Sports

Expansion of Soccer Fields in Tiny

In 2015, Council approved the Wyevale Park Master Plan. Through extensive public consultation, residents recognized the need for additional soccer pitches in Tiny, proposing Wyevale Park as the preferred park for expansion of the Perkinsfield Soccer facilities/programs.

In September 2016, the Township of Tiny applied to the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario for project funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150). The total project was approved in late December 2016 for a non-repayable contribution of up to $328,621, representing 33% of total eligible project costs.

With support through CIP 150, the project has improved the parkland in Wyevale with the addition of two soccer pitches.

The work included:

  • tree clearing and grubbing;
  • excavating for local land drainage system;
  • removing topsoil and screening;
  • soccer field drainage;
  • installing irrigation system;
  • adding infiltration gallery;
  • placing topsoil and grading;
  • fertilizing and seeding;
  • installing fencing; and
  • constructing new washrooms.

Growth of the Township of Tiny Soccer Program

The Township of Tiny Soccer Program has grown from 75 players to 355 players, a 373% increase over the past 7 years. Currently, the program uses one permanent junior soccer pitch with temporary pitches placed throughout the Perkinsfield Park. Due to a lack of park space, the program has reached capacity leaving some residents unable to join the program, reducing the potential growth for soccer. Additional fields will provide safe, playing space for participants of all ages.

Grand Opening Ceremony of the New Soccer Pitches

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Wyevale Park, 29 Concession 5 East, Tiny.

The Township of Tiny wishes to acknowledge and thank the Government of Canada for its financial support in the development of the soccer pitches at Wyevale Park.

 

 

 Lawn Bowlers O’Sullivan and Bourrie win again!

 For the second time in as many weeks, Gail O’Sullivan and Joan Bourrie teamed up to win yet another major tournament.  This week, they took first place in the Chartwell-Tiffin Open Pairs event.  This was quite an accomplishment considering the caliber of the sixteen teams representing Midland, Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood and Elmira. Gail and Joan won all three of their games, including the final match against husband Ron O’Sullivan and his partner, Marv Hebner . 

Not the competitive type? No worries, there is also social lawn bowling at the Midland Club. To find out more, visit www.midlandlawnbowlingclub.ca

Joan Bourrie (left) and Gail O’Sullivan with the Chartwell-Tiffin trophy

 

 

Midland Lawn Bowlers to Represent Ontario at National Event
Provincial lawn bowling champions Carol Finlayson and Cindy Higgins will represent Ontario at the Canadian “Ladies Pairs” Championships, August 13th to 19th, 2017 in Victoria, British Columbia. The play-downs for the Nationals, held recently in Collingwood, saw teams from the sixteen Ontario Districts competing for the opportunity to represent our province.  By winning the Gold medal, Cindy and Carol earned the right to showcase their skills at the national event – and hope to make Ontario proud. 

For more information about lawn bowling in Midland, visit, www.midlandlawnbowlingclub.ca .  To follow Cindy and Carol at the Championships, go to  www.bowlscanada.com/en/championship/2017champ_canadian.html

Carol Finalyson (left) and Cindy Higgins sport their “Ontario” jackets.

 

 

Midland Lawn Bowling Club Mixed Pairs Tournament

 The Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club was the site of the 2017 Mixed Pairs tournament on July 5. Fourteen teams competed for the Mavrou Trophy. Ron O’Sullivan and Judy Gauthier placed first with three wins, edging out Bob Armstrong and his partner, Sue Hamelin.

Because of its comparatively light physical demands, lawn bowls is a participant sport that you can play for a long time.  In addition, there is good range of available equipment for aiding those who have difficulty delivering the bowl in the conventional manner.  For more information about the sport and our club, visit; midlandlawnbowlingclub.ca

Ron O’Sullivan and Judy Gauthier with the Mavrou Pairs Trophy

 

 

Sports with Mike Townes

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Garrett Wilson to a two-year contract. The Elmvale native’s deal is a two-way contract that runs through the 2018-19 season, and it has an average annual value of $650,000 if he can crack the NHL line up.

