Wounded Warrior Tournament gives support to vets

SIX NATIONS – Two days of lacrosse began Monday morning at the ILA at 10 am as five OLA Jr. Teams competed in a pre-season exhibition series to help Wounded Warriors of Canada. Wounded Warriors Canada began in 2006 and has since significantly contributed in assisting and improving the value of life for Canada’s ill and injured Armed Forces men and women and their families.

Although an exhibition game, participants gave it their all for the fans who were admitted free or with a donation to the cause. Judging by the intensity behind the benches, the coaches were not taking it easy either.

 CUTLINE: Two days of Jr. exhibition lacrosse at the ILA this past week produced the first ever winners of the Wounded Warriors Cup – the Burlington Chiefs who went undefeated against four other Jr. A clubs including a homogenized Arrows entry consisting of Six Nations Arrows and Rebels. Photo by Jim Windle

Photo by Jim Windle

The Arrows Express entry was actually about half Minto Cup Champion Arrows and half, Founders Cup Champ Jr. B Rebels as they coasted to a 15-5 win in their first game against the St. Catharines Athletics, who also had a Jr. A and B lineup.

Six Nations tripped over Orangeville in their second game of the tournament by a score of 5-4 for their first loss. That was followed by an 8-4 loss to Burlington who went on to win the inaugural tournament, finishing the event with two wins and two losses after a close 8-7 win over Barrie.

The event was the brainchild of St. Catharines Athletics player Todd Stewart and was brought to fruition with the help of Canadian Naval Veteran and lacrosse fan Jason Donville, who believed in the event and made it all possible.

Stewart went to the Wounded Warriors of Canada and the league with the idea of bringing the OLA and the WWOC together for a fundraising tournament. Both parties liked and endorsed the event, and organizers have committed to holding the second annual tournament next year at this time.

“Next year we intend to have more teams and a different format that would see a Championship Game for the prize,” said Jr. A Lacrosse Commissioner Dean McLeod.

The event was one of many which have raised more than $1.1 million for Wounded Veterans across Canada in 2014 alone.

The Burlington Chiefs will bear the distinction of having theirs as the first name engraved on the trophy after defeating St. Catharines A’s 12-4 in the last game.

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