The Holland Hurricanes men’s football team is set to host their 2019 home opener on Saturday at the Alumni Canada Games Place in Charlottetown. Kick-off is scheduled for 1pm versus the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves.
Both teams enter the weekend at 0-1 after week 1 losses last Saturday. The ‘Canes fell to the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Red Bombers in Fredericton by a score of 28-17 while the Seawolves lost to the Dalhousie Tigers in Saint John, 31-14.
Head coach and defensive coordinator, Steve Letner, feels positive after a strong week of practice.
“We’re looking forward to our home opener. We have made some adjustments over the last week and are focused on playing our best this Saturday. It’s going to be a great time playing in from of our home crowd.”
Last Saturday, the ‘Canes trailed by five points before UNB extended their lead to eleven after a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The ‘Canes were unable to answer back.
Offensive coordinator, Owen MacWilliams, is excited to see the roster perform on home field after an opening road game.
“It was a tough loss last week but our players held their heads high and knew the mistakes we made. This UNBSJ squad played hard last week and we have made the proper adjustments to be successful against them. If everybody does their jobs on the offensive side of the ball we can be successful. We’re all excited to play at home in front of a very supportive ‘Canes crowd.”
Second-year defensive back from Barrie, Ontario, Jack Malo, is eager to get on the field after a week of reflecting on week 1.
“The team is feeling very good about the game this weekend. After our loss to UNB last weekend we are much more prepared to take the field this time around. We have made the necessary changes to our offence, defence and special teams to put a good show on for our school and hometown crowd.”
First-year centre from St. Thomas, ON, Colin Cepecauer, looks forward to playing his first home game in a Hurricanes jersey.
“The boys have reset and we’ve dialed our physical and mental games for the home opener this Saturday. We are coming out hard and fast in hopes of securing the win.”
For those that cannot attend the game live, the game will be live streamed at www.hollandhurricanes.com.
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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019