– Kyle Denton, Sports editor

2011-2012 was a groundbreaking year for Laurier Brantford. With nine different teams participating in extramural sports, the future looks bright for Laurier Brantford athletics. Here is a list of the sports and their results, throughout the course of the school year:

SportResult
Men’s HockeyThe Laurier Brantford men’s hockey team played in three tournaments this year. In their first tournament at Sheridan College they placed 6th. They followed this up with a disappointing 10th place finish in their second tournament. The team hosted their final tournament of the year and placed 3rd, coming one goal short of making the finals.
Women’s HockeyThe women showed a lot of success and heart in their three tournaments. They lost in the semi-finals in their first two tournaments, and came even closer to a championship at their final tournament in Conestoga, where they lost in the finals. A strong SLC Cornwall team proved to be fitting rivals, knocking the Laurier girls out of their last two tournaments.
Men’s Indoor SoccerThe soccer program had a tough time getting started this year, but the men did have a chance to compete in one tournament at Redeemer College. They placed 5th at the Redeemer tournament.
Co-ed Indoor SoccerThe co-ed soccer team played in two tournaments, facing tough competition and depleted rosters. In their first tournament at Redeemer College they placed 4th. They followed this up with a 6th place finish in their final tournament of the year.
Co-ed VolleyballThe volleyball team competed in the ‘A’ League this year and finished 5th out of 8 teams. In tournament play, they showed that they can be a competitive team, placing 2nd and 3rd in their two tournaments.
Men’s BasketballThe men’s basketball team participated in two tournaments this year. They had a strong showing at the Centennial College tournament, placing 3rd. However they only managed to place in a tie for 7th in their final tournament at Sheridan College.
Co-ed DodgeballThe dodgeball team only played one tournament this year, but they still were impressive. Despite missing their captain and having to use replacement players for the tournament, the team placed 2nd. They lost in the finals to Humber College.
Women’s RingetteThe ringette program was in its first year in 2011-2012, and didn’t get started until midway through first semester. They played two exhibition games, one against Brock and one against McMaster. Although they lost both games, they gained valuable experience and hope to join the league circuit next year.
Powderpuff FootballThe powderpuff team competed in three tournaments this year, playing two at the other Laurier campus, and playing the third at McMaster University. The team was only able to win one game in total, but this could be attributed to a large coach and player turnover from the year before.

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