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Daniel Perry, SPECIAL TO THE BEAVER | Apr 16, 2010 - 10:51 AM |


Registration soaring for OMFA The 2010 season promises to be a good one for the coaches and players in the Oakville Minor Football Association. The league is growing rapidly. It had approximately 175 youth sign up last year in its inauguralseason , and more than 250 have already registered for this season. “We’ve plugged into a network of football players here,” said Ed Tilley, the league’s vice president. “I don’t want to say that there aren’t better players out there, but we’ve been able to build on a core group of kids and have put together strong teams this year. Even the new kids coming out just seem to know how to move their bodies and throw good hits.” Oakville’s football teams will be

Registration soaring for OMFA. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Mike Malo (in red) tackles ball carrier Aaron Grant during an Oakville Minor Football Association junior varsity practice Tuesday at Loyola’s new artificial turf field. More than 250 players have registered with the OMFA for the upcoming season. GRAHAM

April 16, 2010 11:35:43 AM

InsideHalton Article: Registration soaring for OMFA


The half-a-million-dollar field is hopefully the first of many in Oakville, Tilley said. “This field just suits football better,” he added, as his players tested out the turf field during a practice last week. “Access to practice fields has been our biggest obstacles so far. Since football games are mostly played in the middle of the field, these guys were just tearing up the ground, destroying it. That won’t happen with this field. Even if it rains for three days straight. The water could just be swept away and it would be good again.” Oakville players have never played in the Ontario championships, Tilley says, largely because of the decreased practice time caused by playing on grass fields. Tilley believes the town’s new turf field will impact his players so much, both bantam and junior varsity teams will win their divisions this year and will play in the Ontario-wide championships. Club executives aren’t the only ones excited about the new field. “Playing on the turf is great because my cleats don’t sink in so much and it makes moving around a lot easier,” said 12-year-old Michael Choma, a linebacker on the bantam team. “The field is still new though, so we are all getting used to it. There are a lot of black pebbles coming from the turf right now, but I think that will get better in time. I haven’t played football for a long time, so I’m excited to get back in it.”

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