Burlington losing Braves to St. Kitts
By Steve Milton
Burlington will no longer have its Braves.
[b]The junior football team, which was founded in 1958, is scheduled to move operations to St. Catharines for the 2016 season and become the Niagara Braves.
Team president Larry Irish sent out an email to friends of the team which read, "the financial support, community involvement and overall interest in the club no longer existed here in Burlington."
A new board of directors will oversee the team and head coach will move with the Braves to St. Catharines, where they will play at Kiwanis Field.
After being formed by a local group in 1958, the Braves played in the old Ontario Rugby Football Union junior division until switching to the more local Ontario Football Conference. They played at Central and MM Robinson High Schools in Burlington before moving into a new clubhouse and football complex at Nelson Stadium in 1967, a major project spearheaded by team executive Ken Allen.
Among the well-known Brave alumni are CFLers Tony Gabriel, Peter Dalla Riva, Ian Sunter, Dave Lee, Billy Harrison, Marv Allemang, Billy Harrison and John Bonk, CFL team(s) owner David Braley, CFL official Dave Hutton and Ron MacVinnie, the president of the Lakeshore Officials Association.[/b]