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'(Posted 9 a.m., Julyt 8)
Host Griffins capture five silver medals at Ray Broadworth Lacrosse Tournament
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A member of the Gloucester Griffins Novice B team tries to split the defence during an early round game against the Kahnawake Mohawks at the Ray Broadworth Memorial Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Gloucester Griffins made five finals at their host tournament on the weekend, unfortunately they ended up having to settle for five silver medals which makes them either very generous hosts, or very unlucky ones.

The closest they came to winning gold was in the Peewee B final which they lost 5-3 to Nepean.

The Griffins tyke team lost 8-4 to Nepean; the Novice C team lost 8-5 to Cornwall; the Peewee C team lost 7-2 to Kahnawake; and the Bantam C team lost 4-0 to Nepean.

The five silver medals are the best result the Griffins have had at the Ray Broadworth Memorial Tournament in a number of years.

The tournament itself is in its 29th year. The very first Gloucester Lacrosse Tournament was held in 1970, the same year the Gloucester Lacrosse Association was founded. It was named in honour of Ray Broadworth, who was the association's founding president, shortly after he passed away in the early 80s.

This year's tournament attracted 48 teams from Ontario and Quebec with games taking place in five area arenas.

The action was fast and furious and extremely physical. During one of the opening games involving two novice teams, the play had to be stopped three times due to injuries on the playing service.

Cross-checking is allowed in lacrosse as long as it's below the shoulders. The physicality of lacrosse is one of the reasons why it attrracts so many hockey players, especially at the younger levels where hitting isn't allowed in hockey. It's also a very fast-paced sport which requires a great deal of endurance.

The Gloucester Lacrosse Association currently boasts over 500 registered players. That's down from a high of 600 last year, but still good enough to place the sport second behind soccer among summer sports.

'(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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