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Kyle Chappus will be playing in front of a hometown crowd when he suits up for Team Nova Scotia for the Football Canada Cup at Acadia’s Raymond Field in July.
BLACK RIVER - Kyle
The 17-year-old Black River resident will suit up for Team Nova Scotia when the Football Canada Cup comes to Acadia University’s Raymond Field July 8-14. The elite, eight-team tournament was last hosted in Wolfville in 2010.
“The Football Canada Cup is a really exciting event because it allows next-level coaches and recruiters, as well as players themselves, the chance to see how the best players from across the country compare as they compete against one another,” said junior national team head coach Steve Sumarah in a press release announcing the tournament’s return to Wolfville.
“The experience of playing in the tournament also gives players a taste of how post-secondary teams like those at the junior or university level prepare for competition with an extended and intensive training camp.”
“It’s the last team you can play for before university, so it’s kind of like a giant scouting camp,” said
“This is where coaches can go to see the best players in each province.”
“You’ve already got the sport down, so it’s mostly about getting in the best shape that you can and bonding with your team, making sure that everyone knows what their job is,” he said.
“Once I made the provincial team I started working out a lot more, now four days a week usually.”
Steve Melanson, who coaches with the Horton Griffins and the provincial team, describes
“He was the standout defensive lineman on our team last year. He’s been an all-star in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation league for the last two years as a Grade 10 and a Grade 11,” said Melanson, noting that Chappus was clearly a force to be reckoned in the U17 category at the national Spalding Cup tournament in Montreal last year.
“He’s been a very driven young man to play at that level. He just excels when he’s on the football field.”
“It’s a really mental game. You can teach someone to play football, but you really need the mental awareness to understand what the other team is doing and be able to react in less than a second,” he said, crediting his coaches with helping him gain a solid understanding of when to follow his instincts, and when to exercise patience.
A defensive end, Chappus is tasked with making quick decisions in an effort to disrupt the opposing team’s attempts at gaining momentum with offensive plays.
“I love the contact
“Basically you cover all of the outside runs.”
Due to the fact that football is both mentally and physically challenging,
“I just love the sport,” he said.
Kyle Chappus of Black River is hailed as a standout defensive player on his high school and provincial football teams.