Montmorency Nomades upset two-time defending champ Montreal Carabins to win women’s Canadian Collegiate Flag Football Championship

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The Montmorency Nomades have made history as the first CEGEP team to win the Canadian Collegiate Flag Football Championship, upsetting the two-time defending champion Montreal Carabins in Sunday’s gold medal game by a score of 13-12.

The Nomades needed overtime in their semi-final matchup against the Concordia Stingers on Saturday to even earn a shot at the title and fell behind the powerhouse Carabins 12-0 in the final. The young squad, which was fielding players as young as 17 thanks to new Football Canada regulations, battled back to tie and forced an overtime shootout, converting on their scoring attempt with a toe-tapping grab at the corner of the endzone before repelling their older rivals.

Earlier in the day, Concordia defeated the UQAM Citadins by a score of 20-13 to claim the bronze medal.

16 women’s teams from across the country travelled to Montreal to take part in the three-day tournament, which is celebrating its third year of existence.  Participants finishing off the podium included the Université de Sherbrooke, Western University, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, University of Saskatchewan, University of Guelph, University of Toronto, Champlain College, Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Cégep de l’Outaouais, Collège Ahuntsic, and two teams from the University of Regina.

The growth of flag football in Canada has become a major priority in recent years, as the sport will make its debut at the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.