Report by Denis Lafontaine, Athletics Webmaster.
It was an exciting weekend, and we have three games to tell you about. The really BIG news is that our Division 1 Men’s Football Cheetahs defeated the André-Grasset Phénix 24-22 on Saturday in a thrilling semi-final playoff match. With the clutch victory, the team advances to the Bol d’Or Championship finals next Saturday where they will face the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars in what promises to be an epic showdown. The game will again be played at the Centre sportif Claude-Robillard, starting at 3:00 PM. Full details of the win on Saturday are found below. In other action this weekend, our Division 1 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs played a road game @ Outaouais on Sunday afternoon and won 90-46. Also on Sunday, our Division 2 Men’s Basketball team played on the road @ Universelle (formerly Nouvelles- Frontières) and they won by the score of 76-67.
DIVISION 1 MEN’S FOOTBALL
The Men’s Football Cheetahs played an incredible game on Saturday, outlasting the André-Grasset Phénix 24-22 in an epic battle that was very close! André-Grasset started the game strongly, and their very tough defence held the Cheetahs off of the score sheet for the entire first half except for a single field goal by our kicker Adam Mahrouse. However, our defence held strong, too, and after limiting the Phénix to a single touchdown, the score was 8-3 at the half. We’re not sure what Coach Peter Chryssomlis had to say to the team during halftime, but whatever he said, the Cheetahs came out in the third quarter on fire! At 1:23 of the 3rd quarter, Patrick Charles got the lead back for Vanier with an electrifying 55-yard TD catch thrown by our QB Daniel Sananes. Then five minutes later, the same dynamic duo connected for another TD pass to make it 17-8 for Vanier after the convert by Adam Mahrouse. Then, a scant 18 seconds into the 4th quarter, Patrick Charles score his remarkable THIRD touchdown of the game, this time a 1-yard run into the endzone, putting us up 24-8 after the successful convert. However, André-Grasset showed a lot of grit and began a strong push to wrest back control of the game from the Cheetahs, and they almost succeeded. They scored a TD, and after the 2-point convert, it was 24-16 for Vanier. They then scored another major to make it 24-22, but their attempt at another 2-point convert (which would have tied the game) was unsuccessful. With over 7 minutes left in the game, our defence shut the door on André-Grasset all the rest of the way, and we emerged with the huge playoff semi-final victory. The Cheetahs will now face the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars in in the Bol d’Or Finals next Saturday afternoon. The game will again be played at the Centre sportif Claude-Robillard, starting at 3:00 PM.
Vanier Director General John McMahon attended the game and is seen in the photo with Cheetahs Head Coach Peter Chryssomalis after the bug win. He tweeted the following: “Congrats to Coach Pete & the Vanier Cheetahs Football team on their semifinal victory. What a game!! Bol d’Or next week!”
DIVISION 1 MEN’S BASKETBALL
Our Div.1 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs had a road game @ Outaouais on Sunday afternoon and came out with a very solid 90-46 win to improve their record to 4 wins and 1 loss. They will next play a big Division 1 Home Doubleheader VS perennial rival Dawson Blues on the evening of Friday, November 17th. The Div.1 Lady Cheetahs get things going at 7:00 PM, followed by the Division 1 Men’s team at 9:00 PM. It should be a very exciting matchup. Here is Coach Andy Hertzog’s game report:
Our men’s Division 1 team played College de L’Outaouais. It was homecoming of sorts, as 4 of our first year players and 1 assistant coach are from Gatineau. We took control of the game from the outset, racing out to a 12-0 lead and leading 19-4 after the first quarter and 46-19 at halftime. We eventually won the game by a score of 90-46. We had 5 players score in double figures, led by local boys Pier-Olivier Racine with 17 points and Khalifa Koulamallah with 15. Karim Mané and Quarry Whyne had 11 points each and Haris Elezovic added 10.
DIVISION 2 MEN’S BASKETBALL
Also on Sunday afternoon, our Div.2 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs played a road game @ Universelle (formerly Nouvelles- Frontières) and won the game 76-67. The leading scorer was Malik Lewis with 25 points. Their next game will be played on the road @ Ahuntsic on Sunday, November 19th starting at 1:00 PM.