(WINDSOR, ON) – Last call to get your fill of lacrosse now before it’s gone; at least until next April. This weekend, the Windsor Warlocks Minor Lacrosse Association is hosting the Zone 7 regional championships at Forest Glade Arena, all day each day.
For most teams, the tournament represents a warm-up for the Ontario Lacrosse Festival in Whitby this August. For some, it is the end of the road. Ultimately, it is for local bragging rights between some of the most heated territorial rivals in the province.
At the Glade, the Warlocks will host the Wallaceburg Griffins, Sarnia Pacers, and London Blue Devils in the biggest lacrosse weekend of the summer in southwestern Ontario.
“We are looking forward to hosting the Zone 7 championships again,” said Warlocks’ president Jerry Kavanaugh. “A lot of our teams have a good chance to be successful. We want to put on a great weekend of lacrosse for all the Zone 7 teams and parents. For our teams, it’s the last chance to play some competitive games and tweak some things before provincials start the following week.”
All Warlocks teams will be in action in a single-elimination format.
The Tyke, Novice, and Peewee championships take place. For the local squads, the Tykes are up first at 10:30am as they host the Sarnia Pacers for a chance to play for a zone title. Coach Jason Brennan’s Warlock Tykes are experiencing their most successful season since the early 2000s, finishing in 11th place in the Ontario Lacrosse Association out of 74 teams. They have qualified for the OLA’s ‘A’ division at provincials.
If successful, the Tykes will play for Gold at 1:30pm against the winner of Wallaceburg and London.
At 11:30, Cody Robinet’s Novices are up against Sarnia II in the Tier II semi-final. Windsor’s novice team is a very young squad featuring only two major novices. They will be competing at provincials in the ‘D’ division.
With all of the minors a year older next year, and the graduates from the unusually strong tyke club, the novices will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with next season.
If the Novices can pull off a win, they will meet the London II squad in the Tier II final at 3:00pm, for all the marbles.
Chris Derkatz’ Warlock Peewees begin their day with a 12:30pm semi-final against Sarnia. The Peewees are a solid club, finishing the season with a 9-10-3 record The team has shown a lot of growth over the duration of the summer.
They will be competing in the ‘B’ division at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival after a 30th place finish, province-wide, out of 79 teams. With a win, the Peewees can play in the regional final at 3:30pm, the final game of the day.
The older brackets are in action for what should be another exciting day of lacrosse. Guy Good’s Windsor Bantams square off at 10:30am in a semi-final match-up against London. The Bantams are another solid squad, finishing the season with an 8-8-2 record.
The Warlocks finished 28th in the province, among 73 teams, good enough for a berth in the ‘B’ championship in Whitby. If successful, the Warlocks will face off for the Bantam championship at 2:00pm.
Next up are John Rosa and Grant Sokolowski’s Midgets, who will take to the floor at 11:30am with Wallaceburg. The Midgets just finished competing in the ‘A’ division qualifiers last weekend, having been edged out of provincials after posting a very decent 4-3 record.
The Warlock Midgets finished in 11th place of 57 teams in Ontario with a 16-13-0 record. If they win against Wallaceburg, the Warlocks will be up against the winner of London and Sarnia in the finals at 2:30pm.
Nathan Hodges and Hunter Bushnell’s Intermediates will play in a winner-take-all final against Wallaceburg at 1:30pm, as they are the only two active local teams in their age group.
After jump-starting the Intermediate program last season, following a five-year hiatus, the Intermediates have grown into a provincial powerhouse, finishing second in Ontario with a 13-5-0 record. Their chief opponent throughout the season, and for a final stab at a provincial title, will be the Whitby Warriors, whom they have met twice already this year.
Barry Garant’s Midget Girls have received a bye into the regional finals due to a superior record over London and Sarnia. With an 8-6-0 tally, the Warlocks finished 10th in the province and qualified for the ‘B’ division at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival.
The Midget Girls will play the winner of the two other teams at 3:00pm for dibs on regional bragging rights.
Lloyd Land’s Intermediate Girls will be playing for keeps on Sunday as well. The Intermediate Girls get a bye into the finals and await an opponent for all the marbles. With a 7-8-4 regular season record, the Warlocks are ranked 10th in the province and will compete in the ‘B’ division at provincials.
The Intermediate Girls final will take place at 3:30pm, the final game of the weekend.
For more information on the Windsor Warlocks lacrosse club and its programs, visit their official website.