Bengals off to provincials
Hard work has paid off for the Hamilton Bengals.
After missing the cut in each of the past few seasons, the midget box lacrosse squad is bound for the provincial ‘A’ championships in Oakville. The Bengals go into the tournament as the No. 2 seed.
“It really was over the last four or five years — little small baby jumps to kind of get them over the hurdle,” said head coach Kiel Matisz. “It’s good for these kids, because it’s been the main goal all year to get there, and now we think we have a shot to win it.”
The round robin-style tournament takes place Aug. 18 to 20 at Glen Abbey Recreation Centre. The Bengals, who punched their ticket with 5-1-1 record in the qualifying rounds, will vie with clubs from Oakville, Guelph, Whitby, Peterborough and Nepean for the title.
Matisz, a forward for the NLL’s Georgia Swarm, said his players aren’t necessarily the most skilled in the field, but they understand how to play their roles. They have grit and what he calls a “blue collar town mentality.”
“When everyone jibes as a whole team you see success,” he added.
Hamilton’s biggest test will likely come against the Oakville Hawks, who were a perfect 7-0 through qualifying. They’re also the No. 1 seed.
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