Oh those grandkids….They do keep us young. Such was the case for Olive MacIntosh of Williamsburg, who, with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Jim (Adams) visited her granddaughters Kylie and Katherine in British Columbia in September. In addition to a visit to Whistler and a tour of the Olympic site, the family took Olive, who turned 84 just last week, ziplining. Granddaughter Katherine works for Ziptrek Eco Tours, a world leader in the design, development and operation of zipline-based eco adventures. The company’s flagship location is in Whistler. Top left, Olive gives a thumbs up as she is about to take off. Left she is pictured with son-in-law Jim Adams and above she is photographed as she ziplines through the treetops.
The women’s section of the Morrisburg Golf Club closed out the 2011 season Saturday, with their annual “Scramble Fun Tournament” played in perfect weather conditions.
Club captain, Lori-Anne Davies reports 45 women participated in the event which included golf, dinner and prizes.
The winners of the day of the ‘bragging trophy’ was the four-person team of Davies, Judy Laurin, Shannon Casselman and Barb Sheridan.
The day’s events included a chipping contest from 60 yards out and that was won by Laurie Dillabough who collected a barbecue donated by Jim Annable/Chevron.
Recognized for her Birdie collection for the season was Linda Barclay who canned a very solid nine birdies to win the A/B flight category. In the C/D flight, the lone birdie of the season went to Joan Larocque.
This year’s Ringer Board winner was Linda Barclay who decreased her opening round scores by 32.65 per cent. Anita Cooper was second with a 29.90 per cent improvement and Laurie Dillabough was third at 29 per cent.
On Tuesday, September 6 our senior men’s Intersectional team was at Mont Ste-Marie where they finished second behind the Mont Ste-Marie host team.
Mont Ste-Marie collected 28 points for the win, while we totalled 16. Heritage managed only four points and the Twin Rivers entry did not show up.
Lawrence Larocque and Donnie Mabo swept their matches to collect four points each in their matches (Four points were the max as there were only three teams playing). Two points each were added by Jim Jamieson, Gary Breyer, Dave MacClenaghan and Ron Lapier. Ray Baker and Charlie Moore were blanked. Bob Youmelle and Andy Patenaude, playing in the alternate positions, collected three and two points respectively.
The final men’s night of the season is scheduled for this Thursday, September 15 with Eldon Horner the sponsor. The course will be closed this Saturday for the final Men’s Day Tournament.
This Sunday the seniors will tee off at 1:30 p.m. for their fall final mixed event followed by dinner at 4 p.m.
The Morrisburg Junior B Lions are slowly creeping up to the finish line of the 2011/12 season and with the end now in sight it appears they should be able to remain out of the St. Lawrence Division’s basement position.
In fact, mathematically it is still possible that they could end up in fourth spot for a playoff position but it is a mathematical equation that includes two games against the second place Casselman Vikings and the third against the Char-Lan Rebels.
“We would need to win all of our games and Char-Lan would have to lose all of their games,” says discouraged Lions coach Thom Racine who has experienced a season that at no time saw a full Lions bench…for one reason or another.
The latest was the absence of goaltender Mikael Dion who was prevented from making last Tuesday night’s game against the Rebels in Williamstown due to a snowstorm. Dion travels faithfully from the Montreal area.
Then less than one minute into the game Michael Poapst set up Michel Lefebvre for a beaut of a goal, but caught watching the puck and was labelled by a Char-Lan defenceman.
The concussion puts Poapst out for the remainder of the season.
After the injury, the Lions were unable to get it together and the Rebels went on to build a 2-1 first period lead, as they headed for the 8-5 win.
After two periods the Rebels were ahead 6-3, the Lions counting a pair of power play goals from Brayden Girard and Chris Rutley.
The Rebels stretched it to 8-3 early in the third period and the Lions added two more late in the frame from Michel Lefebvre and Sylvester Bzdyl.
Thursday night, February 2, the Lions travelled to Casselman where they were defeated 7-1.
“We played a pretty good game against Casselman,” said Racine. “I know people will ask how you can say that when you lost 7-1, but I really wasn’t disappointed in our play.”
The Vikings led 3-1 after the first period and added another two goals in each of the second and third periods.
Marc Antoine Kamel, with help from Sylvester Bzdyl scored the lone Lions goal while the Lions were short-handed in the first period.
