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For the second year in a row G.P. Vanier Football has had two of its players accepted to play in the Senior Bowl game on Saturday, March 23 in Langely.
This past weekend in Nanaimo the two Towhee athletes competed against other candidates for the opportunity to make the team. The tryout at Merle Logan Field was a mixture of combine events including 40-yard dash, standing jump, bench press and one-on-ones to determine the best.
Cody Fletcher, the diminutive but indominable running back, had an icredible season with over 1,200 yards in rushing. The 5',7" athlete seemed able to make cuts where there were none, hammering through opposition defences with great alacrity. Fletcher has been at the game for 10 years, collecting numerous MVP awards along the way.
Cody Cyr has been playing football for only five years, however the 6',1" 265-pound lineman has made his mark both at the junior varsity and senior varsity level for the Towhees.
Cyr was chosen as Vanier's lineman of the year, having helped the offence punch through more experienced defences. His leadership skills on the field and easy going nature off the field helped a fledgling Vanier team make it to the provincial championship this past season.
Tryouts for the younger Grade 10 and 11 players for Team BC took place on the same day. Two Vanier athletes – Jimmy Brazier and Liam Pidsosny – participated in a combine and skilled position drills to show their stuff to the university level coaches.
Team BC candidates will be informed in March as to whether they will be on the team or not. Both Brazier and Pidsosny played for the senior Towhee team this past season. Brazier made his mark as a running back and linebacker with Pidsosny being the team's QB and safety.
– G.P. Vanier Football