To say that football in Sudbury had humble beginnings would be an understatement.

The first football game in Northern Ontario was played in Sudbury in 1921. By 1924, football was incorporated into the high school physical education curriculum making it a mainstay in local varsity sports. In time, those passionate about the sport took it to the next level, inter-city senior football. The first tentative step towards senior football was taken in 1929 when a team called the Sudbury Orphan hosted and defeated a team from rival North Bay.

By 1934, the Sudbury Canoe Club sponsored a local football team and helped establish the Northern Ontario Rugby Football Union (NORFU) consisting of teams from Sudbury and North Bay with an affiliation to the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU). The following year, Sudbury won the NORFU title and played against Camp Bordan for the provincial title losing by three points. When North Bay did not field a team in 1936, NORFU and senior football in Sudbury faded.

Sixteen years later, a new local senior team was born in the form of the Sudbury Hardrocks. The team’s opening campaign was modest by any measure – two exhibition games against the only other northern team prepared to play senior football at the time, New Liskeard. By 1954, the Hardrocks were joined by North Bay, the Tri-Towns, and Kirkland Lake in a revived NORFU.

PRESIDENT

Gord Goddard

gordgoddard@hotmail.com
705-507-1289

HEAD COACH

Junior LaBrosse

gordgoddard@hotmail.com
705-665-8426

GENERAL MANAGER

Bill Costello

gordgoddard@hotmail.com
705-988-0247

To say that football in Sudbury had humble beginnings would be an understatement.

The first football game in Northern Ontario was played in Sudbury in 1921. By 1924, football was incorporated into the high school physical education curriculum making it a mainstay in local varsity sports. In time, those passionate about the sport took it to the next level, inter-city senior football. The first tentative step towards senior football was taken in 1929 when a team called the Sudbury Orphan hosted and defeated a team from rival North Bay.

By 1934, the Sudbury Canoe Club sponsored a local football team and helped establish the Northern Ontario Rugby Football Union (NORFU) consisting of teams from Sudbury and North Bay with an affiliation to the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU). The following year, Sudbury won the NORFU title and played against Camp Bordan for the provincial title losing by three points. When North Bay did not field a team in 1936, NORFU and senior football in Sudbury faded.

Sixteen years later, a new local senior team was born in the form of the Sudbury Hardrocks. The team’s opening campaign was modest by any measure – two exhibition games against the only other northern team prepared to play senior football at the time, New Liskeard. By 1954, the Hardrocks were joined by North Bay, the Tri-Towns, and Kirkland Lake in a revived NORFU.

PRESIDENT
Gord Goddard
gordgoddard@hotmail.com
705-507-1289

HEAD COACH
Junior LaBrosse
gordgoddard@hotmail.com
705-665-8426

GENERAL MANAGER
Bill Costello
gordgoddard@hotmail.com
705-988-0247

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