Football players from all seven Hamilton Wentworth Minor Football Association (HWMFA) teams competing in the Central Ontario Minor Football League capped their season with the association’s first Grassroots Year End Gala.
Highlight of the night was the presentation of trophies and awards to players from the various age-group teams in the Fall rep program.
Recognized were Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Player, Most Valuable Player, Most Outstanding Lineman and the Tiger-Cat Award to each team which is presented to the player who best exemplified teamwork and commitment to the game as part of the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats Play Action program.
Outstanding Offensive Player – Ky’mani Grant
Outstanding Defensive Player – Everett Small
Outstanding Lineman – Brett Miller
Most Valuable Player – Ben Baksys
Tiger-Cat Award – Braiden Chandler
Outstanding Offensive Player – Riley Ferrell
Outstanding Defensive Player – Nolan Clark
Outstanding Lineman – Nick Dembe
Most Valuable Player – JT Landry
Tiger-Cat Award -Eric Emond
Outstanding Offensive Player – Jakob Perron
Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year – Illorion Sankar
Outstanding Lineman – Andrew Baksys
Most Valuable Player – Darian Ellis
Tiger-Cat Award – Ethan Cherrett
Outstanding Defensive Player – JP Sardo
Outstanding Offensive Player – Luke Todoruck
Outstanding Lineman – Daniel Sudac
Most Valuable Player – Donavin Milloy
Tiger-Cat Award – Josh Clark and Michael Ballantyne
Pee Wee AA
Outstanding Lineman – Alexander Haley
Outstanding Defensive Player – Louis Spanier and Brendon Deschamps
Outstanding Offensive Player – Jacob Stone
Most Valuable Player – DeEmetrius Masuka
Tiger-Cat Award – Justin Taylor
Pee Wee AAA
Outstanding Offensive Player – Marcello DaSilva
Outstanding Defensive Player – Sebastian Masotti
Outstanding Lineman – Marshall Khokar
Most Valuable Player – Daniel Eldridge
Tiger-Cat Award – Cody Hutchinson
Outstanding Offensive Player – Ronin Taylor
Outstanding Defensive Player – Spencer Smyth
Outstanding Lineman – Spencer Edwards
Most Valuable Player – Anthony Abele
Tiger-Cat Award – Ryan Leder
The Nov. 14 affair was organized by the association’s Roar Club, a group of parent volunteers who run all the off-field events and activities for the HWMFA.
The event was emceed by Pigskin Pete and included guest appearances by members of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Police Chief Glenn DeCaire, and McMaster Marauder head coach Stephan Ptaszek. Live music was provided by Reflexion.
Opening remarks were made by Dave Watkins of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. HWMFA’s Joe Sardo followed with a vision of what the future holds for the association.