The Iroquois Lawn Bowling court is open and the season has started with some lively participation by the club members. Last fall the entire court surface was reconditioned to level it and prepare it for use this year. As a result the court is in excellent shape. The game times are every Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and the court is located at the corner of Elizabeth Drive and the Carman Road in west-end Iroquois. It is a spectacular location with the Iroquois waterfront providing the backdrop to the courts. The club is welcoming new members, and encourages all ages to come and give the game a try. It is a fun sport for young and old and one that allows the participants to determine his/her own level of competition…just for fun or a little more. Above Connie Keeler makes a pitch, while Bert Mudd and Nelly Papenhoven watch and wait for their turn. If you would like to give it a try, drop by the Iroquois Lawn Bowling court on the nights listed.
With two losses on the weekend, the Morrisburg Lions have now fallen nine points behind the fifth place Alexandria Glens in the St. Lawrence Division of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The weekend action started for the Lions on home ice Friday night with a tough overtime (shoot out) loss to the visiting Akwesasne Wolves. The Wolves are holding fourth place in the division standings just two points back of the Char-Lan Rebels.
After trailing the Wolves 3-1 at the end of the first period, the Lions charged back to make a game of it. They scored their final goal on their power-play with just under three minutes left on the clock to go up 5-4.
But with the seconds ticking away, the Wolves got one from Marc-Antoine Kamel which evened it, 5-5, and forced sudden-death overtime.
With no decision made in the overtime, the game went to a shoot out with Kamel and Justin Rutley both beating Lion goaltender Mikael Dion. The Lions counted just once against Wolves goaltender Cam Turcotte, that coming from the stick of Chris Rutley.
Following the let down from Friday night’s overtime loss, the Lions were on the road Saturday night to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre where they were handed a 7-3 loss by the Rebels.
The Lions opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first period with a power-play goal from Grant Cooper then fell apart as the Rebels came back for three in a road and a 3-1 advantage heading into the second period.
They added another three goals (two short-handed and one on their power play) in the second period, before the Lions were able to step in with a goal from Zach Sequin with just 27 second left in the frame.
Single goals were traded in the third period for the 7-3 Rebels win.
Matthew Burns scored the Lions lone first period goal Friday night against the Wolves, with help from Brandon Chaffe and Ty Hodgson.
Then in the second Grant Cooper got it rolling with an unassisted counted at 8:09 to cut the gap to 3-2.
Two minutes later Michel Lefebvre scored to tie the game 3-3 with Chris Rutley and Sylvester Bzdyl supplying the assists.
With 3:16 left in the frame the Wolves went up 4-3 on a Michael Poapst goal which allowed them to carry the advantage into the third period.
Throughout the first 15 minutes of the third, the Wolves held onto their one goal lead.
It was at 14:53 that Michael Paquette got one past Wolves goaltender Cam Turcotte to even the game 4-4. Dylan Casselman and Taylor Eamon provided the assists.
Then with 2:50 left on the clock Bzdyl, with help from Taylor Eamon and Lefebvre on the Lions power play, gave the Lions the 5-4 edge.
The Wolves, Kamel tied the game with 34 seconds left on the clock setting the stage for the overtime and the shootout, and the eventual Wolves win.
The Lions sat out just four minor penalties and a 10 minutes misconduct in the game while the Wolves drew nine penalties. Shots on net were fairly even with the Wolves getting 40 shots off and the Lions 38.
In comparison, Saturday night’s game was a much rougher event with the Lions drawing a total of 68 penalty minutes and the Rebels 106. The Rebels out shot the Lions 38-23.
Scoring for the Lions in Saturday night’s 7-3 loss were Grant Cooper (from Brandon Chaffee and Zach Renfrew), Zach Sequin (from Cooper and Curtis Pilon) and Nicholas Pilon (from Renfrew and Cooper).
Coming up this Thursday night, December 20, the Lions are on the road to Casselman for a 7:30 p.m. game. They host the Westport Rideaus this Sunday, December 23 at 2:30 p.m.
They are on the road on December 28 and December 29 for games against the Alexandria Glens and the Akwesasne Wolves.
With just three exceptions, the executive of the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association remains unchanged with president Jeff van Moorsel returning for another term.
The annual general meeting of the association was held last Tuesday, April 24 with the various reports given for the year.
President Jeff van Moorsel said it was a great year for the association with two teams winning championships, the Novice B Lions and the Bantam Rep Lions. van Moorsel expressed his thanks to all the coaches and the executive for a job well done.
