To paraphrase a song, home is where I put my helmet on and for the Burlington Braves on Friday (Aug. 15) that was Ivor Wynne Stadium.
The Braves moved their Ontario Football Conference game against the Hamilton Hurricanes to Ivor Wynne, the home turf of the Hurricanes. Recently sodded Nelson Stadium made the Braves field unsuitable for play so the Braves moved across the bay.
Their temporary new digs suited them just fine and they easily manhandled the Hurricanes 72-12 and in the process re-ignited a rivalry that had been dormant while the Hurricanes went into hiatus for the past 14 years. The Braves improved to 2-0 and have scored 122 points while allowing 12. Hamilton, now 0-2, can take some solace from the fact they were the first team to score against Burlington this season.
Robin Medeiros and Jared Manchulenko each scored three touchdowns for the Braves while Richard Tuck had two and Troy Neufeld had one. Braves’ kicker Richard Rodrigues was good on three field goal attempts and converted all nine touchdowns.
Rodrigues’ efforts won him the OFC’s Special Team Player of the Week award.
Hamilton’s offence came from Steven Hughes, who had two touchdowns.
Hamilton travels to Windsor on Saturday (Aug.23) for a 7 p.m. tilt against the AKO Fratmen. Braves get the weekend bye and will next play on Friday, Aug. 29 against….The Hamilton Hurricanes. This time the ‘Canes will call Ivor Wynne home for the 8 p.m. anticipated re-match.