Trio of local Pee Wee teams excel at provincial championship; Rebels capture gold

The Rebels (above) had an outstanding tournament, winning all their games in shutouts, matched by no other team in both their offensive and defensive ability at the tournament, allowing them to bring home the gold medal. Front (from left), Phillip Leclerc, Phillippe Clermont, Bryce Bols, and Carson Garrod (A). Middle (from left), Hugo Lafontaine, David Corbin, François Fortin (A), Cole Cummings-Bilmer, Emma Maclean, Hailey Pynenburg, Analiesa Reid, Noah Reid, Alex Robinson, Dylhyla Twenish, Coralie Dagenais and Alexane Paquette (C). Back (from left), coaches Marc Robinson, Stephane Lafontaine, Mathieu Leclerc and Bill Pynenburg. Courtesy photo

FINCH—Three local Pee Wee teams were fortunate enough to travel to Barrie for the 2017 Federation of Broomball Associations of Ontario provincial championship last month. The trio included the Rebels, who brought home the gold as provincial champions. 

The teams consisted of boys and girls ranging in age from 9-12 from Finch, Russell, Carleton Place and Akwesasne leagues.  It took a lot of hard work and perseverance to find enough coaches and ice time to make this happen, and many took notice of the players for their demonstrated dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship, skills and pride.   

Organizers have expressed a “big thank you” to the parents and the following sponsors: Eastern Ontario Land Improvement, Vanden Bosch Elevators, Vanden Bosch Farms, Ideal Pipe, G & J Yelle Inc., and Tesoro Professional Hair and Esthetics for their fundraising efforts.  These funds purchased two sets of jerseys and toques for all of the players.

The Lions played hard throughout the tournament. They started with a heartbreaking overtime loss in their first game but continued to ‘roar’ despite being knocked down to the consolation pool where they won the gold consolation medal. Front (from left), Ryder Giroux, Travis Casselman, “lucky” the mascot (Spencer Casselman), Ethan Bray and Melanie Fogarty. Middle (from left), Coach Ashley Heagle, Mya Chesire, Troy Mondello, Brady Casselman, Payton Baker (C), coach Lee Casselman and Coach Lindsay Bray. Back (from left), Grace Henry, Isabelle Ouelette (A), Pacey Rochon, Landon Jacobs (A), Maxime Robineau, Kirah Twenish and Griffin Baker. Courtesy photo

 

The Warriors played with lots of heart and never gave up.  They won their first game but unfortunately got knocked out in overtime just before the bronze medal game. Front (from left), Emily Holland and Kadence Toonen. Middle (from left), Cameron Houle, Kian Lazore, Morgan Wereley, Kaitlyn McGillivray, Daphne Bray (C), Samantha Clarmo, Gardyn Robertson and Coach Laurie Taylor. Back (from left), Coach Steve Walman, Coach Al Reid, Owen Lalonde, Ethan McElheran, Chase Dingwall (A), Sam Walman, Connor Armstrong (A), Hailey Smygwaty and Coach Yves Bray.

Lauded as a fun sport that teaches good sportsmanship, boosts self-esteem, and helps the the young achieve personal goals, broomball also serves   as an excellent high-cardio workout — all the while being a very affordable sport.  Learn more about local youth broomball from  finchbroomball@gmail.com (Finch) or  tanyazandbelt@bellnet.ca (Russell).