“We proved we could play with them Thursday night,” says Racine. “We just can’t score. You work so hard and you get no reward ant then they skate down the ice and boom. I felt our kids showed up to play Thursday night and I wasn’t disappointed.”
Then on Saturday night, the Lions were in Alexandria without the services of Chris Rutley who was sitting out a game for having had his third fight this year during the Tuesday night, Casselman game.
The Lions left the Alexandria rink, with their second consecutive 7-1 loss, but as they would find out later, there should have been more than just Chris Rutley sitting out.
An Alexandria player had, likewise experienced his third fight during the Glens game Friday night in Winchester and should not have played against Morrisburg.
When the game sheets were submitted the league officials noted that he had played and the game was awarded to Morrisburg.
“We played pretty well in Alexandria. They scored three quick goal late in the first period and we went into the second period down 4-0. I told the boys just to out and fight back, and they did. We out shot them in the second period and hit a couple of posts and a leg. I thought at least we battled back.”
The lone Lions’ goal was scored by Michel Lefebvre assisted by Clark Veenstra and Ryan Ward.
To finish out the season, the Lions have signed Jessie Brown from Metcalfe. “We had one card open and with the loss of Poapst, we figured we could use an extra body,” says Racine.
The Lions will end their regular season this weekend.
They will host the Casselman Vikings twice, on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. and again on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (make-up game). Saturday night they are in Williamstown for a 7:45 p.m. match against the Char-Lan Rebels.
As the St. Lawrence Division teams head into the final weekend of play, stats show that the Winchester Hawks and the Casselman Vikings have locked up their first and second place finishes. Alexandria has secured third place and Char-Lan holds fourth place with 31 points. The Lions are next with 25 and the Wolves are in the basement with 21.
The Morrisburg Junior B Lions are on a downhill skid as they head into the final games of the season on a five game losing streak
With six games remaining on the regular season schedule and another two makeup games, the Lions failed to get back on the right track on the weekend with back-to-back losses.
It started on home ice Friday night, with a tough 4-3 loss to the Akwesasne Wolves and then went downhill from there in Gananoque, Sunday with a crushing 10-4 loss to the Rideau Division’s second place Islanders.
What is up for grabs in the two tier St. Lawrence Division is the fourth and final playoff spot, currently held by the Char-Lan Rebels.
In the top tier you have Winchester in first place with 61 points, Casselman in second with 56 and Alexandria in third with 45.
In the second tier you have the Rebels with 26 points, the Lions with 23 and the Wolves with 19.
The Lions have now lost their last five consecutive games and have had two games cancelled due to weather (against Casselman and Char-Lan). The up and coming Wolves on the other hand have split their last eight games with four wins and four losses, and two of those wins were against the Lions.
The Wolves knew what they had to do Friday night to stay in the running for a playoff spot and they did it.
Keith Sloan opened their scoring early in the first period.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and the Lions went up 2-1 in the second.
A power-play goal from the stick of Dillon Barr just over three minutes into the third period, sparked the Wolves and at 7:33 Keith Sloan gave them a 3-2 lead. Then at 15:32 Amo Connor stretched it to 4-2.
The Lions came back strong, but managed only one more from Michel Lefebvre, from Sylvester Bzdyl and Alex Ploof, in the 4-3 Wolves win.
Clarke Veenstra scored the Lions first period goal with help from Chris Rutley and Ryan Ward. Early in the second period Zach Sequin, from Lance Hodgson, gave the Lions the 2-1 advantage.
Sunday night in Gananoque, the Lions were not in the game. The Islanders went up 3-0 in the first five minutes of the first period and never looked back as they skated to the 10-4 win.
They led 5-1 after the first period and 9-2 after two.
Providing the four Lions goals were Alex Ploof, Joel Marleau, Sylvester Bzdyl and Chris Rutley.
Ryan Cooper was between the Lions pipes for both weekend pipes while Michel Dion sits out a three game suspension.
The third game was Sunday night in Gananoque and Dion will be back in action this weekend.
Coming up this weekend, the Lions travel to Winchester, Friday night, January 27 for an 8:15 p.m. match. Sunday, January 29 they are at home to Alexandria for a 2:30 p.m. game.
The Lions have rescheduled one of their two cancelled games. The Char-Lan cancellation has been d for Tuesday, January 31st in Williamstown.
Still to be rescheduled is the Lions home game against Casselman.