Broomball kids score medals
Eastern Ontario youth broomball teams had strong results at the recent 2019 Federation of Broomball Associations of (FBAO) junior provincial championships, with 8 of 12 winning medals.
The Feb. 8-10 tournament, held in Barrie, brought together athletes ranging from 7 to 19 years of age, and 51 teams from across the province.
In all, the local squads captured 3 gold medals, 2 silvers, and 3 bronzes.
The Eastern Rebels mixed peewee team consisted of kids ages 7-12. Of the 14 squads competing in this division, the Rebels showed their talent and skills by defending their provincial title for the fourth consecutive year.
The Rebels captured gold following five shut-out games.
Another team from this region, the Blue Beasts, clawed its way up the standings from seventh place to second place.
They ferociously battled the Eastern Rebels in the final, losing 1-0, for silver.
The Ballbroomers team, consisting mostly of the youngest eastern players, took to the ice with a lot of heart, but was knocked out just before the consolation bronze medal game.
The bantam Warriors girls team, which we featured in the Feb. 20 edition of was a united force on the ice, with quick strategic plays that secured them the win in every game, resulting in the girls snagging gold.
While the Stealth bantam boys played hard every game, and despite their cunning skills, the team suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to the Mildmay Underdogs, finishing fourth.
The Stealth midget girls strove to defend their provincial championship, but fell short in a sudden- death overtime game against the Blyth Bullets.
The girls finished the competition with bronze.
The midget boys Stealth were also bronze medallists, following a spirited overtime contest with the Kilsyth Flyers.
In the juvenile girls division, the Seaway Valley Devils outplayed every team but one in their division, en route to winning silver again this year.
The Eastern Thunder juvenile girls played with agility and strength, bringing home bronze.
Within the juvenile boys group, the Sting successfully defended its provincial title, winning for the fourth consecutive year.
The Warriors played some very spirited games, coming in fourth, while the Valley Gamblers ended their competition sixth of the 10 juvenile boys teams.
All players would like to send a special thank you to their coaches, trainers, and team managers for all the time and effort spent getting them ready for this provincial tournament.
Teams also thank their sponsors and individual donors.
PITCH BATTLE: The Bar Flies Kenny MacMillan (black jersey) strives to hold off the challenge of Pine Grove’s Andrew Caputo, as teammate Hugh MacLeod supports the play. For additional photos from both semifinal matches, please see our online gallery at glengarrynews.ca/photos
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