Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Host Gryphons capture tier two at Founders Cup

  • Print

They didn’t get the result they wanted, but the Manitoba Gryphons walked out of the Founders Cup with their heads held high.

The Gryphons hosted the Canadian Lacrosse Association Junior B National Championship, otherwise known as the Founders Cup, at the St. Norbert Community Centre from Aug. 19 to 25.

The Gryphons broke their own tournament record, remaining undefeated throughout the round robin, which pit them against teams from Quebec, Saskatchewan, and New York.

"We finished first in the round robin," said Ken Steubing, head coach of the Gryphons.
"Unfortunately we lost the next game. That took us out of medal contention."

The first game of the playoffs, which saw them face Nova Scotia on Aug. 23, was a must-win for the Gryphons, but try as they might Steubing said it just didn’t work out for the team. Nova Scotia beat the Gryphons 11-9.

"They didn’t play terrible… I know they worked hard," said Steubing. "We just hit seven or eight posts and seven or eight cross bars, and the other team had the game of their lives.
"The way the tournament was structured, we couldn’t lose that game (and continue)."

After the loss, the Gryphons moved on to the tier two championships, where they won every game.

"I’m proud of their composure," said Steubing. "They came back with the desire to go through the rest of the tournament undefeated."

Unfortunately, that still meant they only came in fifth in the whole tournament. Despite that, the Gryphons left the arena with their heads held high with a 4-1-1 record.

"We brought home some hardware," said Steubing. "Just not the hardware we wanted.

"We were really in the top three teams," he added. "I think everyone in the tournament felt the same way."

The Ontario Lacrosse Association defeated the Calgary Mounties in the championship round 17-12.

The Gryphons have faced a hard road competing in the Founders Cup. Steubing recalled five years ago was the first time the Gryphons made it to the tournament after years of failing to. In 2009, the Gryphons only won one game in the tournament, but they improved from there.

They won two games in 2010’s competition, three in 2011 and four in 2012.

"We are now a legit contender," said Steubing. "Our team was strong enough to medal."
Regardless of this year’s placing, Steubing is excited for next year.

"We have a lot of good talent," said Steubing. "We’re losing 10 this year, but we have a very talented young group."

Facebook.com/TheSouwesterWPG

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

The forecast says we're going to get a blast of warm weather, but we all know what's coming. Are you ready?

View Results