Sports

Horseshoe Tournament Champions
It was a beautiful day for horseshoes in Phelpston on Sunday August 6th. The Annual Phelpston Winger Dinger brought in residents from the surrounding areas to enjoy in a day of horseshoes, good food and making new friends. With a great turnout of over 30 teams everyone played multiple games in the tournament. After some hard fought battles, Kerri Gauley and Jessie Savage took the ladies championship and Dave Fralick and Brian Kitchen won the men’s.
It was great to see so many old and new faces at this event. This is our communities biggest fundraiser and all money raised goes directly back into the community. As always, we would like to thank Springwater Township for all of their support. And a huge thank you to all of the volunteers that give their time to make this amazing community event happen.
Phelpston Parks and Recreation Committee



Sports by Mike Townes
On most Thursday nights I umpire fastball in Hillsdale but I was given the night off on the August 3, so, with nothing better to do, I went to the Elmvale Ball Park to watch a game or two instead. I returned home at about 10:00 pm not knowing my daughter Kelsey had delivered our first grandchild at 9:57 pm.
Our grandson, Chase Harrison Elmer Temolder, came so fast that he was delivered by a midwife at home. She had no time to go to the hospital or call us before, so we did not receive the good news until 11:30 pm. Sandy and I then traveled the short distance to the house to see our grandson for the first time.
Proud father Michael Temolder took us to see Kelsey and Chase, who weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces. His eyes were wide open and he had lots of hair. Grandparents Murray and Lynda Temolder also came to welcome their fourth grandson.
Everyone is doing well and, for some reason, I am feeling much older.
The Barrie Baycats finished the regular season with a 33-3 record and received a first round bye in the playoffs for finishing in first place. First round playoffs will not be finished until August 13th if all the rounds go the seven games, so Barrie may not get on the field for a real game until after that date.
They will most likely play the winner of the Toronto/Brantford series that is led by Toronto 2-1 as of Sunday. This series is a toss-up with no clear winner. Second-place Kitchener is playing Hamilton and are leading the series 2-1 as of Sunday, after Hamilton won game three 21-19 (yikes!).  But the Panthers should wrap it up in five games. London is playing Burlington and leads the series 2-1 as of Sunday. Burlington has had a good year but will be no match for London. Take the Majors in six.
Barrie has been the best team in the league all season. I cannot see them not winning the championship for the fourth consecutive year because their pitching is so deep and the hitting is hard to stop from 1-9 in the lineup. I am going to pick Barrie and Kitchener in the finals with Barrie winning in six games.
Check the Barrie Baycats website for their playoff schedule or check the InterCounty website to see how the first rounds of the playoffs are going.
The Toronto Blue Jays are winning a few and losing a few so they are not gaining any ground to make the playoffs. A 9 or 10-game winning streak could still make them a contender for a wildcard. If they can get back to .500 baseball, I think they still have a slight chance because teams in the American League, other than Houston, cannot seem to get on a roll…Speaking of teams on a roll, how about the Los Angeles Dodgers. As of Sunday, they have a record of 79-32 and are on pace to win 116 games. Colorado (64-48) and Arizona (63-48) are having great seasons playing in the same division as LA. Both are 1-2 in the wildcard race…The defending champion Chicago Cubs have finally taken over first place in their division. They must stay there to make the playoffs as they are 58-52, 5 games out of the wildcard.
Elmvale Minor Baseball hosted the Annual Lynda Ritchie Memorial Three-Pitch Tournament last weekend. Everyone was a winner with minor ball raising $2,000 for the kids on the diamonds. Special thanks to all the volunteer tournament organizers, umpires and scorekeepers and teams who made the tournament a success again this year…Check out the diamonds over the next few weeks. Minor ball teams will be competing in playoffs. Come out and support the teams.


