Holy Heart of Mary’s senior squad narrowly defeated Holy Spirit High 14-12 to win its second provincial ultimate title on May 5.
Both teams were undefeated leading up to the championship game of Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2019 Senior High Provincial Championships.
In the third-place game, Mount Pearl Senior High A defeated St. Bonaventure’s College by a score of 16-11. MPSH A was also named the tournament’s most spirited team.
Thirteen teams representing nine schools took part in the tournament. The final standings were:
1st: Holy Heart of Mary High School (senior), St. John’s
2nd: Holy Spirit High School, Conception Bay South
3rd: Mount Pearl Senior High A, Mount Pearl
4th: St. Bonaventure’s College, St. John’s
5th: Queen Elizabeth Regional High School, Foxtrap
6th: Gonzaga Regional High School, St. John’s
7th: Dunne Memorial Academy, St. Mary’s
8th: Holy Heart of Mary High School (junior)
9th: Laval High School Gold, Placentia
10th: Laval High School Red
11th: Mount Pearl Senior High B
12th: Roncalli Central High School A, Avondale
13th: Roncalli B
“We’re really excited to have seen the calibre of play demonstrated at our tournament this year,” said Ultimate NL president, Nick House. “Four different schools have won ultimate tournaments this year, which tells us that ultimate is growing – both in the number of students playing and in the skills they are developing. It’s an exciting time for our sport!
“Congratulations to Holy Heart and Holy Spirit on a highly skilled and spirited final,” added House. “I’d like to thank all the students who played really hard, their coaches for leading their teams over the past few months, and all of the volunteers who help make this tournament special each year. We couldn’t do it without you!”
The growth of ultimate across Newfoundland and Labrador continues with Menihek High School in Labrador City hosting the region’s first school tournament on April 5-6.
Four teams from Labrador competed in the Northern Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, sponsored by School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL). In addition to Menihek, J.R. Smallwood Middle School in Wabush also fielded three teams
“Ultimate is new to this region,” says tournament director and Menitek coach, Jeff Pardy. “However, interest in ultimate is high, and we’re excited to see the sport continue to grow. We also hope to have at least Menihek compete at the Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador high school provincial tournament in St. John’s next year. That’s our goal.”
Menihek defeated J.R. Smallwood (yellow) in the final to take home the regional championship banner.
Ethan Sexton from J.R. Smallwood (yellow) was named Most Valuable Player while Brooke Janes fromMenihek won the Most Spirited Player award.
“Our partnership with School Sport NL is helping the sport of ultimate reach areas of the province, like Labrador West, that we haven’t had the resources to access in the past,” says Nick House, president of Ultimate NL.
“Just one year after being accepted as a Foundation Sport, there’s now ultimate being played where it wasn’t possible before. Those athletes are now showing interest in competing in provincials championships and joining our provincial club teams. The results are exactly what we hoped for!”
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