Garrett, 26, spent his first season in the Pittsburgh organization in 2016-17, adding leadership and toughness to the Pen’s minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as an alternate captain. In 59 regular-season games with WBS, Wilson produced 11 goals, 20 assists, 31 points, a plus-16 and 83 penalty minutes. He added two assists in five playoff games.

At 6-foot 2, 199-pounds, Wilson enjoyed a solid NHL training camp with Pittsburgh last September, scoring twice in four pre-season appearances. Wilson returned to Pittsburgh as a member of the 'Black Aces' practice squad throughout the Penguins' march to a 2017 Stanley Cup championship.

Originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Garrett appeared in 34 regular-season contests and six playoff games at the NHL level with Florida before joining the Pittsburgh organization as a free agent on July 1, 2016. He picked up his first NHL point with an assist, on a game-winning goal in Game 4 of the 2016 First Round series against the New York Islanders. 

Garrett has played in 275 career AHL regular-season games with San Antonio, Portland and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, tallying 59 goals, 66 assists and 125 points. He has served as an alternate captain for his AHL team in each of the last three seasons. Best of luck to Garrett next season with Pittsburgh!

The Thursday Recreational Fastball League held their annual mid-season fastball tournament last weekend. The Elmvale Merchants were the winners beating the Elmvale Legion team 5-2 in the finals. The Giants won the consolation finals with an exciting one-run victory over the BallDogs in a game that went nine innings that was scheduled for only five. The Merchants won the tournament last year as well as the league championship.

When I started playing fastball for the Elmvale Mets in 1970, Larry Patenaude was pitching for Port McNicoll. Larry was a veteran at that time and I was just a 17-year old rookie. Over the years, we have kept in touch because of our interest in the game of fastball.

Larry, born in Penetang, has been rewarded for his hard work for fastball in Toanche since 1975 by being elected to the Penetanguishene Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder Category. He organized the minor fastball program and the fundraising for the ball parks in Toanche as the president of the Toanche Park Board. Not only did he help build the fields, he was the main force in maintaining them, a job he still does today. As a coach, his teams won innumerable provincial championships and he also found time to be an executive member of the Ontario Amateur Association.

Many young fastball players in our area owe their success to Larry. His family also has been a driving force for fastball in Toanche and the OASA and I am sure they will be joining him in the future in the Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations Larry for a job well done and a very deserving election to the Penetang Sports Hall of Fame!

The Barrie Baycats traveled to London for a doubleheader last Sunday. Barrie, 20-0 this season, needed to win the first game to tie a 56 year record for most wins in a row in the InterCounty Baseball League. Barrie handed London their first loss of the season in Barrie by scoring a run in the bottom of the 9th inning for a 1-0 victory.

In game one, London led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh and final inning. But with two out, Kevin Atkinson singled to score two runs and tie the game at 4-4. Connor Morro then hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth and Barrie held off London in the bottom of the inning for a 6-5 win. Morro finished with 3 hits while Branfy Infante had two hits including a solo homer. Brandon Catena was the winner in relief.

Barrie had now tied the record and could break it with a win in game two. Matthew St. Kitts was on the mound for the Baycats. Barrie scored twice in the first and seventh innings and St. Kitts did the rest as the Baycats won 4-1. Ryan Spataro and Stevie Lewis had two hits each while St. Kitts gave up only four hits, striking out 12. Enerio Del Rosario struck out the side in the last inning for the save. London made four errors and their pitchers gave up only one earned run.

The Barrie Baycats (23-0) now hold the record for the most consecutive wins. London dropped to 19-4, three of the losses to Barrie.

Next home games for Barrie include a doubleheader with London on Saturday, July 15th at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm, Brantford at 7:00 pm on Sunday, July 16, Hamilton at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 20th and Kitchener at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 27.

