Local broomball teams bring home the medals

Above, (left photo) Gold medal recipients - Sting Juvenile Boys, (centre photo) Gold medal recipients - Warriors Bantam Girls, (right photo) Gold medal recipients Peewee Eastern Rebels. Courtesy photos

NATION VALLEY — Twelve Eastern broomball teams travelled to Barrie for the “2019 Federations of Broomball Association of Ontario Provincial Championships” that took place February 8 – 10. These twelve teams represented young athletes ranging in ages from 7 to 19 years old. Fifty-one teams competed in this year’s Provincial Championship, and our Eastern teams did not disappoint. They brought home eight medals – 3 golds, 2 silvers, and 3 bronzes!

Peewees:

Our mixed Peewee division, which consisted of 7-12 year-old boys and girls made us all proud! Amongst the 14 teams participating in this division, our “Eastern Rebels” team showed their talent and skills by defending their “Provincial Champs” title for the fourth consecutive year. They brought home the Gold medal with a 5-game shutout. Our “Blue Beasts” team clawed their way up the standings from 7th place to 2nd place. They ferociously battled their very own “Eastern Rebels” team in the finals, and lost only 1-0. While our “Ballbroomers” team, consisting mostly of our youngest Eastern representatives, played hard and showed a lot of heart, but unfortunately were knocked out just before the consolation bronze medal game.

Bantams:

Our Bantam Girls, the “Warriors” were a united force on the ice. With quick strategic plays that secured them a win on every game, resulting in them bringing home the Gold this year. While the “Stealth” Bantam Boys team played hard every game, and despite their cunning skills, suffered a heartbreaking loss of 1-0 to the “Mildmay Underdogs” finishing in fourth place.

Midgets:

Our ”Stealth” Midget Girls, worked hard to defend their title of “Provincial Champs”, but lost in sudden-death overtime game against the “Blyth Bullets”. They brought home the bronze medal this year. While our “Stealth” Midget Boys team, brought home bronze this year in a spirited over-time game against the “Kilsyth Flyers”.

Juvenile:

Our “Seaway Valley Devils” juvenile girls’ team out-played almost every team in their division, which earned them the Silver medal again this year. While our “Eastern Thunder” juvenile girls’ team played with agility and strength, bringing home the bronze this year.

Within the Juvenile Boys division, the “Sting” victoriously defended their “Provincial Champs” title for the fourth consecutive year. The “Warriors” played some very spirited games coming in fourth place. While the “Valley Gamblers” finished in sixth place out of 10 juvenile boys’ teams this year.

Special “Thank you!”

All teams would like to send a special “Thank you!” to their coaches, trainers, and team managers for all the time and effort spent getting them ready for this provincial tournament.

Peewee provincial teams would like to thank their sponsors for their support: “EAST-ONT Land Improvement”; “Vanden Bosch Elevators”; “Ideal Pipe”, “Farside Farms” “Baker Tilly REO LLP” “Sammy Seay Hoof Trimming”; and “Finch Feed & Seed”. 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 finchbroomball@gmail.com (Finch League), tanyazandbelt@bellnet.ca (Russell League), dmacduff14@hotmail.com (Vankleek Hill League) or r.m.brown@hotmail.ca (Carleton Place). Want to try broomball before committing to a league? Then register today for Summer Broomball in Crysler by contacting daniel.oconnell@usa.com.

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