Bishop's Falls teams finish first, second at provincials
The Bishop's Falls men's broomball team earned their second consecutive provincial title and the women put up a good fight in the finals of the 2011 Provincial Broomball Championships this past weekend.
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The Bishop's Falls men's broomball team won the 2011 Provincial Broomball Championship this past weekend in Bishop's Falls. They defeated Stephenville 1-0 to claim the title. Members of the team are pictured, in no particular order: Josh Reid, Kirk McDonald, Keith Decker, Ronnie Penney, Robert Temple, Chad Barnes, Markie Roberts, Ray Paul, Gary Cantwell, David Thoms, Blair Reid, Steve Drover, Thomas Maloney, Travis Champion, Jordan Drover, Matt King, Keith Cantwell, Scott Cantwell, Dex Hoffe (coach) and Gord Penney (coach).
Bishop's Falls hosted the event, with the men defeating Stephenville 1-0 in the final. Scott Cantwell scored the lone goal in the game, but it was enough to give the home crowd a reason to celebrate.
"It's pretty good I must say. We're back-to-back champs and we are following our juniors, who are triple champs so were pretty happy right now," said Kirk McDonald. "It was a good tournament; we played a great team from Stephenville and we just pulled it out in the end."
'Better and better'
"It feels good (to win). We weren't sure (coming in) how well we would do. We lost a couple players to injuries, but as the tournament went by we got better and better," said the men's coach Gord Penney.
The Bishop's Falls women had a dramatic 4-3 semi-final win against Western in overtime to face Happy Valley Goose Bay in the final.
HVGB defeated Bishop's Falls 2-0 in the final to earn the championship in a hard fought match. Both teams battled in the game which featured multiple skirmishes.
"(This weekend) went really well," said Lynette MacDonald, coach of the women's team. "We went into the crossovers 3-1, so we were on the edge, but we got into the championship game and I think we did pretty well."
The tournament weekend was the first time the team had gotten together to play broomball, so expectations were at a modest level coming into provincials.
Bit of fun
"We just figured we would go in and try our best and work hard and work together as a team and see what we could do with it and have a bit of fun while we were at it."
Playing in the finals was special for team captain Ramona Hoffe, who can end her broomball career on a positive note after playing in the provincial championship game.
"Me, being a senior, I think it's time for me to retire but I really enjoyed the tournament and I think they did a great job," she said of her team. "There was a lot of nervous people because we never had any practices and we did a lot better than we thought we were going to do. Our goalie and the girls playing defense took the lead. And I'm really proud of them."
Both teams had the chance to play in front of a supportive home town crowd and show why they are capable of hosting a provincial tournament.
"It's a pretty big thing for the town because we had a lot of new teams in this year from St. John's and from Labrador and just to get them in and see the town to see how good we've got it and the organizational skills we have, they really enjoyed it."