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The Cambridge Lions are having their first live registration on Sunday January 25, 2015 11am - 12:30 pm at the Homewood Suites in Cambridge, ON, 800 Jamieson Parkway, N3C 4N6. We are opening up registration for OVFL and OMFL teams for the Peewee, Bantam, Junior and Varsity age levels. If you can’t make our live registration you can register online. Please note that equipment hand outs will only be scheduled for players that have registered and arranged payments.

Also open is our Winter skills camp registration. Age groups of peewee/bantam will be February 14,21,28 at Comdev Soccer dome and the Junior/Varsity age groups will be March 14/21/28 also at Comdev. These will be run by our summer coaching staffs highlighted by guest coaching from many Laurier coaches and players including head coach Michael Faulds!

We will also be accepting registration for Spring Football, if you are new to Cambridge Football and just have questions come out and see us.

 

Please do not hesitate to register for any of these. 2015 will be the summer of the LIONS!

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Lions Looking Forward to Pro Football Drafts

Former Cambridge Lions, Chris Ackie (left) & Tyler Varga (right) looking forward to the upcomming CFL & NFL Drafts

 

The spring of 2015 will be an exciting time for me as former Director of the Cambridge Lions Football Club as I get to watch with pride as two of our former players will realize every young player’s ultimate dream. This Spring Tyler Varga & Chris Ackie will both be drafted to play professional football. Both took varied paths to get to this point however their careers began right here in Cambridge on Rogers Field and then Jacob Hespeler Field playing for the Cambridge Minor Football Association.

Tyler Varga is projected to be the 173rd player to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft. Amongst Fullbacks he is the #2 ranked prospect. In the CFL draft rankings he #4 and the Highest ranked Running Back while Chris Ackie is the #12 ranked player in the nation and the #1 Defensive Back. These rankings are no surprise when you consider these players abilities and personal character which have made them two of the greatest players and people the Lions program has seen.

Tyler’s path has taken a somewhat nontraditional route. This route took him from Cambridge to London and eventually New Haven, Connecticut. The one thing that has stayed consistent however is his superior athletic abilities, football skills and high GPA which have made him one of the most decorated Yale Bulldogs in their illustrious history. To see Tyler’s Bio and list of accomplishments please click this Link Tyler Varga Bio Yale .

Tyler’s career with us here in Cambridge was tremendous, however it was unfortunately shortened in order to get to his current position. Tyler first came to the Wolverines/Lions programs in 2005 as an Atom aged player. Tyler quickly began to gain recognition as one of the best players in the area and quickly grew as a leader. By 2008 the first year the OVFL (Ontario Varsity Football League) had Peewee football, Tyler quickly began to gain Provincial recognition as the most dominate offense player in the League for that age. This is the year that our Lions program across the board began to gain recognition and move to be one the top competitive centers in the Province. There is no doubt this was not a coincidence.

Tyler’s on field performances brought much attention to our program and was a beacon for many other players in the region to see that the Lions were the place to play in the Waterloo Region. Through his Jr Varsity career Tyler would fill Jacob Hespeler Field with record crowds all just to see him perform. His career with us ended by the Lions being defeated in their first ever OVFL Championship appearance in Ottawa. Win or lose however, the impact on for our program was the same. The Lions were now recognized as a top center and Tyler Varga was the reason for that.

From that point he chose to forgo his Varsity season in 2011 Season and then joined the Western Mustangs. The 2011 season saw him quickly take the league by storm as he won the CIS Rookie of the Year and was the nation’s leading scorer. After that season, Tyler announced he was leaving Canada to enroll at the prestigious Yale University in Connecticut. This caught everyone by surprise and he was off to take on the Ivy League. In his first year in 2012 he led the Nation in all-purpose yards, the Ivy League in rushing as well as many regional awards. Most importantly however he was recognized as a 2nd Team All-American which began to bring national attention in the United States. This past season in 2014 was when Tyler made his mark on the National Scene. In one of the greatest performances in Yale history he led the Bulldogs to an upset victory against Army. In that game Tyler scored 5 times with his 5th touchdown occurring in overtime to complete the victory. This performance brought him national attention on ESPN College Game Day and the “Come On Man” segment of the NFL pregame shows on ESPN. Finally Tyler received an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl coming up on January 24th. This game is a showcase for NFL Scouts which saw 80% of the last year’s participants being drafted.

Chris Ackie’s path to the draft has been a little more traditional. Chris and his brother Ron played their Minor & OVFL Careers with the Wolverines and Lions through the 2000’s. Chris was always around the field as a volunteer as he would work on Friday Night field clean up, work the sticks and even referee in our the CMFA’s Spring Program. Like Tyler, Chris began to garnish provincial attention as he began playing Jr Varsity in 2008 and then Varsity 2010 – 2011 with the Lions. You would see Chris play on both sides of the ball as a Running Back and Defensive Back. The Defensive side of the ball is where he excelled the most. To the side of his tremendous athletic abilities was a deep competitive desire. This desire to excel had a viral affect amongst his teammates around him. Once Chris finished his Lions career he chose to attend Wilfrid Laurier University where he will complete his degree and garnished many OUA and CIS recognitions and awards. By 2013 he had been identified as one nation’s top Defensive Backs. To see the TSN article about Chris please click link Chris Ackie TSN Prospects.

From a personal perspective as Director of the Lions from 2008 – 2014 I had the privilege to watch these two young men grow. What is unique with these two men was their deep desire to compete not only on the field, as well within themselves to become better. Their off field personal work to improve their already tremendous athletic ability was inspiring.  I also had the privilege to coach on teams with these two players. Both shared a common trait which was their ability to draw the best out of their teammates. These two players would give all they had on every play in the games and even every drill at practice. Off the field, both of these men are great upstanding characters with recognition of their roots right here in Cambridge.

Lets’ join together and wish them the best of luck in the upcoming months as they make the next ultimate step to Professional Football.

Bill Martindale

Cambridge Lions Coach & Director 2002 - Present


by posted 01/19/2015
2015 Registration Information

The Cambridge Lions are having their first live registration on Sunday January 25, 2015 11am - 12:30 pm at the Homewood Suites in Cambridge, ON, 800 Jamieson Parkway, N3C 4N6.  We are opening up registration for OVFL and OMFL teams for the Peewee, Bantam, Junior and Varsity age levels.  If you can’t make our live registration you can register online.  Please note that equipment hand outs will only be scheduled for players that have registered and arranged payments.

Also open is our winter skills camp registration.  Age groups of peewee/bantam will be February 14,21,28 at Comdev Soccer dome and the Junior/Varsity age groups will be March 14/21/28 also at Comdev.  These will be run by our summer coaching staffs highlighted by guest coaching from many Laurier coaches and players including head coach Michael Faulds!

We will also be accepting registration for Spring Football, if you are new to Cambridge Football and just have questions come out and see us.

 

Please do not hesitate to register for either these.  2015 will be the summer of the LIONS!


posted 01/17/2015
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