Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...CtK's poor planning spoiled football win
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 6 Dec 2006, p. 13

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(This letter was sent to Christ the King Secondary School principal Nijole Vaitonis and a copy was made available for publication). Dear Ms. Vaitonis, Re: Lack of travel planning at senior football championship Nov. 15, Ivor Wynne Stadium Hamilton Congratulations to the Christ the King senior football team for winning the Division II championship at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton. I enjoyed attending this special game because my oldest son was playing for CtK and they were playing the Georgetown District High School Rebels, of which I was a team member during my high school days. There was a lot of anticipation fro this game at both schools. My youngest son purchased a ticket from CtK as soon as the tickets went on sale. The ticket included transportation and the entrance fee. However, I cannot congratulate CtK organizers and administrators of the travel arrangements for the students attending the game. With approximately two minutes to go in the third quarter an announcement was made: "All CtK students are to report to the buses and leave the stadium." The students and parents attending were absolutely floored to hear the entire school had to leave despite more than 25 per cent of the game had to be played. The Georgetown High student body were laughing and making fun of this idiotic turn of events. In my opinion, CtK administration looked foolish and like an unorganized group of incompetent amateurs. Suffice to say, the remainder of the game lacked the very enthusiastic and noisy CtK crowd and what became a quiet, somber event was far less than the team deserved. It is a shame the team could not revel in the glory with cheering fans at the end of the game. This was a once in a lifetime chance at this level of play for the majority of players on this team and you and your administration revealed a lack of foresight, planning and consideration. Yes, there were challenges for the bus schedule but there were several options to have the students there for the entire game and award ceremonies. As it turned out, my son missed his connecting bus back at the school and had to walk home even though the students were forced to leave early from the game. To CtK: Shame on you for allowing this to happen. I was embarrassed to support CtK at this event. A refund of the travel and admission fee, which I paid in good faith to allow my son to see the entire game, and an apology to the team and entire student body that attended the game is in order. Bruce Wenham, Georgetown

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Letters to the editor...CtK's poor planning spoiled football win