Junior National Championship set to begin Thursday
OTTAWA – The province of Québec plays host to two tournaments this weekend, including the Junior National Championships. The Junior tournament is being held in Trois-Rivières.
Junior National Championship
The Junior National Championships are set to begin on Thursday in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The event sees teams from all over Canada competing for a National Championship.
Three Rivers, as the city can also be called, is a city rich in baseball tradition, having previously hosted the Junior World Championships as well as the Cincinnati Reds’ AA affiliate. The host team from Trois-Rivières, les Aigles Plante Sports, is celebrating their 40th anniversary and will be looking to conquer the competition in their special season.
“Trois-Rivières is a baseball town and its residents always come out and support in large numbers,” said Carole Béliveau, Chairperson of the Tournament Organizing Committee. “At the last championships held in August 2010, a total of 13,789 spectators passed through the gates.”
Ten teams will battle for supremacy beginning in round robin play. The tournament is divided into two pools, A and B, with five teams in each pool. BC, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario #1 and the host les Aigles from Trois-Rivères will form Pool A, while Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario #2, Saskatchewan and Québec round out Pool B.
Games will be played at Martin Bergeron Field as well as the historic Three Rivers Stadium. “Three Rivers Stadium is one of the finest stadiums in all of Canada; it’s a historical monument,” added Béliveau. “Built in 1938, it can accommodate 4,300 spectators, and recently underwent renovations in 2009,” said Béliveau, explaining the stadium’s background.
Tournament play gets underway Thursday morning at 8:30am when Manitoba faces off against New Brunswick at Three Rivers Stadium.
Note: Every game from the Junior National Championships can be followed LIVE at Pointstreak. For further information on the competing teams, schedules and standings for the Junior tournament, please click HERE.