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Monday, April 1, 2019

CFL NOTEBOOK

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats re-signed veteran Canadian kicker Lirim Hajrullahu to a two-year contract Monday.

The 28-year-old hit 46-of-54 field goal attempts (85.2 per cent) and 41-of-46 coversions (89.1 per cent) while boasting a 45-yard punting average. The five-foot-11, 205-pound native of St. Catharines, Ont., also hit five-of-six field goals and made all seven of his converts in two playoff games.

Hajrullahu has appeared in 89 career CFL regular-season games with Winnipeg (2014-15), Toronto (2016-17) and Hamilton. He's made 192-of-232 field goals (82.8 per cent) and 155-of-169 single converts (91.7 per cent) with a 44.3-yard punting average.
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TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts will play their home exhibition game at Varsity Stadium.

Toronto will open its pre-season hosting the Montreal Alouettes on May 30. The Argos announced Monday that contest will kick off at 11 a.m. ET and will be a school day game with tickets being sold to student in Greater Toronto Area schools.

"Providing an opportunity for kids to come to an Argos game, perhaps for the first time is a top priority for our organization,'' Chris Shewfelt, Toronto's vice-president of business operations, said in a statement. "Through our recent partnership with Toronto Flag Football and with our commitment of getting footballs into kids hands we look to grow participation and enjoyment of our great sport.

"The first time a child learns to throw a spiral is a special moment, we hope to enable that further in our community to many, many more kids.''

The Argos called Varsity Stadium home from 1916-58. It's also where Canadian sprinter Percy Williams set a world 100-metre record of 10.3 seconds during the Canadian track and field championships in 1930.

The Argos will also be giving away 2,000 CFL leather footballs this season.

"We're excited to support the Argos' school day pre-season game at Varsity Stadium, and we share their commitment to growing our game,'' said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie. "Whether it's on the field at a flag football tournament or cheering with their friends in the stands, it's important to us to engage young people and share the fun and excitement of football.

"Going to games as a kid was always so special and really spurred my love of football, and I know this game will be a memorable experience for so many.''

1 comment:

Bud The Spud said...

It is actually sad to see it come to this for the historic Argonauts club. If you're going to hold a school day event, far better to have it at the much more accessible BMO Field, where they actually play their home games.

So much more room for school buses to unload, organize the kids and park. Varsity is wedged in amongst high rise buildings and U of T facilities with very little space around it in the middle of a dense, busy downtown area. The CFL history of the place is non-existent in its new layout.

My son is an elementary school teacher in mid-town Toronto and he just shook his head when told of this idea. Not fun taking a class room of kids onto the TTC subways unless a lot of parent volunteers are present to assist. Good luck with getting them for an Argos game.

Worse, no one at school age level talks football. Of any kind. Leafs? You betcha. Toronto FC soccer? Absolutely. Blue Jays? Might be a struggle with all the changes. Argos? This might be the first time the kids will have ever heard of them.

Assuming they get there.