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Photo: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record

Christine Rivet
Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO — You might not have heard much about one of the finest defensive co-ordinators in the country because under the radar is exactly where Ron VanMoerkerke likes to fly.

He does, however, poke his head out from time to time.

“I don’t like the limelight. The attention should go to the players,” insisted Wilfrid Laurier University’s defensive wizard, the antithesis of his bold, brash and in-your-face defence.

Cool and in control, VanMoerkerke has quietly pulled the levers on the Golden Hawk defence for a dozen years, winning a Vanier Cup in 2005.

VanMoerkerke, 47, is the longest-serving defensive co-ordinator in the 11-team Ontario University Athletics football conference and almost certainly its most respected.


Photo: Kha Vo

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

Game Date/Time: Saturday, October 31 – 1 p.m.
Game Location: Ron Joyce Stadium, Hamilton
Live Webcast/Stats:
Radio: TSN 1150


The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, the sixth seed in the OUA, will be looking for the upset this Saturday when they face the No. 6 McMaster Marauders, the third seed in the OUA, in one of two OUA Quarter-final games.


The Hawks and Marauders last squared off two weeks ago in Week 8 of the regular season where McMaster picked up a 30-21 victory at University Stadium.


Week9_7Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

A full team effort was needed to beat Queen’s at their Homecoming and that is exactly what happened. It was a game filled with big, exciting plays and we made them in all three phases of the game to win 49-26. The win puts us in the playoffs and creates a re-match from a week ago, as we will travel to Hamilton to take on McMaster this Saturday (October 31st) at 1pm.

McMaster is a well-coached football team that beat us 30-21 on October 17th, but we have definitely learned a lot from that game and will be ready to execute on Saturday. We are a team that is peaking at the right time. Last year we started the season 4-1 and lost our final three games and really backed into the playoffs.


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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks announced today the football players of the week for Week 9 of the season and they include running back Eric Guiltinan on offence, linebacker Brandon Calver on defence, and returner Carson Ouellette on special teams

The Laurier Football Players of the Game are recognized weekly at the Quarterback Club luncheon. This week’s luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 29 in the Hawk’s Nest and will run from noon to 1 p.m.


WATERLOO, ON – Women’s lacrosse defenceman Maddy Curtis and men’s football linebacker Brandon Calver have been named this week’s Laurier Bookstore Athletes of the Week for the week ending October 25, 2015.

Curtis, a senior defenceman, was a rock for the young Hawks as they went 1-2 at the OUA Championship this weekend to take fourth place. The fifth year Global Studies major hailing from Peterborough, Ont.,led the Hawks strong defensive performance against the Western Mustangs, limiting the eventual OUA Champions to only 12 goals. Following the tournament, Curtis was honoured as an OUA First Team All-Star for the second consecutive year.


Photo: Gary Yokoyama, Hamilton Spectator

Lisa Diebel
Hamilton Spectator

Matt Rooney’s dream of playing university football was almost sacked by his appetite for potato chips, cookies and other high-fat treats. By the end of Grade 11, the Carlisle resident was tipping the scales at 325 pounds, making him too heavy to be considered for a university team even though he was a talented high school player.

While some football players weigh well over 300 pounds, they’re also typically very tall. Toronto Argonaut offensive linesman Matt Sewell, for example, is listed on his team’s roster as 6-feet-7 and 322 pounds. Rooney, who is 6-feet-tall, didn’t have the height to support his weight.


Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

KINGSTON, Ont. (October 24, 2015) – Thanks to an outstanding effort from their defence, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team is returning to the OUA playoffs following a 49-26 win over the Queen’s Gaels in their season finale on Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium.

Needing a victory in their final game of the year to secure the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference, the Golden Hawks defence stepped up as they scored two touchdowns, forced six turnovers, including three interceptions, and recorded four sacks. The effort helped Laurier (4-4) spoil the Gaels’ Homecoming game, and final regular season game at the current version of Richardson Stadium, as they recorded their first win in Kingston since 2007.


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A quick look at last week:

The Laurier Golden Hawks had a chance to punch their ticket to the OUA playoffs last Saturday afternoon.

In what started out as a wild, back-and-forth opening quarter, the game slowed down considerably through the final three. Ultimately, the Hawks winning streak ended at two games, falling 30-21 at the hands of the McMaster Marauders.

Asher Hastings and the Marauder offence quickly erased an early 14-0 Laurier lead, as his arm proved to be too much for the Hawks defence to contain. Hastings finished with 365 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Although the Hawks did not achieve a victory on Saturday, there were some positive takeaways. The purple and gold hung right in there with the sixth- ranked team in the country and had their chances to come away with the win, ultimately just falling short.


Photo: Trevor Mahoney

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

Game Date/Time: Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 1 p.m.
Game Location: Richardson Stadium, Kingston
Live Webcast/Stats:
Audiocast: None
Tickets: Tickets are sold out for Saturday’s game


Needing a victory in their final game of the regular season to qualify for the playoffs, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (3-4) will look for their fourth win of the season on Saturday when they head to Kingston to take on the Queen’s Gaels (5-2) on their Homecoming weekend.