The final goal has been slotted home, the cup presented and the donations counted . . . it’s all over for another year for Kicking Cancer’s Butt. We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to all the teams and players, volunteers and referees who made it another fantastic day. Once again the generosity of the Footy faithful shone through with an incredible $10,416 raised for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Since its inception in 2010, the annual Kicking Cancer’s Butt tournament has now raised an amazing $48,000 for cancer treatment and research in Ottawa.
While the generosity of all teams added so much to this wonderful total, special mention goes to Do it Live!, Swift Kick in the Grass, Zinidine Shenanigans and Dave’s Indy Teams, all of whom donated over $700 (as well as plenty of referee bribes) for their respective team entries.
On the field, the play was as intense as ever with 28 teams vying to take home the 2014 Kicking Cancer’s Butt Cup. By the time the semi final line-up was in place, it was clear that, once again, there was going to be a new champion, with no previous winners remaining among the 4 teams. This ensured that after 5 years, the record of no one having won the tournament twice still stood. Ottawa Wanderers snuck by Legion of Fun in one semi final and looked set to face Nick LaBelle’s, who were holding a comfortable 2-0 lead against The Shockers. However, when the Shockers pulled one back, it set up a nervy end to the game and Nick Labelle’s looked to have hung on until an unstoppable rocket into the top corner in the dying minutes sent the game to penalty kicks. The Shockers went through from the shoot out to set up a final re-match with Ottawa Wanderers who had beaten them 1-0 earlier in the tournament.
It looked as if the come-from behind semi-final win had taken too much out of the Shockers as Ottawa Wanderers raced into a 2-0 lead. However, when first one, then another Shockers goal went in, the back-to back comebacks were on and it began to feel almost inevitable that the Shockers would find a way to win. Sure enough, after close calls for both sides, Shockers captain Nicholas Shaienks swept home a late winner to claim the cup for the Shockers with another victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.