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Holland College suspends football operations

The Holland Hurricanes rush onto the field Saturday after they defeated the UNB Saint John Seawolves to take the Atlantic Football League title. The game was played at MacAdam Field at UPEI.
The Holland Hurricanes rush onto the field Saturday after they defeated the UNB Saint John Seawolves to take the Atlantic Football League title. The game was played at MacAdam Field at UPEI.

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Some nightclub brawling football players have clearly stained Holland College’s image.

But Albert Roche, the college’s athletics and recreation director, believes the post-secondary institution can make amends.

Roche says the college is taking a fight on Nov. 1 in downtown Charlottetown involving Holland College Hurricane football players very seriously.

RELATED: Holland College foot-brawl worst fight in years: club owner

Football operations have been suspended as has all team functions. Training that would normally be taking place now is on hold.

The college has begun an internal review into the nasty incident that saw two players spend the night in jail for public intoxication and a third facing a charge of resisting arrest.

“I think first and foremost we have to be measured by how we react,’’ says Roche.

He stresses that any disciplinary action that results from the internal review “has to set a benchmark for behavior and conduct.’’

Roche says it is too early to suggest the football program, which is entering its fifth year, may be scrapped.

In fact, he hopes the program not only survives but that it thrives after the dust settles.

“I would certainly hope the football program would come out of this with renewed energy and a commitment to ensuring that this type of circumstance doesn’t arise again,’’ said Roche.

He says all of the football players have been increasingly cooperative as the review process proceeds. He is confident all of the players involved in the fighting that first began inside Jack Cameron’s Eatery & Nightclub then spilled into the streets will be identified.

“It is a review that will be focused on getting to the facts and that is supplemented by the police investigation,’’ says Roche.

He expects the internal review to be complete within two weeks.

Some nightclub brawling football players have clearly stained Holland College’s image.

But Albert Roche, the college’s athletics and recreation director, believes the post-secondary institution can make amends.

Roche says the college is taking a fight on Nov. 1 in downtown Charlottetown involving Holland College Hurricane football players very seriously.

RELATED: Holland College foot-brawl worst fight in years: club owner

Football operations have been suspended as has all team functions. Training that would normally be taking place now is on hold.

The college has begun an internal review into the nasty incident that saw two players spend the night in jail for public intoxication and a third facing a charge of resisting arrest.

“I think first and foremost we have to be measured by how we react,’’ says Roche.

He stresses that any disciplinary action that results from the internal review “has to set a benchmark for behavior and conduct.’’

Roche says it is too early to suggest the football program, which is entering its fifth year, may be scrapped.

In fact, he hopes the program not only survives but that it thrives after the dust settles.

“I would certainly hope the football program would come out of this with renewed energy and a commitment to ensuring that this type of circumstance doesn’t arise again,’’ said Roche.

He says all of the football players have been increasingly cooperative as the review process proceeds. He is confident all of the players involved in the fighting that first began inside Jack Cameron’s Eatery & Nightclub then spilled into the streets will be identified.

“It is a review that will be focused on getting to the facts and that is supplemented by the police investigation,’’ says Roche.

He expects the internal review to be complete within two weeks.

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