The Kickers made this an undefeated season by winning a final make-up game 6-4 over the Ottawa Internationals Team 2, on Thursday, August 16, in Iroquois, then going on to do an outstanding job at the year-end tournament held at Kemptville Agricultural College on Sunday, August 19. The Iroquois game was tied 4-4, with three minutes left in play, when Randy Doherty scored for the Kickers, giving him three goals in total for the night. With seconds left on the clock, Jeff McLaughlin rushed in to make the last goal of the evening. Coaches Jeff Buchanan and Don Hoogwerf were very pleased with the season’s results. “The Kickers also made the year-end tournament,” said Hoogwerf, “where they won all three of the games they played. They defeated North Dundas 1-0, in the first game, Nepean Hotspurs, Team 2, 3-2 in the second game and Nepean Hotspurs Team 1 by a score of 2-0 in the third game.” On the field, Liam Bush controls the ball.
As he has every year since 2004, MP Guy Lauzon, holding the torch, declared “the 2013 World Cup Soccer in South Dundas open.”
Before nearly 500 players and their families, the Torch was carried around the track by representatives from each of the soccer divisions. It was handed to MP Lauzon by the final two bearers, Kennedi Fetterly and Katherine Lough.
Elizabeth Bygott led everyone in O, Canada.
The South Dundas Soccer Association held its final games and celebrations on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at the Iroquois Soccer Fields.
Beneath their bright national flags, the players and coaches and helpers took part in the annual parade, following the Iroquois Legion, Branch 370, colour guard around the track to crowd applause.
“What an honour it is to be here,” Lauzon told the crowd. “Give yourselves a pat on the back for the spirit and enthusiasm that everyone is showing here today.”
Joining Lauzon in con-gratulating the players and the Soccer Association were guests Eric Duncan, deputy warden of SD&G, Evonne Delegarde, SD councillor and the reverend Geoff Howard, who prayed, “May the weather hold, may the sport be good and may we enjoy each other’s company.”
Also with president of the SDSA, Steve Bygott, was Doug Casselman, present on behalf of the William L. Graham Memorial Fund. He accepted the sincere thanks of the group for $1,000 donated to soccer by the Fund.
Bygott thanked everyone at the games for their ongoing support as he and his very new executive ran their first World Cup weekend. “This has been a bit of a learning curve experience for us. Previous executives had it down to a fine art. We’ll get there,” he laughed.
Twenty-one skaters represented the Morrisburg Figure Skate Club at the annual Prescott competition on the weekend of January 21-22 and it was a job well down.
When the final jump had been landed, the Morrisburg and area skaters found themselves in second spot overall in team points, behind the Glen Cairn skaters from Kanata.
In total the Morrisburg skaters collected six gold medals from Erika Jordan (pre-preliminary freestyle), Alexis Engwerda and Abby MacMillan (preliminary freestyle), Jessica Thompson (gold interpretive), and Trina MacPherson-Dykstra and Reagan Belanger (pre-preliminary freestyle).
Right behind them with second place skates were Katherine Lee (introduction interpretive), Alice Cameron (pre-preliminary) and Ali Van Hoof (intro interpretive).
For the overall standings skaters are awarded points for the finishes from first place down.
Adding fourth place points to the Morrisburg team score were Abigail Jordan, Ashley Bouwman and Olivia Hart in pre-preliminary, Kaitlyn Stewart in preliminary, and Teisha Mullin and Logan Patterson in junior bronze.
Other contributors to the team effort were Taylor Pilon in prelininary and introductory interpretive, Kathleen Nicolaassen and Kristyn VanHoof in preliminary, and Cameryn Broad and Kendra Buter in pre-preliminary.
They ranged in age and running ability, and they all had something in common…raising money for the Children’s Playground scheduled to be built in the Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg on Saturday, September 28.
The ‘Let Them Be Kids’ Fun Run was held this past Sunday morning under perfect weather conditions and when the final runner had crossed the finish line at the Morrisburg dock a total of $1,030 had been raised for the playground build.
“We had a great turnout of runners,” said Isabella Jordan, a volunteer with the playground committe who was the main organizer of the run.
“Our youngest participant was five years old, and we had a variety of runners ranging from five to 65 years.
In addition, the run attracted a number of avid runners, some of whom are training for the Army Run in Ottawa next weekend.
“The race was well-marshalled with the help of many volunteers including OPP Constable John Macpherson who made sure the race course was safe for all.”
Participants were allowed to walk or run their choice of one, two and five km routes.
Jordan expressed her thanks to SDS Beavers Dental for their sponsorship of the run and to everyone who “took the time to participate, be active, and contribute to the success of the new playground.”
“The generous Beavers sponsorship allowed every dollar collected through registration fees to go directly to the playground effort.”
Supporting sponsors, also thanked, included the Morrisburg Lions Club (in kind), Robert Jordan Construction, Cruickshank Construction, South Dundas Recreation and the Cruickshank Amphitheatre committee.
“We had a great network of volunteers who all came out to help and I think that alone was one of the biggest factors in making the event a success.”