Quebec-Blue defeated defending champion, Ontario 15-12 in the gold medal game at the 2015 Football Canada Cup.
The tournament was held at Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s Alphonse-Desjardins Stadium in Quebec.
The Football Canada Cup is the premiere pre-university football tournament in Canada, which annually showcases the top under-18 football players from across the country.
Saskatchewan captured the Bronze medal with a 22-9 victory over Alberta.
Manitoba finished in fifth place, followed by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
British Columbia does not participate.
“To win a medal, especially in a tournament like this, is a pretty great feeling,” Team Saskatchewan defensive end Griffin Barrett told the Moose Jaw Times. “It’s a long process that the players and coaching staff all go through and this shows that hard work really does pay off.”
Despite not recording a victory, the tournament experience was also a valuable one for Team New Brunswick.
“They learned a lot about themselves in a three-game tournament where you play three games in a week,” New Brunswick’s head coach Chris Hopkins told the Sackville Tribune Post after the tournament. “This is a whole new experience for our kids. I think overall, we’ve taken a step forward this week as a province.”
“I think that we’ve showcased some exceptional athletes to next level recruiters. We’ve showcased some exceptional coaching but just sometimes the depth isn’t there for the smaller provinces,” added Hopkins. “I’m extremely proud of my kids; we’ve got an absolutely character group and they knew from day one that they were just going to be committed to football and committed to making a statement every time they stepped on the field. It was just an unfortunate result for our guys.”
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