Excuses Fall Short

AKO Fratmen owner Mike-Morencie

Fratmen owner Mike Morencie was “irritated” when he received a Thursday midnight email from the Ontario Football Conference informing him that a Saturday game had been cancelled.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – For the fourth time this season, the Windsor AKO Fratmen won their Ontario Football Conference game. But Saturday’s tilt didn’t go according to team owner Mike Morencie’s plan, nor that of head coach Mike Lachance. It didn’t happen at all.

At one minute to midnight Thursday evening, Morencie received an email from the league informing him that the Saturday contest was cancelled, and that the Grand River Predators would be forfeiting to the Fratmen. The reason? A lack of players.

Morencie isn’t buying it.

“I know the league would rather I take the high road, but I’m not ready to take the high road on this one,” Morencie said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “I’m a little bit irritated about the whole situation. This is unprecedented, I’ve never seen this happen before.”

Fratmen head coach Mike Lachance explained that the lost opportunity for playing time could not be made up at a later date.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Fratmen head coach Mike Lachance explained that the lost opportunity for playing time could not be made up at a later date.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

More likely, the lack of players was only part of the excuse and the team ownership just didn’t want his players embarrassed by a lop-sided score to the league leading, and past two seasons champions, Fratmen. The Preds are 0-4 this season.

“On a Thursday to find out that you’re not playing is a little crazy,” Morencie explained. “Cancelling a game is way worse then putting a game on.”

Each team in the Ontario Conference plays an eight game season, half of which for Windsor are at their home field of EJ Lajeunesse High School. With the cancellation of one of their home dates, Morencie says they now have less opportunity to recoup the expenses incurred during their away games.

He gave an example of the Fratmen’s trip to play the Ottawa Sooners on August 29. The excursion cost the team in the area of $11,000, including transportation, meals, and accommodation. With the cancellation of Saturday’s game against Grand River, Morencie and the Fratmen have just three opportunities for earning revenue to offset their expenditures.

“I’ve contacted the league office,” Morencie indicated. “I want to know what we going to do about, I called it, ‘income recovery.’ We’ve got some costs to recover and we’re going to go to great lengths to get those costs recovered.”

Due to scheduling conflicts, the game cannot be played. Even an offer made by the Fratmen to move the game to Sunday afternoon was turned down by the Grand River ownership.

Windsor now has a bye-week while Grand River plays host to the London Beefeaters on Saturday. The Fratmen will see action on September 26 when they welcome the Hamilton Hurricanes (3-1) to town. Kick-off will be at 4:00 pm.

Listen to Mike Morencie’s complete media conference statement.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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