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Host Wolverines win gold at Mike O’Connor Tournament

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Gloucester Cumberland Basketball Association hosted the annual Mike O’Connor Memorial Girl’s Tournament on the weekend with competition in five different age groups.

In the U10 Novice division, the Brockville Blazers went undefeated in winning the gold medal, completing their perfect run with a 31-10 win over the Nepean Blue Devils in the final. The host Wolverines team captured the bronze with a win over the Ottawa Shooting Stars.

Top row left to right: Coach Kelsey Marshall, Ass’t Coach Kassandra Marshall, Valerie Sabourin, Kristen Davidson, Aiesha Roy, Jaz Balan, Meghan Hayley, Ass’t Coach Ian Hunter, and Ass’t Coach Chris Smith. Bottom row: Annik Winder, Julia Nicfolds, Kyra Fletcher, Gia Aoude, Nadia Ismaila, Paige Ryan, Sloane Emmerson. Photo supplied

In U12 Major Atom Div. 1 action, three different teams finished the round robin portion of the tournament with identical 3-0 records, including the Wolverines representative, which ended up being awarded the bronze medal after the Kingston Impact decided to go home early and forfeit the consolation game.

The gold medal went to the Sudbury Jam who beat the Nepean Blue Devils 41-34 in the U12 Division 1 final.

The U14 Major Bantam Divsion 1 final pitted the Ottawa Next Level representatives against the Kingston Impact with the Ottawa team emerging victorious with an emphatic 48-25 win.

Just like their U12 clubmates, the U14 Wolverines team was awarded the bronze medal after their Kingston opponents failed to show up for the consolation game.

The Wolverines’ U14 second division team had to settle for silver after coming up short against the Ottawa Shooting Stars in the Division 2 final. The host team had cruised through to the final with a perfect 4-0 record, before suffering a 43-37 loss to the Shooting Stars.

The Wolverines best shot at a gold medal came in the U16 Major Midget Division, where the host team entered the final with a perfect 4-0 record including an impressive 49-27 win over the Nepean Blue Devils in the semifinals.

Ottawa Next Level took a much more difficult route to the U16 Division 1 final, barely getting by Valley Pride 42-37 in their semi-final.

In the gold medal game, the Wolverines jumped out to a 26-17 first half lead and never looked back, eventually winning the contest by a 22-point margin.

The host team was led by Meghan Hayley who drained in 12 points and was named the game’s the Most Valuable Player. Gia Aoude and Anik Winder added eight points each.

Last, but by no means least, the U19 Junior Women’s final was won by the Nepean Blue Devils who beat the West Island Lakers 65-52. The Wolverines Elite squad picked up the GCBA’s third bronze medal of the tournament with a 54-46 win over the Blue Devils “B” team.

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


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