Extra Points: The best start to a season in the InterCounty Baseball League is 10-0 by the 1999 Toronto Maple Leafs. The 22 consecutive wins record was held by the 1961 Brantford Red Sox…Counting the Baycats’ wins from last season, they have won 32 games in a row…Barrie needed a little luck to continue the streak. Losing 2-1 to Kitchener, they rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-2. They were losing 6-3 to Toronto but rallied again to score 3 in the ninth and win the game 7-6 in the 12th without a hit, scoring the winning run on error. Sometimes you have to be lucky to be good!

 

 

Grand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail connects Barrie to Springwater

Midhurst / June 28, 2017 – The County of Simcoe welcomed local partners from the City of Barrie and the Township of Springwater and representatives from funding partners Hydro One Limited and Trans Canada Trail for the grand opening of the Hickling Recreational Trail today.

The Hickling Recreational Trail is the first multi-use trail that directly connects Barrie to Springwater and is one of four additional trail connections being constructed over the summer that will allow residents using non-motorized means of transportation to move between the two municipalities. These five sections of new trails will also complete an 11 kilometre gap in the Trans Canada Trail between Springwater and Barrie and help form part of the 165 km Simcoe County Loop Trail which will launch later this summer. The Hickling Recreational Trail is 1.5 km in length, has an average width of 3 metres and has been designed to be accessible, for non-motorized uses with a firm gravel surface with screenings. 

This Active Transportation Infrastructure project, which includes all five trail sections, cost a total of approximately $600,000. This includes $103,750 in combined funding from the Trans Canada Trail and Hydro One Limited ($90,000); up to $103,750 from the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150); and $400,000 from the County of Simcoe.

County’s Commitment to Forestry and Recreation:

At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada. The County continues to invest in strategic forestry acquisitions and within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Through its Trails Connecting Communities Program, the County makes $250,000 in annual funding available to local municipalities to construct and improve active transportation infrastructure, which often include, but not limited to, recreational trails. Since 2009, the County has provided more than $1.5 million to local municipalities towards the completion of 61 trail and active transportation projects. Furthermore, our County-owned forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational purposes. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.

About The Great Trail by Trans Canada Trail:

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) has established a goal of connecting 24,000 kms of The Great Trail from coast to coast to coast in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150.  The Hickling Recreational Trail completes a long standing gap between the North Simcoe Rail Trail (in Springwater Township) and the TCT network within the City of Barrie.

 

 

PICKLEBALL DEMONSTRATION EVENT   HOMER BARRETT PARK, ELMVALE   SUNDAY, JULY 16TH AT 7:00 PM

Sponsored by: COMPETITIVE EDGE SPORTS

34 Queen St. West, Elmvale  705-795-8307

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but has become popular among adults as well.

RULES OF PLAY

To play the game the ball is served with an underhand stroke so that contact with the ball is made below waist level (waist is defined as the navel level) in an upward arc. The server hits from behind the baseline on one side of the center line and aims diagonally to the opponent’s service zone.

Only the serving side may score a point. Play ends for a point when one side commits a fault. Faults include:

not hitting the serve into the opponent’s diagonal service zone

not hitting the ball beyond the net

hitting the ball or not hitting after the 2nd bounce on one side of the net

hitting the ball out of bounds

volleying the ball on the service return

volleying the ball on the first return by the serving side

stepping into the non-volley zone (the first seven feet from the net, also known as the ‘kitchen’) in the act of volleying the ball.

A player may enter the non-volley zone to play a ball that bounces and may stay there to play balls that bounce. The player must exit the non-volley zone before playing a volley.

The first side scoring 11 points leading by at least two points wins the game. If the two sides are tied at 10 points apiece, the side that goes ahead by two points wins the game.

Tournament games may be played to 15 or 21 points with players rotating sides at 8 or 11 total points respectively.

The server or server and partner usually stay at the baseline until the first return has been hit back and bounced once.

At the beginning of a doubles game before any serving, the score is 0-0. Then the side serving first gets only one fault before their side is out, meaning that their opponents serve next. After the first fault each side gets 2 faults (one for each team member serving) before their side is “out”.

In singles play, each side gets only one fault before a side out and the opponent then serves. The server’s score will always be even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10...) when serving from the right side, and odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9...) when serving from the left side (singles play only).

Brooke Siver