It's been a whirlwind of a tournament for our Ontario teams. We've had teams in each gender and age bracket, competing fiercely against their counterparts from other provinces - and even a few Ontario / Ontario battles.
On the last day of the tournament, we have 1 bronze medal and 3 gold medals on the line.
Men and Boys
The U23 men (aka Moose) beat pool winner BC (aka Bison) 2-0 in a tense battle after finishing fourth in their pool. They play the Grizzlies in the final - the Grizzlies won their semi in a shootout, and in their previous head-to-head the Moose won 3-1 over the Grizzlies. It's a tournament where anything can happen. Good luck men!
The U18 boys also won their semi final, 4-1 over the BC Lions, with a penalty corner hat trick by Jagpreet Singh. They play the BC Rams in the final. The Rams edged Ontario 5 - 3 in their pool match earlier in the competition.
The U15 boys tournament saw two Ontario teams in the top three after pool play. The Ontario East boys were heartbroken to not finish in the top two after beating the number two seed, BC Rams in a tight 4-3 battle. The East boys lost their bronze game 1 - 2 against the Quebec team in another tight game. The Central boys finished with a silver medal losing to the BC Rams 2 - 3 after leading the pool in regular play.
Women and Girls
An absolutely dominant performance by our U23 Ontario women saw them win 5-0 in the final over BC Rams. An amazing team performance from goalkeeping all the way to the forward line, the team was solid through the entire competition, never conceding a game and improving in each performance. They drew the Rams in pool play 3-3, but managed to really pull it off when needed with a whopping hat trick by captain Alison Lee and 2 goals for Julia DeMeester. Alison Lee also took home the top goalscorer of the tournament.
It's been a huge learning week for a couple of our teams. The U18 girls playing on the East and Select teams have a had difficult tournaments, playing against stronger opponents. Like everything, field hockey is a learning process, and we're always so proud of our players for facing challenges head on and battling to be our best on each day! Today the East and Select teams will play each other in a game that should be well matched.
Our Ontario U18 Central and West teams were unlucky to meet each other in the semi final to ensure only one Ontario team made it to the finals, but a solid performance by the U18 West girls saw them come out on top to play in the finals versus BC Rams today. The U18 Central girls will also play for a medal today, taking on the BC Lions for bronze.
The U15 girls tournament concluded with a silver medal for Ontario West girls. The Ontario Central and Ontario East teams were unlucky not to finish further up the table with two draws each in regular pool play.
Good luck to all our teams finishing their nationals today. We are watching on livestreaming and for realtime results. Let's Go Ontario!