SPRINGHILL – The Cumberland County D.W. Thompson Esso-Scotsbun Dairy Bombers hope to put a challenging season behind them as they enter play at the Mainland Midget Minor AAA League Championship Tournament in Springhill this weekend.
The Bombers, who finished in fourth with a 3-16-1 record, will face the third-place Brookfield Elks in a best-of-three series while the first-place Truro Bearcats and the Antigonish Bulldogs will meet in the other series.
The winner of both series will meet in the league championship series on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Two teams from the league and the Bulldogs advance to the provincial championship tournament early next month in Antigonish.
League vice-president Terry (Mouser) McManaman said the league has developed a solid reputation developing players for major midget and the junior levels.
“This weekend will be an excellent opportunity for players to showcase their talents,” said McManaman.
In previous years, Truro, Cumberland and Antigonish have gone on to capture league and provincial championship honours and McManaman is predicting both series will be exciting to watch.
“Both series could go the limit of three games and all four teams want a picture at centre ice on Sunday afternoon with the league championship banner,” McManaman added.
“Every game means something in the tournament.”
The weekend series will be the first meeting between Cumberland County and Brookfield since a post-game incident in the parking lot in Oxford on Jan. 30 which resulted in suspensions for members of both teams.
The first game of the tournament is set for 6:15 p.m., with Truro facing Antigonish while Brookfield, which finished at 10-8-2, faces Cumberland at 8:30 p.m.
The second game of the Truro-Antigonish series goes at 10 a.m., on Saturday with the third game, if necessary, at 6:30 p.m.
Game 2 of the Cumberland-Brookfield series goes Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with the third game, if necessary, at 9 p.m.
The league’s awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Wandlyn Inn.