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Comnunity groups big winners at 39th annual Garbage Bowl

Tom Norwell pulled in a 12-yard pass from former McGill quarterback Jamie Crawford with 3:15 left in the game to give the Southern Bombers a 9-6 win over the Northern Combines in the 39th annual Garbage Bowl Friday.
And when the last whistle blew in the New Year’s Day football classic in Montreal West, community organizations including the Mackay Centre for handicapped children and the Rotary Club’s Meals on Wheels program, were richer by about
Despite a chill breeze, about 350 people crowded the sidelines of the snow-covered field at Royal West Academy to cheer for the Bombers, garbed in their traditional green longjohns , or their uptown rivals, in red.
During the game, garbage pails were passed to raise money for the various charities.
Organizers estimated that they cleared about $12,000 through donations, program and button sales and cafeteria revenues.
The game was preceded by the traditional parade through the streets of Montreal West. Supporters from both sides gathered and followed the garbage truck floats to the playing field, where Miss Leftovers, Sandra Woo, 16, kicked off to start the game.
Norwell, a 13-year veteran of the annual spoof, saved the South from suffering its first defeat since New Year’s Day 1983.
But, on the bright side for the North, the Combines broke a four year scoring drought when Scott McNabb sliced over the goal line from three yards out.
C. T. Kelfer opened the scoring for the South with a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The predominantly pro-North crowd was quiet for most of the game, but had lots to cheer about during the closing minutes.
The Garbage Bowl bas been held since 1950.
For those fans who are crazy about statistics, the North fell further behind the South in the overall series, now trailing 19-16. There have been four ties.


Gazette, Richard Arless Jr.
Bombers quarterback Jamie Crawford is run down by two Combines defenders.


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