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KW Braves Evaluations

April 11th, 2014

Evaluation Camp (by invitation only)
Sat April 12 5-6:30pm Queensmount Arena
Sun Apr 13 5-6:30pm Queensmount Arena
Sat Apr 19 5-6:30pm Queensmount Arena
Tue Apr 22 8-9:30pm Grand River Arena
Sat Apr 26 5-6:30pm Queensmount Arena
Sun Apr 27 5-6:30pm Queensmount Arena
Wed Apr 30 8-9:30pm Grand River Arena

Become a Sponsor

April 1st, 2014

There are many expenses connected with running the KW Jr A Lacrosse Club and we rely on our own fundraising initiatives and the support and partnership of local businesses.

To continue to grow and represent our community with pride, KW Braves Jr A Lacrosse is working toward developing strategic partnerships offering advertising and promotional opportunities to local businesses. We offer a variety of options and can arrange something to suit any budget giving you the full recognition you deserve.

Please see our 2014 Sponsorship page for all sponsorship opportunities.

For more information please contact Wendy Bernardo.

2014 Evaluation and Conditioning Camp

February 25th, 2014

Conditioning Camp (open to everyone)
Sat March 29 4:30-6:00pm, Sun March 30 12:00-1:30pm,
Sat Apr 5 4:30-6:00pm, Sun Apr 6 12:00-1:30pm
Cost $10.00 each or all four for $25.00
Location: Queensmount Arena, Queens Blvd, Kitchener

Evaluation dates will be communicated to the players invited.

You are more then welcome to attend these sessions if you are:
A) a graduating midget from KW Minor Lacrosse- a parents consent form must be completed on your first visit to camp because you are under the age of 18.
B) a graduating midget who does not reside in a center that has a Junior “A” lacrosse. You will require a “permission to run” from any Junior B/C team in your jurisdiction as well as a parents consent form must be completed on your first visit to camp because you are under the age of 18.
C) a Junior B/C player who does not reside in a center that has Junior “A” lacrosse. You will require a “permission to run” from your Junior team and if you are under the age of 18, a parents consent form must be completed on your first visit to the camp.
D) a returning player from 2013 Braves, if you are under the age of 18, a parents consent form must be completed on your first visit to camp.

You will require full equipment. At your first session, please allow an extra 15 minutes to complete all required documentation. Any questions or concerns, please contact Wendy Bernardo

Award Winners

February 25th, 2014

On December 29th the KW Jr A Braves lacrosse team held its annual awards banquet.
The following players were recognized for their accomplishments for the 2013 season:

Eric Guiltinan Best Defensive Player Eric Guiltinan
Drake Smith Most Improved Player Drake Smith
Kyle Jackson Most Dedicated Player Kyle Jackson
Connor Cole Rookie of the Year Connor Cole
Dhane Smith Leader Scorer 61 Goals, 51 Assists, 112 Points – All time leading goal scorer for KW Jr A Braves Dhane Smith
Tom Masterson Lawrence Hallman Award – Player who best represents the organization on and off the floor Tom Masterson
Dhane Smith R. W. “Bob” Howey Memorial Award – Outstanding Leadership – Dhane Smith
Dhane Smith Howard Hallman Memorial Aware – Player of the Year – Dhane Smith

2014 Midget Draft

January 12th, 2014

Today, Sunday January 12th, was the 2014 Midget Draft for junior lacrosse. This draft has only two rounds and is for those midget graduates who do not reside where there is a resident Junior A team.

Prior to today’s draft, the KW Braves traded their first round pick in 2014, their 1st round pick in 2016, cash and future considerations for the playing rights of Joel Tinney from the Barrie Lakeshores. Joel has played the last two seasons in Barrie. Joel is a highly talented lacrosse player, both in box lacrosse and field lacrosse. He currently is in school in South Bend Indiana at the Culver Military Academy where he is a two sport athlete, field lacrosse and football. He has been recruited by Johns Hopkins University and will attend in 2014.

Joel Tinney Highlights:
2007 Team Ontario gold medal peewee
2008 OLA “A” Championship
2008 team Ontario gold medal Bantam
2008 OLA (Ontario Lacrosse Association) All-star team
2008 OLA A championship
2010 Culver Academy football-tied record for most interceptions in a game
2011 OLA All-star team
2011 OLA MVP
2011 Guelph Regals MVP
2011 Committed to Johns Hopkins University 2014
2011 Culver Academy- led team with 68 points as a freshman
2011 Drafted third over all in Ontario JR A lacrosse for Barrie Lakeshores
2012 Team Canada U-19 silver medal
2012 Inside Lacrosse Magazine ranked #6 Rising Junior in nation
2013 Culver Academy Athlete of the Month
2013 Culver Academy Football MVP
2013 IHSAA All State first team for football

In the second round of the junior draft, the KW Braves drafted Tanner Baldin of Brantford.
Tanner Baldin, 16 of Brantford, Ontario has been named to the Team Ontario field lacrosse team.

