Gold Medal at regionals for Goulbourn Hornets Bantam Girl’s basketball team

(Coach Kevin Hemeon (l) and the Champions are: Ava Mirabelli, Avery Taylor, Chelsea Hemeon, Ella Schoenhofen, Elizabeth Stuart, Emmaleen Lucas, Kaiya Woodcock, Laura Gallant, Melissa Gdula, Samantha Hemeon, Shreya Prasad, Simran Sarai and Assistant Coach Katrina DiTullio (r). All Photos: Audrey Kayes)

The Goulbourn Hornets Bantam Minor Girls basketball team have only played together since September 2018 with some members playing their first competitive year with the Hornets. What a feat bringing home Gold in their first year together!

The team is made of 12 members ranging in age from 10 to 13 who reside in the Goulbourn area – 2 girls from Kanata, 2 from Nepean, 2 from Munster, and 6 from Stittsville. Participating in regional games and out-of-town tournaments since October, they recently played in the Blessed Sacrament Tournament held in Hamilton and won Silver.

On March 30-31, led by head coach Kevin Hemeon, assistant coach Katrina DiTullio and team manager Audrey Kayes, the Hornets found themselves playing in the regional finals for the Eastern Ontario Basketball Association (EOBA) where they won the Gold Medal. The regionals took place at South Carleton High School in Richmond.

The tournament consisted of 12 games over March 30-31 whereby each team played 4 games. On Saturday the teams played in separate pools to qualify their positions to play for medals.
The Hornets won all 4 of the games they played. The competition was tough as the other teams were similar in skill. They won their first game 35-33, the second 48-35, the semifinal by 35-33 again, and the championship game by 39-31.
The team qualified to play in the semi finals and then later in the finals. Four of six teams won medals for either gold, silver or bronze. Two teams walked away with bronze medals as there were two bronze games, this allowed each team to play four times and allowed more teams to earn a medal.
Audrey commented, “the ambiance at these games was contagious and positive. One of the siblings from our team came to the Championship game dressed up as a hornet. Everyone there had fun, enjoyed playing each other, and were supportive of the fundraiser”.
The Hornets now move on to play in the Provincial Championships to be held in Brampton, Ontario from April 12-14. Total game results from the Hornets’ season will be calculated to match them up with other Ontario teams who have similar playing skills. The team will be categorized in their own division.
Eastern Ontario consists of different divisions. The Hornets play in the 4th Division. There were six teams in total competing at the regionals, including the Goulbourn Hornets. The other five teams who played were the Cornwall Lions, Upper Valley River Dogs, Ottawa Next Level (Kanata), Gatineau Phénix, and Ottawa Shooting Stars.
In addition to hosting a successful event and winning, the Hornets held a 50/50 and canteen fundraiser to help one of our local GBA families in their time of need. They were helping Julia MacDonald, who struggles with mental illness and whose tireless parents have started a Go Fund Me page to raise the funds needed to get the care that she needs. $400 was raised for their cause and subsequently made the family very happy. Please help Julia and her family by visiting and donating to their Go Fund Me page – https://www.gofundme.com/f/julias-mental-health-matters. The MacDonalds were active members of the basketball community and we all want Julia to get the support she needs.
One parent convenor (Paul Gallant) was at the event as well as three older brothers (Gabriel Gdula, James Gallant, and Kieran Lucas) who helped to manage the game clock and score sheet for each game. These boys also took turns volunteering to run the canteen and the 50/50 draw.
Congratulations girls and Stittsville and Goulbourn will be rooting for you in the Provincial Championships in Brampton. Go Hornets Go!!

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