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.

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Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.