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DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
A pair of Uxbridge teams were part of the action last weekend as thousands of lacrosse players from across the province descended on Durham Region for the annual Ontario Lacrosse Festival.
The tournament continues this weekend at venues throughout the region, with the Novice Uxbridge Enforcers taking to the floor.
The Enforcers will be up against tough competition in Division ‘B’ and open at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at Iroquois Park in Whitby against Orangeville. Later in the evening, the Enforcers trek to Pickering to tangle with Toronto Beaches at Don Beer Arena, at 6 p.m.
At Noon on Saturday, Uxbridge is back at Don Beer to wrap up round robin play with a match-up against London. Playoff action begins Saturday evening, before wrapping up with the championship round on Sunday.
The tournament kicked off on Friday, July 31, with the PeeWee Enforcers tying Centre Wellington 4-4, before falling by a single goal to Barrie. The PeeWees couldn’t cup up with the win they needed to move onto the playoffs on Saturday, as they settled for a 4-4 tie with the Toronto Stars.
The Tyke Enforcers rounded out the Uxbridge entries at the Festival, and they opened play with a great 12-5 victory over Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sunday, Aug. 2.
Later in the day, Uxbridge tied Barrie 6-6, before falling by a score of 8-6 to Six Nations to finish their round robin action.
The Tyke Enforcers would advance to the playoff round, and engaged in a thrilling match-up with Orillia. Unfortunately, Orillia managed to squeak by with an 8-7 win, ending a tremendous tournament run for the Tykes.
Games continue at the Festival throughout the week at several venues throughout South Durham including Iroquois Park and the McKinney Centre in Whitby, Oshawa’s Legends Centre, the Garnet B. Rickard Complex in Bowmanville and Don Beer Arena in Pickering.
As well as crowning 36 provincial champions over the course of the 10-day festival, on Saturday, Aug. 8, the Canadian Championships for Midget and PeeWee boys.
Local lacrosse fans can follow along with all of the action, including regularly through the Festival’s web site at www.ontariolacrossefesitval.com.
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