Lawn Bowling Triples Tournament
Bruce Henderson, Marilyn Pillar and Sally Sinclair were the winners of this year’s edition of the “Remax 4-3-2-1 Tournament”.  In the “4-3-2-1” format game, the maximum number of points to be scored in each end is ten, which can be divided between both teams, depending on the ending position of their respective bowls.
There are several lawn bowling game formats that make the sport interesting and enjoyable.  To learn more, visit midlandlawnbowlingclub.ca
Left to right, Marilyn Pillar, Bob Armstrong (Remax), Bruce Henderson and Sally Sinclair


Lawn Bowling Champions
Recently the Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club hosted the “HGR Graham and Partners” invitational tournament.  Fourteen teams competed, including visitors from Lindsay, Barrie, Orillia, Brampton, Collingwood and Milton.
This year’s winner was the husband and wife team of Roy and Shelly McCartney from Lindsay.  Chris Deevy from  HGR Graham and Partners presented the trophy.
Chris Deevy presents the HGR Trophy to the McCartneys, Roy and Shelly.
As a lawn bowler, you are welcome at lawn bowling clubs world-wide. For more information about the sport of lawn bowls and the club in Midland, visit midlandlawnbowlingclub.ca


Lawn Bowling Triples Tournament
Bruce Henderson, Marilyn Pillar and Sally Sinclair were the winners of this year’s edition of the “Remax 4-3-2-1 Tournament”.  In the “4-3-2-1” format game, the maximum number of points to be scored in each end is ten, which can be divided between both teams, depending on the ending position of their respective bowls.
There are several lawn bowling game formats that make the sport interesting and enjoyable.  To learn more, visit midlandlawnbowlingclub.ca
Left to right, Marilyn Pillar, Bob Armstrong (Remax), Bruce Henderson and Sally Sinclair


Ontario Closing the Gender Gap in Sport
Ontario is taking action to close the gender gap and give women and girls equal access to opportunities in the sport and recreation sector.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at the University of Toronto's Varsity Stadium today to release Advancing Opportunities for Women and Girls in Sport: Ontario's Action Plan.
The plan outlines actions that the province will take to increase the number of women and girls who are athletes, coaches, sport administrators and leaders at schools, universities and communities across the province. These include:
Establishing an advisory group to identify actions that will remove barriers and improve the participation of women and girls in sport and physical activity.
Creating an information sharing platform for recognized sport organizations to share best practices in recruiting, developing, supporting and retaining women athletes, coaches, sport administrators and officials.
Requiring all before and after school programs to have staff trained in diversity and inclusiveness, to promote a welcoming environment that is reflective of the unique needs of girls, and to ensure that girls can participate at the same level and frequency as boys.
Working with all Ontario organizations involved in delivering amateur sport and recreation to promote the inclusion of 60 minutes of physical activity for children and youth connected to the school day.
Creating equitable opportunities in sport for women and girls has benefits beyond the sport and recreation sector. It can lead to higher self-confidence, better grades, and enhanced leadership and career opportunities.
Advancing opportunities for women and girls in sport is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
Quick Facts
Of the 108 Canadian coaches at the 2014 Winter Olympics, only 11 were women.
Last year, Ontario invested $1.3 million to advance opportunities for women and girls in sport, including hosting sport competitions for women and girls, and supporting free physical literacy programs for mothers and children living in high priority neighbourhoods.
Advancing Opportunities for Women and Girls in Sport: Ontario’s Action Plan will be presented as a model for other jurisdictions at a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial sport ministers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which runs from July 27 to 28.
Closing the gender gap in sport is a key priority of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which is helping more people in Ontario get involved in sports, building healthier communities and creating jobs.
The Minister’s Advisory Panel on Ontario’s Sport Plan provided input on the action plan. Members were appointed by the government to provide advice to the minister as Game ON is implemented.


8Th Annual Think Pink Golf Tournament    July 15, 2017
On Saturday July 15th, it wasn’t the normal sight on the course at the Orr Lake Golf Club. The 92 golfers were dressed in pink and the carts were flying Canadian flags. We were there to raise funds for breast cancer treatment and screening programs at the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre at RVH in Barrie and to say Happy 150th Birthday Canada.
And raise funds we did, $ 11,100.00 was the total for the day.
A big thank you goes out to the players, the long list of businesses and individuals who donated prizes or sponsored holes.  We couldn’t have done it without you.
And a special thank you to our corporate sponsor,, Simcoe County Honey and Tom Smith Chevrolet Buick GMC, our Hole in One sponsor.
Mark your calendars now for July 14, 2018... our date for next year's tournament