OFSAA Bowl Series salvaged

Nine OFSSA Bowl games to be played over four days at end of November at new venue with new matchup format.

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A sigh of relief has come for Ontario high school players, coaches and fans.

The OFSAA Bowl Series has been saved for the 2013 season.

After Rogers discontinued their sponsorship of the Bowl series (which was in held conjunction with the Bills visiting Toronto annually), the OFSAA were scrambling to save this annual tradition and keep it in Toronto for 2013.

What has resulted is a new venue and new format for the OFSAA Bowl Series.  Instead of five games, there will now be nine games during the Series. This way, an additional week of playdowns would not happen and potentially push the championship games into December.

These nine games will be played in a  four day span from November 26th to 29th, 2013 at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium. By hosting all the games at one single venue, it makes it easier for recruiters from universities to see all the talent in one area.

Beyond this year, nothing further has been finalized for a future home. However, the OFSAA are looking into having discussions with two CFL teams – the Hamilton Tiger Cats and new franchise Ottawa Red Blacks about hosting the series.  In both cases, there will be new stadiums in the 2014 season for these two CFL teams.

Another key change will be the game matchups.  In years past, geography is what determined the pairings for the championships.  Instead, a random draw was held by the OFSAA from a pool of 17 association champions and an additional host entry from Toronto’s public association.

While the matchups are still to be solidified, some pairings include the following:

-Western Ontario (WOSSAA) versus York Region (YRAA)

-Toronto Public (TDSC) versus Georgian Bay (GBSSA)

-Toronto Catholic (TDCAA) versus Golden Horseshoe (Hamilton and Halton: GHAC)

-Independent (CISAA) versus Southwestern Ontario (SWOSSAA)

-Northern Ontario (NOSSA) versus second Toronto team (TDSC)



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