by John Austen
Strong legs run so that weak legs may walk.
Thats the motto of the annual Shrine Bowl charity football game,
which sees Montreals two university teams the Concordia Stingers
and McGill Redmen lock horns to raise money for the Shriners Hospital
for Children. This years game will be played on Saturday at the
Concordia Stadium, beginning at 1 p.m.
We always look forward to playing against McGill, and of course,
its all about raising money for the kids, said Stinger head
coach Gerry McGrath. Im sure there will be a big crowd on
hand. Montrealers should support university football and a cause like
The Stingers will be riding a big high after opening the season last Sunday
with a 20-8 upset win over the Laval Rouge et Or before more than 18,000
fans in Ste. Foy. Laval was the No. 2 ranked team in Canada before the
game. Meanwhile, McGill was beaten 12-8 by the Bishops Gaiters on
Last years Shrine Bowl between McGill and Concordia produced a record
charitable donation of $50,102 in net proceeds for the hospital.
The Montreal Shrine Bowl began 14 years ago, when Stingers coach Skip
Rochette and Grant Peterson, a Karnak Shriner, helped plan the event,
trying to duplicate the successes of similar games held in the U.S.
This Bowl game not only increases awareness of the Shriners Hospital and
its free treatment of burn victims and disabled children, but it also
showcases the caliber of Canadian university football.
Among the former Shrine Bowl participants are three players who went on
to play in the National Football League, including Concordias Mark
Montreuil and McGills J.P. Darche and Randy Chevrier. Others include
four players with the Montreal Alouettes, including ex-McGill stars Michael
Soles (a two-time Shrine Bowl MVP) and offensive lineman Ryan Coughlin,
plus former Concordia standouts André Bolduc and Sylvain Girard.
One of the players that football fans will get to see this year is veteran
Stinger quarterback Jon Kronemeyer. Kronemeyer, 22, is six foot three
and weighs 196 pounds. McGrath says his main quarterback is healthy and
ready to go.
Jon has come a long way since he first arrived here as a 17-year-old,
said McGrath. He had a tough time last year, but he wasnt
the only one. Hes a great kid with lots of talent. If he can get
a good start there is no telling how far he and the rest of his teammates
Kronemeyer, who is specializing in Leisure Sciences, says hes not
making any predictions.I think our downfall last year was predicting
this and predicting that, he said. I do know that if we stay
mentally focused well be competitive.
Second-year Stinger Christian Giguere is also optimistic. I love
it in Montreal, said the native of St. George de Beauce. And
Ill love it even more if we can win a lot of football games this
year. We have a good team, and the players and coaches should be more
in sync this season.
We just want to get on with it. Hopefully, a lot of people will be talking
about the Concordia Stingers this year.
Upcoming Stingers Games
McGill vs. Concordia Shrine Bowl Sept. 15, 1:30pm
Laval vs. Concordia Homecoming Game Sept. 22, 1pm
Concordia @ Bishops - Sept. 15, 1pm
Montreal vs. Concordia - Sept. 16, 1pm
Concordia @ UQAM - Sept. 21, 7pm
Laval vs. Concordia - Sept. 23, 1pm
Concordia @ Sherbrooke - Sept. 28, 7pm
Montreal vs. Concordia - Sept. 16, 3pm
Concordia @ UQAM - Sept. 21, 9pm
Laval vs. Concordia - Sept. 23, 3pm
McGill vs. Concordia - Sept. 12, 4:30pm
Concordia @ Sherbrooke - Sept. 23, 3pm