St. Peter Knights
lose appeal to save season
By Fred Sherwin
a transfer student's eligibilty has cost the St. Peter Knights junior boys
football team a chance to win another city championship and has ended their
streak of playing in nine straight finals.
The team found
out on Wednesday that one of their players who had transferred from Glebe
at the beginning of the semester in Janaury was, in fact, ineligible to
play because he dressed for the Gryphons varsity team last fall.
state that no one can play for two schools at two different levels in the
same year. The Knights coaching staff found out about the infraction shortly
after they beat the Glebe Gryphons 41-10.
St. Peter principal Sue Arbour, the young man told the coaches that he suited
up for the Glebe varsity team for one game last fall but left after he failed
to play a single down.
to a source at Glebe Collegiate, the young man played in at least two games
that he personally knew of. In Tuesday's game against the Gryphons he scored
a pair of touchdowns before having to come out of the game with a sore ankle.
carries an automatic forfeiture of any games the ineligilble player has
been involved in. In the case of St. Pete's, it means that all five of their
previous wins become losses.
The Knights immediately
appealed the ruling, but it was upheld, turning their 5-0 record into 0-5.
They had the top rated offence in the city while allowing the least number
of points on defence and were considered the prohibitive favourites to win
their third junior football championship in the last four years.
Arbour, the situation is the result of a "miscommunication" on
the part of the player and is incredibly unfortunate.
no malicious intent. It's simply a matter of a miscommunication (The ruling)
is really disheartening for the kids and for the coaching staff," said
By having to
forfeit their five previous wins, the Knights will miss the playoffs for
the first time in 10 years. It also means their streak of playing in nine
straight championship games in a row will also come to an end.
8:30 a.m., May 30)
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