Huntsville Midget Hawks bring home gold from provincial championships

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Main photo: The Moose Delaney’s Midget Hawks at the provincial championships (back row from left) Coaches Cory Veitch and Ross Clarke, Wesley Morton, Owen Pare, Tyler MacKinnon, Colby Reynolds, Luke Murphy, Riley Knox, Tieran Hornick-Martin, Ryan Clarke, Griffin Andrews, Ayden Veitch, Zach Blair, Brett Reynolds, Mitch Lines, Coach Dan Ferchat, Cole Lines, Coach Cory Leigh; (front from left) Kaiya Roberson, Morgan Aubin-Vardy, Quinton Greenfield, Keese Zugehoer, and Lesley Reynolds

The Huntsville Hawks Rep lacrosse teams wrapped up their 2018 season over the last two weekends at the provincial championships in Whitby. All teams played hard, and one would emerge victorious.

On August 3-5, the Tyke 1 and 2 Hawks, the Peewee Hawks and the Bantam Hawks all competed in their provincial tournaments.

The Invisible Fence Tyke 2 (minor) Hawks, competing in the D Division, and the Preston Heating Tyke 1 (major) Hawks competing in the B Division, were not able to move past their round robin games.

The R&G Construction Peewee Hawks competed in the D Division and played into the quarter finals with Burlington 2 but lost in a close game, 9-7.

The FC Hammond Bantams competed in the C Division but ended their season during their round robin games.

Well done to all the Tyke, PeeWee and Bantam Hawks team players who gave it their all!

On August 10-12, the Novice Hawks teams and the Midget Hawks competed in their divisions in the provincials in Whitby.

The Randy Blain Construction Novice 2 (minor) Hawks competed in the C Division but weren’t able to move past the round robin. The Moller Insurance Novice 1 (major) Hawks competed in the C Division as well and made it to the quarterfinals but fell short to the Barrie 1 team, 5-4. Barrie went on to win the championship game. Way to go Novice Hawks teams for a fun, full season!

The Moose Delaney’s Midget Hawks competed in the C Division and played their first game on Friday, August 10 against Cornwall winning a close 6-5 game. The Hawks played their second game on Friday against Midland, beating them 5-2. Saturday’s game three was the Hawks first loss, a 6-1 tumble against Arthur. Thanks to their first two wins, Huntsville advanced to the quarterfinals that evening where the Midgets walked away with a 5-0 win over Brampton 2. The team got a good rest and was up early on Sunday to meet Northumberland on the floor. It was a tight game that sent the teams into sudden-death overtime. The Hawks pulled together and scored just over a minute into overtime to take the win 6-5, earning them a spot in the finals.

The C Division championship game had the Hawks face off against Arthur, the only team to beat them during the weekend. Arthur came out strong scoring two goals, both on power plays, in the first period but the Hawks rallied to put the ball in the net and pull ahead 3-2 in the second period. In the third, the Hawks retained control to take a 5-3 victory!

“It was a pretty special weekend for a great group of young men and a young lady. I am proud beyond words of all of them,” said Coach Cory Veitch. “It was so nice to see all of their hard work rewarded capturing a Provincial Gold medal. Their belief, trust and their support of one another was terrific to watch and to be a part of. When a goal was scored, a defensive play made or a save made, everyone was excited. They earned this Provincial Championship win and they deserved it. Many thanks to our sponsor Moose Delaney’s as well to our coaching staff Dan Ferchat, Cory Leigh, and Ross Clarke and our Manager Lesley Reynolds.”

Congratulations to the Huntsville Midget Hawks, 2018 Provincial Champs!

UPDATE: On Monday, August 20, the Midget Hawks will celebrate their provincial championship win with a parade along Main Street and Brunel Road. Cheer them on starting at 5:15 p.m. at the corner of Main and Centre. The parade will proceed to the Canada Summit Centre where the Huntsville District Minor Lacrosse Assocation is holding its year-end banquet.

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