He mentioned too, that fees for the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association have been increased for next year by $50 at all levels, save Initiation, due largely to the increasing cost of ice, which is the association’s biggest expense.
Ice rental costs for the 2011-12 season were $83,035.24, up from $76,577.55 the season before.
With registrations totalling $79,245, the association counted heavily on fund raising which brought in $35,400 and donations which accounted for another $4,000.
After ice rental, the biggest expense was refereeing at a cost of $17,304. Insurance (coaches and players) cost $7,236 and another $6,375 was spent on equipment.
Other costs were for instruction, league fees, trophies and banners and general and administrative expenses.
With a total revenue of $120,169.13 and total expenses at $122,921.44, the association dipped into its reserves for the second consecutive season. Last year the association reported a small loss of $2,300.
Although experiencing back to back years with small losses, the association remains healthy, financially. In addition to the fee increase, plans are in the works to recruit more children into the Initiation program.
Referee in Chief, David Lapier reported the South Dundas referees had a great year, claiming the local association has the best referees in the league.
The association’s web master, Jason Broad, shared some of the stats regarding hits on the website.
Joining the executive of the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association for the 2012/13 season are Mike Domanko in the 1st vice-president position and Jamie Smith as 2nd vice president and Risk Management rep.
Also new to the executive is Tanya Domanko who will be Co-registrar with Cassandra Barry who has handled the position for a number of years.
Past-president Gary Hart returns as fund raising coordinator.
Also returning are Secretary Andrea Cartier, Treasurer Pam Mullin, Rules and Discipline Chair and Referee-in-Chief David Lapier, Coaching/Development Coordinator Bruce Mullin, Equipment Manager Rob Perry, Ice Scheduler Steve Martineau, Referee Assignor Lisa Schwerdtfeger and Web Master Jason Broad.
When Krista Boyce and Evan Mullin look back on their summer adventures for 2012, one item that will be on top of their list will be their experiences as volunteers at the Great Waterway Golf Classic, Canadian Tour event played at the Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course, September 3-9.
For Krista, who grew up around the Prescott Golf Course and who started the game as a junior player, the call for volunteers for the Classic gave her the opportunity to show her son Evan, 14, a different side of the game.
“He has always only golfed with us in fun stuff, so I wanted him to see what the game is about and what it can be at the competitive level. I wanted him to learn the etiquette of golf and how to behave on a golf course, to experience the gentleman part of the game.”
Although Krista had initially intended for Evan to apply to be a caddy, when he was accepted, she was approached to also volunteer and ended up working the leader board.
Although Evan is not a member of a golf club, Krista, a one-time, competitive 17 handicapper, has returned to play out of her hometown Prescott Club after taking time off with her young family and later playing briefly at the Morrisburg and Cedar Glen courses.
She says the experience at the Classic was great, for her and Evan and for her daughter, Jessica, 20, who volunteered in the hospitality side of the tournament.
“Evan is so excited about golf now,” says Krista. “The tournament was so well down. I can’t wait for it to come to Upper Canada next summer. They were the upcoming young golfers and people should go and watch them play.”
“It was just amazing. They came from everywhere across Canada and from universities in the United States.”
To be a caddy in the Great Waterway Classic, Evan was provided four hours of training and a tour around the beautiful 6,502 yard, Smuggler’s Glen layout. “He was basically taught to pick up, keep up and shut up,” says Krista with a laugh.
Evan was caddy for Matt Hoffman and although Hoffman, an amateur, did not make the cut, Evan thoroughly enjoyed his two days on the course with him. Hoffman did not mind talking during his round and gave Evan lots of tips and hints says Krista.
“It was quite a show. It was something just to be able to be involved in it. It was good for Evan. We talked about it all the way home, both days. I can’t wait for Upper Canada.”
The Great Waterway Classic, Canadian Tour event was new to the region and involved some 250 volunteers from across Ontario. The tournament was won by Eugene Wong of North Vancouver.
As a local component, a Chase the Dream series of qualifying events were played to enable golfers from the Waterway Region the opportunity to earn one of four exemptions. Although he did not earn a spot, Prescott golfer Phil Patterson had the best results locally.
The final domestic stop on the Canadian Tour, the Classic is scheduled for at Upper Canada Golf Course in 2013, the Loyalist Golf and Country Club at Bath in 2014, and the Black Bear Ridge Golf Course in Belleville in 2015.
The Great Waterway Tourism Region of Southeastern Ontario stretches from Belleville to Cornwall.