St. Bon’s captures regional banner

A team photo of St. Bonaventure College's ultimate frisbee team holding the championship banner from School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador.

St. Bonaventure’s College went undefeated in the first School Sport NL (SSNL) regional tournament of 2020 to capture the banner for St. John’s-Metro.

The SSNL St. John’s Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament was held Feb. 21-22 at Waterford Valley High and organized by Val Walsh, Greg Penney and Laurel Penney. Michael Walsh was the tournament convenor. Eight teams that included 83 athletes from six schools took part.

St. Bon’s won all three of its matches in the round robin to finish first in Division A with Holy Heart of Mary High’s A team close behind with two wins and a loss. In Division B, Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) was undefeated in three games and Holy Heart B finished second with two wins and a loss.

In the crossovers, St. Bon’s defeated Holy Heart B 22-7 and Holy Heart A won over MPSH by a score of 14-11.

In the final, St. Bon’s emerged the winner by a score of 14-12 over Holy Heart A.

“The final game of the tournament was a true battle of wills with the scores never separated by more than a few points,” said Laurel Penney. “It was also very nerve-racking to watch every awesome throw and every amazing catch, especially those involving layouts or sky battles.

“I was especially impressed knowing that Storm tryouts started later that evening, and many of the athletes would be trading their sneakers for cleats within a few hours of the gold medal game. It’s a testament to the joy of the sport that young people are willing to play from early morning until late night and still leave the floor (or field) with smiles on their faces.”

Holy Heart C took home the Most Spirited Team banner. Carly Clifford of MPSH was named the tournament’s Most Spirited Player, and Kyle Hedderson of St. Bon’s was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Holy Spirit High School, Waterford Valley High and Gonzaga Regional High School also took part in the tournament.

Congratulations to all of the participating teams, and to St. Bon’s and Holy Heart for an exciting and spirited championship game!

Ultimate NL would like to thank all of the volunteers, parents and coaches who helped make this tournament a success.