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May 25, 2023

Dockers compete in Canada Cup and Pony Platter 2023

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It’s been an exciting spring for the Halifax Dockers with team members competing in some high profile competitions in Ontario.

The Canada Cup

Hannah, Lacey and Macarena wearing Magpies jumpers and standing in a field in the sun

Hannah, Lacey and Macarena competing with the New York Magpies and Etobicoke Kangaroos in the Canada Cup. May 13-14, 2023

The Canadian National Women’s championships hosted by AFL Canada are starting to become an annual event after the kick off in 2022. This year, the Canada Cup was held in Hamilton, Ontario the weekend of May 13-14.

We’re proud of Halifax Dockers Hannah Gerrard and Macarena Soncini who made the trip to Hamilton to join up with the Etobicoke Kangaroos and the New York Magpies to compete for the national title.

The Kangaroo/Magpies excelled in the tournament winning a close game against Hamilton and a dominant win High Park/Toronto in the first round. They were then matched up against Hamilton again for the semi-final and squeaked out a 21-20 win to advance to the final. The Kangaroo/Magpies lost in the final in a hard fought game against Calgary/Burnaby.

Congrats to Calgary/Burnaby on the Canada Cup win and excellent work by Hannah and Mac to push the Roo/Pies to a second place finish. A special shout out to Lacey Bellefontaine who represented the Sydney Giants and joined Mac and Hannah in the Nova Scotia contingent in Hamilton.

The Pony Platter

The Nova Scotia Lions pose for a photo in a sunny field wearing their white and blue jumpers.

The Nova Scotia Lions after their hard fought game against the Quebec Saints at the Pony Platter 2023.

The men from the Dockers flew out to Ottawa for the May 6, 2023 Pony Platter. With a strong group from the Sydney Giants making the trip from Cape Breton, the two clubs merged to compete as the Nova Scotia Lions.

The Pony Platter is an annual tournament held by the Ottawa Swans with invites to teams in Quebec and Nova Scotia. In 2023, the tournament hosted four men’s teams (the Ottawa Swans, Quebec Saints 1, Quebec Saints 2, and the Nova Scotia Lions) and two women’s teams (the Ottawa Swans and Quebec Saints).

The Lions kicked the tournament off to a strong start with a dominant win over Quebec Saints 2, a score of 6.3.39 for the Dockers over the 2.2.14 score for the Saints 2. The Lions points were dispersed across the team with goals from Chris Bourque, Myles Knight, Miguel Veillette, and Anthony Fable.

The second game of the tournament was much closer where the Lions edged out the Ottawa Swans by just 1 point at full time to take the win.

After two hard fought matches, the Lions gave it their all in the tournament final against the Quebec Saints 1. The Saints came away with the victory and the Pony Platter but with a second place finish, we’re sure the NS Lions surprised everyone at this tournament with our skill and determination. Great work to all the lads who made the trip to Ottawa and Congrats to the Quebec Saints 1! We’re looking forward to a rematch in 2024!

The Halifax Gaels in Montreal

Members of the Halifax Gaels standing in a field wearing green jerseys and holding a Nova Scotia flag and trophy.

Members of the Halifax Gaels including Halifax Docker Haley McKim (right) celebrate after winning the Henrietta.

A quick shout out to Halifax Docker Haley McKim whose athletic skills extend well beyond footy. On May 20, Haley joined our friends, the Halifax Gaels, in Montreal where they won the Junior Gaelic Football Cup (the Henrietta)!

Congrats Haley and the Gaels!