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One Out Of 3 Ain't Bad


By Fred Wallace

 Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


We're in peak season for lacrosse and before we look ahead to the Junior B Playoffs or to the Owen Sound-Oakville showdown this weekend in Senior Lacrosse, let's backtrack to the annual Owen Sound Minor Lacrosse Father's Day Weekend Classic.

The Minor Lacrosse tournament started in the late 1980's, then operated as the Harry Kazarian Memorial Tournament for a quarter of a century and then morphed into its current form and truthfully looks like it has plenty of legs for years ahead.

I watched the five games on Championship Sunday, age brackets ranging from Tyke to Midget and in virtually every case, the Championship Final was tight.

What stood out most was that 3 entries from Owen Sound Minor Lacrosse advanced to their respective Championship Game.

Yes, only one of the 3 NorthStar teams won the title, but that's not the point.

The Owen Sound Novice NorthStars didn't start or finish well in their final against Centre Wellington, falling behind 2-0 in the first 3 minutes and then giving up the winning and insurance goals in a 7-5 loss in the final 3 minutes of the game.

The Bantam NorthStars opened the scoring and closed the scoring in their final against Niagara-on-the-Lake, but in between the Thunderhawks scored 6 times to post the win.

Finally in the Midget Championship, Carter Moran posted a natural hat trick to finish with a 4 goal game for the Crescent Club NorthStars in a 9-7 win over he London Blue Devils.

Curtis Arnold also had 4 goals as the Crescent Club overcame a 5-3 deficit to gain the title.

While 1 out of 3 isn't perfect, the performances by the Owen Sound Minor Lacrosse teams in the Father's Day Classic bode well the future of the association, for the future of the sport in the city and for the annual tournament.


I'm Fred Wallace


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