Ross keeps field hockey title with late goals

GUELPH – The Ross Royals kept their grasp on the District 4/10 high school girls’ field hockey championship as they won it for the third consecutive year Monday at Varsity Field.

The Royals scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the match to top the Guelph CVI Green Gaels 4-2.

Ross had opened the scoring in the opening minute of the game before the Gaels tied it up midway through the opening half. However, the Royals tallied again later in the half.

That lead lasted until GCVI pulled even early in the second half, setting the stage for the winning goals for Ross in the late stages of the game.

The title win was the third in a row for the Royals, all three over the Gaels who have never won the crown, and it was the 10th overall in the 36-year history of the league.

The St. John’s-Kilmarnock Flames of Breslau, who now compete in the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario, also won it 10 times including seven in a row beginning in 1997.

Both the Royals and Gaels advance to the CWOSSA championship tournament set for Wednesday and Thursday at Woodside Park in Kitchener.

GCVI will be in Pool A and Ross will be in Pool B for preliminary pool play Wednesday. The Gaels are to play at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. while the Royals are to play at 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Joining GCVI in Pool A will be the Bluevale Knights of Waterloo, winners of the D6/11 (Waterloo County) title, and the Cameron Heights Gaels of Kitchener, bronze medalists in D6/11.

Also in Pool B with Ross are the Elmira Lancers, runners-up in D6/11, and the St. Mary’s Eagles of Kitchener, the D8 champions.

Top two in each pool gain berths in Thursday’s 10 a.m. semifinals and winners of those games are to meet in the championship match Thursday at 1 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal