One of the oldest and certainly most successful junior football clubs in the country, the Saskatoon Hilltops, are heading east to try and win a record 4th Canadian championship in a row. That’s pretty darn good for a club that had its origins in the early 1920’s among teenage boys from Caswell Hill whose playground was Cairns Field and who played hockey and baseball as well as rugby football. Hilltops have always had a reputation for aggressiveness, hard running and hard tackling.
This was evidenced last Sunday when the team soundly thrashed the Vancouver Island Raiders 48 to nothing. I was there in the cold, wind and sleet. I remember being the public address announcer for the Hilltops way back in 1990 and ’91. Dave Hardy was the coach and the Hilltops went all the way in 1991. That was a year in which the Prairie Junior Football Conference game was played here at Gordie Howe Bowl, as was the Inter-Gold Game and the Canadian Bowl. At this latter in November it was colder than last Sunday. I mean it was REALLY cold. Sitting up in the press box my face and hands were frozen. But we won, and when you win, you seem to warm up. The Championship game will be played in Ontario this Saturday, Remembrance Day, and will be heard on 92.9 the BULL. Junior football, even the championship games, isn’t deemed worthy of being covered by Canada’s tv sports networks. It’s much cheaper for them to televise something like poker, which is like watching paint dry.