Report by Denis Lafontaine, Athletics Webmaster
So many results to report from last weekend! We had seven different varsity teams playing, and our top stories include a huge road win by our Football Cheetahs over a previously unbeaten team as well as a VERY successful St. Lawrence Tournament for our Division 1 Men’s Basketball team in which they won the whole thing. Other highlights included the first tournament ever for our Division 2 Women’s Volleyball Cheetahs, and they acquitted themselves very well, emerging with 6 wins out of the 10 sets they played on Sunday.  Here is the breakdown of all weekend action.
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DIVISION 1 MEN’S SOCCER

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On Friday evening, our Men’s Division 1 Soccer Cheetahs had a tough time scoring on first-place Garneau, and ended up taking a 2-0 loss at home.
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Their record is now 0 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties.
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They hope to improve at their next game which will be played at home VS Ahuntsic this coming Friday, October 6th, starting at 8:00 PM.
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DIVISION 1 MEN’S FOOTBALL

On Saturday evening, our Division 1 Men’s Football team played a road game against undefeated André-Grasset who had a perfect record of 5-0 going into the match. The Cheetahs came out firing on all cylinders, and took a commanding 21-0 lead thanks to touchdowns by Patrick Charles, Samuel Emilus and Evens Passée-Coutrin.
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André-Grasset responded with 9 points of their own and at the half, the score was 21-9. In the first half, the Cheetahs defense was very effective, coming up with 4 interceptions and numerous quarterback sacks.
The second half started with another TD for André-Grasset to make it a close 21-16. Vanier responded with a field goal, and then Ben Labrosse‘s major put us up 30-16. However, with 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the home team scored a touchdown to make the score 30-23. But then a 20-yard pass and run to Samuel Emilus for his 2nd TD of the game put the game out of reach. After a 2-point conversion, it was 38-23 for Vanier. André-Grasset did manage another touchdown, but it was too late and the Cheetahs emerged with the stirring 38-30 victory, improving their season record to 4 wins and 2 losses. Congratulations also to Cheetahs kicker Adam Marhouse who was named as a league Player of the Week. He averaged 57 yards on his kickoffs and 33 yards on his punts. He was 1 for 1 on his field goal attempts and also had 2 converts and a single. Great job, Adam! See the announcement page from the RSEQ website.
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The team now has two weeks off and will next play a road game at Montmorency on Saturday, October 14th starting at 1:00 PM. Momo is easily accessible by the Montmorency Metro station, so come on out and cheer for your Cheetahs on the 14th.

 

DIVISION 2 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

All day on Sunday, Vanier hosted a tournament which was attended by our brand new Division 2 Women’s Volleyball Cheetahs. They played five different opponents throughout the day, each one for two sets.
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They had a very successful first tournament, eventually winning 6 out of their 10 sets.
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After starting with a 1 win and 3 loss record after facing their first 2 teams, they rallied gamely to win 5 of their last 6 sets over the 3 remaining teams they faced.
Here are the full results:
VS Saint-Laurent at 9:00 AM: 25-21 WIN, 25-23 loss
VS Mont-Laurier at 10:00 AM: 25-23 loss, 25-14 loss
VS L’Assomption at 12:00 noon:  25-14 WIN, 28-26 loss
VS Marianopolis at 1:00 PM: 25-20 WIN, 25-15 WIN
VS Rosemont at 3:00 PM: 26-24 WIN, 25-13 WIN

Congratulations, ladies! They will next play in a tournament on Sunday, October 22nd at a venue still to be announced.

NEW: View a video clip of the team in action from our Vanier Athletics and Alumni Facebook page. Just click here.
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DIVISION 1 MEN’S BASKETBALL

