Appeal overturns transfer of Brampton Excelsiors lacrosse club to Owen Sound…for now


Published April 13, 2021 at 7:20 pm


The fate of the Brampton Excelsiors lacrosse club is again up in the air as a group dedicated to keeping the 150-year-old team in the Flower City has been successful in overturning a decision that would see the team move to Owen Sound.

This past weekend, the appeals committee of the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) rescinded the transfer of the team as previously approved by the OLA’s board of governors (BOG).

The committee ruled the BOG did not have the right to approve the franchise transfer according to the constitution of the OLA. Instead, the decision rests solely in the hands of the OLA’s board of directors.

Confusing? Yes.

The difference between the two bodies is the board of directors are made up of elected officials, while the BOG includes the directors as well as other lacrosse officials from across Ontario.

The board of directors could deal with the matter as soon as this week.

The appeal was launched by long-time supporters of the Excelsiors who are fighting to keep the team based in Brampton.

The saga of the franchise has taken twists and turns for months but appeared to have been resolved last month when the BOG approved the transfer of the team to Owen Sound.

Team owner Joe Norton says the move is necessary because of the dwindling crowds and the current lack of interest for lacrosse in Brampton.


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