Centre Dufferin hoists girls’ field hockey plaque
SHELBURNE – The Centre Dufferin Royals have their first District 4/10 high school girls’ field hockey championship in 36 years.
The Royals, playing on their home field, handed the Orangeville Bears a 2-0 setback in the league final Wednesday to lift the championship plaque for the second time. They had won it in 1985 after Orangeville had taken top honours in 1983 and ’84, the first two years of league play.
Centre Dufferin Royals 2 Orangeville Bears 0
Katie Galbraith scored both goals for Centre Dufferin Wednesday while Abby Litt was credited with the shutout.
The D4/10 title game brings the local high school league’s season to an end as the Royals as the CWOSSA tournament has been cancelled.
Centre Dufferin had finished their regular season tied for first place in Pool B with the Centennial Spartans with a 2-0-1 record. The Royals were placed second due to having scored fewer goals than the Spartans.
They then followed that with playoff victories over the Bishop Macdonell Celtics in the quarter-finals and Ross Royals in the semifinals.
Ross had finished first in Pool A at 3-0-0 while Orangeville was tied for second with Bishop Mac with 1-1-1 records. The Bears won the tie-breaker with a better goals for-and-against record.
Orangeville gained its berth in the final by defeating the Guelph CVI Green Gaels 4-0 in the quarter-finals and Centennial 1-0 in the semifinals.
Centre Dufferin becomes the first non-Guelph team to win the championship since the Centre Wellington Falcons of Fergus finished a three-year hold on the title in 2011.
Ross has won the championship 11 times while the St. John’s-Kilmarnock Eagles of Breslau won it 10 times. They don’t compete in the league anymore. Centennial has won it seven times, Centre Wellington four times and Centre Dufferin, Orangeville and Bishop Mac twice apiece.
- Guelph Sports Journal