BMFA Shines at Flag Nationals in Halifax

Updated: May 26, 2016

The Canadian National Flag Football Tournament took place from May 19 to 22, at Dalhousie Univeristy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Team Ontario All BMFA Players) competed at the highest level over the course of the tournament bringing home a Silver Medal (U18 Male) and two Bronze Medals (U20 Male & U16 Female). Drew Zylak received the Medal for Top Defensive Player in the U18 Male Division. The U16 Male team competed hard in all of their games. They came together as a team and were coached up by Vincent Luciani.

Drew Zylak - Defensive MVP U18


A few players displayed exceptional dedication and sportsmanship; Emily Hoegl earned her spot on her team as the 11th player and participated in all of the practices and team events and even though she never got a chance to play all weekend, she was the loudest cheerleader for all four teams; Mason Brown (QB U18 Male) played with injuries and many of the coaches from across the country took note of his skills and grit.;  Matthew Grilli (U18 Male) and Team Captain of the 2013 U16s sustained a painful and serious injury to his right hand.

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The tournament was well managed and executed by Football Canada and Football Nova Scotia were exceptional hosts. We are looking forward to next year’s tournament which we hope will be in Kelowna BC in June which will give us more time to organize.  We are planning to field six teams (3 Female and 3 Male) next year!

Closing Ceremonies

The U20’s Male’s were coached by Dave and Ryan Thompson. Players were:

  • Jack Stillie
  • Evan Thompson
  • Hunter Martin
  • Benjamin Kukhta
  • Ryan Grilli
  • Christopher Jones
  • Timothy Schiappa
  • Alexander MacLeod

U18 Male

The U18’s Males were coached by Tony Grilli and Angelo Gabriele. Players were:

  • Ben Stillie
  • Matthew Grilli
  • David Grilli
  • Andrew Zylak
  • William Adiwinata
  • Landon Gabriele
  • Sam Hemming
  • Tate Ruse
  • Matthew Walker
  • Mason Brown

The U16 Male’s were coached by Vincent Luciani. The Players were:

  • Nico Gabriele
  • Ben Korol
  • Ben Williams
  • Christian Martyn
  • Curran Hanchar
  • Justin Blake
  • Jonah Kastelic
  • Matthew Hayward

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The U16 Female’s were coached by Brian Hemming and Linda Coslovi. The Players were:

  • Emily Hoegl
  • Holly Hemming
  • Alyssa Meyer
  • Emily Morden
  • Jenna Morais
  • Joee Rousell
  • Madison Klingbeil
  • Gabriella Condello
  • Ava Shepherd
  • Breanna Falco
  • Carly Zylak

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