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Centre Dufferin, Orangeville drive to field hockey title game

GUELPH – Two teams that had long drives to be at the opening day of the District 4/10 high school girls’ field hockey playoffs sure made their drives worthwhile.

The Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne and the Orangeville Bears prevailed in semifinal matches Monday at Centennial CVI to earn return trips for Wednesday’s final.

Centre Dufferin scored off a short corner 15 minutes into their semifinal with the Ross Royals and made that goal stand for a 1-0 victory. Scorer was not reported.

Ross pressed during that opening half of the all-Royals match, but couldn’t net the equalizer.

Orangeville won the other semifinal over the Centennial Spartans by an identical 1-0 score on a goal by Eden Gowing with about 10 minutes to go in the match.

Although the majority of the play in the opening half of that match was in Centennial’s end, neither team produced and good scoring chances.

The second half followed much the same script until Gowing potted her goal.

Centre Dufferin will be looking for its first ever D4/10 field hockey title while Orangeville will be looking for its first since winning back-to-back titles in the first two years of league play, 1983 and 1984.

It’s also thought that this is the first time there wasn’t a Guelph team in it.

Whichever team wins, they’ll be the first out-of-town champion in field hockey since the Centre Wellington Falcons of Fergus won three in a row from 2009 to 2011.

The St. John’s-Kilmarnock Eagles of Breslau dominated the league when they were in it, winning the championship 10 times from 1992 to 2003. They now compete in the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario.

In the quarter-finals, Ross defeated the Wellington Heights Wolverines of Mount Forest 3-0, Orangeville downed the Guelph CVI Green Gaels 4-0, Centennial edged Centre Wellington 2-1 in penalty flicks and Centre Dufferin eliminated the Bishop Macdonell Celtics.

Amanda Sarabura, Leah Penner and Emma Elliott scored for Ross in their win over Wellington Heights. Selena Listman and Avery Sukhdeo shared the shutout.

Kayla Conroy had two goals for Orangeville in the win over GCVI. Lillia Baldassarra and Emma Whitting added single goals.

Aileigh Wilker and Sophie Tonin had goals for Centennial in their win over Centre Wellington while Shaelin Drexler had the goal for the Falcons.

Wednesday’s final is to start at 4 p.m.


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