Suc­cess­ful first year for Har­bour Grace ball hockey league

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

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.

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