Thun­der Mid­gets keep Ap­ple Cup lacrosse ban­ner in Berwick

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The Val­ley Thun­der Lacrosse Mid­gets kept one of four ban­ners up for grabs at the club­hosted fifth an­nual Ap­ple Cup fol­low­ing an ex­cit­ing 4-2 fi­nal against the pro­vin­cial fe­male team June 3.

Four Val­ley Thun­der teams en­tered each of novice, pee­wee, ban­tam and midget di­vi­sions in the 17-team, three-day, tworink, 250-plus ath­lete tour­na­ment. Twenty-nine games were played be­tween the Credit Union Cen­tre in Kingston and the Kings Mu­tual Cen­tury Cen­tre in Berwick June 1 to 3.

Four teams played in the novice divi­sion: Val­ley Thun­der, the Sackville Wolves, Eastern Shore Break­ers and the St. Mar­garet’s Bay Storm. The fi­nal ended 9-5 for Eastern Shore over Sackville, fol­low­ing a wicked come­back mid-game by the Break­ers.

Eight teams filled a busy pee­wee draw: the Dart­mouth Ban­dits, the Co­diac Storm Light­en­ing, the Co­diac Storm Rock, the St. Mar­garet’s Bay Storm, Val­ley Thun­der, the Dart­mouth Ban­dits A, the Eastern Shore Break­ers and the Dart­mouth Ban­dits Ban­tam Fe­male team. The Ban­dits A won over the Co­diac Light­en­ing 5-3, with a real bat­tle for sev­enth and eighth spot, be­tween Val­ley and the Rock, ear­lier that morn­ing as the nail-biter for lo­cal fans: a tie, an over­time and a se­ries of shootouts re­sulted in Val­ley tak­ing the win.

In the ban­tam divi­sion, Val­ley Thun­der met the Team N.S. Ban­tam fe­males twice Satur­day, with the ban­ner go­ing to the win­ner of the most com­bined pe­ri­ods; or, if needed, the most goals; or, if needed, the least penal­ties. It turned out all de­ter­mi­na­tions were needed, with Team N.S. com­ing out with the fewest penalty min­utes.

Val­ley Thun­der, the Team N.S. Midget fe­males and the Cape Bre­ton War­riors met in the midget divi­sion, with Team N.S. de­feat­ing both Val­ley and CB to ad­vance di­rectly to the fi­nal. Val­ley and Cape Bre­ton met twice more Satur­day to place the sec­ond team into the fi­nal - Val­ley. The last game of the tour­na­ment was the Sun­day match be­tween Team N.S. and Val­ley for the ban­ner, with Val­ley win­ning 4-2.

A week­end high­light was a two-hour open floor ses­sion for Mini-tykes and Tykes, the youngest lacrosse play­ers in the prov­ince. Skills and cross-floor games were or­ga­nized by Val­ley Thun­der coaches, with the as­sis­tance of Lacrosse Nova Sco­tia’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor and A Val­ley Thun­der lacrosse player takes a hit in a game against the vis­it­ing Co­diac Storm Rock.

drop-in N.S. fe­male midget team mem­bers.

The Ap­ple Cup is the only box lacrosse tour­na­ment in Nova Sco­tia in 2018. Teams in­cluded two vis­it­ing pee­wee teams from the Co­diac Storm in Monc­ton, and both Lacrosse Nova Sco­tia’s pro­vin­cial fe­male ban­tam and midget teams, pre­par­ing for the Cana­dian Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion’s na­tion­als in Hal­i­fax in July.

Val­ley Thun­der next hosts a novice jam­boree June 24 in Berwick, a day de­signed for fun games for some of the youngest lacrosse ath­letes. Val­ley will host this in­au­gu­ral event, with the hopes it will travel around N.S. in years to come as a sta­ple in the Lacrosse Nova Sco­tia cal­en­dar.

Val­ley Thun­der Lacrosse plays box lacrosse in the Kingston and Berwick rinks April through June, with di­vi­sions for Mini-tykes to Midget ath­letes. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit val­ley­lacrosse.ca or Val­ley Thun­der Lacrosse on Face­book.

ASHLEY THOMP­SON

ASHLEY THOMP­SON

Val­ley play­ers cel­e­brate a clutch goal in a close match against a vis­it­ing team.

ASHLEY THOMP­SON

A Val­ley player scoops up the ball to keep pos­ses­sion in a close match.

ASHLEY THOMP­SON

Play­ers bat­tle for pos­ses­sion of the ball fol­low­ing a goal.

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