By Darryl G. Smart
Nonkon Thompson couldn’t stop smiling all weekend.
Thompson and his Six Nations Arrows teammates finally got to hit the floor over the weekend, in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League’s mini season at the toronto Rock Athletic Centre.
“I’ve been dying for this moment,” the National Lacrosse League’s Halifax Thunderbirds draft pick said. I’m glad I got my last year back and we’re here to win a championship.”
And the Arrows, in their new incarnation, led by president Cody Jamieson, vice president Randy Staats and head coach Stew Monture came away with a 2-1-1 after four games in two days.
On Saturday, the Arrows opened up with a strange one, a 9-9 tie with the Burlington Chiefs.
Though the scoreboard read that the Chiefs came away with a one-goal victory, despite the score actually being tied. After the game, the correct score was confirmed by the OJALL.
Chayton King led the way with four goals, while Bo Bowhunter netted a hat trick. Matthew Miller and Kesler Skye rounded out the Arrows scoring.
Next up was the Oakville Buzz, who seemed to stifle the powerful Arrows offence in a 11-3 win.
Adam Martin, Miller and Marshall Powless scored for the Arrows.
On Saturday, King led the Arrows offensively again, scoring a hat trick to help his team score its first win, a 9-7 decision over the St. Catharines Athletics.
Davin Bomberry and Bowhunter each scored two times, while Thompson and Powless added one goal each.
“It feels great to get back in the win column,” Thompson said. “We’re glad to show what Six Nations lacrosse is all about. We kept our composure inside and kept things outside. On the offensive side we shared the ball. Everybody worked together.”
The Arrows finished the weekend strong, with a 8-7 win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves.
It was Powless’ turn to lead the offence, scoring four times, while King’s lone goal proved to be the winner.
Tyler Davis, Jayden Smith, Ross Hill, Riley Miller, and Thompson added one goal each.
Jamieson, the team’s president and assistant coach, was impressed with his young team.
“Familiarity was a big thing. We didn’t have a lot of time to get the boys together,” Jamieson said. “And with such a short season, it will take a little for the guys to mesh and gel. Yesterday we started it and today we continued it and started. We’re just looking to get better and create something special for our community and the boys in the future”
Saturday, the OJALL season continues at the TRAC, with the Arrows playing the Brampton Excelsiors at 3pm, and Buzz at 9pm. Sunday they play the Chiefs at 11am and Athletics at 7pm.