Successful first year for Harbour Grace ball hockey league
It was a successful season for Harbour Grace’s newest ball hockey league.
That’s what co-organizer Brandon Gosse told The Compass last Thursday. The league, which began this year, was based at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium twice a week, with two games a night. The group rented the stadium with a registration fee and the help of A-1 Glass, who paid for some of the rental.
The season concluded on Aug. 15, with a tight game between Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises, which Gosse was the captain, and Harbour Grace Discharge, whose captain was Keith Whalen. Only one goal scored in the game by Whalen’s team, leading to a victory and the first Shopper’s Drug Mark championship trophy.
Although a new league, the number of competitors was much larger than Gosse initially thought.
“There was about 70 or 80 players that participated,” he told The Compass. “It was fantastic. I didn’t even expect to get that many. There was a lot of interest in it.”
He also believes there could have been more, but work commitments and hectic schedules kept some from playing.
All the players this year were male, but Gosse said he’d like to see that change next year.
“I would have liked it if there were a few girls there,” he ex- plained. “There are a lot of skilled female players in the area.”
There were four teams total in the league, which resulted in seeing Ocean Enterprises face off against captain Devon Pike’s team, Jungle Jims, and Discharge playing Jamie French’s team, Frenchies Enterprises, in the semi finals.
Both semi final games went into overtime, with all four teams fighting hard for a win.
“Normally you would see 10 to 12 goals in a game in ball hockey,” Gosse explained.
Gosse was impressed with the first season, and hopes it will continue on.
“It was good overall,” he said. “We had a referee for the full season.”
He wants to get the league going again next June, with the hope that more players would get the chance to participate.
“Yeah, we could definitely use more players,” he noted.