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.
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!
B. McNairn-Leader staff
IROQUOIS – Brynn Gilmour hasn’t let her first year of high school slow her down one bit on the track or otherwise. In fact, Gilmour has continued to quicken her pace throughout the current high school track and field season, bringing it to a successful conclusion at OFSAA last week in Oshawa, where she ran two personal best times.
Gilmour who began to train seriously, five years ago as she prepared for her Grade 6 school year at Iroquois Public, competed in both the 400m sprint and 800m at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex.
Although she failed to advance out of her heats, she put together personal best times in both events, gaining a good feel for the caliber of the athletes and for the intense excitement of competing at the provincial level.
“Brynn had an excellent year of competition culminating in her qualifying for the All-Ontario Championships,” says her Seaway High School coach Mark Lewis. “She worked hard all year and committed herself to achieving her goals.”
“She wanted to run under 60 seconds in the 400m dash, and was close to attaining this goal. She ended up running at 61.56 which was still a personal best (PB) by more than three seconds.”
In the 800m, the goal was 2:20 and she achieved it running in 2:20.92, which was a PB, a full nine seconds better than her time when she started the season.
“She barely missed qualifying for the final at OFSAA in the 800 and ended up with the ninth fastest time, actually running faster than one of the athletes who made the final,” says Lewis.
“She had a great year and was a joy to coach. She always worked hard and did everything we asked her to do, even if she didn’t feel confident doing it. Lindsay Waddell and Robyn Carriere and I were extremely proud of her accomplishments.”
For Brynn, her many races have been rewarding since her first season in grade 6. She credits her grandfather, Wayne Barkley, for peaking her interest.
“My grandfather took me everywhere. He got me started running around the neighbourhood.”
Throughout her elementary school career, she set numerous track records and consistently scored the honour of top girl at the annual Tournament of Champions.
In addition to her two days per week of high school training, Brynn trains three days a week in Brockville under coach Bob Tucker, who is with the Brockville Legion program. She runs one day per week on the weekend and takes one day off …the day off dependent upon her homework.
Lewis and Tucker coordinated her program at the start of the high school season, and according to Brynn it has “worked out fine. I work on distance with Bob and speed with Mr. Lewis. I am actually the luckiest athlete out there, as I have two really great coaches who are always there.”
A typical training session for Brynn runs 1.5 hours and includes arm and leg strengthening exercises. Training is year round, and, “yes” she says to everyone, “I run in the winter.”
For her mom and dad, Dale and Carrie Gilmour, it has been an interesting and, at times, nerve wracking experience. “When she was little she was always quick and always had endurance, so that’s why we began to think maybe she could look at it more seriously,” says Carrie. “It’s a huge commitment. She runs year round through snow and sleet. We didn’t realize there was so much science behind it all.”
Brynn began her first high school season with firsts in both of her events at the SD&G, despite the fact she was battling a flu bug. She ran the 400m in 1:05 which she says, “was not good” and the 800 in 2:33.
At a very windy EOSSAA she won the 400m with a time of 62 seconds and placed second in the 800 with a time of 2:27.
Then it was off to the East Regions meet where a personal best time of 2:22 gave her a second place finish in the 800 and a personal best time of 61 seconds put her in third spot in the 400.
The finishes allowed her to qualify for the All-Ontario.
Interviewed last Thursday before she left for OFSAA with her mom and coach Lewis, Brynn says she wasn’t nervous “yet”.
“I’ve had a pretty good season. I would like to be under 60 seconds in the 400, and I would like to run the 800 in 2:20 or under. Judging from my current times, they both seem attainable.”
Having now entered the high school level of competition, Brynn notes that “it’s a huge difference. The talent pool has opened up quite a bit. A lot of people who ran before drop it at the high school level.”
While you may not cross the finish line ahead of your competitors every time, every time you meet or surpass your personal goals at the finish line is a time to celebrate.
Those personal wins, and the experience of competing at a level that many just dream of, is what Brynn brought home with her from Oshawa.
“Over the years, many, many people in our community have had children who took part in Seaway’s athletic program and benefitted from it,” said Mark Lewis, athletic director at Seaway District High School. “Now we are hoping for golfers to come out and support us so that program can continue.”
The Iroquois-Matilda and the Morrisburg and District Lions Clubs have joined with a volunteer committee, of which Lewis is a member, to set up and host the first ever Seaway Spartans Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, August 16, at the Iroquois Golf Club. This fun-filled tournament is being held to support the Athletic Program at Seaway District High School.
“There are many life lessons which can be learned by being part of a school team, or taking part in any form of athletics,” Lewis said. “It is vital to ensure that a variety of strong sports programs remain available to all the students at the high school.”
“There was a time when there were nearly 600 students at Seaway. Now we have about half that number, and the budgets for sports have declined as a result. Our basketball teams are using uniforms from a decade ago, and we are playing with soccer balls that are more than 14 years old. Our weight room needs serious upgrading as well.”
One of the biggest financial problems for Seaway is the funding required to cover away sports. Because of the fact that Seaway players must travel long distances to take part in meets and tournaments, much of the school’s limited athletic budget goes just to cover those costs. There is often very little money left over.
Yet the school hopes to continue to offer all local students a full, varied and exciting selection of athletic programs throughout their years at Seaway.
To do this, the volunteer committee and the Lions Clubs, felt that a fund raiser, taking place well outside of the regular school year, would ensure that fresh funds find their way to the Spartans in order to support school athletic programs.
The first ever Seaway Spartans Golf Tournament is spear-headed by Iroquois Junior Lions Jessica Hartle and Melissa Stevens and Morrisburg Junior Lions Christyn Veinotte and Victoria Peters. They have had strong on-going support from Lions Tracey Veinotte, Rick Mackenzie, Evonne Delegarde and many others in the local service clubs.
“This event just wouldn’t be happening without the support and expertise of our Lions clubs,” Lewis said. “I was a complete novice at this kind of thing, and their advice has been wonderful. I know that this is one of the most generous communities I have ever experienced, and I know that local businesses and groups are hit up a lot. What we wanted to do was to give people an opportunity to have a day out, really enjoy themselves, and help our sports department at the same time.”
The tournament starts at 11 a.m. on the 16th of August, using a four man scramble format. Sponsorships are already out in the community. Companies, clubs and individuals are invited to choose from six levels of support, although donations of any size will be gratefully received.
Sponsors will all be recognized in the local paper, on the SDHS web page, in social media and will also be prominently displayed at the actual event.
The cost to play is $80 per person, which guarantees 18 holes of great golf, a light lunch and a full roast beef dinner at the end of the day, as well as a donation to the Spartan athletic program.
Contact the Iroquois Golf Club or Morrisburg Home Hardware or the Seaway District High School web page to enter your team or to sponsor the Seaway Spartans Golf Tournament.
“We would especially like to see Seaway alumni, former teachers and administrators and their friends coming out, having a great day and supporting their old high school,” said Mark Lewis.