(Wolfville, NS) Atlantic University Sport, the governing body for university athletics in Atlantic Canada, today announced that a conference championship final in men’s football will not be played this season and has declared the Acadia Axemen winners of the 2017 Loney Bowl. The Axemen posted a 6-2 winning record and finished the regular season by winning four straight games.


This conference championship is the first for Acadia since 2012. Acadia advances to the 2017 Uteck Bowl being played at Raymond Field in Wolfville against either the Western Mustangs or Laurier Golden Hawks who will play for the Yates Cup on November 11.


“As the intended hosts of the 2017 AUS football championship game, we are disappointed by the events which have transpired that have led to the cancellation of the championship game,” said Executive Director of Acadia Athletics, Kevin Dickie. “The circumstances are unfortunate, but we respect the decision taken by Atlantic University Sport. Make no mistake, for many reasons Acadia is disappointed that it will not be hosting the Loney Bowl on our campus, as this upcoming Saturday was to be very special for our community.”

“Our entire team was looking forward to playing in this weekend’s championship game,” said Jeff Cummins, Head Coach of the Axemen. “We have had a long layoff and were ready for Saturday, but now we have to turn our attention to getting ready for the Uteck Bowl. These championship games are a once in a lifetime experience for many players and I don’t think we could be more excited to be playing at home in front of our tremendous fans and in this community. Laurier and Western are two great football teams, so now our priority will be to get prepared to play.”