HAMILTON, Ont. – Football Canada has finalized its roster of players that will compete at the IFAF Junior World Championships in Canton, Ohio from June 27 to July 5. Included are three student-athletes that are members of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) football programs.
Alex Anthony of Victoria, B.C. has committed to playing with the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks this fall. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound receiver is a multi-sport athlete that has excelled in football, track and field, golf, swimming and baseball. Anthony attended Mt. Douglas Secondary on Vancouver Island. The seven-time MVP in football recorded 41 receptions for 650 yards averaging 16 yards a reception in 2008. He returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns, and also rushed for three touchdowns, averaging 21.6 yards per carry. He is expected to compete for a starting position with the Golden Hawks in 2009.
Jordan Duncan of Grimsby, Ont. was a 6-foot-2, 195 pound rookie defensive back with the Guelph Gryphons in 2008. He made an immediate impact with the Gryphons, breaking up five passes and intercepting one pass for 18 yards. He also contributed 20 solo tackles and 14 assisted tackles. He made two solo tackles and one assisted tackle in an OUA quarter-final loss to the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Duncan attended Blessed Trinity Secondary School in Grimsby and was a member of the Niagara Spears of the Ontario Varsity Football League.
Matt Sewel of Milton, Ont. has committed to playing with the McMaster Marauders in 2009. The offensive lineman brings plenty of size to Team Canada at 6-foot-7 and 350 pounds. Sewel was a 2007 Canada Cup tournament all-star playing for the Team Ontario under-19 team. He played the 2008 season at Berkshire Prep School in Sheffield, Mass. where he was named Colonial League and New England class B lineman of the year. Sewel attended Bishop Reding Secondary School in Milton.
Two members of the Team Canada coaching staff also have OUA connections. Gryphons head coach Kyle Walters is coaching the defensive backs, while Western Mustangs special teams coach Mickey Donovan has a similar role with the Canadian squad.
Players were chosen nationwide to represent Canada at the inaugural international tournament. Eight countries will represent four continents in the under-20 category. Canada, the United States and Mexico will represent the Pan-American region. Germany, Sweden and France will represent Europe; Japan will represent Asia and New Zealand will round out the competition for the Oceanic region. Canada is seeded No. 1 based on previous junior international play.
Canada kicks off the tournament against New Zealand on June 27 at Fawcett Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Visit www.jwcfootball.com for more information about the IFAF Junior World Championship.