by Denise Robinson
Special to Nation Valley News
Twelve Eastern broomball teams travelled to Barrie for the “2018 Federations of Broomball Association of Ontario Provincial Championships” that took place from February 9th – 11th. These twelve teams represented over 180 young athletes ranging in ages from 8 to 19 years old. Forty-nine teams competed in this year’s Provincial Championship, and our Eastern teams did not disappoint. They brought home eight medals!
Our mixed Peewee division, which consisted of 8-12 year-old boys and girls made us all proud! Amongst the 12 teams participating in this division, our “Eastern Rebels” team played at a caliber beyond their young age. They demonstrated strong skills, solid game knowledge and strategy which allowed them to defend their title of Provincial Champs, and bring home the Gold medal with a 4 game shutout. Our “Blue Beasts” team faced two strong opponents right out of the gate and got knocked into the consolation round where they battled victoriously to bring home the Consolation Gold. While our “Ball Broomers” team played hard & showed a lot of heart, but unfortunately were knocked out in an overtime game against the Seaforth Cyclones 1 team.
Our Bantam Boys, the “Stealth”, showed grit & cunning while playing as a strong unit for a total of 7 games against their opponents to bring home Silver. While the “Warriors” Bantam Girls team, showed dedication and skills that secured them the Bronze medal within their division.
Our ”Stealth” Midget Girls, worked hard to defend their title of “Provincial Champs” and succeeded to bring home the Gold for the fourth consecutive year! While our Midget Boys team, the “Eastern Warriors” played with lots of stamina, but unfortunately fell just short of making the medal round.
Our “Seaway Valley Devils” juvenile girls’ team out-played almost every team in their division which earned them the Silver medal this year. While our “Eastern Thunder” juvenile girls’ team played with lots of strength and grit, but sadly didn’t qualify for the medal round.
Within the Juvenile Boys division, the “Sting” and the “Valley Gamblers” had to face-off against each other twice before “Sting” was determined this year’s champs and brought home the Gold and the “Valley Gamblers” took the Silver. While our “Warriors” juvenile boys team also played some very spirited games, but unfortunately didn’t make it to the medal round.
Special “Thank you!”
All teams would like to send a special “Thank you!” to their coaches, trainers, and team managers for all the time & effort spent getting them ready for this provincial tournament.
Peewee and Bantam provincial teams would like to thank their sponsors for their support: “EAST-ONT Land Improvement”; “Vanden Bosch Elevators”; “Ideal Pipe”, “Richer Plumbing”; “Sammy Seay Hoof Trimming”; “Forgues WoodWorks”; ”Domar Farms”; and “Corrigan Gas”. Also, a special thanks to all those who gave a personal monetary donation in support of these young athletes!
Broomball is a fun and exciting sport that teaches young players about good sportsmanship, boosts self-esteem, provides regular high-cardio workout, all while being a very affordable sport. If you would like more information about youth broomball leagues in our regions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Finch League), email@example.com (Russell League) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Carleton Place). Want to try broomball before committing to a league? Then register today for Summer Broomball in Crysler by contacting Daniel.email@example.com.