This weekend, the Division 1 Men’s Basketball played at St. Lawrence College at the Vikings Invitational Tournament. On Friday evening, they got things off to a great start by defeating Niagara College 91-69. Then in Saturday’s semi-finals, they beat Mohawk College 82-54 to advance to the tournament finals. Finally, on Sunday at the finals, the Cheetahs defeated the Lambton College Lions 81-73 for the thrilling tournament victory.  Read Coach Andy Hertzog’s full tournament report below:
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Dear Alumni & Friends,
Our men’s Division 1 basketball team traveled to Kingston, Ontario this weekend for the St. Lawrence College tournament, and I am pleased to announce that we won the tournament for the first time ever. In our first game, we took on highly-regarded Niagara College. We came out on fire, hardly missing a shot in the first half, after which we led by 30. We shot 8/12 from the 3-point line and 6/6 from the foul line. Needless to say, we cooled off in the second half (1/13 from 3) and eventually won 91-69. We had 5 players score in double digits, led by Steeve Joseph with 21 points. Karim Mané had 14 points, Haris Elezovic had 11 and Pier-Olivier Racine and J.F. Daho added 10 each. We got off to another hot start in our second game, against Mohawk College, taking a 25-11 lead after the first quarter and a 47-23 lead at halftime. We increased the lead to more than 30 in the second half and cruised to a 82-54 victory. We had 4 players score in double figures in this game, led by JF Daho with 17. Nginyu NgalaKarim Mané and Khalifa Koulamallah added 11 each. The championship final against Lambton College was another story. We shot the ball poorly in the first half (3/20 from 3) and trailed 32-27 at the half. We continued to trail throughout the 3rd quarter, and we were down by 8 points with just over a minute left in the period when Quarry Whyne hit back to back 3-point shots to reduce the deficit to 2 going into the final period. We scored the first 2 baskets of the 4th quarter to take the lead for the first time since early in the first period, and we built our advantage to 10 points before emerging with a 81-73 victory and the tournament championship. Steeve Joseph did his best Russell Westbrook impression in the final and almost had a “triple double”, scoring 18 points, dishing out 11 assists and snaring 8 rebounds. He also had 4 steals and a blocked shot. JF Daho also had 18 points in the game and was named Player of the Game by the tournament organizers. Josh Koulamallah had 13 points and 5 boards. Benji Bercovitch contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds.  Next weekend our men’s Division 1 team will take part in the Dawson College Classic tournament (formerly the Hagen) in downtown Montreal. Friday morning at 10:45 we take on perennial powerhouse Holland College from PEI. Friday evening we play George Brown College from Toronto at 7:45 PM. Saturday evening we play St. Clair College from Windsor, Ontario at 7:45 PM. We would play on Sunday at 12:00 noon if we make it to the championship final.
Have a great week !
Andy Hertzog
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DIVISION 2 WOMEN’S SOCCER

On Sunday afternoon, our Women’s Division 2 Soccer Cheetahs played a home game VS Ahuntsic and took a tough 4-0 loss. Their record is now 2 wins and 2 losses. They next play an away game against Maisonneuve on Thursday, October 5th starting at 8:00 PM.
The game will be played at Stade de soccer de Montréal, 9235 Papineau. Directions: http://bit.ly/2g2P3g5
After that, they have a home game next Sunday, October 8th at 1:00 PM VS  first-place Montmorency.
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Here is the blog of Sunday’s game by our Women’s Soccer Super Fan:
Yet another beautiful Sunday to play soccer… There was a mighty wind to contend with and plays would be a challenge. Well, the challenge was there but it was not the wind, it was the opposing team. I noticed that with #12 not being at the game, the defense had problems and let many balls go through, allowing Ahuntsic to shoot at will.  It became 2-0 in a hurry and the 3rd goal came just seconds before the half which seemed to deflate our “mojo”. Knowing we would have the wind in our backs for the 2nd half, things could change. Well, it did but we did not finish our two biggest chances and we just couldn’t take advantage of the wind using our speed up front. Also, we just didn’t seem to have the “mojo” as all kicks/passes/crosses were never made with power & vigor and the Tic-Tac-Toe we had last game just wasn’t there, too. We are there to cheer you on, Cheetahs, (please fans… come out on Thursday all you people!) and may I add, I was all over the linesman to have him notice that their Keeper was crossing the 18-yard line kicking the ball to get our free kick. (And we almost put it in!) Anyways, Cheetahs, get your MOJO back, and let’s win our game on Thursday!
Merci.
Women’s Soccer parent, AKA Cheetahs Super Fan
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WOMEN’S FLAG FOOTBALL

Also on Sunday, our Women’s Flag Football team played an away doubleheader. In the first game VS Valleyfield, they lost 18-0, but in the second game VS Joliette, they rebounded with a 19-6 win!
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Their record is now 1 win, 3 losses and 1 tie.They will next play an away doubleheader at Parc du Coteau on Sunday, October 15th against l’Assomption at 10:00 AM and then against Joliette at 11:45 AM.
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For more on our Flag Football team, visit their 2017-18 home page.
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MEN’S RUGBY

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Finally, our Men’s Rugby Cheetahs played a road game on Sunday at Jean-de-Brébeuf and came up on the short end of a 22-10 decision.
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They have a week off and then they next face Champlain Saint-Lambert in a home doubleheader on Sunday, October 15th. The Lady Rugby Cheetahs will play at 12:00 noon and the Men play at 1:30 PM.
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The games are played in the field behind the N Building.
And as always, please come on out and SUPPORT YOUR CHEETAHS!
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