City of Champions

Fort McMurray Monarchs celebrate 2016 CMFL victory

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

The Fort McMurray Monarchs gather together with coaches and representatives on the SMS Equipment Stadium turf to celebrate their 59-45 win against the Greater Toronto Area All-Stars in the 2016 CMFL National Championship at Shell Place on September 10. Photo by the Fort McMurray Monarchs Football Club

The Fort McMurray Monarchs gather together with coaches and representatives on the SMS Equipment Stadium turf to celebrate their 59-45 win against the Greater Toronto Area All-Stars in the 2016 CMFL National Championship at Shell
Place on September 10. Photo by the Fort McMurray Monarchs Football Club

The Fort McMurray Monarchs brought victorious glory to the SMS Equipment Stadium with their win against the Greater Toronto Area All-Stars in the 2016 Canadian Major Football League (CMFL) National Championship on September 10.

Surrounded by a fan crowd of over 1,300 at the Shell Place, the team took the title with a 59-45 win.
On September 11, representatives from the Fort McMurray Monarchs Football Club called the game’s atmosphere “one of the ages.” They further stated on the Club’s Facebook page, “This game was in honour of the city, and residents of Fort McMurray, and everyone that handled the wildfires. This game was for our fans and our city.”

The Club also gave tribute to the team’s head coach Dave Spence and his health struggles.

“This game was very personal for so many reasons and we are truly proud and honoured to have raised it last night in front of our fans and bring this trophy to a town in a year that was so well deserved.”

The Club also announced Will Adrnt (Offensive Game), Jesse Maddox (Defensive Game) and Joudian Alexis (Special Teams Game) as the most valued players.

According to a release the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) extended their congratulations to the Club.

“On behalf of the RRC Board of Directors and our entire team, I am delighted to extend hearty congratulations to the Fort McMurray Monarchs on their tremendous season and their championship finish this weekend,” said Annette Antoniak, Chief Executive Officer of the RRC.

“This spring when we announced the Monarchs as our lead football tenant at SMS Equipment Stadium, none of us could have known the obstacles and challenges they would face this year; it is truly a testament to their strength as a team and their commitment to the community to finish their season with this incredible degree of success. Shell Place was alive with Monarchs and Fort McMurray pride Saturday evening.”

The Fort McMurray Monarchs are the official lead football tenant at SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place. Learn more at www.aflfootball.ca/fort-mcmurray-monarchs/

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