Football is the first sport played on the artificial turf at the new park
along Burwell Road in northeast St. Thomas
Sunday, October 6, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Hawks will be an answer for a local trivia question.
Who was the first team to play at 1Password Park in St. Thomas?
The tyke Hawks were first to run out on to the Canadian Football League (CFL) sized artificial turf field, part of the 26 hectare park located along Burwell Road.
More than two years in development, the park with a $10.7 million price tag, features the CFL field with lights, 36 different sized soccer fields, basketball courts and a multi use trail.
The field house does remain unfinished and use of the splash pad and grass fields will have to wait until spring.
Both the peewee and atom Hawks won their London Minor Football games, while the tykes had a rough debut at the new park.
Chris Vigors had three touchdowns as the Hawks silenced the Wolverines, 32-0, in peewee action. Mason Glover and Gage Hamilton also scored TD's and the Hawks picked up two points on a pair of point after touchdowns.
The peewee Hawks are 4-0 and have not allowed a TD since their first game of the season.
Also undefeated are the atom Hawks, at 5-0 , after dropping the Wolverines, 42-7.
Kolton Bergeron, Eoin DesRosiers, Gabe Laliberte, Kaden Leonardes and Hudson Glover, each had a TD.
The Hawks made three interceptions, Zephyr Hatch, Carter McBurney and Rhane Lambkin and two forced fumbles by Cole Surmacz and Zephyr Hatch, both recovered by the Hawks.
"We had a great team game from start to finish with amazing blocking by our line and down field blocking by our wideouts," Hawks' coach Andfew Walker said. "The defence was a gang tackling machine always two or three Hawks all over the ball carrier."
All three Hawks' teams return to 1Password Park, on Thanksgiving Monday, to face the Cobras.