Oakville Minor Lacrosse Association proudly supports all of our Rep teams as they compete throughout the Province (and sometimes beyond). It’s important for the Bench staff, as well as the players, to understand that they have our full support and our best wishes for an enjoyable experience.
Winning, although prestigious and fulfilling is not always the goal of our Rep program. Player development, Teamwork, camaraderie, building friendships with both teammates as well as participants from other associations can and should be the goal of any program for youths.
The Associations 13 Box Rep teams are participating in many OLA sanctioned Tournaments this season as well as two that are out of the Province. Our Novice 1 team will be competing in the Jack Crosby All-Star Novice Tournament in Burnaby B.C., where they will be defending champions. Last year Troy Cordingley’ s Novice 1 team came away with the “Gold”, and Rob MacDougall and his Novice 1 team will endeavor to repeat in 2012. Also, our Bantam 1 and Midget 2 teams will be competing in the Lake Erie Showcase and Festival in New York State. This is a Field Tournament that brings teams from all over the USA, and is heavily scouted by collegiate organizations.
All of our teams work very hard to represent our Association and the Town of Oakville in the best possible light: good sportsmanship, respect for all participants, and equally as important, respect for this great game. Let’s fully support our teams and let them know that we are behind them all the way and we will be proud of them, win, lose or draw.
We will be posting the Tournament schedule for all teams on the Box Rep section of our website, so we can all support their efforts.
This past weekend, the Tournament season got underway, with four of our teams competing in the Peterborough Laker Classic. This is a very prestigious tournament that has all of the top ranked teams in Ontario competing.
In their first two games, Richard Marshall had his 7 and 8 year old Hawks in fine form and they took it to the home town Peterborough Lakers, defeating them by scores of 6 to 5 and 3 to 2. They then faced the St Catherine’s team and ended up on the short end of an 8 to 2 score. Notwithstanding that loss, they made it into the Semi-finals, where they faced the daunted Whitby Warriors, who are Tyke Provincial Champions for 5 years running. The Hawks were not intimidated and proudly wore the blue and gold and although they fell short of winning (5 to 2 loss), they made Oakville very proud. Well done Tyke 1 Hawks!
The following article in the Peterborough Examiner shows some of our Tyke 1 Hawks in action against the Lakers:
Rob MacDougall and his bench staff have the Novice 1 team in very fine form, and they are capable of winning any game entered. In the first game in Peterborough, they defeated the Nepean Knights 9 to 6. They were pumped and ready for more action, and in game 2, they showed their full potential, defeating a talented Toronto Beaches team 14 to 2 (Rob must have BBQ’d the boys steak, before that game-they were obviously full of energy) J. Then came the hometown Lakers, looking to burst Oakville’s bubble, in front of their home crowd. The Hawks would have none of that, and went on to defeat the Lakers 6 to 4. In their next game against a skilled Centre Wellington team, the Hawks were held to a 4 to 4 draw, although their record still propelled them into the Gold Medal Championship game. The Hawks lost a heartbreaker 4 to 3 to the Orangeville Northmen in the Final, but they had no reason to hang their heads- a silver medal and pride in what they accomplished, as well as the gratitude of the OMLA for representing us so well. Well done Novice 1 Hawks!
Mark Follows had the boys well prepped for action, and in the first game of the Tournament, they defeated the Caledon Bandits 5 to 2. The Bandits weren’t going to steal any points in this one. In the second game against a very skilled Clarington Team, the Hawks fell short and lost 8 to 4. Their third game against a highly ranked Whitby Warrior team also fell short, losing 6 to 4. Mark didn’t let the boys get down, and in the fourth game, they came out determined to put the two defeats behind them. They did that and then some, winning 13 to 2 against Newmarket. Although they didn’t qualify for a medal, they played hard and made Oakville proud of their effort. Well done Bantam 1 Hawks!
Brad Wales and his team drew some very strong competition for their games, to open the tournament. In the opener, they were strong and got a hard earned 8 to 3 victory over Gloucester. In their second match they faced the highly ranked Clarington team and lost a squeaker 7 to 6. Again, for game three, they faced another tough opponent in the Brampton Excelsiors, and came up a little short, losing 6 to 3. Brad kept the boys spirits up and had them ready when they faced the Barrie Tornadoes, and came away with a 7 to 2 victory. That moved them into the playoff round, where they were matched against Centre Wellington. It was a real battle right to the end, but the Hawks fell by one goal, 8 to 7. Brad and his Midget 1 Hawks played hard and wore the Oakville blue and gold with pride. Well done Hawks!