Over the past few weeks, since the Festival has ended, there has been a lot of griping going on. Things like “why does Whitby host it every year”, to “it is a home floor advantage”, to “they get to sleep in their own beds at night, while our kids run the halls of a motel or campground”, and on and on and on.
There was an accusation that Whitby, Clarington and Peterborough, are only good because they are so close to the Festival. I made my points on the OLA Fan Forum about the numbers of teams entered by those three centres into the Festival games. And in 29 Championships, 5 were from those 3 centres. So I was hoping that we would hear no more about the advantage. But nope. It went on and on some more.
Over the Provincial weekend, I was in Guelph, Ontario for the Final 6 of the Peewee, Bantam, and Midget Provincial A Finals. I was there to watch my son, in what is likely his last minor lacrosse games. He is a graduating Midget this year, and I am not sure if he intends to play at all next season. If he does, I doubt he will play Intermediate. So it was with a little bit of emotion I watched him and all of his team mates play. The bonus was that I was also able to catch all the other teams from my home town play.
And when it was all said and done, I was forced to put up a post here on LITG, announcing to the world, YES, I am a proud, card carrying member of the Whitby Warriors. Always have been, always will be.
Home floor advantage, got to sleep in their own beds, go home in between games and rest. Oh wait, no they didn’t! They were in hotel rooms and campgrounds, away from their beds, eating junk food and such.
The Whitby Peewee A Warriors won Gold; the Whitby Bantam A Warriors won Gold; the Whitby Midget A Warriors won Bronze……all in the town of Guelph.
Now I know the haters will continue to hate, but what’s the good word now for those that find it easier to find reasons, than to congratulate kids? Reffing? Guelph too close to Whitby? I’m sure there will be something.
There are so many great people out there in the lacrosse community that appreciate good games and good teams. I know there are more than the haters. And haters will never change. But the kids in this town won 4 of 5 Championships at the A level this year. That is something I am very proud of for our kids and Coaches.
And just last night in Okotoks, Alberta, our Junior A Warriors captured the Minto Cup from the defending Champion Coquitlam Adanacs. They took game three in the best two out of three, by a 12-7 final. So at the A level, that totals, 4 Gold Medal Provincial Boys Championships, 1 Girls Gold Medal Provincial Championship, 1 Boys Bronze Medal and 1 Junior A National Championship, with 3 of them occurring at home. Not bad for a season.
Congrats to all the teams and a specific shout out to our Minto Cup Champion Warriors. You have done our town proud, and have made your mark in the history books for lacrosse. It’s been a long time coming (between Minto’s), and our town will now take the time to celebrate.
Yes, I am proud to be a Warrior!
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