The Western region of the province totalled the most points for the coveted Premier’s Cup as the 2014 edition of the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games drew to a close Saturday afternoon at the Clarenville Events Centre.
© — Photo by Ed Vincent
The Western region boys’ hockey team celebrates a 3-1 win over Avalon in the gold medal game Saturday at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Clarenville. The team went undefeated in the round robin and downed Mount Pearl/South 3-2 in the semifinal round.
The closing ceremonies, hosted by the popular ex-TSN duo of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole — currently working with Fox Sports in Los Angeles — brought to an end the week-long competition which involved some 1,500 athletes and coaches competing in 11 sports — boys’ and girls’ hockey, basketball, bowling, cross-country skiing, wrestling, alpine skiing, badminton, figure skating, gymnastics, table tennis and volleyball.
Teams competing in the Games were split into nine regions — St. John’s/North, Mount Pearl/South, Avalon, Eastern, Central, Western, Labrador, the Host region and St. Pierre Miquelon.
While it was Western walking off with the Premier’s Cup for the region with the most points, it was Labrador topping the medals table with 22 (eight gold, nine silver and five bronze). Western was next with 21 (13-5-3), while Avalon won 17 (11-3-3).
St. John’s/North won 16 (4-6-6) followed by Central (3-8-4) and Mount Pearl/South (2-5-8) with 15 apiece, Host with 11 (7-0-4) and Eastern winning five (0-1-4). St. Pierre Miquelon failed to come away with a medal.
The provincial Games — for athletes between the ages of 11 and 18 — alternate every two years between summer and winter. The 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games are slated for Conception Bay South.