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Gosfield North floor hockey teams wins championship, chess teammate earns silver

Pictured are the members of the 2018-2019 Gosfield North Public School Floor Hockey Team, including coaches and the support crew.

by Sylene Argent

During the February Student of the Month Assembly last Thursday, athletes and members of the support crew of the 2018-2019 Gosfield North Public School Floor Hockey Team were recognized for a season filled with outstanding efforts.

  Mr. Sadler was this year’s floor hockey coach. He noted the team, which consisted of boys and girls, had a successful season.

  The Cougars finished first in the regular season, and impressively completed the season with only two losses.

  “They did a great job,” Sadler said of the students, noting the outstanding goalies only allowed in seven goals in the ten regular-season games. The team also led the season with scoring, he added.

  During the playoffs, Gosfield beat Lakeshore to advance to play, the defending championship, D.M. Eagle Public School team.

  Gosfield would go on to win the playoffs.

  Following the playoff season, Gosfield hosted a tournament, at which the Cougars tied two games and won two games. During the tournament, Sadler said, the athletes had the opportunity to play different positions.

  The Gosfield North floor hockey team’s student-based setup crew, assistant coaches, and the goaltending coach were also recognized for their important contributions to the team.  

  During the assembly Sadler was also pleased to announce three of the athletes on the Gosfield North Public School team were invited to play in the upcoming all-star game, which he hopes will be hosted at the school.

  Floor hockey is a popular sport, Sadler said. He thanked all of the students who tried out for the team and encouraged those students interested in the sport to try out again next year, even if they didn’t make this season’s roster.

     Also, during the assembly. Gosfield North Public School recognized the many students who participated in the Chess Club. Those interesting in learning how to master this challenging game of strategy began participating in the one-hour, after school program on Wednesday evenings, beginning in December.

  The students took turns challenging one another to improve their offensive and defensive games. Often, younger students challenged older students to learn from them, but the older students did not always win, it was noted during the assembly.

  Last Tuesday, 18 members of this club were invited to participate in the Chess Challenge, which was held at the Ciociaro Club. Around 1500 students competed in this event. Each of the students who attended played seven or eight games.

  One of Gosfield’s students, Liam Pritchard, earned a silver in his age division.   


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