Saturday afternoon the Windsor AKO Fratmen will complete their 2017 Spring Camp with an exhibition game against a team from the United States.
The Frostburg State University Bobcats will travel up to Canada and kick off against the Fratmen at 1:00pm on the campus of the University of Windsor at Alumni Field.
The Bobcats are currently ranked 18th in the country in the NCAA’s Division III. Last season the Bobcats were 10-1 and finished the season as the New Jersey Athletic Conference champions.
The Fratmen on the other hand finished the regular season 7-1, tied atop the Ontario Conference standings. After getting past Ottawa in the Conference semi-final, the Fratmen fell to the Hamilton Hurricanes in the final.
This game will give the Fratmen coaching staff a chance to watch their players in various game situations and get a good idea what needs to improve as they prepare for their main camp.
The Canadian Junior Football League is pleased to announce the 2017 schedule that kicks off in the BC Conference (BCFC) on Saturday July 29, 2017.
Following the BCFC kick off, both the Prairie Conference (PFC) and the Ontario Conference (OFC) will open the season on August 12th with a pair of interconferene games. The Winnipeg Rifles visit the Ottawa Sooners and the Windsor AKO Fratmen host the Edmonton Huskies
This season marks the return of the OFC who now comply with the rest of the CJFL and capping the age limit to 22.
This season also highlights six CJFL Interconference games including 10 teams from the PFC and OFC. The first two are set for August 12, then a pair on August 26th, before concluding on the weekend of September 23-24th.
The CJFL playoffs will open the weekend of October 14-15, followed by the conference championships October 21-22. With the return of the OFC, the CJFL will host a National Semi-Final game this season which will see the winner of the PFC host the winner of the BCFC on October 28. Two weeks after that game the winner will travel to Ontario and face the winner of the OFC title in the 2017 Canadian Bowl on November 11th.
Each of the Conference schedules are below:
For the first time in its long history the CJFL will see teams from the Prairie Conference (PFC) battle teams from the Ontario Conference (OFC) in regular season action as six Interconference games have been scheduled.
Last season the CJFL hosted a pair of successful Interconference games between teams in the BC Conference and teams in the PFC. Despite bad weather and lopsided scores, fans in Chilliwack and Kelowna came out in droves to support the history making games and enjoyed the experience.
This year’s Interconference games will feature a total of 10 teams involved in six games beginning Saturday August 12th.
The Winnipeg Rifles head east to face the Ottawa Sooners in the Nation’s Capital while the Edmonton Huskies travel to Windsor to face the AKO Fratmen. This will be the first time these franchises will face one another and part of an exciting opening weekend for both the PFC and OFC Conferences.
A couple of weeks later another pair of Interconference games will are scheduled, both with Canadian Bowl history attached.
The Regina Thunder will meet the reigning OFC champion Hamilton Hurricanes on Saturday August 26th for the first time in 25 years. The last time they met was the 1993 Canadian Bowl in Regina, that the then Rams won 23-11. These two also met in the 1975 Armadale Cup (now Canadian Bowl) in which the Rams were victorious 38-19. Rewinding this all-time series even further the Hurricanes defeated Regina in the 1972 Leader Post Trophy game (now Canadian Bowl) 33-8.
The second match-up that day features the defending national champion Saskatoon Hilltops hosting the Ottawa Sooners in a rematch of the 1991 Canadian Bowl. It was a title game that the Hilltops won 41-27 on their home field in Saskatoon.
The final pair of CJFL Interconference games this season will fall the weekend of September 23-24. The Hurricanes travel west to meet the Edmonton Wildcats for the first time in exactly 40 years. Back in the 1977 Armadale Cup the Wildcats shutout the Hurricanes 28-0 in their only other meeting to win the national title.
Then Sunday the 24th the Calgary Colts will host the London Beefeaters for the first time in CJFL history.
Each of the six games will offer historical significance and will no doubt create a buzz of excitement not only within those communities, but also across the entire CJFL.
The full schedule featuring all three Conferences will be release tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:00am EST/7:00am PST.