There were numerous highlights to the Six Nations Intermediate 1 Girls lacrosse 2019 season.
This squad accomplished many great things and made many life-long memories starting last May when they celebrated on the Gaylord Powless Arena floor after winning Confederacy Tournament gold.
“It was a great confidence booster, especially at that time in the season,” Six Nations Intermediate 1 Girls coach Cart Hill said. “It gave the girls a feel of accomplishment and something to build on going forward looking at the Provincials. The highlights of the season was the Confederacy tournament win as well as winning the Zone 9 girls. I liked how the girls were coming together and how some of the girls were stepping up into leadership roles and really making an impression both on and off the floor.’’
Riding the momentum of that tournament win, the Six Nations Intermediate 1 girls continued to roll as they once again celebrated gold when on Sunday, July 7th, at the Gaylord Powless Arena, they pulled off a 3-1 championship win against Orillia to win the Six Nations Girls lacrosse tournament.
‘We improved a lot with working our plays,” Six Nations player Lauryn Hill said. “Especially our powerplays. There were a few games where we put in a few with a good play.”
Six Nations didn’t wait long to write another successful chapter to their season when a few weeks later, on Thursday, July 25th at home they got a clutch goaltending performance from Kaya Nomee Maracle, in what was a 5-1 win against Lincoln which earned them the Zone 9 ‘B’ championship.
In terms of highlights to the season Lauryn Hill stated, “I really just liked going to games and tournaments and hanging out with them (teammates) before and after games. “If felt like hanging out with family.” Hill also went on to add, “Winning zone was the biggest highlight and one of the best games.”
About a month later in provincials, Six Nations did suffer some disappointment as they battled hard but couldn’t emerge at Provincials with a gold.
Unfortunately, this year, due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Intermediate 1 Girls and the other Six Nations minor lacrosse teams won’t get a chance to play as the difficult decision was made to officially cancel the season.
“As hard as it was to cancel the season, we really had to think of the health and well being of our children and as well as our elders,” Cart Hill said. “it is disappointing regarding the season; however, it is a medicine game and things will get better, it’ll just take some time.” He also went on to add, “I think that the Creator is trying to tell us something. We just have to listen and take care of each other and look forward to next season.”