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Sea-Hawks ready to rock the roost

Memorial to host Atlantic basketball championship

The Sea-Hawks are going for a repeat performance.

The last time the Field House hosted the Atlantic University Sport women’s basketball championship in 2003, the Sea-Hawks hoisted the title and earned a trip to the national tournament.

When the top six teams in the region square off March 4-6 at the Field House on the St. John’s campus, the women’s team hopes to again walk away with the title they last earned in 2008. Memorial has won six Atlantic titles in the past 11 years.

Women’s basketball head coach Doug Partridge said he was excited about the upcoming tournament and hoped home court would again be the site of Sea-Hawks glory.

“The first experience was a great memory, with 2,200 fans in the Field House for a classic championship game that really started our long rivalry with Cape Breton,” said Mr. Partridge. “I am anticipating that we will put on a great show in March for the local fans that have always supported us so well.”

Memorial’s Director of Athletics Michelle Healey said it’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since Memorial last hosted this event.

“The feeling around the event is still very fresh,” she said. “(The tournament in 2003) was an amazing weekend of women's basketball and the community really came out to support our team and the event.”

Although the Sea-Hawks and Cape Breton Capers have won 10 out of the last 11 Atlantic tournaments, observers expect a wide open tournament at the Field House next month. Several teams in the AUS are right in the mix for the title including UNB, St. FX, Saint Mary’s and Acadia.

Ms. Healey remembers the crowd support from 2003.

“I vividly recall walking in the Field House on championship Sunday and seeing our supporters wearing their Sea-Hawk red with pride,” she said. “When we won a nail-biter of a championship game I was proud, not only of the team, but also of the event that the committee delivered. I am looking forward to that same excitement again this time around.”

Tickets for the tournament are now on sale. For more, see http://www.goseahawks.ca.

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