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Sergio Castillo Reflecting on 2021 Grey Cup, Kicking in Tim Hortons Field

1 on 1 interview with Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kicker, Sergio Castillo. Conducted Saturday at Tim Hortons Field ahead of Grey Cup Sunday.

When I think of you kicking on Hamilton’s field again, I think of the 2021 Grey Cup. At that Grey Cup, it was one of the windiest games I was ever at, and you went 5 for 5 and now returning here for another Grey Cup, how are you feeling about it emotionally being back here again for a chance for another championship?

“Definitely, you know, this field brings good memories right, from 21 obviously, from 2017 when I was here. And so you know this field, this city, it has a very warm piece of in- in my heart. So a lot of fun memories. So definitely, you know some confidence, you know that I’ve kicked many times in this stadium. Obviously, you know, it’s a challenge to kick here. You never know with this wind. But just confident in my snapper, my holder. So they’re gonna give me the best operation possible, and I just gotta do my job.”

When you left Winnipeg and came back, could you explain a little bit of what it was like to come back to the bombers?

“The guys, you know, they welcomed me back arms wide open. So it seemed like I had never left. You know, we’re the same goofies in the locker room goofing around.”

“So and then, you know, just the way we took off, from being consistent as a unit. We fit just like a glove. So just like I said, just fortunate to be around these guys, you know, coach Osh. He’s a very family-oriented coach, you know, that spreads around the team, and that’s all what you can ask for.”

I spoke to to David Cote a little bit early in the season when he first came here given that Hamilton can be such a wind tunnel. What are your thoughts on Montreal’s special teams? What do you think of David Cote as a kicker?

“You know, David’s David. You know, he’s been consistent over the years. And we all go through some slumps and he was able to overcome it. So, you know, I went through it back in 2020 when I was in the XFL. And I had to overcome that. So I think this was first, like, hardcore slump, you know, because we all go through it. Yeah. And, you know, he’s been able -he’s responded well so far, you know, the past game I think he hit a 46. So for him to bounce back that’s definitely a confidence booster. So he’s young and, you know, from the moment he started he’s been consistent right off the bat.”

“And then, you know, Zema he’s just been balling this year. So his game has improved immensely the past couple of years, but this year it’s just been like, wow. He’ll be a problem for us. I’ll be saying that for sure. So props to Zema. They got a good unit over there.”

Other Interviews ahead of the Grey Cup:
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
: K Sergio Castillo, DE Willie Jefferson, QB Dakota Prukop, RB Brady Oliveira
Montreal Alouettes: LB Tyrice Beverette, LB Reggie Stubblefield, DT Mustafa Johnson, K David Côté, DE Shawn Lemon, CB Kabion Ento

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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