By Thomas Scott
The Eastern Shore Community Centre hosted half of the Metro Minor Lacrosse League championship games on July 9. Two Eastern Shore Breakers teams took home championships, the U15 A boys and the U15 female Breakers. Club president John Fry told the Cooperator that the championship games showed how much interest there is in the sport: "We had a great turnout," Fry said. "There were lots of people filling the rink."
The Breakers have had success in producing players as 25 Breakers are heading to nationals in Regina, Saskatchewan, from Aug. 14-19 to represent Team Nova Scotia across various age groups. Fry said the players have a chance to travel across the country, wear the Canadian flag on their jersey, and play the best players in the world.
The Breakers Junior A team of the women's East Coast Jr League has also thrived, coming up a winner in the final playoff game against the Halifax Hurricanes on July 14. Until this season, the team had never won a playoff game. But this year, the team had the league's two leading point scorers, Pearce Batchilder and Hannah Kent.
"The players and coaches have been working really hard, and it's really exciting," said Fry. "They've taken all of these big steps of getting those first wins and giving them the confidence and making sure the other teams are aware that we are here to play."
This fall, there will be a program in Porters Lake at the Lake and Shore recreation centre for boys and girls of at least six years of age. Fry, the instructor of this program, said it is for those who want an introduction to lacrosse.
"We're growing new players at all levels," Fry said, "and they're loving the sport, and they're wanting to come back. We're also growing high-level players that are going to play for the province."
Photos by Richard Rector