Sports - Football

In homage to the Queen’s football team who, as the defending Vanier Cup champions, were knocked out of the OUA playoffs in their first round, we’ll dip into the archives and look at the photos from their last home game on October 23, 2010.

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Over the last couple years, I’ve moved away from simply trying to capture the action (the ball in the player’s hands, the tackle, the touchdown) to trying to find emotion. This is quite challenging. I think this photo hits the mark here. We see York QB Nikolas Cortou trying to defend his possession in vain, while Queen’s linebacker Sam Sabourin is going in for the kill.

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I’m a little sad we didn’t run this one. We’ve got faces, we’ve got the ball (in the frame and in the Gael’s hands), we’ve got emotion, and action. Zoom in and go down to the detail: York wide-receiver Jonathan Juper’s open-mouthed grimace stands in sharp contrast to Queen’s receiver Giovanni Aprile’s steely expression.

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The York Lions fell to the Gaels 52-14 in this game at Richardson Stadium. The pain of a winless season is clearly etched on rookie quarterback Lashane Oldacre’s face. His thousand yard stare and slumped posture show his resignation in yet another defeat. We didn’t - and wouldn’t - run this photo: the subject isn't a Gael. As a campus newspaper, we need to report on our athletes first. Sadly, this leaves little room for images like this, even though this side of the story is the the flipside to the Gaels’ dominant victory.

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