AFL: Charlottetown, Home sweet home: Hurricanes look to fend off Tigers; stay undefeated

Charlottetown – Despite clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Holland College Hurricanes Football Club have plenty of unfinished business ahead of them.

In the final showdown of the regular season, the Dalhousie Tigers (3-2) come into Charlottetown reeling off three consecutive wins and will face a Hurricanes squad that is undefeated this season.

“The Tigers are on a roll,” said Hurricanes head coach Kyle Quinlan. “They are very well coached and have a talented roster. We will need to play physical football and nail our assignment and alignment all day.”

The two teams met in the season opener where the Hurricanes escaped Halifax with a 19-11 win. Since then, the Tigers have gone 3-1 and match up well against the 5-0 Hurricanes.

On paper, the two teams are very similar. The Hurricanes, who lead the league in points, averaging 27.8 points per game, face a Tigers squad that scores 25 points per contest. While on defence, the Tigers allow just 16.2 points per game, compared to the Hurricanes’ 13. Those numbers suggest that Saturday’s game will be a tight contest.

But one advantage the Hurricanes have over the Tigers is that the game will be played in the friendly confines of home, Quinlan said.

“We have an amazing home atmosphere, so I’m very excited to play the rest of the games here in Charlottetown. Our guys have worked very hard all year to earn that privilege, now we need to protect our house.”

The game will be held at the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.

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