The annual Rebecca Schofield Highlander 4on4 Ball Hockey Tournament took place May 5th and 6th. It is a charity ball hockey tournament that has taken place at Bernice MacNaughton for the past three years, and will continue to take place for many years to come. The tournament is growing each year, and a record nine teams participated this year: Chicks with Sticks, The Prospects, League of Bros, X-Men, Dump & Chase, The Olympians, The Goats and the Minor Niners, and The Blind Babes.
After a vigorous set of games on Friday, teams got seeded out in preparation for the elimination games on Saturday. Last year’s champions, The Blind Babes, were definitely expected to finish first overall going into Saturday’s games. However, after a few questionable games, they ended up 6-0-2 after regulation, placing them in second. This didn’t seem to faze Captain Kameron Bell. He said “Yeah, we finished second. So what. We knew going into playoffs we were the team to beat. We were in it to win it, and we planned on stepping up our game going into the playoff rounds.”
This turned out to be true, as The Blind Babes remained victorious throughout the playoffs, claiming the championship for the second year in a row after an 8-2 victory over the League of Bros in the finals. Kameron Bell gives credit to goalie Maclean Murphy, stating “He is an extreme student athlete. The kid stood on his head and brought our team success.” Other players, like Kyle Melanson, were less excited about the win, but just happy to see everyone out there having fun. Kyle says, “Ball hockey just doesn’t get played as much as we get older, so it’s nice that the school organizes an event like this. It’s even better that the money is going to a good cause.”
After their second championship, The Blind Babes are sad to say the franchise will not be competing in the regular 4on4 games next year, but plan on starting practices soon for next year’s alumni game, says Bell.