Last Wednesday, Dale Adams, representing Ontario Power Generation, stopped in at the Morrisburg Arena to drop off a couple of early Christmas donations to the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club and the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association. The two organizations, that are responsible for keeping several hundred South Dundas youngsters busy and active in the winter months, each received $500 from OPG. On hand to accept for the Skating Club was president Julie VanHoof and board member Andy Lee while treasurer Pam Mullin accepted on behalf of minor hockey. The figure skaters will be putting their donation towards their “very important” sound system which this year will get a new microphone and some amplifier upgrades said Lee who expressed his thanks to OPG. Mullin, in thanking OPG on behalf of minor hockey explained the association uses the money to put “kids into hockey who couldn’t afford to play otherwise.”. Pictured above, l-r, are Mullin, Adams, Lee and VanHoof.
Three teams of our Thursday morning mixed curlers were in Russell last week for a friendly bonspiel. Ron Beaupre, Rick McKenzie, Denis Thibault and Cheryl Thompson made up the first quartet, and won their game. Our second group, Andy Patenaude, Alice Thompson, Betty Locke and Sue McIntosh played Sylvie Brault’s foursome, from the women’s team that won our local invitational. Third were Jack Dikland, Sam Locke, Bud Perry and Claire Locke, who lost their game 7-6 to Peter Romme, former provincial farmers’ champion, to make our hosts feel a little more friendly.
The morning mixed curlers had their final matches of 2011, and enjoyed their windup party on Thursday. Afterwards, they devoured a catered lunch from Subway and learned that the first place team for this draw was the Dave King foursome. With Dave were Sharon Van Allen, Dennis Thibault and Reg Coffey. Ron presented the trophy, refurbished by Doug Brannan, to them. A close second and third were the quartets led by Jack Dikland and Ron Beaupre. Ron and Jeannine Beaupre did another fine job as coordinators for this league, and we thank them for it.
Senior men’s champions for the Bowman Trophy were Sid Morrell, Karl Duncan, Bud Perry and Al Gowanlock. They broke a tie with Raymond Benoit, Ron Brown, Earl Jeacle and Dave Salsman for the win in this closest of draws.
The Thursday night competitive league curlers have fixed teams, and they choose a winner at the end of the curling season in March. As often happens, there’s a log jam at the top by the halfway point.
With nine wins, we have Dave Dolan, Henry Looyen, Al Harriman and Mary McQuaig. Nipping at their heels are Larry and Anita Cooper and Chris and Nancy Barkley. Robert Houze, John Wilson, Joe McCooeye and Steve Boucher were right in there as well.
Clearly, there have been plenty of tight and well-played games on Thursday nights. We’ll have to keep a close eye on things through until March.
The Friday night social league tends not to pick a winning team, but they seem to have the most fun. Rumour has it they are sometimes still at the club after midnight, perhaps unwinding after the pressure of their games.
On January 4, there will be a four team playoff for our two senior men’s entries in the Parnell competition in Cornwall, on January 6. Sid Morrell, Peter Zeran, Martin Schneckenburger and Jack Barkley’s teams will compete for that honour.
The Bernie Brunt Sr. Men’s Invitational Bonspiel on January 13, has a full slate of 12 teams confirmed. Jack Barkley is the coordinator.
Our Senior Mixed Invitational Bonspiel will be held on Wednesday, January 25. Dave King is the coordinator there.
Our little rockers finished off 2011 with a family bonspiel and a party. They expect to be competing with other clubs in the new year, and will be involved in the Big Four bonspiel with Russell, Metcalfe and Winchester, as will our bantam/junior league players.
The draw for the New Year’s Eve party and bonspiel is full. It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these. Let’s hope this becomes a tradition. See you next year.
Good curling to all!
The South Dundas Atom B Lions packed a powerful offensive punch here Saturday, November 29 when they connected for a 11-2 win over the hosting NGS Braves.
The Braves struck early, just 59 seconds into the first period with an unassisted goal by Mason Mekker.
Cam Shaver evened the score at 7:58, when he took a pass from Quade Mullin, head faked a defender then fired a wrist shot past Braves goaltender Jane McManus.
Just over a minute later, Spencer Barclay set up Sam Connors to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.
Braden McRae tied the game 2-2, after taking a feed from Matthew Lalonde at 3:24, and it appeared that the period would likely end that way until Dryden Buter, from James Martens, put the Lions in front for good with 1:16 left on the clock.
The Lions didn’t look back from that point on and scored four more times in the second.
Owen Patterson got it rolling when he finished off a pretty passing play by his linemates Buter and Martens and Monty Dejong got an unassisted marker to make it 5-2.
Buter made it 6-2, assisted by Patterson and with just 37 seconds left in the period, D-man Nate Paulino got his second of the season, unassisted.
The third period was similar to the second period, with the Lions putting up another four goals.
Dejong got his second of the game after taking a pass from Shaver to make it 8-2.
The Lions got more offence from their defence when Stefan Kronstal got his first goal of the year, unassisted, and Patterson made it 10-2 with help from Dejong.
Buter completed a three goal performance after being setup by his winger Martens to close out the scoring at 2:38 and give the Lions the 11-2 win.
Brayden Lalonde-Thomspon who was called up from the Atom C Lions to play goal, had a good effort in net.
This was the Lions fourth victory in a row.
Lions next action will see them on the road this Saturday in Perth tournament.
Sunday, the Lions will host South Grenville, and are hoping for a win to “leapfrog” them in the standings. The Lions currently sit third in the East, a point behind South Grenville with two games in hand.
The Seaway Kickers U13 Mixed team extended their undefeated season record to 7-0 at the Merkley Soccer Fields in Iroquois June 27, with a shutout over Nepean City’s M4 team.
Scoring started early in the first half with a one-timer in the corner by Oakley Beavers making it 1-0 Seaway.
Less than five minutes later, Aaron Tibben planted a goal past Nepean City’s goalie, 2-0 Seaway.
Still in the first half, Beavers landed his second of the night on the Nepean City net, 3-0 Seaway.
Devin Dumoulin and David Swerdfeger also scored making it 5-0 at half-time.
Nepean City’s change in goalies at half-time ended Seaway’s scoring run. However, Nepean could not get a rally started in the second half.
Final score for the game, Seaway Kickers 5, Nepean City 0. Travis McInnis and Oakley Beavers shared the shutout. They face Nepean City’s M3 team on July 4, in Iroquois. Game start will be at 6:30 p.m.
Seaway Kickers U15 Girls defeat Nepean Hotspurs
NEPEAN – The Seaway Kickers U15 Girls team visited the Nepean Hotspurs June 26 at l’école secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers in Nepean.
Final game score was Seaway Kickers 3, Nepean Hotspurs 1.
Goals were scored by Julia Paulino and Jessica Ferguson (two). Courtney Moreau was goalie for the game.
The U15 Girls host Nepean City’s G1 team July 3, before playing three games in Ottawa on July 6.
Pictured right, Seaway Kickers forward Aaron Tibben shoots the ball past Nepean City`s goalie for the second goal of the game.
The South Dundas Minor program continues every Saturday morning with the 450 players that started the season on May 25 now well on their way to their World Cup Finale planned for July 26-27.