9 a.m., Julyt 8)
capture five silver medals at Ray Broadworth Lacrosse Tournament
By Fred Sherwin
member of the Gloucester Griffins Novice B team tries to split the defence
during an early round game against the Kahnawake Mohawks at the Ray Broadworth
Memorial Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Griffins made five finals at their host tournament on the weekend, unfortunately
they ended up having to settle for five silver medals which makes them either
very generous hosts, or very unlucky ones.
The closest they
came to winning gold was in the Peewee B final which they lost 5-3 to Nepean.
tyke team lost 8-4 to Nepean; the Novice C team lost 8-5 to Cornwall; the
Peewee C team lost 7-2 to Kahnawake; and the Bantam C team lost 4-0 to Nepean.
The five silver
medals are the best result the Griffins have had at the Ray Broadworth Memorial
Tournament in a number of years.
itself is in its 29th year. The very first Gloucester Lacrosse Tournament
was held in 1970, the same year the Gloucester Lacrosse Association was
founded. It was named in honour of Ray Broadworth, who was the association's
founding president, shortly after he passed away in the early 80s.
This year's tournament
attracted 48 teams from Ontario and Quebec with games taking place in five
The action was
fast and furious and extremely physical. During one of the opening games
involving two novice teams, the play had to be stopped three times due to
injuries on the playing service.
is allowed in lacrosse as long as it's below the shoulders. The physicality
of lacrosse is one of the reasons why it attrracts so many hockey players,
especially at the younger levels where hitting isn't allowed in hockey.
It's also a very fast-paced sport which requires a great deal of endurance.
Lacrosse Association currently boasts over 500 registered players. That's
down from a high of 600 last year, but still good enough to place the sport
second behind soccer among summer sports.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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