I caught the Novice C2 Championship Final today between Kahanwake and Six Nations # 2. I had a recommendation to have a look at one of Kahnawake’s young players as a potential winner for the Minor Star of the day. So I figured the least I could do, was check out his game.
Well I ended up catching a dynamite Final between two teams that played their hearts out, leaving everything they had on the floor. The player I was asked to have a look at was Eric McComber. Eric scored the first two goals of the game for Kahanwake, and with his play at both ends of the floor, it looked like he would run away with the award. He scored a third, and assisted on another. But standing in the way of his team winning the Championship was a wall at the other end of the floor late in the game in the form of Daniel Hill.
In the final minutes, Kahnawake had three chances with the extra attacker on the floor, but 8-7 is as close as they would come, with Six Nations winning the game. I was equally impressed with both young guys for their performances in the game, so rather than force myself to make a choice, I chose both! I presentedthem both with their own Max Power T-Shirt for their efforts.
In a true sign of sportsmanship at the completion of the game, after the medals were handed out, both teams joined at center floor for a picture together. I caught that moment as well.
Congratulations to both teams on a great display of lacrosse, and to Eric and Daniel for being our Minor Star(s) of the Day.
All right, plain and simple this girl can play lacrosse. I had spoken to a few folks around the arena prior to seeing Kelly play, and the comments coming form everyone were, she’s awesome, you cannot stop her, etc., etc.
I mistakenly asked one of her team mates (before I met Kelly) if she was Kelly. The response? “Yeah, I wish”. The game I caught in the early afternoon, Mississauga defeated Clarington 6-2; Kelly scored six goals.
So without further delay, our Minor Star of the day….Ms. Kelly Babstock.
For our next Minor Star of the Day, I sought a player from the Tyke Division. There were a number of exciting and close games today in all of the Tyke divisions, but I caught an afternoon matchup between the Hamilton Bengals and Elora Mohawks that I could not pass up on.
In the third period of a tie game, I noticed one player for Hamilton that seemed to take control of the game and score three consecutive goals in the early to mid section of the period. It was their Team Captain Trevor Barrett. Hamilton went on to win that game and advance to the Finals.
I found out after the game that Trevor had broken his stick and was “borrowing” his Coaches stick at the point he went on the scoring spree. Well it certainly worked, as it helped the team to win their semi-final matchup. I’m not sure if his Coach got the stick back or not.
We did not have the time to interview Trevor on film, as he did not have a lot of time in between his semi-final game and the Championship Final. We did however, get a chance to get a picture of him in his new “Max Power” T-Shirt.
Unfortunaltely for Trevor and his team mates, they ran into a hot Team from Guelph in their Final game and lost the Championship. But congratulations to them for getting there, as that in itself is a great accomplishment.
Well the Festival is now three days old, and just today I awarded the first “Minor Star of the Day”. My apologies as my plan was to do this every day, but schedules and catching so many games, I was unable to do so.
In any event, our first recipient is Matthew Carrol. Matthew is the goalie for the Whitby Warriors Peewee 2 Provincial “B” Champions.
A savvy veteran of four years in goal (in which he has been a Provincial Champion four times), Matthew played all 5 games this weekend for his team. His athleticism and desire to gain posession of any ball near his net was evident throughout the weekend. Matthew is also prepared to do what it takes to stop the ball from going into his net.
Our first Minor Star; Matthew Carrol. Congratulations to him and all of his team mates on a great finish to their season. Foe being our Minor Star of hte Day, Matthew received one of our new “Max Power” T-Shirts, as well as a free lunch form Sports Garden Cafe.
Our video is below:
This week’s Circa Pictures Minor Star of the Week is goaltender Zach Hatton of the Peterborough Tyke 2 Lakers. Zach helped lead the Lakers to the Tyke Championships in the West Durham Rock Tournament on the weekend of June 27-29. Zach was the MVP in game two of the tournament where he played an outstanding game against Whitby 2.
Zach is pictured to the right with a guy that knows a few things about lacrosse; John Grant Sr.
We received these comments about Zach:
Zach is an inspiration to our team and a silent leader. By his stellar goaltending a foundation for a impenetrable defence was created at the West Durham tournament. This is just the beginning of the makings of a great goaltender and we are proud to be associated with such a fine young man. Many thanks to Zac’s parents and coach Scott Mcfadden for helping Zac realize his unbelievable potential.
For being our latest Minor Star of the Week, Zach will receive a Lacrosse – Inside The Game T-Shirt.
This week’s Circa Pictures Minor Star of the Week is Hayden Ramsay of Brampton. Hayden just finished his first lacrosse season, playing field lacrosse with the Novice Excelsiors this year. Hayden’s Coach, Chris Curtis nominated him for this award and had this to say:
I’d like to nominate Hayden Ramsay. Hayden played goalie for our field team (Brampton Excelsiors Novice 1 Field) this year at the Novice 1 level. Hayden had never played lacrosse until this season. Our age group (98’s) in Brampton Field did not have anyone trying out for goalie. My son plays hockey with Hayden – who is a forward, but Hayden always likes to play goalie when playing road hockey. I called his parents before the final tryout, and he enthusiastically came out and made the team.
My assistant coaches and I feel we had a successful season with our team. We were 4 and 2 in regular season, 3 and 0 in Provincial Qualifiers, and 1 and 2 in Provincials. Hayden was a big part of our success, learning the game quickly, and playing well. The most goals scored on him in any one game was 8 in an 8 to 7 loss in the Provincials vs Peterborough. Hayden enjoyed the season immensely, and I do believe we have a new lacrosse recruit. He has even indicated a desire to play box as well, but will have to wait till next season due to prior commitments.
For winning this weeks Minor Star Award, Hayden will now receive a Lacrosse – Inside The Game T-Shirt.
Congratulations Hayden and best of luck in your lacrosse future.
Our “Circa Pictures “Minor Star of the Week is back for 2008 and our first recipient is Drew Bartlett. Drew plays lacrosse in the Whitby Minor Lacrosse House League Major Peewee division. Drew was nominated by his Coach Brad Bain, and had the following to say:
On Friday 2 May 2008, my team (WMLA Major Peewee Team #4) the Knights, played Team #5. We started very sluggishly and into the second period were losing 7 – 0.
Drew never gave up. He played tenacious defence including running down an opposing player who was on a breakaway, thwarting what could have easily been their eighth goal. He also contributed offensively, assisting on our first two goals which helped rally the team in the third period. A period where we scored 5 consecutive goals, to pull within two, only to come up short in a 9 – 5 defeat.
For his never say quit approach to the game and the fine example he displayed to his teammates, Drew Bartlett is most worthy of Minor Star of the Week.
For his efforts Drew will receive an LITG T-Shirt and wristband. Congratulations Drew and best of luck the rest of the season!
We thank Circa Pictures for their continued support of our Minor Star of the Week program.