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.
“We have about 90 kids,” said a very pleased Ben Macpherson as the 2012 South Dundas Minor Ball Hockey League hit the floor at the arena here last Wednesday night for week two of action.
“We only had 26 kids last year, so this is a big change,” said Macpherson of the success of the program in its second season,
The 90 kids are divided into two age groups, eight to 11 years in the junior and 12-16 in the senior. There are four teams in each category. Two half-hour games are played in each division on Wednesday nights with the first starting at 5:50 p.m. The program will run for 12 weeks and will wrap up with playoffs.
Macpherson says he is extremely pleased with the turnout and “the parents have been great, very helpful. A number have stepped up big time to coach and run the game clock.”
Macpherson is also thankful for the support of the community. “The jerseys were done through Sports Fix here in Morrisburg and he was very friendly with the price. And Canadian Tire has been very helpful with the goaltending equipment.”
Also along for their weekly runs are high school volunteers Andy Hunter and Drew Gillard who will benefit by getting their community service hours from their refereeing at the junior level.
The two are also playing at the senior level which Macpherson is refereeing.
“We still have a few spots left. They are limited but there all spots. All the kids require is a helmet with a facemask, hockey gloves and sticks. We recommend that they wear soccer shin pads, but they are not mandatory.”
Light elbow pads could also be worn.
MacPherson says the play is competitive in that the kids are playing actual games and standings are being kept.
“It is competitive, but that is not the be all of it. It’s to get the kids out and be active.”
“We are playing regular hockey rules, but it’s more relaxed. It’s summertime, and we want them to have fun with it.
Jeff van Moorsel was returned as South Dundas Minor Hockey president at the organization’s annual general meeting held at the Morrisburg Golf Club, Monday night.
“We had a very good year,” van Moorsel told the handful of interested parents who attended this year’s meeting.
“We had two teams win an Upper Canada Championship and another two teams win their east or west division. For a small association, when you have two championship teams and two runners-up, then you have done very well.”
“We had very good coaching, and not many complaints. They are all volunteers, and I think they did a great job.”
“I go to all the meetings and I hear complaints about refereeing, but I never hear any complaints about the South Dundas referees. They are doing a good job.”
van Moorsel reported the association had a good year financially, his statement backed by treasurer Pam Mullin’s report later in the meeting.
He explained that after breaking even for a couple of years and losing money last year, the association is in the black this year. This he said was mainly because the association used 48 less hours of ice time this year.
“There are several factors for this, but mainly it depends on the ice time required for playoffs. Hours are also affected by how Christmas falls, and how many events the Figure Skating Club hosts.”
van Moorsel took the time to say good bye and thank you to several out going executive members. They included Ice Scheduler Steve Martineau (four years service), Secretary Andrea Cartier (eight years) and Equipment manager Rob Perry (two years).
“This executive has done a great job,” said van Moorsel. “It was a pretty easy job this year, and you have all been a good group to work with.”
Of major interest was Pam Mullin’s financial report which shows the association ending the season with a net income of $10,554.
“We have ended up in a very positive position,” said Mullin.
Because of the good year, Mullin reported that the board of directors had decided there would not be a fee increase for the 2013/14 season.
“We have $4,400 cash on hand, and we have $30,000 again in GICs. Our goal now is to keep the numbers (players) consistent.”
Mullin suggested that to do so, the association could look at a more pro-active enlistment of players, try to keep the girls on teams longer before they move to all girl leagues and to continue to keep the Initiation fees low to attract the younger children.
“It is nice to keep a safety net so that when we have a year when expenses are higher, we don’t have to raise our fees,” said Mullin of the $30,000 in GICs.
This year’s registration fees brought in $82,613, while fund raising contributed another $43,110. The largest portion of the fund raising money, $40,800, came from the Lottery Draw.
The major expense was Ice Rental at $78,024, which, with about 50 fewer hours used, was down from the previous season that came in at $83,035. Referee cost was the next biggest expenditure at $16,007. Insurance costs were $6,588 and league fees accounted for $3,433.
Total revenues were $127,597 while total expenses were $117,043.
The average program cost per participant this year was $567.57. There were 204 registrations. A total of 725.5 ice time hours were used compared to 773.5 used the year previous.
Various reports were given including that of registration, which this year was co-handled by Tanya Domanko and Cassandra Barry.
Domanko reported that for the coming season there would be no online registration. “We need to have it done in person,” she said. “Hopefully, we will be able to get all of the information correct. We will give everyone their draw tickets at registration and the ticket numbers will be recorded.”
Domanko indicated registrations have been set up at the arena for Saturday, May 14 (10 a.m. until noon) and Wednesday, May 8 (6-7:30 p.m.) For added convenience a minor hockey registration will be held at the Iroquois soccer fields on Saturday, June 1.
After various reports were given, three amendments were made to the South Dundas Minor Hockey Constitution. The first officially standardized the Association’s Lions logo; the second dissolved the board of directors position of Trophies, Awards and Tournament and moved those duties to that of the 1st Vice-President; the third created the position of Electronic Communications Coordinator.
The two changes to the board kept the voting directors at a total of 14.
The final item of the meeting was the election of the 2013-14 Board of Directors.
van Moorsel remained as President, Mike Domanko is 1st Vice-President-Awards & Tournament Coordinator, Jamie Smith is 2nd Vice-President–Risk Management and Gary Hart remains Past-President. Johanna Kronstal replaced Andrea Cartier as Secretary and Pam Mullin remained Treasurer. Tanya Domanko is Registrar and Cassandra Barry took on the position of Electronic Communications Coordinator.
David Lapier remained Rules and Discipline Chair, and Bruce Mullin remained Coaching/Development Co-ordinator. John Connors was elected Equipment Manager, and Jason Broad was elected Ice Scheduler to replace Steve Martineau. Lisa Schwerdtfeger became Referee In Chief and Joanne Backes was elected Fundraising Co-ordinator.
It came down to a sudden death playoff between last year’s Men’s Open winner, Paul Nooyen and challenger Johnny Morrow for the low gross at the 38th annual Cedar Glen Open on Monday, September 3. Nooyen took the win with a 74, retaining the Open championship. Barry Casselman was the B champion with an 82 while Mike Berube took C with an 88. Seventy golfers from Eastern Ontario turned out for the Men’s Open. “It was an awesome day for golf, and beautiful weather,” said Dennis Casselman, co-owner of Cedar Glen.”We had great participation from area clubs. Many thanks go out to our executive, staff and volunteers who made it all work. We’re already thinking about next year’s open.” Pictured (l-r) are Barry Casselman, presenter co-captain Darryll Schlep, Paul Nooyen and Mike Berube.