We wrap up the traditional Thanksgiving break with another staple of the OJMFLL – the Play-off Run. With 2 weeks remaining in the regular season, the final 1/3 of the schedule is jam packed with great match-ups and a play-off intensity atmosphere.
Although the top 6 in Division I have put themselves in a good position to move on to post-season play, there is still a lot to fight for with regards to seeding. With the top 2 seeds getting Quarter-Final bye’s, any of the 3-6 spots will end up having to win all 3 games on Championship Day (Oct 28) in Oshawa (Civic Fields) to take this year’s crown.
Orangeville continues to impress as they remain undefeated at 8-0. Solid coaching and exceptional on field play are their ‘not-so-secret ingredients’.
Niagara Raiders have finally grabbed sole position of second spot on the strength of a thrilling 8-7 victory over Hamilton in Week 4.
Hamilton Bengals and Oshawa Blue Knights sit in 3rd and 4th spots respectively in DI with identical 5-3 records. Hamilton holds the head-to-head tie-breaker.
Halton Hills Bulldogs and London Jr. ‘Stangs round out the top six; each at .500 after 8 games. Halton Hills holds the head-to-head tie breaker for this one.
Rounding out Division 1 are Toronto Beaches, Brampton Excelsiors, and the Burlington Chiefs.
The Oakville Hawks, now riding a 4 game winning streak, have taken advantage of short a staffed Centre-Wellington squad with an 8-7 victory and have grabbed sole possession of 1st place in DII-West. C-W had a rough week 4 going 0-2 for the first time in a long time, but still sit strong in second place in the West. Mississauga nabbed 2 victories in Week 4 to jump into 3rd spot in the West and are poised to solidify a play-off spot. K-W United held on with a gutsy win over a scrappy St. Clair squad to keep ahold on their play-off spot as they sit in 4th spot in the West. St. Clair continues to improve as they round out the West seeding.
Peterborough Lakers have given themselves a bit of breathing room on top of the Division II – East grouping as they fought off a determined Barrie Lakeshores squad in what was one of the top DII games played in Week 4. Peterborough came out on top of an 11-10 score. Barrie sits in sole position of second place in the East and continues to show they are a contender for the DII title. Newmarket fell victim of ‘other commitments’ as they headed into Week 4 significantly short benched and staffed as they dropped both games and fell to 3rd spot in the East. Ottawa Nemesis leaped into a play-off spot as they are riding a 3-game winning streak going into Week 5. Mimico Mountaineers continue to fall on hard luck as they drop to 5th spot in the East, but are by no means out of the play-off picture. Oshawa Blue Knights round out the East and continue to display heart and determination every game.
The top 2 seeds in each of the East and West groupings play in a semi-final cross-over and winners of the semi-final games play for the Division II (B) Championship. The 3rd and 4th seeds in the East and West square-off in much the same format for the DIII (C) Championship (the 5th seed in the East can take 4th spot in the West if they have more points than the 4th place team).
This week, Division I and Division II – East teams travel to Oshawa Civic Fields.
St. Clair plays host to all Division II – West teams as they embark upon Steinoff Park in Wallaceburg. The OJMFLL are excited to display their skills in front of the up and coming Wallaceburg Griffins U13 Field Lacrosse Team who will be in attendance for the day's events.
Preview the entire Week 5 schedule here.