Island Bantam Football Team at Inaugural Zone Bowl 2016

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Zone Bowl 2016, Island Bantam Team

The Island Bantam Team played at the inaugural Zone Bowl tournament July 2nd at the McLeod Stadium in Langley, and did the island proud. The BCCFA came up with the idea of hosting a tournament to show case the best talent from around the province, and after a lot of hard work from many people the event took place this past weekend. The Jr Bantam teams played Friday and the Midget teams Sunday
The Bantam schedule was that each of the five teams would play each other in a round robin format and then the top two playoff in the final. Being that football is a very physical game the games were short, consisting of one 20 min period, Being that each team would be playing at least 4 games, five for the two teams in the final this was a exhausting day for all players.
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The island team was selected from a number of tryouts earlier in the year. The roster was a good mix of talent from all over the island, with many schools and community teams represented. 
On Canada Day the team traveled to Vancouver for a team dinner the night before the big day, the boys were very excited to get on with it. Their first game was 10:00 am Saturday morning, the weather was great for football, dry and not to hot. The boys came out to play, winning the first game very convincingly over the Okanagan team. The island boys then won two of the next three game placing them in the final. The break between the fourth round robin game and the final was short but that didn’t matter as the boys were pumped up and ready to go.
The final was a great game showcasing the two top teams of the tournament and some top individual performances by many players, including two from the VMFA team, son’s of Cory Philpot, ex BC Lion. In the end the VMFA team was to strong for the island, but by being in the final the island proved once again it’s a force to recon with in any sport.
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Here is the Roster for the Island Bantam Team for the 2016 Zone Bowl.
Logan Pepper, Ballenas Whalers
Joshua Rice, Ballenas Whalers
Connor Knutson, Ballenas Whalers
Connor Clarke, MT Douglas Rams
Riley Wilson, Spectrum Thunder
Cole Morrison-Hemphil, Ballenas Whalers
Seth Rogers, Victoria Spartans
Isaak Junghans, Victoria Spartans
Jalen Cung, Belmont Bulldogs
Dakota Moonshadow, NDSS
Phillip Grohovac, MT Douglas Rams
Sahjun Sehmi MT Douglas Rams
Stefan Grunert, Victoria Spartans
Ryan Coleman, Victoria Spartans
Liam Colbourne, NDSS
Mike Martin, NDSS
Connor Way, Victoria Spartans
Jake Ounsted, MT Douglas Rams
Ethan Laing, John Barsby Bulldogs
Isaiah Cardilicchia, MT Douglas Rams
Ben Pierik, MT Douglas Rams
Spencer McLaughlin, Victoria Spartans
Soren Hallschmid, MT Douglas Rams
Mateo Hallschmid, MT Douglas Rams
Damian McCuaig-Jones, Victoria Spartans
Nicholas Young, Cowichan Bulldogs
Peter Primeau, MT Douglas Rams
Jackson Mcewan, Sparton
All photos by Chris Wilson