, Adam Grandy, Mike MacDonald, Brian Cluff, Josh Prior and Jim Rion.
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Guelph’s Bree Chaput was named Female Athlete of the Week for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks for the week ending Jan. 28.
The Bishop Macdonell grad is a third-year player on Laurier’s women’s basketball team.
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The Gryphons women’s basketball team hosts its CIS Shoot for the Cure game Saturday against Brock. The event raises funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and other related charities. Donations will be accepted at the door. Players and coaches have been raising money with pledge sheets.
A fundraising toonie toss will take place at halftime of both the women’s and men’s games and the women’s team will sport pink jerseys and their game will be played with a pink ball.
The women’s Gryphons face Brock at 1 p.m. and the men take on Brock at 3 p.m.
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The Gryphons women’s hockey team has been named OUA Team of the Month. The locals have won 12 straight games.