Western players and coaches shovel snow off field ahead of Yates Cup

Western University players and coaches had some extra work to do in order to be prepared for the Yates Cup on Saturday.

London was hit with a blanket of snow on Thursday night and Friday when the Mustangs came onto the turf at TD Stadium there was shovelling to be done. The team doesn’t have a machine to brush the snow from the field that you see in most CFL stadiums.

(Photos courtesy Mark Lee)

Head coach Greg Marshall and starting quarterback Chris Merchant began helping clear the snow until more reinforcements arrived. It took a few hours but the players got the majority of white stuff off the field and Marshall ordered pizzas for the group of non-dress roster players who stayed to complete the task.

Kick-off happens at 1 p.m. live on CHCH. Wilfrid Laurier comes to TD Stadium once again after completing a stunning comeback – scoring 24 straight points in the final eight minutes – against Western to win the 2016 Yates Cup 43-40.

The field and stage for the rematch are set now that the snow has been cleared.

Only in Canadian football.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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8 Comments on Western players and coaches shovel snow off field ahead of Yates Cup

  1. footballnut // November 11, 2017 at 10:54 am //

    you know your in the big times when…

    • Is truly remarkable with the difference between the US and Canada. A border separating the countries but it might as well be a million miles away when it comes to university sports.

      • Yep and the best Canadian athletes whether it’s football, soccer or track, are scouted and recruited by the NCAA.
        Our Women’s national soccer team are ALL NCAA or ex-NCAA, the top draft picks in the CFL draft will be Canadians out of the NCAA.
        All of our national track team members are NCAA

  2. CanadaRules // November 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm //

    Great team work. Too bad the opposition didn’t help.

    • They probably weren’t even in town yet. Probably just took the bus into London today.

      There aren’t that many university teams still playing field sports in November but you’d think a school would have something to do the job??

  3. World’s apart yes but also academically. Look at the degrees our athletes graduate with compared to the US.

  4. Now that’s Canadian ! Snow shovelling won’t kill them, its great for the core.

  5. But the US players do have access to superior education at the Private Univerities if they want to get a decent education. It is up to them.
    We only have the state run unis, we don’t have private unis.
    But if you are recruited to play football in the NCAA you may not get a

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