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Bantam C Girls EARN Provincial Bronze
Submitted By Chris Cardno on Monday, April 14, 2014
Too often sports success is measured by wins and losses.  This year, success was built first on character and determination, which translated into a peak performance at the most important time of the year.
The Bantam C Girls, journey began last April, when the team was formed, with the ONE GOAL, to qualify for the Provincial Championships this April.
The season was mixed  with a pretty much 500 record during regular season play.  This was deemed a learning period with a consistent message to work hard and work together toward the ONE GOAL.

In February, the girls qualified for the Provincial Championships by winning their regional pool and set their sights on competing against 16 of the best Bantam C teams in the province.

The pool placement at Provincials presented an opportunity to play teams relatively unknown to BCH, being Kincardine, Timmins and Bancroft.

On Friday, the girls opened the Championships versus Kincardine and played a solid back and forth game which ended in a 1-1 tie. 

Timmins was next, later Friday evening.  This proved to be a character builder as Timmins were a big, strong and fast skating team.  Timmins play their regular season against Bantam boys teams and without much explanation, are used to a strong checking game.  BCH didn’t back down and played solid at both ends of the rink.  Despite numerous bumps and bruises, the girls pulled through with a highly emotionally charged 1-0 victory.

Game 3, was an important game from the perspective the top two teams in the pool would advance to the quarter finals.  The pool was highly competitive and at least a tie was necessary for BCH to advance.  This game versus Bancroft was fast paced with many offensive chances by both teams.  This game ended in a 1-1 tie and enough for BCH to advance to the quarter finals as the second seed from their pool.

Game 4, the girls would face number one seed and undefeated Ottawa, on Saturday evening.  The girls were not the least bit intimidated by the fact Ottawa is a large city and they played a very patient and skilled game at both ends of the rink.  BCH pulled off an amazing 2-1 victory to advance to the semifinals on Sunday.  Thanks to the strong and boisterous support in the stands from our parents and the BCH Novice and Atom teams, it made a huge contribution to the win.

Game 5, BCH faced Chatsworth in the semifinal game, to decide the seeding for the Gold and Bronze medal games.  Chatsworth capitalized on a couple chances and handed the girls their first defeat, 2-0.

Off to the Bronze medal game versus Ilderton.  BCH had previously lost each of the three meetings versus Ilderton, who were tops in our league play.  The last meeting versus Ilderton was during the South Huron tournament championship final where Ilderton won 1-0. 

Excited with the prospect at a shot for a medal and unfazed by the skilled Ilderton team, the girls played without question, their best game of the year.  Again, they were assisted by strong support from our parents and the BCH Novice team.

Ilderton jumped out to an early 2-0 first period lead.  Then, after an inspirational message from Coach John Watt, the girls turned it on and never looked back with 5 unanswered goals.

Twelve months later the ONE GOAL, was not only met, it was exceeded with a Provincial Bronze.

Congratulations to each player and each staff member, who EARNED this lifelong memory, together :


Goaltender: Michelle Parker

Defence: Shanna Cardno, Savannah Nigh, Olivia Riley and Emma Flanagan

Centre: Taylor Oesch, Kelsey Cardno and Irelyn St. Onge

Left Wing: Sarah Houston, Marlese Coombs and Justice Collinson

Right Wing: Jet Van Esveld, Laura Damsma and Karly Austin

Head Coach: John Watt supported by Head Scout Barbara Watt

Coach: Brian Coombs

Assistant Coaches: Mark Damsma and Frank Flanagan

Trainers: Cheryl Anne St. Onge and Dawn Powell – Parker

And a great crew of parents and volunteers and cheer leaders.

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