Four local youth are dominating the football field in Cornwall’s minor football spring league.
To ease travel issues coach Clint took a risk and drafted the four South Dundas kids, Brody Fairbairn, Charlie Gould, Aden Casselman, and Spencer Barclay, and now it is paying off in spades for the team.
Brody Fairbairn started the season on defence, but an injury to their team’s starting quarterback gave him a shot in the spotlight, and he seized the opportunity.
Fairbairn ran with it, going undefeated during the regular season 7-0, throwing for four touchdowns, and running for four.
Casselman and Gould (the two-headed monster ) are a force to be reckoned with on the line both playing defence and offence.
Gould is turning into a QB’s nightmare and a threat as a wide receiver.
He is using his hands of gold to catch touchdowns, and then on defence he is driving opposition QBs to the ground, averaging three sacks a game.
Aden Casselman is the second half of the two-headed monster on the defensive line. Casselman is always coming from the opposite side of the line to give the running backs and QBs no back door when Gould is coming for a sack.
Casselman is averaging a sack and a half per game with his famous bull rush style. He also prides himself as an offensive line man, filling holes to give Fairbairn time to make a play.
The fourth of the South Dundas group is the youngest of the team, but you wouldn’t know it by his fearless running style.
Spencer Barclay is often taking on kids two years older and twice his weight, darting and deeking would be tacklers, leaving them to wonder how they missed him.
The galloping ghost also lines up at WR to catch first down passes. The boys and their team now face their toughest test of the year.
Their 7-1 record earned them a bye to the final coming up this Sunday, June 24th. No doubt the local Cornwall youth will not want the hardware to leave their city.
He’s made his list and he’s checked it twice…team manager Les McAllister has finalized the Morrisburg based seniors hockey team that will represent District 8 at the Ontario Senior Winter Games coming up in Huntsville, February 26-28, 2013.
Now in their second year in the 65 plus games category, McAllister says the team that doesn’t play together on a regular basis, will probably play a couple of exhibition games in January and February.
He says everyone is looking forward to the games.
“The competition at these games keeps getting better and better,” says McAllister who is the team’s goaltender. “It’s a really good time, and as the word gets out about it, more and more people try out.”
McAllister also credits the games with keeping seniors active. Guys at our age aren’t playing hockey for anything really meaningful except for this. I probably wouldn’t be playing hockey today if it weren’t for these games.”
The local team has nine returning players for the 2013 games. In addition to McAllister they include Ron Alguire of Lunenberg, Steve Casselman of Morrisburg, Doug Casselman of Williamsburg, Fern Gauvreau of Kingston, Jack Haines of Cornwall, Bryan Helmer of Winchester, Lester Holmes of Mountain and John Adams of Morrisburg.
The new kids on the bench are Alan Styrnadka and Harry McIntyre both of Ottawa, and Sonny McLean of Kingston.
The games feature hockey in two age categories, 65 plus for the players listed above, and a 55 plus category.
Representing District 8 in the 55 plus category are the Cornwall Seaway Blades who defeated Long Sault 8-3 and Alexandria 6-1 for the right to advance.
Coached by Pete Clement, the Blades include Paul Seguin, Earl McBean, Dave Alguire (goaltender), Alex Herrington, Brian Reasbeck, Terry Grant, Claude Regnier, Vic Leroux, Gary Lalonde, Claude Bourck, Dave MacDonald, Ben Guindon, Randy Conners and Rick Cameron.
The Ontario Senior Games are a multi-sport championship for athletes 55 years and older. The 2013 games at Huntsville will be attended by some 1,000 athletes, coaches and officials involved in 10 sports including alpine and nordic skiing, badminton, bowling, curling, duplicate bridge, hockey, prediction skating, table tennis and volleyball.
Three senior men’s teams travelled to Cornwall last Wednesday for their last friendly bonspiel of the season.
Unfortunately, our Cornwall hosts were not as friendly as they might have been on the ice. Refreshments before the game were great, (love that syrup for the coffee) and the lunch was superb, but our fellows had trouble getting the points they needed during their matches.
For the record, Martin Schneckenburger, Sam Locke, Bud Perry and Larry Ware, Al Harriman, Ron Beaupre, Keith Robinson and Eric Johnson, as well as Wally McDonald, Rick MacKenzie, Fred “Boomer” Langlotz and Earl Jeacle were able to claim free drinks from their opposite numbers in their games.
It was a very pleasant day, however, ending with heart-felt good wishes, and the usual humorous anecdotes prior to the drive west. We look forward to more of these friendly matches next season.
There were also three senior mixed teams in Kemptville on Friday. This was a 222 bonspiel, with Mahlon Locke, Kathy Norg, and Sam and Claire Locke being our top team. They lost their first match against North Grenville, had a very good lunch, and then went out in the afternoon to triumph over one of the Navan foursomes.
Wally McDonald, Ruth Kelly, “Boomer” Langlotz and Joanne Baker tied their first match against Lynne Stacey’s Navan team but dropped their afternoon game against Richmond.
The ice was problematic for all, but a couple of the rocks were “cutters” (I’ve been watching curling on television and heard about TSN’s “secret word”) and this threw off our athletes. I’m told that in one game, nobody on either team got a rock over the hog line in an early end. We really love what our ice technician has done for our curling.
Our final team, Keith Robinson, Alice Thompson, Rick MacKenzie and Sandra Beckstead, dropped tight matches to old friends from Manotick, the Froats team, and also lost to Lynne Stacey from Navan. Lynn finished third on the day behind Alexandria.
All in all, it was a good day for our teams, with sunshine outside, pleasant hospitality inside, and modest prizes for all.
By the way, the final two-person bonspiel last Sunday featured Wally McDonald in the ‘A’ final rather than Wally Baker. Sorry for the error, fellows.
As to our little rockers, they had their windup night last week, and have come a long way this year, finishing in the middle of the pack in their zone playdowns with Ottawa, Cornwall and Perth. They also did extremely well in their first play down experience. Next season they’ll be a year older, and we look forward to great curling for them.
There are still a few openings for the early draw in our closing bonspiel on April 6, and for those not curling but wanting to come for the closing banquet around 6 p.m., don’t forget to sign up on the sheet in the lounge.
We’ll have a summary of the year’s events, and a final look at what to expect at our club over the summer. The club championship will be competed for after the closing banquet, and we’ll look forward to events in the fall.
Good curling to all!