Sat. Mar 25th, 2023

After a very successful 2021 campaign, the Notre Dame Varsity Football team is looking forward to even better results this coming year.

By | Strachan Liberman

After one of the best seasons in recent memory, the Notre Dame Jugglers are looking to reload and continue their success in 2022. The only problem? More than 75% of the team’s starters are graduating, leaving head coach, Dennis Kelly, with a lot of positions to fill. 

There will be many new faces come next year, but the team looks forward to the challenge.

Many people are unsure as to what the Notre Dame Jugglers will look like next year, both on offence and defence, without the players who are graduating, that were so crucial to the success of the team this past season.

There were some memorable victories in 2021—the Varsity Jugglers hope more success in on the way.

With so much up in the air, one thing is certain, as the late Beano Cook once said: “They don’t rebuild, they reload.”

While Notre Dame doesn’t have many players coming back, the ones who will return have already proven themselves against some of the most talented teams in the province.

One of those players is starting OT and DL Josh Burchack, who is poised to follow up his provincial all-star campaign with another. Burchack was a starter on Team BC this year, and was named a Western Conference all-star last season on the offensive line.

Other notable returning players include LB/DL Isaiah Picarello, DB Strachan Liberman, DB/WR Salvatore Renzullo, and LB/RB Shaan Sandhu. There are also several talented Gr. 10s joining the varsity roster this upcoming season who look ready to contribute and help the team be successful.

For nearly two months now, the football team has been participating in optional workouts, preparing for the season that is still months away. The Jugglers also look to start the 7on7 season, in which they compete against other teams in the Lower Mainland. 

Notre Dame will play Holy Cross in a scrimmage in the Spring, and fans of the Jugglers will get their first look at the new team. 

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