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An Historic Reunion


By Fred Wallace

The 1993 Owen Sound van Dolder Flying Dutchmen Lacrosse Club will stage a 25th anniversary reunion on Saturday May 26th at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre.

The 93 Dutchmen were both the Ontario and Canadian Junior B Lacrosse Champions that year.......

Actually, they were the Canadian Champions and THEN they were the Ontario Champions.

Back in the day, the Founders Cup for the National Championship Tournament at Winnipeg that year was scheduled too tightly to the Ontario Playdowns which had just commenced.

The Dutchmen, who had a regular season record of 20 & 2, actually were trailing the Orillia Kings 2 games to none in the Ontario Championship when the series was halted to allow BOTH teams to head off to Winnipeg for the Canadian Championship Tournament.

In the Round Robin meeting at Winnipeg, Orillia, coached by Cam Devine, beat Owen Sound again....BUT, in the Championship Game, the Dutchmen prevailed, and if memory serves, the margin of victory was just one goal.

Upon accepting the Founders Cup, members of the Dutchmen proclaimed the Ontario Championship was now irrelevant, as THEY were the Canadian Champions.

The local sports announcer begged to differ and suggested that unless Owen Sound won the Ontario Championship against Orillia, the National Championship would be null & void.

Well, the reaction to that comment in these parts was one of outrage.

The local sports announcer received a card of outrage signed by all of the Dutchmen, including one who I noted spelled his last name incorrectly.

In the end, it was like a Disney tale and the Dutchmen came back to Ontario and swept the Kings in the next 4 games to win the Ontario title and rightfully make the claim as Canadian Champions.

It's good that 25 years later the Dutchmen can have a neat reunion & most of us can laugh about it.

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