The Division 1 college football circuit's first game of the season scheduled for Friday has been canceled due to a positive case of COVID-19 inside one of the two teams.
A player from the Élans de Garneau was declared positive and the game against the Falcons in Lévis was canceled. “We contacted Public Health who recommended that we cancel the game so as not to risk the safety of the players,” explained the sports manager at Garneau, Éric Lavigne. Public Health told us that it was best not to take risks. ”
The player who tested positive caught the virus outside of the team and outside the college. “Last Friday, our player met a contagious person,” said Lavigne. Asymptomatic, he trained with the team on Monday before being placed in isolation. He had his test on Tuesday and the positive result came in today. Our player had no symptoms just like his teammates. Everyone got time off this weekend, and the players will be back in practice on Tuesday. It's disappointing, but there are people who are worse off than us. The guys will begin their preparation on Tuesday in anticipation of next Saturday's game against Limoilou. The Falcons for their part held an intra-team match in the presence of officials who were to be on duty for the match.
“Young people dream of facing someone else,” summed up the sports manager at SSF and head coach of youth training before knowing the directive from the Ministry of Education.
In a text message at the end of the evening, the general manager of the SSF Luc Savoie told us that he did not think that the match would take place.
The Regroupement des cégeps publics de Montréal (RCM), made up of 12 institutions, has decided to cancel the interregional parts of its teams because all of greater Montreal is found in the orange zone. The Saturday afternoon game between the Vanier Cheetahs and the Saint-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu Giants will therefore not take place.
However, games between Montreal CEGEPs will be authorized. Suddenly, the Giants see their schedule of four games cut in half. Private college, André-Grasset is not part of the RCM just like Lionel-Groulx. These two teams must cross swords Saturday afternoon in Saint-Thérèse as planned.
What will happen to the Giants? “We are more in the mode of creating opportunities for sport practice than in the mode of holding a championship,” said RSEQ CEO Gustave Roel. Calendar changes could be made. ”
The game between the Limoilou Titans and the Champlain College Cougars scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Quebec City is still on the schedule. We received confirmation on Friday evening that the Cougars will be making the trip. The new rule from the Ministère de l'Éducation does not affect colleges. In Division 2, John Abbott's Islanders are also part of the RCM and their game scheduled for Saturday against the Outaouais Griffons was canceled on Thursday.
A college golf tournament scheduled for Saturday in Terrebonne, which is now in the orange zone, has been canceled. “The general management are seriously questioning themselves,” said Roel.
The words of Minister Dubé who speaks of a 28-day challenge to stay at home make them more apprehensive and I understand them. They have decided to adhere to the letter to avoid travel when you find yourself in the orange zone. ”