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Bulldogs Join the OPFL

The North Bay Bulldogs have joined the Ontario Provincial Football League (OPFL).

In a move discussed since last season based on parent, coach, and player feedback the Bulldog’s executive voted unanimously to move to the OPFL. The move comes on the heels of the Nipissing Wild ending as North Bay’s senior varsity division team.  With the rebuilding of our existing summer teams (Bantam, junior varsity, NFC) and the sudden formation of the Senior Varsity team, it compelled the decision to move to the AA tier of the OPFL.

The OPFL is an active league hosting two tiers and twenty teams. Visit the league’s website, twitter, or Facebook for more insight and information

“As a club, we value the opportunity to be part of a tiered league in which we can develop our coaches and players to elevate their play to the highest possible level” – Marc Mathon President of the North Bay Bulldogs.

Nipissing Wild Fold

In light of the recent announcement by The Nipissing Wild to conclude operations as reported by our media partners The North Bay Bulldogs release this statement.

https://www.baytoday.ca/sports/nipissing-wild-folding-785601
http://www.nugget.ca/2017/12/07/wild-ride-ends-for-varsity-football-club

Official Press Release.

This was not what we anticipated because the 2017 season ended with very positive progress following the forum style meeting with the Nipissing Wild leadership and local football supporters. The objective of the meeting was to generate ideas to work together in providing a positive football experience for local football players.

Following the forum, a small working committee made up of Wild and Bulldogs executive along with strong community football supporters met to put these ideas into action for 2018.

The news of the Nipissing Wild folding comes as a surprise to us. We know that the Wild have some very good people who worked hard to provide a place for kids to play football. These volunteers, like us and so many others in the community, do this work because of their passion for the game and to watch the kids develop.

Given these new developments, our group feels it is our duty to put forward whatever effort we can muster to provide a football program for all the players from the North Bay area who are looking forward to playing football in 2018. This past fall we provided coaching, administrative and equipment resources to the Chippewa Raiders for the sole purpose of helping the 30+ kids who desperately wanted to play football for their school.

The job of expanding to the Senior Varsity football level will be a very challenging project for the Bulldogs and we will need help from the community and football volunteers.

As expressed during our meetings with the Wild, working together would produce the best result. It is our hope that members of the Nipissing Wild will consider continuing to be involved in providing those players with a good football experience in 2018 and work with us in that effort.

Many of the affected players are graduates of our Junior Varsity program and we will be reaching out to them very shortly to get feedback in connection with Senior Varsity for 2018. Hopefully, we will be in a position to make an announcement next week as I know there is a lot of uncertainty out there at the moment.

OVFL Week 1 Report

OVFL Week 1 Junior Varsity Results: Ottawa defeated Oshawa 38 to 26, The Eagles soundly won their match against the Predators 40 to 6, The Thunder routed The Hamilton Iron Men 45 to 0, And it a heated contest York Region Lion with 27 points beat the other Bulldog team from Brampton who scored 12 points.

OVFL Week 1 Bantam Results: Oshawa controlled the match scoring 51 points against the defending champions Ottawa Myers Riders who managed to earn 12 points. The Predators humbled the Eagles 51 to 12. The Toronto Thunder vanquished the Hamilton team 60 to 0. York Region Lions earned a tough win over Brampton Bulldogs 22 – 14.

OVFL home page: http://www.ovflontario.com/

Fox in Fiddle Fundraiser Dinner

On Monday April 3rd at the Fox and Fiddle restaurant we are having a fundraiser starting at 5 pm and going to 9pm.  Ask your friends, your family – all you have to do is show up, buy dinner, buy drinks and 10% of your bill will be donated back to the team!  When you go, make sure to tell your server that you are with the bulldogs so we get the 10%.  I hope to see you all out there!

We have invited all levels of our program (Youth, Bantam, JV and Mens)  to attend as the more the merrier!