Flawless in its previous eight games, New Brunswick was finally denied a gold medal in the mixed division final on Saturday at the World Broom Ball Championships presented over the past week in Kingston, Ont.
New Brunswick, who led 2-0 in the opening minutes of the final, saw Team Canada come back with four unanswered goals in a 4-2 win.
Two of New Brunswick’s Philip Robeshods scored the eventual silver medalists’ goals.
For Team Canada, Felix Guerin (2), Michel Bruseau and Pierre-Luc Burke hooked the needle.
“We had the team that won this tournament,” said goalkeeper Melissa Murphy. We were intense throughout the tournament, but unfortunately our legs let us down in the final. Representing our little corner of the country remains a source of pride.”
The Pigeon Hill goalkeeper was named the tournament’s best athlete, and he was also named to the tournament’s All-Star Team. Coach Richard Brau and striker Tyrone Brio have also been named to the All-Star Team.
Her teammate France Bourgeois was also disappointed with the final result.
“It hurts, says the athlete from Grande-Digue. And once again we lost to our pet, Broom-Shak of Bécancour who represented Canada.
“We beat them 3-1 from the first round in the preliminary round, but this time we ran out of legs despite our 2-0 lead. We had a good tournament, but this is the last game that matters to us,” revealed Bourgeois.
“We are still happy with our championship. We went home with our heads held high.”
Four New Brunswick players finished in the top ten scoring in the tournament. They are Philip Robeichaud (5-6 = 11, third), Tyrone Brie (7-3- = 10), Hubert Blanchard (6-4 = 10) and Keith Cuomo (1-6 = 7).
Melissa Murphy scored the best goals against the competition average of 0.89, and tied with Genevieve Bertheum of Team Canada.
In the preliminary round, in addition to their 3-1 win over Team Canada, the New Brunswick representatives defeated the Minnesota Looney 3-1, 9-0 over the Swiss Basketball Association, 2-0 over Lafleur Custom Work and 7-0 against the Allies, as well as 1-1 draw for Daniel Source du Sport.
In the quarter-finals, New Brunswick defeated the North Easters 4-0, then defeated the Gladiators 3-1 in the semi-finals.
Note that two players from New Brunswick who played in the Nor’Easters are Jeff Plourde and Mathieu Robichaud.
The Gladiateurs won the bronze medal after defeating athlete Daniel Sorsey, 4-0.
In the men’s category, Canada’s Minto Selects won the gold medal by defeating Team USA 2-1 in the final. The bronze medal went to Team Canada, which defeated Lacombe 4-0.
In the Women’s League, Team Canada won the final 2-0 against the Mavericks. Amigo de Québec took the bronze by beating Rein 2-0.
Finally, in the men’s masters division, the Minnesota Masters made short work for the myadvisor.ca team 4 to 0. The bronze medal went to the Ottawa Nationals, who won 2-1 over EOQ Legends.
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