Transway bantams double up for basketball gold


Hamilton’s Transway Bantam Girls celebrated back-to-back gold medals recently. Hosting the 31st Annual Transway Girls Basketball Tournament they finished on top and then travelled to London for the Barry Hall Girls Memorial Tournament.

The Transway Bantams are: Peyton Connolly, Alessandra Chiarot, Sara Bozzo, Claire Sutherland-Case,  Coach Kelly Dunham, and Coach Jodie Connolly of Hamilton; Yasmine Ahllamara of Burlington;  Olivia Mathews and Aerial Wilson of Dundas; Taylor Marof of Hamilton; Hanna Kristensen and Kaillie Hall of Stoney Creek, and Meira Morphet and Emily Martindale of Ancaster.  (Photo: Robin Leworthy-Wilson/Transway Basketball)

The Transway Bantams are: Peyton Connolly, Alessandra Chiarot, Sara Bozzo, Claire Sutherland-Case, Coach Kelly Dunham, and Coach Jodie Connolly of Hamilton; Yasmine Ahllamara of Burlington; Olivia Mathews and Aerial Wilson of Dundas; Taylor Marof of Hamilton; Hanna Kristensen and Kaillie Hall of Stoney Creek, and Meira Morphet and Emily Martindale of Ancaster. (Photo: Robin Leworthy-Wilson/Transway Basketball)

At their home tournament, the team defeated triple A teams from Kitchener-Waterloo (52-25), Stoney Creek (45-35), Toronto (60-32), Scarborough (47-23), and Toronto (52-29). They went 5-0 for the weekend to claim the gold medal and took that momentum into the following weekend in London.

They knew they would face solid competition once again, as the host London Ramblers are defending provincial champions. However, the Transway Bantam girls were well prepared and ran the table, going 5-0 to claim a second tournament gold.

In London they beat Scarborough (38-31), Brantford (55-20), Kitchener-Waterloo (48-21), Ancaster (56-36), and North Toronto (55-45), with every player contributing offensively and defensively.

Hamilton produces some of the strongest girls’ basketball teams in the province. Last year half of the top eight Ontario teams at this division came from Hamilton associations. However, the competition is widening, as evidenced by the past four tournament gold medal match ups with Transway battling teams from the Greater Toronto area.

The provincial championship in Windsor in April will undoubtedly be strongly contested by any number of teams who represent a range of regions throughout the Ontario.