Hamilton’s Steelers carry Ontario’s flag to Canadian finals

Hamilton’s “Pittsburgh Steelers” will represent the province at the NFL/CFL Canadian Flag Football Championship in two weeks. The Steelers are the first provincial reps to be declared.

The provincial champion Steelers are coach Alex Hill, Lucas Mancini, Alex Petermann, Anthony Pizzuti, Jaclyn Carbone, Paul Johnson. Absent is coach Shawn Stevenson. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)
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The Steelers won the Ontario Flag Football Championship Saturday (June 16) at Ivor Wynne Stadium, defeating the Dolphins 19-13 to advance to the national finals. The finals take place between July 4 to 6 in Winnipeg, with the winner representing Canada in New Orleans at the NFL Flag Football World Championship.

The Steelers were perfect in advancing to Saturday’s final, beating the San Diego Chargers 46-0, the Red Shirts, 43-0, the Dallas Cowboys, 44-0, and the B.C. Lions, 59-0 in one semifinal. The Dolphins were 59-0 winners over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-12 winners over the B.C. Lions, 42-0 victors over the Calgary Stampeders, and 45-6 winners against the Chargers in the other semifinal.

Canadian divisional champions will also be decided in Saskatoon; Edmonton or Calgary; Dartmouth, N.S.; and Charlottetown, P.E.I. The NFL Flag Football World Championship takes place the week of August 6. Players competing in the tournament had to have been born on or after January 1, 1993.