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Trojans Capture Gold At JV Provincials


The winning tradition at Gilbert Plains Collegiate continued this past weekend when the Trojans JV girls team captured provincial gold in Killarney.

The Trojans beat the Gabrielle-Roy les Roys, 15-25, 25-15 and 15-5 in the A/AA JV girls final to capture the school’s fourth provincial title in the last five years.

Gilbert Plains won the JV title in 2017 and the varsity crowns in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 provincials were cancelled because of the pandemic.

The Trojans opened the tournament with a 25-21 and 25-19 win over the Virden Golden Bears and followed that up with a 21-25, 30-28 and 15-9 win over Somerset’s Prairie Mountain Predators.

Gilbert Plains clinched first place in their pool with a 25-10 and 25-18 win over the host Killarney Raiders.

In the playoffs, Gilbert Plains began its march to the championship with a 25-20 and 25-7 win over the Rosenort Redhawks and defeated the Warren Wildcats, 25-17 and 25-9 in the semifinals.

Trojans assistant coach Jody Smelski-Jubenvill said the girls worked hard and are a great group who have a great working relationship on and off the court.

“They powered through as a team,” she added.

Anika Gulenchin was named MVP of the provincial tournament and Nevaeh Payne and Montana Jubenvill were named to the tournament all-star team.

Smelski-Jubenvill said the team was confident going into the final against Gabrielle-Roy.

“They were positive. They stayed positive. They know what they’re capable of doing and they really pulled through. They were able to keep focused, positive and just knew they could do it. They believed in themselves,” she said.

Smelski-Jubenvill noted the Trojans lost only four sets all season, two of which came at provincials.

“They’re a really, really strong bunch. They really gelled well together,” she said.

Smelski-Jubenvill noted the school has only 62 students, but enough girls for both a varsity and JV team.

“And our senior girls are going to provincials this coming weekend, as well. Obviously, we’re running a good program,” she said.

Smelski-Jubenvill credited head coach Megan Jubenvill for her work with the team.

“She did an awesome job all season with the girls, as well. I’m really proud of them. It’s a pretty young team. We’ve got 10 girls and seven of them are Grade 9 and three Grade 10s. So it’s a young group and they did awesome,” she said.

Doug Zywina