Sunday, November 11, 2012

Four advance towards Vanier Cup

The CIS playoff elimination rounds of this weekend have brought four more teams closer to the Vanier Cup on November 24th.

With victories on Saturday, Laval, Acadia, McMaster and Calgary will all move forward towards the CIS semi-finals next weekend. For followers of the CIS, that list looks rather familiar, as  four were in the semi-finals one year ago, something to mark down in the CIS history books as it's the first time that all four semi finalists have met in back to back years.

Laval claimed their berth with 40 to 17 victory over Sherbrooke, where the Rouge et Or grabbed a 16-0 lead and never looked back on Saturday, providing another exciting afternoon of football for Quebec City's growing football base.

In Nova Scotia, Wolfville's Acadia Axemen knocked off the big city boys of Halifax's St. Mary's University, in a hard fought  defensive battle, which saw the Axemen eventually wear down the Huskies for the 17-9 victory.

Acadia now faces Laval, a mid November trip north now on their football agenda, where they will hope to have similar success against the nation's number two rated team.

For Laval, a victory next Sunday offers up the opportunity to return to the Vanier Cup, a season ending event that they have become quite prominent at over the last few years.

The Ontario and Western playoffs didn't disappoint for entertainment either, the Number one football program in the county at McMaster showed why they gained that title this year, as the Marauders grabbed a quick 21-0 lead of their counterparts from Guelph, never looking back on their way to their 30 to 15 victory over the Gryphons.

On the frozen turf of McMahon Stadium the University of Calgary Dinos battled their prairie rivals from the University of Regina, with the Dino's offering up the first of what could be an Alberta football sweep this weekend with a 38 to 14 victory over the Rams.

Calgary's football fans might be using that victory as an indication of good things to come when the Stamps play the Riders in the CFL West semi Sunday afternoon at McMahon.

With their win the Dinos now head east, a showdown with McMaster, which pits the number 1 and number 3 teams in what may be the best game of next weekend's semi-finals.

McMaster, the defending Vanier Cup champions will be working towards one more weekend of play, a game just a short drive down the 401 on November 23rd, when the 2012 Vanier Cup plays out at Toronto's Rogers Centre.

The CIS website offers up comprehensive coverage of the playoff run.

Other reviews of the four conference championships can be found below

TSN-- Acadia, McMaster, Laval, Calgary in CIS Football Playoffs
CBC-- McMaster, Acadia, Laval, Calgary all repeat as CIS football semifinalists
Montreal Gazette-- Laval wins Dunsmore
Halifax Chronicle Herald-- Axemen grab second straight AUS crown
Hamilton Spectator-- Mac blitzes and blasts to Yates Cup victory
Calgary Herald-- Drive for five continues as Dinos roll over Rams

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