the Cumberland Panthers Football Club decided to shut down
its varsity program earliest this year, it left huge void
in the spring and summer season.
was filled by the National Capital Amateur Football Association
(NCAFA) which partnered with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees
to start the Jr. Gee-Gees U15 and U17 Select football program.
Panther and NCAFA Jr. Gee-Gees running back Clark O’Connor
sprints past the outstretched hand of a Nicolas-Gatineau
defender in their exhibition game on Saturday, May 11.
FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
Elite Teams (S.E.T.) have a major Panther influence with
several Panther coaches deciding to lend their expertise
to the project.
Jr. Varsity coach Jeff Koradi is the head coach of the U15
S.E.T. team. His assistants include Larry Ring, Panthers
Peewee head coach Mike Scmidt, former Peewee head coach
Julian DaSilva and Panther assistants Mike Hendricks and
will play up to five exhibition games in preparation for
the Nike Challenge Cup which will be contested between seven
different regional teams from Quebec and the Jr. Gee-Gees.
The two-week tournament will be held in Montréal in late
team coached by Koradi won their first exhibition game 12-0
over a bantam varsity team from Oshawa. They lost their
second game 27-16 to École polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau.
is confident they will be able the players will be on their
game by the time the Nike Challenge Cup roles around.
team has no fewer than 14 Panther players in its ranks including
running backs Clark O’Connor and Henry Hollo and six down
lineman -- Daniel Sungani, Luca Beumer. Jeffrey Kalambayi,
Joshua Maat, Cayden Metallic-Janvier and Sam Gauthier.
Panther players include wide receiver Ibrahim Mari, defensive
back Hugo Djeumeni, and linebackers Aiden Peterson and Michael
program is designed to give the players access to top-notch
coaching and the opportunity to play the best teams in Québec.
The season is also over by the end of July, given the players
at least a month off before they start NCAFA’s fall season.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)