OUA also-rans have hope going into 2013 football season

Queens receiver Giovanni Aprile figures to be a prominent part of the Gaels offence once again....

Queens receiver Giovanni Aprile figures to be a prominent part of the Gaels offence once again. (Elliot Ferguson, QMI Agency)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

Hope is a good thing.

Going into the 2013 Ontario university football season, it seems both the York Lions and Toronto Blues have a great deal of it.

It’s been a long time since that could be said of either school.

For years, they have been the punching bags for other OUA schools.

However, in recent years, they’ve managed a few wins but, more importantly, have established a foundation of better recruiting and consistency in coaching.

Under Warren Craney last year, the Lions managed two wins, while three of their losses were by a combined nine points.

Under Greg Gary, the Blues just missed the playoffs in 2011. They took a step backward last year but things aren’t going to change overnight.

The Blues open the season against the Western Mustangs in Toronto on Sunday, while the Lions kick off at home against the Queen’s Gaels.


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