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Our Experience at the Canadian National Championships
Submitted By LIMBA on Thursday, August 23, 2018
U14 Softball Canada National Championships 2018
Brief Intro: Our Roster this season included 11 multi-talented athletes hailing from, Poplar Hill, Ilderton, Lucan, Strathroy, Ailsa Craig and Glencoe. Seven of them are, competitive hockey players (BlueWater, London Devilettes, Petrolia), one competitive figure skater (Ilderton Skating Club), one competitive volleyball player (Forest City Volleyball Club) one competitive basketball player (Strathroy Spirit) and one National Spelling Bee Finalist.  These multi sport, small town girls not only caught the attention of many with their unique ‘Wheat Field photo’, they also turned heads with their ability to compete on the regular ball field with all the larger centres who train together all year round.  We also train all year round. In the winter we train together on the ice. In the summer we train together on the field, usually clay, but sometimes wheat. 


U14 Softball Canada National Championships 2018

Just a short introduction to our team: We had 11 multi-talented athletes on the roster this season hailing from, Poplar Hill, Ilderton, Lucan, Strathroy, Ailsa Craig and Glencoe. Seven of them are, competitive hockey players (BlueWater, London Devilettes, Petrolia), one competitive figure skater (Ilderton Skating Club), one competitive volleyball player (Forest City Volleyball Club) one competitive basketball player (Strathroy Spirit) and one National Spelling Bee Finalist.  These multi sport, small town girls not only caught the attention of many with their unique ‘Wheat Field photo’, they also turned heads with their ability to compete on the regular ball field with all the larger centres who train together all year round.  We also train all year round. In the winter we train together on the ice. In the summer we train together on the field (usually clay, but sometimes wheat). 

Adventures in Montreal
No rest for the wicked and no time for a ride on the fire truck.  With only one day to get home and do laundry after winning the Provincial championships in Barrie on August 12th. The team was back on the road bright and early on August 14th and heading to Montreal for the Softball Canada's U14 National Championships.  

Pool play started on Wednesday the 15th, with our first national tournament and WIN against Saskatchewan #2.  A 4-0 victory and a small glimpse at what competition would look like over the course of the next few days.  Wednesday night, the team attended the National Championships Opening Ceremonies and Banquet with 25 other teams from, BC, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.  A very fun and memorable night for our squad. The weather was fantastic and everyone looked fabulous their new tee shirts suppled by Pete’s Sports.  Day two, we would face last year’s National Champion's Smitty’s from Manitoba.  Our team played a good game against what would end up to be this year’s silver medalists. A respectable score, 2-10 was posted despite a few defensive errors. Thursday night- Game 3, the team rose to the occasion of playing their first ever televised game against Newfoundland.  The bats and gloves were on display for the camera. We put on a good show for those watching back in Ontario.  Final score, 12-0. Thanks to all the supporters who made us feel famous by watching us live.  Day three - Game 4 vs BC#4. Final score was 8-5 in extra innings.  This was a tough loss, signs of fatigue began to emerge.  Two full weeks of non- stop games, including a Provincial Championship and lots of time spent on the road, the girls were still playing very well under the circumstances.  Game 5 -Saturday was a rainy afternoon, but we rallied the troops and managed to have a close game against BC#7.  The girls played their hearts out as they usually do. Even with another late game rally, we came up short again losing, 4-6.  Game 6 – “Ground Hog Day” or “Déjà vu”, Same thing.  Another game against BC#4, on the same diamond with the same umpires. The team was hoping for a little redemption.  Unfortunately, we just didn’t have any gas left in the tank.  The team tried their best, the final score was 0-7.  All in all, the tournament was a success from the coaches stand point and the team did an excellent job of representing our province and rural roots.  Our first crack at a National championship was a truly awesome adventure and we are so grateful to have been given this opportunity.  Thank you so much to all our sponsors and others who donated both their time and money.  This experience is one these young athletes and all their supporters will never forget.

Finally, the team staff would like to acknowledge and thank all the players, coaches, parents, mentors, family members, sponsors, supporters and fans who have encouraged us and been apart of our journey this season.  We have had such an enjoyable season and we are so grateful for all the support we have received. 

Team Roster: #6 Renee McNaughton, #9 Keeley Landers, #11 Ava Lewis, #12 Jocelyn Amos, #15 Emma Dykeman, #17 Laura Barfett, #18 Jessica Bycraft, #25 Payton (Payday) Barkley, #29 Jillian Milligan, #36 Ava Taylor, #51 Mary Goudy, #66 Ava Hart. Head Coach – David Landers, Assistant Coaches, Rebecca Goudy, Sheri Amos, Mike Hart. Team Manager – Julie McNaughton

Record 40-20-1, Provincial Champions, National Championships Montreal– Ontario Team 7

 To view more photos and updates from the season please visit our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/lucanildertongirlssoftball/?ref=bookmarks 


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