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Sports Stuff: Gangsters shot down

The Guelph Gangsters have been shot down before playing a single down of football.

The team was to be one of four competing in the new Global Indoor Football League, which was to play its inaugural season in 2015.

But the league is now a no go.

“It is with great heartache that we at GIFL have to announce the closure of the league,” wrote league commissioner David Parsons, on the league website.

“We have been working very hard to bring in some teams and high calibre players. However we could just not pull the trigger on these deals,” he said.

The message adds: “We worked every possible angle to get this league off the ground.”

The league was to also include teams in Mississauga, Oshawa and Windsor.

In a January article in the Tribune, Parsons said he was looking to nail down the Sleeman Centre as the home facility for the Gangsters.

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Guelph’s Samantha Squires is joining the St. Thomas University women’s hockey team.

Squires, a District 10 all-star as a player with the Centennial Spartans, is a defender who has been playing with the K-W Jr. Rangers of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.

“Samantha brings size, mobility and great character to the program,” said St. Thomas women’s hockey head coach Peter Murphy, in an article on the school’s website.  “She makes crisp and accurate passes, is always up with the play, and she doesn’t hesitate which is key in playing at the next level.”

School-wise, Squires is into English and political science, which made St. Thomas a good fit, said the article.

“I chose St. Thomas because it offers me the opportunity to study all of my interests at once while being part of a small university atmosphere,” Squires said. “Along with the school, the women’s hockey program seems like something very special in the CIS, and I can’t wait to be a part of it next season.”

St. Thomas University is in Fredericton, N.B.

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Days after a dugout argument saw him leave the diamond in the eighth inning of a game, Justin Interisano returned to the Guelph Royals lineup Friday night.

On Canada Day (last Tuesday) he left Guelph’s Intercounty Baseball League game at Hastings Stadium after he and manager J.D. Yari got into a loud argument in the dugout.

But Interisano was back in Royals colours for their next game Friday, and saw action for all three of their weekend contests.

Guelph went 0-3 on the weekend, losing 8-7 at London Friday, 9-3 to Kitchener at home Saturday, and 6-3 at Kitchener Sunday.

The Royals (15-11) host Hamilton (8-16) tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. at Hastings Stadium.

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Some of the best female high school basketball players in the province will be in Guelph this fall.

From Nov. 20 to 22, the city is hosting the OFSAA AAAA girls basketball championships.

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Guelph’s Nick Parisotto is currently in Kuwait and competing for the Canadian junior football team at the International Federation of American Football U-19 World Cup.

The Canucks trounced Kuwait 91-0 on Monday in their first game at the championship. On Thursday, Canada faces France, and they’ll take on Austria on Sunday.

Parisotto, the District 10 football MVP last season for the Our Lady of Lourdes Crusaders, is a Guelph Gryphon for the upcoming Ontario University Athletics season.  Gryphons assistant coach Kevin MacNeill is linebackers coach of the Canadian team in Kuwait.

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