Mount Pearl Senior High (MPSH) 9s emerged the victor of our 2019 Junior High Provincial Tournament on May 25-26.
This marked the 10th year that Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador has hosted a provincial junior high tournament. Fourteen teams representing 11 schools participated.
MPSH 9s faced Villanova Junior High in the final and won by a score of 15-9. MPSH narrowly defeated 2018 champions Frank Roberts Junior High (FRJH) 3 by a score of 8-7 to make it to the championship game. In the other semi-final, Villanova edged out St. Bonaventure’s College 9-7.
The final standings were:
Mount Pearl Senior High 9s
Villanova Junior High
St. Bonaventure’s College
Frank Roberts Junior High 3
Brother Rice Junior High (senior)
Beaconsfield High School
St. Paul’s Junior High
Brother Rice Junior High (junior)
Roncalli Central High
Frank Roberts Junior High 1
Laval High School
Frank Roberts Junior High 2
Macdonald Drive Junior High
Cowan Heights Elementary 7s
The junior squad from Brother Rice Junior High was the Most Spirited team.
Congratulations to all of the teams that participated!
Youth players are invited to try out for Storm, the province’s junior competitive club teams, next month.
Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador offers junior open and female teams in its competitive Storm program. Male- and female-matching players who are between the ages of 14 and 18 as of Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible to try out.
All tryouts will take place at the Techniplex in St. John’s.
Athletes outside the Avalon who cannot make the tryouts and are interested in the team, as well as all other inquiries, may be directed to Luke Dyer, Youth Development and Competition Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador has selected two returning coaches and two new coaches to lead the 2019 Storm season.
Craig Stoyles is returning as head coach for the junior open team while Laurel Penney also returns as assistant coach.
Stoyles is a trained community ultimate coach and Special Olympics coach with 15 years of coaching experience. He also currently heads the team at Holy Spirit High School and is working on competitive coaching certification.
Penney is a trained community coach and is also working on certification at the competitive level. She’s currently the head coach at Beaconsfield Junior High and Waterford Valley Senior High and has organized many events and tournaments related to promoting Spirit of the Game.
“I love this sport,” says Stoyles. “I want to foster growth at a grassroots level by teaching the team the importance of Spirit of the Game and how to win with dignity and lose with grace.”
On the female-matching side, Natalie O’Donnell has been selected as head coach with Claire Moore-Gibbons filling the assistant coach role.
O’Donnell and Moore-Gibbons are two of only three nationally certified competitive coaches in the province. They are co-coaches at Mount Pearl Senior High, and O’Donnell also leads a team at Paradise Elementary School. They both coached the junior women’s team in 2015 that attended the Canadian Ultimate Championships (CUC).
“I’m excited to work with Ultimate NL to build a junior women’s program that’s sustainable and successful in the long-term,” says O’Donnell. “I really think that we have a lot of talent and room for development at this level here in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
All four coaches are currently involved in Ultimate NL’s youth competitive development camp.
The winter junior high development league will be take place on Mondays from Feb. 18-April 1 (no games on March 18) from 7-8 p.m. This league is open to players in Grades 7-9 and there is a $50 registration fee.
Both leagues will be held in the gymnasium in the Paul Reynolds Centre in St. John’s.
These leagues will focus on introducing new skills and enhancing understanding of ultimate while also providing the opportunity for more experienced players to develop their skills with progressive drills, one-on-one coaching and weekly scrimmages.
Two members of NL Storm were named to junior all-stars at the 2018 Junior Canadian Ultimate Championships.
Madison Hull was named to the junior female squad and Cameron Penney to the junior open team. A player from each team at the tournament is named a junior all-star.
NL Storm competed at CUC Aug. 12-19 in Brampton, ON, finishing with the province’s best performance at the national competition. The open team broke seed to finish 20th (up from 24th) and 11th overall in spirit. The junior women made their first-ever appearance at CUCs, finishing 20th overall and second in spirit.