DUNDAS – The Dundas County Girls Hockey Association’s last active season was 2014-2015, during which two teams, one Bantam and one Midget, represented the Association. In the interim, the Association executive continued to maintain the structure of the organization, hoping there would be future interest in registering a team again.
At this point in time, the decision has been made to dismantle the organization. This is not to say that female hockey is not alive and well in Dundas. Girls continue to play hockey in minor hockey, school hockey, and at neighbouring girls’ hockey associations at all levels. Additionally, several of our alumni play in the Winchester women’s league.
DCGHA had declining enrolment for a variety of reasons. As a small association, players of varying age and skill level were placed on the same team. Neighbouring girls’ hockey associations, also looking for players, could offer tiered teams at every level. Minor hockey (boys’ hockey) changed ‘body contact’ rules, making minor hockey a more attractive option for female players.
The decision was made to disburse DCGHA funds back into the community, and the following donations have been made: $5,000 to South Dundas Minor Hockey; $5,000 to North Dundas Minor Hockey; and $2,727.64 to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital.
The DCGHA was formed in 2003 and operated out of Morrisburg, Winchester and Chesterville Arenas until 2015. At peak membership, the Association registered five teams (ranging from PeeWee to Intermediate) in the Ottawa District Women’s Hockey League. The Association, small but mighty, represented Dundas County proudly and was the recipient of league championships, and Provincial Playdown medals at various times.
The Association maintained success because of the many volunteer coaches, trainers, and managers who supported the female athletes. DCGHA was supported by various donations, including the local Lions Clubs, Scotiabank, Hydro One, Proctor and Gamble, Glen Garlough, OPG, and the Williamsburg Credit Union.