Tanner, not unlike Joel, is a multi sport athlete. He plays both box and field lacrosse, high school volleyball, high school basketball and track and field. He was captain of the Team Ontario field lacrosse team that won the National Championship this past summer.

The KW Braves are more than excited to have both of these players as a part of our organization.

KW Jr A Braves 2013 Awards Banquet and Alumni Hockey Game

December 17th, 2013

The KW Jr A Braves invites all alumni and players to its 2013 Awards Banquet and Alumni Hockey Game.

Dec 29, 2013
5:00 pm KW Aud
6:30 pm Banquet at Edelweiss Tavern

All players are free!
Parents and family $10.00 each

Come on out to enjoy a hockey game and the banquet or just come to the banquet to share food, refreshments and laughs with other Alumni and current Braves players.

2014 Board of Directors

December 5th, 2013

The Annual General Meeting for the KW Jr A Braves was held on November 13, 2013.

Congratulations to the following volunteers who have been elected and/or re-elected to their positions:
Dave Povey, Equipment Manager
Sally Orleman, Treasurer
Wendy Bernardo, Sponsorships / Secretary
Corey Hallman, Director
Phil Cloutier, Director

Continuing Positions:
Lawrie Hallman, President
Ann Hummel, Past President

KW Jr A Braves AGM

November 3rd, 2013

The KW Jr A Braves will be holding their Annual General Meeting on:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:00pm
Activa Sportsplex – Murray Fried Room, 135 Lennox Lewis Way Kitchener

Everyone with an interest in Junior A lacrosse in Kitchener-Waterloo is welcome. Only members in good standing will be eligible to vote.

The KW Junior A Braves Lacrosse Club is looking for hard working people to become involved on our Board and/or in the day-to-day club operations. Those interested in becoming a part of this lacrosse club should forward an email expressing their interest.

Positions up for election:

1st Vice President
Marketing and Sponsorship
Equipment Manager

Completed nomination forms for members of the Board of Directors will be accepted until November 11, 2013. Please send nomination forms to Wendy Bernardo

End of Season

July 26th, 2013

A big thank you to our fans and sponsors!

See you next year!

K-W’s Junior A win over Six Nations

July 14th, 2013

There definitely was some sort of theme to Sunday. Brampton beats Peterborough in the Major Series? Kitchener-Waterloo downs Six Nations in Junior A? Nanaimo beats Maple Ridge out West? We won’t call ‘em upsets, but we might call it the night of the underdogs as these results definitely qualify as surprises. The Excelsiors have struggled much of the season and have just 4 wins, but 2 of them have come in the last 4 days and beating Peterborough, a team challenging for the top spot in MSL, certainly is a high point of this season so far. But the Junior A playoffs in Ontario had perhaps the biggest surprise when the Braves of K-W logged an impressive OT win over the Arrows, Ontario’s regular-season champs.

Six Nations, still without injured Randy Staats, built a 6-2 lead after 1 period before K-W rallied in the second. Dhane Smith scored 3 goals in the second for the Braves, who trailed 9-7 heading into the third. Chris Cloutier and Smith opened the third with goals in the first 1:06 to tie the game before Johnny Powless restored the Six Nations lead at 13:20. But K-W’s Jake Pleon answered about 2 minutes later for another tie and that would be all the scoring in regulation.

Drake Smith for K-W and Jordan Durston for Six Nations traded goals for the only scoring in the OT period, which was followed by sudden death. And at the 9:32 mark, K-W’s Eric Guiltinan cashed in on a break, assisted by Dhane Smith, who finished the game with 8 points (4-4). Cloutier had 2-3 and Tom Masterson was 0-5 for the winners.

Powless led the Arrows with 3-2 and Josh Johnson was 3-1 while Durston was 2-1.

The series resumes Tuesday at K-W, where the Braves were surprisingly ineffective during the regular season. They were just 2-7-1 at home, while the Arrows were a league-best 8-2 on the road.


Thank You to our Sponsors!

A big thank you to Todd Walden who will be taking photos of the KW Jr A Braves again this summer!

Click here to view all photos and videos.

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