Ben­gals off to provin­cials

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit on­tar­i­o­lacrosse.com.

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