Golden home stand for Leo Burke Academy girls

Published on January 16, 2017

The Leo Burke Academy Junior Girls downed rival Expolit Valley Intermediate to win the Donnini’s Invitational title on their home floor this past weekend. Pictured are team members, front, left to right, Chloe Temple, Emma Peircy, Payton Hannon and Jenna O'Dea. Back, Coach Craig Hoskins, Emabelle Ward, Hannah Brace, McKenzie Antle, Holly Temple, Myranda Earle, Morgan King and Morgan Hoskins.

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The Leo Burke Academy (LBA) Junior Girls team successfully stared down some of the season’s stiffest competition this past weekend at home in the Donnini’s Invitational. Facing eight teams from around Central, for the final the LBA squad was pitted against the Exploit’s Valley Intermediate (EVI) Grade 9’s in a showdown of two teams enjoying tremendous success this season.

Tournament organizer, Craig Hoskins, who also coaches LBA, was hoping for that matchup.

LBA is a young skilled team that has been making progress throughout the volleyball season, the coach said. They started off the volleyball season ranking high in the Tier 1 group at all tournament’s and then the medals started coming -two in November; silver at the 15U and gold 14U in Grand Falls-Windsor and now its back to back Gold with the win in their hometown.

EVI 9's have won five tournaments this year, and is one of the elite Junior Girls teams in Newfoundland. 

The final was a nail-biting match going to the third set. After a long intense rally the home town team captured the gold medal with a 15-12 victory.

Hoskins isn't afraid of competition and has positioned his team to play the more experienced teams to bring out the best in them and he said  it’s certainly paid off. “These girls have worked hard and play their best when their backs are against the wall,” he said. “They have made their presence known in the volleyball community. The young group keeps improving and showing the volleyball community that even though they are young, they are not to be taken lightly.” 

Looking forward they have a 15U playdowns in Clarenville in February; 14U in St. John’s in April and heading to Nationals in Halifax in May.

Hoskins added he has a great team around him, backed up by great, hardworking supportive parents.