Medal-win­ning per­for­mance

Three Cape Breton play­ers earn soc­cer bronze with 1-0 win over Al­berta

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twitter: @cb­post_s­ports

Un­for­tu­nately for Becca LeBlanc, she was Nova Sco­tia’s best cheer­leader on the side­lines for her team’s bronzemedal win in women’s soc­cer at the 2017 Canada Games in Win­nipeg.

The 15-year-old left­wing from Syd­ney injured her knee in the pre­vi­ous game, but was beam­ing with pride as her side de­feated Al­berta 1-0 in the bronze medal match on Thurs­day.

“It was a re­ally close game and it was very stress­ful to watch,” said LeBlanc, who was on crutches af­ter tear­ing her an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment (ACL). “I love play­ing for this team and I love all my team­mates. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

LeBlanc, along with 17-yearold winger Beatrice Cur­rie of Syd­ney River and 18-yearold de­fender Olivia MacIn­tyre of Syd­ney were part of the medal­win­ning squad.

Syd­ney Kennedy of Fall River net­ted the lone goal for Nova Sco­tia in the vic­tory, scor­ing in the 44th minute. Things got hec­tic with Al­berta press­ing in the late stages of the match, but Nova Sco­tia weath­ered the storm.

“Once we scored, it was def­i­nitely more de­fen­sive,” said Cur­rie. “But un­til then, I think we were com­pet­ing with them, go­ing for­ward just as much as they were.

“In the end, we had to pick our bat­tles and not take too many risks.”

The win came a day af­ter Nova Sco­tia lost 5-0 to Que­bec

in the semi­fi­nal round.

“One thing that’s re­ally great about our team is that we can bounce back re­ally quickly be­cause we’re so close,” said MacIn­tyre. “We bring each other up and say ‘hey, shake it off’ and fo­cus on the next game. That’s what I love about our team.”

On­tario and Que­bec were set to play for gold late Thurs­day night.

In women’s bas­ket­ball, Nova Sco­tia con­cluded play with a win, de­feat­ing Bri­tish Columbia 66-56 to fin­ish in sev­enth place.

Nalini Ma­haraj of East Bay scored three points and hauled down three re­bounds in 18:23 of floor time. El­iz­a­beth Iseyemi led the way with 18 points and seven boards, while Sa­van­nah Provo chipped in 11 points.

Nova Sco­tia was up 30-24 at the half, and held a lead of as many as 17 points. The team went on a 14-point run in the sec­ond half and never trailed the en­tire game.

The men’s soft­ball team suf­fered a 9-3 set­back to Que­bec in the semi­fi­nal round on Thurs­day, and fin­ished in fourth place.

Randall Bernard of Way­cobah reg­is­tered a hit in the game, while sec­ond base­man Levi Denny of Eskasoni was

held hit­less, but scored a run.

In sail­ing, Siob­han MacDon­ald of Mabou is in third place in the 2.4mR para-sail­ing mixed event. The last day of com­pe­ti­tion is to­day at 1 p.m. At­lantic time at Gimli Yacht Club. Sasha Repko of Port Hawkes­bury came in first in the 100me­tre Spe­cial Olympics ‘B’ fi­nal on Thurs­day in a time of 15.68 sec­onds. She fin­ished in ninth place over­all.

Also on the track, Dil­lon MacMil­lan of Port Hood fin­ished eighth in the 400-me­tre wheel­chair race in a time of one minute, 6.61 sec­onds. He placed eighth over­all in the stand­ings.

TEAM NOVA SCO­TIA PHOTO

Mem­bers of Nova Sco­tia’s women’s soc­cer team cel­e­brate af­ter a 1-0 vic­tory over Al­berta to win bronze at the 2017 Canada Games in Win­nipeg, Thurs­day. The ros­ter in­cludes Beatrice Cur­rie of Syd­ney River and Syd­ney na­tives Becca LeBlanc and Olivia MacIn­tyre.

Cur­rie

LeBlanc

Ma­haraj

MacIn­tyre

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