Twenty teams competed in the 2017 Northeast Regional Goalball Tournament over the weekend. It was the third of four USABA-sanctioned regional tournaments leading up to USABA Goalball Nationals which will take place June 22-24 at the Goalball Center of Excellence in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Five teams entered the women’s division and fifteen men’s teams were divided between a men’s elite division and a men’s division for the tournament. Many new teams entered the competition this year including the San Antonio Jets, Maryland Raptors and Brooklyn Chiefs in the men’s division and the Maryland Raptors in the women’s division.
After intense preliminary play, teams entered the semifinals. Ontario All Black took on DC Corruption and rivals Georgia Phantoms and New Jersey Honeybees squared off in the women’s division. The Phantoms defeated the Honeybees to advance to the gold medal game against Ontario All Black who mercied DC Corruption 10-0. In the men’s division, Texas Wildcats played Brooklyn Chiefs while New Jersey teams Thunder and Titans matched up. The young Texas Wildcats defeated Brooklyn Chiefs to play in the gold medal game against New Jersey Thunder. Finally, in the men’s elite division, California Crown swapped the lead several times with Delaware Moneymen for a close match and Michigan Omega took on Quebec. Crown edged by Moneymen 10-9 to advance to the gold medal game against Quebec.
On the final day of the tournament, four teams from each division met to play for medals. In the women’s division, it was down to Ontario All Black and Georgia Phantoms. The Phantoms were determined to finish the tournament on a high note, and they did – defeating Ontario 6-4 to win gold. In the women’s bronze medal game, New Jersey Honeybees added to the home state medal count by beating DC Corruption 10-3. Texas Wildcats took top honors in the men’s division after defeating the New Jersey Titans 9-6 while New Jersey Thunder beat the Brooklyn Chiefs 13-4. Finally, in the men’s elite division, Quebec defeated California Crown in a close game ending 7-6 to earn gold while Michigan Omega beat Delaware Moneymen 14-7 to secure bronze.
Congratulations to all of the top finishers and to everyone who competed in and supported the 2017 ABANJ/USABA Northeast Regional Goalball Tournament. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta for the 2017 USABA Southeast Regional tournament next month!