Even if he doesn’t win a medal, Cameron Creechan knows he’ll return from the Football Canada Cup with something valuable.
The 17-year-old from Chatham is a punter and kicker for Team Ontario at the eight-province tournament in Calgary.
This is the Creechan’s second time on Team Ontario. He’s now on the under-18 team after playing two years ago on the under-17 team at the Spalding Cup.
The staff again includes university coaches. They give the players a taste of what to expect on a U Sports team.
“They teach us a lot,” Creechan said. “We have meetings and breakdown of the films, so we get to learn a lot of what we’re doing and how to do it better. I brought a lot of this stuff home with me last time and I’m looking forward to doing it again.”
Each team will play three games. Ontario faces Nova Scotia in the first round Monday.
Creechan made the 40-man roster after playing at the annual Red vs. Black Weekend in Guelph in April. He kicked a field goal and two extra points in Black’s 17-10 win at the three-day showcase.
He’s excited for the chance to wear the Team Ontario uniform again.
“I get to go and represent my province, which is a pretty cool experience,” he said.
Creechan is going into Grade 12 at Ursuline College Chatham.
He’s also a linebacker for the UCC Lancers, but he plays only on special teams for Team Ontario.
The five-foot-11, 185-pound Creechan doesn’t have a favourite position.
“I like all of them,” he said. “There’s good things and bad things at every position, but I think whichever position puts me in the best chance to succeed is a good position.”
Creechan began kicking in the Chatham-Kent Cougars’ system when he was a peewee. The Cougars needed someone with a strong leg for their scout team, and he fit the bill.
“Our kicker was good,” Creechan said. “He was in Grade 6 and he was one of the best in the league, so our coach asked if anyone else could kick to make it more like a representation of the other teams. I raised my hand and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
He played for the Essex Ravens this season because the Cougars don’t have a varsity team.
The Ravens have eight Team Ontario players, but their season ended with a division semifinal loss in the Ontario Provincial Football League.
Creechan is optimistic Team Ontario will have a better result at the Football Canada Cup. The squad prepared with training camp this week in Guelph.
“This year we have a lot of talent, so we should do pretty well,” he said.