7:30 p.m., June 2)
weary Rebelles open OFSAA championship with pair of wins
By Fred Sherwin
Louis-Riel Rebelles are going to sleep well tonight after winning their first
two games at the OFSAA provincial championship in Hamilton today following a six
hour bus ride from Ottawa that saw them pull into their hotel at 3:30 in the morning.
they arrived they got a grand total of three hours sleep before attending a team
meeting at 7 a.m. They then ate a quick breakfast before heading off to the soccer
pitch for a 9 a.m. game against Clarkson from Missiauga.
of them were still riding an adrenaline high after winning a court injunction
that allowed them to play in the OfSAA provincial tournament late yesterday afternoon.
Cantave scored two goals for the Rebelles, who are making their third straight
appearance at the AAA provincial championships, while Alexie Mroin, Laurinne Brissette
Lesage and Kayla Adamk countted one each.
hours later, the emotion of the past 24 hours combined with the lack of any real
sleep started to.have an effect on the team, but they still managed to soldier
on and down Sir William Mullock from Toronto 4-1 on goals by Brissette Lesage,
Adamek, Melissa Gueret and Nathalie Campeau.
the two wins under their belt the team headed back to their hotel to catch up
on their sleep and prepare for a busy second day tomorrow in which they must play
two more games and a possible quarterfinal.
one could be prouder of the Rebelles and how they played in their first two games
than the man at the centre of the controversy over their being disqualified and
then reinstated, their head coach Joé Fournier.
first game was like any other game. They never missed a beat. They were ready,
for sure. But in the second game you could see he girls were tired but they still
dug deep and pulled it out," said Founier who probably had less sleep than
was Fournier who mistakenly left the name of one of his players off the team roster
which was submitted to the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association
before the start of the season which technically made her ineligible to play.
of the ommission, the team played the six game regular season and two playoff
games with the girl in the lineup. It wasn't until Fournier was filling out a
document for the OFSAA tournament after their semi-final win over the Colonel
By Cougars that he realized his mistake. Rather than try to hide it, he contacted
the NCSSAA and informed them of his error thinking that he would face a sanction
rather than the team.
NCSSAA reacted by forfeiting the team's six wins, including their 3-1 over the
Cougars in the semi-finals, and reinstated Colonel By who then used their unexpected
reprieve to down the Glebe Gryphons 2-1 to win the city title.
school appealed the ruling three times to the NCSSAA, before taking their case
to court in a last ditch effort to gain an injunction which they were able to
do late yesterday afternoon.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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