Del Brocco, Cimankinda and Ward Named OUA Football Players of the Week

Photo: Greg Mason
Photo: Greg Mason

BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following athletes have been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Football Players of the Week for the period ending August 29, 2017.


 OFFENCE: Matteo Del Brocco (Kingsville, Ont) – 4th year  - Queen's

Matteo Del Brocco had a career performance on Saturda, recording a career-high 139-receiving yards on nine receptions against the Carleton ravens.

He clinched Queen's first touchdown of the regular season with an 18-yard score during the third quarter. Quarterback Nate Hobbs would find Del Brocco once again for a 50-yard score, his second touchdown of the game.

During the 2016-17 campaign, he had 30 receptions for 379 yards and four touchdowns.

He also owns the longest touchdown reception in Queen's history and 4th longest in U Sports history, with a 108 yard  touchdown back in 2015.


DEFENCE:  Alain Cimankinda (Gatineau, QC) – 2nd yr – Guelph

In his first game in a Gryphon uniform, defensive end Alain Cimankinda put together an outstanding performance, racking up 3.5 sacks to go along with 9 tackles.

The Gatineau, Quebec native came up with several timely plays, including a sack late in the 4th quarter (1:30 remaining) which forced an Ottawa punt to get the ball back to the Gryphon offence.

 Cimankinda, who played his CEGEP football at Champlain-Lennoxville in Quebec under current Gryphons offensive coordinator Jean-Francois Joncas, spent one season at the New Mexico Military Institute (NCAA - Junior College) before arriving at Guelph.

Cimankinda's rookie campaign is off to a flying start, with the dynamic defensive end providing a constant disturbance in the Gee-Gees backfield throughout the game


SPECIAL TEAMS: Lewis Ward (Kingston, Ont.) – 5th yr. – Ottawa

The fifth-year kicker was the focal point of the scoring for the Gee-Gees in a victory on the road in Guelph to begin the season.

The Kingston native was locked in all afternoon, going 6 of 8 for the game, including two in overtime that led Ottawa to a win. His longest field goal on the day was from 43 yards.

Ward was an OUA Second Team All-Star in 2016-17.



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