Tight games, transportation problems fail to deter Manitoba footballers

SCOTT UNGER

, Last Updated: 1:11 PM ET

Manitoba's Under-17 football team in hoping to add a little more gold to its uniform today when it plays Quebec in the gold medal final of the Football Canada Cup in Sherbrooke, Que.

Manitoba pulled out an 11-10, final play win over Eastern Ontario in the semifinal on Tuesday to put themselves in the championship game.

"We've played two tight games with an 8-0 win and 11-10 win," Manitoba head coach Scott Norris said earlier this week.

"I don't care if it's a tight win or a lopsided win. I just want to come up on the right side."

Off the field, however, Manitoba's stay while in La Belle Province has not been as enjoyable.

"We've been having trouble getting transportation here," Norris lamented. "Our transportation problems have been quite amusing."

When Manitoba arrived in Montreal last week, the bus the host committee sent to pick up the team didn't have enough room for the luggage, not to mention some practice facilities have been less than ideal for a football team to prepare on.

"We got to a field that a truck had driven through the night before and had torn it up," Norris said. "So then we're searching for somewhere else."

Yet, Norris isn't holding a grudge.

"There's 11 teams (in two age groups) and there's a lot of logistics that have to go on," he said.

"It's the first time Quebec has ever run this tournament. ... They're learning here. The next time it will run way smoother.

"We're just patient, our kids don't fret and away we go."


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