wo of 11 skaters representing The Morrisburg Figure Skate Club at the 2015 Eastern Ontario StarSkate Invitational Championships (EOSIC) earned the right to advance to the Skate Ontario Championships, in Brampton, March 13-15.
Alexis Engwerda and Trina Dykstra-MacPherson put together some fine skates at EOSIC, February 13-15 at the Nepean Sportsplex and both are working hard on their programs for the upcoming All-Ontario.
In addition to the second place podium finish for Engwerda and Dykstra-MacPherson’s fourth place, the other nine Morrisburg Club skaters had some good personal results and skated away from EOSIC with valuable experience.
“It was great to have 11 skaters represent MDSC at EOSIC this year,” said Morrisburg club president Julie Van Hoof. “All our skaters skated their best, and the club is very proud of all of them for the hard work and dedication that goes into their skating.”
“Our coaches are very supportive of each of their skaters and help them work through the nerves which is often common at a competition this big!”
“MDSC is very proud to have two of our skaters representing Eastern Ontario at the All Ontario’s in March.”
Following is a list of the EOSIC skaters with comments from their coaches.
Abigail Jordan: 13th, Star 5 (over 13 category) – Coach Allison Scott
Abigail skated with great effort and poise throughout her program, to her captivating music “Seniorita” composed by Bond.
Abigail’s program consisted of two spins (a camel-sit-change sit combination and a flying camel), six jump elements, two of which were axels and one double jump, and a spiral sequence. She completed the axels, was rewarded points for complete rotation on her double jump, and skated fluently and persistently focusing on one element at a time.
Alisha VanHoof: 9th, Ladies Gold–Coach Louise Dimmick
For Ali’s last year competing at EOSIC before going away to school, she chose to skate to selections from the movie Love Actually. This has been a favourite selection of music for her and fittingly her program is elegant and expresses her love of skating.
After over 10 years of working with Ali, it’s been a pleasure to see her grow through the levels, challenges and successes.
She opened her program at EOSIC with a beautiful combination spin followed by a great double flip double loop jump combination. Her program was filled with double jumps, spins, and difficult footwork and transitions. An especially nice highlight was her impressive death drop sit spin.
Cameryn Broad: 6th, Star 5 Ladies-Coach Danielle Napier
Cameryn had personal goals set going into EOSIC (to land her double Salchow for the first time in competition, get full marks for a three position combination spin and skate as clean as possible). She met and exceeded her personal goals. Not only did she land one double in her program, but she landed two doubles for the first time in competition. Cameryn received full points for her combination spin. She skated well with only a few minor areas for deductions and finished with a personal best score of 15.76.
Erika Jordan: 1st Star 4 (under 13)-Coach Allison Scott
Erika had an awesome program and she completed a clean skate. She completed all eight elements, which included two spins (a camel-sit spin combination and backspin), five jump elements, (two of which were axels the most difficult jump in her program) and a spiral sequence. Erika skated to the dynamic and lively music “Libertango’ composed by Bond with great speed and attack, had good height in her jumps and quality rotations and positions in her spins.
She achieved gold status in five of eight elements and three silver, for first overall! An amazing EOSIC accomplishment!
Gracie Fairbairn: Star 2 Ladies-Coach Danielle Napier
Gracie skated at her first EOSIC at the Star 2 Ladies level in which she received a bronze marking. Gracie skated very well. She landed the five jumps in her program and completed two spins. Her highest jump is a flip, which she landed very nicely and received a silver marking on. Overall, Gracie was very pleased with her performance.
Katie Buter: Junior Bronze Coach Veronica Whyte
Katie moved up to the Junior Bronze level for the first time and had a good skate at her first EOSIC. Skating to a beautiful piece by Yani, Katie attempted a double salchow for the first time at EOSIC which is a great milestone. Katie grows as a skater at each competition.
Kristyn VanHoof: Sr. Bronze,
8th-Coach Danielle Napier.
Kristyn met the goal she set for her qualifying event which was to place top four in her flight to advance to the final group.
Kristyn had a strong qualifying event and for the first time in competition landed her double flip. Her program is very demanding with two double/double combinations, an axel combination, three spins and three double jumps.
She finished the qualifying program flight in first place with 22.05 points to advance to the final where she had a strong skate but lost marks on her flying spin. She finished in eighth place with a total of 21.20 points.
Mikaela Furo: Star 3, silver Coach Veronica Whyte
This was Mikaela’s second time to skate at EOSIC, this year skating at the Star 3 level. Mikaela had a good skate and received her silver status. During her performance, Mikaela showed how much her spins have improved.
Xandra Furo: Star 3, silver Coach Veronica Whyte
Xandra had a good skate for her second experience at EOSIC to receive her silver status. It was an exciting event for Xandra who showed how much power and flow she has in and out of her jumps.
The Morrisburg Junior B Lions righted a couple of wrongs here Sunday afternoon when they downed the visiting St. Lawrence Division’s first place Casselman Vikings, 3-1.
Those wrongs were a 10-2 loss to the Vikings in their barn on Thursday, November 1 and 5-3 loss on Morrisburg ice on Sunday, November 4.
While they didn’t play well in Casselman, the Lions felt they played better than the 10-2 score indicated and back home in Morrisburg, despite the 5-3 loss, they felt they had played well enough to win it.
So this time out there was no question that the Lions do have the stuff needed to win against the Vikings and any other team in their division.
“On Sunday, it was our best team defensive game of the season,” said Lions team manager Kevin Casselman early this week. “It was the result of what Dan (coach Frawley) and Andrew (assistant coach Scott) have been preaching for some time.”
