Burlington flagged for national football championships

The Burlington Minor Football Association is joining forces with the Ontario Football Alliance to stage the 2012 Flag Football Under-16 and U-18 national championships July 27-31.

The Flag Nationals will be played at Appleby College in Oakville. The championships return to Ontario after Football Nova Scotia successfully hosted the event at Dalhousie University.

The 2011 edition of the Flag Football National Championships in Halifax involved more than 160 athletes representing seven provinces and one territory. It also marked the first entry of a team from the Northwest Territories.

Quebec won two gold medals in the female U16 and U18 divisions against P.E.I. and Ontario respectively. Manitoba captured the female U16 bronze medal with a 31-20 win against Saskatchewan.

On the male side of the draw, British Columbia captured gold in the U16 division with a 48-12 win against Alberta while Manitoba won bronze after defeating Saskatchewan 42-32. Host Nova Scotia edged Quebec 16-15 to capture the U18 male gold medal while Manitoba beat British Columbia 27-20 to win bronze.