Sports with Patrick Townes

The Houston Astros have climbed back in the World Series and, as of Monday evening, lead the series 3-2 over the Washington Nationals. Even though the Astros lost the first two games of the series, their offensive fire power and top pitching staff have appeared to rise to the surface. One year after losing their “top” player, the Nationals made it to the World Series. What an accomplishment for the Nationals whether they win or lose.

After watching the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series, you can really see what it takes to be a successful team. Each team in the finals has three solid starting pitchers and a line-up full of high average hitters. More importantly, the players on each team have athletic builds and they possess at least some speed on the base paths. The days of the typical designated hitter are nearing an end. In order to make a successful roster in the majors, it is clear that you not only need to be able to hit homeruns, but also need to be able to run and play defense.

What a sports weekend! This past Sunday was the only day of the year where there was a football game, a hockey game, a basketball game and a baseball game all on the same day.

The Toronto Raptors have begun their title defense from last season. It was an exciting offseason for many National Basketball Association teams. Look out for the Los Angeles teams and Milwaukee to make a play for the championship this year.

Simcoe Rural Fastball League hands out yearly awards - from the Executive of the League.

After an approximate ten-year absence of the Simcoe Rural Fastball League year-end banquet, the Executive handed out its yearly awards for the Most Valuable Player of the regular season; the Most Valuable Pitcher of the regular season; the Most Sportsmanlike Award; the Rookie of the Year and the Playoff Most Valuable Player.

The League announced that the Most Valuable Player of the regular season was Patrick Townes from the Minesing Mallards.

The Most Valuable Pitcher of the regular season was awarded to Joey “Mr. Uhthoff” Balkwill of the Uhthoff Nationals.

The Rookie of the Year went to Noah Weatherall of the Waverley Ravens. Steve Eakley from the Vasey Countrymen won the Most Sportsmanlike Award.

The Most Valuable Player of the Playoffs was awarded to Denny Benson of the Victoria Harbour Dodgers. Benson pitched all three games in the finals and only gave up one single run, and led the Dodgers to the championship against the Countrymen.

The awards were handed out by League President Jamie Robinson and Vice President Steve Courtemanche. Thank you to Cory Kelly for organizing the event.


Elmvale Bantam Euro Alumni Game

On November 2 the Elmvale Community Arena will be hopping when the two teams that have previously represented EMHA over seas come back for some alumni games.  It was 25 years ago that the first team went and 5 years ago when the second team travelled to Sweden to play.  Both these teams had a fantastic experience and have memories that will last a lifetime.  Both are excited to come and enjoy a fundraising night to play against the Bantam team that is heading over to the Czech Republic to play this coming Christmas season.

The games will start at 6:30 pm with the 1994 team playing against the 2014 team for a quick game.  The older team will then need a break and rest up while the 2014 team plays against the 2019 and then the night will finish with the 2020 team showing the 1994 team how it is done.  These three mini games will be played over 90 minutes with a few fun contests happening for the fans to have a chance to win some prizes.

The entry will be donation only.  The upstairs in the arena will be open for those that would like to enjoy some food and beverages during or after the game.  There will be a silent and live auction that have some great prizes from fishing gear, golf passes and even a box for a Colt’s game.  Please come out and support the team and enjoy a fun night.

The team would like to thank their many sponsors.  This trip would not be possible without the support of the local businesses.  Elmvale Home Hardware has been very supportive with sponsorship and had housed our metal bin for a year.  The metal bin is now located at TVR (Track Vehicle Repair) on William Street.  Other sponsors include Hardship Acres, Pinnacle Rockscapes, ES Fox Constuction Ltd, Rob Trans Systems Ltd, Iron Workers District Council, SKS Construction & Landscaping Inc., Smoke Style, Re/Max Chay Realty Inc, Artech Promotional wear, Iron Workers Local 721, Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, Elmvale Legion, Keith Fowler, Barry Moore, Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival, Body Line Collision, Kolder Canada, Dialcom Communication Ltd., Royal Bank of Canada, Northern Automotive Solutions and Bounce Back Physiotherapy. 

Thank you to the Community for all of your support during our fundraiser.  Please come out one more time and enjoy some hockey, some laughs and see what kind of great deals you can get in the silent and live auction!  See you on November 2nd at 6:30 pm!


Seniors Win Table Tennis Medals????

Gunter Schmidt, Springwater, and Helmut Paddags, Tiny, teamed up in Ft Lauderdale to participate in the Table Tennis World Veterans Tour 2019. In the men's doubles 65-69 age group, round robin,??they came second in their group and advanced to the semifinals. Even though they lost that match 4-11, 2-11, 3-11 to the eventual gold medal winners and former world champions, they won the Bronze medal.??

Similarly, Helmut came second in the men's singles 75-79 age group, round robin, and advanced to the semifinals. Helmut lost that match to the eventual gold medal winner 5-11, 8-11, 7-11. He still won the Bronze medal. Bronze medals are awarded to both semi-finalists.

As recreational players, Gunter and Helmut are pleased with their performance and success . They competed against more experienced and skilled players who had previously played internationally at the highest level of table tennis.??

Gunter and Helmut are training for the World Veteran Table Tennis Championships to be held in Bordeaux, France in June 2020.

???Table tennis for all. Table tennis for life.???