District 10

Orangeville claims field hockey title in penalty flicks

GUELPH – The Orangeville Bears put an end to a 38-year championship drought in the District 4/10 high school girls’ field hockey league when they captured this year’s title Wednesday at Varsity Field.

The Bears edged the Ross Royals 2-1 in penalty flicks to claim league honours for the first time since 1984. Orangeville had also won the title in 1983 making this year’s championship win their third.

It was also the second consecutive year that a team outside of Guelph won the league title following a eight-year run by Royal City schools as the Centennial Spartans won in 2012 and 2014, Bishop Macdonell Celtics won in 2013 and 2015 and Ross won four in a row from 2016 to 2019.

Orangeville’s Eden Gowing and Leah Penner of the Royals scored during regulation time before an overtime period failed to produce a winner.

Both Orangeville and Ross advance to the CWOSSA championship tournament set for next Wednesday and Thursday at Kitchener’s Woodside Park.

Orangeville will be in Pool B with Waterloo-Oxford (second in D6/11) and Assumption (D5/9 champs) for round-robin pool play Wednesday while Ross will be in Pool A with Bluevale (D6/11 champs) and Resurrection (D8 champs).

Top two in each pool advance to Thursday morning’s semifinals while the championship game is slated for Thursday afternoon.


  • Guelph Sports Journal