Volume 94, Issue 48
Thursday, November 23, 2000
Gee Gees prepping for Vanier Cup
HEY MAN, WHO'S IN THE VANIER CUP THIS YEAR? Regina and Ottawa will go head to head for Canadian university football supremacy this year.
By Joel Brown
Good luck convincing Ottawa Gee Gees quarterback Phil Cote to let go of the past.
The Gee Gees loss to the University British Columbia back in the 1997 Vanier Cup championship, is still in the mind of the fifth-year player. But this time Cote believes his team is ready to play.
"We're much more focused," Cote said. "Last time, after we won the Churchill bowl, we were just happy to be in the Vanier cup. This time around we're just not happy with [a Churchill Bowl] victory."
Cote is one of four players on Ottawa who played on the last Vanier Cup team. He believes the experience is helping to both motivate the younger players on the team and help them prepare for the game.
"We don't feel nervous at all," he said. "That's the difference between a good team and a great team.
"This is something we'll be able to look back in 25 years and remember this game as being one of the memories of a lifetime."
Cote had to watch the Gee Gees Churchill Bowl win over McMaster last week from the sidelines because of a sprained ankle. He should be ready to practice on Sunday and he will be ready for the Dec. 2 match against the Regina Rams.
Ottawa head coach, Marcel Bellefeuille, said the team will do most of it's preparation before they leave for Toronto on Wednesday to mitigate the expected media blitz.
"We'll have to have a really good week of practice," he said. "At this point of the season it's most important to get mentally focused and prepared. We're hoping to get to know them better than they know themselves."
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