“Mikael (Dion) was solid in net and our five defencemen played very well collectively. The forward units were coming back to help and picked up their defensive responsibilities.”
“It was a great game, because we felt we had played well enough to have won against Casselman the previous Sunday.”
“With the parity in the league, each week brings hope and optimism that a four point weekend can lift a team back into the battle for a playoff position. It is really that close.”
And close indeed. With the stats in after this past weekend, the Casselman Vikings are in the St. Lawrence division’s top spot with a slim two point lead over the Char-Lan Rebels. The Akwesasne Wolves have climbed into third place with 17 points, Alexandria is fourth with 15, the Hawks fifth with 14 and the Lions still at the back of the pack with 10, but climbing.
While a four-point weekend is a must do for the Lions to catch up to the pack, it didn’t happen this past weekend as they got it rolling Friday night in Alexandria with a 4-1 loss.
Again it was a slow start for the Lions who found themselves down 3-0 in the first period.
Michel Lefebvre counted the lone Lions goal, a power play marker, at 6:52 of the second period assisted by Chris Rutley.
Dion was in the Lions net for the loss. The Lions were out shot 37-24 by the Glens in the game that saw eight minors and one misconduct assessed to the Lions and six minors to the Glens along with one double minor and a misconduct.
Sunday, the Lions were waiting in their home den for the Vikings to come to town for a game that remained even through two periods.
The Vikings got their only goal against Dion just 3:40 into the first period while on their power play.
Just over four minutes later, Chris Rutley answered on the Lions power play with help from Grant Cooper and the 1-1 tie lasted until 1:10 of the third period.
It was at 1:10 that Lefebvre and Rutley went to work to assist Sylvester Bzdyl on what would be the winning Lions goal.
With Dion unbeatable and the defense buckling down, the Lions protected their one goal lead until 15:37 of the third when Grant Cooper, with help from Brandon Chaffe and Matt Marcil, beat Vikings goaltender Phillippe Quesnel for the Lions third and final goal.
Dion was outstanding in the Lions net facing 43 Vikings’ shots, while the Lions managed just 26 shots against Quesnel.
The Lions sat out nine minor penalties, one double minor and a 10 minute misconduct while the Vikings handled five minors, a five minute fighting major and a game misconduct.
This weekend, the Lions are scheduled to host the Char-Lan Rebels, Friday night, November 16 at 8 p.m. Sunday, they are on the road to take on the Akwesasne Wolves in a 3 p.m. match.
The last putts have been made on the weekly ladies and men’s nights at the Morrisburg Golf Club, to end a good season for both.
The ladies got their final wrap-up tournament played on the last full day of summer on Saturday, a day that was certainly making way for autumn.
The rains arrived just as the ladies teed off at 11 a.m. and continued throughout play, but says ladies club captain Monique Patenaude . it did not deter the players. They all completed their 18 holes and we finished our year with a wonderful turkey dinner.
Fifty golfers participated in Saturday’s final ladies scramble, and for the second consecutive year the team of Lori-Anne Davies, Shannon Casselman and Judy Laurin (minus Stephenie Cochrane this year) won the “bragging trophy”. This year they earned the right to “brag” with a two under par 70.
Patenaude thanked the day’s sponsors who were Jim Annable/Chevron Construction and Dave Cassell/Strader Motor Sales.
“We have to thank all of our ladies night sponsors who were so very generous,” says Patenaude. “And also, many thanks to all the players who made our ladies nights so successful.”
This year’s ladies nights averaged 48 participants. Winner of a free membership for 2014 was Gisele Hooles and the ZMAX pull cart was won by Susan Whyte.
The final ladies evening play was completed last Wednesday, September 18 with 48 golfers participating. The highlight of the evening was the “Price is Right” game with Bobette Barker (aka Monique Patenaude).
The men held their men’s night finale tournament on Saturday, September 14 with 64 golfers participating.
Blake Barry was the 18-hole A low gross winner with a 75, Larry Cooper won B flight with an 85 (retro) and Garry O’Neill won C flight with a 91. Net winners were Lee Beaupre in A flight, Allan Patterson in B flight and Pietre Ozinga in C flight.
Winners selected their prizes from a final prize table valued at $3,500.
Picking up prizes for the closest to the pin shots on the par threes were Ron Lapier #2 and #8, Blake Barry #5, Allan Patterson #11, Donald Black #14 and Dave McClenaghan #17.
In addition a draw was made for a Morrisburg Golf Club 2014 membership and that was won by Dave McClenaghan.
Also wrapping up was the season-long men’s night team event. Participants paid an entry at the start of the season and those participants were then divided into four teams (nine players per team) whose scores were tracked each week.
At the end of the final men’s night on September 12, two teams were tied, so the back nine of the final Saturday, September 14 tournament was put to use to end the deadlock. That didn’t do the trick and so a rep from each team was selected to putt on behalf of their team.
Representing their teams were Blake Barry and Lee Beaupre, upon whose shoulders was place the weight of the entire summer golfing season. Both lined up at the front of the ninth green to place their putt closest to the hole. Barry came to within 12 inches and Beaupre got to within six for the win.
The winning team consisted of Beaupre, Bryan Cochrane, Larry Gallinger, Barry Henderson, Andy Patenaude, Scott Robinson, Derek Thain, Eric Wemerman and Danny Youmelle.
Finishing second were Wally Baker, Blake Barry, Donnie Mabo, Mick Mabo, Dave McClenaghan, Pieter Ozinga, Bruce St. John, Jim Tuttle and Bob Youmelle.
Club captain Andy Patenaude, said the 2013 men’s nights were extremely successful, and he thanked the many evening sponsors.