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Photos: New West Hyacks score big win before huge Homecoming crowd

New Westminster Hyacks celebrate 20th Homecoming with victory before 2,400 fans

The New Westminster Hyacks varsity squad defeated the Abbotsford Panthers before the largest crowd in its Homecoming game history.

The stands were packed when about 2,400 people attended the 2023 Homecoming festivities on Sept. 15 at Mercer Stadium.

Following some pre-game activities – including a proclamation from the mayor that future Homecoming events would be known as Farhan Lalji Day in honour of the founder and former longtime coach of the Hyacks – the Hyacks went on to defeat Abbotsford 47-13.

“It was a  great night where we were able to come away with a decisive win against a good Abbotsford team, but more importantly, where the community was able to come out, have fun and celebrate our first 20 years with us,” said  Andrew McKechnie, the team’s co-head coach.. “We loved seeing the City of New Westminster and our fans packing our stands and love the connection we have made with them. Thanks to all who made it happen.”

This year marks the 20th season for the New Westminster Hyacks varsity and junior varsity football teams.

At Homecoming, the All Decade Team, which is the Hyacks All Star Team from its second decade (2013 to 2022), was announced.

Named to the team on offence were: Kinsale Philip; Trew Dancey; Broxx Comia; Greyson Planinsic;  Tristan Sands; Matt Seymour; Sebastien Reid; Harper Sherman; Sunny Rishi; Isaiah James; Pavan Kainth; and Robert Preda. On defence were: Dillon Cusker; Yanni Angelopolous; Evan Nolli; Vishaan Narayan; Jeff Lugtu; Connor Pattison; Sammy Sidhu; Lucas Steele; Taran Birdi; Austin Galbraith; Deakon Taylor-Young; and Andros Dancey.

On Friday, Sept. 22, the Hyacks will host Rutland for the very first time in program history. The game is at Mercer Stadium at 7 p.m.

Looking ahead, the Hyacks have another big night coming up on Friday, Nov. 3 for Senior’s Night. Stay tuned for more details.