The Seaway Intermediate Spartans defeated South Grenville 1-0 in the championship game of an all-day tournament on the home field last Tuesday to earn the right to advance to the Intermediate Soccer Championships coming up in Kemptville on Tuesday, October 18. On their way to the local championship the girls defeated St. Mary/St. Cecilia, 5-0, St. Marks, 4-0, and South Grenville 4-0 behind the unbeatable goaltending of Kendra Buter. “It was an outstanding team effort,” said coach Robin Gibbs of the Spartans win. Pictured above members of the team are, kneeling l-r, Sierre Swindells, Abigail Macmillan, Sophia Currier, Brynn Gilmour, Emma Barkley, Emily Hector and Hailey Markell. Goalkeep Kendra Buteer is in front. Back, l-r, are Sierra Dodge, Courtney Casselman, Teisha Mullin, Allison Waytowich, Jessica Ferguson, Mackenzie Whyte, Jane van Moorsel, Taylor Casselman, Sydney Runions and Logan Millward. In the action above, Brynn Gilmour has control of the ball and teammate Emily Hector (back left) is waiting for the pass. Jane van Moorsel is pictured throwing the ball in.
A very healthy Little Rocks Curling program, under the direction of Ian and Kathy Wilson, wrapped up at the Morrisburg Curling Club last Monday, with an evening of fun curling.
“Our object is to keep Little Rocks as fun,” said Ian Wilson. “Hopefully, all of you Little Rockers have enjoyed it this year.”
Wilson thanked Nick Goupil who helped out with the program (and also picked up his high school volunteer hours). He also thanked bantam curlers MacKenzie Whyte and Emily Byers who were in attendance most nights to lend a helping hand.
“Without your help, Little Rocks would have been more difficult,” said Wilson. “Many hands make less work.”
With some of the Little Rocks curlers now having four years of play under their brooms, Wilson advised them, that if they are interested, they can certainly get into some more competitive/bonspiels next year.
“You as athletes, along with your parents can decide to go more competitive or continue club curling next year. Competitive would mean more bonspiels.”
“We had 16 kids this year,” said a very pleased Kathy. “We started our first year with six kids and then went to 12 kids last year. With the bantam curlers out to help, on any given night we had 19 kids on the ice.”
“Several of our curlers are now nine and 10 years old. They started when they were five and six.”
“So we finally have a crew that has grown into the game. They know the game and now they have the stamina to get through an entire game.”
In addition to the actual play, the Wilsons have worked on teaching their young students both the etiquette of curling and the rules.
Through it all, Kathy again stressed that “we made sure they all had fun.”
The Little Rocks Curling program started last fall and ran on Monday night’s throughout the season.
For their year-end party, some parents joined them on the ice.
The men’s Valley League competition was played at Sandy Row Golf Course on Saturday, with our team finishing third behind the winners Summer Heights and second place Cedar Glen. Point totals were close with Summer Heights winning with 1,237, Cedar Glen second with 1,245 and Morrisburg third with 1,262.
Congratulations to Gary Breyer who won B flight low gross with an 82, and Sean Boulerice who had the low net for the VIP position shooting a 94 for a 76 net.
In ladies night action, last Wednesday, August 21, the game was a scramble with either teams of three or four players. Making it a little more interesting was the rule that the gals couldn’t use their drivers.
With a score of 38 (by retrogression), the winning three players team consisted of Shannon Casselman, Lori Anne Davies and Judy Laurin.
The evening was sponsored by Shannon’s Flower Station at the Ingleside Home Hardware.
In the four player team category, with a score of 36, was the team of Diane Gallinger, Shelley Broad, Colleen Smith and Crystal Belanger.
The three person team with the least putts (12) consisted of Bonnie VanMoorsel, Heather Black and Leanne McCooeye, while the four person team with the least putts (13) included Sandra O’Neil, Debbie Butzner, Nancy Cassell and Peggy Wilson.
Coming up this week, the Ladies night sponsor is Evonik.
Men’s night on Thursday was sponsored by Bill Dillabough/Pizza Hutt, Cornwall.
The format was a scramble with the low score of 27 posted by the team of Sam Laurin, Kirk Barkley, Lance LePage and Scott Hodgson.
Closest to the pin shooters were Korey Casselman on #5 and Liam Mills on #8.
That’s it for this week. Have a great long weekend…and make a game at the Morrisburg Golf Club part of it.
Coming up this Saturday, January 21, the Morrisburg ladies will host the Broder, a two-team, four club competition featuring Morrisburg, Metcalfe, Winchester and Russell. Three teams were interested in representing our club, so a two-day playoff was required.
Greta McGann, Jenna Harrington, Kathy Hardy and Rachelle Eves played Susan McIntosh, Kathy Norg, Leanne McCooeye and Wendy Casselman last Saturday. Susan’s team emerged victorious, and they will be one of our champions for the competition.
Next, Greta’s foursome had to do battle with Amy and Ashly Cooper, Nancy Barkley and Anita Cooper on Sunday to fill the other spot. It was a tight, well-played match, but skip Greta McGann pulled out the win with a fine shot in the last end.
There will be some top-notch curling on Saturday, beginning at nine o’clock. See you there.
Last week two of our ladies teams were in Ottawa at the Granite Club for their invitational bonspiel. Greta McGann, Kathy Hardy, Yvonne Mabo and Claire Locke won their first game against Carleton Heights. After a very good lunch they met a foursome from R.A Riverside in Ottawa. Unfortunately, Morrisburg dropped that match for a split on the day.
Our other team, Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Anita Cooper and Sharon Van Allen played a quartet from City View in their first game. The matches started a bit late, but the organizers still rang the bell to suspend play before the ladies could finish their final ends. This presented a problem for our folks, as they were unable to pull out a victory. After lunch they played a team from Navy and had a fine match, losing on the last rock in the final end. Nevertheless, it was a good day for both teams.
Friday, January 13th saw our club host the senior men’s invitational bonspiel, the Bernie Brunt, with 12 teams present. Hudson, Quebec couldn’t make it because of the storm, and one other team was unable to come also. Don O’Brien, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Jack Barkley filled in for one, and Martin Schneckenburger, Andy Patenaude, Dave King and Doug Jarvis handled the other. A delicious roast pork lunch was prepared by Joan Morrell and her committee, and the curlers in the early draw were enjoying it, watching those in the late game at work. Suddenly the lights went out. After checking with hydro and learning how long it would be until they could fix the problem, it was decided to serve lunch to the second group as well, and with the weather deteriorating, to cancel the bonspiel.
It was a lot of planning and work for Jack Barkley and his committee and for Joan’s kitchen crew, but everyone raved over the meal, and went home happy, with some curling in, and a good portion of their entry fees returned.
There were two teams from Winchester, two from Cornwall, three from Prescott, one from Maxville and one from Kingston. The chance to renew acquaintances for the day and visit with the others were positives as well. Tough luck, folks. It’s hard to outmaneuver Mother Nature if she’s determined.
On Sunday, Susan McIntosh and her committee were to host the second in the series of two-person ‘spiels, but it had to be cancelled.
Sunday, January 22 sees our Little Rockers hosting their Big Four Bonspiel, with double teams from Metcalfe, Russell and Winchester in attendance.
At press time, the mixed invitational is on next week, although with low numbers, and the stick bonspiel is going ahead then also.
Good curling to all!