8:30 a.m., Feb. 15)
Host Wolverines win gold at Mike O’Connor Tournament
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Cumberland Basketball Association hosted the
annual Mike O’Connor Memorial Girl’s Tournament on the
weekend with competition in five different age groups.
the U10 Novice division, the Brockville Blazers went undefeated
in winning the gold medal, completing their perfect run
with a 31-10 win over the Nepean Blue Devils in the final.
The host Wolverines team captured the bronze with a win
over the Ottawa Shooting Stars.
row left to right: Coach Kelsey Marshall,
Ass’t Coach Kassandra Marshall, Valerie Sabourin,
Kristen Davidson, Aiesha Roy, Jaz Balan, Meghan
Hayley, Ass’t Coach Ian Hunter, and Ass’t
Coach Chris Smith. Bottom row: Annik Winder,
Julia Nicfolds, Kyra Fletcher, Gia Aoude,
Nadia Ismaila, Paige Ryan, Sloane Emmerson.
U12 Major Atom Div. 1 action, three different teams finished
the round robin portion of the tournament with identical
3-0 records, including the Wolverines representative,
which ended up being awarded the bronze medal after the
Kingston Impact decided to go home early and forfeit the
gold medal went to the Sudbury Jam who beat the Nepean
Blue Devils 41-34 in the U12 Division 1 final.
U14 Major Bantam Divsion 1 final pitted the Ottawa Next
Level representatives against the Kingston Impact with
the Ottawa team emerging victorious with an emphatic 48-25
like their U12 clubmates, the U14 Wolverines team was
awarded the bronze medal after their Kingston opponents
failed to show up for the consolation game.
Wolverines’ U14 second division team had to settle for
silver after coming up short against the Ottawa Shooting
Stars in the Division 2 final. The host team had cruised
through to the final with a perfect 4-0 record, before
suffering a 43-37 loss to the Shooting Stars.
Wolverines best shot at a gold medal came in the U16 Major
Midget Division, where the host team entered the final
with a perfect 4-0 record including an impressive 49-27
win over the Nepean Blue Devils in the semifinals.
Next Level took a much more difficult route to the U16
Division 1 final, barely getting by Valley Pride 42-37
in their semi-final.
the gold medal game, the Wolverines jumped out to a 26-17
first half lead and never looked back, eventually winning
the contest by a 22-point margin.
host team was led by Meghan Hayley who drained in 12 points
and was named the game’s the Most Valuable Player. Gia
Aoude and Anik Winder added eight points each.
but by no means least, the U19 Junior Women’s final was
won by the Nepean Blue Devils who beat the West Island
Lakers 65-52. The Wolverines Elite squad picked up the
GCBA’s third bronze medal of the tournament with a 54-46
win over the Blue Devils “B” team.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)