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.
The Seaway Kickers Soccer Club is busy ironing out some final details as the club prepares to host the South Side Soccer League’s annual June Festival which will bring several hundred soccer players and parents to Iroquois the weekend of June 27-28.
The Festival is a big and fun event for the South Side Soccer League and Kickers club president, Phillip Blancher says, “we are expecting between 32 and 36 teams from six different clubs across the age groups. All five of our fields will be in use during the two days.”
The two days of action will begin with the all-girls teams playing on Saturday, June 27, beginning at 11 a.m. (immediately following the regular South Dundas Saturday morning program) and will run until approximately 6 p.m.
Then on Sunday, all of the league’s mixed teams will take to the fields beginning at 9 a.m. and wrapping up at about 5 p.m.
The June Festival is not a tournament as all games are scheduled South Side league games. It started three years ago when the league wanted to expand the schedule and time was a factor.
“It was problematic so they came up with the Festival,” says Blancher. “Every team is guaranteed a minimum of three games and each is a regular season game.”
“The festival has traditionally been held in Ottawa, and it has always been held the last weekend of June when the kids maybe haven’t started their summer jobs yet and families haven’t started summer travel.”
It has also been held at Kemptville Agricultural College, which is no longer available and due to growth in the league a previously used three-field venue is not big enough.
“Five fields made us and South Gower the only potential sites.”
Blancher says the Kickers are expecting well over 500 people including parents and players over the two days, so it will be busy. “Local business and restaurants will likely be very busy.”
The Kickers have applied to the municipality for road closures in and around the soccer fields.
Specifically they have asked to close Lakeview Drive between Elizabeth Drive and College Streets both days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and to prohibit parking on the east side of Elizabeth Drive between Seaway District High School and the Beach Road.
Blancher says the local Kickers are delighted to be hosting the June Festival.
“The league itself provides some volunteer support, and we have added some volunteers at the snack bar.”
The Iroquois Scout Troop will provide a barbecue on both days.
“It’s a great opportunity for our club, and it is also a great opportunity for the South Dundas community to showcase ourselves as a sporting community.”
Jamie Scott, assistant proshop coordinator at Upper Canada Golf Course, was taken aback last Monday, September 19 when he was asked by one of his marshals, Mike Bradley, “what does a blonde from South Carolina have that you don’t.”
The answer, a hole in one on the 95 yard, par-three 13th hole.
The hole in one was dropped by Donna Notman in just her fourth game of the 2011 season, and what makes the accomplishment even more unique is that her husband, Jim, had an ace on the same hole earlier this year.
The Notmans were playing with Mike and Evonne Mabo last Monday.
Donna and Evonne were playing a best ball and when they got to the 13th tee, Evonne joked that they were doing well. She also joked about a hole in one.
“When Donna hit, the ball started rolling towards the pin (back right corner),” says Jim. “It seemed to stop by the pin, and we told her ‘you are really close’.”
“Someone had not put the pin in properly and when we got to the green, the ball was in the hole but was pinned by the flag pole.”
When the pin was pulled the ball dropped to the bottom of the cup.
It was the first hole in one for Donna who took up the game after retiring five years ago.
Not so for husband Jim and his hole in one in the spring.
Jim was playing with Wayne Domanko and Paul Coolican when he dropped his ace on the 13th. That day the pin was tucked behind the imposing sand trap on the left side of the green.
It was Jim’s third hole in one, adding to one he scored at the Morrisburg Golf Course and another on the par three 181 yard seventh hole at Upper Canada.
“It was very exciting,” said Evonne, who with husband Mick figured it was probably “very unusual for a husband and wife to both have a hole in one on the same hole in the same year”.
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