The senior men’s first draw has just ended, and the champions, and winners of the Adams Trophy, are Martin Schneckenburger, Neil Williams, Ron Beaupre and Robert Martin.
Finishing with the same number of wins and losses, two other fine teams lost out to Martin’s foursome because of the latter’s better point total. They were Jack Barkley, Dwight Gilmer, Doug Jarvis and Paul Gunther, along with Sid Morrell, Ted Harriman, Gerry Thompson and Paul Dobry. It was a tight and exciting start to league play. The second draw began on Monday, and will finish by Christmas.
Susan McIntosh has postponed the next two-person bonspiel. Watch the bulletin board for news on that front.
Sid Morrell and Jack Barkley will have a play-off today to determine the champion for the first Parnell competition of the season, which our Morrisburg Club is hosting on Friday. The guests are from Cornwall, Lancaster and Prescott. As hosts, we are only allowed one team.
In last week’s friendly match in Cornwall, two of our senior men’s teams competed, both defeated by their ‘friendly’ hosts. Sid Morrell, Ted Harriman, Gerry Thompson and Paul Dobry, and John Wilson, Andy Patenaude, Karl Duncan and Bob Youmelle were victimized by Cornwall foursomes. Don’t we normally have three teams in these matches? Did one of our quartets have a ‘senior moment’?
Speaking of senior moments, your humble reporter has been told he erred in crediting Don O’Brien’s team with a narrow win in their friendly match against Prescott, and in claiming that Jack Barkley’s foursome bowed by the same close score. Sorry Doug!
Dave King is looking for some assistance from senior men. Our senior men’s invitational bonspiel, traditionally held in January, needs some fellows to help organize it this year. Please see Dave if you can help. It would be a shame to see this fine event, also a great money-maker for the club, fold.
Unless something happens to get the men’s Founders Bonspiel going again, that would be two of our major invitational bonspiels we would have lost. In a club as small as ours, we depend on these key events financially.
We have a fine club, with great ice, and we like to show it off to clubs from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. We know many just want to come out and curl, but without people to help with volunteer activities, we may find ourselves going far afield to have a place to play the ‘roaring game’. See if you can help us, folks!
By the way, for rentals, please contact Joe McCooeye at 613-543-2931.
Two teams of senior ladies are in Lancaster this week for that club’s ladies’ invitational bonspiel. Gretta McGann and Alice Thompson lead quartets into battle against Eastern Ontario and West Quebec teams, and we’ll have the results next week.
Finally, our own ladies’ invitational bonspiel will be held at our club on Tuesday, December 6, and our Christmas friendly bonspiel is scheduled for Saturday, December 10. We hope many of you can drop in to watch the curling for the first event, and watch or participate in the second.
That’s it for now. Good curling!
Local boxer, Phil Hoftyzer was awarded a unanimous three-round decision at a Friday, February 24 fight in Ottawa against Brutus Payente of Gatineau, Quebec.
A member of the Champs Eastside Boxing Club in Cornwall, Hoftyzer fought in a men’s open class light heavyweight match.
A Boxing Ontario sanctioned event, Fight Night in the Capital 4, was hosted by the Beaver Boxing Club.
The three rounds were action packed with Hoftyzer having the higher punch output for the unanimous decision.
The bout was also voted the best of the evening.
The momentum of the fight went back and forth with Hoftyzer gaining an edge with high pressure and volume punching.
“He was quite a bit bigger than me, so my fight plan was high pressure,” said Hoftyzer who was 175 pounds to Payente’s 182. “I thought the fight would be a bit easier than it was. But the harder I fought, the harder he came back.”
Hoftyzer trains three days per week at the Champs club in Cornwall and works out at home in Morrisburg another two nights per week.
He is coached by Jorge Luis and stats listed on the club website show Hoftyzer as an Active Amateur Boxer with 20 fights with 12 wins and eight losses.
Last year he laid off the sport, but this year is back and going hard.
Hoftyzer who comes from the Iroquois area, first took up boxing when he was a student at Seaway District High School.
After school, he served in the Canadian Armed forces for three years.
In 2009, at the age of 23 he won the Ontario Novice Light-heavy Weight division. In the same year, he won a bronze medal at the Open Provincial Boxing Championship.
Hoftyzer now lives in Morrisburg and works in construction.
In other local boxing news, pro boxer Tony Luis, 13-0 with five knockouts and holder of the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Belt, will be in action on April 7th in Montreal at the Claude-Robillard Centre.
Tickets and bus transportation for local fans can be arranged by calling 613-360-5944. Tony, the son of Jorge Luis at the Cornwall Champs club, will box an eight or 10 rounder against one of the leading contenders in his weight class.
Coming up on April 14th at the Best Western Parkway Inn in Cornwall, Champs will host their 2nd annual Knock Out Poverty event. Hoftyzer will be fighting as the main event in this fund raiser for the Agapé Centre.
During a visit to the Morrisburg arena Friday night, the St. Lawrence Division’s second place Casselman Vikings (tied for second with the Hawks) discovered the Morrisburg Lions aren’t pushovers.
Although the Vikings did eventually pick up a 5-4 win, they first had to play 60 minutes of regulation time hockey and five minutes of overtime before they were able to put it away in a shoot out.
It was a big game for the Lions and an exciting game for Lions fans as they watched their Lions hang tough against the powerful Vikings who have lost only three games in 15 starts this season.
“Let’s face it. To get a point against Casselman is an accomplishment, even though I thought we really should have won,” said Lions coach Thom Racine. “I thought we played well. Outshooting the Vikings (40-37) is a rare feat and with some luck around the net it might have been a different story.”
The Vikings were first on the scoreboard with an Adam Wensink goal just 1:24 into the game.
That held until late in the frame when Michael Poapst, assisted by March Antoine, evened it off at 1-1.
The Lions couldn’t hold them off, and the Vikings were able to slip one more past goaltender Mikael Dion, on their power play at 15:14 of the period.
Just 4:39 into the second period the Lions again levelled the playing field this time with a goal from Taylor Wilson assisted by Zach Sequin and Ryan Dunbar.
That held until 18:37 of the second when the Vikings collected another power-play goal to again push ahead as the period ended.
Joel Adam pushed the Viking advantage to 4-2 with an unassisted counter at 8:50 of the third period, but it wasn’t over yet.
The Lions came back and came back strong.
Clark Veenstra (from Taylor Wilson and Ryan Ward) pulled it to within one at 11:05 and then at 15:55 Michael Poapst and Taylor Wilson set up Zach Sequin for the tying marker.
The 4-4 tie held throughout the overtime, although the Lions had their chances thanks to a pair of Casselman penalties that gave them a five on three power play. The Lions were unable to capitalize on the extra man advantage and the 4-4 tie was finally broken in a shootout.
Alex Steingruber, Michael Poapst and Ryan Ward were all unsuccessful against Vikings goaltender Phillippe Quesnel.
Coming up this week the Lions travel to Casselman to taken on the Vikings at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3.
On Friday night, November 4 they host the Winchester Hawks.
“If we bring the same intensity to these upcoming weekend games, I like our chances at stealing some more points,” says Racine.